It has been a busy week in Primary with Safer Internet Day, a Guided Reading Workshop, Cookie Friday and a Year 1 Trip. There has been plenty of time for lovely learning in class too.

Class News

In the Year 3 Hungarian as an Additional Language group, children created shoebox houses and presented them in Hungarian, talking about colours, furniture and locations. Well done for all the beautiful houses!

Y3 Stour were showcasing their science project and experiment learning about magnetic force.

Y5 Teme have been using charcoal to experiment with shading.


Our very scary and loud Year 1s tried to chase winter away with our annual Busójárás on Tuesday, leading a noisy singing parade throughout most of Primary. Hope it works!

Phonics Workshop for Parents

The Reading workshop on Tuesday was very informative and successful, hopefully giving the parents in attendance plenty of insights about how we teach reading at school and tips for continuing this learning at home. Many thanks to Miss Lorna and Mr Phillips for running this workshop!

Handwriting Workshop for Parents

Are you curious about why we have changed our handwriting scheme at Britannica? Would you like to know how we teach handwriting? Would you like to help develop your child’s handwriting fluency at home, but you are not sure how to help? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please sign up for the Handwriting Parent Workshop on Tuesday 18th February at 8.30 in the auditorium by clicking here.

Handwriting Pen Licence

After half term, we will be introducing a handwriting pen licence to encourage children to progress into beautiful cursive handwriting. With the licence, they will be allowed to write in pen in all workbooks (except Maths) and receive a certificate for their beautiful handwriting.

Art Competition

This is the last call for entries to the art Competition, run by Mr Muter. Anyone can enter and there are prizes for KS1, LKS2, UKS2 and Secondary. Children simply need to paint or draw a portrait of a teacher of their choice and submit it to the Primary office by Tuesday 18th February. I have seen some fabulous entries so far and I look forward to seeing some more!

Parent Portal

It is helpful for parents who could not attend our workshops to review what was discussed in the session. Parents who did attend may also like to review the slides. Please find the Reading Parent Workshop materials at the following pathway:

School Information – Documents and Files – Events and Workshops – Workshops - Reading

As always, if you find any information on the Parent Portal missing or unclear, do either let me or your Class Representative know so we can continually improve what we communicate and do.


This week’s assembly was 3 Tamar with the theme of the Vikings! They were obviously very cute fierce!

Many congratulations to all of our stars of the week - you can find their pictures and reasons for receiving them in the display in reception.

Congratulations also for those children who appeared in the Merit Book – please feel free to flick through the golden pages; the book is stored outside the Primary Office and parents are encouraged to take a look – it does make your children proud!

Eco Warrior award: Year 6 Tyne

Concerns and Queries

This is a reminder to parents that if you have any concerns or worries, please contact your child’s teacher. You can find all email addresses under the teacher’s picture on the school website:

The Key Stage Coordinators are also very lovely and willing to help. You can contact them here:

KS1 Coordinator - Rosie Wolland:

LKS2 Coordinator - Justyna Bilski:

UKS2 Coordinator - Ryan Phillips:

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with your families!

Marie Moreton

Head of Primary