Headteacher’s Message

A Carol Concert and Christmas Fun

It was my pleasure to accompany the school choir to the annual BATIC carol concert last week. Several local schools joined together to start the celebration of Christmas. Our choir sang beautifully and they were a real credit to the school. A big well done to everyone involved.

We also held the Acorn Class Christmas Coffee Morning. Family and friends were invited into the hall to listen to some Christmas songs performed by the children. Everyone then had the opportunity to try out lots of different Christmas Crafts. By the time it was over and the glitter pots were emptied, the hall looked very sparkly! I hope everyone enjoyed themselves. It certainly looked like everyone was having a good time.

The Pupil Voice group came and discussed their History lessons with me this week. I was really impressed with their knowledge. We covered lots of different subjects including; The Great Fire of London, The Romans, The Egyptians, Ancient Greece, The Stone Age, World War 2, The Victorians and Inventors such as The Wright Brothers, to name but a few. It was a very interesting discussion, I'm looking forward to meeting more of you next week.

Finally, it was lovely to welcome so many parents to our first SEN Parent Meeting. I hope you found it useful to meet up together. We are hoping to run further sessions in the New Year, so if you couldn't make it to this one, please look out for the dates and come along and join us next time.

It's December already!?!

December is here and the tinsel is out already. There are lots of festive events to look forward to over the next few days, starting with Acorn Class holding their festive Christmas morning on Friday 6th December. All parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles etc are invited along to join the fun.

Acorn Class are having a really busy time of it. Last Friday, I was delighted to join them on their school trip to Colchester Zoo. It was quite a chilly day, but we wrapped up warmly and had a fantastic day out exploring the zoo. We saw lots of different animals, but the highlight was our encounter with the penguins. We also had a very special visitor join us, who handed out a present or two. The children were fantastic and behaved wonderfully; they were a credit to Jotmans Hall School. Well done Acorn Class.

Double, double, toil and trouble...............

What a fantastic week at Jotmans Hall School. On Tuesday we welcomed in a company of actors to perform Macbeth for our Year 5 and 6 children. The children seemed really inspired by the performance and we hope they will all produce their own wonderful writing based on it.

It was also lovely to welcome so many parents to help with the Cedar Class Design & Technology morning. It looked like great fun, and I know the extra help is essential to the success of these projects, so thank you to those who were able to give up some time.

The Pupil Voice Group this week was all about Writing. The children were generally positive about writing, although some did tell me it was not their favourite thing do to. I was not surprised, writing is hard - there are so many things to remember, spelling, punctuation, grammar and making it sound interesting! All the children could tell me about some of the writing they have done; the excitement of Macbeth was still evident; as was the time when some classes made pizzas in order to write instructions! Well done to all the children that came along.

Busy, busy, busy

It's been a very busy week at Jotmans Hall. Lots of children were out and about; Willow Class took part in an Inter-School Athletics competition at The Deanes School and the school council visited Castle Point Council Offices. As always, the children represented their school magnificently and all the teachers involved reported how well-behaved they all were. Well done to you all.

On Thursday night we held an Open Evening for children starting school in September 2020. We were delighted to welcome so many new families and show them around our school. There were a few familiar faces, in amongst the new, and it was lovely to see the excitment of younger siblings at the thought of joining their brothers and sisters at 'Big School'. 

I held another Pupil Voice Group today. This time we discussed Maths. All the children reported that they enjoyed their Maths lessons, which is excellent news. We also talked about Times Table Rock Stars. Please remember that your child (Year 2 and above) can develop their times table skills, whilst at home, by using Times Table Rock Stars. If they have forgotten their log-in, please contact your child's class teacher.

Finally, we have had a fun filled Children-in-Need Day. Thank you to everyone who donated money and Congratulations to all the winners of our dress up competition.

Pupil Voice Group

This week was the first meeting of the 'Pupil Voice Group'. Each week I will be inviting a member of each class to come and talk to me about something that is going on in the school.

This week we had a chat about their reading books. All of them were very animated about reading, stating that they liked to read both at home and at school (There was one dissenting voice saying it was just 'OK' - we can't please everyone!). We talked about their favourite authors - David Walliams being a big favourite - and we talked about the new reading reward scheme - that seemed to be quite popular. To finish off they read out an extract from their reading book to the group, it was lovely to hear them read and the confidence with which they read to each other. Well done to everyone involved. I can't wait to meet with another group next week.

Football crazy!

It's been another busy week at Jotmans Hall School. Our building work is going well, with Lime, Willow and Maple Classes now completed. Beech Class are currently working in the hall, but they should be back in their classroom by the middle of next week. The finished classrooms look fantastic, so it is well worth all the upheaval. 

As always, the children have been busy at work around the school and yet again we've been out and about. This week it was the girls football team. They competed in an inter-schools competition and we were really impressed with the teamwork skills and positive attitudes that they all displayed. Well done girls.

Finally, we're ending the week with a special assembly from the Fire Service, on firework safety, helping the children prepare for all the exciting festivals ahead.

It's Goodbye and Good Luck

Our lovely office lady, Mrs Livett, is leaving us today for a new job. Everyone at Jotmans Hall wishes her Goodbye and Good Luck. We'll miss you.

 

Keeping Safe

Well, the term is now in full swing and lots has been happening. This week, our Reception and Year 6 children took part in Road Safety Workshops. A big thank you to all the parents who were able to come along and help our youngest children with this activity.

There were also Cyber Safety workshops for our oldest children this week. I know that really important messages were delivered during these sessions and if they have raised any issues that you need to discuss further, please don't hesitate in contacting your child's class teacher.

It's also an exciting time for Willow Class. Their classroom has been finished (hooray) and they will be moving into it on Monday. It's now time for Lime Class to go into the hall - for a short while at least.

 

The First Week Back

We've had a busy first week back with everyone getting used to their new classes and routines. We ended the week with lovely sunshine and a visit from The Essex Marching Corps. The Year 5 and 6 children had fun listening to and trying all the different instruments.

 

Welcome Back

It is lovely to see all the children after our long Summer Break. I think they have all grown! It's a special well done to Willow Class for adapting quickly to working in the hall. You have been fantastic. It won't be for long and you'll soon be in your proper classroom.

I am also delighted to welcome our new children in to Acorn Class. They have settled in really well and rapidly becoming part of Jotmans Hall School.

I'm looking forward to an exciting term, with lots of events for all the children, look out for more information in the coming weeks.

Have a restful weekend and I'll see you on Monday.

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We're Busy, Busy, Busy

We have had a very busy time this week. There have been school trips to The Houses of Parliament and Wat Tyler Park, where the children behaved wonderfully and represented our school magnificently. We have also competed in the District Sports competition, where the children put their heart and soul into the competition and come win or lose showed magnificent sportsmanship. The children also found out about their new classes and it was lovely to welcome in so many parents after school, so that you could 'put a face to a name' ready for next year. However, the week is not over and yet to come are the End of Year Discos, happening tonight, and the Year 5 Samba Drumming performance to their parents on Friday. Wow - what a jammed packed week!

.......I almost forgot to mention our wonderful Art Show last night! If you couldn't make it to see the children's work, please take time to look at the snapshots I have taken, hopefully displaying above this message.

Hello - It's lovely to see you!

It's been a week of saying hello to parents, both new and 'old'! On Wednesday we finally got meet the parents of our new children, starting  in September. There were a lot of new faces in the audience as well as some familiar ones. 

On Thursday it was Cedar Class' Coffee Morning, and again I was able to say a big hello to all the children and parents. It was lovely to see all the work the children had been doing and learning about their project based on Lego. What busy things they have been.

We have got lots more events coming up to keep us busy until the end of term, so keep an eye on the school calendar. Space Week, next week should be out of this world......................I can't wait!

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Music Assembly

Morleys Music Academy ran a fantastic, musical assembly for us. We listened to performances from some of the children that had been learning instuments this year. They were brilliant! Rock stars in the making. Some of the other children also got a chance to have a go - unfortunately there wasn't time for everyone! Maybe next time! Or look out for the music lesson sign up information for next term if you are interested in learning an instrument.

Year 6- We've missed you!

I'd like to say a big welcome back to our Year 6s after their week away at Stubbers Adventure Centre. I went to visit them on Wednesday and they were all having a fantastic time. It was lovely to hear that the staff at Stubbers had particularly commented on how well-behaved and polite the children from Jotmans Hall were. You should all be really proud of yourselves. Well done Year 6. Have a good rest this weekend and see you on Monday to hear all about it.

Happy Half-Term

It's holiday time! After a busy half-term, it's time for a well deserved break. Well done to Sapphires for winning the KS2 Sports Day and thank you to all the parents that came along and made it such a lovely event. I look forward to finding out who are the champions of KS1 later in the term. We'll see you back at school on Monday 3rd June (Year 6 - don't forget to pack for Stubbers!). Have a lovely holiday.

Sponsored Walk

Our Sponsored Space Walk is well under way. A BIG Thank You to all the parents, grandparents and carers that turned out for a walk through the Universe, I hope you have come back to Earth now! The children have been having a fantastic time. Let's hope it raises lots of money so we can enjoy an Astrodome coming to our school and all become First Aiders with the help of Flat Stan.

Good Luck Year 6

After lots of hard work- the time is finally here..............the SATs test!

I want to wish all our Year 6 'Good Luck' for next week. I know how hard they've been working. All the teachers are all really proud of them. So make sure you have a relaxing weekend, try to have early nights and please try not to worry. Come into school on Monday, ready to go and all we ask is for you to do your best. YOU CAN DO IT!

Welcome Back to the Summer Term

We've all been back to school for a few days now and we're back into the routine after the Easter break. The move to eSchools has gone quite smoothly, with only a few minor teething problems. I hope you are all recieving letters and notifications about our upcoming events. If you are experiencing any problems, please come to the school office and we will try to sort them out as quickly as possible.

Happy Easter

I hope everyone is having a very happy Easter break. Thank you to everyone who entered the Easter colouring competition. All the entries looked wonderful in the hall and they helped to raise over £100 for the school. The winning entries are being proudly displayed in the Williams and Donavon window in Benfleet High Street. A big thank you to Williams and Donavon for sponsoring this event and providing the delicious chocolate eggs as prizes.

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The Mother's Day sale is in full swing this week. Lots of children are enjoying buying lovely gifts for their Mum, Grandma, Nan, Aunty or that special someone they want to say thank you to.

Thank you to all the Friends of Jotmans Hall volunteers who help run this fantastic event for the children and help raise much needed funds for the school.

Friday 15th March - It has been another packed week at Jotmans Hall School. Well done to Maple Class for an excellent Coffee Morning, and it was lovely to see so many parents and friends there to support the children.

We have also had an exciting Red Nose Day, with the children making some fantasic pictures from all the coins that were brought in. All the coins donated will be added up and the money raised will go to Comic Relief. Look out for the grand total as soon as we've finished counting!

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Earth Hour

To celebrate Earth Hour the children of Jotmans Hall School turned off all non-essential electrical equipment. We managed a whole hour without the lights on and not using our interactive whiteboards in the classroom. The Digital Leaders and the Eco-council joined together to ensure everyone was being compliant and to calculate how much energy we had saved. The telephone was allowed to stay on as it was judged essential, as was the hot water for the teacher's cups of tea! Without my computer on, I decided to use the time to tidy up. What a mess I made! 

Year 5 trip to The Appleton School

Year 5 trip to The Appleton School

The Year 5 from Elm and Sycamore Class had an exciting trip to The Appleton School today. They got a taste of life at secondary school. All the children had a really good time and were excellent ambassadors for our school. Well done Year 5.
Sycamore Class Cake Sale

Sycamore Class Cake Sale

Sycamore Class held a cake sale after school today to raise money for HARP. It was fantastic effort by all the children. They designed posters and bags, baked cakes and sold them with a smile. Well done Sycamore Class.
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    Maths

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

    Jack and the Beanstalk

  • Venn diagrams

    Venn diagrams

  • Geography

    Geography

It was lovely to see all the children's work at Beech Class Coffee Morning. Thank you for everyone who came along to support this event.

Love was in the air at the Valentine's Cake Sale. Thank you to everyone that brought in donations and helped the Friends of Jotmans Hall raise a bit more money that will go towards some new interactive benches for the playground.

 

We would just like to wish everybody a very Happy Chinese New Year 2019.

 

We are over four weeks into the New Year and the children have quickly settled back in to school. You might have noticed a few recent changes on our website. We are all working to update it regularly, so keep an eye on it, especially your child’s class page. It might take a bit of time to get our website just the way we want it, so please bear with us. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions about the information you would like to see on it, please let us know.

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