Friday 20th October 2023



Friday 20th October

Last day of half-term

Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October


Monday 30th October 

Inset Day

Tuesday 31st October

Children Return

Secondary School Application Deadline

Reception Phonics Workshops in the Classroom - 8.55 am to 9.15 am

Wednesday 1st November

Reception Phonics Workshops in the Classroom - 8.55 am to 9.15 am

Thursday 2nd November

Xmas4Schools Artwork Deadline 

Reception Phonics Workshops in the Classroom - 8.55 am to 9.15 am / 15.10 pm to 15.30 pm / 16.15 pm to 16.30 pm

Monday 6th November

Year 6 Trip - Imperial War Museum

Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th November

Parent Consultation & SEN Review

Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th November

New to reception school tour - 9.30 am

Tuesday 14th November

Nasal Flu Immunisation

Friday 17th November

Play and Stay Session - Reception 2024 families - 9.30 am to 10.30 am

Monday 20th to Friday 24th November

Book Fair

Thursday 23rd November

Year 2 Christmas Journey - King Centre

Friday 8th December

Christmas Performance pm (R to Y6)

Wednesday 13th December

Early Years and KS1 Christmas performance am

Wednesday 20th December

ABM Christmas Lunch 

Christmas Jumper Day

Thursday 21st December

Last day of term (early finish)

Friday 22nd December to Friday 5th January

Christmas Holidays

Monday 8th January


Tuesday 9th January

Children return

Tuesday 16th January

Year 6 Trip - Natural History Museum

Friday 9th February

Last day of half-term

Monday 12th to Friday 16th February


Monday 19th February

Children Return



School staff will having a training day on Monday 30th October.  We will be working on how we can support children's learning across the school for even faster progress. 

Children back in on TUESDAY 31st OCTOBER.

Parent Consultations

Tuesday, 7th November – 15:40 pm to 18:00 pm

Wednesday, 8th November – 15:40 pm to 19:00 pm

Please book your appointment for your child if they are in Reception to Year 6 using the Arbor app. Bookings close at 9am on Monday 6th November.

School Uniform

Please ensure that children have a warm coat at school now that the weather is changing.

We have a lot of lost property at the school office from this half term. Please do come and check if anything belongs to your family

Phonics Workshop for reception

We would like to invite you to join us for our parent workshop this term, which will focus on phonics. They will run straight after drop-off on Tuesday 31st October, Wednesday and Thursday 1st and 2nd November, plus two after school sessions on the Thursday.  It would be great if each child has a parent or carer available as reading well is the best indicator for success in life.  The workshop will provide you with useful phonics strategies to support this. 

Please click on the link below to complete the Google form to sign up for one of the available sessions. 

Booking form

Year 6 Deposit for Walton Firs 2024

We need the first deposit of £25 for Walton Firs Year 6 residential by 3rd November 2023.

Change of PE days

Next half-term, there will be a change to the PE day for Year 4 and Year 6 classes.  Can children please come to school in their PE kit?

PLEASE BOOK School Meals

Please go on-line to book your school meals for next term.  The children are loving them. 

There is a special Spooky Themed menu on 31st October and the Christmas menu is ready for you to book.


We have had the most wonderful half-term teaching your children and we know they have had a marvellous time with lots of exciting trips, sports events, workshops and focus days to celebrate their learning.  Have a lovely break - relaxing, holidaying or exciting trips out.  Keep safe and we will see you back at school on Tuesday 31st October.   

Mrs Keogh and the Ellingham Team

Harvest Festival Assembly 

Thank you for your incredible donations which we will be taking to the food bank over the half-term.  Your generosity is overwhelming.

We learnt about the meaning of a harvest celebration through examining the word HARVEST, which could be rearranged to form the words HAVE, STARVE and SHARE.

If we are lucky enough to HAVE so much food and essentials, we must remember that there are those in the world who may STARVE because they do not. As an act of kindness we can SHARE.

Mastering Number Homework Project

Thank you to all Reception, Year 1 and 2 parents and carers for getting involved in our maths project.  We hope it was useful.  Could you please complete the attached feedback form so we can judge its success or improve for next time?   

Feedback form

Friends of Ellingham Fundraising 

Don't miss the change to have yours child's artwork turned into beautiful Christmas cards mugs, gift labels or tea towels and raise money with £1 donated from every purchase to the school.  Please return their artwork with your order by 2nd November.

Spooky Thanks

Thank you to everyone who supported the Spooky Disco.  The children had so fun and it raised more than £1,000 for the school to spend on resources and projects. 

Kingston Mayor's Christmas Card Competition 

The Mayor of Royal Borough of Kingston is running a competition to design a Christmas card.  The deadline is 31st October.  The link contains all the details.


Class pictures from this week

Nursery - Teddy Bears Picnic

Following on with Goldilocks and the three bears this week in nursery we had a teddy bears' picnic. The children all brought in a bear from home and in school they made their own sandwich. We then sat all together at snack time with our teddies to eat our sandwiches, along with some fruit and a drink of milk.

Reception - Leaves are falling 

Our reception class have learnt and performed a poem this week all about the autumn weather and leaves falling.

Year 2 Trip to Kingston Museum 

Year 2 attended an exciting workshop at Kingston museum where they learnt lots about the history of of the Royal Borough of Kingston.

 They then visited the Coronation stone and used their fantastic art skills to do an observational drawing of the landmark.  They saw Clattern Bridge, which is one of the oldest intact bridges in England, explored Kingston Museum and spotted some famous landmarks, such as the red telephone boxes and the Paper Trail! 

They enjoyed seeing things they have learnt about in real life and represented Ellingham brilliantly!

Year 2 Reading & writing role models

Year 2 have worked hard this half term writing their very own books based around our English text Mr Underbed.

They published them and enjoyed sharing them with the Year 1 children who particularly liked the scary monsters Year 2 had created as their characters.

Year 3 glimpse into the world of prehistoric arts and crafts 

Year 3 took part in all sorts of activities such as baking Iron Age oatcakes, making Stone Age jewellery and doing cave paintings. 

It was super fun!

Year 4's Creativity and Practicality!

Year 4 have completed their textiles D.T project. They were sent a design brief from Smiggle to create a money container, aimed at a target audience of children between 6 and 10. 

They spent weeks researching, creating designs and making prototypes. Using different sewing techniques and recycled materials, they created some amazing money containers. 

We would also like to thank the parent volunteers who supported the children with their final product. 

Year 4 field trip to investigate local wildlife habitat

On Thursday, Year 4 ventured out on a science field trip to Sir Francis Recreation Ground to survey the habitat dangers faced by animals in our local community. 

They were able to use their knowledge to make posters with excellent suggestions to help protect the wild life in the surrounding area. 

Year 5 and 6 Cross Country Superstars

On Wednesday 18th October, Ellingham runners represented the school by participating in a borough cross country event. We are so proud of the way the children participated.

Year 5 Unleash their inner Viking. 

Year 5 had a fantastic Viking Day on Thursday. We started the day off learning about Norse Runes and writing our name using them, and then finished off by weaving our Viking longboat sails, which we had started in DT day earlier in the week. 

The day culminated in creating our own Viking dhields and fact files about a chosen Viking topic! We had so much fun. 

Gruesome Writing from Year 6

Year 6 have inspired us with their ambitious use of vocabulary to describe the villainous Grimy Nick from our text 'Street Child'. They have all used figurative language to create a vivid image in the reader's mind!  

Year 6 Board game designers of the future

Year 6 have been working hard to design and create their own board games in DT this half term using their knowledge of simple circuits from their science lessons. 

They spent the morning on Wednesday designing the exterior of their games and on Friday they completed the final step and built their own electrical circuits to complete them! 


Flu Vaccination for Reception to Year 6 Please complete form -yes or no

The school health nurses will be carrying out flu vaccinations on Tuesday, 14th November 2023 at Ellingham Primary School. Please use the link provided to access the electronic consent form. Please complete one consent form for each child to ensure your child receives their vaccination. The school heath team have requested parent/carers to complete the consent form even if you decide you do not want to vaccinate your child against flu this year.

Notice to Reception Parents from School Health Service

Now your child has started school, the School Health Team takes over from the Health Visiting Service in providing support for your child’s health and well-being. The service is available to support you and your child throughout their school-age years. You can find more information about the team at

All parents/carers of reception children are invited to complete a health survey which includes useful information about child health and where you can get help and advice to meet your child’s health needs during this next step in their journey.

To access the survey, please click here. The survey will be available until 10th November 2023.

Completing the survey also helps us to understand what children and families need so that services can be planned to meet the needs of local families.

The survey is anonymous, so you or your child cannot be identified. If completing the survey raises any concerns or questions, you can contact the School Health Team for advice and support team at or 0208 549 6323 or by clicking the ‘request for a contact’ link at the end of the survey.

Mental Health Resources for Young People

Kooth is commissioned in Southwest London via South West London NHS ICB providing free, safe, anonymous, online mental wellbeing support to young people aged 10- 25.  See link to FAQ for parents.

Referrals poster.pdf

This is the full safeguarding team in school. They are all trained to Level 3 and everyone in the school received the annual update of Safeguarding Level 2 training at INSET.   

Contact details: 020 8397 3864 or email: to request a safeguarding call back. For pupil support, contact 020 8397 3864 or email:  


Kingston Music Service: STARTter groups - Learn the violin, trumpet, clarinet and recorder

Kingston Music Service are very happy to announce the start of their new beginner groups for Violin, Trumpet, Clarinet and Recorder. Members of the new STARter Groups are all beginners. They will learn together, sing together and have fun together. Groups will start in September at our Tolworth Music Centre and will mix learning a new instrument, with singing and musical games - for the low cost of £8 for a 45min class plus instrument hire at £19 per term (if needed). For those in receipt of Universal Credit free instrument hire and contact us for a reduction in group fees.

For more details click here.

Autumn half term advanced touch-typing course for 8 - 16s

Mon 23 - Thur 26 October; 10:00 - 12:15 pm daily

St Joseph's RC Primary School, Kingston

Learn to type 40+ words per minute using correct fingers and posture.  Beginners to advanced typists, warmly welcome.  Typing's Cool mixes formal technique with gaming apps to make learning efficient and fun.

£176.00 Child care vouchers accepted. (10% sibling/ bring a friend discount).Duke of Edinburgh skills assessor.   

Apply at