Message from Miss Emson

I want to start this week by sharing with you all that I have been successful in securing the permanent post of Principal at Great Coates Primary School. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the school as part of the Harbour Learning Trust. 

We’ve had a successful first week back and I have been blown away by the children’s efforts with work this week. As we have mentioned before we are having a huge push on attendance – some of you may receive a  letter next week regarding this.  I also want to point out that the office email address is changing – we have a new one in place but can still pick up emails from the previous one for now.  Our new email is: [email protected]
Please look out for our key dates of when things are happening.  This is a very busy term in Primary Schools especially because it’s the term involving Christmas! Now I’ve mentioned the word – I want to give you a heads up that our Christmas dinner day will be our Christmas dress up day and this year’s theme is Elves or Angels! Children can come to school dressed as either on this day.  Don’t forget we’ve also got the Panto booked and some of you are well on the way with securing your place.  Remember, this is paid for and booked via Parent Pay. 

Could I also ask that children bring jumpers to school and coats now the weather is turning colder and remember that all children should be wearing black shoes as part of our uniform policy. 
A reminder of our Twitter page: Great Coates Primary @PrimaryGreat.  We would love to see those who get postcards this weekend. Watch out for the classes joining more information will follow. 

Parent Consultations

Please can parents check their emails. An e mail will be going out regarding Parent Consultations which will begin next week.

Squid Games Safety

We have had incidents of children playing Squid Games in school. Children are also seeing references to Squid Games on line. This is a Netflix Series with a 15+ rating which is not appropriate for children. Please see the poster below from National On line Safety.

Dates for your diary

Choir trip to Chatteris House – Please return slips ASAP11.11.21
Year 4 Swimming Begins (More details to follow)29.11.21
Flu vaccines (Information has been emailed)02.12.21
Christmas Jumper Day 10.12.21
Christmas Dinner and Christmas Party Day15.12.21
End of Autumn Term 17.12.21
Beginning of Spring Term 05.01.22


Mrs WoodMrs WatsonMiss WinnMrs BrownMrs CoxMiss BaxterMrs BradleyMiss O’NeillMr BaxterMrs Martin
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Reading 5.11.21

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Stars of the week

Key Stage 1

Miss Winn – Clay Sleeth

Miss Watson – Esmae Perrin

Mrs Brown – Olly White

Key Stage 2

Mrs Cox – Jake A

Miss Baxter – Savannah J

Miss O’Neill – Freya A

Mrs Martin – Summer S

Mr Baxter – Sienna T

Year 6 Superstars

Each week up to six year 6 children are chosen as the Year 6 Superstars, for their efforts in school with behaviour or learning and because they are incredible role models for the rest of the school. These children get a special badge to wear for the week.

This week’s Year 6 Superstars are:

Jamie G

Alicia J

Deon O

Jordan MP

Jasmine M

William A


If your child will not be attending school, please call the school office on 01472 808608 or email he school on [email protected] to report their absence. For planned absences, pleas do this before the first day of the absence.

When a child does not attend school, and no explanation has been provided, the school will contact the individuals listed on our system as contacts, starting with the primary contacts. If we cannot reach any of these contacts, or we do not receive a satisfying response as to the whereabouts and safety of the pupils, we will immediately send a staff member to the pupil’s home. If there is no response, we will contact the police.

Times Tables Rock Stars

This is the leaderboard for Times Tables Rock Stars. Well done these children for working hard on your times tables.

1. Deon OY6
2. Phenix MY3
3. Cody DY6
4. Vienna HF Y5
5. Jack CY5
6. Ashleigh G  Y6
7. Olly CY6
8. Alicia J Y6
9. Jordan MP Y6
10. Riley FY6
To get on the leaderboard you need to play on ‘Studio’ on times tables rock stars and you need to play at least 10 times.

The school is 23rd out of 30 in the league table of local schools. Let’s see if we can move us up


Below are our expectations on uniform which will also serve as a reference throughout the year.

SWEATSHIRT: Logo sweatshirt or a plain red sweatshirt or cardigan.

SKIRT/TROUSERS: Black or dark grey skirts/pinafore or trousers/shorts/ red check summer dress

SHIRT White polo shirts underneath sweatshirts      

SHOES: Black flat school shoes – no trainers.


Plain white t shirt / black shorts/ Plimsolls or trainers for inside P.E.

Trainers for outdoor games.

Jogging bottoms or dark coloured track suits may be worn in cold weather.

Earrings – No-earrings except small studs. No earrings for PE

Other News


For every £10 you spend (in store or online) at Morrisons, you’ll get a Grow Token to help your school get everything they need to get growing. Download the My Morrisons app* or log into your online account today to start collecting Grow Tokens and choose the school you’d like to donate them to. Simply scan your digital My Morrisons or physical card in store, or link your My Morrisons card to your online account to get Grow Tokens every time you shop.

What have we been learning this week?

Miss Baxter

This week we have started our new book ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson. We began by making predictions based on the title, front cover and blurb. We then read the first couple of pages and came up with some questions, thinking carefully about what we had already found out and what we wanted to know. Whilst reading the first chapter we realised that the author uses lots of interesting vocabulary and sometimes we didn’t know what some of the words meant so we used our dictionary skills to find the definitions of these words to help us with our understanding. Here are some photos of us hard at work. We are all excited to find out about Maia’s journey to the Amazon! 

Mrs Martin

We have had a bit of an investigations week during the afternoons in Y6 this week. 
In Science, we have been investigating how light travels and how shadows are formed. We made predictions then wrote up our investigation, including equipment, variables, method and what we found out. Here are some photos of us carrying out the investigation.
In Geopraphy, we are learning about ‘Our Changing World’ and this week we have been investigating physical, chemical and biological weathering. We explored what happens when acidic rain water falls on rocks like limestone, what happens to rocks over time when water freezes and thaws repeatedly and looked at the biological weathering that was occurring in a range of different photographs.
We have also recently done some independent writing of a police incident report. We had to investigate events that had happened, interview the witnesses and then write up our report. Here are some examples of our work.
We are now just starting The Hobbit in English and the children (and me) are really enjoying it. 

Mrs Watson

Literacy – Poetry
We have read and performed different bonfire night poems this week. We then wrote our own
acrostic poems incorporating onomatopoeia and alliteration.

Maths – Addition

We have been working hard with addition using different methods to find the total and different parts of addition number sentences.


We are exploring rhythm and beat in music and then transferring our skills to our dancing in PE.


We are learning this week about the story of Guy Fawkes and bonfire night.  We have used different media and materials to create collages.

We also created our own colour wheels to explore secondary colours by colour mixing.