Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you and Merry Christmas! 

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our families the very best for the festive season and thank you all for your on-going support in 2021. The staff have been very fortunate to receive messages and gifts which really shows that everyone in our school community understands and lives the important value of kindness. Thank you!

A huge thanks to all the children for their hard work and determination throughout the Autumn term. Thank you to the staff who have worked incredibly hard for the children and support given to their families as well. It is now time to rest, reflect and re-energise so we are ready to face the challenges of the Spring term with positivity and enthusiasm.

Design Technology WOW WORK!

In my last blog I wrote about some of the amazing learning we have seen in the children’s writing. This blog will focus on some of the amazing Design Technology work the children have been producing this week.

Year 6

The Formula 1 season might have just finished and I can tell you we have some future engineers in Year 6 which shows through the great design and making of motorised Christmas cars.

Year 5

Decorating Christmas trees using pine cones, lolly sticks, beads and string were some of the activities the children had the opportunity to explore in Year 5, which they thoroughly enjoyed, some very good decorations were produced.

Year 4

Some great Christmas decorations using recycled jigsaw puzzles have been made. Such good learning for year 4 pupils.

Year 3

The positive energy and enthusiasm from our Year 3 children have led to the amazing creations of Christmas Jars and Advent wreaths.

Year 2

Mini Santa’s and some brilliant baubles were the focus in Year 2 which the children enjoyed thoroughly.

Year 1

Rudolph was theme and jigsaw puzzle pieces were the materials used in Year 1 for their decoations.

Foundation Stage

Glittering Christmas baubles showcasing an individual photo which will be great keep sakes for the children in Reception.


Accelerating progress in writing at Wigmore 

I have been extremely impressed with the amount of progress children have made with their writing this term. Well done to the following children who have been recognised in assembly today for their efforts.

Recognition has also gone to a number of children for making a special effort to read at home for 10 minutes every day, keep going. We want to see more children achieving the different Give Me Ten milestones as this will help support their progress in writing.

Class Name of child
Acorns (Reception) Adib
Conkers (Reception) Aleeza
Pine (Reception) Radu
Poplar (Year 1) Leunisa
Rowan (Year 1) Maryam
Yew (Year 1) Anayis
Aspen (Year 2) Layla-May
Hazel (Year 2) Jake
Juniper (Year 2) Lily
Elm (Year 3) Vir
Maple (Year 3) Max
Willow (Year 3) Maria
Beech (Year 4) AJ
Hawthorn (Year 4) Ioan
Linden (Year 4) Ismael
Holly (Year 5) Ayaan and James
Lime (Year 5) Alayna
Oak (Year 5) Jayson
Alder (Year 6) Wiktor
Ash (Year 6) Mireia
Birch (Year 6) Grace

Supporting our families

Thank you to our family workers who have been working incredibly hard over the last few weeks. Their hard work with a number of families shows demonstrates the important value of kindness. They have been working closely with the Salvation Army and have been able to support so many in different ways and sometimes it is as simple as just being there to listen and give some time. School uniform, shoes, wellies, trainers, coats, blankets, throws, hats, scarves, gloves, food and hygiene products and this list could continue. A steady flow of giving and receiving creates a climate of kindness and demonstrates empathy.

Gentle reminder

I have noticed an increased number of cars not using the Asda Car Park at school drop off and pick up. Please make a concerted effort in the new year to increase the daily steps, park in the Asda Car Park and walk the short distance up the hill to Wigmore. For those using the back gate please respect our local residents by parking considerately. By doing this you are keeping all members of our school community safe and reducing pollution outside the school – cars idling whilst parking up just to drop off quickly is not the way forward, active travel methods are the best option.

House Points

The children have been working incredibly hard in school to earn points for their House!

Week beginning Aviators Brewers Mechanics Plaiters
6.12.21 338 356 409 – WINNERS! 347
13.12.21 515 – WINNERS 440 354 423

The Gold Book

Well done to the following children who have been in the Gold Book over the last two weeks.

Class 10th December   17th December
Acorns (Reception) Lily Jan
Conkers (Reception) Dominika Elliot
Pine (Reception) Zachary Ananya
Poplar (Year 1) LJ Alannah
Rowan (Year 1) Tokoni Anthony
Yew (Year 1) Victor Louie
Aspen (Year 2) Cordane Olivia
Hazel (Year 2) Bethany Toby
Juniper (Year 2) Cosmin Euan
Elm (Year 3) Vir Zuzanna
Maple (Year 3) Laith Aulona
Willow (Year 3) Reeva Franklin
Beech (Year 4) Noah Ethan
Hawthorn (Year 4) Rafi Charlotte
Linden (Year 4) Muhammad Mrudha
Holly (Year 5) James Ata
Lime (Year 5) Mohamed Reggie
Oak (Year 5) Alejandra Ollie
Alder (Year 6) Amy Aisvanya
Ash (Year 6) Kartikeya Sebi
Birch (Year 6) Aaliyah Jake

School Value of the Month – respect award winners for November

Class Name of child
Acorns (Reception) Archie
Conkers (Reception) Eesa
Pine (Reception) Vlademir
Poplar (Year 1) Luca
Rowan (Year 1) Jai
Yew (Year 1) Edna
Aspen (Year 2) Gabriel
Hazel (Year 2) Dominik
Juniper (Year 2) Romain
Elm (Year 3) Alisha
Maple (Year 3) Keira
Willow (Year 3) Temitola
Beech (Year 4) Tahira
Hawthorn (Year 4) Sofia
Linden (Year 4) Divya
Holly (Year 5) Henrique
Lime (Year 5) Anika
Oak (Year 5) Pawel
Alder (Year 6) Agron
Ash (Year 6) Mahdi
Birch (Year 6) Natalie

Kindness award winners for December

Class Name of child
Acorns (Reception) Lyla
Conkers (Reception) Elijah
Pine (Reception) Aisha
Poplar (Year 1) Lawson
Rowan (Year 1) Evie
Yew (Year 1) Violet
Aspen (Year 2) Cordane
Hazel (Year 2) Isla
Juniper (Year 2) James
Elm (Year 3) Hasaan
Maple (Year 3) Carina
Willow (Year 3) Brielle
Beech (Year 4) Taylor
Hawthorn (Year 4) Cristi
Linden (Year 4) Abigail
Holly (Year 5) Philomena
Lime (Year 5) Charlotte
Oak (Year 5) Gabriela
Alder (Year 6) Amy
Ash (Year 6) Jacob
Birch (Year 6) Maleeha


453 (WB 6.12.21) and 458 (WB 13.12.21) children’s names were entered into our attendance “Wheel of Fortune” family prize draw.

At Wigmore we have to aim to be here every day! Excellent attendance is 97% or above. There are strong links between good attendance and good progress in school, both academically and socially.

Attendance for this school year at Wigmore stands at 93.7% which is slightly above the national average. At Wigmore we do not want to be slightly better than average – we want to be the best we can possibly be and reach our school target of 97%.

Class WB 6.12.21 Comment WB 13.12.21 Comment
Acorns (Reception) 88.9% Must improve! 90.7% Must improve!
Conkers (Reception) 79.8% Must improve! 81.1% Must improve!
Pine (Reception) 92.9% Must improve! 91.2% Must improve!
Poplar (Year 1) 95.5% Must improve! 94.1% Must improve!
Rowan (Year 1) 95.4% Must improve! 91.3% Must improve!
Yew (Year 1) 84.2% Must improve! 88.9% Must improve!
Aspen (Year 2) 93.2% Must improve! 98.2% WOW!
Hazel (Year 2) 91.7% Must improve! 88.6% Must improve!
Juniper (Year 2) 94.2% Must improve! 93.2% Must improve!
Elm (Year 3) 93.4% Must improve! 97.9% Outstanding!
Maple (Year 3) 89.5% Must improve! 94.9% Must improve!
Willow (Year 3) 90.9% Must improve! 87.4% Must improve!
Beech (Year 4) 84.8% Must improve! 95% Must improve!
Hawthorn (Year 4) 92% Must improve! 95.6% Must improve!
Linden (Year 4) 95.7% Must improve! 98.1% Outstanding!
Holly (Year 5) 80.2% Must improve! 88.1% Must improve!
Lime (Year 5) 94.7% Must improve! 93.2% Must improve!
Oak (Year 5) 96% WOW! 95.5% Must improve!
Alder (Year 6) 94.1% Must improve! 97.8% Outstanding!
Ash (Year 6) 92% Must improve! 91.7% Must improve!
Birch (Year 6) 93.9% Must improve! 93.5% Must improve!
Whole school 91.3% Must improve! 92.7% Must improve!

Lateness = lost learning!

5 minutes late every day 3 days of learning lost
10 minutes late every day 6 and half days of learning lost
15 minutes late every day 2 weeks of learning lost
20 minutes late every day 19 days of learning lost

Days off school = lost learning!

97% to 100% attendance  Excellent attendance! This is our goal!
95% attendance  10 days of learning lost per year
90% attendance 19 days of learning lost per year
85% attendance 29 days of learning lost per year
80% attendance 38 days of learning lost per year
75% attendance 47 days of learning lost per year

Staff farewells

Unfortunately the end of term in a school can often bring departures in a school. Today in Celebration assembly we said goodbye and good luck to the following members of staff and we wish them all the very best for their future endeavors. They have all served the school community admirably.

Miss Squires (Class teacher – Year 1 Yew Class) is pursuing a career outside the teaching profession. Miss Siddique will be taking on the role of class teacher in Yew Class from the beginning of the Spring term.

Mrs Attfield (Teaching Assistant) joined the school as a volunteer supporting Year 6 PE lessons and has made the decision to focus on enjoying time with her young grandson.

Mr Paul has worked in a range of roles across the school (Midday Supervisor, Crossing Patrol and Casual Teaching Assistant) he will be focusing on other things outside of school.

Mrs Harvey (Teaching Assistant) is retiring to spend time with her daughters and her dog Lyla.

Mrs Carmen (Teaching Assistant) is relocating to another part of the country. No doubt she will enjoy long walks by the beach with her family and four legged friends.

Mrs Lamb (Teaching Assistant) has secured employment in an early years setting after a number of years in the older year groups.

Mrs Josephs (Teaching Assistant) is due to have a baby very soon and is starting her maternity leave. We look forward to hearing of her news!

I do hope everyone has a safe and merry festive season and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to school in 2022!

With thanks for your continued support in the work we do with your children,

Mr Johnston