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Brightlingsea Infant School
Eastern Road, Brightlingsea, CO7 0HU, UK Colchester
+44 (0)1206 302719


We are very pleased to welcome you and your child to our school community. We have a strong emphasis on developing positive partnerships with parents/carers and children in order to extend children's learning and experiences in school.

Our school places high priority on teaching the whole child. We know that children learn best if they are part of a stimulating and happy environment where academic skills are developed alongside social, physical and emotioal skills. Play forms an important part of children's early learning and we structure their play to help them develop their language, social skills and understanding of the world.

The external space around the school allows us to be creative in developing a child friendly play space. Quiet, ball game, and shaded areas allow children to find a suitable area to enhance their activity and imagination. Our Foundation Stage Play Area enables children to enjoy a continuous learning environment both inside and outside the classroom.

lightbulb image as link to inrteractive zoneBrightlingsea Infant School shares its site with Brightlingsea Junior School. The Infant School building opened in 1967 and consists of seven classrooms in the main building and three re-locatable classrooms situated near the playground area.

You'll find more useful information about all aspects of Brightlingsea Infant School in the prospectus.

J. Hunt - Head B Ed.(Hons)

News ...
We are pleased that our recent Ofsted inspection judged the quality of our school as good, highlighting the significant impact of recent improvements on the standard of education we provide.

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Our Reception classes offer a stimulating learning environment, helping children to develop a positive attitude to learning.  The newly developed learning space gives children the opportunity to experience many different aspects of learning.  We understand the importance of play in children’s learning and lunchtimes are supervised by trained staff to motivate and encourage the children in directed play.

Areas and aspects of learning for the foundation stage

Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
1 Dispositions and attitudes
2 Self-confidence and self-esteem
3 Making relationships
4 Behaviour and self-control
5 Self-care
6 Sense of community

Communication, language and literacy (CLL)
1 Language for communication
2 Language for thinking
3 Linking sounds and letters
4 Reading
5 Writing
6 Handwriting

Mathematical Development (MD)
1 Numbers as labels and for counting
2 Calculating
3 Shape, space and measures

Knowledge and understanding of the world(KUW)
1 Exploration and investigation
2 Designing and making skills
4 A sense of time
5 A sense of place
6 Culture and beliefs

Physical development (PD)
1 Movement
2 A sense of space
3 Health and bodily awareness
4 Using equipment
5 Using tools and materials

Creative development (CD)
1 Exploring media and materials
2 Music
3 Imagination
4 Responding to experiences and expressing and communicating ideas

Year One aims to consolidate children’s learning and to build upon and further develop the knowledge and skills they have gained in the Foundation Stage. We try to make the children’s learning as practical and as cross curricular as possible. We have daily mathematics and literacy lessons and offer a broad range of subjects across the week. Children learn to become increasingly more independent both in their learning and in their personal organisation. We welcome parent helpers into the classroom and have regular Show and Share sessions where children can share their work with an adult.

Other information:
The Year One team is:
1RM Miss Sue Roche and Mrs Carol Middleton
1V Mrs. Jan Verrier
1M Mrs. Catherine Mansfield

The Year Group Teaching assistants are: Ms Tania Jones, Mrs. Teresa Hornsby and Mrs. Jane Weaver

In Year 2 we help the children to develop their ability to work and think independently. We build on the children’s previous school experience making sure there is continuity and progression throughout the school.

Children learn through a wide variety of activities including daily Maths and Literacy lessons. There are opportunities to read every day: individually, as part of a group or during a class lesson. Children have the chance to practise their reading skills through reading instructions, stories on the electronic whiteboard, and timetables and notices in the classroom and around the school. In the Literacy lesson we focus on a wide range of books including story, information and poetry books. We encourage children to write for different audiences and to extend their use of descriptive vocabulary. We teach the children to begin to understand how a non-fiction book works, including using an index and contents pages as well as starting to use a glossary correctly.

As part of the Maths curriculum we encourage the children to solve number work mentally, become confident in showing how they solve a problem and to use a variety of methods to reach an answer.

In Year 2 we experience a wide variety of activities: children are able to learn to play the recorder in an after-school club; they take part in a clothes show as part of our topic on ‘Rubbish’ in the Summer Term and we prepare music for an end-of-year show.

As part of learning about the world beyond the school gate we take the children on visits in Brightlingsea and beyond. We use the local environment as much as possible by visiting a local place of worship, watching the Deputy’s Parade and using the resources offered by the beach and the surrounding area.

Other information:
The Year Two team is:
2P Mrs. Amanda Pearson
2S Mrs. Shirley and Mrs. Webster
2H Mrs. Sarah Brigden

The Year Group Teaching assistants are: Mrs. Bond, Mrs.Yvonne Pye and Mrs. Jane Hearn

P.E. Please ensure P.E kits are named and in school everyday. Each class has one lesson of Dance and one of Gym. Class Teachers will notify you of P.E. days.
Please remove all items of jewellery, including earrings, on PE days. For newly pierced ears, please provide micro-pore tape.

Reading Please continue hearing your child read and share books with them daily. It would be helpful if you could note in the Reading Record book when you have done so.



This is a new club and is proving to be very popular with the children. We meet on Tuesday after school at 3-10.


Choir meets on a Wednesday after school. This term we have enjoyed singing some of our favourite songs as well as learning new songs.

The emphasis is always on singing for enjoyment and we enjoy singing action rhymes, in a round and the more traditional songs.

We also have a time each week when our budding 'Pop Idols' have the opportunity to sing in a small group, as a duet or sing solo!


The computer club has proved once again to be very popular. This term we meet on Thursday at 3-15. Children are able to use the skills they have learnt in school while learning a few more.  During past clubs we have used Print Shop Deluxe a publishing programme, Max’s Show, a child friendly PowerPoint , 2 Type and Colour Magic. This term we are 'Scrapbooking' using Word, Colour Magic and the Scanner.


Learn how to cook 'yummy' things to eat. To date we have used recipes to make:

  • Mouth-watering Crispy Cakes.

  • Crunchy Butterscotch Biscuits.

  • Delicious Oatcakes.

  • Savory Sausage Rolls.

  • Chocolate Chip Cakes.

    Why not try our Butterscotch Biscuits recipe for yourself, have fun and afterwards eat what you have made!

     1 cup of flour.
    4 teaspoons of margarine.
    2 tablespoons of golden syrup.
    ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda.
    ¼ teaspoon of vanilla essence.

    1 Put fat and syrup in saucepan and heat gently until melted.
    2 Add vanilla essence.
    3 Pour liquid into sieved flour with bicarbonate of soda and mix well.
    4 Roll out thinly and cut into rounds.
    5 Place on greased baking sheet.
    6 Bake for 6 to 8 minutes at 180.
    7 When cooked place on cooling rack.
    Eat and enjoy.


    This is another new club very popular and great fun!


    We meet on Wednesday after school at 3-10 and are fortunate to have Josh Pearson coaching us this year.


    We bought a small greenhouse last year which was very productive in growing tomatoes. The children enjoyed picking and eating them!

    The club has been very active in designing and planting areas around the school most noticeably in the Foundation area.

    We have also planted a number of fruit bushes which will be added to in the near future.


    A new term, a new Recorder Club! We meet Wednesday mornings at 8-30.This year we are delighted to have Lizzie Merrell teaching the children.


    Meet on Friday after school at 3-10 in the main hall.

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