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Children in Need 2020

Monday, 16 November 2020

Thank you to everyone for making this year's Children in Need celebrations special. The children enjoyed dressing up in 'spots and yellow'. As a school we raised over £300 for this worthy cause!

URGENT Key Worker Information

Friday, 20 March 2020

20 March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers


Following the announcement from the Government that school closure will not be "an educational setting" but a "safe place" for critical workers to leave their children and the publication of the ‘key worker’ list, we need to collect details of which families fall into this group so we can plan accordingly.

World Book Day and Reading Together

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Last week's Reading together session on World Book Day was a phenomenal success. The hall was packed with parents and children - ALL reading together! The children loved their bookmarks, which were carrots or pumpkins. There are 17 bookmarks to collect....which one will be given out this week?


Gymnastic County Champions!

Monday, 09 March 2020

On Sunday 8th March, Richard de Clare gymnastics travelled to Chelmsford Gymnastics Club to participate in the floor and vault County Final, having won our area competition. We are through to the national finals in May. 

Sports Hall Athletics County Finalists

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

A massive congratulations to the Sports Hall Athletics Team for competing in and winning the Level 2 finals on Monday. It was a great event and the children showed amazing teamwork and determination!

This means we will now be attending the county championships at Southend Leisure & Tennis Centre on Wednesday 11th March, competing as part of the top 14 schools in Essex.

Seasonal Celebrations

Monday, 16 December 2019

Our Seasonal Celebration performances have now finished. Thank you to everyone who came. Each year group also produced a hamper to raffle off at each performance. We raised an amazing £289 to go towards our defibrillator! 

Our Football Superstars!

Wednesday, 06 November 2019
Well done to the school's Football Team who represented the Halstead/Hedingham area in the Level 2 Football Finals at Witham Town Football Club today. It was a very tough and close competition. The boys finished the tournament 2nd place with 1 win 2 draws and 1 loss.  Their next event will be a 6 a side tournament on Thursday 21st November at Notley Discovery Centre.

Brilliant Book Bus Visit!

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

The Book Bus came to visit us today. Children from Year 4, 5 and 6 swapped some of our library books for new ones. The children can't wait to get reading!

Year 5 Greek Pot Making

Wednesday, 09 October 2019

Year Five enjoyed an exciting trip to The  Ramsey Academy this week as part of their topic on The Ancient Greeks and ceramics.  They learnt new skills and made clay pots that will be fired and then painted at school. The children found making the pots a good challenge but they had great fun making them and they learnt a lot. Thank you to The Ramsey Academy for hosting the sessions.

1st Place Winners!

Monday, 30 September 2019
A huge congratulations to the Year 5/6 Football Team for winning the Level 1 football finals at The Ramsey Academy. The boys played brilliantly as a team and there were also some excellent individual performances. We scored 15 goals and conceded 0 in 3 matches. This means we progress to the Level 2 finals at Witham Football Club on Wednesday 6th November. 


Kandinsky Study

Friday, 27 September 2019
Oak Class have been studying the artist Kandinsky. His work feature lots of different shapes, especially circles. The children had to roll strips of paper up using a variety of colours to create their pictures. Next they went onto create pictures using concentric circles, circles within circles. They worked really hard with a partner. 

Artist in Residence

Friday, 14 June 2019

Artist in residence and ex pupil Will Claridge worked with every pupil in the school to create a very special memory to mark the school's 175th anniversary. We are delighted with the finished work of art.

175th Anniversary Celebrations

Monday, 03 June 2019

We have some very special events planned for our 175th Anniversary Celebration! To celebrate this amazing milestone, we have a week full of festivities planned! Click to see the full article with more information.

Year 3 Artist Visit 2

Friday, 17 May 2019

Local artist, Will Claridge, visited Year 3 this week. He engaged the children by talking about his own artwork and inspirations. He linked the artwork to their topic of Jack and The Beanstalk by doing leaf printing. 


200 Million Minutes Winners!

Friday, 10 May 2019

Well done to Kayla (Y5), Chloe (Y5) and Sasha (Y3) for being our top 3 readers during the challenge! A special mention goes to Summer (Y2) for raising £83, Mazie-Grace (EYFS) for raising £25 and Lacey (EYFS) for raising £10! The school read a total of 199,603 minutes!

May Day Maypole!

Wednesday, 08 May 2019

Our Country Dancers performed maypole and country dances at the May Day celebration in the Public Gardens on Monday. They danced beautifully and represented our school so well. A special mention also goes to the HSA for their stall to raise a few more pennies for the Cozy Cabin project!

Year 3 Artist Visit

Tuesday, 07 May 2019

Last week, Year 3 had a very special visit from a local artist, Mr Gardner. The children had a go at creating their own abstract painting using a variety of mediums.

Ivan in The News

Friday, 03 May 2019

Ivan in Year 4 was recently featured in Colchester Hospital's Diabetes Team newsletter! He shared the recipe Year 4 used to make their salad nicoises last term. 

Cross Country Final

Monday, 29 April 2019

Peter, Y5, placed 42nd in the Year 5 division of the Essex County Cross Country final on Friday. He also placed 1st in our region, North West Essex. We are so proud of his achievements, along with the whole of the Cross Country team! 

Sewing Club

Wednesday, 03 April 2019

Sewing Club for this term has finished. The children have made some beautiful little pillows! A letter will be sent home this week if your child is interested in joining the club after the Easter holiday (Y4-6 only).

Healthy Schools Awards

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Richard de Clare received their Healthy Schools award at a ceremony held at the Chelmsford City race course on Tuesday.  Staff and our Healthy schools ambassadors, Sophie and Henry, picked up the award which recognises the hard work everybody from our school community puts in to improve the health of our children.  the award recognised areas such as healthy school dinners, lessons and curriculum that share important lessons on healthy lifestyles and improved access to physical activities and clubs.

Kindness Week

Monday, 18 March 2019
Assemblies this week will be themed around our Core Values, "Be Kind, Be Safe, Respect" and children will be undertaking PSHE work in class, exploring kindness to one another and what this might look like. For these next few weeks our Core Value tokens (earned when children demonstarate on of our Core Vlaues ( Be kind, be safe, respect), are going multicloured. Each year group will be collecting a different colour token to go towards our massive rainbow display in the school hall; we aim to colour the school with kindness!

Anti-Bullying Workshop

Friday, 15 March 2019

Six of our children went to Chelmsford Racecourse this week to participate in the Multi-School Council anti-bullying event. There were a range of workshops including role playing different scenarios, designing t-shirts and writing a song about inclusion. The children who attended represented RdC beautifully. 

Gymnastic Success

Monday, 11 March 2019

Our Gymnastics Team performed at the county finals in Chelmsford this weekend! It was a great competition, well attended with lots of talented gymnasts. The team also got to watch a special performance from Nicole, the current British Gymnastics champion! A big thank you to Mrs Huggins and Mrs Davey for their commitment to the team!

Mummifying Tomatoes!

Friday, 08 March 2019

Year 3 have been mummifying tomatoes this week! They followed a set of instructions to complete the process, and then made their own instructional video!

We Need You!

Monday, 04 March 2019

2019 marks Richard de Clare's 175th birthday! If you, or someone you know, has attended or worked at Richard de Clare, we would love to hear about your experiences at the school! Please view the whole article for more information. 

Archie Dress Up Day

Monday, 25 February 2019

A huge thank you to everyone who dressed up and donated! The winners were Maddison (Y6), Olivia (Y5), Callum (Y4), Lily (Y3), Jasper (Y2), Sonny (Y1) and Mazie-Grace (EYFS). The winners received a book token. 

Richard de Clare Community Academy, Halstead