Music is the short hand of emotion!

Headteacher Newsletter - Wednesday 30th March 2022

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Calendar Dates

Wednesday 6th April

- Phonics showcase for Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 Parents

Wednesday 6th April

- Family Church Service

Thursday 7th April

- Rocksteady Easter Concert

Thursday 7th April

- Last day of Term

Friday 8th April

- PD Day (School closed to pupils)

Monday 11th April - Friday 22nd April

- School Holidays

Monday 25th April

- School returns after Easter Holidays

Focus on Music

I have recently taken over as the music subject leader for the school. I have had a look at what music is already happening in the different classes.

Class 2 and 3 both have a weekly lesson with Mr. Watson from the Suffolk Music Service. Class 2 sing and learn to play the recorder. Class 3 is learning to play guitar.

In Classes 1 and 4 we are following a music scheme called Charanga. In Class 1 we learn to sing different rhymes every week (this week it is Row, Row, Row Your Boat) using our voices to produce high and low sounds. The children listen to and move to different styles of music to learn about beat and rhythm and sometimes we use percussion instruments. We have a performance area in the classroom where the children can sing and dance, using instruments or a CD.

In Class 4 the children are using a computer programme to compose their own music as well as learning about different styles of music and musical notation.

I have introduced a programme of music for the children to listen to as they come into and out of Collective Worship so that over the year they will hear many different styles of music from around the world and from different eras.

Going forward I would like the school to have a regular singing practice together and perhaps to form a choir.

I believe that music is a universal language that appeals to all of us and I hope that your children will all be able to say that they enjoy and look forward to their music lessons!

Jo Ling

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Maxwell Charnley Exhibition

Please do pop into the Maxwell Charnley room (next door to the Post Office) before the end of March and see your child's contribution to the Haughley Wildlife Exhibition. The Exhibition runs until the end of the month - so hurry! Don't miss it!

Crawford's Mother's/ Auntie's/ Grandmother's Day Perception March 2022

For those who attended the lunch last week we hope you enjoyed your experience and would gratefully welcome your feedback.


Please note, any snacks brought in to school will be collected by the Class Teacher and handed out at break time. Therefore, please can you ensure that any tubs, bags etc are named.

Phonics Showcase - Wednesday 6th April 2022

For parents of Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 Children - Please arrive for an 8.45 am meet in the school dining hall. A presentation will take place at 9.00 am followed by the opportunity to see your child(ren) being taught phonics (in their group). N.B. If you have more than one child, you may move across groups to observe them.
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Swimming lessons (Y3-Y6) - advance notice

We are pleased to let you know that we have had confirmation of a weekly swimming lesson for ALL pupils in Y3, Y4, Y5, and Y6. These will take place at Stowmarket Leisure Centre in the Summer Term.

By the time they leave primary school, each pupil is required to be able to do the following:

  • Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
  • Swim competently, confidently, and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • Use a range of strokes effectively, for example, front crawl, backstroke, and breaststroke.

We will contact the families of Y3-Y6 pupils with further information in due course.

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Early-help - Breakfast and After School Clubs

Our Early-help Clubs can be seen below.

After School:

Monday - Ball games with GVTSSP

Tuesday - Basketball with GVTSSP

Thursday - Fitness Fun with Mr. Hurkett

Friday - Computer Club with Mr. Hurkett

Clubs will are bookable in Arbor. Please ensure you pack a healthy snack for your child to have during After School Club and - as ever - let the office staff know if you don't need your place so they can free it up for someone else.

Free School Meals - could you be eligible?

Your child may be eligible for free school meals throughout primary school. This could save you approximately £437 per year.

To check or apply online, visit:

Check if you're eligible

Your child will get free school meals if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit but no element of Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenues & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190

  • If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work fewer hours per week

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month), as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods).

To check if your child is eligible, apply online for an immediate response or call 01473 260989.

We encourage you to apply because the school receives additional funding (Pupil Premium) for all children on income-related Free School Meals.

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The Regal Theatre Easter Poster

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