Crawford's in the Press!

Head Teacher Newsletter - Friday 7th October

Deuteronomy 31:6 "Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

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Head's Message

Welcome everyone,

It's been an action-packed week and one that has made us all very proud. Not only did we make the local press for our Harvest Festival, but we've also featured in the national 'Nursery World' magazine for our OPAL exploits. Please do take 5-10 minutes to read the article (attached below) because it very clearly outlines the 'Why?' 'How', and 'What' (along with the overwhelming benefits) of OPAL.

I can honestly say that this year we have the best team I have ever had at Crawford's since my tenure. We are all united and extremely driven in providing heartfelt, nurturing, and exceptional learning opportunities for our young learners. Our recent phonics workshop, harvest festival, TTRockstars day, and parents/carers evening attest to the ongoing committment my staff have.

It's also been affirming to receive such lovely feedback from you, the parents/carers and the community, about the school's development. A strategic vision for now and the imminent future is to raise the general awareness of 'Who we are?' as a school and what we are trying to achieve; your involvement is central to this so we look forward to more planned events and experiences which put the community at the heart of the school.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mr F.

Diary Dates


  • Thursday 13th - Parents' Evening - 4-6 pm
  • Thursday 13th - World mental Health Day - Miniature donkey's visit
  • Monday 17th - EYFS Open Day - 9-11 am
  • Tuesday 18th - U11 7 V 7 girls football festival
  • Friday 21st - Last day of half term
  • Monday 31st - PD Day


  • Tuesday 1st - Children return to school
  • Thursday 3rd - U9 Mixed Football Festival
  • Tuesday 8th - U11 7 V 7 Boys/Mixed Football Festival

Crawford's in the Press

OPAL at Crawford's has made it in to Nursery World. See below for the full article!

Twitter Weekly...

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School Development

This term, our focus is 'Maths Mastery.' On Wednesday 28th September, we launched our focus on developing fluent mathematicians by having a whole-school Times Tables Rockstars and Numbots day (see the letter sent out below). This was a fantastic, engaging day which encouraged us all to work together to support our children with their rapid recall of number facts. Watch this space to hear more, soon, about our next developments.

Mental Health Day

This coming Thursday we will all be celebrating 'Mental Health Day'. Children will be learning about the importance of well-being and how we can employ a range of strategies to maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit. As part of this, we will also be welcoming a visit from 'Miniature Donkeys' - we're all rather excited about this experience. Especially Mrs Mason, who has organised this once-in-a-lifetime event.
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Cog of the Week

This week our focus cog was 'Aspirational'. This cog places an emphasis on striving to be the best we can be. We often use the language 'Reach for the stars'; 'Be honest' and 'Take responsibility.' Our Christian stories about St. Peter and the 3 tents align beautifully with this value. See the link below for our teachings of St. Peter.
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Changes to our Admin Team

Our Office Manager, Mrs Barber, will be departing at the end of the term to embark on a new, exciting challenge; I'd like to thank Claire for always being such a brilliant front of house. Claire has given nearly 7 years of unwavering service to Crawford's. She is liked by all, especially the children. Personally, I'd like to thank Claire for always supporting and backing me! She will be sorely missed and we wish her every success in what is a new and positive chapter of her life.

We will also be saying farewell to Mrs Smith - Kayleigh has worked at Crawford's as our admin assistant for the past two years and she has adapted to a very busy, challenging admin environment post covid. Once again, she will be missed and we extend our gratitude for her professionalism and service.

We are advertising for a new Office Manager - if you know someone or are interested in this opportunity, please contact the school or apply via the link below.

Class Newsletters

Please see this term's class newsletters where you can find all about your child(ren)'s timetable, routines and curriculum.


Please can you ensure your contact details are up to date on Arbor. If you have had a change of contact number, email address etc please update this via Arbor or let the School Office know and they can update it for you.

Early-Help Clubs

Our early-help breakfast and after-school club are up and running - please sign up on Arbor and make payment. If you are in receipt of the Pupil Premium, all clubs are FREE. You will still need to sign up! Please see the letter sent this week along with the new club's list for this half term.

Please remember to come and talk to us if your child(ren) would like to attend a club but you are concerned about the financial implications.


Healthy Snacks

Please ensure your child has a healthy snack in school to have at break time - e.g., a piece of fruit, carrot sticks, muesli bar, yoghurt tube. No chocolate bars or crisps please, and nothing containing peanuts.

Younger children (YR to Y2) have fruit or vegetables provided by the School Fruit & Veg Scheme.

Please note, that 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.

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Allergy Awareness - Nut Free School

We are an allergy-aware school and would like to remind all families that there may be pupils in school with a nut allergy. If a child with a nut allergy comes into contact with nuts, or with a pupil who has eaten nuts, then this could lead to an anaphylactic reaction. Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction to a trigger such as an allergy.

Because of this, the school cannot accept products containing nuts to be provided in lunch boxes or for eating at other times.

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School Nursing Team Primary School Video

The Suffolk School Nursing team are pleased to share with you, a new video explaining the service and how to contact them.
Suffolk School Nursing Service | Supporting primary school aged children in Suffolk.

Cost of Living Support Leaflets

Explore Outdoor October Half Term Activities

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Safeguarding & Wellbeing

Cost of Living Leaflet

Are you a young carer or sibling carer?

Do you care for, or are affected by, a family member who has a physical or mental illness or missuses drugs or alcohol, you are a young carer. If you are a young person who is affected by a brother or sister’s disability, illness or additional needs, you are a sibling carer.

Suffolk Parent Workshops for Children's Mental Well Being

Please see below for a link to Youtube videos and free parent webinars for parents in Suffolk, covering a wide range of mental health issues for children and young people including anxiety, low mood and managing big feelings.

PST Parent/Carer Upcoming Workshops

NSPCC Social Media advice

Children and young people use many different social media apps and sites. The most popular are Facebook and Instagram, with many others such as Snapchat, TikTok and Twitter.

There are lots of benefits to social networking. They can allow users to stay connected with friends and family. They can also learn many different things, from make-up or gaming tutorials to making slime, or how to create their own videos.

Like most things, there can be negatives too. For children and young people, there are risks that you should be aware of, to help keep your child safe on social media.

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Further information for families seeking financial help

Will Wright at West Suffolk Council has advised that, for families that are not in receipt of free school meals, but that are in financial hardship:

A) Have you also spoken to the Citizen Advice service in West Suffolk about any financial hardship funds available?

Citizens Advice West Suffolk | Free, confidential, independent advice (


B) Suffolk Advice and Support Service

Suffolk Advice and Support Service Helpline (SASS) 0800 068 3131 | Community Directory

Communications Flow chart

This is a gentle reminder that we have a flow chart, which will assist you in directing any queries, issues or concerns. Please utilise this so we can best support you and your child/ren.

Updated Policies

The following policies have been updated by the School Governance Committee (SGC): of particular note, is our Behaviour for Learning Policy; we are no longer using Class Dojo - our rationale is that we strongly believe learning is not a competition, neither is it beneficial for children to perform or seek praise for an extrinsic award. We believe that recognition matters more to the children than rewards. By recognising pupils who go 'above and beyond' we instil aspiration, reflection, resilience, courage and a sense of belonging - we will, therefore, still be praising children in class and recognising their efforts and achievements - our award postcards will continue to be awarded but these will be via post as a special form of recognition. If you would like to know about the changes to the policy, please click on the policy link below:

Twitter has replaced Class Dojo

As we have now moved away from Class Dojo, we will be tweeting all learning through our Twitter account. Please sign up to see all the wonderful experiences and learning taking place. can see the full termly calendar, here, or on the school website.