God Save The Queen

Head Teacher Newsletter - Friday 23rd September

Ecclesiastes 12:7 - And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

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Head's Message

It's been a historical week and one that I'm sure we'll all remember forever. The school closure saw us pay our respects to the Queen and the Royal Family but, I'm sure, it also gave you a moment for personal and familial reflection. As we pass an era, we enter a new one. For today is tomorrow's status quo.

It's a bumper edition so please do sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy your time together.

Mr Francksen

Diary Dates


  • Monday 26th - Local Charity Week - Stowmarket Food Bank
  • Wednesday 28th - Numbots/TTRockstars Day

Class 1 - Number Blocks

Children can come dressed up as a number from Number Blocks!

Class 2 - Numbots

Children can come dressed up as a robot!

Class 3 and Class 4 - Times Table Rock Stars

Children can come dressed up as a rockstar!

  • Thursday 29th - EYFS, KS1 Phonics Showcase - 9-10.30


  • Monday 3rd - Harvest Festival at St. Mary's
  • Tuesday 4th - U9 Tag rugby festival
  • Thursday 6th - Parents' Evening - 4-6 pm
  • 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

Twitter Weekly...

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School Development - Improving Educational Outcomes Plan

Miss Faiers, our maths subject voice, is leading our 'Improving Educational Outcomes Plan' (IEOP) this Autumn term. All staff are collaborating to ensure maths is an enjoyable, practical and challenging subject. Developing a growth mindset (resilient and courageous approach) is key for us all so please do ask your child/ren how they are learning in maths. A huge focus is on children learning through concrete (physical resources), and pictorial (representations/pictures) methods therein enabling a much better and conceptual understanding of maths; this in turn, supports children with understanding the more complex and abstract forms of maths. As part of this development, Miss Faiers is launching our very first Numbots & Times Table Rockstars festival next week. Watch this space; I've heard through the grapevine that some teachers are going to be put in the hot seat!
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Cog of the Week

This week our focus cog is being 'Inquisitive.' As stories from the bible unveil, Nicodaemus was a man who learned through his questioning. Just like Nicodemus, at Crawford's, we encourage children to ask questions, look for answers and develop their curiosity. There is no such thing as a silly question - 'The greatest gift is not being afraid to question.'
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Please see this term's class newsletters where you can find all about your child(ren)'s timetable, routines and curriculum.

Class Newsletters

Early-Help Clubs

Our early-help breakfast and after-school club begin next Monday 12th - 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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Rocksteady New Sign Ups Open

The start of the new academic year is a great time to begin Rocksteady lessons. Your child can enjoy the magic of music by learning to play in their very own band through weekly in-school rock and pop lessons. It’s the perfect chance to learn new musical skills, while having fun along the way. Parents often find that Rocksteady lessons also boost children’s confidence, wellbeing, life skills and even academic achievement.

Please see the letter for further information and how to sign up.

Dance Classes at Haughley and Woolpit

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Music Clubs at Abbeygate Sixth Form Centre

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Stowupland Sports Centre October Half Term Clubs

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October Sports Camp

Sports Camp: 24-27 October 2022

Mon 24 Oct: AM Skateboarding or Target games . PM Skateboarding or Team games

Tue 25 Oct: AM Gymnastics or Football / PM Football or Dance or Parkour

Wed 26 Oct: AM Inflatables day / PM-Inflatables day

AM Nerf + laser tag / PM

Flyer attached

AGES: 5 – 12 Venue: Beyton, Thurston Sixth (IP30 9AA)

£10 per workshop

Go to www.gvtssp.org

Safeguarding & Wellbeing

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 (suffolkwestcab.org.uk)


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.

Remember...you can see the full termly calendar, here, or on the school website.