A School Hero?!

Headteacher Newsletter - Monday 24th May 2021

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Contents

1. Class Updates

2. Weekly Tweets...

3. BMX Enrichment session - this Thursday

4. Coronavirus update letter from Mr Berry

5. Active School Hero

6. Half Term Activity Camps

7. Y4 & Y5 pupils and their families: SET Ixworth Open Evening

8. Suffolk County Council reminder - Lateral Flow Testing for Asymptomatic Adults & Young People

9. Communications Flow Chart

10. Safeguarding & Wellbeing

1. Class Updates

Class 1

This week we reflected on our trip to Thorpe woodlands by writing a sentence about our experience and produced some excellent work around their interests. Our RE session provided lots of discussion in looking back at ourselves as babies and what makes us precious. We will be building on our learning again this coming week and adding lots more to it in other areas of our learning as the children found it so interesting.

Class 2

We have been reading ‘10 Things I Can Do to Help My World’ this week and discussing how we can help the environment. We also learned about which information is private and should not be shared online and which information is personal and can be shared online. The children decided that it was safest to talk to people about their pets and their hobbies. One of the children reminded us of this song and how important it is to keep your privates private and not to get undressed online. The children were all very confident that they should always tell an adult if anyone says or does anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. Please do encourage your child to talk about these themes at home and share what they have learned.

Class 3

Following the Thorpe Woodlands trip, we have had a lot to talk about, and reflect on in class. It has been interesting to hear the wide range of personal feelings that the children felt and how they changed during the different activities, throughout the day. We will be writing a personal recount of our experience, so we’ve been studying the key features of a recount and ‘mind mapping’ our recollections of the day. In maths, hedgehogs have been learning how to do short multiplication and llamas have been working on their understanding of column addition. In art, the children started to research LS Lowry, with a focus on his ‘Going to Work’ painting, and thinking about how it links with our geography topic ‘UK Cities.’ In RE, we revisited the story of ‘Jonah and the Whale’ which threw up lots of ‘big questions’ and then we thought about what it means to be on a mission.

Class 4

This week, we have been thinking about the achievements of Alexander the Great, one of our key characters in History: by researching key facts about his life, we began to understand more about this courageous king and conqueror. Learning about the Resurrection in R.E. is making us reflect on how the Disciples’ sorrow turned into joy as they realised Jesus was amongst them on the road to Emmaus. Our Maths is really embedding our understanding of decimals, of the importance of accurate place value, and how to convert decimals to fractions and vice versa. The Golden Mile is always a highlight at the end of the week, and the week starts with a joyful visit to St Mary’s CHurch for a Collective Worship led by Reverend Brin. Thank you Rev Brin!). Look out for our prayer in the Pew News next week, too.

2. Weekly Tweets...

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3. BMX Enrichment session

Mr. Hurkett has arranged for more OAA (Outdoor Adventurous Activity) for Y3 and above pupils with a BMX day today. Watch this space to hear all about it.

4. Coronavirus update letter from Mr Berry

5. Active School Hero

We are *very* excited to announce that Mr. Hurkett has been nominated for the Active School Hero Awards at Bardwell Primary School. If you’d like to nominate him, or any other member of staff, the nominations are open until 11th June. Please see the link, below.
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6. Half Term Activity Camps

We have agreed to circulate a flyer and review (see below) for MatchDay sports camps being held at Walsham-le-Willows Sports Club. Please note that these are organised and run by a third party and are not endorsed by the school.


Half term activities for families on income-related Free School Meals

Abbeycroft Leisure Centre have asked us to let you know that they are offering:

  • Family Park Cooking Days (At least one child from each family must be aged 8 years or over). Families take home a week of food and ingredient cards.

  • Adventure Day (children must be aged between 8-12 years). Children receive packed lunch and snacks.

“To be eligible families should be entitled to Free School Meals. We can also accept Young Carers, looked-after children, children in care and children at risk of exploitation.

If you have parents that would like to book, please get them to email Explore Outdoor directly and we will send them all the relevant information.

Please ask them to identify which school they have been nominated from for a Family Park Cooking Day or an Adventure Day.

exploreoutdoor@acleisure.com

Abbeycroft Leisure have also asked us to compile a list of any children/families that may be interested in taking part in their Summer Holiday programme. They say, “We have secured DfE HAF funding and will be delivering a much larger programme of activities running in the Summer Holidays. Once we have filled our May half term dates we will be signposting families to our summer holiday programme.

During the summer we will be offering our Family Park Cooking sessions and Adventure Weeks (4 days of activity).

Please start compiling a list of all the children you would like to attend in the summer holidays.

Our offer is in addition to all other summer holiday offers. Remember we provide every family a week of food. Don’t let your vulnerable families miss this opportunity.”


If you are interested in their Summer holiday provision, please let Mrs Allman know and she will pass on your details to them.

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7. Y4 & Y5 pupils and their families: SET Ixworth Open Evening

Please see the flyer below for details of the SET Ixworth Open Evening for Y4 and Y5 pupils and their families.
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8. Suffolk County Council reminder - Lateral Flow Testing for Asymptomatic Adults & Young People

SCC has said to us, “Please continue to encourage all families to continue with regular lateral flow testing at home to help stop the spread of the virus. Testing kits are free to order and available from Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). Families can also pick free testing kits up from their local pharmacies and libraries. A full list of where families can collect lateral flow kits can be found here Find where to get rapid lateral flow tests - NHS (test-and-trace.nhs.uk). Rapid lateral flow tests are for people who do not have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, if anyone is showing symptoms of COVID-19 they should obtain a PCR test.

9. Communications Flow Chart

We know that when parents have a concern that relates to their child at school, whether it’s pastoral, curriculum or staffing in nature, they often feel the best way forward is to ask to see the head or deputy head. In our experience, many of these concerns can often be most quickly resolved by talking first to the most appropriate person. The communication flow chart below outlines who this will be.

10. Safeguarding & Wellbeing

Please use the links below to learn more about important topics including online/social media, safeguarding and wellbeing resources, updates.