Headteacher Newsletter - Monday 17th January 2022

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Good morning everyone,

Another week has whizzed by and I'm aggrieved to say we're still grappling with the ongoing government and local authority Covid changes. I must admit, it's becoming a real challenge to continue to navigate what feels like an ever-changing minefield. As of today, the self-isolation guidance has changed again - it's been reduced to 5 days - please see below for further information.

We're currently still at Level 1, however, I am ever mindful that things can change rapidly and we've had a week where a few more positive cases have been recorded. We are awaiting advice from the Suffolk County Council but it looks likely we may be heading into Level 2. What does this mean - potentially increased measures such as class bubbles, and staggered start and end times. Therefore, please do bear with us and understand that when something changes, it's important for us to notify you...sometimes with very little notice.

Moving on to reflect upon the past week, it's been wonderful to see our whole-school focus on Reciprocal Reading evolving - the approach of 'Questioning', 'Predicting', 'Clarifying' and 'Summarising' in literacy (and across all subject areas) is really beginning to add a depth and flavour to learning which we've never seen before. Furthermore, engaging with books at every opportunity is also beginning to pay dividends in our quest to develop a Reading for Pleasure (RfP) culture. Our school environment is becoming immersed in books and language.

In staff training last week, the theme was reciprocal reading with different texts.

Mrs. Ling and Mrs. Buckle have also been working with our reception and Y1/2 children on their decoding skills in phonics - paired reading is now part of their staple diet!

Daily Read-Aloud Texts (RAT) is another way we're trying to embed a book culture at Crawford's - this simple but pleasurable focus provides children with 10-15 minutes of uninterrupted book reading - children just sit back and listen to the teacher read an engaging book.

We've got lots more planned to continue to build our reading for pleasure culture; a good start is by sharing the Book Trust's '100 Great Book's Guide'. Enjoy and remember to...

“Take a good book to bed with you—books do not snore.”

Mr. Francksen

Book Trust - Good Books Guide

Please have a look at this Good Books Guide from the Book Trust. It’s a useful reference for all ages.

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Church Family Service

This half-term's Family Church Service will be on Wednesday 16th February at 2.30 pm. It will be led by Class 2. Please do come along to celebrate the children's achievements and to cement our togetherness.

Applications for a school place - deadline

It's the last weekend to apply for a primary school place for children due to start school in September 2022. All applications should be submitted online to Suffolk County Council by 15th January.

You'll be able to view the outcome of your application on 19 April 2022, the National Offer Day. You can view your school place offer by logging into the school admissions portal you used to apply. You'll also receive an email with details of your child’s offer of a school place.

Change to lunch for Pupil Census Day - 20th January

We complete a school Census every term for the Department for Education and we get increased funding if all children that are eligible for a Free School Meal take one on the day.

To encourage take-up, the menu is changing on Thursday 20th January from the usual roast dinner to pizza and chips followed by ice cream.

We hope that your child will take the opportunity to have a school meal next Thursday!

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Changed your mobile over Christmas?

If you have a new mobile number please ensure you have informed the School, you can do this via Arbor or let a member of office staff know.

Please ensure we have contact details for everyone in your family that has parental responsibility for a pupil.

Updated isolation advice

Once again the rules around isolation have changed. From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.

Early-help - Breakfast and After School Clubs

Our Early-help Clubs can be seen below.

After School:

Monday - Ball games with GVTSSP

Tuesday - Target games with GVTSSP

Thursday - Multi-sports with Mr. Hurkett

Friday - Lego Club with Mr. Hurkett

Clubs will restart in the week of 10th January and 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.

Dress for the weather

We are very proud of being such an active, outdoorsy school but we would like you to ensure your child is fully prepared for the wintry weather. We are noticing quite a few chilly fingers and cold noses outside!

Please make sure that your child *always* has layers on - a vest, with a long-sleeved cotton T-shirt under a school logo'd sweatshirt is ideal, with warm jogging bottoms - thin leggings are not warm enough in this weather. If your child likes to wear shorts throughout the year, this is fine but do consider wearing sports skins underneath. I'd also suggest thick warm socks or tights instead of school ankle socks. All children need comfortable sturdy shoes/trainers as well as a pair of wellies. Please also ensure your child has a coat, hat, gloves, and scarf each day, as well as a change of clothes that can be held in school.

Don't forget to label all items - ask the office staff if you need to borrow a permanent marker pen.

Thank you for your help with keeping us active and outdoors!

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.

Rocksteady - Would your child like to play in their very own rock band?

Rocksteady in-school band lessons are the perfect opportunity for your child to learn new skills, develop friendships and have the time of their life.

Watch this short video to see what learning in a band could do for your child’s well-being:

United Education Holiday Camp Survey

We have been asked by United Education to share a link to their most recent survey regarding a Holiday Camp they are hosting in April 2022. If you are able to help out and complete the survey please see the link below.

Calendar Dates

Monday 17th January

- Collective Worship at St.Mary's Church

Thursday 20th January

- Census Day

- Rock Steady

Monday 17th January

- Collective Worship at St.Mary's Church

Thursday 27th January

- Rock Steady

Monday 3rd February

- Collective Worship at St.Mary's Church

Thursday 6th January

- Rock Steady

Wednesday 16th February

- Family Church Service