Out of Adversity Comes Opportunity

Headteacher Newsletter - Monday 25th January 2021

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God, my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long - Psalm 25:5

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Contents

1. Admiration

2. Class Updates

3. Weekly Tweets

4. GET FIT with Mr. Hurkett

5. Charitable Causes & Collective Work in the Community

6. Fruit & Veg

7. GVTSSP

8. Phone calls from teachers

9. Pupils in school

10. TTRockstars/Numbots

11. Chromebook Loan

12. Raring2Go online magazine

13. Suffolk Wildlife Trust - family membership half-price offer

14. Safeguarding

1. Admiration

Hello everyone,


It was a relatively smooth week, last week...that is until the government announced staff COVID testing to commence on Monday 25th January (without providing the full guidance, instructions...oh and testing kits). Thankfully, these arrived late afternoon on Friday. Yet again, the office staff has my admirations for organising the majority of this (risk assessment, facilitating the recording, and data collecting) and ensuring we can provide this service for staff should they wish to opt-in. This will mean that the staff participating in this will now test themselves every Sunday and Wednesday evening. It is not known what the implications of this will be but please do bear with us.


Last week, I made a plea with all for contacting the school, if you are having IT issues or require devices so your child/ren can access Google Classroom with ease. This offer still stands so please do let your child/ren's teacher (or the office team) know should you wish to borrow a Chromebook.


Have a safe week ahead everyone and please do continue to work with the school, positively, so we can do all that we can!


Mr. Francksen

Executive Headteacher

2. Class Updates

Class 1

Mrs. Shave, Mr. Hurkett, and Miss Grist are super proud of how hard the children in class 1 are working both at home and at school. Well done to all the reception children and their hard-working families! You have adapted really well and shown lots of resilience! This week we held our first live phonics session. We all enjoyed seeing our class friends and catching up with each other. We hope to include some more story-based and show and tell sessions over the next few weeks. Don’t forget to fill in our daily evaluation form so I can see how you are getting on and help where needed. Take care all : )

Class 2

Mrs. Buckle and I are so impressed by Class 2’s resilience in adapting to our new learning circumstances. Whether at home or school lots of aspirational learning is happening. 66% of pupils are now filling out the daily evaluation which provides an opportunity to be reflective for them and invaluable feedback to me about their learning. This opens up a channel of communication where we can share the highs and lows of home learning as well as personalised support, advice, and additional challenge. I hope the children enjoy receiving their daily Vocaroo feedback, I have noticed many of you trying out suggestions and taking on aspirational learner challenges. The links for daily evaluations can be found at the bottom of the timetable on each day. Next week we look forward to starting live 1:1 maths sessions in the morning and 1:1 phonics sessions in the afternoon. We are all missing seeing each other's faces so small group Google meets have also been arranged so that the children can share the learning that they are proud of with each other. Fingers crossed we can all figure out how to use the technology! Stay safe.

Class 3

Class 3 has been enjoying some uplifting collective worship this week -listening to My Lighthouse by The Rend Collective: a fantastic message to inspire us all to be resilient and use our Cogs wisely, as well as inspiration to make good choices and follow God's light. Our first live maths lesson found us all using household items to help us to understand decimal number bonds. In our live English lesson, we listened to some fantastic poetry performances, well done to those of you who were very courageous and performed via Google Meet. Mr. Waters has been leading us through some R.E. as we planned our own versions of the Hindu story of creation. We welcomed a few more familiar faces on 18th January so well done for joining us. We wish everyone at home a safe and happy learning week.

Class 4

We’ve been following our R.E. learning through the beginning of the Hindu faith and the Hindu Creation story, through the story of Rama and Sita, and now we are learning more about karma. This means the way our actions (good or bad) have an influence over the future, be it positive or otherwise.


In our live English lesson, we listened to some fantastic poetry performances of the children's poetry, which were inspired by the poet, John Lyons. Really well done to those of you who were very courageous and performed via Google Meet. It is so lovely for the children and staff in school to connect with all the children at home. It is a real high point in our week...keep connecting! Our week is currently divided between Miss DP, Mrs. Welch, and Mr. Waters. Well done to those children who’ve started their 1:1 maths tuition programme - it’s going very well so far with some excellent learning taking place remotely as well as in school. Keep going everyone - we are getting stronger and more confident every day! P.S. don't forget your TT Rockstars!


We've also been enjoying some uplifting collective worship this week - learning the meaning of the Lord's prayer and listening to the modern version. In maths, Hedgehogs have been continuing their work on decimals and learning to multiply and divide by 10 and 100. Llamas have been identifying fractions.


Live lessons are now a boost to everyone's morale - Live HIIT sessions weekly, a daily story with Miss DP and English and Maths sessions all help everyone to remember the joy of learning together. As our school motto says, Following Jesus, together we care, inspire and achieve.

New School Song - My Lighthouse

Rend Collective - My Lighthouse (Official Video)

3. Weekly Tweets

If you use Twitter, please do go to our @CrawfordsPSchl Twitter handle to see what takes place throughout the week. Failing that, sit back and enjoy a snapshot, below.
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4. GET FIT with Mr. Hurkett

Last Wednesday saw the birth of 'GET FIT with Mr. Hurkett.': a series of 'live' and recorded physical fitness sessions. WOW! What a great turn-out and what a great way to all come together to share such a positive experience. Bear with us as we look to develop our 'GET FIT with Mr. Hurkett Youtube channel. Here, we plan on developing a bank of fitness sessions performed by our very own Enrichment Leader, Mr. Hurkett. Please click on the link, below, to join the next live session, this Thursday at 1.30 pm.
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5. Charitable Causes & Collective Work in the Community

JOBS

Due to COVID-19, our usual bi-weekly 'Open the Book' Collective Worship Team has sadly had to cease (for the time being). However, as Benjamin Franklin once said "Out of Adversity Comes Opportunity!" Thus, the Junior Open The Book Stewards (JOBS) was born. Our very own Jasmin and Harry from Year 5 have taken up the mantle. They've already done an amazing job by planning their first JOBS collective worship. They've also recently sent a beautiful letter to the PEW NEws Team. Please see this delightful letter, below.

This is our first contribution to PEW News and we want to keep you all in contact with our lovely school community on a regular basis from now on. Thank you for reading about our thoughts and our learning activities. Last week, we started our brand new weekly live P.E. sessions with our Enrichment Coach, Mr. Hurkett: he made us all huff and puff with lots of exercises which involved half an hour of hi-Impact jumps, turns, and crunches! This helps us all stay fit and healthy. Our Collective Worship this week started with us thinking about how St Peter gained the keys to Heaven. These whole school collective worships inspire us through interesting Bibles stories, and today everyone got involved (even our teachers!). Some children have also now started having 1:1 catch-up maths tuition, to help us with the things that CoronaVirus has made us struggle with; sometimes, when we can’t be in school in Lockdown, we have to top up our skills remotely. We have all been loaned super, new Chromebooks, so our remote learning, as well as our in-school learning, is going really well. It’s good to be able to speak with our friends on Google Classroom, too. Here’s a short prayer that we use to help us connect, communicate and bond with God. Til next week, we wish everyone safety and peace.

By Jasmine and Harry (Junior ‘Open The Book’ Stewards).

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6. Fruit & Veg

The government has confirmed that the Fruit & Veg Scheme is back on again. Therefore, we will shortly be receiving a fresh supply again.
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7. GVTSSP

Our resident Partnership Development Manager, Will Hopkin-Jones, has shared with us some weekly PE lockdown challenges. If Mr. Hurkett hasn't tired you out, please do check out their website, below, for some extra challenges.

8. Phone calls from teachers

All teaching staff are phoning at-home families once a week. You might see that their call appears as ‘number withheld’ when your phone rings. If you receive a call that has ‘number withheld’ please be aware that it could be your child’s class teacher, and we’d encourage you to pick up so that you don’t miss out on this weekly contact. When they can, teachers will leave a voicemail message.

9. Pupils in school

Please have a change of clothing, wellies, and waterproofs available every day. Layers for warmth as lots of windows open and spending time outside.

10. TTRockstars/Numbots

Last week, I announced the first TTRockstars house competition of the year. I am ecstatic to confirm that the turn out was great and it was a very intense challenge. The house scores can be viewed below. However, the winning house, Diamond, absolutely smashed the competition! Well done, Diamond!!! You will receive 50 house points!!! 2nd place = 30, 3rd place = 20 and 4th place = 10. We'll also be awarding the top 3 pupils in their house, with a certificate of achievement.


Well done everyone!


I'm still waiting for my first challenge...so, who's brave enough to challenge Godzilla Vali?

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11. Chromebook Loan

Please contact the school if you wish to loan a Chromebook - they will 100% enable children to access learning!
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12. Raring2Go online magazine

'Raring to Go' have issued a bumper COVID special by providing information about things taking place across the county - as well as some ideas for activities at home. Click on the link below to read more...

13. Suffolk Wildlife Trust - family membership half price offer

Our friends at Suffolk Wildlife Trust are currently offering all memberships at half price.

14. Safeguarding

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