The Children are the Curriculum

Head of School Newsletter - Autumn 2019

In an effective classroom students should not only know what they are doing, they should also know 'why' and 'how'.

Welcome back to you all and, of course, welcome to our new parents, pupils, and staff!


Already, I find myself sending a belated newsletter due to the term starting with a bang! I have been incredibly impressed with how everyone has started the term by hitting the ground running. A favourite mantra of mine is 'Go slow now so we can go fast later.' However, I'll reserve that thought for now because everyone at Crawford's has been in full steam ahead mode.


Our new Early Years pupils have been amazing; coming into school with their smart uniforms, smiley faces, and brave hearts has had us all awestruck. They have settled incredibly well and are already making a wonderful addition to the children at Crawford's.


A new academic year also brings new changes to classrooms, staff, and pupils. I would like to welcome our new starters including Mr. Payne and Mrs Shave.


Mr. Payne is our maths teacher for Years 4, 5 and 6 (along with being the Class 3 teacher); he is also the maths, science, and behaviour leader across the school.


In my last newsletter, I spoke about the rebuilding of our curriculum to ensure a contextualised approach and taking on board the significant community events and individuals of the past and present that connect us to Haughley and this wonderful village. I am thrilled to confirm that the meat on the bones has now been added and we are proud to have collaborated on a curriculum that we feel addresses the 'Why', 'How' and 'What'. We feel that we are now clearly able to share and articulate the 'Intent' of our curriculum; our focus now is to fully implement it and continually evaluate and review this curriculum offer. As a staff we are continually committed to developing the 'How' and 'What' of the curriculum and the vast majority of our staff training is based upon these areas.


Included below is our Crawford's 'Golden Circle' Curriculum. Please do click on the document and the links that are embedded within. A good starting point is the 'Why' of our curriculum. Here you will see that the school has reviewed its vision to now include our values, community, and curriculum as 3 key defining areas. I have previously spoken of our renewed Cogs along with the 'Framework for Independence'. These two are the key drivers of our curriculum and, as we move forward, will underpin everything we do and offer. We strongly believe in a values-based approach and have every confidence that if children and our families can become 'Kind communicators', 'Aspirational', 'Courageous', 'Resilient', 'Inquisitive' and 'Reflective' they will be able to adapt, navigate and evolve in what is an unpredictable future.


'In an effective classroom students should not only know what they are doing, they should also know 'why' and 'how.'


Have a wonderful term ahead!

The Crawford's Golden Circle - our new curriculum offer (see below)

This term's highlights already!

Our new superstars!

Physical Education & Wellbeing

Physically active lifestyles and mental wellbeing are important to us at Crawford's.
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Jump & Juice Breakfast Club

Come along to our FREE parent and child Jump & Juice Breakfast Club. It is every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning from 8.00 am.
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Our weekly 'Golden Mile' begins again, with joy and happiness!

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The 'Green Fingers' Gardening Club

Look at the produce yielded from last term's growing. Amazing effort 'Green Fingers'. WE STILL HAVE 3 FREE PLACES GOING! Please contact the office if your child would like to join the Wednesday after-school club (3.15-4.15 pm). Watch this space for a new planting area.
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Our weekly Crawford's Cog Winners!

What a great start to the new term! Amazing learning behaviours!
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Sports Captains

The return of pupil-led learning - our new Sports Captains lead their first session!
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Easy Fundraising

Please support the PTFA fundraising via your online shopping through easyfundraising.org.uk.


You access over 2,700 retailers through this website such as Amazon, Argos, eBay, Sports Direct and Asda. Tesco is also included so when you re-order school uniform please use this website so the school receives cash back. It's really easy to use and set-up.


Go to easyfundraising.org.uk first and create a user account, selecting Haughley Crawfords PTA as your good cause. You access your usual online retailer's website from the easyfundraising website and every time you shop the school will receive cashback. You don't pay any extra and the retailer's website is exactly the same as usual with the cashback benefits going to the school.

The Term Ahead

Uniform & PE Kit

Please, can I remind everyone that school uniform is to be worn consistently, especially school shoes, and it is important that children are encouraged to look after their belongings? Those without the correct footwear (unless notified) will be issued with plimsolls to wear. This also applies to the PE kit. The school cannot guarantee a phone call is made on the day of your child's PE or Forest School session. Many thanks.

Water bottles and Hydration

There is a wealth of research, which demonstrates the importance of children drinking water. Unfortunately, we are experiencing some cases where children are regularly not bringing in a water bottle and, therein, sometimes not drinking any water all day. This can have a huge detriment to their learning and general wellbeing. To confirm, children are required to bring in water bottles and only drink water. Please click on the link below to read a Harvard study confirming the minimum hydration requirements. Many thanks.

Nut-free

To confirm, the school adopts a nut-free policy. We currently have children who are allergic, therefore, please ensure your child does not bring any food items with nut elements in them. Many thanks.

Reception Parents Phonics Evening

Monday, Nov. 4th, 4-5pm

Haughley, Stowmarket IP14 3QZ, UK

Haughley, England

Further details will be sent in due course. This date can also be located on our parent calendar on the school website.

Parents Evening Early

Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 3:30-5:30pm

Haughley, Stowmarket IP14 3QZ, UK

Haughley, England

Further details will be sent in due course. This date can also be located on our parent calendar on the school website.

Parents Evening Late

Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 4:30-6:30pm

Haughley, Stowmarket IP14 3QZ, UK

Haughley, England

Further details will be sent in due course. This date can also be located on our parent calendar on the school website.

Safeguarding

There are no relevant updates to be shared at this moment in time, however, please click on the links below for the most up-to-date information/ guidance regarding how to best safeguard your child.

Online Safety

I am pleased to confirm that we have begun working with the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) with regard to achieving the SWGfL 'Online Safety Mark'.


In July, we received the Online Safety Certificate of Progress as a result of the school completing at least two of the four elements of the 360-degree safe self-review tool. This recognizes our commitment to developing Online Safety.


We are now in the process of applying for the 'Online Safety Mark', which would demonstrate good practice in our Online Safety policy, procedures and curriculum learning. So, watch this space!


Please click on the links below for information on the 360 Safe processes and the most up-to-date information regarding Saferinternet.