The children are the curriculum
Head of School Newsletter - Summer 2019
The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows
A warm welcome back to you all!
It is incredible to consider that this is our last term of the school year. It is a term when the calendar is heavily populated with numerous exciting and important events including transition for Year 5 and 6 (at their prospective secondary schools), pre-school visits for our up-and-coming Reception learners, school trips and out-of-the-classroom learning, sports day, swimming, school reports, parent workshops (the anxious child) and many many more.
As we navigate through this busy time we are also spending a considerable amount of time constructing a whole new curriculum for September. This piece of work started in October last year and whilst we have a lot of meat to put on the bones I am thrilled to confirm that the heart of our curriculum has nearly been built; namely the new Crawford's Cogs, school vision, curriculum entitlement and something called the 'Framework for Independence', which will underpin the 'Why?' of our curriculum. Our forthcoming work will now focus on the 'What?' of our curriculum. Already, several meetings have taken place with key stakeholders in the community regarding a contextualised curriculum; one that involves significant community events. The children are the curriculum and we feel extremely passionate about ensuring both they and their families are at the forefront of this design. Hence, watch this space as we look to update and communicate the vision for the future! The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows!
Last Term's Highlights
Y6 maths club with Dr Josephine
Y4 & 5 hone their guitar skills!
'Get Active' Weekly assemblies become a real hit with the children...and parents
MBE Lucy Hodges visits
Crawford's FC stand proud
Olivia shows aspiration in her home learning
Pupils learn a new sport, Tchoukball
The new Cogs are born, following 3 months research and involvement from the pupils, staff, parents and governors. The 'Hub' of our new curriculum is constructed!
The new nurture room
An out of this world musical experience at Snape Maltings!
Clubs continue to provide pupils with opportunities to develop their physical and mental skills
World Book Day - our librarians inspire and engage all week!
The annual PTFA Mother's Day shop - what a success!
PTFA - message for ALL!
The PTFA would like to say a BIG thank you for all your support during the Spring term. Our Mothers day shop and Easter Assembly combined raised over £380.00. The money has been put towards the new blinds in the school which are up and looking fantastic! Our lovely Crawford’s tea towels are selling well (these are still available to buy!) and our Disco was extremely well attended, lots of fun and raised over £150.00. Big thanks to Mr. Hurkett for his DJ skills!
Weather permitting we will have a stall at the Village fete this Saturday 8th June from 1 pm, on the playing field. Do come and visit us for drinks, ice pops and to view the other goodies we have on sale.
Further information will follow about our attendance at other summer events shortly. A date to note in the near future is our Fathers day shop on Friday 14th June where we will be selling our wrapped gifts for Dads and Grandad’s for £1. This will follow the same format as our Mothers day shop and more information will follow very shortly!
Thank you once again for your amazing support, as a small school our fundraising efforts make a big difference so it is very much appreciated by all.
New blinds go into the dining hall thanks to the PTFA and of course all of the parents and families for supporting the school at recent events!
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 Golden Mile continues to let children run wild!
Forest Schools continues to be a pupil's delight!
Pupils continue to be awarded for showing the Crawford's Cogs
Y4/5 make the semi-finals of the Suffolk Farming Competition of the Year!
Year 6 celebrate the end of the SATs in style!
Y6 show off their incredible art work, inspired by Andy Warhol.
The Sports Captains visit Swanton Abbott Primary School in Norwich to share a new project called 'Born to Move.'
The Term Ahead
Empowering the anxious child parent workshop
Wednesday, June 5th, 9am
Haughley, Stowmarket IP14 3QZ, UK
Friday, June 28th, 1pm
Haughley, Stowmarket IP14 3QZ, UK
Rock Steady Concert
Thursday, July 11th, 9am
Haughley, Stowmarket IP14 3QZ, UK
Uniform & PE kit
Online Safety Guidance/ Updates
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published new guidelines on screen time for young children. The guidelines recommend children under three have no sedentary screen time and children aged 3 to 4 should have no more than an hour. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPH) responded to these guidelines, stating that they are “useful benchmarks” but the screen time limits are disproportionate to the harm caused. The RCPH also states that barriers to physical activity for children are often related to housing, family stress, and lack of access to play spaces.
Safeguarding Guidance/ Updates
Webinar: children whose parents are dependent on alcohol
Exploring relationships with young people with SEND
The NSPCC has published a blog on Love Life, the NSPCC’s teaching resources for exploring relationships, emotions and identity with 11- to 25-year-olds with learning disabilities. The blog looks at how Love Life was developed and the importance of the flexibility of the resources.
Perinatal mental health
The NSPCC has published a bonus episode of its fortnightly child protection podcast series to coincide with Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week. This episode looks at two services the NSPCC runs to support parents’ mental health during the perinatal period: Pregnancy in Mind and Baby Steps.
Food in Care survey
The Food in Care programme has opened a survey for foster carers, adopters, residential staff and other professionals to share their views on the current support available relating to food and nutrition in care settings in England. The results of the survey will inform the development of the Food in Care charter.