Society is unity in diversity

Headteacher Newsletter - Friday 20th November

'God's love creates unity in the midst of diversity'

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Contents

1. Difference

2. Rowan's Adventures...

3. Hazel's Exploits...

4. Oak's Endeavours...

5. OPAL

6. PTA fundraising for Children in Need

7. Sports hall Competition KS2 (Hazel and Oak Classes)

8. Supply teacher feedback

9. Reminders

10. School Improvement Activity

11. Safeguarding

1. Difference

Good morning all,


It's been a very powerful week and one that has honoured and promoted diversity! Odd Socks Day is just one way in which we have all celebrated being unique. Anti-bullying has also underpinned much of what we have learned about; continually weaving itself in and out of our learning. I have to say, the Bardwell pupils are incredible with understanding 'Difference' and never have I seen such a 'Kind Communicating' group of young individuals. They must make you so proud because we're inspired, daily, with how accepting and empathetic they are!


Christmas is most certainly on the horizon (I'd be lying if I said my children hadn't already begged me to put the tree up) and with this comes some exciting opportunities... Nativity planning is well under way and lockdown/COVID dependent we are hoping to invite parents to a Christmas special in the forest. I've seen the handbells out and I've recently been exploring the loft for some sparkly accessories. Christmas lunch is booked...it's all coming together!


Whilst Christmas is very much on the agenda (and I am not wishing time away), planning for our Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) initiative is gathering pace. Our intention is to fully launch our provision in January. There are some stumbling blocks and hurdles to navigate so any help from our wonderful community would help enormously. Our main challenge at the moment is obtaining suitable storage. We are looking for x2 large storage sheds, which can house OPAL loose parts (play equipment). Therefore, if anyone has any contacts, please, please, let the school know.


Here's to a lovely weekend!


Mr Francksen

Executive Headteacher

Attendance (year to date) - 97.2%

(Attendance this week has been a fantastic 99.4% - well done everyone!)

2. Rowan's Adventures...

A super busy time this week with Rowan Class receiving over 100 Dojo points collectively for their amazing achievements. The children have all worked hard to understand the Whole Part model in maths and have used this to begin to explore addition. We have continued to investigate our own senses and have enjoyed playing, ‘I’m a School Kid, Get Me Out Of Here!’ The children took part in taste tests to see if they could describe sweet, bitter and salty tastes. We enjoyed their faces!


I’d like to say a very big Bardwell Thank You to local resident Shirley West of West Brothers Ltd. who has donated an ENORMOUS roll of cork sheet to our class - we will make very good use of it!

3. Hazel's Exploits...

It has been a brilliant week for the children in Hazel Class. We have been working extremely hard in maths to understand multiplication, solving word problems and using formal written methods. We have been busy planning for our next independent write all about ‘The Frog who was Afraid of the Water’. I am very much looking forward to reading these and seeing the children apply everything they have learnt. This week has been Anti-Bullying Week therefore we have focussed on being 'Kind Communicators' in our PSHE lessons. The children have been doing lots of fun activities linked to kindness. In science we have looked at food chains and food webs and in history we are beginning to find out about the history of Bardwell Primary School.

4. Oak's Endeavours...

House Captains have finalised our new Houses named after prominent Suffolk figures: Fawcett, Garrett Anderson, Constable and Britten.

Oak get ready for Christmas and nativity with their handbells

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Oak celebrate difference and diversity with 'Odd Socks Day'

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Your children need your help...

5. OPAL

Remember playing freely, using your imagination as a child...when a chair was really a racing car or a rocket ship? A tyre was a swing, a stage or a piece of fabric was a sail to a yacht Where planks of wood were a bridge over crocodile infested waters?


If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you remember the joy of PLAY. When the playground was a whole world of adventure and opportunity waiting to be discovered.


Please join us as we embark on our wonderful journey in conjunction with OPAL; an innovative scheme for Outdoor Play And Learning. We are at the very start of our journey to transform your children's playtimes into these nostalgic memories that we all remember from our own childhoods. One where learning doesn't end at the classroom door!


To help us achieve this we are sharing with you our Loose Parts list (see below). Please check to see what you may be able to help with to get this project off the ground for your wonderful children here at Bardwell.


We are also seeking storage for the playground to house your wonderful contributions in, so if this is something you or someone you know may be able to support us with, do please contact us.


All contributions will be warmly received.


And well used!


Many many thanks

Mrs W xx

Loose Parts List...

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We have been told that our Outdoor Learning Day will be in today’s Bury Free Press. If you have a copy of the BFP, and we are in it, please send it into school when you have finished with it. Thank you.

6. PTA fundraising for Children in Need


Thank you to all those who planted a bulb or some seeds, in our new wildflower raised bed last week, to raise some funds for Children in Need. This PTA-led initiative raised £39.29.

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7. Sports hall Competition KS2 (Hazel and Oak Classes)

Mr Hurkett has organised for Hazel and Oak Classes to take part in a county-wide sports hall competition on Thursday 3rd December. Please ensure your child has PE kit & water bottle in school that day.

8. Supply teacher feedback

Hazel Class had Mrs Northmore covering for one afternoon this week - she said she had had a lovely time and really enjoyed meeting all the pupils at the school. In fact she said, “If I were interested in going back to a permanent school post, this is exactly the type of school I would want to work in”. Our Bardwell Behaviour cogs are clearly important - our Kind Communicators and Aspirational learners are making supply teachers feel welcomed.

9. Reminders...

PD Day reminder

We have a Professional Development Day on Friday 27th November - staff will be in school on this day, but pupils will not be.

Covid-19 Symptoms Reminder

We’d like to remind you of this section within our Risk Assessment.


Ensure all staff and parents understand the NHS Test and Trace process and know that they need to:

  • Book a test if they are displaying symptoms;
  • Provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test & Trace;

  • Self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or someone who tests positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Flu Vaccinations

The annual flu vaccination is still scheduled to take place on Monday 30th November and is offered to all year groups. If you missed out on signing up but would like your child to be vaccinated, please contact the Immunisation Team on 0300 555 5055 or email ccs-tr.suffolkimmsteam@nhs.net for further information about how to access a flu vaccination.

10. School Improvement Activity

1. To develop high-quality literacy across the school - this week, our KS2 teachers shared their progress with the Write Stuff with our other partnership schools in the trust.


2. To develop high-quality numeracy across the school - Mrs Trotter and I met to discuss the school's vision for maths, moving forward. We will shortly be speaking with staff and children about our ideal mathematics curriculum.

11. Safeguarding

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