Welcome Back!

Headteacher Newsletter - Autumn 2020

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Contents

1. Welcome Back!

2. Summer Progress

3. Back to school and it's great!

4. Risk Assessment

5. Early Help Offer

6. Communications

7. Visitors

8. Reminders

9. Safeguarding

1. Welcome Back!

Welcome back everyone!


I am delighted to confirm that 100% of our pupils returned to school on Thursday 3rd September. This is a tremendous achievement and I would like to thank you all for placing your trust and confidence in the school. Now, we haven't got everything spot on, however, we continue to endeavour to navigate and adapt to a very new and challenging landscape. It has been a difficult time for everyone; the staff have had to adapt and take onboard measures they've never had to before and all with less than 2 days to prepare! I, therefore, ask for your understanding with any system changes and day-to-day adaptations. Please bear with us.


Our Risk Assessment is still very much a focal point of the day-to-day functioning of Crawford's. This 'live' document has formed the basis for ensuring everyone feels safe, supported and able to strive forwards; please do continue to check in on the document and any changes that may have happened since you last looked.


Have a fantastic week!


Mr Francksen

You may have noticed there have been some developments since the last time you visited the school. I am pleased to share with you a number of projects that have been/are soon to be completed...

2. Summer Progress

The new fence and gate are up

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Storage for Outdoor Play is nearly ready! A huge thank you to Tim!

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The side garden is prepped and ready for the 'Green Fingers' club.

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Our front garden is prepped for a new and exciting Outdoor, Play & Learning (OPAL) Provision

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3. Back to school and it's great

Our new reception class interact with their new environment

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Class 2 begin text-mapping

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4. Risk Assessment

5. Early Help Club Offer

We are keen to begin offering breakfast and after-school clubs as we are fully aware that childcare (both before and after school) can be an issue.


Due to, essentially, functioning as a school bubble, we will be offering clubs from Monday 14th September. We are also delighted to announce that this year all our club provisions will be FREE of charge. Our maximum number for a club, at the moment, is 16 pupils.


Please see the Club Timetable below. If you would like to book a club, please visit your Arbor account to sign up.

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6. Communications

Communications Flow chart

We know that when parents have a concern that relates to their child at school, whether it's pastoral, curriculum or staffing in nature, they often feel the best way forward is to ask to see the head. In our experience many of these concerns can often be most quickly resolved by talking first to the most appropriate person. The communication flow chart below outlines who this will be. We hope this helps support better communications between us all. Click on the image to see an enlarged version.

Class 'Dojo' Communications

In light of the Communications Flow chart, we will also be using Class Dojo this year as a means to communicate and share curriculum learning with you.


Class Dojo is closely aligned to our behaviour policy, therefore, we will be using it to create a positive culture in relation to the Crawford's Cogs. Children will be able to earn a 'Dojo' for demonstrating any of the school's 6 cogs: inquisitive, courageous, resilient, kind communicator, aspirational and reflective. These will then also count towards the school's house point system.


In addition to 'Dojos', teachers and pupils will also be able to share their learning by adding photos and videos to their own portfolios. We think this is great because it is about giving children a voice.


Finally, Class Dojo also has the feature where informative communications can take place between yourselves and your child(ren)'s teacher.


We will shortly be sending you out a code, therefore, please accept and join the community of Class Dojo.

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7. Visitors

A reminder...at the moment our risk assessment asks that you phone/email the school as opposed to visiting in person. We may be able to offer booked appointments in the future, however, due to limited meeting space, at the moment we are trying to limit school visitors.

8. Reminders

Water bottles

It is incredibly important that your child(ren) brings in a water bottle every day, filled with water ONLY (no juice or squash) and labelled clearly with the child's name. This will enable your child(ren) to stay hydrated and to locate their bottle in order to reduce droplet transmission.
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Named clothing

Please remember to name your child(ren)'s clothing; we currently have a lot of unnamed items of clothing coming in to school. If your child is doing PE/Forest Schools, they need to come dressed in their kit all day.
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No Resources Needed!

Please be aware, due to COVID-19, children should be bringing in minimal resources ONLY in their book bag e.g. books and necessary school supplies; not toys, sweets or any personal items. Each child has been provided with a pencil case, therefore, they do not need to bring in any stationery.

9. Safeguarding

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