Reading at the heart...

Headteacher Newsletter - Friday 3rd December 2021

English Hub

The week started with a fantastic meeting and phonics planning session with Rebecca Jarrett - our English Hub Coordinator. Rebecca is based at Myland Primary School and she is supporting us as a result of receiving funding from the DfE English Hub initiative. This includes collaboration with expert phonics teachers, the most up-to-date resources, and training and funding to source new decodable books - watch this space as we look to invest in the new Letters & Sounds decodable texts.
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Reading at the Heart!

On Wednesday both Crawford's and Bardwell staff met 'virtually' to continue their staff training on Reciprocal Reading.

As mentioned in a previous newsletter, this term's 'School Improvement' focus is reading; that is, we are developing our phonics provision, reading culture, and school approach to teaching children reading strategies (so that they can become more effective at comprehending information) - we are using an approach called Reciprocal Reading. Please talk to your child(ren) about the 4 main reading skills, shown below. Can they clarify the purpose and importance of it?

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Our wonderful project with PPG hits the East Anglian

Forest School Training

Miss Grist picked up her year-long training to become a Level 3 Forest School Teacher by heading to Minsmere Nature Reserve - she spent 3 days (chilly ones I might add) in the woods learning all about bushcraft, camping, knots, and nature preservation. It'll be great to have another Level 3 Trained Professional!

Warm Clothing

The week certainly started with a real chill! The children loved exploring and experimenting with the ice during OPAL time. Some even enjoyed tasting it!

As the weather is getting colder please can you ensure your child has a warm coat with them every day.

Donations Please!

Tuesday was a bit yucky and we had a lot of wet and cold children as a result of some horrendous rain - despite Alfred Wainwrights' famous adage: “There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” we had to concede and bring them in.

On this note...

We are looking to build up a supply of games for Wet Play activities. If you have any you would like to donate please let us know.

We are also looking for donations of items to go in the mud kitchen. If you have anything suitable we would be very grateful.

Many thanks.

Charitable Fundraising

We decided at the start of this academic year to integrate all of our charitable fundraising activities with the curriculum and to ensure we looked to local charities first.

Whilst we absolutely love the national fundraising programmes of, for example, Children in Need and Comic Relief these events are often just an 'add on' to the school day and are not meaningfully linked to our pupils' learning progress. We also have concerns about the financial and environmental impact of continually asking families to provide costumes or dress-up items which are only used once.

Already this year, we have made a wonderful donation of food items to the Stowmarket Food Bank (our local charity) and our older pupils have run our Poppy Appeal for the local Royal British Legion collection (national charity). We have linked these with our curriculum via our harvest topic (in EYFS) and our Remembrance Day Collective Worship and related activities.

Our global charity is Christian Aid - we will inform you of the focus for this charity in due course.

We would also like to take this opportunity to reassure you that there is no pressure for families to contribute money every time we fundraise.

Thank you for your support

Thanks from the Royal British Legion

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Haughley Church Christingle

Haughley Church would love you to come to our "Christingle" service on Sunday, 5th December at 4:00.

Christingle is a service in which children are given an orange decorated with a candle and sweets.

Listening to the children singing "Away in a Manger" in the dimmed candlelight is an experience not to be missed!

Hope to see you there,
Josephine Gibson (churchwarden) and Pip Jackson (churchwarden and elder)

Christmas Tree Lights Switch On

A message from Haughley Parish Council -

The Christmas Tree Lights at Haughley Green will be switched on at 5pm on Saturday (04 December 2021), Father Christmas will be there, giving out gifts to children, from 4pm onwards.

End of Term Church Service and Nativity

We have been reviewing our risk assessment and in discussion with our governors and senior staff, we would like to stage an end-of-term church service/celebration and nativity performance and as planned (prior to the new measures announced by Suffolk County Council). The children are excited and really want to perform for you all.

Our end-of-term church service will be on Tuesday 14th December from 2.30-3 pm. Class 3 will be taking the centre stage at this service.

Our Nativity performance will be on Thursday 16th December from 1.30-2.30 pm.

We will confirm any other arrangement such as covid measures, shortly.

Calendar Dates

Tuesday 7th December
- Christingle
Thursday 9th December

- Christmas Jumper & Dinner Day

Friday 10th December

- Quidditch Enrichment Day

Tuesday 14th December

- End of Term Church Service

Thursday 16th December

- Nativity

Friday 17th December

- Last Day of Term