Reading at the heart...
Headteacher Newsletter - Friday 3rd December 2021
Reading at the Heart!
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?
Our wonderful project with PPG hits the East Anglian
Forest School Training
As the weather is getting colder please can you ensure your child has a warm coat with them every day.
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.
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
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
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.
Tuesday 7th December
Thursday 9th December
- Christmas Jumper & Dinner Day
Friday 10th December
- Quidditch Enrichment Day
Tuesday 14th December
- End of Term Church Service
Thursday 16th December
Friday 17th December
- Last Day of Term