Science is the poetry of reality

Headteacher Newsletter - Monday 21st March 2022

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Calendar Dates

Monday 21st March

- Parents Evening

Monday 28th March

- Parents Evening

Wednesday 6th April

Phonics showcase

Wednesday 6th April

- Family Church Service

Thursday 7th April

- Rocksteady Easter Concert

Thursday 7th April

- Last day of Term

Friday 8th April

- PD Day (School closed to pupils)

Monday 11th April - Friday 22nd April

- School Holidays

Monday 25th April

- School returns after Easter Holidays

Science Week

Focus on Science

Science is a core subject in the National Curriculum and our planning at Crawford’s allows for discrete weekly science lessons as well as taking a cross-curricular approach when appropriate, which adds purpose to the learning. We often use the local environment or a current theme or topic as the basis for the required skills which are taught as part of the flexible curriculum.


This week, we have been celebrating ‘British Science Week’ which is a ten day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. The theme this year is ‘growth’ so the children have thought about what the word ‘growth’ means and have taken part in related activities throughout the week. They have planted sunflower seeds, snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) and daffodils (Narcissus tete a tete). They have grown bubbles and discussed the science behind it, and they have looked at worms and their life cycle. In Latin, KS2 children researched the scientific names of different plants, and our ‘read aloud text’ at the end of the day had a scientific link.


Parent/Carer Questionnaire 2022

At this time of year, we send out a questionnaire to parents/carers asking a number of questions regarding your experience of the school. We would be extremely grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete this questionnaire (one for each child who attends our school). All responses to this questionnaire are confidential and are designed to support our improvement and development.

Snacks

Please note, from Tuesday, any snacks brought in to school will be collected by the Class Teacher and handed out at break time. Therefore, please can you ensure that any tubs, bags etc are named.

Mothers Day Lunch

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our Mothers’, Aunties’ & Grandmas’ Day Lunch. There will be two sittings and those with more than one child will be notified which sitting you have been allocated.

Cross Country

The whole school smashed this half terms 'Sports Captain House Event' Cross Country! Well done to the winning house team 'Ruby' who received 50 house points! Well done to you all.

Swimming lessons (Y3-Y6) - advance notice

We are pleased to let you know that we have had confirmation of a weekly swimming lesson for ALL pupils in Y3, Y4, Y5, and Y6. These will take place at Stowmarket Leisure Centre in the Summer Term.

By the time they leave primary school, each pupil is required to be able to do the following:

  • Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
  • Swim competently, confidently, and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • Use a range of strokes effectively, for example, front crawl, backstroke, and breaststroke.


We will contact the families of Y3-Y6 pupils with further information in due course.

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Early-help - Breakfast and After School Clubs

Our Early-help Clubs can be seen below.


After School:

Monday - Ball games with GVTSSP

Tuesday - Basketball with GVTSSP

Thursday - Fitness Fun with Mr. Hurkett

Friday - Computer Club with Mr. Hurkett


Clubs will are bookable in Arbor. Please ensure you pack a healthy snack for your child to have during After School Club and - as ever - let the office staff know if you don't need your place so they can free it up for someone else.

Free School Meals - could you be eligible?

Your child may be eligible for free school meals throughout primary school. This could save you approximately £437 per year.

To check or apply online, visit: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-meals-uniforms-and-trips/apply-for-free-school-meals/

Check if you're eligible


Your child will get free school meals if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit but no element of Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenues & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190

  • If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work fewer hours per week

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month), as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods).

To check if your child is eligible, apply online for an immediate response or call 01473 260989.


We encourage you to apply because the school receives additional funding (Pupil Premium) for all children on income-related Free School Meals.

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