Lest we forget!

Headteacher Newsletter - Friday 12th November 2021

A poignant Week

It's been a poignant week and one that has provided plenty of reflection. First being, Remembrance Day - it's always a special and important event in our curriculum calendar. This year, the children learned about Remembrance at our church Collective Worship on Wednesday this week, and then held a special CW in school on Thursday at 11am. The children observed the two minutes' silence perfectly and had a very good understanding of why we wear poppies and what Remembrance is all about.


Afterwards, they all worked together to make some beautiful poppies.


We'd like to thank our amazing Head of Kitchen, Heidi, for the special Remembrance biscuits too.


Reflecting on the recent PTFA's event, I'd like to say a huge thank you for their constant support and investment in the school. £185.8 has been raised as a result of their continued efforts. Amazing!


It's a busy term ahead and we'll soon be embarking on the festive season; please do keep abreast of the many calendar events. Your involvement is paramount and we hope that covid measures will allow us to offer all that we have planned for.


Welcome to the weekend, everyone!


Mr. Francksen

Remembrance Day

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PTA fundraising update

Hi everyone, just an update on what has been raised by the PTA recently.


  • Halloween trail raised £17.83
  • Cupcake sale raised £55.42
  • Toy tombola and sweets at fireworks raised £112.55


A massive thank you to everyone and a special thank you to Rowan & Silver Birch classes for the cakes.


Don't forget that you can still participate in the Bakerlicious Boutique cake raffle being run by Scarlett and Isla's mum. Please see Hannah's Facebook page for details of how to enter or speak to Tracey or Laura in the playground.

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Monday Mile

Our Monday mileage continues to rise and rise. We completed 36 miles this week and a similar total last week too. We completed our virtual pilgrimage to Lourdes in the week before half term. That means over 735 miles walked or run since we started logging the Lourdes miles in March when children returned to school after lockdown!


The following children all completed the full mile this week: William, Cooper, Coire, Freddie D, Jacob, Zara, Henry P, Jake, Henley, Noah H, Jack, Finley, Constance, Lola.

Outdoor signage

Have you seen our new outdoor signs?!

Voicemail superstar

Our new voicemail superstar is Oliver - if you need to leave a message, it's Oliver's voice you'll hear.

Thank you Oliver!

Odd Socks Day reminder

We will be celebrating our uniqueness on Odd Socks Day on Monday 15th November. Your child can wear odd socks to school with their usual school uniform.


Odd Socks Day marks the start of Anti-Bullying Week which runs from 15th-19th November.

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Christmas Lunch & Christmas Jumper Day (it's not too early to mention, is it?!)

Christmas Jumper Day is back! We will hold ours on Thursday 16th December so please wear a festive top with your usual school uniform. Please do not feel that you should buy a new Christmas jumper - we encourage you to make your own festive top, buy second hand or swap with a friend.


We will also have our staff and pupil Christmas Lunch on Thursday 16th December. As in previous years, we will cater for ALL children having the hot meal, UNLESS we hear differently from you.


So, if you pay for meals, you will be charged for a lunch that day.


The menu is a traditional turkey roast dinner, with a vegetable roulade for vegetarians. Pudding is an ice cream tub - either chocolate & vanilla, or strawberry & vanilla.


Please contact Miss Egmore or Mrs Allman in the office (bardwell@tilian.org.uk) by Monday 29th November if you would like to opt out and will provide a home packed lunch for your child.

Thank you in advance.

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Reporting illness - a reminder

As always, please phone the school before 9 am (rather than emailing) if your child is unwell; if you need to leave a message, please give an indication of the nature of the illness, and let us know if there are any Covid symptoms (new continuous cough, temperature, loss or change to a sense of smell or taste). If your child is off with a confirmed case of Covid, but has no symptoms and is feeling well, the government expects all schools to provide remote learning and we will do this via Google Classroom.



The guidance for families on how to access Google Classroom is here.

Class codes:

Rowan & Silver Birch - gf2lfnn

Hazel Class - kb2hb6s

Oak Class - akeyunl

If you need to borrow a school Chromebook in order to access this learning, please contact the office staff.


If your child is off with a confirmed case of Covid, or any other illness, there is no expectation that they complete remote learning if they are not well enough.

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.

Morning & afternoon drop-off/pick-up

We have a new taxi service contracted by the Council and after a few glitches with timings, they are now avoiding our busiest times when they come to the gate to pick up pupils. Please ensure that you drop off from 8.35-8.45am and pick up promptly at 3.20pm, so as to ensure you are not crossing the road when the taxi is at our gate.


Thank you all for avoiding the residents’ parking area at 25-43 School Lane; we are sure this is appreciated by our neighbours. Please also take care to avoid the yellow zig-zag ‘Keep Clear’ area at the gate during the drop-off and pick up times so that you are not obstructing pedestrians. We have an agreement with Suffolk County Council that this area can be used by the taxi contractor only during specific times.

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Request for a table

We are still looking for a small, low table to use in Collective Worship, about 75cm x 75cm and around 30cm high (or close to these dimensions). If you have something suitable that you could donate to us, or make for us, please let Mrs. Allman know.

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YR Taster Sessions in November - please tell your friends

We've loved meeting new friends at the first two of our Taster Sessions. All sessions will now all be run outside as a result of the recent changes in Suffolk Public Health advice regarding visitors into schools.


Please contact the school office if you would like to attend or book online.


We would also appreciate you letting others know about these sessions, via email or your social networks. Please download a pdf (for emailing) or an image file (for social media) and share away! If you have a child in a local nursery and can put up a poster there, please speak to Mrs Allman who will provide a hard copy.

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School Improvement: Reciprocal Reading

This term's focus of Reading is going really well; Mrs Mansfield is driving us forward with a reading approach called 'Reciprocal Reading'. Reciprocal teaching refers to an instructional activity in which students become the teacher in small group reading sessions. Teachers model, then help students learn to guide group discussions using four strategies: summarizing, question generating, clarifying, and predicting. Once students have learned the strategies, they take turns assuming the role of teacher in leading a dialogue about what has been read.


Why use reciprocal teaching?

  • It encourages students to think about their own thought process during reading;
  • It helps students learn to be actively involved and monitor their comprehension as they read;
  • It teaches students to ask questions during reading and helps make the text more comprehensible.
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Google Reviews

We’d really appreciate parents and carers taking a few moments to add a favourable Google review for our school, to help raise our profile in the community. To do this, please search for Bardwell Primary School within Google Maps then select ‘Write a review’.


If you have any queries that would prevent you from posting a 5-star review, please raise these with the School first, via your child’s class teacher or the office staff

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Calendar Dates:

Monday 15th November

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Anti-bullying Week, Odd Socks Day

Tuesday 16th November

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- School nurse in for NCMP Y6 (height & weight)

- Dodgeball (3.20-5pm)

Wednesday 17th November

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Football/Tag rugby (3.20-5pm)

Thursday 18th November

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Taster session for prospective pupils (9.30-10.30)

- Racket sports (3.20-5pm)

Friday 19th November

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Multi-sports (3.20-5pm)

Monday 22nd November

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Multi-sports (3.20-5pm)

Tuesday 23rd November

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Taster session for prospective pupils (9.30-10.30)

- Dodgeball (3.20-5pm)

Wednesday 24th November

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Football/Tag rugby (3.20-5pm)

Thursday 25th November

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Racket sports (3.20-5pm)

Friday 26th November

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Multi-sports (3.20-5pm)

Monday 29th November

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Multi-sports (3.20-5pm)

Tuesday 30th November

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Dodgeball (3.20-5pm)

Wednesday 1st December

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Football/Tag rugby (3.20-5pm)

Thursday 2nd December

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Racket sports (3.20-5pm)

Friday 3rd December

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Multi-sports (3.20-5pm)

Monday 6th December

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Multi-sports (3.20-5pm)

Tuesday 7th December

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Dodgeball (3.20-5pm)

Wednesday 8th December

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Dance Enrichment Day: Roald Dahl

- Football/Tag rugby (3.20-5pm)

Thursday 9th December

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Racket sports (3.20-5pm)

Friday 10th December

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Multi-sports (3.20-5pm)

Monday 13th December

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Multi-sports (3.20-5pm)

Tuesday 14th December

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Nativity Performance

- Dodgeball (3.20-5pm)

Wednesday 15th December

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Nativity Performance

- Football/Tag rugby (3.20-5pm)

Thursday 16th December

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Christmas Jumper Day & Christmas Lunch

- Racket sports (3.20-5pm)

Friday 17th December

- Breakfast Club (8.00-8.30)

- Class Christmas Parties

No After School Club