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Headteacher Newsletter - Tuesday 8th March 2022

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Calendar Dates

Friday 11th March - Sunday 20th March

- British Science Week

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

Ukraine Appeal

Thank you for all your kind donations for our Ukraine collection, we have been overwhelmed by your support. The donations have all been taken to the Folk Cafe in Bury St Edmunds. Unfortunately we have been advised that they are not accepting any more items after 12pm today therefore at this current time we are unable to accept any more donations.
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Crawford’s Subject Focus: R.E

It’s official: your children have just voted R.E. as their favourite subject in a recent Pupil Voice questionnaire! More Crawford’s children voted for R.E. as their favourite subject (although P.E. came a close second!).

We’re going to start giving you a weekly update on each of our subject areas. This week, it is R.E. because, as a church school, Christianity (is at the centre of our beliefs and values. We’ve made significant progress in bringing faith alive, and building on our school Cog values of being Aspirational, Courageous, Kind Communicators, Inquisitive, Reflective and Resilient. We enjoyed a great whole-school pilgrimage to Ely Cathedral last year, and we’re now welcoming Pastor Hugh and the Open The Book team back into school.

There is super positive feedback on our half-termly Family & Community Church Services! It’s amazing to see you all in church, celebrating, praising and praying together; it really brings us together as a community. Like last year’s Ely Cathedral pilgrimage, our daily Collective Worship allows children to talk about their feelings, to sing together, to think deeply as a whole school and to talk about Christianity. Watch this space for news of our Easter service!

British Science Week

British Science Week starts next week on the 11th March. This year the theme is growth.

To celebrate this, the children will be taking part in fun science related activities throughout the week.

We will also be launching our sunflower growing competition. Each child will plant two sunflowers in a small plant pot, to bring home. The idea is that they plant them outside, in their own garden/space, when the weather is warm enough. Judging will then take place later in the year. It seems rather fitting that the sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine.

Our new phonics books!

Watch this space as we look to share our new system, along with a forthcoming phonics workshop at the end of this term. We also now have an E-book resource, which will enable children across the school to access over 250 books.
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World Book Day

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A message for Class 1 parents/carers

Dear Parents,

Well, what a lovely first week back we have had! Your children's vocabulary choices were so great today that we won best class at the Vocabulary Parade! Thank you for your efforts and imaginations!

This half term I am concentrating on the children's story telling abilities and we are all learning to be story tellers. We will be using puppets and pictures to help us and I will be recording your children's ideas for stories as well as encouraging the children to write and illustrate their own ideas.

At home you can support this by talking to your child about the 'story' of their play. For example, if your child likes to pretend to be a character (e.g. a fairy or a soldier) talk about what they are doing using a story style and encourage them to join in - e.g. one day the brave soldier was walking down the road when ........ Or if your child plays with small world figures such as dinosaurs join in using the same approach - e.g. Oh no! The dinosaurs were always fighting each other ..... until one day....

I am hoping to take the children to visit the mobile library when it visits Haughley later on in the month - but I have been warned that we may not be able to due to ongoing COVID restrictions in Suffolk libraries. We are also arranging for a published author to come in and talk to the class.

I have also arranged for the children to look after some eggs and chicks towards the end of the term as well. It would be great if they could meet some lambs - if anyone knows of a friendly shepherd please let me know!

Thank you again for all your support,


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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SEND Family Newsletter - from Suffolk County Council

Following the Independent SEND Review and as part of our efforts to communicate more widely with families, we have launched a new Local Offer Newsletter. With an introduction from Assistant Director Ros Somerville, it contains strategic updates from Education, Health and Care, and other SEND news and resources. Please do promote it to any families who might find it useful.

East Anglian Game and Country Fair

From the organiser:

The 2022 East Anglian Game & Country Fair will take place on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th April at Euston Estate, near Thetford, by the kind permission of The Duke and Duchess of Grafton.

I’m sure the children will love the opportunity to get involved with many of the activities that are performed with expert tuition such as learning how to fish or to ‘have a go’ at archery or axe throwing. There will also be opportunities to learn about a wide range of animals, take part in the pet dog show, race ferrets, borrow a dog to take around the agility course, ride a donkey or simply to enjoy watching the fun and educational arena displays.

This year we are absolutely thrilled to welcome back the World Famous JCB Dancing Digger Team who will wow crowds with their spectacular choreographed display AND returning due to popular demand, the Horseboarding UK Championships where speed, agility and bravery are all required! We also welcome The Lowestoft Dog Agility Display Team who produce a professional highly entertaining, action packed and informative display as well as lots more well-loved ring displays.

We have lots to entertain older siblings too such as the fun fair, junior competitions with prizes and several arenas with displays running throughout the weekend, not to mention the 350 shopping stands and top chefs teaching us how to prepare healthy meals with seasonal produce in the Game Fair Country Kitchen.

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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:

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.

Gipping Valley Easter Sports Camp

One Life Suffolk Stowmarket Groups

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