Language Prevails

Headteacher Newsletter - Monday 31st January 2022

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ELKLAN Training

Congratulations to Mrs Buckle who has completed her ELKLAN Training.

Elklan trains education and early years practitioners and parents to use practical evidence based strategies which help children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). They will also help ALL children learn as language is fundamental to learning and thinking. The new Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) code of practice in England now expects teachers to be responsible for every child’s learning in the classroom and this now includes communication! Developed from the most current research Elklan training supports staff to meet these demands as well as those posed by Ofsted inspections.

Book Trust - Good Books Guide

Please have a look at this Good Books Guide from the Book Trust. It’s a useful reference for all ages.

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RSPB Bird Watch

In preparation for the RSPB bird count day(s) on the Friday 28th and 30th January. We relished the opportunity to be inquisitive and enjoyed what nature had in store for us.
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Constructing Mini Shelters with Class 1 and 4

A lovely, relaxed morning was had in outdoor learning by Class 1 and 4. We made mini shelters and our key word was 'construct'.
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Friday Lego Club

Why not try a club this term, here is a snapshot of Lego Club. Fun on a Friday.
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Church Family Service

This half-term's Family Church Service will be on Wednesday 16th February at 2.30 pm. It will be led by Class 2. Please do come along to celebrate the children's achievements and to cement our togetherness.

Changed your mobile over Christmas?

If you have a new mobile number please ensure you have informed the School, you can do this via Arbor or let a member of office staff know.

Please ensure we have contact details for everyone in your family that has parental responsibility for a pupil.

Updated isolation advice

Once again the rules around isolation have changed. From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.

Test Register

To assist with logging Covid cases in educational settings, Suffolk County Council is now using TestRegister. You should, by now, have received an email invitation. Please use TestRegister to log the result of any Covid tests taken by Crawford's pupils in your family. This is in addition to recording your family's test results with the Government portal.

Thank you.

Early-help - Breakfast and After School Clubs

Our Early-help Clubs can be seen below.

After School:

Monday - Ball games with GVTSSP

Tuesday - Target games with GVTSSP

Thursday - Multi-sports with Mr. Hurkett

Friday - Lego 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.

Dress for the weather

We are very proud of being such an active, outdoorsy school but we would like you to ensure your child is fully prepared for the wintry weather. We are noticing quite a few chilly fingers and cold noses outside!

Please make sure that your child *always* has layers on - a vest, with a long-sleeved cotton T-shirt under a school logo'd sweatshirt is ideal, with warm jogging bottoms - thin leggings are not warm enough in this weather. If your child likes to wear shorts throughout the year, this is fine but do consider wearing sports skins underneath. I'd also suggest thick warm socks or tights instead of school ankle socks. All children need comfortable sturdy shoes/trainers as well as a pair of wellies. Please also ensure your child has a coat, hat, gloves, and scarf each day, as well as a change of clothes that can be held in school.

Don't forget to label all items - ask the office staff if you need to borrow a permanent marker pen.

Thank you for your help with keeping us active and outdoors!

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 February Sports Camps

Camp 21-25 February 2022

Mon 21 Feb: AM Skateboarding / PM BMX or Target Games

Tue 22 Feb: AM Gymnastics / Pm - Dance OR Parkour

Wed 23 Feb: AM- Ipswich Town Football OR Parkour / PM- Ipswich Town Football OR Capoeira

Thurs 24 Feb -Nerf and Laser Tag / PM Nerf and Laser Tag

Fri 25 Feb- Am Multi games and Inflatables / PM -Multi games and Inflatables

AGES: 5 – 12 Venue: Beyton, Thurston Sixth (IP30 9AQ)

Rocksteady - Would your child like to play in their very own rock band?

Rocksteady in-school band lessons are the perfect opportunity for your child to learn new skills, develop friendships and have the time of their life.

Watch this short video to see what learning in a band could do for your child’s well-being:

Calendar Dates

Monday 7th February

- Collective Worship at St.Mary's Church

Thursday 10th February

- Rock Steady

Wednesday 16th February

- Family Church Service

Friday 18th February

- Queen's Platinum Jubilee Additional Bank Holiday