Wake Up and Smell the Routine

Headteacher Newsletter - Friday 2nd October

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Contents

1. Another Week

2. School Milk Scheme

3. Book Giveaway

4. Early Help Clubs

5. School Improvement Activity

6. Safeguarding

1. Another Week

Another week has whistled by!


It's been a relatively quiet one, which is not always a bad thing. The school's adapted systems and protocols are all becoming part of the daily week; these are now smoothly embedded and it's great to see that everyone (children in particular) are rediscovering some routine. Who would have thought that monotony would be sought after?!


Census day has come and gone for another year. Thank you so much to everyone who helped support our school funding by ensuring a great uptake of school meals.


You may have noticed the Council’s Civil Enforcement Officer at the school gate on Monday morning. He was carrying out a school traffic spot check and was pleased to report that our school community is compliant with the law, and that he observed sensible parking and dropping off. He has asked us to remind all parents to observe speed limits near the school and to avoid parking on the zig zag area.


Is your contact information up-to-date? It is important that you keep your contact details up to date on Arbor, please check now and amend any changes of address, telephone number, GP registration, etc. You can do this using either the app or the Arbor website.


Have a great weekend!


Mr Francksen & Mrs Dunnell-Paley

Current attendance (year to date): 97.2%

2. School Milk Scheme

Our school provides a milk scheme that is available to all of our pupils and we would like to invite you to register your child. School milk is free for under-5s and those on Free School Meals, and for over-5s it is available at a subsidised* price of around £15 per term.

Each child that registers with Cool Milk will receive a 189ml portion of semi-skimmed milk every day, delivered fresh and chilled to the classroom. Their school milk will not only provide them with essential nutrients, but as it is rehydrating and energy boosting it also bridges the gap between breakfast and lunch to help children stay focused. For more information on how milk can benefit children visit www.coolmilk.com/why-milk-is-great.


How to register

If your child is under five, they are already registered and receiving milk at Bardwell School. Free milk will continue until the Friday before your child’s fifth birthday. If you wish to continue after that, please follow the instructions below.

If your child is five or older:

· Register and pay online at www.coolmilk.com

· Alternatively, fill in a registration form available from the school office – once Cool Milk has processed your form, you will receive a payment request

· You can pay Cool Milk either online, over the phone or at a local PayPoint in half-termly, termly or annual instalments.

· Please pay by a Tuesday at 5pm for your child’s milk to start the following week

If you have any questions regarding school milk please visit www.coolmilk.com or contact Cool Milk directly on 0800 321 3248. More information on milk for those on Free School Meals is available from the school.


* Milk for under-5s is provided free of charge, fully funded by the Department of Health. Milk for over-5s is subsidised by the Rural Payments Agency and the E.U.

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3. Book Giveaway!

We have a few spare copies of the BookTrust Time To Read pack to give away. BookTrust is an organisation that, like us, encourages families to read together for just 10 minutes a day. We know that this improves children’s imagination, language, emotional wellbeing and curiosity. Each year they send a pack of books for our earliest readers and we have a few spare copies of The Runaway Pea by Kjartan Poskitt and Alex Willmore. If you would like one for your pre-school age child, please contact the office staff.

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4. Early Help Clubs

The after school sessions are proving to be very popular, particularly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you have booked your child into a club and you then don’t need the place any more, please let the office staff know so that the place can be freed up for another pupil.

Also, please provide a healthy snack for your child to have part way through the session. Thank you.

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5. School Improvement Activity

  1. To implement high-quality literacy across the school - As previously mentioned, we are embarking on a whole-school approach called 'The Write Stuff.' As a Trust, we have decided that implementing one strategy well (linked to teaching as opposed to intervention) will be more effective and The Write Stuff approach supports much of the evidence base from research by the Education Endowment Fund (EEF). Please see The Writing Rainbow below. Ask the children - hopefully they'll be able to explain what this is.
  2. To implement an ambitious, precise curriculum - please check out our Golden Circle Curriculum (link below).
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6. Safeguarding

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