Ask in Prayer!

Headteacher Newsletter - Friday 12th February 2021

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith - Matthew 21:22

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Contents

1. A Little Faith

2. Class Updates

3. Weekly Tweets

4. JOBS

5. A Call From the Parish Council

6. Mr. Hurkett says Keep Active at Half Term!

7. OPAL Open Day 2021

8. School Improvement Activity

9. Safeguarding

1. A Little Faith

Hello and good morning,


I can't believe today is the end of the first half term of the new year (WOW, that was a mouthful, sorry). It's been a disruptive week really. The snow and Storm Darcy definitely halted learning for a few days, however, I'd be lying if I said this wasn't a welcome addition to the week's focus of Children's Mental Health Week. Snow...and what a blanket we were blessed with! There's nothing better than wrapping up warm, grabbing a carrot or two, crunching in the snow, building a snowman, and sledging, or sledding (apparently, there's a difference so I had to Google it...Sledging being the act of using a sledge to travel over snow while sledding being the act of sliding downhill on a sled).


So, as we complete this current chapter, we'll most certainly be turning the page soon to enter the next. By that time we may well have some news about a potential school return on 8th March. Although, please don't hold me to that. I suppose it's about wishful thinking right now and having a little faith!


Have a safe half term, huge congratulations, and thank you for supporting your child(ren) with remote learning and thoroughly enjoy the break from devices next week!


Mr. Francksen

Executive Headteacher

2. Class Updates

Class 2

We have had more excellent learning happening both in class and at home this week. I am really proud of our aspirational Class 2 learners. There has been lots of e-safety work taking place over the last few weeks so the children know how to be a good digital citizen and stay safe online. The most important message was that if they feel worried, sad, or scared they should always talk to a grown-up.


Children who have particularly impressed me this week are Nicholas (for using his kind communicator cog and writing a lovely letter to another child); Ruben and Alfie (for their aspirational attitude in phonics sessions) and Sophie (for using her courageous cog and leading the Thursday group meet). Also, Austin, Tommy, Lyla-Rose, Jake, Sophie, Ellie, and Scarlett have all been working extra hard on Numbots this month and have all earned a certificate. Well done everyone! Enjoy a well-deserved rest over half-term.


Miss Mitchell & Mrs Buckle

Class 3 & Class 4

Well done everyone - another week completed. Remote learning - we’ve got this! This week we've looked at instruction-writing sessions. Our 'live' sessions are such a joy and it provides such a great chance for us all to come together and share our learning, thoughts, and feelings. Kensuke’s Kingdom has been the thrilling literacy adventure this week.


This week’s superstars are:

  • Jessica M, who always joins in with our live story and submits some amazing assignments. 10 dojos to you!

  • Faith and Summer P - amazing enthusiasm and focus in our reading. 10 dojos each and keep it up - reading is really a ‘best friend’!

  • Harry R, Finlay S, and Bryony - 10 dojos each for great contributions to our class discussions about whether the Sea of Galilee or the Lake of Galilee is correct. Do you know the answer?!

  • Macey - some super instructions; 10 dojos; now as Mr. Waters says, ‘keep it up’!


Mrs Welch, Miss DP, Mrs Singleton, Mr Waters, Mr Hurkett & Miss Grist

3. Weekly Tweets

If you use Twitter, please do go to our @CrawfordsPSchl Twitter handle to see what takes place throughout the week. Failing that, sit back and enjoy a snapshot, below.
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4. Crawford's Junior Open The Book Stewards (JOBS)

In school, it is very fun: we miss our friends, though, because they are home-schooling. We have been sledding, and having snowball fights, which is very fun too! We had a fancy-dress P.E. session last week, called ‘Work it with Hurkett’ when it was Mr. Hurkett’s birthday. We were talking in class (arguing really) about whether it was the SEA of Galilee or the LAKE of Galilee - we never decided in the end but Dylan said it was good to have our own opinions about this and Elsie says it is good to have different beliefs.


Written by Dylan Stephenson Y3 and Elsie Shave Year 3


Dylan and Elsie have chosen this prayer to share with everyone. Dylan says he likes it because it rhymes.



Hold my hand, God,

Lead the way,

Help me be good every day.

Let me know what’s wrong and right,

Keep me safe every day and night,

Let me know what you have planned,

Lead the way God, hold my hand.


Amen

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5. A Call From the Parish Council

The Parish Council would like your views on wildflowers in the village and surrounding areas. Please click on the link below or scan the QR code, using a mobile phone. Many thanks. Haughley Parish.

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6. Mr Hurkett says Keep Active at Half Term!

OneLife Suffolk will be running a free activity scheme over the half-term break with activities such as Cook-a-long, Dance East, Martial Arts, and Jumping Jacks and Snacks. Parent/carers just need to book a place by following the link below:

https://linktr.ee/OneLifeSuffolkFYP.


Another exciting challenge that Mr. Hurkett has set you is to exercise 'Around the World in 40 days.' Don't worry, you don't need to achieve this distance on your own. It's a community challenge so please encourage your parents/carers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, uncles, aunties, friends, and dog (maybe not the dog). Please see the form below to learn how to take part. Good luck!!!

7. OPAL Open Day 2021

I am super excited to announce that I will be one of the presenters at the next OPAL Open Day on Tuesday 2nd March 2021. This will give us a wonderful opportunity to showcase our journey so far and to engage with other like-minded schools that also believe in putting outdoor learning and 'Play' at the very forefront of our vision and ethos. Please see the link below if you want to watch and add your support!

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8. School Improvement Activity

1a) The reading strategy (incl. phonics) is consistently implemented across the school

- In Class 1 we're super proud of the efforts you are making with the daily English Hub Letters & Sounds videos. Keep up the great work and continue to apply this learning by practicing your sounds and linking it to your 'Free' Play;

- Well done Class 2 for engaging so wonderfully in your 'live' 1:1 phonics sessions. These are going great and Miss Mitchell and Mrs. Buckle love working with you each week;

- Well done to Class 3 and 4 for engaging with Kensuke's Kingdom this week and for the beautiful prayer readings in our daily collective worship.



1f) Effective ‘Keep-up’ strategies and interventions enable children to meet the expected goals

- A huge well done to all the pupils currently working with Third Space Learning with their maths tuition. We've had a review call this week and have evaluated the positives and areas for development.


5a) Pupils demonstrate a high-level of competence in religious literacy - Our JOBS (Junior Open the Book Stewards) led another incredible collective worship - this time Reverend Brin joined remotely to evaluate their progress.



5b) Pupils demonstrate a broad understanding of diversity and difference in the world - This week collective worship recapped on previous weeks but, in particular, the notion of 'It doesn't matter if you're black or white!'


6b) Pupils enjoy a stimulating outdoor and play learning (OPAL) environment - Further works have taken place to landscape the school grounds - Spring is on the way so, hopefully, the gardening club and work of the Green Fingers can return.

9. Safeguarding

Please use the links below to learn more about important topics including online/social media, safeguarding and wellbeing resources, updates.

Click on this highly-rated resource (below) for supporting your child with mental health during the pandemic.