Colours Are The Smiles of Nature

Headteacher Newsletter - Monday 10th May 2021

The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. Song of Solomon 2:12

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Contents

1. Colours Are The Smiles of Nature

2. Class Updates

3. PE 'Work it with Hurkett'

4. Weekly Tweets...

5. Haughley Nature Walks

6. Ixworth SET School Newsletter

7. OneLife Suffolk

5. Thorpe Woodlands Trip, Friday 7th May - Reminder

6. Clubs

7. Bank Holiday Monday

8. Travelling Book Fair

9. Haughley Nature Walks

10. Half Term Activities Clubs

11. 'School's Out' Summer Half Term Camps

12. Players Wanted

13. Norwich City FC Girls Development Programmes

14. Safeguarding & Wellbeing

1. Colours Are The Smiles of Nature

Good morning everyone,


The outdoors has definitely prevailed this past week; bear hunts, exploratory plant identification scavenger hunts, and a whole-school trip to Thorpe Woodlands...whatever the weather, the troops of Crawford's have definitely brought their own sunshine.


Looking ahead, restrictions appear to be gradually lifting; this is great news as we plan to begin opening up opportunities for you, the parents/carers. We'd love to start welcoming you all for our monthly collective worship at the church; we are planning on organising an Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) day; and, let's not forget, sports day is firmly on the horizon. Will the legendary dads and mums race feature - let's plan for it!


Keep smiling everyone; remember 'Colours Are The Smiles of Nature'.


Mr. Francksen

Executive Headteacher

2. Class Updates

Class 1

Class 1 had a very active and busy week! We have been getting muddy when continuing our Bear hunt and we had a fantastic first school trip to Thorpe woodlands. Mrs. Shave was super proud of ALL of class 1 for displaying so many of our cog values during our trip; resilience, courage, aspirational and kind communicators during the team challenges. Well done all and thank you to parents for sending the children in so prepared and of course to the parent helpers : )

Class 2

Class 2 has been busy learning to identify common plants this week. We went on a ‘school trip’ to the playing field and used our observation skills to see if we could find all of the plants on our identification sheets. We discovered that some plants like dead-nettles and dandelions are more common than others. Why not try identifying plants in your garden or on your next walk? Here is the plant spotter sheet we used.

Class 3

We have had another busy and productive week, which culminated in the fantastic experience at Thorpe Woodlands. It was so lovely to see Class 3 working together, and being really kind communicators in the team building activities. There were some extremely courageous children, who were really aspirational, and overcame their fears. So proud of you all...well done!



In our learning, we refreshed our knowledge of the countries that make up the UK and learnt some new facts about the major cities. In independent writing, the children started to write their own stories based on the book ‘The Flood.’ They were able to incorporate with confidence, quite a number of the ‘literary devices’ that they have learned since September. In maths, we have been having a real push on recalling the 2, 4, and 8 times tables. Any extra practice at home, in the car, etc, would really help them.

Class 4

Our Trip to Thorpe Forest ties in really well with our writing this half term, which is based on The Explorer by Katherine Rundell; an adventure tale of children stranded in the Amazonian Rain Forest. We are using our expert writing skills to bring our descriptions alive to our readers. Meanwhile, maths is really proving a success, with a focus on decimals, problem-solving involving decimals, and really making sure we understand the significance of using mathematical vocabulary to explain our reasoning and solutions. We’re learning about how the Resurrection impacts Christians, in R.E., and how life was in Ancient Greece. Miss DP is very proud of how dedicated everyone has been since the return to full-time in-school learning - lots of Dojos!

3. PE Work it with Hurkett

This week in PE we have introduced the High Jump. We have focused heavily on the jumping techniques, namely the scissor and Fosbury Flop. It has been a pleasure to see so much determination for all of the children to further improve and increase their jump record. We have decided to include High Jump in the morning field events on Sports Day. Mr. Hurkett will be organising dates and times and will communicate this when this has been finalised.

4. Weekly Tweets...

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5. Haughley Nature Walks

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6. Ixworth SET School Newsletter

Ixworth SET has shared a newsletter for current Year 4 and 5 pupils. Please see, below.

7. OneLife Suffolk

Here at OneLife Suffolk, we are dedicated to helping people live healthier and happier lives through a range of free services.


One of the ways we do this is through our families and young people service which aims to help families live healthy lifestyles. However, we want to make the service even better, and so we are holding a series of focus groups to better understand how we can make our service more engaging for children and to better understand the challenges families are facing when trying to lead a healthy lifestyle. We really want to know from your perspective what it’s like to encourage your children and family to keep active, eat well, and generally stay healthy. We really want to hear your views on which key topics we should be covering, the most appropriate way to deliver our programme, and what keeps children inspired and engaged. We would really appreciate an hour of yours and your family's time so we can learn how to better support you and make learning about healthy lifestyles fun and enjoyable for children.

If you are interested, please join using this link:

For parents only:

12pm Tuesday 11th May

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_NmFlM2MyMmQtYTViMy00NmY0LTk3NmItYzliOWNjOTM3NDE2%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2283c2af31-190d-469a-a1c1-47a9c388b7cd%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22acabf1a0-ccc8-48b1-a4ab-e3e0d3319dd7%22%7d

For parents and children:

5:30pm Thursday 13th May

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ODdlNzU2NTctYTU2OS00NTU0LTk4YmUtMzIzYTk0M2EwZjNl%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2283c2af31-190d-469a-a1c1-47a9c388b7cd%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22acabf1a0-ccc8-48b1-a4ab-e3e0d3319dd7%22%7d

8. Safeguarding & Wellbeing

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