Lest we forget!

Headteacher Newsletter - Monday 15th November 2021

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Christmas Lunch & Christmas Jumper Day (it's not too early to mention, is it?!)

Christmas Jumper Day is back! We will hold ours on Thursday 9th December so please wear a festive top with your usual school uniform. Please do not feel that you should buy a new Christmas jumper - we encourage you to make your own festive top, buy second hand or swap with a friend.

We will also have our staff and pupil Christmas Lunch on Thursday 9th December. We will cater for ALL children having the hot meal UNLESS we hear differently from you.

So, if you pay for meals, you will be charged for lunch that day.

The menu is a traditional turkey roast dinner, with a vegetable roulade for vegetarians. Pudding is an ice cream tub - either chocolate & vanilla, or strawberry & vanilla.

Please contact Mrs. Barber or Mrs. Smith in the office (admin@crawfordsprimary.suffolk.sch.uk) by Monday 29th November if you would like to opt-out and will provide a home-packed lunch for your child.

Thank you in advance.

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Reporting illness - a reminder

As always, please phone the school before 9 am (rather than emailing) if your child is unwell; if you need to leave a message, please give an indication of the nature of the illness, and let us know if there are any Covid symptoms (new continuous cough, temperature, loss or change to a sense of smell or taste). If your child is off with a confirmed case of Covid, but has no symptoms and is feeling well, the government expects all schools to provide remote learning and we will do this via Google Classroom.

The guidance for families on how to access Google Classroom is below.

Class codes:

Class 1 - yle6ihw

Class 2 - dfcjfpl

Class 3 - f66tqfe

Class 4 - w4wjcjb

If you need to borrow a school Chromebook in order to access this learning, please contact the office staff.

If your child is off with a confirmed case of Covid, or any other illness, there is no expectation that they complete remote learning if they are not well enough.

Water Bottles Reminder

Just a reminder that children are to have water in their water bottles. No juice, squash or fizzy drinks please. Please inform the office if this is not possible.

Free School Meals - please check your eligibility and apply

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal. This is known as the Universal Infant Free School Meal (UIFSM). Your child may be eligible for income-related free school meals (FSM) throughout their schooling - this will save you around £437 per year. We encourage all eligible families to apply for FSM, as the school will receive additional funding for these pupils.

To check or apply online, visit: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-meals-uniforms-and-trips/apply-for-free-school-meals/

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.

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PEW News


Pew News Copy from Crawford’s Primary School, Haughley

Written by Jasmine and Leah

Dear Haughley Church Friends

We’ve entered into the spirit of Remembrance by starting to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal… We recall reading our Remembrance poems last year, on the village green and amidst the silhouettes, and we will be writing poems again this year; sadly we won’t be able to read them to you due to ongoing Suffolk County Council guidance to COVID protection.

Year 5 and Year 6 have been trying lots of adventurous outdoor experiences during their residential visit to Caythorpe Court, in Lincolnshire, last month. Everyone was both excited and brave as they climbed high walls, attempted to journey on the very long zip wire and tried to climb the Jacob’s Ladder (which is much harder than it sounds!). It was a really successful trip with many memories made (including meeting our new friends from our sister school in Bardwell).

Our parents and families all enjoyed the School’s first Community Church Service at St Mary’s on 19th October. Thank you to Josephine who so kindly organised refreshments, and Rev Brin for his help in organising this important celebration event. We received attendance certificates and awards for our achievements, and proudly showed some of our learning (including the art we made with Gabi Woods).

The Trustees of Haughley Joint Charities have kindly agreed to make a one-off contribution of £125 to the cost of new school jumpers for our children, and we would like to thank them for their generosity.

It is very important that everyone in our school has a chance to have a voice, so us House Captains have organised a School Council. ONe of the ideas put forward already is to use the school field more often, so we will be talking to our teachers so see how we can make this happen.

Our teachers always start their staff meetings with a special school prayer, so we thought we’d share it with you here.

Jesus, we pray that our minds search for Your light in all we do, all we think, all we say. Help us to guard our minds against negative thoughts . Give us a refreshed perspective in Your light. Amen

St Mary's Church Christmas Fair

St Mary's Church will be holding its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday 20th November between 11am and 1.00pm . As usual there will be a variety of stalls plus this year a 'silent auction' for donated items to be drawn before the end for the lucky bidders.

Refreshments will be available.


Haughley Church would love you to come to our "Christingle" service on Sunday, 5th December at 4:00.

Christingle is a service in which children are given an orange decorated with a candle and sweets.
Listening to the children singing "Away in a Manger" in the dimmed candlelight is an experience not to be missed !

Hope to see you there,
Josephine Gibson (churchwarden) and Pip Jackson (churchwarden and elder)

School Improvement: Reciprocal Reading

This term's focus on Reading is going really well; Miss DP is driving us forward with a reading approach called 'Reciprocal Reading'. Reciprocal teaching refers to an instructional activity in which students become the teacher in small group reading sessions. Teachers model, then help students learn to guide group discussions using four strategies: summarizing, question generating, clarifying, and predicting. Once students have learned the strategies, they take turns assuming the role of the teacher in leading a dialogue about what has been read.

Why use reciprocal teaching?

  • It encourages students to think about their own thought process during reading;
  • It helps students learn to be actively involved and monitor their comprehension as they read;
  • It teaches students to ask questions during reading and helps make the text more comprehensible.

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Calendar Dates:

Monday 15th November

- Anti-bullying Week, Odd Socks Day

- Parents' Evening

Thursday 9th December

- Christmas Jumper & Dinner Day

Friday 10th December

- Quidditch Enrichment Day

Thursday 16th December

- Nativity

Friday 17th December

- Last Day of Term