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Headteacher Newsletter - Friday 25th September

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Contents

1. Collaboration is Multiplication

2. Census Day Lunch

3. Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL)

4. Pupil Leadership

5. Experiential Learning

6. An award from HM Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk

7. Wake and Shake

8. Early Help Club Offer

9. Vacancy

10. Notices

11. Reminders

12. Requests

13. School Improvement Activity

14. Safeguarding

1. Collaboration is Multiplication!

Good afternoon all,


WOW...where did that week go?! It's been a very hands-on, practical week and 'collaboration' has been the keyword for all.


Preparations have begun to install the children's stained-glass art work in the reception area. We're extremely excited to showcase how inspirational this project has been; we must also say a huge thank you to Charmian Tate for collaborating with the children on this. Having authentic, skilled professionals modelling real-world skills is exactly the sort of aspiration we have for our little ones. Watch this space as we hope to have the stained-glass windows in by the October half term.


Our attendance (year to date) is a fantastic 97.1%. Considering the difficult landscape we have all had to navigate, along with the current guidance (which is very important), this is an incredible achievement. Again, this is all about collaboration between the school and parents/carers. 'Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable' so thank you, again, for working with us on the co-education of your children.


Next Thursday, 1st October, is a national school Census Day. The take-up of free school meals on this day affects our school’s funding so we encourage all eligible children (YR, Y1, Y2 and those on Free School Meals) to have the school lunch that day. The menu will be the ever popular roast beef dinner with carrot cake to follow. As always, jacket potatoes and school packed lunches are available.


Our Forest School's provision is becoming a huge success and we have taken the opportunity this week to provide extra sessions for classes to engage together. Mrs Boyd was out twice this week on her Forest School's training, therefore, Mr Hurkett (our Level 3 FS Leader) and our support staff took the opportunity to combine the classes to further develop their leadership skills, team-working, language and problem solving. I have to say vertical grouping (combining classes) is something we aim to build more into the curriculum because it is so incredibly powerful. We're extremely lucky (as a small school) and as a 'bubble' to enable this to happen. Having launched our new curriculum, I am pleased to draw to your attention, the Framework for Independence' (FfI); please see the link below. The FfI is a values-based approach, which upholds all other aspects of the curriculum. Here, we are strongly emphasising the importance of lifelong learning skills/Bardwell Behaviours (Aspirational, Courageous, Resilient, Inquisitive, Reflective and Inquisitive), wellbeing, the importance of community and understanding how to stay safe. These, we believe, are the foundations of all other things. From the outside, I can appreciate it may look like classes are being put together to organise cover; I can wholeheartedly assure you, this is not the case...this is an opportunity to enable our learners to collaborate, learn from others older and both younger.


There is much more to share but I'll leave you with the usual blog of children's experiences, important reminders, notices and updates.


Have a great weekend...if the weather permits!


Mr Francksen & Mrs Dunnell-Paley

2. Census Day Lunch

Next Thursday, 1st October, is a national school Census day. The take-up of free school meals on this day affects our school’s funding so we encourage all eligible children (YR, Y1, Y2 and those on Free School Meals) to have the school lunch that day. The menu will be the ever popular roast beef dinner with carrot cake to follow. As always, jacket potatoes and school packed lunches are available.

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3. Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL)

You may have noticed, the new sandpit? This is one of the many introductions to our OPAL approach for playtimes. It's incredible to consider that break and lunchtimes account for 20% of the school week. That's one whole day. Therefore, we believe that providing a stimulating, purposeful and engaging provision for the children is extremely important. Children have been enjoying imaginative play with eco-plastic toys and lots of shells, this week. If these find their way home, please do send them back in when you can!

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4. Pupil Leadership

Our wonderful, new, sports captains got auditing our equipment...and in the process they gave the PE shed a good tidy up. Great job. Particular recommendation must go to Lexi for being such an inspirational leader already!
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5. Experiential Learning

Oak Class fully immersed with their English work (based on the short Disney animated film ‘Feast’) this week by enjoying a taste-testing session. Lucas enjoyed it!

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6. An award from HM Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk

We are proud to say that we have received The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk Award In Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Community in Suffolk during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

In her letter, Clare Countess of Euston, who is the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, said, “The innovation, collaboration, courage, and selflessness shown by so many across the County during this desperate time has been truly inspirational and uplifting. Our Schools, our Teachers and Support Staff have set a shining example of all that is best in Suffolk. The High Sheriff of Suffolk and I feel privileged to award you all the Lord Lieutenant’s special Certificate of Merit for your remarkable contribution.”

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7. Wake and Shake

Wake and shake has now formed an integral part of the school week. Mr Hurkett and the Sports Leaders are trailblazing our outdoor, healthy active lifestyles focus.
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8. Early Help Club Offer

Remember, all clubs are FREE this year...so take advantage and support us get the children active.


Please see the Club Timetable below. If you would like to book a club, please visit your Arbor account to sign up.

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9. Vacancy!

We're still looking for one or more people to become a Midday Supervisor at Bardwell School. This involves supervising at lunch service and during outdoor play and learning (OPAL); to include helping the pupils, administering first aid and clearing/tidying the lunch area. You will be paid at Grade 1, £9.25 per hour and would be needed to work from midday to 1pm during term time.


This is a great opportunity for you to become more involved with the school and you will receive full training. There may also be opportunities to become involved with breakfast club and in accompanying school trips. A DBS check is required for this role. If interested, please complete the form emailed on 4th September and return it to the office; then we'll arrange an informal interview with the Head. Hard copies are available from the office.
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10. Notices

Instrument loan

Year 4 and Year 5 pupils will bring home a hard copy permission form which needs to be returned, completed, to their class teacher or TA. This will enable them to bring home their instrument after next Wednesday’s music lesson.

Get Active - Get Active happens each day first thing, 3 times a week as a whole school and twice in individual classes.

YouTube

We’d like to make you aware that we have been updating our parental consent data collection, which now includes reference to YouTube (under ‘internet permission’).


11. Reminders

Communications flowchart We know that when parents/carers have a concern that relates to their child at school, whether it’s pastoral, curriculum or staffing in nature, they often feel the best way forward is to ask to see the Head of School or Executive Head. In our experience many of these concerns can often be most quickly resolved by talking first to the most appropriate person - please refer to the flowchart for further information.

Flu vaccination

If you missed the deadline to register for a flu vaccination, but would like your child to be included, please contact the School Immunisation Team on 0300 555 5055 or email ccs-tr.suffolkimmsteam@nhs.net

Absence policy reminder

If your child is absent from school, may we please remind you that we need a phone call or voicemail, not an email, before 9am. Please give the reason for the absence and details of any cough/cold symptoms. Thank you.

Water bottles

It is incredibly important that your child(ren) brings in a water bottle every day, filled with water ONLY (no juice or squash) and labelled clearly with the child's name. This will enable your child(ren) to stay hydrated and to locate their bottle in order to reduce droplet transmission.
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Named clothing

Please remember to name your child(ren)'s clothing; we currently have a lot of unnamed items of clothing coming in to school. If your child is doing PE/Forest Schools, they need to come dressed in their kit all day.
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No Resources Needed!

Please be aware, due to COVID-19, children should be bringing in minimal resources ONLY in their book bag e.g. books and necessary school supplies; not toys, sweets or any personal items. Each child has been provided with a pencil case, therefore, they do not need to bring in any stationery.

12. Requests

Drones and fish

Mrs Boyd would like to ask any anglers out there if they could donate a whole fish to the class. She is also looking for someone who can legally record drone footage of the school from above and share it with her. Please contact the office or Mrs Boyd if you can help?

Welly rack - We're still putting out a plea for 4 welly racks - we can supply the wood.

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13. 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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14. Safeguarding

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