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Newsletter 15.01.16


Spring Term 2016 - Newsletter 1

15th January 2016

Dear parents/carers,

We have had a very positive start to the new term. In every classroom, children are buzzing with interest in their new topics, ranging from ‘On Safari’ to ‘Space’. We are also delighted with the positive behaviour children are showing which has been positively commented on by several visitors.

Estimation Stations

These have popped up in every classroom this term as part of our emphasis on maths learning. They are a fun way to support children’s maths by developing a sense of number (an important mathematical skill). Each class has a container of objects and children estimate the quantity of items in it. Children are already enjoying taking it in turns each week to have the job of taking the jar home, filling it and bringing it back to school for the rest of the class to look at. If you are asked to fill the jar, you will get a letter with more details. We appreciate your support with this.

Online Safety

Online safety is often a concern for parents. Last year, an organisation called ChildNet devised a Family Agreement for use at home which you may like to use. This has proven to be a good way to start a conversation with the whole family about use of the internet and discuss together how to behave in a positive way when online at home, at school or at friends' homes. The advice and agreement templates can be found at www.childnet.com/blog/family-agreement.

Value for Life

The value we are focusing on this half term is ‘hope’, this will include helping children to understand how they can play their part in creating a better society and more sustainable environment as citizens of the world, as well as exploring the Christian perspective on hope as God’s promise on our Collective Worship.

I have been asked recently about the role of worship in the school. To clarify, as in all schools, our daily Collective Worship (assembly) lasts 15 minutes and has a distinctive Christian character. In assemblies, our current value is explored, often through Christian stories (although stories from other cultures are also regularly used) and a prayer is said and a song sung. We use the phrase ‘time to think, time to pray’ before all prayers in school and children may choose not to pray, but we ask them to show respect and tolerance for those who wish to do so. We also have class prayers at the beginning of the school day and before lunch. These last a matter of a few seconds and are an opportunity for spiritual reflection during the school day. Again, children may choose not to actively join in with the prayers but are expected to show respect.

However, as a church school, our school’s values (which are based on Christian ideas such as care for each other and the world) are embedded within our ethos and interactions so, as it says in our ethos and values statement, ‘our Christian values underpin everything we do’.

Severe Weather and School Closure

With the cold winter weather finally here, a reminder about possible school closures in severe weather. It is extremely unlikely that the school will close completely. It is more likely that opening will be delayed until 10am or 10.30am to allow the roads to clear and staff to get in. Information will be put on the front page of the school website, parents will be informed by email and information will be available on Heart FM and Radio Suffolk, as well as the Suffolk County Council School Closures page www.schoolclosures.suffolk.gov.uk/schoolsrolite.php?qtype=primary.

World Book Day

Just in case you want to start thinking about it early, on World Book Day this year (3rd March), children (and staff) will be able to come to school dressed as a favourite book character.

Dairy Dates

Please see below for important dates for the term, including upcoming Parents’ Evenings. More information about how to book appointments will be in a later letter.

Vicky Doherty


Dates for your diary:

From 11th January

All After School Clubs commence

9:00am -12:00pm

16th January

KS2 Boys Football Hartismere

3:45pm - 6:00pm

8th February

Parents Evening -Sycamore & Chestnut Classes

3:45pm - 6:00pm

10th February

Parents Evening - Willow & Lime Classes

3:15pm - 4:00pm

24th February

Year 6 Maths Booster Sessions

3:15pm - 4:00pm

2nd March

 Year 6 Maths Booster Sessions

3rd March

World Book Day

9:00am - 9:30am

4th March

Chestnut Class Assembly

3:15pm - 4:00pm

16th March

Year 6 Maths Booster Sessions

3:15pm - 4:00pm

23rd March

Year 6 Maths Booster Sessions

9:00am - 9:30am

11th March

Sycamore Class Assembly

9:00am- 9:30am

18th March

Lime & Willow Class Assembly

9:00am - 12:30pm

16th March

Yr 6 Liaison Meeting at Debenham High School

9:00am -3:00pm

21st March

Sycamore Class Trip to Sutton Hoo

9:00am - 9:45am

22nd March

Easter Service in the Church

Term Dates -

4 January to 24th March 2016

Half Term 15 February -19th February 2016

11 April 2016 to 21 July 2016

Half Term 30 May to 3rd June 2016

PD Day

27th May 2016

Parent Response Slip

Either email or send in a paper version for the attention of the Headteacher.

Name of parent  ________________________ Date _______________


Thank you for taking the time to respond. Your views are listened to and given careful consideration.