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Bignold Newsletter - Monday 15th March

Mr Newman’s



Welcome back


It has been absolutely superb to welcome all of our children back into school after these long months of lockdown. Last week went as well as I think I could have possibly hoped and I was amazed by just how brilliantly all of the children settled back into the routines of school life – they seemed happy to be back & we were delighted to see them all.

It was also good to see & speak to so many of you during pick-up & drop-off times. Thank you to all of you who have been so supportive of the work we are doing here in school during these difficult times.

Can I ask that you do not arrive too early at the start of the school day? We open the Wessex Street gate for Preschool families at 8.30 am. The gate then opens for the main school drop-off just before 8.40. Thank you.

Mrs Claire Taylor - secondment

Mrs Taylor has been offered the exciting opportunity of being seconded to the role of Assistant Headteacher at Poplars Primary School in Lowestoft (another school in the Evolution Academy Trust). She will be leaving us after the Easter holidays for 4 school terms up until September 2022.

It is always sad to see such a committed and valued member of our staffing team move on but, I am sure that you will join me in wishing Mrs Taylor all the best of luck as she takes on this new challenge.

Mrs Taylor’s Year 6 morning group will continue to be taught within their normal classes as we work towards preparing the children for their next challenge – moving on to high school!

Parent meetings

It has been wonderful to welcome all of our children back into school and we have all been really impressed with how quickly they have settled back into the routines of learning.

We do, however, understand that some children may have found the return to school more challenging. If you have any specific concerns about your child & would like to make an appointment with their teacher for a virtual meeting in the final week of this term (wc 22nd March) to discuss their return to school, please respond to the letters that will be sent out by class teachers.

We appreciate that, during the last few weeks you may feel that you have had a lot more contact with the adults teaching your child than you might normally have done. You may feel that an appointment is not necessary at this time. 

Appointments are available but we will not chase if you do not wish to make one at the moment. If at a later date, you would like to contact your child's teacher or our SENCO, Emma Davies, please email

 Bignold, a reading school

As all of the children return to school, we would like to reiterate how much emphasis we place upon the teaching of reading and our children’s ability to engage with texts of all kinds.

Reading underpins every aspect of learning. It is a vital life-skill and is one which we believe all children should master before they leave Primary School.

Reading is placed at the centre of our curriculum with children proactively encouraged to engage with high-quality texts; this includes school staff reading aloud daily from the Bignold Reading & Poetry Spines.

All of our classrooms &teaching spaces reflect the high-priority being placed upon reading at Bignold. Our aim is for all pupils to access reading books that are pitched at an appropriate level for their age/ability/interests.

Weekly reading at home

Reading at home and sharing stories is proven to have an enormous impact on children’s educational outcomes. Our aim is for every child to read at least four times a week at home.  Each time a child reads or is read to please ensure that it is recorded in their reading records.  The book or text chosen does not have to be school reading book but can include magazines, recipes or any books you have at home or borrow from the library.  Each week there will be a thank you to the class that has the highest percentage of children reading 4 times a week.  The thank you will be a treat from our school kitchen.

Bignold Book Day – Friday 27th March

As part of our celebration of Reading, we are going to be ending this term with Bignold Book Day on Friday 27th March.

We would love to see all of the children coming in dressed as a character from a favourite book and, in the classrooms, they will be doing lots of fun activities themed around books and reading.

Red Nose Day

We are not going to be doing a collection for Red Nose Day this year. Children are welcome to wear their noses if they would like but we feel that this is not the right time to be asking families to make donations.

In the Summer Term we will be having another non-uniform day in support of a local charity.

We are here for you

We continue to live through difficult times and I know that the pressures being put on families are increasing. Please remember that we are here to support you.

Berry O’Rourke, our Family Partnership Support Officer, can be found on the front playground on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. We are a collection point for food parcels from the Soul Foundation. We are also able to put families in touch with other useful local services.

With my very best wishes to you all,

Chris Newman – Head of School