Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Snow Closure

The school is closed TODAY (Wednesday 28 February) due to the snow
When bad weather causes us to close, we will also send 
you a text message and an email via ParentMail.

We make every possible effort to ensure that the school remains open, but many of the staff live a considerable distance away and make difficult cross-country journeys each day. This may make it difficult for us to have a fully-staffed school in the event of bad weather.
You can also find information posted on:
·         Suffolk CountyCouncil Website 
·         Our school Website - although at the time of posting this BLOG the website server was down.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Snow Play

At break all those children who wore suitable boots had the opportunity to play in the snow on the school field...

School IS open today - Tuesday 27 February

School IS open today - Tuesday 27 February

Monday, 26 February 2018

Chess Club

This Monday’s House Chess matches saw Howard take the lead with 5 points, (wins for Anya, Acer and Rosie), with Hitcham on 4 (wins for Benjamin 2 and Anna), Mills also 4 (Catherine and Keira) and Bulstrode remain on 3 points.

Thomas and Percy have won through to next week’s final which should be a cracking match.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Online Safety Poster Competition

Many congratulation to Finley (Upper Key Stage 2) and Edith (Lower Key Stage 2) for their winning entries in the Online Safety Poster competition.  They both had very important messages about Online Safety.  They each received a USB memory stick for their efforts.  

Well done Finley and Edith.

Chess Tournament

The House Chess competition started this week and will continue until Easter. 
At that stage, the team with the most wins will hold the wonderful trophy for a year! 

This week’s results were:
  • BULSTRODE  3 (wins for Jack S 2, Eleanor 1)
  • HOWARD      2 (wins for Rosie and Rory)
  • MILLS           2 (William and Henry)
  • HITCHAM      1 (Anna)

The individual tournament has reached the semi-final stage with  great matches in prospect, Aston (last year’s champion) v Percy and Thomas v Acer.

Good luck to everyone!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Friday, 9 February 2018

Safer Internet Day 2018

This week marked international “Safer Internet Day” with various events within the school.  

In class, discussions were held to highlight how children can stay safe online with reminders given about their previous learning and this has been built upon as appropriate depending on each year group. 

Key Stage 2 used video resources or role play situations to engage the learning and deepen the understanding with the children. A great deal of discussion amongst older groups in dealing with specific situations also took place.

Key stage 1 created internet posters and identified key facts that should not be given away online or to friends to help stay safe online. 

Advice was given to our early years and nursery children using "Smartie the Penguin" to help.

Alongside these class based activities, we held the parent’s session run by the NSPCC in which the workshop enabled parents to identify how to keep their children safe online. We will continue to keep parents updated via parentmail throughout the year with various resources and facts too. 

Within the school, we also had an online poster competition this half term.  The winners will be announced in assembly after half term.

The safer internet day is an international event but actually here at Sir Robert Hitcham's our internet safety learning continues from the beginning to the end of each academic year, not just on one day!  Online safety is discussed regularly throughout the year when children are using devices within the school and staff have regular updates too.  

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Amazing Stargazing

Today, Year 5 were lucky to receive a visit from Mr. Gwynn,  STEM ambassador. 
The children were absolutely fascinated by the knowledge he shared about Space, and asked a range of detailed questions- here a small selection of them:
  • Jacques- What will happen if two black holes collide?
  • Maisie- How did the Milky Way come to be in existence?
  • Elizabeth- Why can’t the Moon be classed as a planet?
  • James- If humans had first been on another planet, could they have adapted to breathe other gases in order to survive there?
  • Henry- When 2 galaxies collide, will they form a new galaxy?
  • Rory- What will happen when the Moon slowly drifts away?
  • Lucy- Could Earth have another Moon?

Mr. Gwynn shared his extensive knowledge with us; we learnt that Jupiter acts like a huge vacuum cleaner due to its size and the strength of gravitational forces pulling in debris. We found out about our ‘neighbour’ galaxy, Andromeda, and heard about stars being recycled to form new stars. A fascinating morning enjoyed by all!

Alien Antics!

This week, Class VW have been planning graphic narratives based on our Space- themed ‘Stargazers’ topic. 
They developed a full character profile for their alien, thinking carefully about special features they would need to survive. Once they had developed their character, they constructed them using plasticine.

Year 6 Trip to London

The Year 6 had a long but very memorable day trip to London yesterday. Here are a couple of reports written by the children this morning, along with the photos from one of the groups...

Online safety parents session

The NSPCC presented an online safety workshop for parents this morning.  It was an informative session which gave parents advice and tips in empowering themselves on how to help their children stay safe online.  

During the session, the top 'apps' which are used regularly by children were shared  - many surprises as to the variety of apps and how some had changed their icons too!  A discussion about where to go to source advice and help for parental settings and how to start off conversations with children were also shared.   Advice was given on showing and talking to the children about how to block or report an issue.  There is a link to the CEOP report icon on our school website.

Within our school, staff and support staff are trained and kept up to date regularly and all the children are reminded about being share aware.   We are committed to keeping our children safe online.  As mentioned this morning,  the children are taught how to behave on the playground, they know the boundaries and they know what to do if they are not happy and so this ethos should apply online.  The children are taught how to behave appropriately on line; they are told about the boundaries of staying safe online and this should be an area the children can discuss openly with carers and parents who listen to their concerns.  Finally, the children should know what to do if they have a problem. 

The NSPCC are coming to do some workshops and assemblies in the summer term with the children to reinforce this message too.  

Thank you to those that came and received the information and also for your continued support in working with the school to ensure your children are kept safe online. 

Monday, 5 February 2018

House Singing Competition

Songs from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat formed the basis of this year's House Singing competition.
It was a terrific choral performance by all 200 children from KS2. Judging was extremely hard - Mrs Picton, Mrs Mawson and Ms Ducker (Music Teacher at Thomas Mills High School) all felt the standard was very high.  In the end the House SInging Cup was awarded to Bulstrode.  Well done to everyone for taking part today.
Look out in the EADT & the EADT online where there will be photos & videos of today's event.
We're all humming the chorus from 'Any Dream will do' in the office now!

Anticipation building...

 Waiting to hear who won...

Nursery have a visit from a Tortoise

The nursery children had a visit this morning from Bob the Tortoise!
Mrs Staff, from the school office, very kindly bought in their family tortoise to show the children.  She talked about looking after a tortoise as a pet, and what you have to feed it and how you have to prepare it for hibernation. Bob is too young to hibernate yet, but when he's older he will have to sleep through the winter - sounds like bliss!
Thank you to Mrs Staff for bringing Bob to school today.


Friday, 2 February 2018


This week, children in VW have been learning about translating shapes. 
They needed to follow instructions and count carefully from the origin coordinate. 
We talked about the quadrants in relation to x and y, considering carefully whether they had potentially negative values for x, y or both coordinates.

Ofsted Inspection

It is with great pleasure that the Governors and I share with you the report on our recent Ofsted Inspection which took place on 9 January 2018 in accordance with Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills (HMCI) inspected, under section 8 of the Education Act 2005 (as amended).
We are thrilled to receive confirmation that Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham’s CEVAP School continues to provide a ‘Good’ quality of education since the previous inspection.

We are particularly pleased that the report recognises that our school treats everyone as a ’unique individual’, is a ‘vibrant and caring place’ and that our children are ‘happy’ and very positive about school.  It reflects a school which is founded on Christian values of care, kindness and family.
It recognises the strength of our curriculum which was identified as being incredibly rich, the opportunities for learning our children have and the progress and attainment they achieve.  It also reflects the dedication of our staff and Governors, to provide the best education they possibly can for all children in an ‘inclusive school who do not give up on any child’.
We are hugely encouraged that Ofsted agreed with our identification of areas for improvement and that it was recognised that we have ‘begun to steadily address the issues’ through ‘high quality leadership’ of not only those subject leaders interviewed during the inspection but all our teachers and staff.
During the inspection our Inspector was highly impressed with the behaviour of our children, sharing that they are ‘absolute delights’, ‘they feel incredibly safe’ and are ‘proud of their responsibilities’ in school.  She shared her admiration for the quality of interaction with children and the passion felt by the whole community for our school.  The strength of Governance was recognized and the diligence of the Parent Council in ensuring that ‘the school remains a community for pupils and parents alike’.  She felt confident that our ‘Very Good School’ had the ability to ’move forward’ in the future secure in the knowledge that the ‘right leaders are in the right places’.
We are hugely grateful to all families, children, staff and Governors who contributed to the inspection through direct dialogue, personal letters or returning questionnaires.
Although only one day, the Inspection was carried out in a very fair and thorough way.  It serves as a formal recognition of just what an incredible school Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham’s CEVAP School is.  A very good Christian School in our Community serving all our children and families in the best way possible.  A school where we ‘tenaciously promote values such as equality, tolerance, humility and humanity in the day-to-day school life’.  A school very well placed to continue to provide the highest of standards for all children in its care.
OFSTED Website - our page                  

Take a peek...

... at some of our wonderful class displays...

Year 4

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 Year 1/2
 Year 2