Newsletter 11th February 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have reached the end of the first half of Spring Term. Next week is half-term and school is closed. We have really seen the children thrive this term and so much progress can be seen in all aspects of learning. We have seen children grow in confidence and self-esteem and really strong friendships are now established. The progress in writing, reading, phonics and maths is really evident and the learning in all subjects is becoming embedded in the children’s long- term memory. Children can link the learning from a previous unit of work to their current learning. This is encouraging and rewarding for leaders, teachers and support staff.  We look forward to the second half of this term when we see longer, brighter days and can plan school trips and even more enrichment opportunities for your children.

Thank you to staff

Behind the scenes at Mousehold this term has been very challenging at times with staff absence. The staff have gone the extra mile and been very adaptable, moved between classes and always without complaint. The children have continued to have the support they need and deserve. We have a very resilient, strong staff team and I’m very grateful and proud of all of them. Thank you to all of the wonderful staff at Mousehold.

Partnership News

We had our first Partnership teacher meeting this week via zoom. The teachers all met each other and introduced themselves and it was good for all teachers to put faces to names. We reflected on what we have achieved this term together. This week all staff have had the opportunity to visit the other school. It was lovely for them to see the classrooms, displays, talk to the staff and to see the children’s learning in books. We have come a long way already and we are excited by further opportunities for the schools to work together.

World Book Day

World Book Day and Science Reading Challenge

As part of our drive to maintain, promote and engage children’s interest in reading, the school is celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March. This day will also mark the start of our Science Reading Challenge which will continue through British Science Week (14th – 18th March) until the holidays.

On Thursday 3rd March, children can come to school dressed as their favourite character or as a scientist!! (This can mean just coming as themselves as we are all scientists at Mousehold). They can also bring their favourite story or a prop to show which area of science they are interested in. (Teaching staff will also be dressing up as a book character or a scientist!). More details on the Science Reading Challenge will be provided closer to the time.

To mark this celebration of books and reading, each child has been given a free £1 Book Token which can either give you £1 off the purchase price of a book or audio book worth £2.99 or more, or be exchanged for one of the specially produced £1 books listed on the reverse of the token.

We look forward to learning all about the books you love.

Miss Balachandre and Mrs Woodward

Safeguarding – Online Safety

This week we have celebrated ‘Safer Internet Day’ at school. Every class has taken part in discussions and activities to explore respect and relationships online.

We shared the story ‘Digiduck and the Magic Castle’. You can share it at home too: childnet.com/digiduck-magic  

Discuss together:

  • How Wise Owl and Eagle Owl help Digiduck and his family
  • Who helps you when you have a problem online?
  • Work with your child to write or draw a list of people they could speak to if they had a problem online. This might include you, other family members, a class teacher or trusted family friends. You could even practise what they might say or come up with a code word that everybody knows.  In school the children all have a Safeguarding hand to remind them who they can speak to when they have a worry about things.

Read all the stories and join Digiduck, Wise Owl and more on their online safety adventures at: childnet.com/digiduck

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Miss Wood, Miss Balachandre

These members of staff monitor and manage all safeguarding practices and ensure staff are supported and have the training they need. Please ask to see one of these adults if you are worried about the safety of a child at school.

If you have a safeguarding concern about a child out of school hours then the number to ring is:

CADS – Children’s Advice and Duty Service – 0344 800 8020.

Dates for your diary

Parent/Carer and Teacher meetings

These are planned for the 2 weeks after February half-term. Please look out for the booking system on Parentmail

  • Monday 14th February – Friday 18th February – HALFTERM. School closed.
  • Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day

Have a lovely half-term and thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully
Mrs Rebecca Westall
Headteacher

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust