Newsletter 18th March 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

The weeks seem to be flying by and we only have 2 weeks until the Easter holidays. The children are enjoying their learning and there have been many practical, outdoor lessons over the last few weeks. We enjoyed celebrating International Maths Day on Monday and the photos are on our school Facebook page for all to enjoy. We have also enjoyed British Science Week with a theme of ‘Growth.’  There have been many practical activities, experiments and investigations for children and these are the things they will remember when they look back on their time spent at Mousehold.

Partnership News

We had an excellent partnership event on Monday afternoon to mark International Maths Day. Year 2 children from Mousehold went to George White for some Maths fun with Year 3. We used indoor and outdoor spaces and the sun shone for us. The children worked well together and it was really exciting for all involved. The Year 3 children loved seeing familiar faces from Mousehold and the Year 2 children felt very grown up visiting the junior school. This will help with transition for the children moving onto George White in September. 

We are starting to make plans for a partnership Jubilee celebration day in May. 

Open Fridays – starts today

You are all welcome to attend this any Friday after school, unless our risk assessment changes. This is to look at your children’s books and the classroom.  

British Science Week 14th – 20th March 2022

This week during British Science Week children have been enjoying a range of science activities around ‘Growth and Change’. Some classes watched a live lesson all about minibeasts that are useful to farmers. Did you know there are different types of dung beetles and they live in and eat poop, improving the soil! You can watch the lesson on

https://encounteredu.com/live-lessons/fantastic-minibeasts-and-where-to-find-them-150322 if you would like. Some of the other activities included, planting, cleaning coins using different solutions, watching the effect of yeast when it starts working, exploring refraction using water in a glass and how this can change what we see, finding out about camouflage and how changing shape and pattern can help animals hide, and in nursery, learning all about kittens.

This Saturday, 19th March from 10:00-15:30, the popular Science Trail run by the Norfolk and Norwich Science Association returns with a CSI theme. You can see the details on their website https://sites.google.com/view/norfolknorwichsciassociation/home.

We have had some science reading challenge passports returned this week and these children have earned their certificates and bookmarks, well done! You have until Friday 22nd April to complete this challenge.

School council – Road Safety Campaign

We would like to say a big thank you to Smurfit Kappa for donating enough high vis jackets for every child in the school. We are aware that the evenings after school are now lighter but children can be seen more easily on the paths with the jackets on. We hope this will encourage road users to drive more carefully. Thank you for your ongoing support in keeping our children safe outside school.  Well done and thank you to the children in School Council for working hard to get the support we have needed. You can see how proud they are in the photo below.

International day of Mathematics

At Mousehold and George White Junior school on Monday, we shared some of our amazing maths learning. Our Year 2s had a lovely trip to GWJ and joined in with exciting activities with Year 3. At Mousehold, The Nursery children had a focus on circles- reading, printing, chalking and going on a circle hunt. Our Reception children were busy learning about 2D and 3D shapes. In Year 1, the children made shapes together using their bodies, and went on a ‘maths hunt’, looking for shapes, numbers and patterns in our environment. It was a very exciting day of fun maths for everyone, helping us see that maths is a universal language and it really is everywhere!

Safeguarding – Online Safety

Age rating on apps and games

What is the app age rating? How old do you have to be to use the popular apps and games?

Age ratings are useful to help you decide what is appropriate for your child. You are probably familiar with the age ratings used for films, but apps and games are rated differently and there is lots more to consider. Some ratings give a minimum age, some use categories (such as Amazon app stores ‘guidance suggested’ category).

Have you ever been confused over the age ratings of apps and games? 

Apps stores have their own classification systems to indicate the suitability of an app, but these don’t always match up to the developer’s recommendation and then there are PEGI ratings too. It’s no wonder we get confused!

Remember, ratings are a guide. The most important thing is that you know your child best, you can judge what your child’s abilities are and what is suitable for them.

For more advice on app age ratings please visit the NSPCC website:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/online-safety-blog/app-age-rating/

Please see our website for all of our policies and more information about safeguarding

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

Friday 1st April – Last day of term

School reopens to children on Thursday 21st April (our extra day due to the Jubilee means we have one more day of the Easter holidays compared to most other schools.)

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully
Mrs Rebecca Westall
Headteacher

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust