Newsletter 20th May 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

The highlight of this week has been our Year 1 and 2 school trip to the Cathedral. This is the first school trip these children have been on, due to the Covid restrictions the last 2 years. The staff worked hard to make this happen and it involved a long walk there and back. The children were a credit to the school and really enjoyed it. We had this lovely e-mail from a parent,

‘My son has absolutely loved going on the trip. He has been talking about what he learned there and was excited to tell us it was built 900 years ago and there was lots of gold there. He also knew where the lime stone came from. He said he has learned so much from going there, and it is great to see him coming out of school so happy and excited. Thank you.’

We could really see how the children accessed their prior learning to be able to relate it to a new context. Children could talk confidently about what they knew about the Christian faith and places of worship and relate it to the different activities they experienced.

Well done Year 1 and 2!

Partnership News

Mrs Westall and Mrs Petchey have been working together to plan the information evening for Year 2 parents. This will be after half-term and a date will follow soon. There will be two Year 3 classes, instead of the usual three, as the current Year 2 cohort is smaller than our other year groups. We will make sure you know your child’s new class before the information evening. We will ensure the transition is smooth for all children and we will arrange extra visits to the junior school for the children who would benefit from extra transition.

Please take time to look at our school websites. They have been updated recently. You can read about our curriculums and get a feel for both schools:

www.georgewhitejunior.co.uk

www.mouseholdinfants.com

Learning Through Landscapes £500 grant

We were excited to hear this week that we have been awarded a Learning Through Landscapes £500 grant to support our outdoor learning curriculum.  This means we will be receiving some fantastic new open-ended play equipment to support children’s imaginative play, communication skills and physical development.  As part of the grant, our staff will also receive training in developing learning using the outdoors.  It took us six attempts of applying, but perseverance finally paid off!  We can’t wait to share photos of the children playing with the new equipment once it arrives. Well done to our Curriculum Strategy Group for their success in being awarded this grant.

We want to share our story…

We are very proud of our curriculum at Mousehold and want to share our story.

Please see these links to our website – where you can find out more:

Our Curriculum Journey

Development of Subject Leadership

Our School Improvement and Development Plan

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations day Friday 27th May

We will be celebrating the event all day on Friday 27th May. This will include a special lunch, royal themed activities and all children and staff can dress in red/white/blue or royal themed outfits (Queen, King, Prince, Princesses etc.)    There will be lots of photos on our school Facebook page to share our celebrations.  You will have seen that the children have been learning about the Queen and the History related to the Queen this term. The children have been fully engaged in this learning and have produced some excellent work. 

Mrs Seaman

Mrs Seaman, our School Secretary, will be retiring at the end of this academic year, after decades of working in the school as well as attending the school herself as a 4 year old. Many parents who attended the school themselves will remember Mrs Seaman. We are making the most of her whilst we still have her!

Annual Parent Survey

Thank you for completing this. We will look at the results, collate them and feedback very soon.

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Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School 50/50 LOTTO  

If you would like the chance of winning up to £125*why not try your luck on picking a lucky number on our blackboard, with £2 entry per number (£1 donation goes to the school and the other £1 goes towards the cash prize). The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School representatives will be stationed near the exit gate of the playground after school most days otherwise alternatively you can purchase at the office.

The lucky numbers will be drawn on Friday 24th June – Good luck! 

Books and Bakes sale after school @3pm on 27th May (last day of term) outside the dinner hall. We will be following the schools Jubilee theme for that day with some jubilee themed bakes! If you or someone you know is a keen baker, please get in touch with the Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School; admin@thefriendsofmousehold.org. Please would you list the ingredients of any cakes that you donate as we have children in school with various allergies and others that choose to follow a Vegan diet. We will happily take baked goods and any unwanted books on the day to sell on our stall. Please take your donations to the school office. All money will go towards the Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School charity to fund school trips, equipment, book bags amongst other things! 

Summer Fayre on the 24th June 3-5pm. 

We want to make the Summer Fayre a really fun family event. We have been rummaging through the Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School cupboard and we have found plenty of ideas from previous fayres, but it wouldn’t be a fayre without the support of the pupils, teachers and you (the parents!) Please could you get in touch with the office or admin@thefriendofmousehold.org if you can help us out running a stall on the day or help with the preparations. We are looking for a face painter, musicians and a keen adult footballer, if you know of anyone? 

There will be a non-uniform day on Wednesday 15th June for Summer Fayre Raffle prize donations.  

Open Classrooms

This is after school, every Friday, and is a chance for you to look at your children’s books and to see their classrooms. All are welcome, every Friday.

Safeguarding

You will see a senior leader and our Parent Support Advisor on the playground most days before school and at the end of the day. We are there to welcome you and also to listen. Please share with us anything that is worrying you or something you might need help with. Small things can become big things if not handled quickly. It is an important part of our job and we want to help you.

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, and Miss Wood.

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.

A Message from our Mental Health Champions

As Mental Health champions, we’re great advocates of doing things to refuel emotionally.  If we are refreshed ourselves, it will often mean we can be more productive in the things we are doing and we may also find we find it easier to care and support those around us.

Taking part in activities that we enjoy can help us not to feel so depleted.  We’ve chosen to focus on a recipe this week for you to try at home!  You may want to try this on your own first, but you might also consider including your children and cooking together.  It can be a great family activity and often children are often more adventurous at trying something new, if they’ve made it themselves.  

Pizza

Try these two home-made pizza bases, one yeast based, the other using a scone recipe.

https://www.netmums.com/recipes/easy-homemade-pizza-recipe-for-kids

OR if you don’t fancy making a base from scratch, use a shop-bought English muffin or a flour tortilla wrap.

https://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/yummy-muffin-pizzas.html

Happy cooking!

Dates for your diary

Thursday 26th May – Nursery Sports Day (reserve 9th June) 11am and 2pm

Friday 27th May – Last day of this half-term.

Friday 27th May – Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in school

Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June –Half-term. SCHOOL CLOSED

Friday 10th June – Reception Sports Day (reserve 15th June) 9.15am

Wednesday 15th June – Non-uniform day for Summer Fayre raffle prize donations

Friday 17th June – Year 1 and 2 Sports Day (reserve 24th June) 9.15am

Thursday 23rd June – Reception Gressenhall trip

Friday 24th June – Summer Fayre after school

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mrs Rebecca Westall

Headteacher

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust