Newsletter 9th June 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you all had a wonderful half-term week. Thank you to parents, carers and other family members for attending our KS1 Sports Day.  Thank you to Mrs Greenwood and team for organising the event. It was such a wonderful, happy atmosphere.  The event was very inclusive, fun and sunny and was a special moment for us all. Hope you all enjoyed it?

The Friends of Mousehold School

Summer Fayre – FRIDAY 30th JUNE

Our school summer fayre is on Friday 30th June after school. All are welcome. The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School are working hard preparing for the event. On Wednesday 21st June, there will be a FREE DRESS Day, in exchange for a Raffle Prize Donation please (eg. Toiletries, chocolates, wine). Lots of money is raised for your children and it is always a lovely atmosphere. All proceeds raised will go towards purchasing new outdoor play equipment as our current equipment has unfortunately got to the point where it needs to be replaced. Here is a picture of the equipment we are looking to purchase with the help of the friends. Work on this should start in the first week of the holidays.

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The importance of good attendance and punctuality

The reasons for children to attend regularly at school are to support their learning and development, to make sure that children are kept safe, their wellbeing is promoted and they do not miss out on their entitlements and opportunities. Good attendance promotes good outcomes for children.

Research commissioned by the Department for Education shows missing school for even a day can mean a child is less likely to achieve good grades, which can have a damaging effect on their life chances. We are noticing an increasing number of late arrivals; being late also has a detrimental effect on a child’s progress. Please remember, that from September, the length of the School Day is changing. Doors will open at 08:40, but Registration will be brought forward from 09:00 to 08:50. Please aim to be dropping your child off at 08:40 so they can begin their daily learning punctually. You can always practice this for the remainder of this term! At Mousehold Infant and Nursery School our aim is to work with parents to ensure that all our pupils receive the most from their education and reach their full potential.

The government target for attendance is 96.1% and an attendance level below 90% will have a major impact on progress made in school.

We understand that children are sometimes too ill to come to school. When children are well or they have coughs or colds then they should be in school. We will always call you if we feel your child is too unwell to stay in school.

Thank you for your cooperation in improving our school attendance and your child’s life chances

Annual Parent Survey

Many thanks again for completing the parent/carer survey. The link to find this is:

https://www.mouseholdinfants.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Parent-survey-May-23.pdf

A summary of responses:

Themes

Excellent staff and great team work

Fantastic teaching staff who really care about the children.

Approachable, nice and supportive teacher in my daughter’s reception class

The school is very welcoming -staff are lovely and friendly. We have always felt comfortable coming here. We continue to be impressed by the wonderful amount of exciting activities on offer.

Great teachers

Class teachers being present am and pm at drop off/ pickup.

Class teachers being approachable and friendly and meeting the needs of my child.

The teachers and TAs are amazing -feels like they really get to know children as individuals

Staff very approachable if you ever need to speak to them. There’s always someone available.

They cater for all needs as best as they can. Both of my children have really enjoyed being at Mousehold.

The teachers are all lovely and approachable and seem to take great pleasure in teaching and really care for the children.

The staff are so warm and welcoming to the children and incredibly approachable for parents.

Communication

The communication from the school is great, through the app and email.

Communication is excellent

Communication with parents is fantastic, through the newsletter and app.

Communication between school and home is excellent.

Communication is good.

Inclusion and environment

Inclusivity. Diversity. Caring.

The way the school manages to treat each child as an individual.

The respect shown to the children and their abilities.

Person centred care. Supporting my son as an individual not just a pupil.

It feels like family!

Community feel and feeling safe

Learning through play, outdoor activities

Themes: These will be addressed over this term (Summer Term 2).

Communication

Communication, I didn’t feel this year communication was effective.

Communications are sometimes missed despite checking app regularly.

Communication -particularly from management.

Communication, perhaps the use of Tapestry to inform parents of what children are learning. We would like to see more pictures/videos.

Teachers to communicate more with parents

Activities and Clubs

After school club

If possible to have more School club classes please.

More after school activities or clubs for children -swimming lessons could be incorporated More after school clubs please

The outdoor area could be better with more equipment and things for children to do. Forest school is not on at the moment and it would be lovely to have it back as great for children. Wish there were more out of school trips which don’t mind paying for

More regular updates on progress

We would ideally like a little bit more regular communication about our child’s progress

Feedback on the progress of my child and support on learning at home

Knowing about my child’s progress and more open classroom opportunities

Feedback on how well child is doing at nursery

Be nice to see more pictures of my children and what they do on social media

I would like more opportunities to see my child at school e.g. a stay and join morning activity or afternoon.

More detailed (but brief) updates on what the children are learning week to week (e.g in maths we are doubling this week) would be great so we can talk to our children about their learning.

Safeguarding

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mr Tolson, Mr Smith, Miss Balachandre, Mrs Greenwood 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.

Diary Dates

Thursday 15th June – Gressenhall Day Trip for Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Wagtail.

Friday 16th June – Sports Day for Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Wagtail – 09:15am.

Friday 16th June – Sports Day for Kingfisher – 10:45am and 2:15pm

Wednesday 21st June – Dress Down Day in exchange for a Raffle Prize (eg chocolates, toiletries, wine).

Thursday 22nd June – Open Evenings for parents of new Reception and new Nursery Children – 4:30 or 6pm. Only need to attend one session and no need to book.

Friday 30th June – Summer Fayre – after School. Please contact the Friends of Mousehold School if you can offer any help here.

Monday 3rd July – Ukulele lesson – 09:15am, for parents (Yr 1) to attend.

Tuesday 4th July – Day Trip to Pensthorpe for Barn Owl, Raven, Robin, Skylark and Swift.

Friday 7th July – Open Classrooms – 3pm.

Week commencing Monday 10th July – Transition Week.

Tuesday 11th July – Capoeira Performance – 09:15am, for parents (Yr 1) to attend.

Monday 17th July – Samba Performance – 09:15am, for parents (Yr 2) to attend.

Friday 21st July – Last day of Summer Term.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust