Newsletter 19th January 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a lovely week we’ve had at Mousehold. I spent time with the Nursery children carrying out a very exciting police investigation. Thank you all for attending the Little Learners cafés in Reception, the children were very excited to share their learning with you. Key Stage 1 children are making excellent progress with their phonics, reading and writing. There have been several High Five letters for good progress this week.

High Five letters

Our High Five is Respect, Help, Learn, Enjoy, Achieve.

We continue to celebrate children’s achievements in and out of school. I have written letters to children this week for:

  • Learning to ride their bike.
  • Learning about the rainforest at home.
  • Being kind and respectful to others.
  • Helping Mummy wash up at home .
  • Making good progress in phonics and using that learning in other subjects.
  • Enjoying Rainbows and joining in well

Please let your child’s class teacher know if you feel your child deserves a High Five letter for something they have achieved out of school. We celebrate all achievements.

All children who have received a High Five letter stand up in a Friday achievement assembly and the whole school clap them and say well done.

Nursery Applications

If you have a child who is 3 years old, or will be 3 before September 2024, we are accepting applications for Nursery places now. Please pop into the office to collect an application or contact the office and we can issue you with one. Completed applications need to be back with the school office by the 29th February 2024 please. Please pass this information on to friends and family members who may be interested in our Nursery.


Timekeeping is important in the education of your child. If your child is persistently late, then they are missing out on important learning opportunities at the start of the lesson.

Children go straight to class from 08:40 and lessons start at 08:50.

Gates will be closed at 08:50.

If your child arrives after 09:20, this will be marked as an unauthorised absence and will reduce their overall attendance percentage.

The school day ends at 15:10.

Attendance at Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

We have a celebration assembly each Friday afternoon where we share children’s achievements with everyone. As part of this assembly, we congratulate the class with the highest overall attendance for that week. The class with the highest attendance in Key Stage 1 receives ‘Top Dog’ to take to their classroom for the week. The class with the highest attendance in Reception receives ‘Top Cat’.

Our whole school attendance target is 96%. Current whole school attendance is 95%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Barn Owl class with 96.3%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Chaffinch class with 93.33%.

A group of children playing musical instruments

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Please remember where to find our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. It is on the link below. Extracts from the policy will be on the next few newsletters.

Where there is a safeguarding concern the child’s wishes and feelings are taken into account when determining what action to take and what services to provide. The systems we have in place are well promoted, easily understood and easily accessible for children to confidently report abuse, knowing their concerns will be treated seriously, and knowing they can safely express their views and give feedback.

All staff and regular visitors will, through training and induction, know how to recognise indicators of concern, how to respond to a disclosure from a child and how to record and report this information. We will not make promises to any child and we will not keep secrets. Every child will know what the adult will have to do with any information they have chosen to disclose.

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.

Dates for your Diary

Monday 22nd January – Little Learners Café – 9am – Skylark Class

Monday 22nd January – Little Learners Café – 2:30pm – Swift Class

Friday 26th January – Little Learners Café – 9am – Sparrow Class

Monday 29th January – Little Learners Café – 9am – Robin Class

Monday 29th January – Little Learners Café – 2:30pm – Barn Owl Class

Friday 2nd February – Little Learners Café – 9am – Raven Class

Thursday 1st February and Friday 2nd February – KS1 trip to UEA Sainsbury Art Centre – please view the offer on WEDUC, to complete consents and make payment – date your child will attend will be notified in due course.

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