Newsletter 26th January 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been another busy week in school. I have enjoyed spending time in the Nursery where the children have been learning about the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. They have enjoyed all things bear and porridge related and have used their imagination in role play and cooperating with other children. Thank you all for attending the Little Learners cafés in Year1 , the children were very excited to share their learning with you. It’s wonderful to see.

Aspirations Week

We are delighted to announce Aspirations Week, scheduled for the week beginning February 12th. Throughout this week, professionals from various fields, including scientists, police officers, musicians, a vicar, and former students, will visit our school to share insights and experiences about their jobs.

As part of Aspirations Week, we invite interested parents and carers to discuss their own professions or careers in a brief 10-minute session with their child’s class. This involves talking about their job and answering some questions.

If you wish to participate, kindly speak to your child’s class teacher. Your valuable contribution will help make Aspirations Week even more inspiring.

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Balachandre

A message from our Mental Health Champions

Winter Blues – Getting Out and About

When the tinsel has been put away and the Christmas break is over, January can be a tough time of year. The dark gloomy days and the wet chilly weather can make it difficult for us to find our ‘get up and go.’ However, fresh air and exercise can really help improve our mental wellbeing. Getting everyone ready and out of the house can be a challenge as a parent – locating wellies, coats, water bottles and the whole kitchen sink can sometimes zap the happiness out of going on an adventure together, but hang in there, it’s worth it once you get out!

We are really lucky in Norwich, there are some great open spaces. We have selected parks reasonably close in distance to our school and tried to list facilities that might be helpful. There are many more open spaces accessible by car:

Catton Park – Oak Lane, NR6 7DB, wooded areas, benches, multiple access points with parking, some paths suitable for scooters/bikes, trees to climb, new wooden sculptures, picnic area, no toilets, dog friendly.

Ketts Heights – Ketts Hill, NR1 4EZ, recently restored, great place to explore with various trails, contains the remains of a medieval chapel, 19th Century garden terraces, beautiful viewpoint over the city, picnic benches, no toilets.

Harrison’s Wood – Blueboar Lane, NR7 9AD – Woodland just up the road from Blue Boar lane Tesco, perfect for little legs, not too long, space for den building, but still lots of pathways to explore and logs to climb on.

Slough Bottom Park – off Drayton Road, NR3 2BN, BMX trail, basket-ball court, pathways suitable for bikes and scooters, play park, pathways that connect to the Marriotts way (scooter/bike accessible), benches, open green space for ball games, no reliable toilets – often locked.

Wensum Park – off Drayton Road, NR3 2DD, duck feeding, play park with sand, labyrinth, scooter/bike friendly pathways, toilets.

Recreation ground Old Catton – Church Road NR7 7DS, toilets, two different play parks, fitness equipment, large open space for ball games, outdoor table tennis table, ample parking, opposite an entrance for Catton Park.

Sprowston Recreation Ground – 2 Recreation Road, Norwich, NR7 8EN, (next to Sprowston Library) play park, plenty of parking, benches, picnic benches inside the play area, tennis courts, open space for ball games, separate play area with zip wire, large swing and a small BMX area.

St Clements Park – Woodcock Rd, NR3 3TA, City’s first eco-park – It has a children’s play are made from recycled and natural materials, hill slides, tyre nest swing, no car park, some pathways suitable for scooter, rollerskates and bikes, benches, no toilets.

For those of you who would like a few more places to visit maybe further afield: see https://norwich.mumbler.co.uk/kids/days-out/walks/

Roots for little Boots also has some great suggestions: – https://routesforlittleboots.co.uk/

Have fun!

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.

Thanks

Jane Holmes

School Secretary

Timekeeping

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 Raven class with 96.15%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Goldfinch class with 95.45%.

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Safeguarding 

The Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership is an excellent website to help families as well as staff in schools. There is a particularly good section on sources of information and services available to parents who have separated or divorced and are having difficulty agreeing arrangements for their children. There is a document that lists web-sites and agencies that parents can approach for advice, support and guidance. Click on the link for more information.

https://norfolklscp.org.uk/

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

https://www.mouseholdinfants.com/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 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 (Raven, Barn Owl, Sparrow) and Friday 2nd February (Robin, Skylark, Swift) – KS1 trip to UEA Sainsbury Art Centre – please view the offer on WEDUC, to complete consents and make payment. If we do not receive your consents your child will not be able to attend the trip.

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