Newsletter 2nd February 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had a lovely week at Mousehold. Busy as usual! You will see from our school Facebook page some of the enrichment the children have experienced during the school day and in clubs after school. Please do look at the wonderful photos of children enjoying their learning everyday. If you don’t have facebook you can access some of the photos on the home page of our website where there is a social media feed showing the most recent posts, as well as viewing the NewsFeed on the WEDUC App. We provide exciting enrichment activities for the children because we know it helps them remember their learning, learn new vocabulary and gives them prompts to talk to you about their favourite parts of the school day. This particularly supports children with English as an additional language. Enrichment forms a big part of our curriculum intent.

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

Next week is Children’s Mental Health Week.  As a school one of the ways we promote wellbeing is through our weekly PATHS sessions.  Next week we will be continuing to read stories about various wellbeing topics, having class discussions, as well as continuing with whole class yoga sessions. Here are some useful links for things you could do at home to explore the theme of Mental Health and wellbeing:

  • Visit your local library – Plumstead Road, The Forum, Sprowston Library. Local libraries in Norfolk – Norfolk County Council   It’s free to join the library and borrow books.  There are huge numbers of fiction and non-fictions books exploring wellbeing topics as well as some amazing fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. There are new books being added to library collections each week, as well as displays of books to inspire you.  Why not cuddle up with your child and share a book together.
  • Give each other a simple complement each day.
  • Learn a new skill as a family – it creates memories, models positive mindset and gives you the chance to spend time doing something different together which can be really refreshing.
  • Look after your family wellbeing – eat healthily, get enough sleep and stay hydrated.  It sounds very basic but when these things are out of sync it can hugely affect our ability to cope with the challenges of the day.  Maybe you can look at a new recipe and have fun cooking together?
  • Take part in some activities as a family together that promote mental health.  Get out and about – take a walk in Mousehold Woods or Catton Park.  Why not go swimming or on a trail in the city centre.  Look for Munzees – a free trail game, download for free – Play Munzee.

What Exactly is Munzee?

Munzee is the next generation in global scavenger hunt games.

Track down QR Codes hidden in the real world and capture them for points. Whether you are a casual player, an avid explorer, or a hardcore competition enthusiast, Munzee helps you rediscover the world around you.

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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.


Jane Holmes

School Secretary

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 94.1%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Raven class with 96.69%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Chafffinch class with 94%.

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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.

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

Friday 9th February – Open Classrooms after school

Friday 16th February – Height and Weight screening checks – reception children only

Week commencing 19th February – Half Term Week – school closed

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