Newsletter 15th March 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

The school is really buzzing with creativity this week. The Year 2 recorder club are making good progress and playing some catchy tunes. Year 1s are enjoying learning how to play the ukulele in their weekly lessons with Anna. The Samba is sounding fantastic. We also celebrated World Book Day last Thursday. Please see photos on WEDUC, our school Facebook page or at the bottom of the home page on our website.

Important Reminder

We aim to be a Nut-Free School. Please do not send your child to school with lunch or any food item which contains nuts at all. No peanut butter, no Nutella spread and no chocolate bars containing nuts. Thanks for your co-operation in this matter.

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 94.03%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Raven class with 95.2%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Goldfinch class with 99.09%.   

Given that there has been lots of illness recently in pupils, please find below a link to the NHS site for helping you to decide if your child can come to school.

Is my child too ill for school? – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

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Is my child too ill for school?

Find out when it’s best to keep your sick child at home and when it’s OK to send them to school or nursery.

www.nhs.uk
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  • Every day at school counts, helping with learning, developing skills, and building friendships.

Being creative can boost Mental Health…

Many of us as parents often wish there were more than 24 hours in a day as we struggle to fit everything in.  So it might be that the idea of squeezing something else into your day may seem like an impossibility!  However, did you know that being creative can have huge benefits to your mental health?

How can being creative help?

Taking part in a creative activity can improve your mood and lower stress hormones.  The activity itself can distract you from the emotions/thought cycles you may be focussing on in that particular moment.  Socialising can also be easier if you are ‘doing’ something.  Not all of us find it easy having a conversation face to face, but if we are engrossed in an activity, it can help to ease anxiety.  Meeting other like-minded people can promote a sense of community and belonging and help with loneliness and isolation.

What can I do to be creative?

There are lots of ways you can use your creativity – Painting, upcycling, woodwork, writing poetry, knitting, journalling, crochet, gardening (including growing veg in an allotment), lego modelling, baking, colouring, dancing, learning a musical instrument, to name but a few.  Many of us may want to be creative on our own as we may find it more calming.  But some of us may prefer being in a group or with another person.  We’re all different – it’s about finding what works for you.

Consider giving yourself a slot of time once a week to invest in yourself, it’s likely you will notice the difference in your general wellbeing.

Some local groups and websites you may be interested in:

https://norwichmensshed.org.uk/ – Norwich Men’s Shed – A friendly community woodwork workshop for any men 18+ to connect, chat and create. 

Knit and Natter groups – Various around the city – The Forum library – The ground floor -Thursdays 2-4pm,

Sprowston Library – Fridays 10am-12noon.

Mindfulness colouring – https://www.simplifycreateinspire.com/printable-mindfulness-colouring-pages-for-adults-kids/

Upcycling – https://www.housebeautiful.com/uk/renovate/upcycle/a1911/upcycling-beginners/

Baking – https://www.bakingmad.com/recipes/collections/easy-bakes

Safeguarding – Online Safety

It’s never too early to start taking action to keep your child safe online.

As soon as your child starts talking about or exploring the online world, you should start conversations with them about their online activity and put support in place.

Research has found that children form ‘digital habits’ during early development (such as using devices after bedtime). Therefore, it is important for parents to support children to develop positive – and lasting – digital habits from an early age.

Jessie & Friends is a series of three animations that follow the adventures of Jessie, Tia and Mo as they begin to navigate the online world, watching videos, sharing pictures and playing games. There’s also a storybook for each episode to help you and your child keep the conversation going.

We use these resources with the children at school too.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/jessie-and-friends/

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.

Bikes and scooters on the playground

It is brilliant that so many children are now using bikes and scooters to come to school. Please can we all dismount when on the playground due to there being so many small children around.

Dates for your Diary

Thursday 21st March – KS1 visit to the local church

Monday 25th March – Robin and Skylark Classes – Spring Walk on Mousehold Heath

Tuesday 26th March – Barn Owl and Sparrow Class – Spring Walk on Mousehold Heath

Wednesday 27th March – Raven and Swift Class – Spring Walk on Mousehold Heath

Wednesday 27th March – Last day of Spring Term

Thursday 28th March to Friday 12th April – School closed for Easter Break

Monday 15th April – Start 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