Newsletter 26th April 2024

Dear Parents and Carers

We have written several High Five letters this week. The High Five letters recognise children who have demonstrated something amazing at home or at school under these headings, ‘RESPECT, HELP, LEARN, ENJOY, ACHIEVE.’ We celebrate every small or big achievement, so please do let us know if you notice something at home that you would like your child to be recognised for. You can talk to a senior leader on the playground, a class teacher or email the school office. We always love to hear from you.

As many of you will know, much of our behaviour management is focused on Restorative Practices. All staff have received training on this. The main focus is around relationships between children and between children and adults. We talk children through any incidents that might have occurred and coach them into being able to talk about how their actions make others feel and how they can improve a situation to enable all involved to move forward positively. Our High Five is a big part of ensuring children are praised for good choices and it gives all children a chance to shine.

Reading at Mousehold

We use our phonics programme Little Wandle Letters and Sound to ensure children have books matched which builds their reading, storytelling and understanding skills (Decoding, prosody and comprehension). The book sent home will match the book they are reading in their guided reading groups in class. These books are perfectly matched to the Little Wandle progression and your child’s current reading stage.  

In order for our reading system to work across the whole school, it is essential that your child’s book remains in their book bag, 

We have invested over £3000 in the reading system and therefore ask that you take the greatest care with the books. 

Please continue to support your child with their reading development – every page helps! Just as importantly, sharing their reading for pleasure books is vital to continue to build their love of books. 

Thanks for your support.

Annual Parent Survey

We would really appreciate if all parents and carers could take the time to complete the parent/carer survey on the link below. We really appreciate your input on how we can better support your children and the local community.

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 93.88%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Skylark class with 99.09%.

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

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Conversations around children

Please can I remind parents about the importance of being mindful of what you talk about in front of your children at school and at home. If you would like to talk with a senior leader/safeguarding lead/class teacher about a worry you have, please ensure that your child is not close by. We can always find care for your child before or after school or an appointment can be made. When children hear small parts of, or whole conversations it often unsettles them and they then worry too.

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

Thursday 2nd May – Phonics Screening Parents Meeting (for Year 1) 9am and 2:45pm (no need to book – please attend whichever session suits you)

Friday 3rd May – Open Classrooms – Nursery to Year 2

Monday 6th May – Bank Holiday – School is closed

Week commencing Monday 27th May – Half Term Holiday – School is closed

Friday 7th June @ 9am – Reception Sports Day

Friday 21st June @ 9am – KS1 Sports Day

Nursery Sports Day – TBC

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