Newsletter 7th June 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you all had a wonderful half-term week. Thank you to parents, carers and other family members for attending our EYFS Sports Day.  Thank you to Reception team for organising the event. It was such a wonderful, happy atmosphere.  The event was very inclusive, fun and sunny and was a special moment for us all. Hope you all enjoyed it?

On Tuesday, Year 1 took part in a Sun Safety session with Gemma, a nurse from the NNUH. It was really useful, and we were so proud of the children who showed enthusiasm and asked fantastic questions. We have included the Five S’s of Sun Safety to remind everyone about looking after their skin in the sun.

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The Friends of Mousehold School

Summer Fayre – FRIDAY 30th JUNE

Our school summer fayre is on Friday 28th June after school. All are welcome. The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School are working hard preparing for the event. Lots of money is raised for your children and it is always a lovely atmosphere. All proceeds raised will go towards purchasing equipment, paying for school trips and all sorts of extras for your children.

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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 94.01%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Swift class with 96.42%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Chaffinch class with 95.42%.   

Annual Parent Survey

What do you feel are the main strengths of the school?

A summary of responses

Themes

Staff team

Enthusiastic and kind teaching staff.

The relationships between the (all) staff and pupils. Children are seen and celebrated.

The main strength of the school are the teachers, who are all friendly, positive and encouraging to the students.

Teaching staff and classroom assistants are all wonderful

Everyone at Mousehold is absolutely amazing.

Teachers and all the stuff are committed, friendly and helpful.

Wonderful engaging teachers.

The staff are so welcoming and genuinely care about the children. There is always a strong staff presence on the playground at drop off and pick up times, which makes it easy to approach them.

Respectful and helpful teachers.

Teachers very friendly with students and Parents can communicate with them whenever we need.

Love that the head and deputy heads are always about if needed on the playground in the mornings.

The friendly senior staff playground presence at beginning and end of day

Meeting individual needs & children’s learning

The added value the school brings to the children’s learning

Adapting to the children’s individual needs

Children are seen and celebrated.

Personalising learning to the interest of the children.

Approaching each child’s needs individually and with respect

Child supported environment understanding of complex needs

The school has very good initiatives to support children with different leaning or behavioural needs.

Very supportive of my child’s needs and helping us with her development.

Child focused, see the children as individuals and tailoring to their specific needs

Creative inclusive approach, energy and enthusiasm of the teachers.

Communication

Communication is always amazing and given well in advance.

Good communication via regular newsletters including upcoming dates for the calendar.

Effective communication

Good communication, the way staff greet families and children in the mornings so positively.

If anyone has a problem at the school regarding a child it’s always dealt with effectively and appropriately and is dealt with straight away, staff are very supportive with various issues anyone may have.

Good at informing parents

Listening to parents concerns and quickly acting on them.

Good communication with parents

Mousehold’s offer

The added value the school brings to the children’s learning experience like the ukulele lessons, the Capoeira, the careers week, the ducklings at the moment, the reading project coming in, the Sainsbury centre visits and projects connected to them etc… all add to the learning and importantly to the enjoyment of it. It’s easy to build on these at home and I can see how it helps develop the confidence and skills of the children. It’s good to see creativity being supported in the curriculum.

Good variety of activities for the children.

Lots of great extra-curricular activities, opportunities for learning.

Specialist teachers or practitioners teaching ukulele, capoeira, multisport and forest schools.

Wonderful immersive indoor space with high quality activities inside and outside. Themed special days such as 3 bears/ ducklings and inviting parents and carers in to be a part of the learning.

The afterschool clubs the school offers are varied and interesting.

They make us feel as a family to them.

We also love that the children take part in many different activities and trips and that there are lots of quality clubs on offer.

Lovely location and good offer of extra-curricular opportunities.

Mousehold is a wonderful school that supports and encourages children in a holistic way. I love that it offers so many artistic, musical and creative lessons, that the kids get to learn about lots of different cultures and it is warm and welcoming of all.

What areas do you think we can improve upon as a school?

A summary of responses

Themes: These will be addressed over the next half term.

Communication

Communication could be more effective for example sometimes the newsletter is very long or weduc has information which isn’t useful e.g. the attendance updates or notifications about being a nut free school.

Communication, set more realistic expectations of parents, give parents fair warning of events.

Sometimes communication between the school and parents could be a bit better.

More notice for events/communication

Communication… messages or events etc are regularly done with little notice

Some of the communication via the app could be improved. Messages are not always clear or timely. We have also experienced errors when submitting forms (a sent form not received).

Communication between parents and teachers.

Communication, it’s sometimes not clear around what’s being taught, themes activities etc. although open classrooms are lovely, it would be nice to hear more frequently.

Additional activities/events

There needs to be more playgrounds so that children can play comfortably.

Can we bring back the class assemblies that parents attended pre-Covid? They were such a joy, and a good chance for the children to get comfortable with performing and speaking confidently in front of an audience

Larger access to after school Clubs

A school disco like some of his friends from other schools!

More forest school – continue this provision into yr1&2. Would be good to see children playing their ukeles or showing us their capoeira skills.

Be nice to have more class workshops

More sensory experiences for ALL children

Safeguarding

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.

Diary Dates

Wednesday 12th June – Historical City Walk – Year 2 only.

Friday 14th June – Nursery Sports Day @ 10:45am AND 2:15pm.

Thursday 20th June @ 4pm and 6pm – Open Day sessions for parents of new Nursery and Reception children, starting in September 2024.

Friday 21st June @ 9am – KS1 Sports Day.

Friday 28th June – Summer Fayre after school on the playground.

Tuesday 2nd July- Year 2, pm, Samba performance – details to be confirmed.

Thursday 4th July – KS1 Trip to Bewilderwood – more details to follow after half term.

Monday 8th July – Reception Trip to Gressenhall – more details to follow after half term.

Wednesday 10th July- Year 1 capoeira performance

  • Sparrow 1:15pm
  • Skylark 1:50pm
  • Swift 2:25pm

Thursday 11th July- Year 1 ukulele performance-

  • Skylark 1:15pm-1:45pm
  • Sparrow 1:45pm-2:15pm
  • Swift 2:15pm-2:45pm

Friday 19th July – Last day 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