Newsletter 17th May 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for completing the Annual Parent Survey. The results and a summary of responses will be shared on the next newsletter and will also be on our website.

The Senior Leadership teams from both schools have been working together to plan the transition for the current year 2 children to GWJ. This will be after half-term and a date will follow soon. We will ensure the transition is smooth for all children and we will arrange extra visits to the junior school for the children who would benefit from extra transition.

Please take time to look at our school websites. You can read about our curriculums and get a feel for both schools.

Job Vacancy

We are looking to appoint a Midday Supervisor to join our team and support the children during lunchtime. If this is something you may be interested in, please speak to Mrs Holmes in the school office for further details.

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 94.04%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Raven class with 98.85%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Chaffinch class with 98.75%. 

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Promoting Well-Being in our School

We would like to thank parents for coming along to our first Well-Being Café this week.

As an introduction to what we hope will be a regular event each half term we shared information about what we offer both children and parents, to help support emotional and social well-being.

We are all involved in supporting your children daily by developing positive, healthy relationships, keeping them safe and providing a wide range of opportunities through the curriculum and additional activities.

We will be compiling an Information Leaflet which will list and explain the support available in school. This will be on the website and made available to parents at the beginning of the new school year.

Support for children and Parents includes.

  • 1:1 time to listen to children and hear children’s voices provided by trusted adults.
  • 1:1 sessions to support with emotional and social awareness run by our ELSA’s.
  • Specialist “Time for You” sessions provided by the Benjamin Foundation.
  • New Drawing and Talking Therapy.
  • A Parent led Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Programme.
  • A new well-being after school club.
  • Amanda Derer, our Parent Support Advisor is available to support parents by listening, advising and sign-posting to other services.
  • Mrs. Graham and Mrs. Desouky, our Mental Health Champions, have received training to help support the school team to best support our families and are available to also provide support.

Safeguarding

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

Designated Safeguarding LeadsMr Tolson, Mr Smith, Miss Balachandre, Miss 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

Friday 24th May – King and Queen Day – KS1 only

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

Friday 7th June @ 9am – Reception Sports Day

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

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

Friday 21st June @ 9am – KS1 Sports Day

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully
Mr Ian Tolson
Head of School

Newsletter 10th May 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

I have had the pleasure of spending more time in classes this week and looking at children’s books. Their progress is documented through photos, work, pictures and quotes from the children. Remember that you can see examples of the things we do on the school Facebook page and on the WEDUC app. They really do have such wonderful experiences and every day they make memories to last forever.

Warmer Weather

Please send your child to school with a sun hat every day. We also need you to have applied sun cream before bringing them into school. Thanks for your co-operation.

Job Vacancy

We are looking to appoint a Midday Supervisor to join our team and support the children during lunchtime. If this is something you may be interested in, please speak to Mrs Holmes in the school office for further details.

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 93.97%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Robin class with 100%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Chaffinch class with 91.67%.   

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Important Reminder about Punctuality

The classroom doors open at 08:40am and registration is at 08:50am. Lessons start immediately after registration. If your child is not here before 08:50am they will be missing vital learning activities. We ask that if you are arriving late, you come to the office and sign your child in. We require you to state a reason for being late to school.

Safeguarding

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mr Tolson, Mr Smith, Miss Balachandre, Miss 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

Tuesday 14th May – Well-Being Café – 9-10am – all welcome

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

Friday 7th June @ 9am – Reception Sports Day

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

Friday 21st June @ 9am – KS1 Sports Day

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Newsletter 3rd May 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

The sunshine this week seems to have put a smile on everyone’s face. There has been a lovely, happy atmosphere in the classrooms, at lunchtimes and break times as well as before and after school on the playground. A favourite part of my job is welcoming families to school each day. So many children come into the playground skipping, excited to see their friends. What a wonderful community we are all part of.

Job Vacancy

We are looking to appoint a Midday Supervisor to join our team and support the children during lunchtime. If this is something you may be interested in, please speak to Mrs Holmes in the school office for further details.

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.

https://forms.office.com/e/FpVTwCALcE

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 94.02%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Swift class with 100%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Chaffinch class with 98.33%.

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A message from the Mental Health Champions

Finding Joy in the Mundane…

We all have things to be happy about, even when things aren’t going quite how we expected them to. There is joy all around us but the challenge is finding the time to see it!  All of us know that life as a parent is not always a ‘walk in the park’ and you may so often find yourself so stretched.  Know that you are not alone.  Breathe.  Find happiness and contentment in the things that are often the everyday, we can get through each day.  It may be something as simple as watching a tree on the route you walk to school change through the seasons, it could be saying hi to the dog walker who you pass on the way home from the school run.  Enjoying the feeling of seeing your child run toward you after you’ve had a long day.  Whatever it may be, take the time to enjoy it. Life is meant to have joy.  Some of us may have reflected in recent days of the sadness that is in the news at the moment, we truly do have things to be thankful for.  We live generally speaking in a peaceful world, where our children are able to go to school, receive an education, there are many places where this isn’t the case at the moment…

When you find yourself feeling down and wondering how you are going to make it one more day, turn your thoughts to the simple things in life that make you smile. They don’t have to be big. They don’t have to mean something to anyone else; the important thing is that they have meaning to you.  Choose to invest in others even if it is just a friendly hello, it can often make you feel better.

Please reach out if you are finding things difficult.  Take the time to check in on your friends and family.  If you notice a difference in their character, care enough to ask how they are doing.  Sometimes it’s hard to ask for help, many mental health issues can be debilitating and make simple everyday task so difficult.  You may be able to help your loved ones.

To help you remember the number to contact urgent mental health support 24/7, you can now call 111 and select option 2.

You can also still use the First response number found here:

0808 196 3494

Safeguarding

Privates are Private – TALK PANTS

As part of our RSHE and PSHE curriculum we teach children how to keep themselves and others safe with the help of a friendly animated dinosaur called, ‘Pantosaurus.’ The link below shows you the song and what we teach the children:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/pants-underwear-rule/

  • Privates are private
  • Always remember your body belongs to you
  • No means no
  • Talk about secrets that upset you
  • Speak up, someone can help

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mr Tolson, Mr Smith, Miss Balachandre, Miss 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

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

Friday 21st June @ 9am – KS1 Sports Day

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

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.

https://forms.office.com/e/FpVTwCALcE

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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Safeguarding

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

Newsletter 19th April 2024

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back after the holidays. I hope you all managed to enjoy the sunshine and time with friends and family.

The children have started back confidently and have enjoyed meeting up with their friends after the break. The outdoor learning environments are being used well, with flowers and trees blooming. The children love to see the seasonal changes in their environment.

Reading at Mousehold

At Mousehold we teach reading in a range of ways to ensure everyone in our school is a storyteller and reader. 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). Please take a moment to look at the Little Wandle Website, there are lots of helpful resources on the parent page. For parents | Letters and Sounds (littlewandleletterBsandsounds.org.uk)

Reading is for enjoyment as well as for education. Sharing a story is as beneficial as hearing your child read. Here are a few ways to make reading to your child and hearing your child read more comfortable and enjoyable for the whole family.

1. Turn off all devices, immerse yourself in the story and let your imagination run wild!

2. Practise using different voices for each character.

3. Discuss the story, you could start by both answering the question ‘What was my favourite part and why?’

4. Choose a suitable time of the day for example, your child may wish you read to them before school but may like to hear a story before bed.

If you have not already, you could take your child to visit your local library, they will receive their own library card and you can borrow up to 15 books per visit. Libraries also offer lots of free children’s entertainment such as Lego clubs at the weekends and bounce and rhyme sessions for babies and toddlers.

If you have any questions about supporting your children reading, please speak to your class teacher

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 94.6%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Skylark class with 96%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Goldfinch class with 100%.

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Safeguarding

Traffic and Parking outside school

Please help keep our children and families safe on the roads and paths outside school. Yesterday there were several cars not following the traffic calming measures. Please be considerate, drive slowly, be mindful of very small children on pavements and crossing the road.

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

Thursday 2nd May – Phonics Parents Meeting (Year 1) 9am and 2:45pm (two sessions – just attend one. Thanks)

Friday 7th June – Reception Sports Day – 9am

Friday 21st June – KS1 sports day – 9am

Nursery Sports Day- TBC

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully
Mr Ian Tolson
Head of School

Newsletter 27th March 2024

Dear Parents and Carers

We are now at the end of the Spring Term and the Easter holidays are about to start.  Children and staff are tired but with so many lovely memories to take with them into the holidays. The learning has been fun, outdoors, indoors and memorable. We look forward to Sports Days in the Summer Term, when parents can attend.

We wish you all a Happy Easter and peaceful Eid.

Some Lovely News

Our local church recently held a book sale and have gifted the school a very generous £150 to be used to buy some additional books for your children to use in school. You can be assured that this will be put to good use. Thanks very much to St. Mary Magdalene Church.

Thank you to the staff

This term hasn’t been easy as we have continued to manage with fewer staff than we would like due to Covid, illness and other reasons. Staff have stepped up and been very adaptable covering classes and responding to where the need is within school. The staff at Mousehold always go the extra mile for your children. I wish them a well-deserved break over Easter.

Safeguarding

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

Designated Safeguarding LeadsMr 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

Wednesday 27th March – Last day of the spring term.

Monday 15th April – Summer Term begins.

Week commencing Monday 22nd April – After School Clubs begin – you will be notified about clubs applied for, by the end of the first week back. Thanks

Monday 6th May – Early May Bank Holiday – School will be closed.

Week commencing Monday 27th May – Half Term Holiday – school will be closed.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully
Mr Ian Tolson
Head of School

Newsletter 22nd March 2024

This week we are starting to see some sunnier weather. The sunshine really does make a difference to wellbeing and mental health for us all. As we near the end of the Spring Term we are seeing great examples of the progress children have made with their learning in all subjects. Teachers plan in ways for children to remember their learning. We call this ‘retrieval practice.’ When children understand their learning, they are more likely to remember it.

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 93.97%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Robin class with 95.88%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Greenfinch class with 96.84%.   

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Every day at school counts, helping with learning, developing skills, and building friendships.

Comic Relief Day

Last Friday the children had enjoyed wearing something red and taking part in fun activities to celebrate ‘Red Nose Day’. We raised an amazing total of £204.48 which will be used to aid lots of different charities. Thank you for all your support.

A message from our Mental Health Champions

Family Traditions

What are Family Traditions?

Traditions provide shared memories and a chance to connect with each other.  They provide family members a chance for face-to-face interaction, help family members get to know and trust each other more intimately, as well as create and strengthen bonds.  

Family traditions are a great way of passing on values.  For example, eating together at dinner time can encourage unity.  Reading bedtime stories, can pass on the importance of reading and education. 

Traditions may be a way of passing on cultural and religious heritage such as making a special dish for the family during Eid, or an egg hunt during Easter. 

Shared memories help each family member feel a sense of belonging which brings comfort and security and a sense of wellbeing.  During times of change such as moving school or house, traditions can help children feel secure at a time where things can feel unstable.

Getting Started…

Get your family together and make a list of all the family traditions that you already have.  You might find that you’ve got more than you realise as you maybe didn’t consider some of things you do, as a tradition, for example, like eating a roast dinner on a Sunday, watching a movie that’s a family favourite on Christmas Eve, eating watermelon in the Summer holidays.

Sometimes traditions are started by chance.  Perhaps one day you go for a walk and end up throwing sticks in a stream and after that every time you go past that particular stream you do the same thing.

Some traditions may be handed down from another generation i.e. Every year Nanny bought everyone a new Christmas decoration, so now Mummy does the same for the family, so that the tradition is carried on.

Traditions don’t have to cost any money, they are unique for every family.  There’s always space for new traditions. For stepfamilies or fostering/adoptive parents it can be good to work on building new memories and experiences together.  It doesn’t mean that you abandon all the old traditions, it may just be you add to them with traditions that reflect your new blended family.

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.

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

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

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

Newsletter 8th March 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

The highlight of the week has definitely been World Book Day. It was fantastic to see so many parents and carers coming into school to share books with the children. There were lots of great activities for the children to take part in and the children loved the ‘Bedtime story day’ in the hall. This enrichment will help children remember their learning at Mousehold. It was a very happy day and a day to celebrate the joy of books and reading. Thank you for supporting us!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 12th March is Bag2School collection, so please bring these to school on Tuesday morning, ready for collection.

This Friday (15th March) is Comic Relief or Red Nose Day. Please see the post on Newsfeed on WEDUC for full details, but children can come to school dressed in clothes that make them smile, or dressed in red. Please bring in a donation for the charity, if you are able to. Thanks

Friends of Mousehold School are also organising a Book and Bake Sale for after school on Friday 15th March. If you are able to donate books in good condition, or baked goods (if home-baked, please provide a list of the ingredients), please bring these to the office ON THE DAY ONLY.

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 94.6%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Raven class with 99.2%.

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

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Safeguarding – Online Safety

How can going online affect our wellbeing?

There are lots of positives for children being online, however there can be negatives too. For some it can become overwhelming trying to keep up with friends, and the pressure can mount. 

Many things can impact our online wellbeing, and you can take control of the choices made to reduce any negativity. Being aware of the impact of being online, just like you would be aware of the impact of offline activities, is the first step to managing your children’s online wellbeing.

We can:

  • manage the content that our children see,
  • ensure interactions are suitable
  • and manage how long they’re online, in balance with other activities. 

There are several things you can do to help support a child with their wellbeing online, including specific apps, and looking at settings.

Here are some suggestions of some well- being apps:

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.

Parking Outside School

Unfortunately, we have had some complaints from residents regarding cars parked across their driveways. This has happened a few times recently resulting in the resident being late to pick up their own children from school. Please may we remind you to show care and consideration when parking your vehicle outside school. Thank you to the majority of parents who continue to drive and park carefully outside the school gates.

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

Tuesday 12th March – Bag2School collection –

Friday 15th March – Red Nose Day

Friday 15th March – Book and Bake Sale at 3pm

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

Newsletter 1st March 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back after the holidays. I hope you all managed to enjoy the sunshine and time with friends and family.

The children have started back confidently and have enjoyed meeting up with their friends after the break. The outdoor learning environments are being used well, with flowers and trees starting to come to life. The children love to see the seasonal changes in their environment.

World Book Day

World Book Day will be celebrated on March 7th, 2024, highlighting the significance of books and literature. At Mousehold School, we observe a strong passion for reading among our students. Each day, we dedicate protected time for sharing stories and discussing books, fostering a love for literature. This year, in honour of World Book Day, we’re organising a special event called ‘Bedtime Story Day.’

On this day, children are invited to come to school wearing their pyjamas. They will be treated to hot chocolate while enjoying storytelling sessions, emphasising how reading not only stimulates the mind but also promotes wellbeing. Parents are warmly welcomed to join us from 8:40 to 9:15am to share stories with their children.

We are also planning a special “World Book Day” Lunch and to ensure smooth operations, we kindly request parents to confirm their children’s lunches, through WEDUC prior to the event. There is a Form to complete for this special lunch. Thanks

Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

A message from our Mental Health Champions

Encouragement for Mums…

Being a Mum is one of the most rewarding jobs but it can also be one of the hardest, most exhausting ones!  Be kind to each other… Why not take the time to encourage another Mum with the gift of time and a cuppa.  It’s good to share life with friends, talking to someone can often lighten the load.  With Mother’s Day just round corner, we wanted to encourage you in the role that you do within your families.  Care for the Family, a charity focussing on family wellbeing has produced some great 30-minute video clips that you can listen to for free.  These lighthearted short episodes feature down to earth conversations from other Mums as well as expert advice.  They are well worth a listen.


The Mum Show – Care for the Family The Mum Show is a twelve-part series on being a mum in today’s world … whatever that may look like. Each thirty-minute episode will feature honest conversations, moments of soul-searching, expert advice and even the occasional light-hearted digression.
https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/support-for-you/family-life/parent-support/the-mum-show/

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 93.98%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Robin class with an amazing 100%!

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Chaffinch class with 98.4%.   

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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

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

Week commencing Monday 4th March – Parent/Teacher meetings after school.

Thursday 7th March – World Book Day – Your children can come to school in Pyjamas for the day and participate in our Bedtime Story Day – Parents welcome between 8:40am and 9:15am.

Wednesday 27th March 2024 -Last day of Spring Term

Monday 15th April – First 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