Newsletter 16th February 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have reached the end of the first half of Spring Term. Next week is half-term and school is closed. We have really seen the children thrive this term and so much progress can be seen in all aspects of learning. We have seen children grow in confidence and self-esteem and really strong friendships are now established. The progress in writing, reading, phonics and maths is really evident and the learning in all subjects is becoming embedded in the children’s long- term memory. Children can link the learning from a previous unit of work to their current learning. This is encouraging and rewarding for leaders, teachers and support staff.  We look forward to the second half of this term when we see longer, brighter days and can plan school trips and even more enrichment opportunities for your children.

Thank you to staff

Behind the scenes at Mousehold this term has been very challenging at times with staff absence. The staff have gone the extra mile and been very adaptable, moved between classes and always without complaint. The children have continued to have the support they need and deserve. We have a very resilient, strong staff team and I’m very grateful and proud of all of them. Thank you to all of the wonderful staff at Mousehold.

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.

To ensure smooth operations, we kindly request parents to confirm their children’s lunches through WEDUC prior to the event.

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

Pokemon Cards

Please can children NOT bring Pokemon cards into school as they are becoming an issue.

Bag2School


Here is a message from The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

Bag2School will be collecting from Mousehold School on Tuesday 12th March. Please bring your bag (or bags!) to the school on that day and help us have a really good collection.

By getting involved in our Bag2School collection, you have an opportunity to sort through your cupboards and wardrobes and donate unwanted textiles. This can include adults’ and children’s clothes, shoes (tied together please), hats, belts, handbags and soft toys, (please refer to http://uk.bag2school.com/for full details). In addition to raising funds for the school it will also raise awareness amongst the children of the benefits of recycling and reuse.

You can use any bag to donate your items and don’t forget to ask grandparents, friends and neighbours to have a sort out as well!

Too Good to Go

Please find below a link to the app ‘Too Good to Go’ 

https://toogoodtogo.co.uk/en-gb/

Taken from the Too Good To Go website:

Our mission? To make sure good food gets eaten, not wasted. Every day, delicious, fresh food goes to waste at cafes, restaurants, hotels, shops and manufacturers – just because it hasn’t sold in time. The Too Good To Go app lets customers buy and collect Magic Bags of this food – at a great price – directly from businesses.

Please see below more information where Aldi have teamed up with Too Good To Go.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-11706585/Aldi-launches-partnership-Good-Go.html

https://www.aldi.co.uk/too-good-to-go

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 93.01%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Raven class with 99.23%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Goldfinch class with 97.27%.   

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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/

Free Safeguarding training

The NSPCC is running this training campaign. Sign up before 19th February to take part and support your child.

Listen up, Speak up

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/support-us/listen-up-speak-up/

With our free 10-minute digital training, we’re empowering every adult to know what to do if a child needs help, and where to go if you need support yourself.

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 19th February. Half-term and school will be closed

Monday 26th February – Start of second half-term

Week commencing Monday 4th March – Parent/teacher meetings. Please book an appointment via the Parents Evening link on WEDUC

Thursday 7th March – World Book Day – please see above for details

Wednesday 27th March – Last Day of Spring Term

Monday 15th April – Start of the Summer Term

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully
Mr Ian Tolson
Head of School

Newsletter 9th February 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.

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. 

Safer Internet Day

On Tuesday 6th February, we celebrated Safer Internet Day. Throughout the week, children participated in activities and discussions focused on internet safety. This year’s theme for Safer Internet Day was “Inspiring Change? Making a Difference, Managing Influence, and Navigating Change Online.”

Norfolk Constabulary’s Children and Young People Team would like to share a message for Safer Internet Day 2024. They have produced a newsletter specifically designed to provide valuable information to our parents and carers. It addresses various topics related to online safety, including cyberbullying, social media privacy, and responsible use of online platforms.

The rapid growth and ever-evolving nature of the internet make it essential for us to stay informed and educated about online safety. By doing so, we can protect our children from potential online dangers and ensure they have a positive and enriching online experience.

Please find below the links to view the message from Norfolk Constabulary, as well as various useful websites:

If you have any questions or concerns about safe internet use, feel free to discuss them with your child’s class teacher or a designated safeguarding lead.

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Miss Balachandre

Nursery Applications – a reminder

Completed applications need to be back with the school office by the 29th February 2024 please, for nursery places in September 2024. Please pass this information on to friends and family members who may be interested in our Nursery.

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 Sparrow class with 97.39%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Greenfinch class with 97.14%.   

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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 12th February – Aspirations Week in school

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

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

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully
Mr Ian Tolson
Head of School

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?   https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/programmes/b00w1ddl/recipes
  • 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.

https: //www.playmunzee.com/

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.

Thanks

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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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

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

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

Newsletter 26th January 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been another busy week in school. I have enjoyed spending time in the Nursery where the children have been learning about the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. They have enjoyed all things bear and porridge related and have used their imagination in role play and cooperating with other children. Thank you all for attending the Little Learners cafés in Year1 , the children were very excited to share their learning with you. It’s wonderful to see.

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

Winter Blues – Getting Out and About

When the tinsel has been put away and the Christmas break is over, January can be a tough time of year. The dark gloomy days and the wet chilly weather can make it difficult for us to find our ‘get up and go.’ However, fresh air and exercise can really help improve our mental wellbeing. Getting everyone ready and out of the house can be a challenge as a parent – locating wellies, coats, water bottles and the whole kitchen sink can sometimes zap the happiness out of going on an adventure together, but hang in there, it’s worth it once you get out!

We are really lucky in Norwich, there are some great open spaces. We have selected parks reasonably close in distance to our school and tried to list facilities that might be helpful. There are many more open spaces accessible by car:

Catton Park – Oak Lane, NR6 7DB, wooded areas, benches, multiple access points with parking, some paths suitable for scooters/bikes, trees to climb, new wooden sculptures, picnic area, no toilets, dog friendly.

Ketts Heights – Ketts Hill, NR1 4EZ, recently restored, great place to explore with various trails, contains the remains of a medieval chapel, 19th Century garden terraces, beautiful viewpoint over the city, picnic benches, no toilets.

Harrison’s Wood – Blueboar Lane, NR7 9AD – Woodland just up the road from Blue Boar lane Tesco, perfect for little legs, not too long, space for den building, but still lots of pathways to explore and logs to climb on.

Slough Bottom Park – off Drayton Road, NR3 2BN, BMX trail, basket-ball court, pathways suitable for bikes and scooters, play park, pathways that connect to the Marriotts way (scooter/bike accessible), benches, open green space for ball games, no reliable toilets – often locked.

Wensum Park – off Drayton Road, NR3 2DD, duck feeding, play park with sand, labyrinth, scooter/bike friendly pathways, toilets.

Recreation ground Old Catton – Church Road NR7 7DS, toilets, two different play parks, fitness equipment, large open space for ball games, outdoor table tennis table, ample parking, opposite an entrance for Catton Park.

Sprowston Recreation Ground – 2 Recreation Road, Norwich, NR7 8EN, (next to Sprowston Library) play park, plenty of parking, benches, picnic benches inside the play area, tennis courts, open space for ball games, separate play area with zip wire, large swing and a small BMX area.

St Clements Park – Woodcock Rd, NR3 3TA, City’s first eco-park – It has a children’s play are made from recycled and natural materials, hill slides, tyre nest swing, no car park, some pathways suitable for scooter, rollerskates and bikes, benches, no toilets.

For those of you who would like a few more places to visit maybe further afield: see https://norwich.mumbler.co.uk/kids/days-out/walks/

Roots for little Boots also has some great suggestions: – https://routesforlittleboots.co.uk/

Have fun!

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.

Thanks

Jane Holmes

School Secretary

Timekeeping

Timekeeping is important in the education of your child. If your child is persistently late, then they are missing out on important learning opportunities at the start of the lesson.

Children go straight to class from 08:40 and lessons start at 08:50.

Gates will be closed at 08:50.

If your child arrives after 09:20, this will be marked as an unauthorised absence and will reduce their overall attendance percentage.

The school day ends at 15:10.

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 95%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Raven class with 96.15%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Goldfinch class with 95.45%.

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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

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

Monday 29th January – Little Learners Café – 9am – Robin Class

Monday 29th January – Little Learners Café – 2:30pm – Barn Owl Class

Friday 2nd February – Little Learners Café – 9am – Raven Class

Thursday 1st February (Raven, Barn Owl, Sparrow) and Friday 2nd February (Robin, Skylark, Swift) – KS1 trip to UEA Sainsbury Art Centre – please view the offer on WEDUC, to complete consents and make payment. If we do not receive your consents your child will not be able to attend the trip.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Newsletter 19th January 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a lovely week we’ve had at Mousehold. I spent time with the Nursery children carrying out a very exciting police investigation. Thank you all for attending the Little Learners cafés in Reception, the children were very excited to share their learning with you. Key Stage 1 children are making excellent progress with their phonics, reading and writing. There have been several High Five letters for good progress this week.

High Five letters

Our High Five is Respect, Help, Learn, Enjoy, Achieve.

We continue to celebrate children’s achievements in and out of school. I have written letters to children this week for:

  • Learning to ride their bike.
  • Learning about the rainforest at home.
  • Being kind and respectful to others.
  • Helping Mummy wash up at home .
  • Making good progress in phonics and using that learning in other subjects.
  • Enjoying Rainbows and joining in well

Please let your child’s class teacher know if you feel your child deserves a High Five letter for something they have achieved out of school. We celebrate all achievements.

All children who have received a High Five letter stand up in a Friday achievement assembly and the whole school clap them and say well done.

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.

Timekeeping

Timekeeping is important in the education of your child. If your child is persistently late, then they are missing out on important learning opportunities at the start of the lesson.

Children go straight to class from 08:40 and lessons start at 08:50.

Gates will be closed at 08:50.

If your child arrives after 09:20, this will be marked as an unauthorised absence and will reduce their overall attendance percentage.

The school day ends at 15:10.

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 95%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Barn Owl class with 96.3%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Chaffinch class with 93.33%.

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Safeguarding 

Please remember where to find our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. It is on the link below. Extracts from the policy will be on the next few newsletters.

https://www.mouseholdinfants.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/Safeguarding-Policy-Incorporating-Child-Protection-2023-2024.

Where there is a safeguarding concern the child’s wishes and feelings are taken into account when determining what action to take and what services to provide. The systems we have in place are well promoted, easily understood and easily accessible for children to confidently report abuse, knowing their concerns will be treated seriously, and knowing they can safely express their views and give feedback.

All staff and regular visitors will, through training and induction, know how to recognise indicators of concern, how to respond to a disclosure from a child and how to record and report this information. We will not make promises to any child and we will not keep secrets. Every child will know what the adult will have to do with any information they have chosen to disclose.

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

Monday 22nd January – Little Learners Café – 9am – Skylark Class

Monday 22nd January – Little Learners Café – 2:30pm – Swift Class

Friday 26th January – Little Learners Café – 9am – Sparrow Class

Monday 29th January – Little Learners Café – 9am – Robin Class

Monday 29th January – Little Learners Café – 2:30pm – Barn Owl Class

Friday 2nd February – Little Learners Café – 9am – Raven Class

Thursday 1st February and Friday 2nd February – KS1 trip to UEA Sainsbury Art Centre – please view the offer on WEDUC, to complete consents and make payment – date your child will attend will be notified in due course.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Newsletter 12th January 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been lovely to have the children back for our first full week, and it has been a busy one. So many children have received High 5 letters this week for great effort and enthusiasm in their learning. Moving around the school, I have been lucky enough to see lots of learning taking place from phonics to super maths, making owl babies in reception and having a porridge party with the Three Bears in the Nursery! What a hardworking week.

School Council

The School Council are excited to launch a brand new project this year:

The Mousehold Recipe Book

We want to celebrate the wonderful diversity of our school community and collect together your favourite family recipes. The children in School Council meetings and during Class Council time have been discussing their favourite school dinners and these recipes will form part of our book too.

As a school we recognise how important it is to develop the life skills of our children preparing healthy meals and have focussed on the skills of preparing fruit and vegetables across KS1. We will include the Rainbow Wrap and Brazilian salad recipes that was such a success with our children in Year 1 and 2 last year.

Please do talk as a family about your favourite meal together. If you would like to share a recipe, please can this be emailed to:

DTLead@istnorfolk.co.uk

It should include ingredients and instructions and ideally have a photo of the dish once made. An example can be found below. Please can all recipes be sent in by Friday 9th February.

Thank you all for your support. We can’t wait to read about all your delicious family favourites!

Timekeeping

Timekeeping is important in the education of your child. If your child is persistently late, then they are missing out on important learning opportunities at the start of the lesson.

Children go straight to class from 08:40 and lessons start at 08:50.

Gates will be closed at 08:50.

If your child arrives after 09:20, this will be marked as an unauthorised absence and will reduce their overall attendance percentage.

The school day ends at 15:10.

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 94.7%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Raven class with 98.46%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Goldfinch class with 91.82%.

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Safeguarding 

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

Monday 15th January – Hoot With Me visit to Reception Classes – please see recent communication about this lovely visit from the Owl Sanctuary.

Monday 15th January – Little Learners Café – 2:30pm – Chaffinch Class

Tuesday 16th January – Little Learners Café – 9am – Greenfinch Class

Friday 19th January – Little Learners Café – 9am – Goldfinch Class

Monday 22nd January – Little Learners Café – 9am – Skylark Class

Monday 22nd January – Little Learners Café – 2:30pm – Swift Class

Friday 26th January – Little Learners Café – 9am – Sparrow Class

Monday 29th January – Little Learners Café – 9am – Robin Class

Monday 29th January – Little Learners Café – 2:30pm – Barn Owl Class

Friday 2nd February – Little Learners Café – 9am – Raven Class

Thursday 1st February and Friday 2nd February – KS1 trip to UEA Sainsbury Art Centre – please see offer on WEDUC – date your child will attend will be notified in due course

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Newsletter 5th January 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

Happy new year to you all. I really hope you enjoyed Christmas and had a good rest too. It was wonderful welcoming the children back to school this week where there was such a positive atmosphere around school. The children have come back settled and ready to learn. They have quickly got back into their usual classroom and school routines. It has been lovely seeing the excitement of being back.

Timekeeping

Timekeeping is important in the education of your child. If your child is persistently late, then they are missing out on important learning opportunities at the start of the lesson.

Children go straight to class from 08:40 and lessons start at 08:50.

Gates will be closed at 08:50.

If your child arrives after 09:20, this will be marked as an unauthorised absence and will reduce their overall attendance percentage.

The school day ends at 15:10.

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Attendance at Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

Attendance continues to be a priority this term with our overall whole school attendance target remaining at 96%.

Why is school attendance so important?

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School works closely with children and parents in connection with attendance so that each child can achieve their full potential. By law, all children of compulsory school age (five to sixteen) must receive a suitable full-time education. Once your child is registered at school, you are legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly and on time.  If your child fails to do so, you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted. You should also consider the negative impact upon the following:

  • their learning
  • their friendships
  • their self-esteem and confidence

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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 94.47%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Raven class with 98.72%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Goldfinch class with 93.94%.

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Sickness

Children do get ill which does mean they may need to have a day off school. However, I am aware that sometimes children are missing school when they could be in school learning. The traffic light guidance below may help you decide if your child is well enough to come into school.

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Holiday in term time

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, we cannot as a school, authorise holidays in term time. If you are planning a holiday in term time please fill in a ‘Leave of Absence from School’ form to request permission. Our attendance officer and headteacher will then discuss the request and write to you with their decision. Please remember that unless there are EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES it is very unlikely that we can authorise the absence from school during term time.

If the request for absence during term time has been declined and you still decide to take your child out of school then you may receive a fixed penalty notice from Norfolk County Council.

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We look forward to a positive and exciting term ahead and as always, thank you for your continued support.

Safeguarding 

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

Week Commencing 8th January – After School Clubs begin – You will have received an email to confirm clubs if your application was successful.

Thursday 11th January – First Forest School Session for Chaffinch Class (in the Secret Garden)

Monday 15th January – “Hoot With Me” visiting Reception Classes

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Newsletter 15th December 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for supporting the Christmas performances. The children were fantastic and you should be very proud of them.

I am extremely proud of the whole school community for such a great team effort this term.

We are looking forward to the start of Spring Term 2024 but also looking forward to our Christmas holidays. A chance for us all to rest and recharge.

Thank you to the staff for always going the extra mile. They really are amazing!

Last day of term Wednesday 20th December – non- uniform just for fun.

On the last day of term children can wear non-uniform and/or Christmas themed clothes – just for fun.

Friends of Mousehold – Christmas Raffle

Thank you to our Friends of School who have done an excellent job in raising money for all of the children. The raffle raised £452! Thank you to the parents who sold tickets, in all weathers. We appreciate it. And thank you to the families who bought tickets.

Sugar for Shelters Collection

Many thanks for the generous donations. We collected 41 bags of sugar and this will help so many people who are struggling at this time of the year.

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 94.7%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Raven class with 99.23%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Goldfinch class with 97.27%.

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Community fridges, Christmas food, wellbeing cafes etc

We all know that food costs are rising rapidly and as a result, many families are really struggling. The Feed have put together a list of providers offering free or pay-what-you-can meals and food services for people in the Norwich area.

  • This list is compiled and distributed by The Feed. Please share it with anyone you think may need it.
  • All food is free of charge unless stated otherwise.
  • The last update to this list was made on 19 May 2023.
  • The school is not responsible for the quality or availability of the services provided. Use of these services is at your own discretion.

https://thefeed.org.uk/our-projects/foodassist

Safeguarding 

Over the Christmas holidays when school is closed please take note of these numbers to help you if you find yourself in a situation where you need support. Please help look after each other:

https://www.justonenorfolk.nhs.uk/ 0300 300 0123

CADS – Children’s Advice and Duty Service – 0344 800 8020.

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

Wednesday 20th December – Last day of Autumn Term – non-uniform day, Just for Fun!

Thursday 4th January 2024 – First Day of Spring Term

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Newsletter 8th December 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

Mousehold is happy, bright and busy as Christmas fast approaches. We are pacing ourselves though so the children’s routines aren’t disrupted too much as we know this isn’t always helpful for you at home. Too much disruption to routine can sometimes lead to more challenging behaviours and tired children.

Christmas Performances

Christmas jumpers or hats can be worn for your child’s performance – see below for details.

Christmas Raffle

Thank you for bringing in raffle prizes for the Friends Christmas Raffle. We are still looking for more donations for raffle prizes. Hampers will be made up, tickets are being sold, and all money raised will go directly towards your children.

Christmas Dinner

Wednesday 13th December – Christmas jumpers or hats can be worn.

Children can wear Christmas jumpers, hats or anything festive to school this day. The Christmas dinner day is always fun and we encourage lots of children and staff to enjoy the Christmas Dinner together.

George White Junior School Christmas Fayre

There will be a Christmas Fayre at GWJS on Thursday 14th December between 3.20 and 4.20pm

Last day of term Wednesday 20th December – non- uniform just for fun.

On the last day of term children can wear non-uniform and/or Christmas themed clothes – just for fun.

Sugar for Shelters Collection

Many thanks for the generous donations. This is being collected on 13th December. We have a lot of bags of sugar and this will help so many people who are struggling at this time of the year. If you still have sugar to donate, please bring it to the school office early next week. Thanks

Reminder

Early Club and Acorns will continue as usual until the end of term, BUT After School Clubs have now finished for this term. You still have this weekend to complete the form on WEDUC for next term’s after school club choices. We will not be able to accept any late applications so please make sure the form has been completed and submitted before 3pm on Monday 11th December.

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 95.5%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Swift class with 97.27%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Goldfinch class with 98.18%.

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How to Thrive and Not Just Survive Christmas…

So many of us may have very mixed emotions about Christmas festivities.  Christmas can be a difficult time of year for some.  It may well trigger uncomfortable emotions.  Some people in your family and social circle may have been bereaved.  Whether it was a recent loss or some time ago the emotions can still be very raw.  Family gatherings may be strained, and a sense of loss may be felt.  Be sensitive, is there anything you could do to show someone that you care during this festive period?  A kind word, a cuppa and a chat, a card.

Financially, many may be finding this season difficult with added expenditure of gifts and festive food.  There are often extra events to financially contribute to.  It may be hard to admit that things are difficult or to opt out due to not having the finances to take part.  The added pressure on already strained monthly budgets may put pressure on people’s family life, relationships, general wellbeing and mental health.  In our experience although your children may have lists of things they want for Christmas, ‘Time’ is a huge gift and some of the best memories are made for free.

For those of us who are people pleasers, sometimes Christmas gives you more to squeeze into an already busy schedule.  Work out and write down what is feasible for you to do and try to stick with it, ask a friend to check in with you.  Your wellbeing is a priority, as a parent you are a main care giver, if your mental health is suffering because you are trying to be too much to too many people you may not be at your best when it comes to patience and parenting.

Please don’t suffer in silence, useful numbers and websites which may be helpful if you need someone to talk to:

Childline: www.childline.org.uk – 0800 1111

Samaritans www.samaritans.org – 116 123

Mind: www.mind.org.uk – 0300 123 3393 text 86463

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

Tuesday 12th December – Flu vaccine team returning to school

Tuesday 12th December – 9:15 to 9:45 – Reception Christmas Performance

Wednesday 13th December – 9:15 to 9:45 – Year 2 Christmas Performance

Wednesday 13th December – School Christmas Lunch

Thursday 14th December – 9:15 to 9:45 – Year 1 Christmas Performance

Friday 15th December – 10:45 or 2:15 – Nursery Winter Wonderland – Please see posters in Nursery.

Wednesday 20th December – Last day of Autumn Term – non-uniform day, Just for Fun!

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Newsletter 1st December 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

From December 1st the school has started to feel a little bit Christmassy! Shared areas between classrooms are being decorated, the glitter is starting to make an appearance, children are practicing Christmas songs for the carol concerts and there is excitement in the air. Christmas at Mousehold is always very special. We do try and pace ourselves though so children aren’t exhausted by the time we break up at the end of term!

Christmas Tree Competition Winner

I am delighted to announce that our school is one of the lucky winners of a 6 ft Christmas tree.

Below is the wonderful masterpiece by Rosa Unstead-Bouttell that won the Christmas Tree for Schools campaign. Well done Rosa we are very proud of you!

Christmas Raffle

Thank you for bringing in raffle prizes for the Friends Christmas Raffle. We are still looking for more donations for raffle prizes. Hampers will be made, tickets are being sold and all money raised will go directly towards your children.

Christmas Dinner

Wednesday 13th December – Christmas jumpers or hats can be worn. – Please don’t forget to order on WEDUC by 6th December. Thanks

Children can wear Christmas jumpers, hats or anything festive to school this day. The Christmas dinner day is always fun and we encourage lots of children and staff to enjoy the Christmas Dinner together.

George White Junior School Christmas Fayre

There will be a Christmas Fayre at GWJS on Thursday 14th December between 3.20 and 4.20pm

Last day of term Wednesday 20th December – non- uniform just for fun.

On the last day of term children can wear non-uniform and/or Christmas themed clothes – just for fun.

Sugar for Shelters Collection

Many thanks for the generous donations. This is being collected on 13th December. We have a lot of bags of sugar and this will help so many people who are struggling at this time of the year. If you still have sugar to donate, please bring it to the school office next week. Thanks

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 95.5%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Swift class with 97.27%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Greenfinch class with 96.82%.      

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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 4th December – Final week for any After School Clubs that your child may be attending. NB:- This does NOT include Acorns at GWJS which will run to the end of the term.

Tuesday 5th December – 3:30pm – Open Day at GWJS for parents of our Year 2 children

Tuesday 12th December – Flu vaccine team returning to school – more details to follow.

Tuesday 12th December – 9:15 to 9:45 – Reception Christmas Performance

Wednesday 13th December – 9:15 to 9:45 – Year 2 Christmas Performance

Wednesday 13th December – School Christmas Lunch – Please order using the Form on WEDUC

Thursday 14th December – 9:15 to 9:45 – Year 1 Christmas Performance

Wednesday 20th December – Last day of Autumn 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