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

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%.

A group of children playing musical instruments

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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

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust