Newsletter 30th September 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

 We have had a change of weather this week and Autumn has arrived. The children are enjoying the changes of the seasons with time outdoors, in our Secret Garden, on our field and behind school in the outdoor learning areas. I enjoyed watching some of our Reception children take part in a Forest Schools Lesson.

I would like to share with you some information about our curriculum. You can see regular posts on our school Facebook page of some of the hands on, exciting learning taking place each day:

Our curriculum is built upon our context and culture of being in the heart of Norwich with wonderful children with roots from all over the world being at the centre of it. The curriculum makes learning fun, hands on and is stimulating by providing real life experiences so that all children learn from the same starting point regardless of their first language or ability. We provide a highly inclusive and creative curriculum which enables pupils to achieve in a happy and safe environment. The sequenced curriculum is rich, purposeful and challenging for all children. All children throughout their time with us experience well planned local visits, visiting authors, musicians and artists and a wide range of activities indoors and outdoors to enhance the curriculum. We focus on our locality and give children experiences of the wonderful architecture, history and culture right on our doorstep. This highly inclusive curriculum enables pupils to achieve and enjoy learning in a happy, fun and safe environment.

Safeguarding

Safeguarding Hands

Your children will all have made a safeguarding hand in school. Ask them to tell you about it. On that hand there are 5 people who they have named who they know and trust to talk to. This might include school staff, family, friends and sometimes pets. We encourage children to use the safeguarding hand as a prompt for talking to someone if they are worried, upset or feel unsafe at any point.

A reminder about collection from school

If someone else is collecting your child can you please let your child’s class teacher know that morning.

If you need to change your plans during the school day and someone else will be collecting your child at short notice, please ring the office and they will pass the message on. This is really important to ensure we send children home safely.

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Mr Smith and Miss Wood. These members of staff monitor and manage all safeguarding practices and ensure staff are supported and have the training they need. Please ask to see one of these adults if you are worried about the safety of a child at school.
If you have a safeguarding concern about a child out of school hours then the number to ring is:   CADS – Children’s Advice and Duty Service – 0344 800 8020.

Diary Dates

4th October – Phonics presentation for parents 2.30pm 

4th October – Flu Vaccines in school (Reception, Year 1 & Year 2)

6th October – Phonics Presentation for parents 9am 

6th October – Reception (Chaffinch) Forest Schools starts

7th October – First Open Classrooms 

13th October – Individual school photos in school hall

13th October – Fire truck visit for KS1

Half-term – Monday 24th October – Friday 28th October

4th November – Open classrooms 

Week beginning 7th November – Parents Evenings – meetings with class teachers

9th November – KS1 Cathedral visit

18h November – Children in Need

2nd December –Open Classrooms 

7th December – Reception Christmas songs (9 – 9.30am)

13th December – KS1 Christmas Carols (9 – 9.30am)

15th December – KS1 Christmas Carols (9 – 9.30am)

We hope you have a lovely weekend

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Deputy Headteacher

Newsletter 23rd September 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

We come to the end of another busy week at Mousehold. It is remarkable how quickly the children have settled in. We have had a change in weather this week and children have enjoyed the outdoors whatever the weather! Our Capoeira and ukulele lessons have started for Year 1 and our Samba drumming lessons for Year 2.

Parking and traffic outside school:

This is a recurring issue and one that is difficult to resolve. It relies upon everyone showing respect and tolerance for others outside the school gates. We have had a few residents contact school to say their drives have been blocked and they couldn’t get out and this was a worry for them. We have also had incidents where cars are half parked on the verge, blocking the road and getting very close to pedestrians. This is particularly bad on wet days when more families drive to school. Please be very mindful of young children walking, cycling and in pushchairs and be tolerant of other drivers. We really do care about the safety of our children in school as well as out of school. If we all play our part in this we can ensure everyone stays safe and well. Thank you to the majority who are tolerant and respectful.

Fun Links:

You may find the following link useful as we head further into the autumn term. Looks like lots of good ideas here!

https://magazines.raring2go.co.uk/norwich/autumn2022/

WEDUC App:

Thank you to all of you that have signed up to the WEDUC App. We are aware that there have been a few teething issues here so are very grateful for your perseverance. We would encourage everyone to sign up to use the App as a means of communication between school and parents/carers.

For the foreseeable future however, we will not be using the App for meal ordering. Instead, the class teachers will be asking your child at morning registration, what they would like for their lunch. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Safeguarding

Please see below to be informed of our designated safeguarding leads. There will be weekly safeguarding messages on the newsletters.

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Mr Smith and Miss Wood. These members of staff monitor and manage all safeguarding practices and ensure staff are supported and have the training they need. Please ask to see one of these adults if you are worried about the safety of a child at school.
If you have a safeguarding concern about a child out of school hours then the number to ring is:   CADS – Children’s Advice and Duty Service – 0344 800 8020.

Diary Dates

28th September – Singing Assembly starts

4th October – Flu vaccines for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children

4th October – Phonics presentation for parents 2.30pm 

6th October – Phonics Presentation for parents 9am 

6th October – Reception Forest Schools starts

7th October – First Open Classrooms 

13th October – Individual school photos in school hall

13th October – Provisional Fire truck visit for KS1

Half-term – Monday 24th October – Friday 28th October

4th November – Open classrooms 

Week beginning 7th November – Parents Evenings – meetings with class teachers

9th November – KS1 Cathedral visit

18h November – Children in Need

2nd December –Open Classrooms 

7th December – Reception Christmas songs (9 – 9.30am)

13th December – KS1 Christmas Carols (9 – 9.30am)

15th December – KS1 Christmas Carols (9 – 9.30am)

We hope you have a lovely weekend

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Deputy Headteacher

Newsletter 9th September 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had such a good start to the new academic year. The Year 1 and 2 children have settled well into their new classes, made new friends, kept old friends and have got used to the new routines. Our new Reception and Nursery children have been visited by the class staff this week for home visits. The staff are grateful for this as it really does help the children settle, when they start school next week.

HM Queen Elizabeth II

Yesterday we heard the sad news that Queen Elizabeth II had passed away.  We ask parents to share with your children, if you feel it is appropriate, in an age appropriate way. Or you might want to wait for the weekend or nearer the funeral.  This won’t be addressed in school by teachers over the next few working days to allow you to deal with this in a way that is right for your family. 

School will remain open and will be closed on the day of her funeral. That day will be shared once we know more.

Many children will have learnt about the Queen’s reign last year in school, when the Platinum Jubilee was celebrated. The children of this generation will remember the Queen fondly; her sense of humour, her love of dogs and horses, her brightly coloured hats and her kindness and ability to communicate with people from all over the world. 

Partnership News

I have written an impact document, outlining some of the benefits of partnership working. Here is an extract. Further extracts will follow:

Impact of partnership model on the children

The children at both schools have been given memorable experiences:

  • Year 3 have visited Mousehold to attend a Maths afternoon, working with all ages from Nursery to Year 2. The Year 3 children enjoyed coming back to Mousehold and were excited and could articulate their favourite moments when there last year. The younger children looked up to the Year 3s and were helped by them with their Maths learning.
  • Year 2 children have visited GWJS Year 3 children for a Maths afternoon and this supported with transition for the children who will be starting there in Sept 2022.
  • Year 6 children watched the Year 2 Samba Drumming performance. They remembered learning Samba when at Mousehold and could talk about how their learning in music since then has built upon the foundations of music at Mousehold.
  • Joint working for Refugee Week. There will be displays in both schools to share the work the children have completed from Nursery to Year 6 – to show respect and understanding of refugees in our schools and their families. This links to the ‘Respect’ ethos at GWJS and the ‘High Five’ at Mousehold.
  • The progression of learning is clear from Nursery to Year 6, and subject leaders have worked together on this. This means that children’s learning builds upon previous learning and this gives the children the best chance to learn more and remember more, leading to better outcomes at the end of Year 6.
  • Safeguarding leads meet regularly from both schools to ensure that joint families are having the joined up support they need from both schools to keep children safe. Training is shared, so all designated safeguarding leads are as fully informed as possible.

Mousehold’s High Five

Our ‘High Five’ is the golden thread that underpins our Curriculum:

Respect   Help   Learn   Enjoy   Achieve

Children leave Mousehold as successful learners who:

are critical thinkers, with enquiring minds who can adapt to the ever changing world around them. (Respect)

can understandcooperate and shape the world together. (Help)

are motivated and passionate about life long learning. (Learn)

are happy and confident to succeed in modern British society. (Enjoy) 

are resilient, with a growth mindset to carry on achieving. (Achieve)

Please talk to your children about the High Five. If you feel your child deserves a High Five letter for something they have achieved at home, linked to our High Five, please let a senior leader know on the playgrounds in the morning or afternoon. If members of staff notice something amazing in school your child will receive a High Five letter and will stand up in a Friday assembly.

Music Mark 2022-2023

At our school, all children enjoy a wide range of musical experiences.  These range from singing and dancing in EYFS, to ukulele lessons in Year One, Samba drumming lessons in Year Two, singing assembly and recorder club.  We also welcome local performers, such as the classical group who will be performing to KS1 next week. In recognition of our commitment to provide high quality music education for all our children, we are pleased to announce that we have once again been made a ‘Music Mark School’ for this academic year. We look forward to welcoming back Anna and Jon, our ukulele and Samba drumming teachers, who will be starting with us again next week.

Mousehold Facebook Page

This is a great way to stay connected. You will find us at Mousehold Infant & Nursery School.

If you don’t have Facebook, a social media feed is on our home page of our website.

Allergy to nuts – please help us

We have a child in school who has an allergy to nuts. Our school kitchen is nut free. We would like to ask that when children bring food to school that every effort is made for no nut based products to be in the lunchbox:

Examples:

  • No nutella or peanut butter sandwiches
  • No bags of nuts
  • No cereal bars with nuts in.
  • No Cakes or chocolate bars with nuts in
  • No sesame oil based products

We can make every effort to be a ‘ nut free school’ with your cooperation, however we cannot guarantee this at all times, as some nuts are hidden in foods. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Well done to Valentina in Wagtail Class

After battling cancer, overcoming and coping with many barriers and showing so much perseverance and determination we are pleased to announce that Valentina has won an award. She is a National Champion in Get Set’s Values Champions Awards!


The Values Champions Awards inspired an amazing number of nominations and there were only 16 National Champions. Valentina was selected by the Olympic and Paralympic athlete judges as one of the National Champions. A huge congratulations to Valentina and her family.
As a National Champion, Valentina’s story will be published in a Values Champions Award book and a certificate will be awarded to celebrate her amazing demonstration of the Olympic and Paralympic Values.

Community News

Forest School After-School Club on Wednesdays 4pm-5.30pm at Mousehold Heath (starts on Wednesday 14th September 2022). Activities include: building dens, woodland craft activities, foraging, fauna & flora identification, wood carving, willow sculptures, woodland games, fire circles, story telling, climbing trees, forest yoga, and free play in the magic and beauty of the woods. Sessions are run by Amber Hale – a qualified and experienced Forest School Leader. The sessions cost £48 for 6 weeks. 

To book please go to: www.enchantedwoodsnorfolk.com or email: enchantedwoodsnorfolk@gmail.com

This is not linked to school and school are not organising or responsible for this club.

Safeguarding and looking after each other

You will see Mrs Derer on our school playground on a Monday and Tuesday. She is our Parent Support Advisor and will always be happy to talk to you. We like to support the whole family at Mousehold.  If you have any worries about anything relating to your child or problems at home that are affecting the family, then please feel free to make an appointment to see a member of staff who can help you. Please make an appointment through the school office or drop into the office after bringing your children to school.  We will do our best to help you. 

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Mr Smith 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.

A message from our Mental Health Champions


At our school we have a Mental Health Champion Team.  The three of us (Mrs Abeyta, Mrs Desouky and Mrs Graham) are a team of individuals who are passionate about the wellbeing of children, families, and staff. 

Please see our school website to see who we are and to read more about how we can support you, by clicking on the Safeguarding tab at the top of our school website –Mental Health Support – Mousehold Infant and Nursery School (mouseholdinfants.com)

Mental Health Support – Mousehold Infant and Nursery School Mental Health Champions. What are Mental Health Champions? We are a team of individuals who are passionate about the wellbeing of children, families and staff. www.mouseholdinfants.com

For those of you who have children beginning their school journey this September it can be a mixed time of emotions. You may feel happy that you’ve got to this point, perhaps sad because your children are growing up, possibly anxious about your child managing the school day. These are all very normal emotions. If you are finding this struggle hard, please come and talk to us. As a mental health champion team we are always happy to talk as is Mrs Derer our Parent Support Advisor. (see our website for more details)

Here are a few websites that you might find helpful: 

Starting school: what it’s REALLY like for your child … and you! – Netmums

Starting School (justonenorfolk.nhs.uk)

“It can be tempting to plan lots of things in for yourself once the children are back in school but the first few weeks back can be physically and emotionally exhausting for everyone, build in a little time for yourself, that way, everyone in the family will benefit. 

                                                                                                Care for the family-Back to school tips

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mrs Rebecca Westall

Headteacher

Newsletter 2nd September 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we start the new academic year I would like to welcome all new families and welcome families who have

been with us previous years. I hope you all had a good break. The start of a new term has a feeling of hope, new beginnings and excitement. There are often also some anxious and nervous feelings. Staff have these feelings too. There is always a senior leader on the playground before and after school and teachers will be available at the classroom doors. We look forward to seeing children in Year 1 and 2 on Tuesday 6th September. The Nursery and Reception children know their dates for home visits and the first day of school. If you are unsure please contact the school office.  Early Club starts on Tuesday at 8am. Please enquire at the office if you’d like a space. Other clubs start at the end of the month once children have settled.

Partnership News

We are excited to be starting our first full academic year as a partnership with George White Junior School. Mrs Westall is Partnership Head across both schools and Headteacher at Mousehold, with a Head of School and leadership team at George White Junior. Mr Smith from George White Junior has been seconded to work at Mousehold as Assistant Headteacher and Year 1 teacher to cover Miss Balachandre’s maternity leave. We are excited to have Mr Smith as part of the Mousehold team.

A reminder of the Senior Leadership Team at Mousehold

  • Mrs Rebecca Westall – Headteacher and Partnership Head.
  • Mr Ian Tolson – Deputy Headteacher and SENCo
  • Mr Simon Smith – Assistant Headteacher and Year 1 teacher

Mousehold Facebook Page

This is a great way to stay connected. You will find us at Mousehold Infant & Nursery School.

If you don’t have Facebook, a social media feed is on our home page of our website.

Mrs Seaman

Mrs Seaman would like to thank all families and staff for their kind words, messages, cards and gifts when she retired after many years working at Mousehold. She was overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity.  She will keep in touch.

Help with the cost of living

We are aware that everything is more expensive and the cost of living is set to increase further. We won’t be asking families for money this side of Christmas. We will take part in Children in Need charity day in November, but this will be more a day to recognise those in need. Voluntary donations will be accepted but not encouraged. We will have more stalls for parents and carers that might help (free school uniform, free coats, free shoes etc). When we are planning on holding a stall we will let you know. We can’t accept donations too far in advance please.

Safeguarding

Please see below to be informed of our designated safeguarding leads. There will be weekly safeguarding messages on the newsletters.

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Mr Smith 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.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully
Mrs Rebecca Westall
Headteacher

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust