Newsletter 21st July 2023

We have made it to the end of term and to the end of the academic year. You should be so proud of your children and all they have achieved. They have shown such stamina and resilience. The children have met their new teachers and teaching assistants and have enjoyed time in their new classrooms.

Well done to our Year 2 children for their excellent Samba performances to parents and carers and for the amazing end of year celebration of their time at Mousehold. I always feel extremely proud seeing the children perform with such confidence and enjoyment.

Enjoy the summer holiday and we will see you back at school on Wednesday 6th September. We wish all of the Year 2s every success as they move onto Year 3 in a different school. They will have a wonderful time on the next part of their journey!

Thank you to the staff

Thank you to all of the staff for working so hard, for being fully committed to the children of Mousehold and for always going the extra mile. Mousehold is a special place to work and the strong supportive team makes all the difference. The staff deserve a restful break with their families and we look forward to all being together again in September.

Miss Jay

Miss Jay, is leaving today as she has secured another job in another school. She will be excellent, but we will miss her. We wish you the very best Miss Jay!

Miss Noakes

Miss Noakes is also leaving us to start a family. I know she will be missed by all the staff and children at Mousehold. Thank you for all your hard work and we look forward to meeting the new addition to her family

Thank you to Norwich University of the Arts

We would like to say a huge thank you to Norwich University of the Arts for their generous donation of PE and music equipment. This will be a great benefit to our children.

Change of opening times 2023/2024

Currently compulsory time spent in school at Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is 30.85 hours this will be increasing to 32.5 hours from September 2023 in line with government guidance.

This would mean the following opening times from September 2023:

Reception

Opening times:

Morning session: 8:40 – 11:45am
Afternoon session: 12:45 – 3:10pm

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)

Opening times:

Morning session: 8:40 – 12:10am
Afternoon session: 1:10 – 3:10pm

The gates will close at 8.50am from September 2023. If you arrive after this time, you will need to bring your child to the office to sign them in. They will be marked as “Late” for the session.

Attendance

We had a lovely end of year attendance celebration today as part of assembly.

We are aware that lots of things can make it difficult to support your children to attend school regularly, and the school and Council want to understand what the biggest challenges are and how we can support your family to overcome them. Take the five-minute survey to share your thoughts at www.justonenorfolk.nhs.uk/attendance

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The Friends of Mousehold School

Work on the new play equipment will start in the first week of the holidays. Once again thank you to the friends for supporting us to purchase this for our children.

I would also like to thank Mrs Rayner who has spent a lot of time organising, sourcing and purchasing the equipment.

The children will love this when they return!

Safeguarding   

As the weather warms up and summer holidays are on the horizon please look after each other.

Some simple things to remember:

  • Wear sunhats and wear sun-cream in hot weather, even if cloudy.
  • Wear helmets when riding a bike.
  • Remind your children to take care when crossing the road or walking along the path next to a busy road.
  • Wear seatbelts in cars.

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

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mr Tolson, Mr Smith, Miss Balachandre, Mrs Greenwood and Miss Wood.

These members of staff monitor and manage all safeguarding practices and ensure staff are supported and have the training they need. Please ask to see one of these adults if you are worried about the safety of a child at school.

If you have a safeguarding concern about a child out of school hours then the number to ring is:

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

Diary for your Dates

Wednesday 6th September – First day back for all Key Stage 1 children (Years 1 and 2).

Monday 11th September – First day in school for our new nursery pupils.

Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th September – Transition days for the new reception children.

Wednesday 13th September – First full day in school for our new reception pupils.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully
Mr Ian Tolson
Head of School

Newsletter 14th July 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

Well done to our Year 1 children for their excellent capoeira performances to parents and carers. I always feel extremely proud seeing the children perform with such confidence and enjoyment.

Thank you for all your support with transition week where Year 2 children spent time at George White meeting their new teachers and spending time in their new classes. At Mousehold we had transition across the week, where our Year 1 and Reception children spent time meeting their new teachers in their new classrooms. Next years Reception children also joined us for stay and play sessions across the week. It was amazing to see how settled the children were and how much they enjoyed being in their new classes.

The Friends of Mousehold School

The Friends of Mousehold would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that came to the Summer Fayre. We are pleased to announce that we raised an amazing £978.81 which will be a great help in improving facilities at the school.

Change of opening times 2023/2024

Currently compulsory time spent in school at Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is 30.85 hours per week and this will be increasing to 32.5 hours from September 2023 in line with government guidance.

This would mean the following opening times from September 2023:

Reception

Opening times:
Morning session: 8:40 – 11:45am
Afternoon session: 12:45 – 3:10pm

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 &2)

Opening times:

Morning session: 8:40 – 12:10am
Afternoon session: 1:10 – 3:10pm  

The gates will close at 8.50am from September 2023. If you arrive after this time, you will need to bring child to the office to sign them in. They will be marked as “Late” for the session.

Safeguarding   

As the weather warms up and summer holidays are on the horizon please look after each other.

Some simple things to remember:

  • Wear sunhats and wear sun-cream in hot weather, even if cloudy (The irony being that it is pouring down as I type!)
  • Wear helmets when riding a bike.
  • Remind your children to take care when crossing the road or walking along the path next to a busy road.
  • Wear seatbelts in cars.

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

A message from our Mental Health Champions

Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today…

Picking up the phone and making the time to have a conversation with a loved one,

A simple smile in the supermarket checkout queue to a parent who is looking overwhelmed.

Letting your child choose a game, and giving them your undivided attention,

Calling in on a friend who you know is finding daily life challenging,

An encouraging text to someone you care about,

A conversation at the bus stop with an elderly person,

Taking time to acknowledge the waitress who serves your table with a simple thank you.

There are many people in our world, who walk into each day wondering if anyone even notices them, you may feel like this yourself at times.

Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today… 

Diary for your Dates

Tuesday 11th July – Capoeira Performance for Yr1 parents to attend:
09:30 Swift, 10:15 Robin (Yr 1 only) and 11:00 Skylark.
Monday 17th July – Samba Performance – 09:15am, for parents to attend (Yr 2 only).

Thursday 20th July – Ugly Bug Ball Dress-Up for all children in Barn Owl, Raven, Robin, Skylark and Swift

Thursday 20th July – 09:15 – Year 2 Leavers Assembly – Year 2 parents welcome.
Friday 21st July – Last day of Summer Term.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Newsletter 7th July 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

Well done to our Year 1 children for their excellent ukulele performances to parents and carers. It was a wonderful moment to see the children play as a class team, with such confidence and great ability. They will be great when they learn to play in a Samba band in Year 2.

Speaking of which we a re looking forward to seeing parents and carers at the Year 2 Samba performances on Monday 17/7/23 this will be a real treat.

Next week is transition week where Year 2 children will be spending time at George White meeting their new teachers and spending time in their new classes. At Mousehold we will also be doing transition across the week, where our Year 1 and Reception children will be spending time meeting there new teachers in their new classrooms. Next years Reception children will also be joining us for stay and play sessions across the week.

The Friends of Mousehold School

The Friends of Mousehold would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that came to the Summer Fayre last week. We are pleased to announce that we raised an amazing £978.81 which will be a great help in improving facilities at the school.

Special mentions go to Mr Smith, Mrs Marshall and Mrs Neale for braving cold water and a strong breeze in the ‘throw a sponge’ game, and to all of those that gave up their time to help run stalls. We were also pleased to welcome George White and The Garden Shop who ran additional stalls. 

A big thank you for all the prize donations, and to all the organisations that continue to support MIANS: Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, Norfolk Museum Service, Cromer Museum, Zaks, Places Leisure Centre, Nuffield Health, Norwich Swim School, Thorpe Ferry River Cafe, Roys, Norwich Art Supplies, BookLife Publishing, Jarrolds, QD, The Bowling House, Tesco, Thrigby Hall, Cinema City, memories2treasure, Mortgage Advice Bureau and TNS Catering.

There are still some raffle/tombola prizes and tupperware from cake donations to be collected from the office at your earliest convenience.

Finally, The Friends of Mousehold are always looking for new members. Please contact admin@thefriendsofmousehold.org if you are interested in finding out more.

Change of opening times 2023/2024

Currently compulsory time spent in school at Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is 30.85 hours this will be increasing to 32.5 hours from September 2023 inline with government guidance.

This would mean the following opening times from September 2023:

Reception

Opening times:
Morning session: 8:40 – 11:45am
Afternoon session: 12:45 – 3:10pm

 

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 &2)

Opening times:
Morning session: 8:40 – 12:10pm
Afternoon session: 1:10 – 3:10pm  

The gates will close at 8.50am from September 2023. If you arrive after this time, you will need to bring child to the office to sign them in. They will be marked as “Late” for the session.

New Classes

We will be informing children who are in our current Reception and Year 1 classes about their new class and new teacher on their school report, which we will be sending home with them on Tuesday 11th July.

A reminder if the finalised class names and structure will be:

Nursery

Kingfisher

Miss Wood

Reception

Chaffinch

Mrs Jenkins

Reception

Goldfinch

Mrs Jennings and Miss Balachandre

Reception

Greenfinch

Mrs Graham and Ms Brown

Year 1

Swift

Mrs Allen and Mrs Breakenridge

Year 1

Skylark

Mrs Greenwood

Year 1

Sparrow

Mrs Ahmed

Year 2

Robin

Mrs Coathup and Mr Smith

Year2

Raven

Miss Barkshire

Year 2

Barn Owl

Mrs Parke

Safeguarding   

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

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mr Tolson, Mr Smith, Miss Balachandre, Mrs Greenwood and Miss Wood.

These members of staff monitor and manage all safeguarding practices and ensure staff are supported and have the training they need. Please ask to see one of these adults if you are worried about the safety of a child at school.

If you have a safeguarding concern about a child out of school hours then the number to ring is:

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

Diary Dates

Week commencing Monday 10th July – Transition Week for year 2 pupils
Tuesday 11th July – Capoeira Performance for Yr1 parents to attend:
09:30 Swift, 10:15 Robin (Yr 1 only) and 11:00 Skylark.
Monday 17th July – Samba Performance – 09:15am, for parents to attend (Yr 2 only).
Friday 21st July – Last day of Summer Term.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Newsletter 30th June 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

We would like to thank everyone who supported the Summer Fayre in any way at all.

It was lovely to see everyone joining in and having fun after not being able to hold this type of event for so long. Thank you to the Friends for organising it and to everyone who supported it. We hope you all had a great time! All proceeds raised will go towards purchasing new outdoor play equipment as our current equipment has unfortunately got to the point where it needs to be replaced.

Strike Action

The NEU are planning the following teacher strike days:

Wednesday 5th July and Friday 7th July 2023

The strikes are happening because of a national dispute between the unions and the Government over teachers’ pay and not because of any issues with the school. Having spoken with all teachers and looking at the capacity available at Mousehold Infant and Nursery School, I am writing to inform you that Mousehold Infant & Nursery School will not be open to any pupils on Wednesday 5th July and Friday 7th July 2023 and we are asking that you do not send your child into school on these days. 

We have not taken this decision lightly. We remain committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our pupils, and feel that we would be unable to provide this with the limited teaching staff we have available.  I would like to reassure you that all our teachers care very much about all children in their class. I understand that this could cause issues for some parents and carers, but we appreciate your understanding and support, just as we support the teachers right to strike while maintaining our commitment to doing the very best for our children.

New Classes

We will be informing children who are in our current Reception and Year 1 classes about their new class and new teacher on their school report, which we will be sending home with them on Tuesday 11th July.

A reminder if the finalised class names (just a couple of name changes from last week’s newsletter) and structure will be:

NurseryKingfisher Miss Wood

Reception

Chaffinch

Mrs Jenkins

Reception

Goldfinch

Mrs Jennings and Miss Balachandre

Reception

Greenfinch

Mrs Graham and Ms Brown

Year 1

Swift

Mrs Allen and Mrs Breakenridge

Year 1

Skylark

Mrs Greenwood

Year 1

Sparrow

Mrs Ahmed

Year 2

Robin

Mrs Coathup and Mr Smith

Year2

Raven

Miss Barkshire

Year 2

Barn Owl

Mrs Parke

Miss Noakes

Miss Noakes will be leaving us at the end of the term. Thank you for everything you have done for the children at Mousehold. We know she will be excellent in what ever she chooses to do, but we will miss her. We wish you the very best Miss Noakes!

New Staff

We would like to welcome Mrs Ahmed into Year 1 for next year. Some of you may know that Mrs Ahmed has been working in Chaffinch class this year as part of her teacher training. She has had a very successful year we are very pleased she will be joining us.

Miss Barkshire will also be joining us in September as a newly qualified teacher and comes with wealth of experience from working in various roles in Infant school settings. We welcome her to Mousehold and look forward to working with her.

We are also pleased that Mrs Breakenridge will be teaching in Swift with Mrs Allen. Some of you will know her from George White Junior and we are very excited to have her join our team.

Safeguarding   – in case you missed this last week – support for Domestic Abuse victims.

 

We are highlighting a service for Norfolk that launched this year:

Domestic abuse, the variety of forms it can take and the devastating impacts it has on survivors are not always physical. Research shows that incidents of domestic abuse increased during the recent COVID lockdowns. Children are considered to have been victims by witnessing incidents.

If you would like to talk to a safeguarding lead or another member of staff if something is worrying you please ask and we will find the right person to talk to you immediately.

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

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mr Tolson, Mr Smith, Miss Balachandre, Mrs Greenwood and Miss Wood.

These members of staff monitor and manage all safeguarding practices and ensure staff are supported and have the training they need. Please ask to see one of these adults if you are worried about the safety of a child at school.

If you have a safeguarding concern about a child out of school hours then the number to ring is:

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

Diary Dates

Monday 3rd July – Ukulele lesson – for Yr1 parents to attend:

09:00 Swift, 09:30 Skylark and 10:00 Robin (Yr1 only)
Tuesday 4th July – Day Trip to Pensthorpe for Barn Owl, Raven, Robin, Skylark and Swift.
Wednesday 5th July – School Closed – Teachers’ strike
Friday 7th July – School Closed – Teachers’ strike
Week commencing Monday 10th July – Transition Week for year 2 pupils
Tuesday 11th July – Capoeira Performance for Yr1 parents to attend:
09:30 Swift, 10:15 Robin (Yr 1 only) and 11:00 Skylark.
Monday 17th July – Samba Performance – 09:15am, for parents to attend (Yr 2 only).
Friday 21st July – Last day of Summer Term.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Newsletter 23rd June 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

Teachers and leaders are busy sorting the new classes for September. The classes will be mixed as they move up to the next year group. We feel this is good for many different reasons. We always ensure your child is with some of their friends. Please trust us to get this right as the teachers look at the mixes of children to ensure it is balanced and right for every child.

The new class names and structure will be:

NurseryKingfisherMiss Wood
ReceptionChaffinchMrs Jenkins
ReceptionGoldfinchMrs Jennings and Miss Balachandre
ReceptionGreenfinchMrs Graham and Ms Brown
Year 1SwiftMrs Allen and Mrs Breakenridge
Year 1RobinMrs Greenwood
Year 1SkylarkMiss Ahmed
Year 2KestrelMrs Coathup and Mr Smith
Year2 Raven Miss Barkshire
Year 2Barn OwlMrs Parke

Miss Jay

Miss Jay will be leaving us at the end of the term as she we be continuing her teaching career at another school. Thank you for everything you have done for the children at Mousehold. We know she will be excellent in her new role, but we will miss her. We wish you the very best Miss Jay!

New Staff

We would like to welcome Miss Ahmed into Year 1 for next year. Some of you may know that Miss Ahmed has been working in Chaffinch class this year as part of her teacher training. She has had a very successful year we are very pleased she will be joining us.

Miss Barkshire will also be joining us in September as a newly qualified teacher and comes with wealth of experience from working in various roles in Infant school settings. We welcome her to Mousehold and look forward to working with her.

We are also pleased that Mrs Breakenridge will be teaching in Swift with Mrs Allen. Some of you will know her from George White Junior and we are very excited to have her join our team.

The Friends of Mousehold School

Summer Fayre – FRIDAY 30th JUNE

Our school summer fayre is on Friday 30th June after school. All are welcome. The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School are working hard preparing for the event. Lots of money is raised for your children and it is always a lovely atmosphere. All proceeds raised will go towards purchasing new outdoor play equipment as our current equipment has unfortunately got to the point where it needs to be replaced. Here is a picture of the equipment we are looking to purchase with the help of the friends. Work on this should start in the first week of the holidays.

::Mouse rainbow.tiff
:::Downloads:Playground Mousehold Infant and Nursery.pdf

Safeguarding Support for Domestic Abuse

 

We are highlighting a service for Norfolk that launched this year: https://nidasnorfolk.co.uk

Domestic abuse, the variety of forms it can take and the devastating impacts it has on survivors are not always physical. Research shows that incidents of domestic abuse increased during the recent COVID lockdowns. Children are considered to have been victims by witnessing incidents.

If you would like to talk to a safeguarding lead or another member of staff if something is worrying you please ask and we will find the right person to talk to you immediately.

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

A message from our Mental Health Champions

Colouring and Wellbeing…

There’s not many of us even as grown- ups who don’t like to get some colouring pens out and doodle or colour.  It’s a great mindfulness activity, is calming and a great way to come alongside your children and chat about the day.  Many children find it hard to express what they feel face to face.  If a child is doing an activity with you, conversation can often flow a little easier!  Mindfulness is the process of keeping your attention and thoughts on the present moment and can help improve mood, concentration and focus.  It can also help to strengthen children’s fine motor skills too. 


There are many affordable colouring books in the shops at the moment that can be bought quite cheaply. If you like to download things and have a printer, there’s a link below.  As an eco-school we love to encourage recycling. You could open a cereal box you’ve finished with and colour on the inside.  Don’t forget you can also recycle paper by using both sides or colour on old envelopes.  Someone in your family may well have some wall paper they’ve finished with or you could take some chalks and enjoy colouring on the pavement outside.  Your drawings will no doubt spread a smile on people who walk past and see them.

Mindful Colouring Images (Animals):

https://www.teachingideas.co.uk/2d-art/mindfulness-colouring-images-animals

Diary Dates

Friday 30th June – Summer Fayre – after School. Please contact the Friends of Mousehold School if you can offer any help here.

Monday 3rd July – Ukulele lesson – for Yr1 parents to attend:

09:00 Swift, 09:30 Skylark and 10:00 Robin (Yr1 only)

Tuesday 4th July – Day Trip to Pensthorpe for Barn Owl, Raven, Robin, Skylark and Swift.

Friday 7th July – Open Classrooms – 3pm.

Week commencing Monday 10th July – Transition Week.

Tuesday 11th July – Capoeira Performance for Yr1 parents to attend:

09:30 Swift, 10:15 Robin (Yr 1 only) and 11:00 Skylark.

Monday 17th July – Samba Performance – 09:15am, for parents to attend (Yr 2 only).

Friday 21st July – Last day of Summer Term.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Newsletter 16th June 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had such a busy few weeks at Mousehold and we can’t quite believe we are in the middle of June already. The Reception children had their first school trip to Gressenhall this week. The children had a fantastic time meeting all the fairy tale characters and helping to find the magic items that the Witch had stolen. This was very exciting and quite a trip to organise with so many young children. Well done and thank you to staff. Today’s EYFS sports day was also a special moment for all involved and we managed it with such warm weather. We appreciate the time families have given in coming to support your children. We have the EYFS Open Evening next Thursday evening. It is always exciting when new children join as start their educational journey at Mousehold.

The Friends of Mousehold School

Summer Fayre – FRIDAY 30th JUNE

Our school summer fayre is on Friday 30th June after school. All are welcome. The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School are working hard preparing for the event. Lots of money is raised for your children and it is always a lovely atmosphere. All proceeds raised will go towards purchasing new outdoor play equipment as our current equipment has unfortunately got to the point where it needs to be replaced. Here is a picture of the equipment we are looking to purchase with the help of the friends. Work on this should start in the first week of the holidays.

::Mouse rainbow.tiff

Annual Parent Survey

Many thanks again for completing the parent/carer survey. The link to find this is:

https://www.mouseholdinfants.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Parent-survey-May-23.pdf

Some responses to how we can improve our school:

Ideally, smaller class sizes and greater adult to child ratio, however I understand this isn’t easy to implement.

We have to work within the budget we have as a school, and that is determined by the number of children in school. The bulk of our budget at Mousehold goes on staffing and we prioritise extra support in every class with extra Teaching Assistant support. Our adult to child ratio is higher than many other schools. We too would love smaller class sizes, but we have to work with the money we have.

With the additional funding the school gets for children with additional need they should include group therapy for , e.g, theraplay, sensory integration therapy etc.

We fund what we can to support children and termly we apply for additional funding to support individual children. Currently we fund The Benjamin Foundation to come in weekly to support children who might need some 1:1 time for various reasons. We also fund Amanda Derer to do ‘Time to talk’ sessions with children who need this type of support. We also work closely with Children’s Services and we have had play therapists visit the school to work with children. Our Nurture Space is a sensory space that all children benefit from. We would of course always welcome more funding and are always on the look-out for more funding streams.

Safeguarding

Please continue to talk to a member of staff on the playground before or after school if you are worried about something. If you feel you would like a more private conversation, then an appointment can always be made and we will arrange it for as soon as we can with the right person who can help you.

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mr Tolson, Mr Smith, Miss Balachandre, Mrs Greenwood and Miss Wood.

These members of staff monitor and manage all safeguarding practices and ensure staff are supported and have the training they need. Please ask to see one of these adults if you are worried about the safety of a child at school.

If you have a safeguarding concern about a child out of school hours then the number to ring is:

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

Diary Dates

Wednesday 21st June – Dress Down Day in exchange for a Raffle Prize (eg chocolates, toiletries, wine).

Thursday 22nd June – Open Evenings for parents of new Reception and new Nursery Children – 4:30 or 6pm. Only need to attend one session and no need to book.

Friday 30th June – Summer Fayre – after School. Please contact the Friends of Mousehold School if you can offer any help here.

Monday 3rd July – Ukulele lesson – 09:15am, for parents (Yr 1) to attend.

Tuesday 4th July – Day Trip to Pensthorpe for Barn Owl, Raven, Robin, Skylark and Swift.

Friday 7th July – Open Classrooms – 3pm.

Week commencing Monday 10th July – Transition Week.

Tuesday 11th July – Capoeira Performance – 09:15am, for parents (Yr 1) to attend.

Monday 17th July – Samba Performance – 09:15am, for parents (Yr 2) to attend.

Friday 21st July – Last day of Summer Term.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Newsletter 9th June 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you all had a wonderful half-term week. Thank you to parents, carers and other family members for attending our KS1 Sports Day.  Thank you to Mrs Greenwood and team for organising the event. It was such a wonderful, happy atmosphere.  The event was very inclusive, fun and sunny and was a special moment for us all. Hope you all enjoyed it?

The Friends of Mousehold School

Summer Fayre – FRIDAY 30th JUNE

Our school summer fayre is on Friday 30th June after school. All are welcome. The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School are working hard preparing for the event. On Wednesday 21st June, there will be a FREE DRESS Day, in exchange for a Raffle Prize Donation please (eg. Toiletries, chocolates, wine). Lots of money is raised for your children and it is always a lovely atmosphere. All proceeds raised will go towards purchasing new outdoor play equipment as our current equipment has unfortunately got to the point where it needs to be replaced. Here is a picture of the equipment we are looking to purchase with the help of the friends. Work on this should start in the first week of the holidays.

::Mouse rainbow.tiff

The importance of good attendance and punctuality

The reasons for children to attend regularly at school are to support their learning and development, to make sure that children are kept safe, their wellbeing is promoted and they do not miss out on their entitlements and opportunities. Good attendance promotes good outcomes for children.

Research commissioned by the Department for Education shows missing school for even a day can mean a child is less likely to achieve good grades, which can have a damaging effect on their life chances. We are noticing an increasing number of late arrivals; being late also has a detrimental effect on a child’s progress. Please remember, that from September, the length of the School Day is changing. Doors will open at 08:40, but Registration will be brought forward from 09:00 to 08:50. Please aim to be dropping your child off at 08:40 so they can begin their daily learning punctually. You can always practice this for the remainder of this term! At Mousehold Infant and Nursery School our aim is to work with parents to ensure that all our pupils receive the most from their education and reach their full potential.

The government target for attendance is 96.1% and an attendance level below 90% will have a major impact on progress made in school.

We understand that children are sometimes too ill to come to school. When children are well or they have coughs or colds then they should be in school. We will always call you if we feel your child is too unwell to stay in school.

Thank you for your cooperation in improving our school attendance and your child’s life chances

Annual Parent Survey

Many thanks again for completing the parent/carer survey. The link to find this is:

https://www.mouseholdinfants.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Parent-survey-May-23.pdf

A summary of responses:

Themes

Excellent staff and great team work

Fantastic teaching staff who really care about the children.

Approachable, nice and supportive teacher in my daughter’s reception class

The school is very welcoming -staff are lovely and friendly. We have always felt comfortable coming here. We continue to be impressed by the wonderful amount of exciting activities on offer.

Great teachers

Class teachers being present am and pm at drop off/ pickup.

Class teachers being approachable and friendly and meeting the needs of my child.

The teachers and TAs are amazing -feels like they really get to know children as individuals

Staff very approachable if you ever need to speak to them. There’s always someone available.

They cater for all needs as best as they can. Both of my children have really enjoyed being at Mousehold.

The teachers are all lovely and approachable and seem to take great pleasure in teaching and really care for the children.

The staff are so warm and welcoming to the children and incredibly approachable for parents.

Communication

The communication from the school is great, through the app and email.

Communication is excellent

Communication with parents is fantastic, through the newsletter and app.

Communication between school and home is excellent.

Communication is good.

Inclusion and environment

Inclusivity. Diversity. Caring.

The way the school manages to treat each child as an individual.

The respect shown to the children and their abilities.

Person centred care. Supporting my son as an individual not just a pupil.

It feels like family!

Community feel and feeling safe

Learning through play, outdoor activities

Themes: These will be addressed over this term (Summer Term 2).

Communication

Communication, I didn’t feel this year communication was effective.

Communications are sometimes missed despite checking app regularly.

Communication -particularly from management.

Communication, perhaps the use of Tapestry to inform parents of what children are learning. We would like to see more pictures/videos.

Teachers to communicate more with parents

Activities and Clubs

After school club

If possible to have more School club classes please.

More after school activities or clubs for children -swimming lessons could be incorporated More after school clubs please

The outdoor area could be better with more equipment and things for children to do. Forest school is not on at the moment and it would be lovely to have it back as great for children. Wish there were more out of school trips which don’t mind paying for

More regular updates on progress

We would ideally like a little bit more regular communication about our child’s progress

Feedback on the progress of my child and support on learning at home

Knowing about my child’s progress and more open classroom opportunities

Feedback on how well child is doing at nursery

Be nice to see more pictures of my children and what they do on social media

I would like more opportunities to see my child at school e.g. a stay and join morning activity or afternoon.

More detailed (but brief) updates on what the children are learning week to week (e.g in maths we are doubling this week) would be great so we can talk to our children about their learning.

Safeguarding

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mr Tolson, Mr Smith, Miss Balachandre, Mrs Greenwood and Miss Wood.

These members of staff monitor and manage all safeguarding practices and ensure staff are supported and have the training they need. Please ask to see one of these adults if you are worried about the safety of a child at school.

If you have a safeguarding concern about a child out of school hours then the number to ring is:

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

Diary Dates

Thursday 15th June – Gressenhall Day Trip for Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Wagtail.

Friday 16th June – Sports Day for Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Wagtail – 09:15am.

Friday 16th June – Sports Day for Kingfisher – 10:45am and 2:15pm

Wednesday 21st June – Dress Down Day in exchange for a Raffle Prize (eg chocolates, toiletries, wine).

Thursday 22nd June – Open Evenings for parents of new Reception and new Nursery Children – 4:30 or 6pm. Only need to attend one session and no need to book.

Friday 30th June – Summer Fayre – after School. Please contact the Friends of Mousehold School if you can offer any help here.

Monday 3rd July – Ukulele lesson – 09:15am, for parents (Yr 1) to attend.

Tuesday 4th July – Day Trip to Pensthorpe for Barn Owl, Raven, Robin, Skylark and Swift.

Friday 7th July – Open Classrooms – 3pm.

Week commencing Monday 10th July – Transition Week.

Tuesday 11th July – Capoeira Performance – 09:15am, for parents (Yr 1) to attend.

Monday 17th July – Samba Performance – 09:15am, for parents (Yr 2) to attend.

Friday 21st July – Last day of Summer Term.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Newsletter 26th May 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

We would like to say a big ‘Well Done’ to all of our Year 2s who have been taking part in their end of Key Stage 1 reading and maths SATS over the past few weeks.  They have demonstrated such great perseverance and have done themselves and us all proud.  A thank you to the Year 2 teaching team too. Our teaching assistants have been providing consistency and wonderful learning opportunities for classes, while teachers have been delivering the SATS.  We can’t wait to welcome you in for the next open classrooms (Friday 9th June), so you can see what we’ve been up to. 

We wish you a very happy, restful half-term and thank you for such wonderful support as always.

The Friends of Mousehold School

Our school Summer Fayre is on Friday 30th June after school. All are welcome. The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School are working hard preparing for the event. It is great that we are able to run this with their help and lots of money is raised for your children and it is always a lovely atmosphere. All proceeds raised will go towards purchasing new outdoor play equipment as our current equipment has unfortunately got to the point where it needs to be replaced. Here is a picture of the equipment we are looking to purchase with the help of the friends

::Mouse rainbow.tiff
:::Downloads:Playground Mousehold Infant and Nursery.pdf

Annual Parent Survey

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

Partnership News

We look forward to next half- term when we have plans for some children from George White to visit Mousehold to see some end of term musical performances (Samba drumming and ukulele) and a Maths event. We have been working together to plan the transition for the current year 2 children to GWJ. We will ensure the transition is smooth for all children and we will arrange extra visits to the junior school for the children who would benefit from extra transition.

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

There is so much to look forward to.

Safeguarding

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mr Tolson, Mr Smith, Miss Balachandre, Mrs Greenwood and Miss Wood.

These members of staff monitor and manage all safeguarding practices and ensure staff are supported and have the training they need. Please ask to see one of these adults if you are worried about the safety of a child at school.

If you have a safeguarding concern about a child out of school hours then the number to ring is:

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

Diary Dates

Week commencing Monday 29th May – Half-Term holiday – School closed all week

Monday 5th June – School re-opens

Friday 9th June – KS1 Sports Day – 09:15

Friday 9th June – Open Classrooms – 3pm

Thursday 15th June – Reception trip to Gressenhall

Friday 16th June – Reception Sports Day – 09:15

Friday 16th June – Nursery Sports Day – 10:45 and 2:15

Friday 30th June – School Summer Fayre – 3-5pm

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Newsletter 19th May 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

::Mouse rainbow.tiff The Friends of Mousehold School really need your help. They are currently making arrangements for The School Summer Fayre, to be held on Friday 30th June, and would appreciate the help of parents. All proceeds raised will go towards purchasing new outdoor play equipment as our current equipment has unfortunately got to the point where it needs to be replaced. Here is a picture of the equipment we are looking to purchase with the help of the friends

:::Downloads:Playground Mousehold Infant and Nursery.pdf

Annual Parent Survey

Please can all parents and carers complete the parent survey on the Reach More Parents App. Thank you if you have already completed it. The deadline is Friday 26th May.

Partnership News

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

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

Safeguarding

You will see a senior leader and our Parent Support Advisor on the playground most days before school and at the end of the day. We are there to welcome you and also to listen. Please share with us anything that is worrying you or something you might need help with. Small things can become big things if not handled quickly. It is an important part of our job and we want to help you.

I would also like to take this opportunity welcome Mrs Greenwood to our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) team.

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.

A Message from our Mental Health Champions

As Mental Health champions, we’re great advocates of doing things to refuel emotionally.  If we are refreshed ourselves, it will often mean we can be more productive in the things we are doing and we may also find it easier to care and support those around us.

Taking part in activities that we enjoy can help us not to feel so depleted.  We’ve chosen to focus on a recipe this week for you to try at home!  You may want to try this on your own first, but you might also consider including your children and cooking together.  It can be a great family activity and children are often more adventurous at trying something new, if they’ve made it themselves.

Pizza

Try these two home-made pizza bases, one yeast based, the other using a scone recipe.

https://www.netmums.com/recipes/easy-homemade-pizza-recipe-for-kids

OR if you don’t fancy making a base from scratch, use a shop-bought English muffin or a flour tortilla wrap.

https://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/yummy-muffin-pizzas.html

Happy cooking!

Diary Dates

Week commencing Monday 29th May – Half-Term holiday – School closed all week

Monday 5th June – School re-opens

Friday 9th June – KS1 Sports Day – 09:15

Thursday 15th June – Reception trip to Gressenhall

Friday 16th June – Reception Sports Day – 09:15

Friday 16th June – Nursery Sports Day – 10:45 and 2:15

Friday 30th June – School Summer Fayre – 3-5pm

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Newsletter 12th May 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

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

Miss Balachandre

It was lovely to welcome Miss Balachandre back from her maternity leave this week. She is returning three days a week as part of the Senior Leadership team.

Annual Parent Survey

Please can all parents and carers complete the parent/carer survey on the Reach More Parents App. Thank you if you have already completed it. The deadline is Friday 26th May.

Important Reminder about Punctuality

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

Partnership News

The staff from both schools are working really well together. We are streamlining some of our systems and processes so there is more consistency between the two schools. This will really help with transition from Year 2 to Year 3. We are currently planning the transition days for our Year 2 children to visit GWJS.

Well done to the Year 6 children from GWJS for completing their SATS this week.

The Year 2 children at Mousehold are working hard on their SATS, over a period of a few weeks. Well done to all involved. We have a lot to be very proud of.

Safeguarding

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

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

Diary Dates

Monday 8th May – Coronation Day Bank Holiday – School Closed

Week Commencing Monday 29th May – Half-Term Holiday – School Closed all week

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