Newsletter 27th January 2023

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. It’s wonderful to see.

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!

Staffing Update

For those of you with children in our Goldfinch class, we are very happy to confirm that Mrs Emmett has now joined us as part of the Goldfinch Team.

Attendance

Please see the attached link giving some information about the importance of good school attendance, and how, as parents and carers, you can help your child to attain this.

Seatbelts

We have had a few reports recently of children been seen in cars without seatbelts. Can I remind you that Seatbelts are fitted in cars as a way to protect you and any other passengers from harm if the vehicle is involved in an accident. The rules on seatbelts differ depending on whether the person is a child, or an adult, and in some cases special exceptions to wearing a seatbelt may apply.

Children

The responsibility for children wearing a seatbelt lies with the driver of the vehicle.

Children under 3 years old

Children under three years must use an appropriate child restraint in all cars, vans and goods vehicles.

The only exception is in the rear of a taxi.

Children between the age of 3 and 12 (or up to 135cm in height)

The same rules apply as with children under three

Safeguarding

The Norfolk Safeguarding Children’s Board 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.

Designated Safeguarding Leads

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

Wednesday 1st February – School is closed due to the planned Teacher strikes

Friday 3rd February – Open Classrooms for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Thursday 23rd February – Height/Weight Screening for Reception Children

Week commencing 13th February – half term holiday

Week commencing 27th February – Parent/Teacher meetings (more details to follow later)

We hope you have a lovely weekend

Yours faithfully
Mr Ian Tolson
Head of School

Newsletter 20th January 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a lovely week we’ve had at Mousehold. I spent time with Nursery and Reception children bird watching in the Secret Garden. The children are learning how to identify different birds and get very excited when they see birds at the feeding stations. 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 Zoom assembly and the whole school clap them and say well done.

Punctuality

Just a reminder that children should be in school for 08:50 each day. This allows time for the teachers to get their registers done and the children settled, prior to starting daily learning, promptly, at 09:00.

PE Day clarification – sorry about any previous confusion

Chaffinch – Friday

Goldfinch – Wednesday

Wagtail (Reception) – Friday

Wagtail (Year 1) – Tuesday and Friday

Swift – Tuesday and Thursday

Skylark – Tuesday and Thursday

Robin – Tuesday and Friday

Raven – Wednesday and Thursday

Barn Owl – Monday and Thursday

WEDUC

We have put a short parent survey onto WEDUC, just to try and obtain some feedback as to the bits parents like about the App or find easy, as well as any concerns or things that could be better or easier. We would encourage you to go to “Forms” within your WEDUC App to complete the survey and appreciate your co-operation here.

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/2022/08/Safeguarding-incorporating-child-protection-Policy-September-2022.pdf

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.

Designated Safeguarding Leads 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

Friday 3rd February – Open Classrooms for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Thursday 23rd February – Height/Weight Screening for Reception Children

Week commencing 13th February – half term holiday

Week commencing 27th February – Parent/Teacher meetings (more details to follow later)

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Acting Headteacher

Newsletter 13th January 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been lovely to have the children back for our first full week, and it has been a busy one. So many children have received High 5 letters this week for great effort and enthusiasm in their learning. Moving around the school, I have been lucky enough to see lots of learning taking place from phonics to healthy eating, and even taking fingerprints for an investigation in the Nursery! What a hardworking week. 

Coronation of King Charles III

We have just received confirmation that the school will be closed on Monday 8th May 2023, as this is an additional Bank Holiday, to celebrate the King’s coronation.

WEDUC Survey

As we continue to use WEDUC as a our main means of communication with parents, we plan to send out a very short Survey, via the “forms” section in WEDUC, over the next few days. This should provide us with feedback as to it’s effectiveness as a communication tool and we’d be grateful if you could take the time to complete it when notified. Thanks

Safeguarding

Designated Safeguarding Leads 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

Friday 3rd February – Open Classrooms for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Thursday 23rd February – Height/Weight Screening for Reception Children

Week commencing 13th February – half term holiday

Week commencing 27th February – Parent/Teacher meetings (more details to follow later)

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Yours faithfully

Mr Simon Smith

Assistant Headteacher

Newsletter 6th January 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

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

Timekeeping

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

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

Gates will be closed at 09:00.

If your child arrives after 09:30, this will be marked as an unauthorised absence and will reduce their overall attendance percentage.

The school day ends at 15:00.

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

Why is school attendance so important?

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

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

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

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Holiday in term time

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

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

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

Safeguarding

Designated Safeguarding Leads

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

Week commencing 9th January – After School Clubs begin next week, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – You will have been notified if your child has secured a place.

Thursday 23rd February – Height/Weight Screening for Reception Children

Week commencing 27th February – Parent/Teacher meetings (more details to follow later)

We hope you have a lovely weekend

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Acting Headteacher

Newsletter 16th December 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

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

We are looking forward to the start of Spring Term 2022 but also looking forward to our Christmas holidays. A chance for us all to rest and recharge.

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

Friends of School

Thank you to our Friends of School who have done an excellent job in raising money for all of the children. The raffle raised £382! Thank you to the parents who sold tickets, with Santa, in all weathers. We appreciate it. And thank you to the families who bought tickets.

Community fridges, Christmas food, wellbeing cafes etc

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

Please note that we do not endorse any of the services included on this list, so please use of these services is at your own discretion. We do not in any way verify the quality or availability of the services listed. Before visiting any of the providers, we recommend contacting them to check they are open.

Safeguarding

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

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

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

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

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

16th December – Last day of Autumn Term

4th January 2023 – First Day of Spring Term

We hope you have a lovely break and we will see you in the New Year.

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Deputy Headteacher

Newsletter 9th December 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

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

Christmas Carol Performances on Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th (KS 1)

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

Christmas Dinner – Wednesday 14th December – Christmas jumpers or hats can be worn.

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

Last day of term Friday 16th December – non- uniform just for fun.

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

Some words from our Mental Health Champions:

How to Thrive and Not Just Survive Christmas…

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

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

 A guide to Christmas on a budget – Care for the Family

A guide to Christmas on a budget – Care for the Family

The reality is that Christmas has become a commercial and expensive affair. It can feel overwhelming as we wonder how we are going to afford it all on top of rising bills, with no spare money to spend on anything extra.

www.careforthefamily.org.uk

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

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

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

Samaritans www.samaritans.org – 116 123

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

Scarlet Fever

Head teachers across Norfolk have been given guidance and advice should cases in schools rise. 

Please see below part of the information sent from the DfE this afternoon

What are the symptoms of Strep A/scarlet fever?

Strep A infections can cause a range of symptoms that parents should be aware of, including:

  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • A fine, pinkish or red body rash with a sandpapery feel

On darker skin the rash can be more difficult to detect visually but will have a sandpapery feel.

If a child becomes unwell with these symptoms, please contact their GP practice or contact NHS 111 (which operates a 24/7 service) to seek advice.

If a child has scarlet fever, please keep them at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid spreading the infection to others.

How to help prevent Strep A?

To prevent the spread of Strep A, UKHSA advises children, young people and staff to implement good hand and respiratory hygiene practices.

For more information visit the UKHSA website or the Education Hub.

Resources will be made available in due course on the online resource centre.

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If you have any questions or if you have any concerns, please come and speak to me.

Safeguarding

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

Tuesday 13th December @ 09:15 – KS1 Christmas Carol Performance – Skylark, Swift and Year 1 Wagtail

Wednesday 14th December – School Christmas Lunch

Thursday 15th December @ 09:15 – KS1 Christmas Carol Performance – Robin, Raven and Barn Owl

Friday 16th December – Non-Uniform Day and last day of term.

We hope you have a lovely weekend

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Deputy Headteacher

Newsletter 2nd December 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

From December 1st the school has started to feel a little bit Christmassy! Shared areas between classrooms are being decorated, the glitter is starting to make an appearance, children are practicing Christmas songs for the carol concerts and there is excitement in the air. Christmas at Mousehold is always very special. We do try and pace ourselves though so children aren’t exhausted by the time we break up at the end of term! Thank you for bringing in raffle prizes today for the Friends Christmas Raffle. Hampers will be made up, tickets are being sold and all money raised will go directly towards your children.

Christmas Dinner – Wednesday 14th December – Christmas jumpers or hats can be worn. – Please don’t forget to order on WEDUC by 7th December. Thanks

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

George White Junior School Christmas Fayre

There will be a Christmas Fayre at GWJS on Thursday 8th December between 3.20 and 5pm

Last day of term Friday 16th December – non- uniform just for fun.

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

Sugar for Shelters Collection

Many thanks for the generous donations. This is being collected on 9th December. We have a lot of bags of sugar and this will help so many people who are struggling at this time of the year. If you still have sugar to donate, please bring it to the school office next week. Thanks

Safeguarding

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

Wednesday 7th December @ 09:15– Christmas Song Performance – Chaffinch, Goldfinch & Wagtail (Reception)

Thursday 8th December – Christmas Jumper Day

Thursday 8th December – Christmas Fayre at GWJS @ 3.20 to 5pm

Tuesday 13th December @ 09:15 – Christmas Carol Performance – Swift, Skylark & Wagtail (Year 1)

Wednesday 14th December – School Christmas Lunch

Thursday 15th December @ 09:15 – Christmas Carol Performance – Robin, Raven & Barn Owl

Friday 16th December – Last day of term. Non-Uniform day

We hope you have a lovely weekend

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Deputy Headteacher

Newsletter 25th November 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had a lovely week at Mousehold with lots of Autumn leaves to have fun with, particularly in the Secret Garden. We are making good use of our outdoor learning environments whatever the weather, so please ensure your children come to school wrapped up warm during the winter months.

We have really noticed an improvement with traffic outside school at the start of each day. There are still some occasions when there are dangerous manoeuvres in the middle of the road directly outside school, but on the whole most parents are showing a lot of respect and considering the safety of children and adults. Thank you for your cooperation.

Children in Need fundraising

Thank you for your generous donations last Friday. We raised £308.99 for the charity.

Mrs Westall

As you know Mrs Westall will be sadly leaving us on the last day of term. Mrs Westall will be greatly missed by children and staff and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors. Thank you Mrs Westall for all of your hard work. The following letter from Mrs Westall has been read to all the children at Mousehold.

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A few reminders please

We are continuing to collect sugar to help our local community. Any donations gratefully received, to the school office by the 9th December please.

Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School are in the playground most mornings and afternoons and you can purchase tickets from them, for the Christmas Raffle. They are also still accepting any donations for raffle prizes. These can be left at the school office. Thankyou.

If you have not already done so, please complete the booking on WEDUC for your child’s Christmas Lunch on the 14th December 2022. Last day for ordering is 7th December 2022.

Safeguarding

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

Designated Safeguarding LeadsMrs 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

Tuesday 29th November – Christmas Jumper Swap, Clothes & Shoe Bank, after school – Please see Newsfeed on WEDUC for more information

Friday 2nd December – Open Classrooms 

Wednesday 7th December @ 09:15– Christmas Songs – Chaffinch, Goldfinch & Wagtail (Reception)

Thursday 8th December – Christmas Jumper Day

Tuesday 13th December @ 09:15 – Christmas Carols – Swift, Skylark & Wagtail (Year 1)

Wednesday 14th December – School Christmas Lunch

Thursday 15th December @ 09:15 – Christmas Carols – Robin, Raven & Barn Owl

Friday 16th December – Last day of term

We hope you have a lovely weekend

Yours faithfully
Mr Ian Tolson
DeputyHeadteacher

Newsletter 18th November 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

I had the pleasure of spending time in every classroom this week, observing the children learning, looking in their books, the learning environments and talking to the children. I saw an enriched curriculum where every child was enjoying their learning. It really struck me how the children have formed such positive relationships with staff and with each other and are very familiar with the daily routines of school. Our youngest children in Nursery were accessing many sensory experiences such as cutting, mixing water and clay and exploring the willow tunnels in the outdoor learning environment. Our Reception children were role playing traditional tales on their obstacle course outside. Our Year 1 children were confidently playing the ukulele and also enjoying Phonics lessons. Our Year 2 children were Samba drumming and reading with fluency and confidence in classrooms enriched with their Art work

Miss Pidgen

Miss Pidgen will be leaving us on Friday 18th November. She is going on to a different job area. This will be a great opportunity for her and a chance to use a different skill set. Miss Pidgen will be missed at Mousehold by children, staff and families. Nothing is ever too much trouble for her. We wish Miss Pidgen the very best in her new line of work.

Children in Need

Happy Children in Need day!  As a school we have enjoyed supporting this worthwhile charity wearing spots today and having fun learning about the children our money will support.  This week as Mental Health Champions we thought we would highlight a few charities and events going on locally to support families who have children with additional needs.

Free Coffee Morning for parents feeling isolated – Come together with other like-minded parents for crafts, open conversation, and free hot drinks at a group launched for parents with special educational needs. Tuesday mornings, for more information follow this link to this Evening News article  ‘We get it’: Free coffee morning launched for parents feeling isolated | Norwich Evening News (eveningnews24.co.uk)

SEND Friendly Activities and Events | Facebook – Follow this page on Facebook for up-to-date information on local events for children with additional needs.

Happy Days Children’s Charity | Norfolk Community Directory

A charity offering financial assistance to people on a national basis and supports children and young people (3-17 years) with special educational needs and disabilities.  The charity funds and organises respite breaks, residential trips, days out, visiting theatre performances for children and young people throughout the country.  Go to their website to find out how to apply for funding and to download an application pack.

George White Junior School

The junior school are holding an Open Day for parents only of year 2 pupils, on Thursday 24th November at 9am. Please call George White School Office on 01603 425515 to book. Thanks.

Reminder

We are still collecting “Sugar for Shelter”. Any donations of sugar to help the local community will be gratefully received. Please bring sugar donations to the school office. Final day for donating sugar is Friday 9th December. Thanks

Safeguarding

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

2nd December –Open Classrooms 

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

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

14th December – Christmas Lunch

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

We hope you have a lovely weekend

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson Deputy Headteacher

Newsletter 11th November 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

The teachers and myself have enjoyed meeting with you face to face for the parent evenings. You should all be very proud of how your children have settled into the new academic year and the progress they have made. There is a lovely feel around school at the moment.

Children in Need – Friday 18th November

We will be raising money for charity on Friday 18th November. This charity supports children and their families at our school and nationwide. We support the charity every year.

This year we will be having The Great Spotacular. Children are encouraged to come to school wearing something spotty. We understand that some children might not want to wear spots to school. Please bring a donation to school if you’d like to contribute.

REMINDERS

Please can we remind you to check NewsFeed on the WEDUC App for important or exciting news and events! The sugar collection is continuing in school, and we ask that any donations of sugar, which will be used to help the local community, can be brought into school before Friday 9th December.

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

16h November –  Year 2 visit to the cinema

18h November – Children in Need – The Great Spotacular

2nd December –Open Classrooms 

7th December – Reception Christmas songs (9:15am)

13th December – KS1 Christmas Carols (9:15am)

14th December – School Christmas Lunch (more details to follow)

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

We hope you have a lovely weekend

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Deputy Headteacher

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust