Newsletter 19th July 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

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 Leavers performance 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 4th September. We wish all the Year 2’s 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!

Have a fantastic summer break!

Thank you to the staff

Thank you to all 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.

Summer Reading Challenge

 The Summer Reading Challenge is a flexible programme open to children aged 4- 11 (with a ‘mini’ challenge for under 4s) that is designed for all levels of ability. Children can visit their local library and sign up to the Challenge for free; they will just need to be a library member. (Remember, it is free to join your local library). 

At sign-up, you will receive your ‘Ready, Set, Read!’ core pack folder and set a personal reading goal for the summer. Children can read anything they like: fiction, fact books, poetry, joke books, picture books, graphic novels, audiobooks… they will collect special stickers from the library each time they finish a book and receive a certificate and medal for taking part, or for reaching their Challenge goal. Alternatively, children can participate in the Challenge online.

Sign up at Summer Reading Challenge  (summerreadingchallenge.org.uk) where you can download e-books as a library member for free. Each time children finish a book they can add it to their online profile and leave a review. They will unlock digital badges and online rewards along the way. Children can also play games, enter competitions, share book recommendations and more on the free, safe, moderated platform.

Change to PE kit for next year

From September, we would like to see a return to a slightly more formal PE kit, as some children are arriving on PE days in clothes and shoes that are not appropriate or safe.

The PE Kit will be as follows:

A plain white or red T-shirt or polo shirt

Shorts, leggings or jogging bottoms in either plain dark blue, plain dark grey or plain black

Jumper or hoodie in either plain dark blue, plain dark grey or plain black OR they can just wear their red school jumper or cardigan

Trainers or plimsolls – sandals are not suitable footwear for a PE session

On allocated PE days (to be confirmed for the next academic year), children can come to school in their PE kit for the day, but the above criteria needs to be followed. Thanks for your co-operation.

New Classes

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

Nursery

Kingfisher

Miss Wood

Reception

Chaffinch

Mrs Jenkins

Reception

Goldfinch

Mrs Jennings and Ms Brown

Reception

Greenfinch

Mrs Graham and Ms Brown

Year 1

Swift

Mrs Allen and Mrs Breakenridge

Year 1

Sparrow

Mrs Ahmed

Year 1/2

Robin

Mrs Coathup and Mr Smith

Year2

Raven

Miss Barkshire

Year 2

Barn Owl

Mrs Parke

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

Diary for your Dates

Friday 19th July- last day of term!

Wednesday 4th September- first day back for year 1 and 2

Week commencing Monday 9th September- first day back for Nursery and Reception

Have a lovely summer!

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Newsletter 12th July 2024

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. We have also seen some fabulous Capoeira displays this week.

We have had transition week where Year 2 children have spent time at George White, meeting their new teachers and spending time in their new classes. At Mousehold we have had transition across the week, where our Year 1 and Reception children have spent time meeting their new teachers in their new classrooms. Next year’s Reception children have also joined us for stay and play sessions recently.

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 £1,030.47 which will be a great help in improving facilities at the school.

Special mentions to all of those that gave up their time to help run stalls.

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 to PE kit for next year

From September, we would like to see a return to a slightly more formal PE kit, as some children are arriving on PE days in clothes and shoes that are not appropriate or safe.

The PE Kit will be as follows:

A plain white T-shirt

Shorts, leggings or jogging bottoms in either plain dark blue, plain dark grey or plain black

Jumper or hoodie in either plain dark blue, plain dark grey or plain black OR they can just wear their red school jumper or cardigan

Trainers or plimsolls – sandals are not suitable footwear for a PE session

On allocated PE days (to be confirmed for the next academic year), children can come to school in their PE kit for the day, but the above criteria needs to be followed. Thanks for your co-operation.

New Classes

You should now have received confirmation of classes for the next academic year. Here is a reminder if the finalised class names and structure:

Nursery Kingfisher Miss Wood
Reception Chaffinch Mrs Jenkins
Reception Goldfinch Mrs Jennings and Ms Brown
Reception Greenfinch Mrs Graham and Ms Brown
Year 1 Swift Mrs Allen and Mrs Breakenridge
Year 1 Sparrow Mrs Ahmed
Year 1/2 Robin Mrs Coathup and Mr Smith
Year2 Raven Miss Barkshire
Year 2 Barn Owl Mrs Parke

Opening Times

Reception

Opening times:
Morning session: 8:40 – 11:50am
Afternoon session: 12:50 – 3:10pm

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 &2)

Opening times:
Morning session: 8:40 – 12:15am
Afternoon session: 1:15 – 3:10pm  
There is 15 minute break in the morning

The gates will close from 8.50am when registration closes. If arriving after this time, you will need to register your child’s attendance at the school office. Your child will be marked as late for the session.

Safeguarding   

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

https://www.mouseholdinfants.com/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

Friday 19th July – 09:00 – 10:00 am – Year 2 Leavers Assembly

Friday 19th July – Last day of Summer Term.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Newsletter 5th July 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

Well done to our Year 2 children for their excellent Samba 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.

We are looking forward to seeing parents and carers at the Year 1 ukulele performances on Thursday 11/7/24 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.

Change to PE kit for next year

From September, we would like to see a return to a slightly more formal PE kit, as some children are arriving on PE days in clothes and shoes that are not appropriate or safe.

The PE Kit will be as follows:

A plain white T-shirt

Shorts, leggings or jogging bottoms in either plain dark blue, plain dark grey or plain black

Jumper or hoodie in either plain dark blue, plain dark grey or plain black OR they can just wear their red school jumper or cardigan

Trainers or plimsolls – sandals are not suitable footwear for a PE session

On allocated PE days (to be confirmed for the next academic year), children can come to school in their PE kit for the day, but the above criteria needs to be followed. Thanks for your co-operation.

New Classes

We will be informing children who are in our current Reception and Year 1 classes about their new class and new teacher in their school report, which we will be sending home with them on Tuesday 9th July.

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

NurseryKingfisherMiss Wood
ReceptionChaffinchMrs Jenkins
ReceptionGoldfinchMrs Jennings and Ms Brown
ReceptionGreenfinch Mrs Graham and Ms Brown
Year 1SwiftMrs Allen and Mrs Breakenridge
Year 1 SparrowMrs Ahmed
Year 1/2RobinMrs Coathup and Mr Smith
Year2Raven Miss Barkshire
Year 2Barn OwlMrs Parke

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.

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

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

Monday 8th July – Reception Trip to Gressenhall.

Wednesday 10th July- Year 1 Capoeira Performance

  • Sparrow 1:15pm
  • Skylark 1:50pm
  • Swift 2:25pm

Thursday 11th July- Year 1 Ukulele Performance-

  • Skylark 1:15pm-1:45pm
  • Sparrow 1:45pm-2:15pm
  • Swift 2:15pm-2:45pm

Friday 19th July – 09:00 – 10:00 am – Year 2 Leavers Assembly

Friday 19th July – Last day of Summer Term.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully
Mr Ian Tolson
Head of School

Newsletter 1st July 2024

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. 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 play equipment and subsidising school trips for your children.

Friends Association

Thank You to Our Amazing PTA Members!

We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to some special members of our PTA charity group, ‘The Friends of Mousehold,’ who have given so much to our school. Firstly, a huge THANK YOU to Lise Loud, Isabelle Culot, Kate Wood, and Sara Winser. These wonderful ladies are stepping down as their children are finishing their time at Mousehold. Your dedication and hard work have made a lasting impact. Thank you for everything!

A special thank you also goes to Mrs. Neale, who’s stepping down as treasurer. She does an outstanding job, contributing way more than just balancing the books! We’re excited that you’re staying with the group, and we can’t wait to keep working with you.

As we say goodbye to these fantastic folks, we’re looking for new volunteers to join ‘The Friends of Mousehold.’ If you love supporting our school, we’d love to have you! Volunteering with the PTA is a great way to:

Meet New People: Connect with other parents and make new friends.

Make a Difference: Help enhance the school experience for all our kids.

Learn New Skills: Get experience in event planning, fundraising, and more.

Have Fun: Enjoy the satisfaction of working together for a great cause.

If you’re interested in joining or want more info, please reach out to us at admin@thefriendsofmousehold.org. We appreciate any time or support you can offer!

Once again, thank you to Lise, Isabelle, Kate, Sara, and Mrs. Neale for all your amazing contributions. Let’s keep the community spirit alive and continue their great work.

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 9th July.

The finalised class names and structure will be:

NurseryKingfisherMiss Wood
ReceptionChaffinch Mrs Jenkins
ReceptionGoldfinchMrs Jennings and Ms Brown
ReceptionGreenfinch Mrs Graham and Ms Brown
Year 1SwiftMrs Allen and Mrs Breakenridge
Year 1Sparrow Mrs Ahmed
Year 1/2Robin Mrs Coathup and Mr Smith
Year2 Raven Miss Barkshire
Year 2Barn Owl Mrs Parke

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

Thursday 4th July – KS1 Trip to Bewilderwood.

Friday 5th July – 8:50 to 9:30am – Drop-in event with a Nutritionist from Public Health – all parents and carers are welcome.

Monday 8th July – Reception Trip to Gressenhall.

Wednesday 10th July- Year 1 Capoeira Performance

  • Sparrow 1:15pm
  • Skylark 1:50pm
  • Swift 2:25pm

Thursday 11th July- Year 1 Ukulele Performance-

  • Skylark 1:15pm-1:45pm
  • Sparrow 1:45pm-2:15pm
  • Swift 2:15pm-2:45pm

Friday 19th July – 09:00 – 10:00 am – Year 2 Leavers Assembly

Friday 19th July – Last day of Summer Term.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully
Mr Ian Tolson
Head of School

Newsletter 21st June 2024

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. Arts week was fantastic, and the children loved making their giant flowers which will be on display when finished. Today’s Ks1 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 had the EYFS Open Evening on 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 28th JUNE

Our school summer fayre is on Friday 28th 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 equipment for your children as well as subsidising trips and visitors.

::Mouse rainbow.tiff

Safeguarding Support for Domestic Abuse

We are highlighting a service for Norfolk:

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.

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.

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 wallpaper 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):

Diary Dates

Friday 28th June – Summer Fayre after school on the playground.

Tuesday 2nd July- Year 2, pm, Samba performance – details to be confirmed.

Tuesday 2nd July- Year 2 samba @ 2:00pm

Thursday 4th July – KS1 Trip to Bewilderwood.

Monday 8th July – Reception Trip to Gressenhall.

  • Please pay and complete permissions on Weduc.

Wednesday 10th July- Year 1 capoeira performance

  • Sparrow 1:15pm
  • Skylark 1:50pm
  • Swift 2:25pm

Thursday 11th July- Year 1 ukulele performance-

  • Skylark 1:15pm-1:45pm
  • Sparrow 1:45pm-2:15pm
  • Swift 2:15pm-2:45pm

Friday 19th July – Last day of Summer Term.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson
Head of School

Newsletter 14th June 2024

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. Today’s Nursery sports day was also a special moment for all involved and we managed it with some warmish 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 and start their educational journey at Mousehold.

The Friends of Mousehold School

Summer Fayre – FRIDAY 28th JUNE

Our school summer fayre is on Friday 28th 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 equipment, paying for school trips and all sorts of extras for your children.

::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 needs 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. The majority of the funding goes on ensuring there is extra staffing in the classes to support children which benefits all children. We contribute towards a trust Speech and Language Therapist. Currently we also fund The Benjamin Foundation to come in weekly to support children who might need some 1:1 time for various reasons. We have two ELSA trained members of staff who support children with SEMH. 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. We pay for Nurture Club to support children at Lunchtime. 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

Thursday 20th June @ 4pm and 6pm – Open Day sessions for parents of new Nursery and Reception children, starting in September 2024.

Friday 21st June @ 9am – KS1 Sports Day.

Friday 28th June – Summer Fayre after school on the playground.

Tuesday 2nd July- Year 2, pm, Samba performance – details to be confirmed.

Tuesday 2nd July- Year 2 samba @ 2:00pm

Thursday 4th July – KS1 Trip to Bewilderwood.

Monday 8th July – Reception Trip to Gressenhall.

  • Please pay and complete permissions on Weduc.

Wednesday 10th July- Year 1 capoeira performance

  • Sparrow 1:15pm
  • Skylark 1:50pm
  • Swift 2:25pm

Thursday 11th July- Year 1 ukulele performance-

  • Skylark 1:15pm-1:45pm
  • Sparrow 1:45pm-2:15pm
  • Swift 2:15pm-2:45pm

Friday 19th July – Last day of Summer Term.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Newsletter 7th June 2024

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 EYFS Sports Day.  Thank you to Reception 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?

On Tuesday, Year 1 took part in a Sun Safety session with Gemma, a nurse from the NNUH. It was really useful, and we were so proud of the children who showed enthusiasm and asked fantastic questions. We have included the Five S’s of Sun Safety to remind everyone about looking after their skin in the sun.

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The Friends of Mousehold School

Summer Fayre – FRIDAY 30th JUNE

Our school summer fayre is on Friday 28th 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 equipment, paying for school trips and all sorts of extras for your children.

::Mouse rainbow.tiff

Attendance at Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

We have a celebration assembly each Friday afternoon where we share children’s achievements with everyone. As part of this assembly, we congratulate the class with the highest overall attendance for that week. The class with the highest attendance in Key Stage 1 receives ‘Top Dog’ to take to their classroom for the week. The class with the highest attendance in Reception receives ‘Top Cat’.

Our whole school attendance target is 96%. Current whole school attendance is 94.01%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Swift class with 96.42%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Chaffinch class with 95.42%.   

Annual Parent Survey

What do you feel are the main strengths of the school?

A summary of responses

Themes

Staff team

Enthusiastic and kind teaching staff.

The relationships between the (all) staff and pupils. Children are seen and celebrated.

The main strength of the school are the teachers, who are all friendly, positive and encouraging to the students.

Teaching staff and classroom assistants are all wonderful

Everyone at Mousehold is absolutely amazing.

Teachers and all the stuff are committed, friendly and helpful.

Wonderful engaging teachers.

The staff are so welcoming and genuinely care about the children. There is always a strong staff presence on the playground at drop off and pick up times, which makes it easy to approach them.

Respectful and helpful teachers.

Teachers very friendly with students and Parents can communicate with them whenever we need.

Love that the head and deputy heads are always about if needed on the playground in the mornings.

The friendly senior staff playground presence at beginning and end of day

Meeting individual needs & children’s learning

The added value the school brings to the children’s learning

Adapting to the children’s individual needs

Children are seen and celebrated.

Personalising learning to the interest of the children.

Approaching each child’s needs individually and with respect

Child supported environment understanding of complex needs

The school has very good initiatives to support children with different leaning or behavioural needs.

Very supportive of my child’s needs and helping us with her development.

Child focused, see the children as individuals and tailoring to their specific needs

Creative inclusive approach, energy and enthusiasm of the teachers.

Communication

Communication is always amazing and given well in advance.

Good communication via regular newsletters including upcoming dates for the calendar.

Effective communication

Good communication, the way staff greet families and children in the mornings so positively.

If anyone has a problem at the school regarding a child it’s always dealt with effectively and appropriately and is dealt with straight away, staff are very supportive with various issues anyone may have.

Good at informing parents

Listening to parents concerns and quickly acting on them.

Good communication with parents

Mousehold’s offer

The added value the school brings to the children’s learning experience like the ukulele lessons, the Capoeira, the careers week, the ducklings at the moment, the reading project coming in, the Sainsbury centre visits and projects connected to them etc… all add to the learning and importantly to the enjoyment of it. It’s easy to build on these at home and I can see how it helps develop the confidence and skills of the children. It’s good to see creativity being supported in the curriculum.

Good variety of activities for the children.

Lots of great extra-curricular activities, opportunities for learning.

Specialist teachers or practitioners teaching ukulele, capoeira, multisport and forest schools.

Wonderful immersive indoor space with high quality activities inside and outside. Themed special days such as 3 bears/ ducklings and inviting parents and carers in to be a part of the learning.

The afterschool clubs the school offers are varied and interesting.

They make us feel as a family to them.

We also love that the children take part in many different activities and trips and that there are lots of quality clubs on offer.

Lovely location and good offer of extra-curricular opportunities.

Mousehold is a wonderful school that supports and encourages children in a holistic way. I love that it offers so many artistic, musical and creative lessons, that the kids get to learn about lots of different cultures and it is warm and welcoming of all.

What areas do you think we can improve upon as a school?

A summary of responses

Themes: These will be addressed over the next half term.

Communication

Communication could be more effective for example sometimes the newsletter is very long or weduc has information which isn’t useful e.g. the attendance updates or notifications about being a nut free school.

Communication, set more realistic expectations of parents, give parents fair warning of events.

Sometimes communication between the school and parents could be a bit better.

More notice for events/communication

Communication… messages or events etc are regularly done with little notice

Some of the communication via the app could be improved. Messages are not always clear or timely. We have also experienced errors when submitting forms (a sent form not received).

Communication between parents and teachers.

Communication, it’s sometimes not clear around what’s being taught, themes activities etc. although open classrooms are lovely, it would be nice to hear more frequently.

Additional activities/events

There needs to be more playgrounds so that children can play comfortably.

Can we bring back the class assemblies that parents attended pre-Covid? They were such a joy, and a good chance for the children to get comfortable with performing and speaking confidently in front of an audience

Larger access to after school Clubs

A school disco like some of his friends from other schools!

More forest school – continue this provision into yr1&2. Would be good to see children playing their ukeles or showing us their capoeira skills.

Be nice to have more class workshops

More sensory experiences for ALL children

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

Wednesday 12th June – Historical City Walk – Year 2 only.

Friday 14th June – Nursery Sports Day @ 10:45am AND 2:15pm.

Thursday 20th June @ 4pm and 6pm – Open Day sessions for parents of new Nursery and Reception children, starting in September 2024.

Friday 21st June @ 9am – KS1 Sports Day.

Friday 28th June – Summer Fayre after school on the playground.

Tuesday 2nd July- Year 2, pm, Samba performance – details to be confirmed.

Thursday 4th July – KS1 Trip to Bewilderwood – more details to follow after half term.

Monday 8th July – Reception Trip to Gressenhall – more details to follow after half term.

Wednesday 10th July- Year 1 capoeira performance

  • Sparrow 1:15pm
  • Skylark 1:50pm
  • Swift 2:25pm

Thursday 11th July- Year 1 ukulele performance-

  • Skylark 1:15pm-1:45pm
  • Sparrow 1:45pm-2:15pm
  • Swift 2:15pm-2:45pm

Friday 19th July – Last day of Summer Term.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Newsletter 24th May 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

We would like to say a big ‘Well Done’ to all of our children who have worked so hard over the last half-term.  They have demonstrated such great perseverance and have done themselves and us all proud.  We can’t wait to welcome you in for the next open classrooms 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.

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.

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 often 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!

Attendance at Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

We have a celebration assembly each Friday afternoon where we share children’s achievements with everyone. As part of this assembly, we congratulate the class with the highest overall attendance for that week. The class with the highest attendance in Key Stage 1 receives ‘Top Dog’ to take to their classroom for the week. The class with the highest attendance in Reception receives ‘Top Cat’.

Our whole school attendance target is 96%. Current whole school attendance is 94.06%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Raven class with 98.08%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Greenfinch class with 99%.   

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.

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 27th May – Half Term Holiday – School is closed.

Friday 7th June @ 9am – Reception Sports Day.

Wednesday 12th June – Historical City Walk – Year 2 only.

Friday 14th June – Nursery Sports Day @ 10:45am AND 2:15pm.

Thursday 20th June @ 4pm and 6pm – Open Day sessions for parents of new Nursery and Reception children, starting in September 2024.

Friday 21st June @ 9am – KS1 Sports Day.

Friday 28th June – Summer Fayre after school on the playground.

Thursday 4th July – KS1 Trip to Bewilderwood – more details to follow after half term.

Monday 8th July – Reception Trip to Gressenhall – more details to follow after half term.

Friday 19th July – Last day of Summer Term.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Newsletter 17th May 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

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.

The Senior Leadership teams from both schools have been working together to plan the transition for the current year 2 children to GWJ. 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.

Job Vacancy

We are looking to appoint a Midday Supervisor to join our team and support the children during lunchtime. If this is something you may be interested in, please speak to Mrs Holmes in the school office for further details.

Attendance at Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

We have a celebration assembly each Friday afternoon where we share children’s achievements with everyone. As part of this assembly, we congratulate the class with the highest overall attendance for that week. The class with the highest attendance in Key Stage 1 receives ‘Top Dog’ to take to their classroom for the week. The class with the highest attendance in Reception receives ‘Top Cat’.

Our whole school attendance target is 96%. Current whole school attendance is 94.04%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Raven class with 98.85%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Chaffinch class with 98.75%. 

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Promoting Well-Being in our School

We would like to thank parents for coming along to our first Well-Being Café this week.

As an introduction to what we hope will be a regular event each half term we shared information about what we offer both children and parents, to help support emotional and social well-being.

We are all involved in supporting your children daily by developing positive, healthy relationships, keeping them safe and providing a wide range of opportunities through the curriculum and additional activities.

We will be compiling an Information Leaflet which will list and explain the support available in school. This will be on the website and made available to parents at the beginning of the new school year.

Support for children and Parents includes.

  • 1:1 time to listen to children and hear children’s voices provided by trusted adults.
  • 1:1 sessions to support with emotional and social awareness run by our ELSA’s.
  • Specialist “Time for You” sessions provided by the Benjamin Foundation.
  • New Drawing and Talking Therapy.
  • A Parent led Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Programme.
  • A new well-being after school club.
  • Amanda Derer, our Parent Support Advisor is available to support parents by listening, advising and sign-posting to other services.
  • Mrs. Graham and Mrs. Desouky, our Mental Health Champions, have received training to help support the school team to best support our families and are available to also provide support.

Safeguarding

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

Designated Safeguarding LeadsMr Tolson, Mr Smith, Miss Balachandre, Miss 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

Friday 24th May – King and Queen Day – KS1 only

Week commencing Monday 27th May – Half Term Holiday – School is closed

Friday 7th June @ 9am – Reception Sports Day

Wednesday 12th June – Historical City Walk – Year 2 only

Friday 14th June – Nursery Sports Day @ 10:45am AND 2:15pm

Friday 21st June @ 9am – KS1 Sports Day

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully
Mr Ian Tolson
Head of School

Newsletter 10th May 2024

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 on the WEDUC app. They really do have such wonderful experiences and every day they make memories to last forever.

Warmer Weather

Please send your child to school with a sun hat every day. We also need you to have applied sun cream before bringing them into school. Thanks for your co-operation.

Job Vacancy

We are looking to appoint a Midday Supervisor to join our team and support the children during lunchtime. If this is something you may be interested in, please speak to Mrs Holmes in the school office for further details.

Annual Parent Survey

We would really appreciate if all parents and carers could take the time to complete the parent/carer survey on the link below. We really appreciate your input on how we can better support your children and the local community.

Attendance at Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

We have a celebration assembly each Friday afternoon where we share children’s achievements with everyone. As part of this assembly, we congratulate the class with the highest overall attendance for that week. The class with the highest attendance in Key Stage 1 receives ‘Top Dog’ to take to their classroom for the week. The class with the highest attendance in Reception receives ‘Top Cat’.

Our whole school attendance target is 96%. Current whole school attendance is 93.97%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Robin class with 100%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Chaffinch class with 91.67%.   

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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.

Safeguarding

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mr Tolson, Mr Smith, Miss Balachandre, Miss 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

Tuesday 14th May – Well-Being Café – 9-10am – all welcome

Week commencing Monday 27th May – Half Term Holiday – School is closed

Friday 7th June @ 9am – Reception Sports Day

Friday 14th June – Nursery Sports Day @ 10:45am AND 2:15pm

Friday 21st June @ 9am – KS1 Sports Day

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