Newsletter 6th May 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

The school community has really made me smile this week. There has been a lovely, happy atmosphere in the classrooms and at lunchtimes and break times as well as before and after school on the playground. My favourite part of my job is welcoming families to school each day. So many children come into the playground skipping, excited to see their friends. What a wonderful community we are all part of.

Annual Parent Survey

You will see a link on Parentmail to our Annual Parent Survey. This is important to help us with school improvement and to give you a voice as parents and carers. We like to hear what you feel is working well in school as well as areas you feel we can improve. Please complete within the next 2 weeks. The deadline is Friday 20th May.

Bags2School Collection

Thank you to Friends of School for organising this collection. And thank you to families for your very generous donations. The photo on our school Facebook page shows how much we could give to charity. The school receives some money from each bag too and this goes directly to support your children in school.

Partnership News

We had an excellent partnership teacher staff meeting on Wednesday this week. Teachers from both schools met together and we reflected on the past term as well as talking openly about what makes our schools special and unique. Teachers from both schools highlighted the strength of ‘team’ and support and nurture for all. Staff enjoy coming to work, and because of this they are motivated to teach your children and give them the very best.

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

At Mousehold we will be celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee this year on the Friday the 27th of May. 

Our pupils will be learning all about the Queen the week of the Jubilee and will finish the week by celebrating with a Jubilee party in classes.  

The celebration will include a non-uniform day. Children are encouraged to wear a Jubilee theme of red, white, or blue. If your child would like to wear any ‘royal costumes’ this will be allowed. 

We look forward to sharing our Jubilee party with the children.

Look out for photos on Facebook

Open Classrooms

This is after school, every Friday, and is a chance for you to look at your children’s books and to see their classrooms. All are welcome, every Friday.

Safeguarding   – Privates are Private – TALK PANTS

As part of our RSHE and PSHE curriculum we teach children how to keep themselves and others safe with the help of a friendly animated dinosaur called, ‘Pantosaurus.’ The link below shows you the song and what we teach the children:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/pants-underwear-rule/

  • Privates are private
  • Always remember your body belongs to you
  • No means no
  • Talk about secrets that upset you
  • Speak up, someone can help

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Miss Wood, Miss Balachandre 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 the Mental Health Champions

Finding Joy in the Mundane…


We all have things to be happy about, even when things aren’t going quite how we expected them to. There is joy all around us but the challenge is finding the time to see it!  All of us know that life as a parent is not always a ‘walk in the park’ and you may so often find yourself so stretched.  Know that you are not alone.  Breathe.  Find happiness and contentment in the things that are often the everyday, we can get through each day.  It may be something as simple as watching a tree on the route you walk to school change through the seasons, it could be saying hi to the dog walker who you pass on the way home from the school run.  Enjoying the feeling of seeing your child run toward you after you’ve had a long day.  Whatever it may be, take the time to enjoy it. Life is meant to have joy.  Some of us may have reflected in recent days of the sadness that is in the news at the moment, we truly do have things to be thankful for.  We live generally speaking in a peaceful world, where our children are able to go to school, receive an education, there are many places where this isn’t the case at the moment…

When you find yourself feeling down and wondering how you are going to make it one more day, turn your thoughts to the simple things in life that make you smile. They don’t have to be big. They don’t have to mean something to anyone else; the important thing is that they have meaning to you.  Chose to invest in others even if it is just a friendly hello, it can often make you feel better.

Please reach out if you are finding things difficult.  Take the time to check in on your friends and family.  If you notice a difference in their character, care enough to ask how they are doing.  Sometimes it’s hard to ask for help, many mental health issues can be debilitating and make simple everyday task so difficult.  You may be able to help your loved ones.  

To help you remember the number to contact urgent mental health support 24/7, you can now call 111 and select option 2.

You can also still use the First response number found here:

0808 196 3494

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 17th May – Year 1 Cathedral trip

Wednesday 18th May – Year 2 Cathedral trip

Friday 27th May – Last day of this half-term.

Friday 27th May – Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in school

Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June –Half-term holiday – school closed

Thursday 26th May – Nursery Sports Day (reserve 9th June) 11am and 2pm

Friday 10th June – Reception Sports Day (reserve 15th June) 9.15am

Friday 17th June – Year 1 and 2 Sports Day (reserve 24th June) 9.15am

Thursday 23rd June – ReceptionGressenhall trip

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mrs Rebecca Westall

Headteacher

Newsletter 29th April 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

I have written several High Five letters this week. The High Five letters recognise children who have demonstrated something amazing at home or at school under these headings, ‘RESPECT, HELP, LEARN, ENJOY, ACHIEVE.’ We celebrate every small or big achievement, so please do let us know if you notice something at home that you would like your child to be recognised for. You can talk to a senior leader on the playground, a class teacher or e mail the school office. We always love to hear from you.

As many of you will know, much of our behaviour management is focused on Restorative Practices. All staff have received recent training on this. The main focus is around relationships between children and between children and adults. We talk children through any incidents that might have occurred and coach them into being able to talk about how their actions make others feel and how they can improve a situation to enable all involved to move forward positively. Our High Five is a big part of ensuring children are praised for good choices and it gives all children a chance to shine.

Please remember that school is closed on Monday 2nd May as it is Bank Holiday Monday. Enjoy the long weekend.

Partnership News

I feel that partnership work is becoming embedded in day to day life at both schools. I hear teachers talking about joint subject leadership work. I am hearing plans being made for the Year 3 children to visit Mousehold for an afternoon in June. I’m also hearing Jubilee plans and joint event planning. Senior leaders and Designated Safeguarding Leads are working together on looking at joint priorities and how both schools can support each other. It is an exciting time for both schools.

KS1 Trip to Norwich Cathedral

We are looking forward to our first school trip since the pandemic began! We will be taking our Key Stage 1 children (Years 1 and 2) to the Cathedral for a “Here Come the Normans” session. The trip will teach them about the history, design and context of the Cathedral; when it was built, why it was built, and how the building was constructed. The session will complement our learning about inventors, materials and structures from around the world. The Year 1 children will have their trip on 17th May, and the Year 2 children will go on 18th May.

Sports Day Dates  

 

We are excited to invite you to share in your children’s sports day with them in school. Sports days will be held in the second half of the Summer term and are a chance for your children to show you how much they have developed in their physical development.  

At Mousehold we see the benefits of physical education promoting children’s wellbeing and how it contributes to an overall healthy lifestyle. We will be exploring physical wellbeing and nutrition throughout the Summer term and look forward to visits from some sports coaches to further enhance our learning.  

 

Nursery sports day will be held Thursday 26thMay with a reserve day of Thursday 9thJune.  11am and 2pm

 Reception sports day will be held Friday 10thJune with a reserve date of Wednesday 15thJune.  9.15am

 

KS1 (Year 1 and 2) sports day will be held Friday 17thJune with a reserve date of Friday 24thJune.  9.15am

Science Reading Challenge

A big thank to families for completing the Science Reading Challenge and for sending in photos of children enjoying science activities. Your child should have received their certificate and bookmark. If not, then please see your child’s teacher. We saw such a variety of science reading, including books on lots of different topics and everything from recipes, to quizzes to seed packets, to information posters at the zoo or nature reserves as well as instructions. We hope that your children have enjoyed this reading challenge and that it will have stimulated their interest in reading science books for pleasure. Research has shown that doing this can promote interest in science, the learning of science skills, foster curiosity and promote a lifelong love of science reading and the consideration of science as a career. There will continue to be a science reading book box in each classroom and the library, so that children have access to these at all times.

A very big well done to all!

Mrs Woodward and Miss Balachandre

Miss Balachandre

In a few weeks time Miss Balachandre, Assistant Head, will be starting Maternity Leave. Miss Balachandre taught Barn Owl class up until Easter and is now fulfilling leadership duties until she leaves. We wish her all the very best at this exciting time for her and her family

Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School Charity

Bag2School will be collecting from Mousehold School on Wednesday 4th May. Please bring your bag (or bags!) to the school on that day and help us have a really good collection.

By getting involved in our Bag2School collection, you have an opportunity to sort through your cupboards and wardrobes and donate unwanted textiles in the bag provided – this can include adults’ and children’s clothes, shoes (tied together please), hats, belts, handbags and soft toys, (please refer to http://uk.bag2school.com/for full details). In addition to raising much needed funds it will also raise awareness amongst the children of the benefits of recycling and reuse.

You can use any bag to donate your items and don’t forget to ask grandparents, friends and neighbours to have a sort out as well!

Do you shop with Amazon often? The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School charity has been added to Amazon Smile, which contributes a percentage of all eligible sales to our charity. We would ask that any Amazon users who have not yet chosen a charity to follow search for ‘Friends of Mousehold’ so we can generate funds while we shop!

Here’s how you can set it up with you existing Amazon account https://www.facebook.com/101813278749985/posts/257296309868347/?d=n

We will be holding a ‘Books and Bakes’ sale after school on 27th May (last day of this half-term) outside the dinner hall. We will be following the school’s Jubilee theme for that day with some Jubilee themed bakes! If you or someone you know is a keen baker please get in touch with the Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School admin@friendsofmousehold.org. We will happily take baked goods and any unwanted books on the day to sell on our stall. All money will go towards the Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School charity to fund school trips, equipment, book bags amongst other things! 

Finally, we are pleased to announce the school will be holding a Summer Fayre on the 24th June (after school). There will be lots of opportunity for children, parents and teachers to get involved on the day and raise money for the school. In previous years we have had fun games, raffles, and food on offer and we want to make this an enjoyable event for everyone. If you would like to volunteer to help run a stall on the day please get in touch with the Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School. We will keep you updated in the weeks to come on how you can help and get involved.  

Friends of Mousehold

Isabelle, Billy, Sara & Lise

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Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

The children will be marking this occasion on Friday 27th May. Plans are being made to give children a day to remember.

Open Classrooms

This is after school, every Friday, and is a chance for you to look at your children’s books and to see their classrooms. All are welcome, every Friday.

Safeguarding – Conversations around children.

Please can I remind parents about the importance of being mindful of what you talk about in front of your children at school and at home. If you would like to talk with a senior leader/safeguarding lead/class teacher about a worry you have, please ensure that your child is not close by. We can always find care for your child before or after school or an appointment can be made. When children hear small parts of, or whole conversations it often unsettles them and they then worry too.

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

https://www.mouseholdinfants.com/safeguarding/

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Miss Wood, Miss Balachandre

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

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

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

Dates for your diary

Monday 2nd May – School Closed – May Bank Holiday.

Tuesday 17th May– Year 1 Cathedral trip

Wednesday 18th May – Year 2 Cathedral trip

Thursday 26th May – Nursery Sports Day (reserve 9th June) 11am and 2pm

Friday 27th May – Last day of this half-term.

Friday 27th May – Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in school

Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June –half-term holiday – school closed

Friday 10th June – Reception Sports Day (reserve 15th June) 9.15am

Friday 17th June – Year 1 and 2 Sports Day (reserve 24th June) 9.15am

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mrs Rebecca Westall

Headteacher

Newsletter 22nd April 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back after the holidays. I hope you all managed to enjoy the sunshine and time with friends and family.

The children have started back confidently and have enjoyed meeting up with their friends after the break. The outdoor learning environments are being used well, with flowers and trees blooming. The children love to see the seasonal changes in their environment.

Partnership News

Welcome to Sam Petchey, Head of School at George White Junior. Sam started this week, and has been working with the school, to aid transition, for a term now. It is great having Sam as part of the team.

As a team of 2 schools we are currently planning our Platinum Jubilee celebrations. This will be a great opportunity for both schools to work together.

Covid update

Thanks to the success of the vaccination programme and access to antivirals, alongside natural immunity and increased scientific and public understanding about how to manage risk, the population now has much stronger protection against COVID-19 than at any other point in the pandemic enabling us to move to a less restrictive way of life and respond to COVID-19 in the same way as other respiratory viruses.

We continue to have a Covid risk assessment for staff to follow. We continue to ventilate the classrooms and are mindful of space used for larger groups of children or adults. Staff will not be routinely testing twice weekly, as tests are not freely available now. We ask that if your child is unwell with a high temperature they stay at home until they feel better and no longer have a temperature.

Healthy 5 to 11 year olds will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine from the beginning of April. Vaccinations will take place outside of school, in vaccination centres, pharmacies, GP surgeries and walk-in centres. Parents of 5 to 11 year olds will receive a letter from the NHS with further information on the vaccine.

You can book COVID-19 vaccination appointments online, at a vaccination centre or pharmacy, or find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site without needing an appointment.

Open Classrooms

This is after school, every Friday, and is a chance for you to look at your children’s books and to see their classrooms. All are welcome, every Friday.

Safeguarding

Traffic and Parking outside school

Please help keep our children and families safe on the roads and paths outside school. Yesterday there was a collision involving 2 cars, and there were also several cars not following the traffic calming measures. Please be considerate, drive slowly, be mindful of very small children on pavements and crossing the road.

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

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

Dates for your diary

Monday 2nd May – School Closed for May Bank Holiday.

Friday 27th May – Last day of this half-term.

Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June –half-term.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully
Mrs Rebecca Westall
Headteacher

Newsletter 1st April 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are now at the end of the Spring Term and the Easter holidays are about to start.  Children and staff are tired but with so many happy memories to take with them into the holidays. The learning has been fun, outdoors, indoors and memorable. We look forward to hopefully hosting Sports Days in the Summer Term, when parents can attend and we would love to start our learning cafes again very soon.

Partnership News

We have a lot to celebrate this term. The partnership working really enables a smooth transition across the primary age range for all children who attend both schools.  It upskills teachers and leaders and gives an insight into different key stages for all staff.  I have been Headteacher of both schools this term and Sam Petchey starts as Head of School after Easter. I will go back to being Headteacher of Mousehold and Partnership Head of both schools, in a strategic role. Being Head of George White this term has enabled me to get to know the staff and children. However I already know the children who attended Mousehold. It has been incredibly rewarding seeing how the children have gone from Nursery to Year 6 in what seems like a flash. Thank you for all of your support.

Goodbye and thank you to Miss Allman-Briggs

Tianna, one of our lovely MSAs, is leaving us today. We wish Tianna all the best and thank her for working hard every day. Tianna will be missed by children and staff.

Thank you to the staff

This term hasn’t been easy as we have continued to manage with fewer staff than we would like due to Covid, illness and other reasons. Staff have stepped up and been very adaptable covering classes and responding to where the need is within school. The staff at Mousehold always go the extra mile for your children. I wish them a well deserved break over Easter.

Open Classrooms

This is after school, every Friday, and is a chance for you to look at your children’s books and to see their classrooms. All are welcome, every Friday.

Absence from School

Please may we ask you to follow our guide lines, if your child is absent from school because they are suffering from diarrhoea and/or sickness they should not return to school for 48 hours following the last episode of sickness/diarrhoea that they experience. Thank you for your cooperation.

Safeguarding

Please remember over the holidays, if you are worried about the safety of a child then please contact the number below at CADS

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Miss Wood, Miss Balachandre 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.

Mental Health Support

Qwell: Alongside you when you need us. Free, Safe and Anonymous mental wellbeing support for adults in Norfolk and Waveney

Please see the link below for more information

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13gBYsHHLh0KkkGimCteDZX9U8J5sZ5qD/edit

Friends Association

We are pleased to announce that The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery have organised a clothes & shoe collection with Bag2School in order to raise funds for the children.

Bag2School is the UK’s leading textile recycler and fundraiser working with schools and since its inception in 2001 it has now paid out over £36 million.

As well as raising vitally needed funds for the school, it also helps the environment by helping to divert unwanted textiles away from landfill. A recent DEFRA report has shown that textile collection schemes are helping to reduce the volume of textiles discarded as municipal solid waste. However it is a fact that as a nation we still send 350,000 tonnes of textiles to landfill every year.

By getting involved in our Bag2School collection, you have an opportunity to sort through your cupboards and wardrobes and donate unwanted textiles in the bag provided – this can include adults’ and children’s clothes, shoes (tied together please), hats, belts, handbags and soft toys, (please refer to http://uk.bag2school.com/ for full details). In addition to raising much needed funds it will also raise awareness amongst the children of the benefits of recycling and reuse.

You can use any bag to donate your items and don’t forget to ask grandparents, friends and neighbours to have a sort out as well!

Bag2School will be collecting from Mousehold School on Wednesday 4th May. Please bring your bag (or bags!) to the school con that day and help us have a really good collection. Please do not bring bags before that date as we do not have any storage facilities for them.

Many thanks indeed for helping us with this unique fundraising opportunity.

Litter Pick

The Pockthorpe Community Group are working with LUMi, the community enabling team at Norwich City Council, and Edible East, and have arranged a litter pick and workshop at Ketts Cave park on Sunday 3rd April at 10am.

The workshop is suitable for all ages and is about exploring local green spaces and capturing what’s there. Could they be better for hedgehogs and other wildlife – and for people? Work with horticulturalist Nik Thomson, and other artists and gardeners, to discover and create. Draw on maps to make your own artworks (all materials provided).

Booking is preferred, which can be done by following this link: https://bit.ly/3IMA04G This will help plan what materials to bring, but some drop-in places are available.

More information about Lumi, Eadible East and the Pockthorpe Community Group can be found here: 

lumi.org.uk

edibleeast.org.uk

pockthorpecommunity.org

Dates for your diary

Friday 1st April – Last day of term

School reopens to children on Thursday 21st April (our extra day due to the Jubilee means we have one more day of the Easter holidays compared to most other schools.)

I hope you have a wonderful break over Easter.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mrs Rebecca Westall

Headteacher

Newsletter 25th March 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week has felt warm, sunny and happy. The sunshine really does make a difference to wellbeing and mental health for us all.

As we near the end of the Spring Term we are seeing great examples of the progress children have made with their learning in all subjects. Teachers plan in ways for children to remember their learning. We call this ‘retrieval practice.’ When children understand their learning, they are more likely to remember it.

Partnership News

Staff from each school have visited the other school and seen the learning environments and talked to school leaders. This helps us with transition for children moving from Mousehold to George White, as well as to aim for more consistency in some aspects of school curriculum and learning environments.

I have spent time with children at George White, asking them about their experiences at school, as well as looking at their writing books with them. It has been a real privilege talking to children who I remember from Mousehold and to see and feel the improved confidence and self- esteem. It is a very rewarding part of my role.

Open Classrooms

It was lovely last Friday having parents and carers back in school for ‘Open Classrooms.’ This is after school and is a chance for you to look at your children’s books and to see their classrooms. All are welcome, every Friday.

Comic Relief Day

Last Friday the children had enjoyed wearing something red and taking part in fun activities to celebrate ‘Red Nose Day’. We raised an amazing total of £215.89 which will be used to aid lots of different charities. Thank you for all your support.

Safeguarding – Online Safety

It is not always possible to prevent children seeing something inappropriate online. Sometimes innocent searches can result in children viewing inappropriate content.

O2 and NSPCC have put together a series of suggestions for parents to follow if their child has seen something that upsets or confuses them. See the link below.


NetAware – What to do if your child sees something inappropriate online

Please remember you can always speak to a class teacher or Designated Safeguarding Lead, if you are worried about your child’s digital well- being.

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Miss Wood, Miss Balachandre

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

This week we have chosen to highlight a UK based charity called Care for the family.  They support many aspects of family life.  We wish to draw your attention to their their provision for parents who have children with additional needs:

Care for the Family have set up a befriending support network where you can be matched up with someone who has first- hand experience of supporting a child with additional needs

“Talking with another parent in a similar situation helps me to deal with the well-meaning but often inappropriate comments from other parents around me who just don’t get it.”

Additional needs support – Care for the Family
Becoming a parent is a life-changing event with new routines to get used to and a whole new set of priorities. But when your child has additional needs, there are even greater adjustments to be made. Our befriending service, articles and resources aim to encourage and support you. www.careforthefamily.org.uk

If Facebook is more your thing click below to join the group and meet other grandparents, parents and carers supporting children with additional needs.

https://www.facebook.com/cffadditionalneeds/

Care for the Family – Additional Needs – Home – Facebook
Care for the Family – Additional Needs. 3,318 likes · 10 talking about this. …because family life matters

Click here for links to their parenting blog –  read supportive articles written by parents offering advice on relationships, education and self- care:

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Parenting blog – Care for the Family

Latest Articles Love: it’s all Greek to me! Find out more Having talked to many parents of children with additional needs, I recognise that their unique parenting journeys

www.careforthefamily.org.uk

There is also a Useful Contacts section featuring a helpful collection of charities who highlight charities such as Sibs (who support siblings of children with additional needs), or Working Families (a charity based on helping working parents and their employees find a better balance between responsibilities at work and home).

Help for parents of children with additional needs

A list of helpful organisations that provide information and support for parents of children with additional needs.

www.careforthefamily.org.uk

Life as a parent can be full of highs and lows, being there for a friend or family member to support them when things are tough and celebrate with them when things are great, is so important.  Please remember Mrs Derer our Parent Support Advisor is here to provide support as a listening ear.  As Mental Health Champions, we would love to chat. Please contact the school office if we can help.  Here’s our photo to remind you of our faces!

https://www.mouseholdinfants.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/MHC.jpg

Mental Health Support – Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

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Dates for your diary

Friday 1st April – Last day of term

School reopens to children on Thursday 21st April (our extra day due to the Jubilee means we have one more day of the Easter holidays compared to most other schools.)

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully
Mrs Rebecca Westall
Headteacher

Newsletter 18th March 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

The weeks seem to be flying by and we only have 2 weeks until the Easter holidays. The children are enjoying their learning and there have been many practical, outdoor lessons over the last few weeks. We enjoyed celebrating International Maths Day on Monday and the photos are on our school Facebook page for all to enjoy. We have also enjoyed British Science Week with a theme of ‘Growth.’  There have been many practical activities, experiments and investigations for children and these are the things they will remember when they look back on their time spent at Mousehold.

Partnership News

We had an excellent partnership event on Monday afternoon to mark International Maths Day. Year 2 children from Mousehold went to George White for some Maths fun with Year 3. We used indoor and outdoor spaces and the sun shone for us. The children worked well together and it was really exciting for all involved. The Year 3 children loved seeing familiar faces from Mousehold and the Year 2 children felt very grown up visiting the junior school. This will help with transition for the children moving onto George White in September. 

We are starting to make plans for a partnership Jubilee celebration day in May. 

Open Fridays – starts today

You are all welcome to attend this any Friday after school, unless our risk assessment changes. This is to look at your children’s books and the classroom.  

British Science Week 14th – 20th March 2022

This week during British Science Week children have been enjoying a range of science activities around ‘Growth and Change’. Some classes watched a live lesson all about minibeasts that are useful to farmers. Did you know there are different types of dung beetles and they live in and eat poop, improving the soil! You can watch the lesson on

https://encounteredu.com/live-lessons/fantastic-minibeasts-and-where-to-find-them-150322 if you would like. Some of the other activities included, planting, cleaning coins using different solutions, watching the effect of yeast when it starts working, exploring refraction using water in a glass and how this can change what we see, finding out about camouflage and how changing shape and pattern can help animals hide, and in nursery, learning all about kittens.

This Saturday, 19th March from 10:00-15:30, the popular Science Trail run by the Norfolk and Norwich Science Association returns with a CSI theme. You can see the details on their website https://sites.google.com/view/norfolknorwichsciassociation/home.

We have had some science reading challenge passports returned this week and these children have earned their certificates and bookmarks, well done! You have until Friday 22nd April to complete this challenge.

School council – Road Safety Campaign

We would like to say a big thank you to Smurfit Kappa for donating enough high vis jackets for every child in the school. We are aware that the evenings after school are now lighter but children can be seen more easily on the paths with the jackets on. We hope this will encourage road users to drive more carefully. Thank you for your ongoing support in keeping our children safe outside school.  Well done and thank you to the children in School Council for working hard to get the support we have needed. You can see how proud they are in the photo below.

International day of Mathematics

At Mousehold and George White Junior school on Monday, we shared some of our amazing maths learning. Our Year 2s had a lovely trip to GWJ and joined in with exciting activities with Year 3. At Mousehold, The Nursery children had a focus on circles- reading, printing, chalking and going on a circle hunt. Our Reception children were busy learning about 2D and 3D shapes. In Year 1, the children made shapes together using their bodies, and went on a ‘maths hunt’, looking for shapes, numbers and patterns in our environment. It was a very exciting day of fun maths for everyone, helping us see that maths is a universal language and it really is everywhere!

Safeguarding – Online Safety

Age rating on apps and games

What is the app age rating? How old do you have to be to use the popular apps and games?

Age ratings are useful to help you decide what is appropriate for your child. You are probably familiar with the age ratings used for films, but apps and games are rated differently and there is lots more to consider. Some ratings give a minimum age, some use categories (such as Amazon app stores ‘guidance suggested’ category).

Have you ever been confused over the age ratings of apps and games? 

Apps stores have their own classification systems to indicate the suitability of an app, but these don’t always match up to the developer’s recommendation and then there are PEGI ratings too. It’s no wonder we get confused!

Remember, ratings are a guide. The most important thing is that you know your child best, you can judge what your child’s abilities are and what is suitable for them.

For more advice on app age ratings please visit the NSPCC website:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/online-safety-blog/app-age-rating/

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Miss Wood, Miss Balachandre

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

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

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

Dates for your diary

Friday 1st April – Last day of term

School reopens to children on Thursday 21st April (our extra day due to the Jubilee means we have one more day of the Easter holidays compared to most other schools.)

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully
Mrs Rebecca Westall
Headteacher

Newsletter 11th March 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

The highlight of our week has been the next step in our ‘Road safety outside school campaign.’  School Council were visited by Smurfit Kappa staff this week who have donated high vis jackets to all of the children in the school. This is so children can be seen easily on their way to and from school. We are aware that the evenings and mornings are lighter now, but these jackets can stay with the children for all of the seasons. In order for this initiative to be effective we ask that road users continue to be mindful of where they park and the speed they drive. 

Partnership News

Teachers from George White and Mousehold met after school on Wednesday to share ideas on subject leadership and to work together if leading the same subject. This is great for progression of learning and planned opportunities and enrichment from Nursery to Year 6. Most children who attend Mousehold then attend George White, so this will provide some consistency and shared approaches to teaching.

We have also had some staff from each school visiting the partner school. All staff who have taken part in this have come back to their own school buzzing. It’s been great to share ideas.

On Monday next week, for International Maths Day, Year 2 children will be visiting George White Junior. I’m sure they’ll have a great time.

Dates for your Diary

Friday 18th March – Comic Relief Fundraising Day/Red Nose Day

Friday 1st April
Last day of term

School reopens to children on Thursday 21st April
(our extra day due to the Jubilee means we have one more day of the Easter holidays compared to most other schools.)

Open Fridays – starting Friday 18th March

Some parents with older children in school will remember when we used to invite parents into school on a Friday after school for 15-20 minutes. This was for parents to see the classrooms and look at their children’s books. We would like to start this again from Friday 18th March.  You are all welcome.

Friday 18th March – Comic Relief Fundraising Day/Red Nose Day

Children can wear red to school, for a small donation to the charity. This can be with their uniform on, or own clothes. The red can be an item of clothing or accessory. We aren’t expecting families to buy anything new for the day. Our school jumpers are red so some children might want to wear them.

Safeguarding – Online Safety

It’s never too early to start taking action to keep your child safe online.

As soon as your child starts talking about or exploring the online world, you should start conversations with them about their online activity and put support in place.

Research has found that children form ‘digital habits’ during early development (such as using devices after bedtime). Therefore it is important for parents to support children to develop positive – and lasting – digital habits from an early age.

Jessie & Friends is a series of three animations that follow the adventures of Jessie, Tia and Mo as they begin to navigate the online world, watching videos, sharing pictures and playing games. There’s also a storybook for each episode to help you and your child keep the conversation going.

We use these resources with the children at school too.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/jessie-and-friends/

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Miss Wood, Miss Balachandre

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

Spring Family Wellbeing

We hope this email finds you well, Spring has officially started, the lighter mornings and evenings are very welcome to many of us!

Try and get outdoors a little more, take a walk, enjoy the nature around us, trees budding, bulbs beginning to grow, the blossom appearing on the trees. 

Action for Happiness has lots of lovely ideas for wellbeing, with an idea for each day of the month.  Here is a link for the March calendar actionforhappiness.org/calendar

Mindful March – Action for Happiness
Thanks to Peter Harper for coming up with the original calendar idea. Many thanks also to the generous volunteers who have translated the calendars into other languages, including Lira Sejdini (Albanian), Hala Disi, Carine Bouery & Aida Laubach (Arabic), Yun You & Chun Fat Huang (Chinese), Suzana Kurtusic (Croatian), Gabriela Macova (Czech), Pia Lihme Petersen (Danish), Martine De Ruiter … actionforhappiness.org

Discover new places with free Munzee trails – A 21st century scavenger hunt.  Have a go at capturing a trail of QR codes hidden in various surroundings.  Lots of hidden QR codes around the city, easy clues, accessible for a variety of ages.  Download the free App. norfolk.gov.uk/out-and-about-in-norfolk/norfolk-trails/activities-and-events-on-the-norfolk-trails/munzee

Have you heard of Norfolk Rocks?  It involves decorating a rock and leaving it somewhere for someone to find it.  Read this EDP newspaper article for more information and follow the Facebook link if you are interested.  edp24.co.uk/news/have-you-found-one-of-the-rocks-hidden-in-norfolk-1084024

Colour walks – choose a colour such as yellow and see how many things you can all spot that are that colour, i.e. a daffodil, a front door, a bus.  Have fun photographing/drawing them.

Have a picnic outside, even if it is only Spring and still a little cold.  Choose a dry day and wrap up warm.  Bring a few favourite stories and a blanket to stay snug and read outside.  

Plant some seeds like cress and watch them grow.  Cress is a speedy seed that sprouts super quickly.  Grow them inside an empty egg shell with some cotton wool and make an egg man with growing hair!  Each family member could have one, create a name and have a competition and see which one grows the fastest.

If you have wellies, enjoy jumping in April shower puddles, a fun activity even as an adult, as long as you don’t mind getting a little wet!  

Happy Spring everyone!

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mrs Rebecca Westall
Headteacher

Midday Supervisory Assistant

  • (£9.50 hourly rate)
  • Scale A – point 1
  • 8.75 hours per week – term time only
  • Hours 11.45am to 1.30pm
  • Required to start Wednesday 20th April 2022, subject to DBS check.

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is a welcoming and happy place to work.  We are looking for a Midday Supervisory Assistant to join our friendly and supportive team of midday support staff.

Do you enjoy working with children, supporting their learning through play and encouraging them to be independent? Are you caring and calm and good at working as part of a team?  If so, we look forward to hearing from you.  You will be providing supervision during the lunchtime period to ensure that the children can enjoy a safe and orderly environment.  You will be responsible for the safety and wellbeing of the children at lunch time.

Application forms can be downloaded for completion, or you can request a paper copy from the school office.

Closing date:  Thursday 17th March 2022 @ 12 noon

Interview date: Monday 21st March

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Therefore a full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required for the successful candidates.

References will be requested prior to interview.

Newsletter 4th March 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

The highlight of the week has definitely been World Book Day and the launch of our Science Reading Challenge. Mrs Woodward, dressed as Mary Anning, visited every classroom in costume and shared some ‘WOW science moments.’  This enrichment will help children remember their learning at Mousehold. We appreciate the effort that went into the costumes. It was a very happy day and a day to celebrate the joy of books and reading.

Partnership News

Over the next week each child and member of staff at Mousehold and George White will be making a sunflower. The sunflowers will be grouped to form a display inside and/or outside in the school grounds. Each child will also come home with a sunflower seed they have planted to continue to grow at home. These will bloom this Summer. The sunflower is the national flower for the Ukraine and we want to show our respect to all of the people who are in crisis and for the sunflowers to be a sign of hope.

Dates for your Diary

Friday 1st April
Last day of term

School reopens to children on Thursday 21st April
(our extra day due to the Jubilee means we have one more day of the Easter holidays compared to most other schools.)

Covid Risk Assessment

Although many of the specific COVID-19 laws have changed, the public health guidance remains largely unchanged. The principles of hands, face, space and fresh air remain key to infection control, and we continue to ask people to act responsibly by staying at home and away from others if they have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. When a pupil, staff member or other adult develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test they should follow the guidance People with COVID-19 and their contacts which advises;

“Children and young people with COVID-19 should not attend their education setting while they are infectious. They should take an LFD test from 5 days after their symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) followed by another one the next day. If both these tests results are negative, they should return to their educational setting if they normally attend one, as long as they feel well enough to do so and do not have a temperature. They should follow the guidance for their educational setting.”

We have a responsibility under the existing Public Health Laws and Health Protection Regulations to respond appropriately to all infectious diseases (e.g. Mumps, Measles, Rubella, and COVID-19).  We do this by making sure we follow published guidance and have in place risk assessments and Health and Safety policies. Therefore, in line with our risk assessment and related policies, children and young people who test positive or have symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home as per the published guidance.

Some of you may have concerns and anxieties about the relaxation of the rules and I have included the following web site links which you may find helpful.

Thank you for your continued support as we move to a new phase of living with COVID-19 .

Safeguarding – Online Safety

How can going online affect our wellbeing?

There are lots of positives for children being online, however there can be negatives too. For some it can become overwhelming trying to keep up with friends, and the pressure can mount. 

Many things can impact our online wellbeing, and you can take control of the choices made to reduce any negativity. Being aware of the impact of being online, just like you would be aware of the impact of offline activities, is the first step to managing your children’s online wellbeing.

We can:

  • manage the content that our children see,
  • ensure interactions are suitable
  • and manage how long they’re online, in balance with other activities. 

There are several things you can do to help support a child with their wellbeing online, including specific apps, and looking at settings.

Here are some suggestions of some well- being apps:

FREE online course for parents:  Managing your own digital wellbeing:

https://learndigital.withgoogle.com/digitalgarage/course/digital-wellbeing?gpid=2502656

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Miss Wood, Miss Balachandre

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.

Science Reading Challenge

Dear Parents and Carers,                             

Yesterday we launched our Science Reading Challenge!

It will run until Earth day on Friday 22nd April. Your child will bring home a Science Reading Challenge Passport where you and your child can fill in any science reading they do. It doesn’t have to be a whole science book, and could be a poster, fact sheet, or recipe….. Your local library will have exciting science books and we have lots in school too that your child will be able to bring home and read for the Science Challenge. When your child has completed the Passport, 7 Science books in 7 weeks (or sooner), they will get a special certificate and a science bookmark. Happy reading and we look forward to hearing all about it!!!

Mrs Woodward and Miss Balachandre         

Parking Outside School

Unfortunately, we have had some complaints from residents regarding cars parked across their driveways. This has happened a few times recently resulting in the resident being late to pick up their own children from school. Please may we remind you to show care and consideration when parking your vehicle outside school. Thank you to the majority of parents who continue to drive and park carefully outside the school gates.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mrs Rebecca Westall
Headteacher

Letter of Concern to Parents

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are all very aware of the news about Russia and Ukraine and this is reported over social media. It’s natural to be worried or upset when you see things in the news., but we are here to support ALL of our families. 

Childline have a specific page for children that we can signpost families to if they would like support on how to talk to their child about the situation, it is also a useful resource for us in school. 

https://www.childline.org.uk/get-involved/articles/worrying-about-russia-ukraine/

Support available in school: 

We have our wonderful team of Mental health Champions available for everyone to talk to.

Mrs Derer our Parent Support Advisor will be working with both children and their families as usual.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead team are particularly conscious of the need to support our families closely and be vigilant on their behalf in the wider community. 

Senior Leaders are working across both schools developing strategies to support our Mousehold and George White communities. 

Staff and parents/carers are all pivotal in noticing children who may be struggling and worrying about the conflict. They may be quiet or you may see it through behaviours but we can all… 

  1. Make time and listen when a child wants to talk  
  2. Tailor the conversation to the child 
  3. Validate their feelings 
  4. Reassure them that adults all over the world are working hard to resolve this 

Please don’t hesitate to talk to us if you would either like more advice on how to talk to your child or would like someone to talk to about your own feelings. Class staff and school leaders are dealing with this in an age appropriate way ensuring we are sensitive and thoughtful in our talk, actions and discussion. 

Kind regards
Rebecca Westall
Partnership Head

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust