19th March 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

The children have had a terrific week with almost everyone learning in the school buildings and it has been lovely see them all so happy to be here and engaged in their learning. It has been great to see some of those who still can’t be with us join in with assemblies from home. There has been some terrific writing and artistic creating this week including writing about bouncy leopards and made up pets and superhero cartoons linked to friends. Some children are learning about India and are ‘going on a monkey hunt’. They created freeze frames of the different events in the story to help them get to know it. Their facial expressions were terrific!  Others sampled lots of Indian food which they loved! Others used magnifying glasses and microscopes to see bugs close up. A number of pupils have become more confident and are walking around school more independently. One pupil used the ‘zones of regulation’ to ask how their friends were feeling! Another learnt their first 7 phonics sounds. Others are using 10 frames to develop their maths skills. One pupil said his first sentence in school and a pupil who is learning to talk had a conversation with another very chatty pupil and asked him a question! So, I think you’ll agree a great week’s learning!


 Please vote for your parent governors on Schoolping. Thank you

 The last day of spring term is Thursday 1st April as Good Friday is the 2nd April this year.


  • Monday 19th April (this was postponed from 29th January)
  • Friday 28th May (this was postponed from 22nd February)
  • Friday 25th June (as planned)

 Access to Lateral Flow Device Tests

NHS Test and Trace announced recently, that all adults in households with school and college age children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.

 Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.

 Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:

·         through your employer, if they offer testing to employees

·         by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests

·         by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most

If you have any queries about the tests,  please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.

Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.

 Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.

 Please do take up this offer if you can. Whist your children do not need to take the tests if adults around them are doing so this will help reduce transmission in our community. Thank you.

 Research, studies and first-hand experience have shown that the school closures during lockdown have impacted on the emotional and behavioural wellbeing of children.  The NSPCC has put together advice for parents and carers about how to help children who may be struggling and supporting their mental health. You can also find some helpful resources to support children and their understanding of what’s happening.

 West Sussex County Council’s Early Help services help and support many children and families in West Sussex.  Early Help is being re-structured and public consultations are planned so that the people of West Sussex have an opportunity to share their views.  Read the proposals, keep track of the project as it evolves and take part in the survey via the Early Help Service: Redesign Proposals Your Voice hub. The views of children are also welcomed!

Safeguarding Curriculum & Relationships Education

Over the next couple of weeks children will be covering aspects of our safeguarding curriculum relating to body privacy. Teachers will plan sessions to encourage the children to recognise which parts of their body are their private parts and how to keep themselves safe. It forms part of our wider safeguarding curriculum.  All children will explore it at a level appropriate to their stage of development. If you have any questions then please contact your child’s teacher or Nathan in Giraffe class at nbird@palatineschool.org 

I do hope you can all enjoy some of this lovely weather this afternoon; what a difference the sun makes!

Very best wishes for a lovely weekend



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