Dear Parents and Carers,
We have had a terrific first week back at school. It has been lovely to welcome back our familiar children and get to know our new ones. The children have been doing some great learning and are showing lots of enthusiasm and excitement for the learning activities planned for them. At the start of each term all pupils learn / recap who can keep us safe in school and some fabulous pictures have been drawn of some of the adults who keep us safe in school. Our older pupils have found there to have been some very unusual happenings in school this week! They have shown me large green cracked eggs with nothing inside, unusual looking footprints in classrooms that had been trampled overnight and grainy pictures of what look like dinosaurs on CCTV pictures. This puzzle is inspiring them and has led to some pupils talking more clearly and in longer sentences to describe and talk about what they have seen. One told me ‘but dinosaurs gone, it’s humans now, it’s a mystery’. Our younger pupils whose topic is “Yum Yum” have had a brilliant day today exploring some much loved books through pumpkin soup, tomato ketchup and cornflakes, sand and soil to name but a few of the sensory experiences they encountered. It was lovely to chat to them about what they were doing. Our youngest pupils have been playing with a range of resources, and becoming familiar with their new routine and their new staff team and friends. A number of pupils have played games with me and used turn taking skills and their developing language to tell me when it is my turn. One of our older boys was telling me that he had learnt about staying safe at forest school and explained that he couldn’t walk into the ‘fire circle’ and another one was really kind to a new pupil. A pupil who is learning to walk is progressing in leaps and bounds and it is wonderful to see the confidence with which she is walking. Another pupil signed to a friend, again, showing real confidence and engagement. At the end of the week it is lovely to be able to reflect on all this wonderful learning. I do hope you enjoy these anecdotes.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Policy
Please find our updated policy as part of this mailing.
We would like to share with you our updated relationships education policy and get your feedback on it. It is a government requirement that we consult with parents on this and your input will be greatly appreciated. For those of you who use our social media there is short video explaining the policy and you can leave your comments underneath. Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone, email or in writing if you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts or comments. Thank you for your input.
We are very excited about the Pets As Therapy dog that will be visiting us on Friday afternoons starting next week (17 September). Please do remember to complete and return the consent form that was sent out earlier today with a letter explaining more about the visits.
The return of coffee mornings!
Barring any changes in the current Covid rules, our coffee mornings are back! The first one on 29th September is for any parents/carers of new children that have started with us. Thereafter, our coffee mornings will be open to everyone on the first Wednesday of each month, so for this term, that will be 6th October, 3rd November and 1st December between 10am and 11am.
Family Liaison News
Please do remember to look at Family Liaison news on the Palatine website, which is updated with lots of useful information, including webinars, dates for your diary and activities locally. Please contact Kaarina if you would like any further information on any of the posts or the coffee mornings.
Many people have concerns about using the internet, however, there are practical steps we can all take to use it safely.
Below are resources which offer advice on how to remain safe while using the internet:
- Creating a strong password
- Software and app updates
- Software attacks and internet security software
- Keeping your mobile device safe and secure
- Advice on apps and how to use them safely
- Scam emails and email security
- Keeping safe while browsing the internet
- Backing up your device to prevent loss of data
The Government has also produced some guidance for parents and carers to keep children safe online. This outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice.
More than ever before, we have been relying on technology to enable us to work, learn and connect with each other. Inevitably, this has been exploited by criminals who have used this to their advantage. There have been a rise in scams, including in west Sussex, which not only have a financial impact on victims but the emotional impact can be even more significant. West Sussex Community Safety and Wellbeing Team, alongside Trading Standards, run free monthly Safe Against Scams webinars to raise awareness of these different types of scams, how to spot them and what to do if you or your family become a victim. The forthcoming webinars are on;
- Tuesday 14 September 10.00am – 11.30am
- Tuesday 12 October 10.00am – 11.30am
- Thursday 4 November 10.00 – 11.30am
More information can be found here. The Remote Digital Support Service can provide support with accessing the webinars from your own device or give you the opportunity to view the webinars on an iPad at your local library. Please request support or register your interest by phoning 0330 222 3455.
You will remember that last year we asked you to wear face masks at drop off and pick up time. This is no longer required by the government although you are still very welcome to do so. In school we have been advised that adults should continue to wear masks in more crowded areas so we continue to do so in areas such as the corridor and the staffroom. This may mean that some staff are wearing them as they come out to buses and some not when they are outside of the building. Staff have the choice to wear them over and above the guidelines if they feel they need to for their own health and wellbeing. Primary aged children are not required to wear masks.
With very best wishes and thanking you for your continued support.
Have a lovely weekend.