Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have had a good week.

Great learning!

We have had a great week of learning in school. Some of the children have experienced Stone Age maths, learning in creative ways and there has also been some fantastic writing about living in caves and eating woolly mammoths with some wonderful accompanying pictures! Others have had fun exploring sensory resources such as jelly and custard; one child exploring with an adult for 10 minutes. A number of children are making progress in their phonics, saying new sounds and blending new words. Lots of the children are really enjoying our new phonics song, singing it loudly and with great enthusiasm!  A number of children are now walking further and for longer. It is lovely to meet them as they practice in the corridors and to be able to see the progress in their skills and confidence.  Some of them have been practicing on different surfaces by taking an autumn walk outdoors, for example. Opportunities like this, to practice your skills in different settings, are really important when learning. A number of children have made progress in joining in hello sessions this week either by holding an object of reference for longer or by finding their picture for the hello board. One child has written their name for the first time and another has counted in twos. Others have developed their weighing and measuring skills using balance scales to compare weights.  There have been many examples of children communicating more and with a wider range of adults; remembering to use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, vocalising to express what they want and using a wider range of vocabulary. Many have made progress in their social skills too waiting for their friends, playing nicely with them, staying calm and joining in with an increasing range of activities. One of our pupils attended forest school for the first time and another used his index fingers to press the keys on a keyboard. One pupil helped to tidy the books in the corridor library (a great help to us all!) and a number of pupils coped really with different circumstances and routines. What a fantastic week!

Absence reporting

If your child has an unplanned absence from school, such as illness, please ensure that you phone school on each day they are absent, there is the facility to leave a message at busy times or outside of school hours.  Please avoid emailing class teachers about unplanned absences because if the teacher is off, the message may not get through.  We will not assume that if your child was ill yesterday, for example, that they are off today for the same reason.  There will be occasional exceptions to this such as if your child if off due to diarrhoea and/or vomiting and they have to remain off for 48 hours after the last incidence of diarrhoea/vomiting. Where a child is absent from school and no reason has been provided, the absence will be unauthorised until we have made contact with you.

Please remember to notify school of all planned absences such as medical appointments, if you email the class teacher, please include our Family Liaison Officer – kdougherty@palatineschool.org

For holiday absences, a Request for Absence from School form must be completed in all cases and returned to our Family Liaison Officer.

Thank you.

Covid case

We have been notified of a positive case of Covid in our community.

Your child should come to school unless they are unwell.

If your child is unwell they should remain at home until they are better.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

We are still required to send children home if they are displaying any of these symptoms.

Parenting is rewarding, but it can also be challenging and we all come under pressure from time to time.  The NSPCC have got parenting tips for all stages of a child’s life, as well as advice on how to deal with difficult situations, including coping with tantrums, separation and divorce, mental health and parenting and talking to children about the PANTS rules.

They also have a Positive Parenting guide with practical advice on balancing all the demands parents and carers have to cope with, covering things such as setting boundaries, rewards and discipline and building positive relationships.

As a school, we work closely with all our families to make sure that our children can have the best outcomes possible. We believe in having open and honest dialogue with parents and carers to keep our children safe, happy and healthy, and a good partnership between school and home is the best way to do this. If you would like any help or support with any aspect of parenting or just need someone to talk to, please speak to your child’s class teacher or the Family Liaison team.

Support is also available through Family Lives who offer help and support on all aspects of parenting and family life, and run Parentline – 0808 800 2222 , www.familylives.org.uk

Black Friday – with reports of Christmas toy shortages hitting the headlines, many of us may be reaching for our phones or tablets this Black Friday.  With so many cheap toys online, it can be difficult to tell if the toys we’re buying are safe. The Child Accident Prevention Trust has produced an informative article on how to tell a safe dealer from a dodgy dealer and which toys are the most dangerous, especially when buying from an online platform. Click here for the article.

Barber success!

We had three successful haircuts and one fringe cut with the barber today! She is so good with the children and experienced because she is also a nanny for a child with SEND who she provides care for on a daily basis. If your son struggles with haircuts I do hope this gives you confidence to use this facility to develop their tolerance of haircuts.

She is next in on 10 Feb and then 24 March.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

With very best wishes,

Catriona

 

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