Dear Parents and Carers

Great learning

There has been some wonderful learning both in school and out this week! Children are displaying confidence and familiarity with daily routines, some spending more time in class working alongside others and others working hard to complete learning tasks that require a greater degree of independence. Other pupils have been tolerating wearing and using equipment such as ear defenders and walkers to help them access their learning for longer or to develop their physical stamina. Many have been really engaged in their learning, joining in for longer and exploring lots of different textures within their learning programmes.

Some children are showing progress in their communication skills development; communicating more and using longer phrases. One pupil has increased her vocalisations and is starting to vocalise in turn with an adult. Another signed the initial of an adult’s name to get their attention in a PE session.   I went to a pretend dinner hall and was asked what I would like to eat and reminded to let it cool down before I ate it. When my pizza was handed over to me my server said ‘bon appetit!’  In the Investigators hub the children are learning about ‘People who help us’ and lots of children have been refreshing their learning on who keeps them safe in school and confidently know who keeps them safe and what jobs adults do in order to do this. Other children have worked hard in their TAC PAC sessions and others have joined in with ‘Sunshine Circles’ more than before. There has been some fantastic work in the pool too with pupils working hard to kick their legs, and make bicycle movements. One pupil had a great first physio session and another has worked hard on their walking skills. Others have worked hard to develop their reading; singing the phonics song, symbol matching and segmenting words in a book. Others have joined in with sensory stories. The new topic in the Explorers Hub is proving really popular and the vehicle related role play corners have led to extended role-plays and greater imaginary play than seen previously. Others have completed sorting work around vehicles with wheels and those that do not have wheels. Others have shown that they really love the story ‘the journey home from Grandpas’ asking to read it again and again.

Finally, a special mention goes to 14 of our Year 6 pupils who have had a fantastic three days on a residential trip to Avon Tyrrell. They have challenged themselves with activities such as Kayaking, Archery, Low Ropes and Zip Wiring (from quite high up!) as well as enjoying a campfire and disco and trip to Paultons Park. They have had an absolutely fabulous time and excelled, showing courage and bravery. I take this opportunity to thank the staff who took them away so they could enjoy such a wonderful experience. No doubt some of you have some very tired children at home tonight!

 Building update 

Those of you who drop off and collect from the parent’s gate to the left of school as you face it, will have noticed that the building site area is now completely clear and ready for them to start work (which is currently scheduled to start over half term). There are some slight complications with access routes down that side of the school and the contractor’s team and West Sussex representatives are visiting school next week to finalise plans which may necessitate some changes to pupils using the entrance at that side of the school. I will keep you posted.

The new car park arrangements have been working well despite the children having to alight on the opposite side of the buses. We have even managed to shorten the amount of time it takes us to get the children in and out of school. Thank you so much for cooperating with us.

 Car Parking Permits: important!

If you have a parking permit, this must be displayed in your windscreen to enter the car park or you will not be permitted to park. We do need to limit vehicle access to the site and in order to do this we need to ensure that those using the car park are authorised to do this. Thank you!

 

In order to help everyone in our community to sign better our SALT team provide us in school with a sign of the week. This week’s sign is sing.

Palatine Primary School is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors.  Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in our school is the responsibility of the whole school community.  All adults in this school are required to report any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead. At Palatine, we have a safe and nurturing environment where children can learn and develop happily and we also aim to equip children with skills to help keep them safe. More information can be found here.  We use our puppet Saps to help explain to our children how to stay safe and this week, Saps has also been helping the children understand the different people that keep us safe, including the emergency services for example.  Ask your child about Saps!

Children have also been learning about Pantosaurus, the friendly dinosaur who has his very own song to sing along to, which is all about PANTS!

Talk PANTS – talking PANTS is a simple conversation to help keep children safe and helps them understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.  Each letter in the word PANTS gives one of the rules:

Privates are private

Always remember your body belongs to you

No means no

Talk about secrets that upset you

Speak up, someone can help

The NSPCC has lots of tips and advice with the help of Pantosaurus.  There are a range of PANTS guides for parents and foster carers which are downloadable in a number of different languages including Polish, Lithuanian, Bengali.  There is also a guide for those with a disability and for children with autism. Just click here.  There are some common questions parents have asked and some typical questions from children and how to answer them here.

If you have Alexa or an Echo device, the NSPCC explains how you can use these to teach children about PANTS and open ‘NSPCC’ free here.

Some helpful information (this can also be found on our website)

Citizens Advice are hosting free webinars on disability benefits for parents and carers of children with SEND and other disabilities.  This will help when it comes to Disability Living Allowance (DLA) form-filling, so parents/carers can better understand eligibility to receive DLA and will offer the opportunity to learn more about how to fill out the application, as well as gain awareness for other disability benefits available to them and their family.

Parents and carers can choose any of the following dates available that suits them:

  • Wednesday 4th May | 12pm – 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 18th May | 12pm – 1.30pm
  • Thursday 9th June | 12pm – 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 22nd June | 7pm – 8.30pm

These webinars are in a small group session format of no more than 8 people and will take place on Zoom.

To book a place, they can visit here.

Emergency Planning reminder

Please complete and return the questionnaire I sent out before the Easter holidays about your working pattern to inform our emergency planning.  We have had a number back but to make this most effective we really need to hear from you all. Thank you.

After school club

We were thrilled with the successful launch of After School Club this week. Please email pasc@palatienschool.org if you are interested in your child having a place in the future. Thank you.

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend everyone. See you on Tuesday!

With very best wishes,

Catriona

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