Dear Parents and Carers,

The children have done some great learning in school this week. In literacy one pupil has worked hard to learn all his Stage 1 tricky words in Phonics and another is continuing to master his CVC words.  Another child wrote the ‘th’ sound on his own after watching an adult model and another read a yellow band Phonics book independently. One of our older pupils can now identify verbs and adjectives in sentences. In creative learning a number of pupils have really enjoyed making some beautiful Incy Wincy spiders and one child drew the most magnificent beetle without a model. There have been some wonderful developments in children’s social skills and ability to learn with each other. A number of our children who find it hard to learn in classrooms around others have been spending more time in class and one pupil joined in all of PE without any adult support, created a gymnastics routine with a partner and performed to the class which is an incredible achievement! One child has been in class all week. Two pupils have formed a lovely friendship and are now best friends and have been playing beautifully together!  In maths one pupil has been comparing the heights of different objects and saying which is taller. Another has explored the clocks and the sand timers, this is a big step for him! In the pool one child has made a great improvement in their swimming. We have also seen some great progress in communication with one of our pupils using Makaton really well and another making requests using their PECs without adult prompt.


Friday 10th February: INSET day. School closed to pupils.

Half term: Monday 13th – Friday 17th February

With half term approaching, free school meal eligible families will be entitled to a £15.00 voucher per child for the week. These will be sent out next week.

For children who are not free school meal eligible but who’s families need urgent support, for example, with food, the Community Hub will be operating in West Sussex. The Community Hub can be contacted on 0330 222 7980 and is open 09:00 – 17:00 seven days a week.

Attendance Focus

For the week commencing 23rd January, the classes with the best attendance were;

  • Explorers hub – Zebra class
  • Investigators hub – Gorilla class
  • Engineers hub – Crocodile class

Please remember to call school as early as possible on each day that your child is absent (you can leave a voicemail message outside of school hours).

Please also ensure that we have up-to-date contact numbers for you in case of emergency.

This week’s sign of the week is chocolate!

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 (Safeguarding at Palatine School) to help explain to our children how to stay safe and includes areas such as road safety, e-safety, stranger danger and the importance of hand washing.  Ask your child about Saps!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Very best wishes,




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