3rd March 2023
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have had great fun celebrating World Book Day today and it has been lovely to share stories with the children and to see them so excited about stories and books! Some of our older and more fluent readers have gone to other classes to read stories to other pupils and have done this amazingly well. We are so proud of them! Across the week there has been some fantastic learning. A number of pupils have made progress in swimming with one child demonstrating increased independence and confidence in the water. Another child has worked so hard on her physical skills and is walking increased distances by herself! Within maths a pupil did some fantastic counting and in literacy another has been doing wonderful reading and choosing to read for pleasure. One child went to the toilet without an adult and two children did fantastic switch work in cookery. Within communication one child can now sign ‘want’ as well as ‘please’ and another has been expanding their vocabulary. There have been a number of children around school who are noticeably talking more, using more words, speaking more clearly and speaking to a greater range of people and in more contexts. Two pupils held doors for visitors today and said “after you”! It is wonderful to share their achievements with them!
Easter Holiday – Woodland Activity Days
With the Easter holidays only 4-weeks away, Sussex Forest Activities, Furzefield District Scout Campsite, Dappers Lane, Angmering, BN16 4EW are offering Woodland Activity Days for children age 5 – 12 from 10.00am to 3.00pm on:
Mon 3 April
Wed 5th April
Thurs 6th April
Tues 11th April
Wed 12th April
Thurs 13th April
Fri 14th April
Activities include den building, tree climbing, whittling, outdoor cooking, wildlife exploration and lots more. Visit www.forestactivities.co.uk to book a place or find out more.
For families in receipt of means-tested free school meals, places can be fully funded (input code: EasterHAF23, on the checkout page when booking).
This week’s sign of the week is maths!
For the week commencing 20th February, the classes with the best attendance were;
- Explorers hub – Sealion class
- Investigators hub – Husky class
- Engineers hub – Koala class
For many years we have been encouraged to take steps to look after our physical health but it is equally important that we all take steps to look after our mental and emotional health. All of us can benefit from increasing our resilience to the stress life throws at us and to increase our wellbeing especially during the current cost of living crisis.
Young Minds have a useful ‘Supporting Parents Helpfinder’ with tips, advice and support out how to support their child’s mental health. Find the help finder here: https://youngminds.org.uk/supporting-parents-helpfinder/
However, it is equally as important for us as parents/carers and adults in our school community to look after our own mental health and emotional wellbeing too. The charity Mind offer some useful information on their website about mental health, mental health conditions and ways of improving emotional wellbeing such as mindfulness, talking therapies and a range of online resources. If you need urgent help, click here.
Finally, Bright Sky is a mobile app and website for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or who is worried about someone else. The app can be downloaded for free via the app stores. Launched in partnership with Vodafone, the app includes questionnaires to assess the safety of a relationship, and a section on dispelling myths around domestic and sexual abuse.
The website is focused on how to spot the signs of domestic abuse, advice on how to support someone you have concerns for, and ways to find help. The NHS also have some really helpful advice and support for anyone affected by domestic abuse, read more here.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Very best wishes,