19th January 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a cold week this has been! The children have continued to enjoy school, including Forest School and being outside despite this! Some children in the Investigators hub enjoyed a trip to the theatre in Portsmouth to see ‘The Gruffalo’ as part of their topic learning. In our Engineers Hub the children enjoyed many exciting challenges as they explored the ‘grasslands’ as the first part of their topic learning. Some tasted edible insects as part of this and I am still astounded that they preferred the taste of these to passion fruit which was also on offer! One child signed ‘children’ and communicated where their friends were.  Another has been using Grid Player to communicate. Children are making great progress in their literacy; one child read words with the ‘ai’ sound in them whilst another has been learning how to spell pigeon, magpie and seagull and can recognise most of the sounds and letter names in these words too.  Within maths, one child has been counting in 10’s. Lots of pupils have made progress in their social development this week. One child has been exploring the school and going into lots of different rooms. Another tried to share a train with his friend by passing it to them.  A number of children are walking straight into class on most occasions which is a significant improvement in how they are managing transitions. Three children played their own excellent version of hide and seek when in Soft Play.

Attendance Focus

Best attendance for last week:

Explorers Hub – Hippo class & Ladybird class

Investigators Hub –  Turtle class

Engineers Hub – Husky class

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 the friendly dinosaur Pantosaurus who has his very own song to sing along with to reinforce PANTS.  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 as well as videos that have been created for children who communicate using Makaton.   Some common questions parents have asked and some typical questions from children and how to answer them here.

The sign of the week is eat!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Very best wishes,

Catriona

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