26th January 2024

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are halfway through this half term and the children are fully immersed in their topic learning. They have been taught about different areas in the world and I have enjoyed seeing the many and varied activities the children have been participating in as part of this. One pupil correctly identified that fish live in an ecosystem whilst others have been dissecting fish in their scientific learning, which they loved!  Others have started designing and making cars. Other children have been learning through the story of the Three Little Pigs. They have dressed up in high vis jackets and building hats and built houses from different materials.  One pupil did some excellent signing in phonics whilst another wrote a sentence which included a connective.  There has been lots of great progress within communication. One child said ‘go’ in context. Another said bye to their friends. Another communicated well all week, whilst our Yr 6 pupils have continued to communicate fantastically in their PATH meetings. In physical development one has been doing brilliant walking.  In social development one class played together well in soft play whilst another tried a fruit lolly. One child has been using good regulation strategies.  It is lovely to see the variety of learning going on through the week and to see how much enjoyment the children get from being at school.

 

Attendance Focus

Best attendance for last week:

Explorers Hub –  Hippo class

Investigators Hub – Crocodile class

Engineers Hub –  Husky class

 

Safeguarding Spotlight 

Time to Talk Day – Rethink Mental Illness

On Thursday 1st of February 2024 it will be ‘Time to Talk Day’. The initiative seeks to give us all a chance to be more open about our mental health, and talk about how we really feel.

It’s not always easy to tell people how you really feel. Sometimes it’s easier to just say we’re ‘fine’ than to open up. But an open conversation can be the first step towards better mental health.

Time to Talk Day is run by Rethink Mental Illness and Mind, delivered in partnership with Co-op for the third year running.

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. All too often it can make people feel isolated, worthless and ashamed because of this.  And the combination of a relentless news cycle and cost of living crisis is only making it harder to look after our mental health.

Talking openly and honestly about our mental health is good for our wellbeing and helps bust myths and break down barriers.

And listening without judgement when someone opens up to you has the power to change a life.

To find out more, please follow the link below for information, help and advice:

https://www.rethink.org/campaigns-and-policy/awareness-days-and-events/time-to-talk-day

Free School Meals Voucher Scheme – February half term

West Sussex County Council is utilising funding from the government’s Household Support Fund to help support families with means tested Free School Meal (FSM) eligible children. Families will be entitled to a £10.00 voucher for each FSM child during the upcoming February half term. Vouchers will be issued on 2 February in the usual way.

Activ8

Activ8 are still looking at how they can provide after school provision at Palatine and we will continue to keep you updated on the progress of this.

Whilst Activ8 will be responsible for the running and managing of the club, as a school, we will always have due regard to ensuring that children are safe and happy with their needs met.  We are therefore working closely with them in making sure the after school club is right for our children and families.

The sign of the week is want!  

Dates for the diary:

  • Spring term Parents Evening: Wednesday 7th February (except Dolphins)
  • Dolphins Parent’s Evening: Thursday 8th February
  • Half term: 12-16th February

Have a wonderful weekend.

Very best wishes,

Catriona

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