23rd February 2024


Dear Parents and Carers,

The children have had a great first week back at school, with some children demonstrating progress in remaining calm and regulated.  Lots of children have made progress in their communication, some saying new words. For example, one said “Camel!” clearly across the room when a picture of the desert was on the board.  Another has been making lots of different and new sounds this week and another has been requesting things they want/need more. One signed ‘more please’ independently when wanting an adult to sing a song again! One child is giving adults lots of eye contact and another enjoyed intensive interaction with an adult. Another is using communication aids and verbally requesting what they want, sometimes completely independently. They are consistently using their words throughout the whole day. Their manners are beautiful. Always using please and thank you!

A number of children have made progress in their social development and learning skills.  One child is transitioning into school beautifully every day. They are accessing and feeling comfortable exploring new environments. They are moving from places that they would previously get stuck at. They are building some great relationships with the adults around them. Another remained present for an entire ‘What’s in the Box?’ session! Another joined in with stage 3 of ‘What’s in the Box?’, completing the activity without support.  Another has been transitioning to the toilet and the playground.  Another accessed the swing for regulation for the first time.  Another has had lots of positive interactions with their friends in class.  One child is sitting on their own chair now without needing any reassurance from their adult. In personal development, one child completed some independent self-care routines.  In one class, the children have done really well within their PE lessons and, in another, a child who has been nervous of the pool made it off the pool steps and into the water. One child has started to role play with the small world figures.

In maths, one child wrote some numbers to fill in some missing number problems all by themselves. Another has been attempting to solve times tables sums in their head, as well as using arrays to help them. Two children shared out raisins onto biscuits equally.  Within literacy, children in one class have been enjoying their new story, Red Riding Hood’.  One child read the word ‘sat’ independently in phonics!  Another has been spelling out some words using a keyboard/magnetic letters independently.

World Book Day

World Book Day is on Thursday 7th March. Kate Thompson, a local children’s author, will be visiting us to share her book Superheroes Don’t Get Scared… Or Do They? To celebrate we will be having a superhero themed day. Children are welcome to wear superhero fancy dress or their own clothes, because we are all superheroes anyway! Please do not feel that you need to buy anything new for World Book Day.

We will have lots of reading and superhero-themed learning on 7th March for the children to enjoy. We would like to have some comic books for children to share, if you have any at home or know anyone who would be able to donate child appropriate comics or magazines we would be extremely grateful!

Kate will be signing copies of her books, if you would like to buy a copy of her book, please return the form that has been sent home and complete the payment on the MCAS app by Wednesday 28th February. Payment on MCAS app will be open from Friday 23rd February. If you have any problems with this please contact finance@palatineschool.org

Attendance Focus

Best attendance for the week leading up to half term (5-9 Feb):

Explorers Hub – Leopard class – 100%

Investigators Hub – Stingray class

Engineers Hub – Llama class

Please remember to call the pupil absence line as early as possible if your child is not going to be in school.  When you leave a message, please state the reason for absence.  Please can you call each day of your child’s absence unless you have informed us that your child will not be back until a certain date. Your support with this is appreciated.

Safeguarding Spotlight 

Everything that we do has the children at its centre. Their wellbeing, their safety, their achievement, their happiness underpins every decision we make. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in our school is the responsibility of the whole school community.  Often when safeguarding is mentioned, the immediate thought is about child protection – when a child is suffering harm or is in danger of suffering harm. However, safeguarding is much more complex than this and encompasses a very wide range of areas.

At Palatine we ensure that all our staff are well-trained in all aspects of safeguarding and this training is regularly updated and frequently revisited throughout the year. We also ensure that our curriculum provides the children with age-appropriate opportunities to learn how to keep themselves healthy and safe.

At Palatine, our safeguarding team is made up of our designated safeguarding leads – Charlotte Howting and Frances Hodges and deputy designated safeguarding leads – Catriona Goldsmith and Kaarina Dougherty. We also have our puppet SAPS (Safeguarding at Palatine School) who also helps explain to our children how to stay safe.  Ask your child about SAPS!

Palatine Road Crossing Survey

Many thanks to everyone who has completed the survey. If you haven’t already done so, please take a minute or two to complete the survey here. We are working hard to get the local council to take seriously our concerns re the busyness of Palatine road and the dangers this imposes for our children. Your help with this is much appreciated. Thank you!


We would like to remind parents and carers to please ensure you are parking legally and safely when dropping your children off at school and picking them up at the end of the day. Please follow the Highway Code at all times and ensure that you are respecting other road users.

Activ8 are looking to re-launch their club on Mondays starting from Monday 4th March. To make a booking, you will need to register yourself and then your child/ren onto the Activ8 website. Under the Sports & Activity tab you will find the booking for Palatine. https://activ8forkids.ipalbookings.com

The sign of the week is medicine! 

Forthcoming dates for your diary:

Remainder of the Spring term

  • Coffee Morning – 6th March (9.15am – 10.45am)
  • World Book Day – 7th March
  • Parent drop-in – week beginning 18th March (more details of specific arrangements to follow)
  • INSET day – 28th March– school closed to pupils for staff training

Spring term Friends Events:

  • Easter/Spring Fete – Saturday 23rdMarch – 2-4
  • Easter Raffle – Wednesday 27thMarch – in school time

Easter holidays: 29th March – 12th April 

Summer term: dates so far

  • Bank Holiday – 6th May
  • Parents’ evening – 22nd May

Half term – 27th –31st May

  • INSET day – 21st June– school closed to pupils for staff training
  • Summer term Parent drop-in – week beginning 5th July
  • End of summer term – 23rd July

To be confirmed:

  • A summer celebration related to the whole school topic
  • Summer Friends Event

Have a wonderful weekend.

Very best wishes,


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