3rd May 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

The children have done some great learning in school this week. A number of our year 6 pupils have been away on residential completing lots of exciting outdoor and adventurous activities; many being away from home for the first time. A huge thank you to the staff who have given up their own time to take them. There has been some great progress in communication this week. One child picked up the class telephone and very clearly said ‘hello’ without adult prompting. Another has been using more vocabulary to express requests.  Another has learnt some new words and is enjoying saying their friends’ names.  Another is using symbols to show what they want. In maths, one pupil has been working really hard with their counting and another wrote a zero without adult prompt on their maths sheet. Another did amazing verbal counting up to 5. In writing, one pupil wrote in school for the first time! Another has been practising writing their name and can now write it independently! Lots of pupils have made progress in their focus and engagement this week. One pupil engaged with sensory play with an adult for about 15 minutes.  Another engaged for over 20 minutes in our role play area. This is huge progress. Other pupils have made progress in their regulation. One pupil has been calm and focussed and another requested a walk by guiding an adult to the door. One pupil has increased their interaction skills and interacted with an adult during sensory based play. They allowed the adult to introduce new elements to their play through modelling beside them, then they used the ideas in their own play. Three children swam for the first time! In another class the children loved going on the magic train ride and visiting space, they made some funny faces at the popping candy.

Safeguarding Spotlight 

With the summer holidays approaching, it is important that parents and carers can make sure that their children will be happy and protected in extra-curricular clubs and activities within the community. The Safe Clubs for Children campaign was launched to support parents and carers with advice and guidance on out of school activities. Clubs offer great ways for children to develop their skills and confidence as well as having fun. But did you know that where you send your child may actually not be registered? Even people who have committed criminal offences can legally continue to work in roles like children’s entertainers.

Providers should have the relevant safeguarding procedures in place and be able to answer parent/carer questions regarding their child’s safety. High quality clubs and organisations will always welcome questions about their activities, the safety of their environment and the care of children.

If you have a concern regarding a child’s safety at a club, report it. Details of how to do this can be found here.

Sun Safety

With better weather hopefully upon us, please remember to stay protected and safe in the sun:

  • Sunburn increases your risk of skin cancer

Sunburn does not just happen on holiday; you can burn in the UK, even when it’s cloudy

There’s no safe or healthy way to get a tan.

  • A tan does not protect your skin from the sun’s harmful effects.
  • The sun is strongest in the UK between 11am and 3pm from March to October

Top tips for everyone:

  • Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm
  • Adults should use at least factor 30 sunscreen (SPF30) and children should use at least factor 50 (SPF50) even when it is cloudy.  Sunscreen should also have at least 4-stars for UVA protection
  • Protect your lips with at least SPF 30 lip balm
  • No sunscreen offers 100% protection so it is important to cover up with suitable clothing, sunglasses (with CE Mark and British Standard Mark 12312-1:2013E) and a hat (that shades the face, neck and ears)
  • Remember that babies and children’s skin is much more sensitive than adults and babies under 6 months should be kept out of direct strong sunlight
  • Make sure the sunscreen is not past its expiry date; most have a shelf life of about 2 years and store out of direct sunlight.
  • Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin, including the face, neck and ears.  Don’t forget feet and backs of hand too.
  • Sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before going out
  • Apply sunscreen liberally and frequently; approximately 5 teaspoons for the whole body and one teaspoon for face and neck
  • Re-apply sunscreen straight after you have bee in water, even if it is “water resistant,” and after towel drying, sweating or when it may have been rubbed off.  Even if you have not been in water, the sun can dry sunscreen off your skin so it’s important to re-apply at least every 2 hours.
  • UVA radiation can penetrate glass; this can be a car window, so ensure you protect your skin if you are on long car journeys or spend a lot of time sat by sunny windows.

 

More information and advice can be found here from the British Skin Foundation and advice here from the NHS

Attendance Focus

All children will have days when they are not able to come to school, for example due to illness or family emergencies.  For some children, their health needs are such that they may have quite a lot of time off and this is understood. However, did you know that a child who misses school just twice per month will lose out on 18 days of school across the school year – that’s four weeks.

Best attendance for week commencing 22 April:

Explorers Hub – Peacock class & Zebra class, both with 100%

Investigators Hub – Stingray class

Engineers Hub – Sloth class

 

The sign of the week is hat!

 

Parking

We continue to receive complaints about parking on Palatine Road and neighbouring roads. Please do not park at the very end of road turnings as this obstructs the view for cars and vehicles turning out of the road and is an accident waiting to happen – which none of us want.

The Highway code (rule 250) states: Cars, goods vehicles not exceeding 2500 kg laden weight, invalid carriages, motorcycles and pedal cycles may be parked without lights on a road (or lay-by) with a speed limit of 30 mph (48 km/h) or less if they are:

  • at least 10 metres (32 feet) away from any junction, close to the kerb and facing in the direction of the traffic flow
  • in a recognised parking place or lay-by.

This is also important in ensuring the children are safe on their journey to and from school.

Have a wonderful bank holiday weekend everyone. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Very best wishes,

Catriona

 

 

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