7th June 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

The children have done so well in school this week. A number have made progress in their social skills. Two children have developed a lovely friendship and have been playing together all week. One class had a great park trip where many of the children showed progress. One child shared the zip wire with a little boy, another was much more confident and tried out lots of different things, another gave themselves a countdown and came off the swing, another tolerated someone else in the park with an iPad, whilst another could remember the different things we had talked about doing at the park and tried climbing. One child’s face lit up on the spinning seesaw (which made one of the grown-ups feel very sick!) and another waited to walk to the bus until it was safe. In another class, a child has been helping other children who were struggling, supporting them to join in with activities. The children have also made progress in their focus, engagement and regulation. One has been regulating independently using the computer. They can now spell their last name! Another has been listening really well and engaging with their now and next board.  Another has been taking their photo for feelings and placing it on the zones of regulation. Another has followed their teach board amazingly! Some children have made great progress in transitioning. One child has been transitioning around the school more and is now accessing playtime for 15 minutes each lunchtime.  Another transitioned through the changing room doors for swimming and has learnt the sign “sit”. Another transitioned beautifully to forest school yesterday and enjoyed the company of a couple of their classmates playing and interacting really well. In maths, one child was able to match all Numicon pieces to each other and was able to count how many bowling pins fell down each time, when playing bowling with an adult. Another rolled the dice in maths, recognised the numbers and added the correct number of people onto the bus!  One child made an amazing book about the Titanic independently at home! It had over 30 pages and some detailed drawings to match. They brought it to me for us to read together. The last pages were a quiz based on the story and I was very glad to get most of the questions right! The pride and excitement they displayed in what they had done and their interest in learning was lovely to see!

Safeguarding Spotlight

This week (3-9 June) is Child Safety Week, the Child Accident Prevention Trust’s (CAPT) annual community education campaign.  CAPT was set up 40 years ago by two doctors who could not bear to keep treating the same injuries day after day.  The theme this week has been Safety. Sorted!  

CAPT says that some of the most serious accidents to occur at home are:

Threats to breathing

  • A child who is choking cannot breathe.  Children can choke at any age; their narrow airways are more easily blocked.  Anything smaller than a 2p can choke them. Cut fruit such as grapes and strawberries lengthways and quarters.
  • If a child swallows a button battery, it can get stuck in their food pipe.  It can burn through to the main artery and badly harm or kill them.  Even used ‘flat’ batteries still hold enough charge to be dangerous.
  • Window blind cords can get caught around a child’s neck and it can take just 15 seconds for a young child to lose consciousness and they can die in just two to three minutes.  Make sure a clear hook or tensioner is fitted to keep blind cords and chains safely away from children. Make sure cords on the back of Roman blinds are connected using a device that breaks under pressure.

Safety around dogs

  • We have all seen the horror stories in the news when a dog turns and attacks a member of the family. A dog can bring fun and happiness to family life.  We don’t expect our own dog to bite, but any dog can bite if they feel they have no other option.  Children are most likely to be bitten at home by a familiar dog.  Luckily most bites are preventable and close supervision is key.

Falls

  • Take care to not put furniture in front of windows that children can climb on and risk falling out of windows.  If you can, get safety catches on windows.  If you opt for a lock, keep the keys somewhere you can find them quickly in case there’s a fire.
  • Trampolines – the biggest risk from trampolines is having two people with very different weights.  Use a safety net or cage so children can’t be thrown onto the ground.

Poisoning

  • Bright bottles of cleaning liquid, squidgy washing tablets, shiny packets of painkillers can make children curious and want to put them in their mouth

Burns & scalds

  • A small child’s skin burns really easily.  A baby’s skin is 15 times thinner than an adult’s. A hot drink can stay hot enough to scald even after 15 minutes.

Drowning

  • Drowning happens silently.  A drowning child can’t speak or control their arms, they slip silently under the water. Children can drown in a few centimetres of water, be that in a bath or a paddling pool in the garden.

Fire

  • A family are eight times more likely to die in a fire if a home does not have a working smoke alarm.  If a fire breaks out at night, you won’t smell the smoke and wake up.  The poisonous fumes will send you into a deeper sleep.  Smoke can kill in minutes so there should be a smoke alarm both upstairs and downstairs.  Smoke alarms should be tested every month.

Road Safety

  • Children cannot assess speed or distance, so holding hands or using reins is a good idea.  The Royal Society for the Prevention  of Accidents has a really helpful guide Teaching road safety skills to children with additional needs , produced with the support of the Department for Transport
  • Make sure children are strapped in and sitting in the right car seat for their weight and height. Get children in and out of the car on the pavement side where possible.

 

The Child Accident Prevention Trust has lots of free resources and fact sheets with safety tips on the main accident risks to children.  They have also translated some of their most popular fact sheets into additional languages here. Or visit https://capt.org.uk/child-safety-week

 

Attendance Focus

Absence from school for a holiday is discretionary and not an automatic entitlement.  If you are requesting absence for your child during term time, a Request for Absence form must be submitted as far in advance as possible of the absence (but at least 5 days).  In making a decision about the request, children’s past and present attendance will be considered. Failure to submit a Request for Absence form in advance will result in absences being unauthorised.

Best attendance for week commencing 20 May:

Explorers Hub – Polar Bears 100%

Investigators Hub – Panda class

Engineers Hub – Sealion class

 

Sun reminders  – please remember to send sun cream in with your child now that summer looks like it is here.  Please apply sun cream to your child before they come to school and then staff can ensure sun cream is reapplied during the day.  Please could you also send a sun hat/cap in with your child each day as well.

 

Donkey Therapy

Just a reminder that we have therapy donkeys visiting on 12th and 26th June. If you haven’t already done so, please return the consent form for your child by Monday 10th June.

This week’s sign of the week is t-shirt!

Date reminders:

Inset Day: Friday 21st June 2024

Last day of Term: Tuesday 23rd July 2024.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Very best wishes,

Catriona

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