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What are the 5 symptoms of chickenpox?


What are the signs and symptoms of chickenpox?

  • Fever.
  • Feeling tired.
  • Headache.
  • A stomachache that lasts for one or two days.
  • A skin rash that is very itchy and looks like many small blisters.
  • Bumps filled with a liquid that looks like milky water.
  • Scabs after the blisters break.
  • Skin that looks blotchy.


What do Beginning chicken pox look like?

The rash begins as many small red bumps that look like pimples or insect bites. They appear in waves over 2 to 4 days, then develop into thin-walled blisters filled with fluid. The blister walls break, leaving open sores, which finally crust over to become dry, brown scabs.


A detailed description of chicken pox


An itchy, spotty rash is the main symptom of chickenpox. It can be anywhere on the body

Chickenpox happens in 3 stages. But new spots can appear while others are becoming blisters or forming a scab.

Stage 1: small spots appear:

The spots can:

be anywhere on the body, including inside the mouth and around the genitals, which can be painful

spread or stay in a small area

be red, pink, darker or the same colour as surrounding skin, depending on your skin tone

be harder to see on brown and black skin

Stage 2: the spots become blisters:

The spots fill with fluid and become blisters. The blisters are very itchy and may burst.

Stage 3: the blisters become scabs:

The spots form a scab. Some scabs are flaky while others leak fluid.

Other symptoms:

Before or after the rash appears, you might also get:

a high temperature

aches and pains, and generally feeling unwell

loss of appetite

Chickenpox is very itchy and can make children feel miserable, even if they do not have lots of spots.

Increase in Acute Hepatitis cases in children

UKHSA is working with the NHS and public health colleagues across the UK to investigate the potential cause of an unusually high number of acute hepatitis ‘liver inflammation’ cases being seen in children from England, Scotland and Wales in the past few weeks. There is no known association with travel, and hepatitis viruses (A to E) have not been detected in these children.

In England, there have been 49 confirmed cases with most cases being in 2 to 5 year olds.

Based on reports from the specialist units, no child has died. The underlying cause of this increase in presentation since early 2022 currently remains unknown. There is no evidence to suggest this is linked to the COVID-19 vaccine.

One of a number of potential causes under investigation is that a group of viruses called adenoviruses may be causing the illnesses. Adenoviruses are commonly passed from person to person and by touching contaminated surfaces, as well as through the respiratory route. The most effective way to minimise the spread of adenoviruses is to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene and supervise thorough handwashing in younger children.

We are raising awareness amongst professionals, and we are asking parents to be particularly vigilant to children presenting with signs and symptoms potentially attributable to hepatitis that may require testing and to contact a healthcare professional if they have concerns.


Symptoms of hepatitis

Short-term (acute) hepatitis often has no noticeable symptoms, so you may not realise you have it.

If symptoms do develop, they can include:

See your GP if you have any persistent or troublesome symptoms that you think could be caused by hepatitis.


This is the proposed Anti-Bullying Policy. It has been created by Notts County Council and we are required to carry out a consultation with all stakeholders before we adopt it.

Some parts are written in red as these need to be considered.

If you have any comments regarding the policy - if you think that something has been missed or needs removing, please let the school know by contacting the school office at by Tuesday 8th February at 12 pm. Thank you.


Yvonne Reeson

12th January 2022: Department for Education Coronavirus update

Temporary suspension of confirmatory PCR tests in education and childcare settings

Confirmatory PCR testing following a positive result on a lateral flow device (LFD) will be temporarily suspended from today, Tuesday 11 January. This means that for all education and childcare settings, staff and students who have tested (either at home or through ATS) and reported a positive LFD result will no longer be advised to get a confirmatory PCR test.

This change is informed by public health advice. With high COVID-19 rates, the risk of a positive LFD result being false is very small. We therefore don’t need to ask people to do a confirmatory PCR unless they:

  • have symptoms (in which case they need to follow the stay at home guidance, self-isolate and order a PCR test)
  • wish to claim the Test and Trace Support Payment
  • have been advised to take a PCR test because they are in a clinically vulnerable group
  • have been advised to do so as part of a research or surveillance programme

Education and childcare settings are not expected to trace contacts of a positive case as this will remain the responsibility of NHS Test and Trace. From today, Tuesday 11 January, contact tracing is triggered once a positive LFD test is reported.

Students should be strongly encouraged to test twice weekly at home and to report all results to NHS Test and Trace and to their setting. Anyone with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate and follow self-isolation guidance.

Information on the new arrangements can be found in the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Possible STEM after school club

Play Safe, a new national safeguarding campaign (Football Association)

Over the weekend, the Football Association and the NSPCC launched ‘Play Safe’, a national campaign to focus attention on the vital importance of safeguarding in football. At the heart of the campaign are three short films to emphasise the importance of safeguarding for key groups of people, crucially children themselves.

One aspect of the campaign is prompting parents to ask questions:

• Do you know your child’s club Welfare Officer? 

• If so, do you have their tel no. in your ‘phone, as well as that of the NSPCC?

• Are you up to speed with your child’s club’s safeguarding policies and procedures?

• Do you regularly check-in with your child to see what they are enjoying/not enjoying and why?

More information can be found here:

Covid-19 Outbreak in School

Reading Plus login

Site code: rpstpet13

login is child's first name with the first letter a capital followed by the first letter of their last name as a capital e.g MickeyM

Password is qwerty

Children can change their password if they wish but need to remember it. Passwords should not be saved. 


Olivia, in Class 2, is planning to have her lovely, long hair cut - her ponytail is a whopping 43 centimetres long.

She is going to donate her hair to the 'Little Princess Trust'. This is a UK charity that provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young people, up to the age of 24, who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment or other illnesses.

In addition, Olivia would really like our school to benefit from this thoughtful act. Olivia and her mum, Tammy,  are hoping to raise £100 to buy extra equipment for the school - something that we probably wouldn't otherwise have.

If you feel that this is an enterprise that you would be willing and able to support, please log on to their JustGiving Crowdfunding page using the link below.

I would like to offer a very big thank you to Olivia who is really going 'Beyond Expectation' and being a great ambassador for our 'Take Care' school values, both in school and in the wider community.

From Mrs Reeson on behalf of Olivia and her mum, Tammy.



Wellbeing Award for Schools

You may remember being sent a letter during February about the school's intention to achieve the Wellbeing Award for Schools. If you'd like a refresher, the letter can be found within Key Information on the signpost. The letter can be found by clicking on the rainbow near to the bottom of the page, under the heading 'Physical & Mental Health and Wellbeing'.

Unfortunately, it would appear that the Parent Survey that was sent out never worked so Mrs Howitt has sent another link earlier today. We would REALLY appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to complete thi s survey as your responses will be used create our school Action Plan.

Fortunately, the Pupil Survey did work and you can find the results for this in the document below. I have to say that we have been very pleased with the children's responses and we feel that we are going in the right direction.

For future reference, WAS stands for Wellbeing Award for Schools.

Thank you for taking the time to have a look. 

The Wellbeing for Schools Award Results of the pupil survey Feb 2021

Does your child struggle to sleep?

The Prevent Duty; the Role of the Prevent Officers and the Act Early campaign

The Wellbeing Award for Schools - an introductory letter

                       Top Tips for Supporting Your Child's Mental Health


Dear parents and carers, 

Please don't think I'm trying to teach Grandma how to suck eggs; this article could well be reaffirming that you're doing the right thing during these challenging times. I've no doubt that everyone is trying their best.


Maintaining good mental health is just as important as having a healthy body. It affects the way children think, feel and act. As a parent, you play an important role in promoting your child's mental health and recognising when there may be early signs of difficulties.

But how can you promote good mental health?

Put simply, you can do this by:

  • being aware of the things you say and how you speak to your child;
  • clear and positive actions;
  • and 
  • through the environment you create at home;

So, here are our 10 top tips on practical ways you can positively promote your child’s mental health:


1. Connect with your child everyday.

Try to have make time every day for an activity where you can connect with your child without distractions that enables comfortable conversation. We all lead busy lives, but doing an activity like this together will offer your child the opportunity for them to feel secure and express how they are doing / feeling;


2. Have quiet time together.

This is a great way to connect with your child and takes no planning! Uninterrupted quiet time provides an ideal environment for your child to focus and build their attention span. When things are overwhelming, quiet time can help your child reset their thoughts and avoid behaviour escalation to meltdowns;


3. Praise your child when they do well.

Recognise their efforts as well as achievements- praise the small steps. For example, say your child has difficulty sitting quietly and calmly at the dinner table. Although desired, it would be unrealistic to initially expect them to do this for half an hour. So small steps might be praising that they achieved 5 -10 minutes. At the next meal this could be built on by reminding them of their previous achievement and setting a new goal of 15 minutes;


4. Foster your child’s self-esteem.

Self-esteem is how they feel about themselves, both inside and out. Children with good self-esteem generally have a positive outlook, accept themselves and feel confident. Fostering self-esteem includes showing love and acceptance, asking questions about their activities / interests and helping them to set realistic goals;


5. Actively listen to your child.

That’s really listening to what they are saying and how they are feeling. Often the way children feel may seem unrealistic or disproportionate to adults but remember, children do not have the wisdom of experience and they may need help and direction to make sense of situations and feelings. Try to answer your child's questions and reassure them in an age-appropriate manner. Whilst you may not be able to answer all their questions, talking things through can help them feel calmer;


6. Wherever possible stick to commitments and routines.

Following through on commitments and routines builds trust and continuity, important relationship factors. Try to keep to as many regular routines as possible to help your child feel safe and secure. This includes having regular times for going to bed, waking up, eating meals and doing activities /hobbies;


7. Keep your promises.

Should the need to break a commitment or routine occur make sure there is a valid reason and take the time to explain why to your child. Remember success comes from keeping your promises to your child;


8. Find opportunities to play together.

Play is a fantastic way for children to learn new things and develop problem solving skills. It also offers great opportunities for them to learn how to express their feelings;


9. Be a positive role model.

Look after your own mental health and wellbeing. Children are intuitive and will readily pick up on feelings such as stress, anxiety, hopelessness and fear.


10. Help your child to develop a language of feelings.

Teaching children about feelings can be hard as it’s an abstract concept but if they can understand and express their emotions, they will be less likely to ‘act out’.  For example, you can discuss how characters in a book are feeling and the reasons why they may be feeling that way;


We hope you find these tips helpful. It is important to recognise and accept that sometimes your child may not feel comfortable talking to you. As a parent this is a tough one, but the reality is that there will be occasions where this is the case. Rather than feel resentful or unhappy, you can take positive action and help them find someone they feel comfortable talking to e.g., a grandparent, an older sibling or another positive adult role model. Above all else, if you have any concerns, no matter how minor, or are at all worried about your child’s behaviour, mental health or wellbeing please contact your GP. In the first instance they may offer a face-to-face appointment or may ask you to speak to them via phone or video call. GPs are experienced professionals trained to help and you shouldn’t worry about wasting their time.


I hope you found the article useful.

Best wishes,

Yvonne Reeson

A Little Bit of Loveliness

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I have been sent this beautiful video by Dave Maddison, a close friend of St. Peter's. He has worked closely with us on our Beyond Expectation Education. I hope you enjoy this film.

Remote Education Statement

Useful Guidance Relating to COVID-19

Breakfast Club booking form

A Parent's Guide to a Growth Mindset

A little message from us to you

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We are thinking of you. #stayhome #staysafe
Thank you to Mrs Forrest for putting this montage together.


Please find below the link for our home learning platform. If you paste the link, the children will be able to access their learning platform using their logins and passwords provided. If you have any difficulties please contact your class teacher by emailing school and the message will be passed on.

Read, Write Inc: You Tube Speed Sound Lessons