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We are pleased to share the school's recent Ofsted Inspection report with you. As a school, we are very happy with the outcome. We would like to reiterate our thanks to you for sharing your thoughts about the school on Parent View, and directly with the inspectors. 

We would like to reassure you that the area for development that has been identified: 'The school needs to ensure that learning is adapted when necessary to ensure all pupils progress as well as possible through the curriculum, particularly at a greater depth level', is already on the 2023-2024 School Improvement Plan. Work is already well underway to address this. 

Yvonne Reeson

Head teacher

on behalf of the staff and the school's Governing Body

Dear families,

 

On behalf of all the staff, I would like to offer our sincere thanks for your support of the school during our Ofsted inspection. The inspectors were bowled over by the number of responses that were added to Parent View and the amazing things you said about St. Peter's. 

As a staff, we have been overwhelmed by your support. Thank you so much.

We are unable to share the final outcome of the inspection, but we are assured that the report should be available by the end of April.

Enjoy your Easter break - we certainly will!

 

From Mrs Reeson and the team

Whooping Cough Information Letter from Public Health

Please could you make a donation of cat or dog food for the abandoned animals in Ukraine?

EASTER DISCO -NEXT WEEK

FANTASTIC National Attendance Award for Autumn term 2023

Letters from Damian Hinds: Minister for Schools #feelingproud

Factors that have a 'Positive, Negative or No Impact At All' on Learning

 

Certain factors have a positive impact on a child's learning; some factors have a negative impact, and some factors have virtually no impact at all. 

Please take a look at the chart below that was produced by John Hattie.

 

Professor John Hattie is a researcher in education. His research interests include performance indicators, models of measurement and evaluation of teaching and learning. John Hattie became known to a wider public with his two books Visible Learning and Visible Learning for teachers. Visible Learning is a synthesis of more than 800 meta-studies covering more than 80 million students.  According to John Hattie Visible Learning is the result of 15 years of research about what works best for learning in schools. The Times Educational Supplement once called him “possibly the world’s most influential education academic”.

 

I hope you find this information useful. I personally think it is intriguing and surprising in equal measure!

Visible Learning by John Hattie

Adjustments to Parents' Evening Arrangements

 

Dear families,

 

We politely request that you do not bring your children with you to next week's meetings with class teachers. There are instances when the teacher may have something to say to you that is not appropriate for your child to hear. That is not to suggest that we are talking about children behind their backs, but some conversations are better suited to remain between adults. Daisy does not need to hear her teacher saying that she's not keeping up with the class, but you, as a parent / carer, need to know, for example. 

As the After School Club takes place in the school hall, we are unable to offer an alternative place for your children to wait.

 

If this causes childcare issues for you, please speak to your child's class teacher on the gate, or contact Mrs Howitt in the School Office, and a telephone call can be arranged instead.

 

Thank you in anticipation of your understanding.

Best wishes,

 

Yvonne Reeson

Head teacher

 

 

The Big Ambition - a survey about the future of Education

 

Dear children, parents and carers,

I have received the following email from the Children's Commissioner for England. It's a very grand title so I imagine it must be quite important. Please could you take the time to read Dame Rachel's letter and possibly follow the link to complete the survey.

Thank you very much.

 

'I hope everyone at St Peter's C of E Primary and Nursery School has enjoyed the much-needed Christmas break. I just wanted to offer my final thanks for your support with my national campaign ‘The Big Ambition’ which will be closing on Friday 19th January.

 

I have been overwhelmed by the response the survey has received. Over 300,000 children, young people, parents and carers have participated, making it one of the largest surveys of its kind!

 

This is the final push to hear from even more children before the survey closes, it is so important that every child in England has an opportunity to tell policy makers what they want and need ahead of the General Election.

 

By sharing my survey with your pupils and parents or carers, you can make sure that the children and young people of Nottinghamshire are fairly represented in the results.

 

Children and parents or carers can complete the survey here:  www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/thebigambition

 

I am so very grateful for your support, and I am beyond excited to share the findings.'

 

Very best,


Dame Rachel De Souza

Children’s Commissioner for England

Do you have a 2 year old?

Is so, please read on...

 

From 2 January 2024, eligible working parents can apply for 15 hours of childcare for their two-year-old. Parents have until 31 March 2024 to apply for a code, with mid-January to the end of February being the optimum time to apply in case they need to provide further information to support their application.

To apply for a childcare code each parent needs to be working and earning the equivalent of 16 hours a week at national minimum/living wage and under £100,000 adjusted net income per year. This means that each parent needs to earn from just over £8,600 per year to be eligible for 15 hours a week of childcare during term time. 

There is more information on the childcare support available to parents on the Childcare Choices website, where they can explore the early education entitlements and other government help with childcare costs. 

Please see the Online Safety page in Key Information for guidance about Group Chat safety

Have your say on the roll out of Family Hubs in Nottinghamshire

We have lots more uniform in stock. Please bear this in mind when you next need something.

Thank you very much to all of the people who have sent in some clothing.

 

 

Online relationship support for parents

Online debt and relationships support

SCARLET FEVER ADVICE FROM THE EAST MIDLANDS HEALTH PROTECTION TEAM

Playtime snacks

At the risk of having to go through every biscuit, cereal and granola bar, crackers and generic snacks known to man, I would like to offer some guidance on desirable playtime snacks.

Foods need to be low in sugar and low in fats. For example, rice cakes and certain biscuits are fine - ginger nuts, party rings, malted milk and rich tea (3 max). I've been on Google - can you tell?

The same rule applies to breakfast and cereal bars - if they're low in sugar and fat, then they're fine to bring to school. However, please check the labels. Many bars are low in fat but VERY high in sugar; Nature Valley bars have 11.3 grams of sugar in whereas Alpen Light Cherry Bakewell bars are low in fat and sugar. 

Mini Cheddars contain 7.3 grams of fat in a 25 gram bag.

Basically, I would just ask that people are sensible about what they send into school. I have a duty to insist on healthy eating but the snack choice of a significant number of children has become decidedly unhealthy and I am not willing to turn a blind eye. 

I would like to thank you in anticipation of your support in this matter. I am not trying to be mean, I am trying to ensure that the children are snacking on foods that are not detrimental to their health. I am sure you would agree that this is not an unreasonable thing to do.

Yvonne Reeson 

Head teacher

 

 

TAX FREE CHILDCARE ACCOUNT INFORMATION

We Need You for our PTFA

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.

 

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: https://www.thefa.com/PlaySafe

Reading Plus login

 

readingplus.com

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. 

Does your child struggle to sleep?

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

                       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.

HOW TO ACCESS THE LEARNING PLATFORM 

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.

https://teams.microsoft.com/_#/school//?ctx=teamsGrid

Read, Write Inc: You Tube Speed Sound Lessons

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