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15th January 2024

A happy, safe place to be

Watching the children return to school last Monday and talking to them around the building, it struck me how happy they are and I thought about what a safe, welcoming place this is.

The focus for both Family assemblies on Tuesday was the launch of this years Safe as Houses project. Miss Melling and Mrs Haywood are the two members of staff that brought the project into school, and it is their imagination and creativity that puts an engaging twist on the key messages of keeping our selves safe every year. They reminded us of the projects we have taken part in since the beginning of the Safe as Houses initiative, including, online safety, building safe relationships and stranger danger.

After that they introduced the focus for 2024 which will involve revisiting a very popular story, "Little mouse finds a safe place" and every class chose a furry mouse. The expectation is that the children and adults talk about their own safe spaces, in and outside of school, as well as creating a safe space for the mouse to live in their classroom and think about what he/she needs to feel safe.

There is so much learning that will come from this over the rest of this half term. Children are already asking me about where my mouse is and what his safe space will be. They know his name is Herbert and his friend is Marmaduke.

Classes will also be learning their section of our unique 'Safe as Houses' song so that we can film an updated version of it. Watch this space for information about its release on our website. I can't wait ????