Welcome to The Beehive, where the bonding really begins between our 3 to 4 year olds and friendships become established as ‘playing alongside’ gradually gives way to ‘playing together.’ Children continue to enjoy a striking balance between independent exploration, child orientated learning and adult led activities. Children thrive on an enviable range of enticing opportunities from eating with chopsticks, writing letters to superheroes or building a gravity fed water transport system to fill the moat around the sand castle. Our Beehive children frequently walk abroad too, making use of all the school’s extensive facilities which, thanks to the Beehive’s central location, are quite literally on the doorstep.
The Beehive is located in the hub of the Lower School building in a beautifully spacious, purpose built room, complete with its own kitchen for those budding Jamie Olivers! Children have access to their own outdoor area with diddy carts, sandpits and sheltered play space. Children access the whole school facilities and are fortunate to experience a degree of specialist teaching in music and forest school in addition to their own fabulous teachers.
Whether the day brings a first attempt at trombone playing, learning to pedal a tricycle, or taking a ferret for a walk, the Beehive teachers want you to share the moment too. To make that possible, they’ve embraced Tapestry, an online learning journal which enables them to involve you in every step of your child’s education. We think our teachers love Tapestry as much as the parents.
Children can join Beehive in the term they turn 3 years. We encourage children to attend five sessions whether this be five mornings or 2 and a 1/2 days: we are flexible to suit both the child’s needs and the parents schedule.
The Beehive Day:
All Beehive children are encouraged to be independent by finding their labelled peg in the cloakroom and hanging up their coat before finding their named bee to place on the hive for self-registration.
Once parents have departed, we sit down with the children as a whole class and introduce or extend our topic of the week and talk about the activities we are going to do that day. During the morning we gather together for whole-class activities such as circle time, music, movement, sports, class number games, songs and rhymes.
Snack time is an important part of the day and vital to keep the children fuelled and ready to learn. We provide a mid-morning snack of fruit and toast and a mid-afternoon snack of fruit and a biscuit. This is accompanied by a choice of milk or water to drink. All food allergies, intolerances and special diets are catered for.
After lunch children are also encouraged to take a nap or have some quiet time. In the afternoon, activities begin again. The Beehive afternoons are often “themed” with cookery, role play, drama, woodland afternoons and art. It’s a busy day until home time.
Our day ends at 3.00pm with a story, we then reflect on what we have done throughout the day and sing a goodbye song.
Session Options in The Beehive:
|Morning sessions including lunch||8:40am-12:30pm|
|Full days including lunch||8:45am-3:00pm|
|Optional extended care until 4pm (within Early Years)||3:00-4:00pm|
|Optional extended care until 5pm including tea (within Early Years)||3:00-5:00pm|
|Optional extended care until 6pm (in After School Care Room)||3:00-6:00pm|
After spending one year in the Beehive, the children progress to Ladybird & Caterpillars for Reception.