Topic for the term

This first half-term our topic is:

‘What Can I See in the Jungle?’

We will continue to cover all areas of the EYFS Curriculum during these topics, paying particular attention to the prime areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language.

We will be making rain catchers, measuring rainfall and exploring our own woodland jungle during Forest School. There will also be lots of craft activities including large group collages and making bird feeders to sell at our Beehive Market to raise funds for some exciting changes to our garden – more details to come! We will learn about the importance of jungles and rainforests and how we need to look after them, and learning about the different animals that live there.

You can see more detail in our first half-term topic tree here.

The second half-term topic will be ‘Why can’t we eat Chocolate for Breakfast?’, the topic tree will be shared later in the Spring Term.

During the second half term we will be learning how to keep ourselves healthy and also learning some new cooking skills. We finish the term learning about the Easter story and preparing for the Easter service.

Read Write Inc

Please encourage your child to find objects for our sound of the week each week. The children really do enjoy standing up and telling us what they have found during our circle time. Each week, the letter for the following week will be displayed on our board. We will be continuing our RWI sounds, focusing on using pencils for the letter writing, instead of the white board pens we have been using to date.

Health & Wellbeing

Please ensure your child is well enough to attend school each day. If they’ve required Calpol in the morning, they aren’t well enough for school, so please don’t send them in. If in any doubt, please contact Matron to discuss your concerns.

Beehive Routine

A reminder children may be brought to the Beehive between 8:20am – 9:00am for registration. Children arriving earlier should please be booked in for breakfast from 7:30am or join our Early Birds in the Beehive garden from 8:00am.

As part of the changes to the nursery timings, we have introduced new options for the morning session. Parents have the flexibility to choose whether to collect their child before lunch, at 12:00pm, or to have them stay for lunch and be collected at 12:30pm.

For a smooth transition, we will be using the side door directly into Beehive (next to the garden) for drop-off and pick-up. This will help us maintain a controlled and organized process.

The afternoon session will now begin at 12:00pm and continue until 3:30pm. Children attending just afternoon sessions, and arriving at 12:00pm, will not be served lunch.

The afternoon session finishes at 3:30pm, and again, we will be using the side door directly into Beehive (next to the garden) for drop-off and pick-up.

If you’d like your child to join us for breakfast, or stay beyond 3:30pm, please contact extendedday@pennthorpe.com to arrange this.

Dates for your Diary

As well as your pocket-sized diary, parents can also view the Spring Term calendar via the website and Parent Portal.

Please do have a look through and pop important dates in your diary.  Of course, sometimes plans need to be updated, and so any changes will be updated on our electronic calendar and communicated to you as soon as possible.

The key events for our Beehive parents include:

  • Parents are invited to come along to our informal ‘Tea & Talk’ session with the Pre-Prep team on Thursday 11th January at 8:30am.
  • The Honey Pot and Beehive children will celebrate ‘Winnie the Pooh Day’ on Thursday 18th January.
  • Parents of children in Beehive & Reception are invited to attend a Read Write Inc. & Phonics Workshop on Monday 22nd January at 9:00am.
  • Our Early Years children will enjoy ‘Little Red Riding Hood & Friends’ Theatre Show on Wednesday 24th January.
  • The Beehive children invite parents to their Market Sale on Friday 2nd February, where they will be selling handcrafted bird feeders and other nature crafts to raise money to support an endangered create of the children’s choice.
  • The Beehive children will be getting their aprons on for ‘Ready, Steady, Cook!‘ on Wednesday 21st February. The children will be watching – and judging – the staff in a live healthy food cook off.
  • Beehive parents are invited to attend a Transitioning to Reception information session on Monday 26th February at 8:30am.
  • All our parents are invited into school to Come & See What We Do Afternoon on Friday 1st March.
  • We will celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March. The children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character for the day.
  • Parents of our Beehive children are invited into school for ‘Bring Your Parent to School‘ Day on Friday 8th March.
  • The children will be putting all their new knowledge about healthy eating and cooking into practice cooking and serving a healthy meal at the Beehive Restaurant. Parents will be invited to sample dishes so please save the date: Friday 22nd March at 2:00pm.
  • The Pre-Prep Easter Service at Holy Trinity Church will take place on Tuesday 26th March.
  • Wednesday 27th March is the end of term with school finishing for Beehive at 11:40am.

FoP events

Our brilliant Friends of Pennthorpe, as always, will be doing lots to support our school and community this term. Key things for you to watch out for include:

  • Bags of Support Collections on Friday 12th January and Friday 22nd March.
  • Please save the date for the FoP Quiz & Curry Night on Friday 2nd February.
  • The Friends of Pennthorpe Mother’s Day Shop will open it’s doors on Tuesday 5th March.
  • Pop Up Second Hand Uniform Shop on Tuesday 12th March.
  • After-school Tuck Shop on Friday 15th March.

Uniform

Beehive uniform remains much the same in the Spring Term, a Pennthorpe sweatshirt, polo shirt, jogging bottoms or shorts. We ask that the children wear white socks and black shoes.

With the continuing cold weather, please can you ensure your child has a named Pennthorpe hat, scarf and gloves in school each day.

The children should also have their play coat, waterproof clothing and wellies in school at all times, as we will get outside in all weathers at break times, as well as for our Forest School sessions on Tuesdays. If things get particularly muddy, these will be sent home to be washed, but please can they be returned to school on the following Monday.

Please make sure that children have spare clothes in school, including pants and socks, as there will be lots of opportunities for the children to get messy! These can be kept in a drawstring bag on your child’s peg. Please name everything clearly!

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the children have PE so please ensure they have named trainers in school. The Sports Department will support the children in changing their shoes as this is an important part of their development. Any support in encouraging your child to dress and undress independently would be very much appreciated!

Please ensure that all items of uniform are named including shoes, wellies and trainers.

If you have any uniform requirements, please place an order via our website here. You can also book an appointment at the Uniform Shop by contacting uniform@pennthorpe.com or drop in during the times below:

  • Monday 8:30am – 9:30am
  • Tuesday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Wednesday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Thursday CLOSED
  • Friday 8:30am – 9:30am

Car park

Please do not park in the drop-off lanes at the front of school if you are coming past the gates to drop your child into school, or collect them from outside of the Beehive. These lanes are intended for dropping-off only!

Instead, please park up in the car park, or find a safe place to park on the neighbouring roads (being considerate of our neighbours, especially with regards parking near to junctions or driveways).

Mrs Jackson is available at the start of the day to help children to walk from the front of school down to the Pre-Prep independently of parents. Please do use this option if you are in a rush and need to drop your child and leave. Mrs Jackson always has some ‘Independent Iggy’ stickers to reward children for being grown up and independent 🙂