Topic for the Term

This term our topic is

‘People Who Help Us’

The topic will provide us with an ideal opportunity to get out and about in our waterproofs and wellies, and find out more about our wonderful woodland and surrounding countryside, and to engage in Forest School activities. We will also be looking further afield and finding out about animals from other countries and the environments they live in, and maybe even going on safari or exploring a rain forest! We will also be exploring some technological toys to introduce the idea of sequencing and very simple programming.

You can see more detail in our topic tree here.

Learning Journals

The three main areas of development we concentrate on in the Honey Pot are communication and language skills, physical development, and personal, social and emotional development. We observe the children as they take part in activities and play, and record them on iConnect. This enables us to track their progress and show you what your child gets up to during their time with us. All parents have a login to iConnect, which enables you to view your child’s online learning journal. If you have any questions regarding iConnect, please do not hesitate to ask one of the Honey Pot team or our Network Manager, Nick Oglieve (noglieve@pennthorpe.com).

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.

Honey Pot Routine

A reminder children may be brought to the Honey Pot 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 Pre-Prep Hall 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.

If you are collecting your child at midday before lunch, we ask that you collect your child from the Beehive in the Pre-Prep building. The Honey Pot children staying for lunch will join the Beehive children to eat in the Pre-Prep Hall before returning to the Honey Pot for collection at 12:30pm.

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, please wait at the Honey Pot front door and we will bring your child and their belongings to you.

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 Honey Pot 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.
  • Our Early Years children will enjoy ‘Little Red Riding Hood & Friends’ Theatre Show on Wednesday 24th January.
  • 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.
  • Honey Pot parents are invited to our special Mother’s Day Music Bus Session on Wednesday 13th March.
  • 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 Honey Pot 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

Honey Pot 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.

  • Parents are invited to come along to our informal ‘Tea & Talk’ session with the Pre-Prep team on Thursday 11th January at 8:30am.

Please also ensure that your child has a named pair of wellies, waterproofs, and a play coat in school at all times as we will be making the most of our lovely woodland whatever the weather!

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!

Any nappies and wipes that the children need should be stored in their cubby hole.

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 Honey Pot. 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 🙂