Welcome back I do hope you had an enjoyable Easter break and managed to dodge the rain showers. This term is very busy with lots going on so look out for newsletters which will keep you up to date with what is going on in school. Please see the dates for this term which have been confirmed so far.
At the end of term we said goodbye to Mrs. Robertson who has moved to continue her career in another school. We wish her good luck for the future. This term we welcome Emilia Bergamin back to the school; she will be teaching Hedgehog class for the summer term. We also welcome Louise Prins, who will be the new school ELSA and Rachel Burton Learning Support assistant. In addition we welcome back Larah Humphreys, teacher in Butterflies class who returned from maternity leave just before the Easter break.
We would like to give a big thank you to the group of parents who ran the very successful cake sale. They raised £294.21. Thank you also to everyone who contributed or bought cakes. The funds raise went to support the popular Easter Egg hunt which the children really loved.
Thank you again to the parent group who ran the afternoon, it was lovely to see the children running round school excitedly looking out for clues and then proudly carrying off their prizes.
We will shortly be holding another parent forum meeting. These have traditionally been held in the afternoon towards the end of a school day. We want to be able to include as many parents as possible so please look out for the date and if you cannot attend but are interested in becoming involved and supporting the school please let the office know. We are looking at new ways of involving parents and allowing everyone to contribute to school life in the way that best suits their personal circumstances.
Please see the attached information sheet about school uniform.
We would love to see more parent volunteers helping in school. If you can spare some time to come into school and hear children read or support in other activities we would love to hear from you. If you have any availability even if it is only one hour a week and you are interested in supporting the children, then please let the school office know and we will be in touch.
This term’s learning
The new term brings new learning, please remember to always talk to your child about what they are learning as this helps them to make good progress.
This half term the topics are:
Year R – Let’s get growing
Year One – Food Glorious Food
Year Two – Dragons
Further information about the new topics will be provided by the year group teams at the end of the week.
Walk to School Week – Monday, 20th May – Friday, 24th May
We are again participating in this Hampshire event. The event will run slightly differently this year in that the children will record their journey to school on a wall chart in class rather than the stickers and cards. We realise that some children live a distance away and need to come by car or school transport, if possible please try to park a few roads away and walk the last part of the journey. The benefits of walking to school are obvious in terms of the health benefits for your child (and the rest of the family!) but there are also benefits to the environment with fewer cars being used and fewer cars near the school. There are social and educational advantages to walking with children as they can walk with their friends or chat to you on the way to school.
Flower Power Day
On Friday 24th May we will be having a ‘Flower Power Day’ at Pinewood Infant School. All of the children are invited to come to school in mufti, in exchange for bringing a flowering bedding plant. Throughout the day, the children will be planting the flowers around the school and in the courtyard. If you are available to help do some planting at any time during the day please speak to your class teacher or let the school office know so we can draw up a rota of helpers.
As we will again this year be taking part in the Rushmoor in Bloom competition it would be good if the plants could be of a type that attract bees and butterflies which is the theme of the competition this year. Examples might include: nasturtiums, dahlias, lavender, oregano, salvias or any flowers with flat blossoms, they particularly like blue and purple flowers.
Sally Harvey Alison Story- Scrivens
We have become aware that there are many variations to school uniform creeping in. Whilst we are aware that the majority of the children will move to a non-uniform junior school; here at Pinewood we do have a simple school uniform and it should be worn smartly. The Governors and staff believe having a uniform gives the children a sense of belonging and enhances the ethos of the school. School uniform is the children’s work clothing and it should be clean, tidy, functional and safe for school purposes. The uniform is not expensive and most can be obtained from supermarkets and other clothing outlets. Elements of the uniform could be worn with other clothes next year until it is worn out or the children have grown out of it if they are in Year 2. We still have some nearly new uniform available if you need spares or your child has grown out of their old clothes.
Navy pinafore dress, skirt or trousers
White blouse or polo shirt
Cornflower blue cardigan, jumper or sweatshirt
Blue and white striped dress (summer)
Navy trousers or shorts
White shirt or polo shirt
Cornflower blue jumper or sweatshirt
Leggings, jogging bottoms and jeans style trousers are not school uniform and should not be worn. In line with the junior school we would ask that children wear school shoes and not trainers. If trainers are worn they should be of a dark unobtrusive colour. If training shoes are worn for everyday wear then a pair of plimsolls will still be needed for PE lessons. Flip flops, jelly shoes and converse type shoes are not suitable for school wear and consider whether open toed sandals will be appropriate when the children are playing outside on the play equipment. On cooler or wet days a child should have a coat in school as during the day we will ask the children to go outside to play. Before Easter with the changeable weather we had children complaining they were cold. Hopefully we will not need coats for much longer!
Please remember that all clothing should be clearly marked with your child’s name.
Jewellery should not be worn in school. If a child has pierced ears they should wear a simple plain stud. Earrings must be removed for PE lessons and the child should be able to remove the earrings themselves or they should not be worn on PE days as staff cannot remove them for the children. Earrings cannot be ‘taped’ over and if you are considering having your child’s ears pierced know this will mean they cannot do PE for 4/6 weeks until the earrings can be removed. This advice is in line with Hampshire policy. Nail polish and ‘tattoos’ are not permitted at school and ‘extreme’ hairstyles are also discouraged.