January Newsletter

Welcome back and a Happy New Year to all of you! We hope that you all had an enjoyable festive holiday spending time with family and friends.

Many thanks for all of the cards, messages and Christmas gifts that we received at the end of the Autumn Term. Your generosity and kind words were sincerely appreciated.

Welcomes

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome back Mrs. Barnett, who returns to Pinewood after having her little boy. She will be re-joining Year 2 on a Wednesday and Thursday. We also welcome Mr. Nicholas to the Pinewood Team; Mr. Nicholas will be teaching in Owl class and teaching as part of our Resource Provision Team.

Learning Topics

The term starts with all of the children beginning to learn about their new topic. The curriculum for each year group has been designed around the following themes for the first half term:

  • Year R – Super Heroes
  • Year One – Long, Long Ago
  • Year Two – Explorers

Further information for you about the new topics will be provided by the year group team in the next week and topic overview will be available to download on the school website.

Christmas Collection

A huge thank you to everyone for supporting the school at the Christmas Plays and for your kind words about the children’s performances. Altogether we raised a staggering £125.33 which will go to the Save the Children charity.

We would also like to say a very special thank you to the Parents’ Forum members, who worked hard organizing the Christmas celebrations on the last day of term. In total the school raised an amazing £883.61 which will go towards buying some more iPad’s so that the children have more opportunities to access spelling, phonic and math’s games.

Christmas Reading Challenge

We have very much enjoyed receiving the children’s entries for our Christmas reading competition. Thank you for supporting them in taking part. It was lovely to see the children reading a wide range of books in so many festive locations and being so creative! A display of these will be up in the library in the next couple of weeks so keep your eyes peeled to take a look.

Congratulations go to: Year R: Ollie Vickers
Year 1: Alexander Penning Year 2: Ted Wooley

for being chosen as our year group winners. Our winners will receive their prizes in next week’s Celebration Assembly when Mrs. Robertson is back and all participants will receive a certificate.

Parking

As we start a new term please can we ask once again that you are mindful of how and where you are parking when delivering and collecting your children to and from school. As a school located at the heart of the community, maintaining a good relationship with our neighbours is essential and Parents parking in a way that blocks cars and driveways is a continual area of contention. Please be

considerate when parking by keeping the turning circle, driveways and marked, yellow lined or zig- zagged areas free from obstruction. Thank you.

Attendance

We are very pleased to be able to write and tell you that the attendance at Pinewood
Infant School for the Autumn term was 95.7%. We would like to take this opportunity to
thank all of the parents for ensuring that their children are attending school regularly. As
I’m sure you will appreciate, attending school every day ensures your child has the
maximum opportunity to engage in the teaching and learning experiences on offer to them. We appreciate that absence for illness is unavoidable but remind you that absence during term time for holidays is not permitted.

As a reminder, school starts at 8.45am for registration. A number of children arrived late in the Autumn Term and while it may only seem like a few minutes, learning opportunities begin as soon as your child is in the classroom; consistent late arrival can have a significant impact on their learning and progress. If you have any concerns regarding this please come and speak to us.

Collection arrangements

The end of the school day is a busy period of time when we ensure that all of your little ones are safely returned to your care. To ease this process we ask that Parents and Carers ensure they are stood in an area where class teachers can easily see them, without blocking their line of sight. This may mean coming a little further forwards! If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher at collection time, we ask that you step to one side and wait until all the children are safely dismissed so that we can give your our full attention. With the children’s safety our prime concern, we ask for your patience with this process.

Jewelry and Personal Belongings

We request that children do not wear items of jewellery or watches to school due to the danger of accidents which may be caused to themselves or others in physical and practical areas of the curriculum. While the wearing of a watch may seem helpful in teaching your child to learn to tell the time, we ask that they enjoy wearing them outside of school, as in practise they cause a great distraction in the classroom!

Keeping Healthy: PE kits and Water Bottles

We would also like to remind you that children in all year groups should have their PE kit in school every day. Year R will begin changing for PE this half term.

In addition, please could we ask that the children have a bottle of water to drink during the daytime in class. Feel free to put a fruit based drink in with their lunch if they have a packed lunch.

Safety on the School Site

Please remember:

Dogs are not allowed anywhere on the site; this includes not tying them up by the school gates. Lots of children and adults are not comfortable with dogs and although you may think your dog is very calm, it may not be in the busy school environment.

Children are not allowed to ride bikes or scooters anywhere on the school site. They

should get off at the gates and push their bike or scooter along the path to the bike shelter. This is for the safety of everyone using the site. Unfortunately, there have been several near misses where a toddler has nearly been knocked over by a child on a scooter with their parents some way behind their child

Please can you also ensure that you do not walk through the staff car park or along the driveway as it is difficult to see young children when you are reversing a car. These are not safe pedestrian routes.

Breakfast Club

Don’t forget that this club runs every day from 7.45 to 8.45am and costs just £3.00 per session. Bookings do not have to be made in advance and children are welcome to attend regularly or just on the odd occasion. It’s a fun way to start the day. If you are interested in giving it a trial your child can attend their first session for free.

Parents’ evening appointments

We will be using Parents Evening Manager on ParentMail – so you can book your parents’ evening appointments from your smartphone, tablet or computer.

You will be alerted once you can book appointments and will then be able to select the times that are convenient to you. It’s all very straight-forward, but if you need help you can visit the ParentMail help site:

www.parentmail.co.uk/help/parenthelp/

Please note, you will need to be registered on ParentMail to be able to book appointments – if you haven’t received a registration email or text, please contact the school office.

Once registered, if you have an Android or Apple smartphone, we highly recommend you download the ParentMail App so you can book appointments on your phone as soon as the appointment booking goes live! To do this, simply search for “ParentMail” in your App store.

If you do not wish to book your parents’ evening appointment online, you can simply contact the school office and we will book appointments for you.

If you have any issues or queries with the process please contact the school office as soon as possible.

 

Many thanks for your ongoing support and looking forwards to a positive term,

Mrs Story, Miss Read and Mrs Burleigh