Helpston Playhouse – Weekly Update 12th November 2021

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Dear Parents / Carers

Playhouse Activities This Week – This week, we have had a fabulous time learning about rats, snakes, tarantulas, frogs and cockroaches. Chris, the Ranger from Zoolab spoke about interesting facts and had some fun stories to tell the children!

Forest School – In Forest school this week we read Herbie’s Big Adventure and talked about hibernation. The children found some conker hedgehogs and counted them. They organised the numbers and numerals. Great teamwork! Using the cuddly animals, we built cosy homes ready for their big sleep. Each child waited patiently and took turns to use the hammer. We talked about safety and how to give each other room. They hammered nails into the wood to make the spikes. We listened to the sounds, counted the nails and the hits from the hammer. Then we sang a Hedgehog is Very Prickly! 

Playhouse Activities Next Week – Next week is Road Safety week and we will be learning about how we keep ourselves safe when crossing the road. We will be creating traffic lights and ‘What is a zebra crossing?’. We will be thinking about why we raise money for Pudsey and how it helps families and children. On Friday it’s ‘Children in Need’, we’ll have lots of Pudsey activities! Your child is welcome to wear something spotty for a small donation to this great charity.

Home activity – This week’s home activity is called ‘body awareness songs & sleeping bunnies’. We really enjoy singing and dancing to action songs at Preschool and we hope you enjoy sharing and singing these together at home too! This activity is great for your child’s communication and language, early literacy skills and much more! Please take a look at Tapestry.

Can you help? – If you have any kitchen roll tubes and any spare boxes (a variety of sizes), they will be greatly received for our future craft activities. Please don’t hesitate to bring them in! Thank you.

Slapped Cheek Syndrome – Just to let you know that we have a case of slapped cheek within the Playhouse, this is quite common in children and is a viral infection. Please take extra care if you are pregnant or have a weakened immune system. Here is the link to the NHS website if you would like further information. Slapped cheek syndrome – NHS (

Christmas Party – Our Playhouse Christmas Party is being held on Friday 17th December from 12.00pm – 2.15pm, the last day of this Autumn Term. Our party will include games, dancing, and a visit from Santa. If your child doesn’t normally attend on a Friday afternoon, you are welcome to book them in for this afternoon session, please let us know by Monday 22nd November 2021.

Playhouse Christmas Carols – Our Playhouse Christmas Carols will be held via Zoom this year to be COVID safe, on Wednesday 15th December at 10.00am. It will last approximately 15 minutes. This is a small selection of Christmas songs the children will share and bring some Christmas spirit. Please let us know if you or any family and friends would like to join us, please confirm by Monday 29th November 2021 to give us time to set up this event. We will send you an invite to the Carols nearer the time but please do not pass this on .. any invitations must be issued from the Playhouse to ensure we are compliant with our safeguarding procedures. Many thanks for your help.

Committee – Christmas Raffle – Here is a message from our committee: We are currently organising a Christmas raffle, if any parents/careers work for businesses, own a business or know of a business that would be willing to donate a raffle prize, please get in touch. We would be incredibly grateful.

Any help? – Please do not hesitate to speak to staff if you have any concerns or would just like a catch up, we are always available.

Nearly New Sale – Don’t forget to contact Rachel Higginbotham or Alexa Hall if you are interested in their Nearly New Sale being held on 13th November. Please feel free to pop in to have a look .. early Christmas gifts!!

Books – Books make great presents! Our local Scholastic books lady, Tammy Fitzjohn, is very kindly donating 10% of all sales to Helpston Playhouse and Out of School Club! Christmas is fast approaching, and it’s always an excellent time to buy lovely books as presents. Tammy will be displaying a select number of books next week for parents to browse in the Playhouse garden – details to follow. Please follow this link to browse and to make any purchases by 30th November 2021:

Have a lovely weekend and stay safe!
Kind regards
The Playhouse Team