Haytor View

Community Primary School & Nursery

Learning together ~ enjoying success ~ aiming high ~ celebrating difference ~ enriching community

Haytor View

Community Primary School & Nursery

Learning together ~ enjoying success ~ aiming high ~ celebrating difference ~ enriching community

News archive

Ancient Egypt Summer Term 2

This half term we have been learning about Ancient Egypt.

We have enjoyed finding out about the country, the way the people lived, mummification, Pharaohs, making Canopic jars and lots more!

WE’RE AT THE END OF TERM

First things first – we are VERY much looking forward to seeing the school reunited on Friday when the children from Years 1 and 2 join us again for our final day together this year. We have a special outdoor assembly planned which will see every child receiving Governor Awards as well as sharing the opportunity to hear from every teacher about what has made this year so positively memorable.

We are grateful to all of those parents and families that have risen to the challenge of keeping children safe and comfortable at home self-isolating recently, at what is possibly the most difficult stage of the school year. As we write this we feel fortunate that we have only had to close down one bubble within school since our return in March, and are respectful around what this means about how children and parents have been managing themselves in the face of the current landscape.

With our outdoor, beach-themed leavers get-together planned for this evening it also seems like the right time to be publicly wishing our transitioning Year 6 pupils the very best and offer them our thanks for how they have led from the top of the school during this year. Our thanks and farewell also go to those families whose association with the school will end as their children move on this summer.

As the summer term is now coming to an end it seems like an appropriate time to reassure you about what things will look like when we get together again in September. You know the class your child will be returning to, so you’ll know where to head on Tuesday 8th September.

 Whilst we don’t know what the summer will hold, be assured that while we will not be writing, emailing or texting you during the summer break there will be lots of work going on behind the scenes to make sure that everything is as it should be when the children return.

What we would ask you to continue to be mindful over is:

  • Entrance and Collection Points and Arrangements
  • Distancing needs (probably including a polite request to keep moving while on the school site!)
  • What can and can’t be brought in from home
  • Lunchtime arrangements (a full menu will be available)
  • Use of bikes and scooters

The school day will still have a flexible start, beginning at 8.35am, and that the end of the day will be at 3.15pm. So feel free to start planning with this in mind!

Once we return to school in September, the above arrangements along with Time to Think will all be reviewed following the most up to date Government guidance. We will keep you in the picture and ensure that we move forward where possible in line with guidance. 

As the gates close on the most extraordinary of years, we wish you a happy and restful break. As always we’d like to thank everyone for the patience, cooperation, encouragement and respect that you have shown to the whole school team during these tricky times. Your support has been invaluable and has enabled us to bring our best to your children and families and support our school in being a safe space.

THANK YOU!

It was lovely seeing so many of you last week on our non-pupil day dedicated to meeting families for a much-missed catch up. It provided a valuable opportunity to discuss your child’s learning, development, well being and next steps. If you didn’t have the opportunity to come in last week, please contact the school office as they’ll be happy to assist you in booking a time with your child’s class teacher.

Thank-you as well to families across the school for how you have supported us in managing the sad closure of the Key Stage 1 bubble this week. We have watched carefully over the last few weeks as schools around us have been impacted by COVID and our one wish for the term was that we could make it to the end of the school year without interruption. Very sadly it was not to be. Our next wish is to avoid any further closures if possible, though of course in the face of this, all guidance will continue to be followed to minimise risk to all.

If you have any concerns about your child’s health or how to respond to circumstances relating to COVID, please feel free to talk to us. While we cannot advise on what are sometimes personal decisions, we can share with you what we know from guidance issued to us.

Mr Franklin and the Key Stage 1 team are already communicating with children and families and will continue to do so until their return to us on Friday 23rd July – we so look forward to having everyone back for our final day together.

Fortunately children in Key Stage 1 have already had opportunities to meet their new teacher over recent times so we are hopeful that their transition will not be compromised. If you have any questions regarding transition, please arrange to speak with your child’s class teacher.

As always please be confident in sharing with us any questions you have, successes or challenges you are experiencing – we will always try to make any approach you make to us worth your while. You know  how to get in touch:

Speaking with school staff via telephone 01626 203040.

SPORTS DAY – THURSDAY 15TH JULY

We know from listening to children that Sports Day is one of the many features of normal school life that they are keen to see return – we are very much with them on that! While the good news is that we have a Sports Day planned, the less-good news is that we are currently not in a position to invite parents to join in the fun. While this may save a pulled muscle or two in the parent races we recognise that it is not as we would wish it.

In spite of this we plan to have a Sports Day at Haytor View – 15th July! Children from Key Stage 1 will be having Sports Day fun in the morning, with children from the Key Stage 2 bubbles having their Sports Day in the afternoon. Children from the Foundation Stage will be taking part in sporting activities across the day, so no child will be left out.

We know that you will encourage your child to enjoy the day, even though the most important people – you – cannot be there cheering them on. We promise to share lots of pictures on the school website and via Google Classroom. In the meantime we look forward to getting you on board with future Sports Days as well as the full range of parent-invited activities that we are all missing just as soon as guidance allows.

Year 5 Life Education

This week, Helen from Coram Education visited Year 5 for Life Education. We explored ways to be assertive by watching videos and talking about different scenarios where the characters needed to be assertive.   We learned about the harmful effects of smoking on our bodies then enjoyed discussing and creating posters and powerpoints to show our understanding.

Year 6 Residential

Thank you so much to all who made it to our video meeting on Monday!

Unfortunately, I was unable to record the conversation but I have ensured I have all of the information and questions that were asked subsequently. We will continue discussing the trip in class and will be talking it through with Mr Hankin some more this week.

Kit letters are coming out to you soon!

Miss Shopland

Haytor View Sports Day plans – 15th July

We know from listening to children that Sports Day is one of the many features of normal school life that they are keen to see return – we are very much with them on that! While the good news is that we have a Sports Day planned, the less-good news is that we are currently not in a position to invite parents to join in the fun. While this may save a pulled muscle or two in the parent races we recognise that it is not as we would wish it.

In spite of this we plan to have a Sports Day at Haytor View – 15th July! Children from Key Stage 1 will be having Sports Day fun in the morning, with children from the Key Stage 2 bubbles having their Sports Day in the afternoon. Children from the Foundation Stage will be taking part in sporting activities across the day, so no child will be left out.

We know that you will encourage your child to enjoy the day, even though the most important people – you – cannot be there cheering them on. We promise to share lots of pictures on the school website and via Google Classroom. In the meantime we look forward to getting you on board with future Sports Days as well as the full range of parent-invited activities that we are all missing just as soon as guidance allows.

Messing about on the water!

On Tuesday we went to Decoy Lake for a whole day of learning activities.

In the morning we met up with John, the Park Ranger at Decoy. We showed him what we knew about Adaptation and Evolution then surprised him with our knowledge about the classification of plants and animals, including some binomial latin names!
In the afternoon we donned wetsuits and water shoes then spent an hour in kayaks on Decoy Lake. It was fantastic fun learning to use a paddle properly. The Devon Windsurf and Canoe Centre are open all year round so if you would like another go at it, contact Simon on 07971051509 to book or have a look at devonwindsurf.co.uk first.

THANKS TO THE WEATHER…AND YOU !

The weather recently enabled us to enjoy 8 Time to Think visits to Haytor on consecutive school days!  Each day children and parents were able to venture onto Dartmoor in safety and comfort. We are so grateful to parents for enabling their children to take part in this first post-COVID outing together – it was great to have those parents who were able to join us too! The endurance and commitment awards go to the small number of parents who joined us on 3 out of the 8 days – great stuff!

We’re hurtling through the summer term !

As always at this time of year, the sun is shining, children are smiling and practitioners are planning for the children’s transition for September 2021. There never seems to be enough hours in the day!

Our Time to Think trips have continued this week, and have been so well supported by everyone. Children have been dressed ready for the changeable weather this week and it’s been great to have so many parents and relatives along. We’ve been really lucky with the weather, with every class being able to see their plans for the visit through.

Over the next few weeks, letters will be coming out via the GATEWAY regarding arrangements, this will include information regarding an opportunity to meet with your child’s current Learning Leader on Thursday 8th July, our non-pupil day. This will be provide a great opportunity to bring you up to date with plans and next steps.

As always please be confident in sharing with us any questions you have, successes or challenges you are experiencing – we will always try to make any approach you make to us worth your while. You know  how to get in touch:

Speaking with school staff via telephone 01626 203040.