If you need support feel free to contact the foodbank direct 01626 437310 – please don’t wait until you are going short – having food provided can ease pressure in other areas of household costs too so don’t wait until food is short, use the bank to make life more comfortable.
With School Gateway so popular it’s easy to overlook the school website which has had many updates recently. If you get a moment do take a look, there’s updated information about the curriculum being taught across Years 1-6 along with pictures and video of how the new Early Years and Foundation Stage Framework which guides what we get up to in the Foundation Stage too. If you get the chance to take a look, do come back to us with any questions or to let us know what you think. You know how to get in touch!
We are continuing to have families who have just discovered that they are entitled to free school meals and we have been able to assist them in accessing this support.
Are you wondering whether recent changes mean that you may now be entitled to free school meals? Please contact the school office if you want support to explore whether you are eligible.
Well it has been a fantastic return to Haytor View, children demonstrated their enthusiasm at being back at
school, there has been busy chatter, lots of smiles as children engage with both familiar and new experiences.
Year 5 went on their overnight residential last week and Year 6 left on their
residential today – the weather looks to be treating them well!
As always, there has been the usual ‘getting back into routine’ for all of us.
Children have reacquainted themselves with the routines of school, whilst adults
have been supporting the children in engaging with the site in a way which
supports both their well being and safety.
With this in mind, we’d wish to send out a huge ‘thank you’ to parents and carers who have contacted the
school over any queries relating to COVID, sharing information about families or individual illness. This has
greatly supported us in working to keep our site safe.
You will be reassured that the school Risk Assessment has been reviewed in line with both Government and
Local Authority guidance. These of course will be reviewed regularly, as we are keen to broaden opportunities
for both children and parents moving forward.
As always please be confident in sharing with us any questions you have and 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 through School Gateway, our website or by telephone on 01626 203040.
Year 2 spent a great afternoon in our library getting to know the books that are there for them to take home and share.
The cooperative, collaborative reading behaviours we saw were really lovely and it was great to see our approach as a school over the past year and a half has enabled the children to be able to be themselves so well together in any environment.
It was wonderful wishing everyone back to school on the first day of term yesterday. Smiling faces, shiny shoes and pristine uniforms were all worn with pride, and the sun shone down on everyone!
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!
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.
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:
- School Gateway;
- School email address firstname.lastname@example.org;
Speaking with school staff via telephone 01626 203040.