Here is an update about the possible reopening of schools on June 1st.
The Diocese of York has put together a list of websites that families might find useful at the moment. There are links to sites that give advice in challenging times or ideas on how to worship at home. The link below takes you to their home page which has other resources for young people and families.
The children in school created a display to celebrate VE Day last week and they wanted to know if anyone would see it. We are sharing it with you as they put a lot of effort into their work and thought you might like to see what they have done.
Harry Sheader, who runs our gymnastics lessons in school, has sent a letter to you all. He is hosting a free online sports session on the 17th May and if you are interested, details on how to join are below.
Thank you for all of the amazing story writing entries. We really enjoyed reading them all. It was incredibly hard to choose the winners as each story was so imaginative, however, the winners are:
Mr Palmer’s class – Freya
Miss Dodd’s class – Connie
Mrs Boyes’ class – Hollie
Ms Wiles’ class – Arthur
Mrs Kenyon’s class – Oliver
We will display the children’s work in school for others to look at when we return. Each child has received an Amazon voucher as a prize.
Thank you again
Dear Parents and Carers.
We hope you had a good weekend.
Following the Prime Ministers speech last night there are a few questions that you probably would like answering. As usual, an announcement has been made to the nation with the clarification on what this means following on a few days after the initial news.
Currently, we do not have any guidance from the government on what the gradual reopening of schools will look like and have been advised by North Yorkshire County Council to continue as we have been until further notice. Once NYCC has processed the guidance from the government, they will in turn contact us with how this might look in our school.
Please be assured though, our first priority in all of this will be to keep the children, adults and the community safe. We will not make any rash decisions and will carefully consider what is safe, practical and manageable in our school. This is not something that will happen overnight and as the Prime Minister said in his speech, the return of some children to school in June is an ambition, not a certainty.
We would love to see the children back in school and for things to return to normal as soon as possible. However, it is looking like it will be a long term project to return to a fully open school. We will follow the guidance carefully and with common sense as it becomes clearer to ensure that everyone in the Hertford Vale community is protected.
We will wait to see what the DfE and NYCC have to say over the next few days and will communicate any relevant information as soon as we can. Thank you for your understanding and for working so hard to keep the children safe.
The Hertford Vale Team.
Hello to you all.
Seeing as tomorrow is the Bank Holiday, we thought the messages and grids from the staff would be better sent out today.
The feedback on the home learning grids from parents, carers and children is very positive. You have said the additional guidance is helping and we will continue to listen to you and adapt them if necessary.
A lot of you have been sending some wonderful work and photographs in for the staff to see. We have a tray for each teacher in school and they are looking through the things you send in during the week. It is amazing to look through what you have been working on and how creative both the children and the parents have been. We will put a collection of the photographs together next week for people to see. If you would prefer us to not put them on the app or website, just let us know.
We hope you manage to enjoy some of the VE celebrations tomorrow. The village of Staxton looks amazing at the moment with all the VE Day decorations and it makes the drive to work very colourful. The children in school have been working on a display that will be finished next week. When they have completed it, we will send a photograph out on the app and website.
Have a good weekend and we will be in touch next week.
The Hertford Vale Team.
Hello to you all.
As some of you will have noticed, the CPG workbooks have been distributed by hand to 90% of the families in the school community. Those that have not yet arrived were posted today and will be with you shortly. A big thank you to everyone who helped get the books out to our families as we couldn't have done it without you.
The home learning grids and messages from the teachers for next week are now on the school website. We have had a slight technical issue with Mr Palmer's message and grid but hope to have this ready for Monday.
The messages and grids can be found under the Resources tab on the website where you will find a page for each teacher. Last week's grids are still available for you to use if you have not yet finished working through everything on there.
We hope you have a good weekend and we will be in touch next week.
The Hertford Vale Team
Good morning to you all.
As you know, the teachers sent out a letter and a home learning grid last week on the 24th to accompany the other resources available. These will be sent out each week from now on. A couple of parents have asked where the home learning grids and letters from the teachers are.
If you look on the school website there is a ‘Resources’ tab. This brings down a list of other pages and there is one for each class with the teacher’s name on. If you click on the teacher for your child, there is the letter and the grid from last week.
There is also a page for EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 that has some work books and activities we put on the website a few weeks ago. These are still being used by some families
The other work books we ordered have finally arrived in school and we are organising them into year groups and family groups ready to be sent out. These will be with you soon and are another resource for you to use as part of your daily routine. We have had positive feedback about the BBC lessons and some people are using the Oak National Academy lessons as well.
People have asked us about how much time they should be spending on school work during this uncertain time. We have given advice on a case by case basis to the people we have spoken to as each family is different. With social media playing a large part in how people are communicating it is important that families do not compare themselves to what others are doing. What is important is that you keep your family happy and healthy. Any other support you can give is going to have a positive impact. Some parents have time to devote to a structured daily routine, some are juggling working full time whilst looking after the children and shopping for others. You have to do what works for your family and be confident that it is the right thing.
We are here if you need to contact us and will do our best to help you in any way we can. We do miss you all and look forward to when things can return to some sort of normality.
From the Hertford Vale team.
Hello from the staff at Hertford Vale and we hope you have had a productive few days. People have been telling us how their week has been with regards to the BBC resources and that the general consensus is that they are easy to use and that the children are enjoying them.
There are also many other websites, podcasts and YouTube channels that people are using so it is wonderful to hear about how you are structuring your week. The teaching staff have also used the BBC resources in school with the children we have had in this week.
The teachers have written the children in their class a letter that is on the school website. They are under the ‘Resources’ tab where each teacher has a folder with their name on. There are also some activity grids in these folders for you to look at from each teacher that can be used alongside the BBC resources next week.
We will add new grids on a regular basis so that you can see how you might structure your week and to give you some additional ideas.
We hope you and the children enjoy reading the letters and that you find the grids useful.
Enjoy your weekend and we will be in touch next week.
We hope this message finds you well today.
We wanted to share some information that has just come out today about supporting your children to read at home and how to structure the day. Some parents/carers have said they have established a routine and that this really helps. Some have said they would appreciate some ideas on how to plan their days so this information might be useful.
We did send out an example planner on the 1st of this month which has been of use to some families and this latest information might also give you some ideas of what can be done at home.
We are also looking at how the BBC resources can be used to best effect and how families can get the most out of them during the week. If you are using the Oak National Academy resources, we would be interested to know which of the two you find most useful for your children.
Have a good day.
A couple of parents have asked for a quick reminder about where to find the work we put on the website at the beginning of the month. If you look under the ‘Resources’ tab on the website there are workbooks for all the children from Reception through to Year 6. These were put on the website a few weeks ago and are available as a download if you would like them as a hard copy.
Also, on the 23rd March we sent out a list of websites that are still relevant and people that have used them say that they have been quite useful.
If you have managed to use the workbooks and resources from the website and now feel that you are ready for something else, the information sent out earlier on the app and website about the BBC and Oak National Academy resources will be the next logical step. These are supposed to come into line with each other in week three and will work together to give you the resources and information you need to help your children at home.
The link below to the BBC website has some very useful information about how much home-learning should children be doing. It has sensible advice and is very clear about the need for a routine rather than being overly concerned with progression in English or maths.
We understand that printing hundreds of sheets is impractical for most families, so again feel free to use your judgement on what will and won’t work for your family setting. Some things can be recreated quickly by drawing them out, some can be done by keeping them on the screen and some can simply be left out. Whatever you do is going to benefit your child and help them with their home learning. You are making a difference and it needs to be recognised that this is not easy for any families at the moment.
Here is the latest update from school. It is also on the school app.
Here is a collage of the Y6 children who went to East Barnby last month. They are wet, muddy and cold but look very happy!
We hope you managed to have a good Easter. Families and friends are staying in touch with Zoom, WhatsApp Facebook etc and are able to see each other despite not being able to be in the same place as each other. It is a strange time for all of us and we would love to be seeing the children in school next week for the beginning of the summer term.
However, as this is not yet possible, we wanted to show you some of the Easter crafts the children have been emailing to school. There are some very creatively decorated eggs, cakes and even book marks in the pictures and we have really enjoyed seeing them, so thank you for those.
Some of you have also sent in a story which will be passed onto your teachers next week for them to read. There are a wide range of themes and you have certainly been using your imaginations to create them.
As we enter the beginning of the summer term, we are looking at different providers for home schooling. We have mentioned it before, but nobody expects parents and carers to recreate a classroom in the home. Likewise, the children who are in school are not receiving a formal education either as this is just not possible with the systems in place at the moment. The teaching team are looking at what is out there and will be in touch after the 20th of April to let you know what is available.
Enjoy looking at the photos of the Easter crafts, have a good weekend and we will be in touch next week.
Below is a letter to parents from NYCC.
Here is the latest information for parents/carers from the DfE.
Below is an example of a home schooling routine. It is only one example and is by no means a definitive list of what to do. it is however, a guide as to how a day might be spent with your child. It needs to be adapted to suit your family and their individual requirements and obviously younger children would have a different end to the day.
Mrs Boyes would like all the children to have a go at writing a short story to link in with International Children's Book Day on the 2nd April. It can be about anything you like and as imaginative as you want. You can email them to school, post them to school or even take a screen shot and email that. The teachers will read them all and one person from each class will receive a prize. Good luck and enjoy writing!
The Friends of Hertford Vale School have asked us to send you this letter. Thank you.
Below is the update sent out to parents/carers on 31st March 2020.
Hello to you all.
We thought a message was in order seeing as it’s been a couple of days since the last update.
We haven’t had any new advice or news from the DfE other than the information sent out on the 24th, which we passed onto you. We have attached the latest poster from Public Health England on how to stop the spread of the virus in school and thought it might be useful for you to look at.
At the moment, the staff are in school on a rota basis due to the drastically reduced numbers. They are in good health and are missing the children. An empty school is a strange place indeed.
We have been carrying out extra cleaning duties as you would expect and all areas are being disinfected when they have been used so that the staff in school the following day are entering a safe working environment.
We have no idea how long this situation will continue and like a lot of you, we are looking forward to when life returns to something considered more normal. However, in order to keep everyone safe we will carefully follow instructions from the DfE, Public Health England and NYCC. If there is anything we need to pass onto you all we will do so straight away.
As you may be aware, the phone lines are not working in the village at the moment so if you need to get in touch please use the school email address or the text service.
Hello to you all.
The DfE has just sent out an update. The arrangements for schools have not changed and we have been instructed to carry on for the rest of the week as we have yesterday and today.
NYCC has been in touch to tell us the same and that they are closely monitoring the number of children and staff in each school. We are in daily contact with NYCC and will pass any relevant information onto you as it comes through.
If you are contacted by anyone other than us about free school meals, please ignore it. We have been informed that there is a scam circulating asking for bank details. Please do not give any of your personal details out to anyone.
School is very quiet and we are missing the daily buzz of children, parents and staff. However, keeping safe is the main priority and following the Prime Minister’s speech yesterday, the message is very clear in terms of staying at home.
If there is any news from the government or NYCC over the evening or tomorrow, we will be in touch. Until then, take care and look after each other.
We wanted to say a huge thank you to all the parents and carers in our school community. The response from people has been extremely sensible and as a result the numbers of children due to come in this week are very low. Your thoughtfulness towards others will inevitably help keep the spread of the virus to a minimum in our community. We will keep you up to date of any further news from the DfE.
Take care and stay safe.
Here is a list of websites and apps that you can access from home. It is an initial set of resources that are available at the moment. Things will change as the situation progresses and we will be in touch, Thank you.
Just a quick update on the school closure from tomorrow - 23.3.2020.
The attached information is from North Yorkshire County Council. It states that sending children into school next week is a last resort and that they should be kept at home if at all possible. Please think very carefully before bringing your child in tomorrow.
We are currently preparing a list of resources for you to access at home whilst the school is partially closed.
This list will consist of mainly free resources that you can share with your children. It will not be a definitive list and there will be many other resources you will see online and hear about but it will give you varied activities to have a go at.
We will send this list out as soon as possible in time for Monday for those children who will not be in school.
We have been asked by North Yorkshire County Council to remind parents/carers that the GOV.UK website says :
‘…….. the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend’
North Yorkshire County Council has also issued some advice and says :
'It is vital to understand that we MUST keep the numbers of children school to a minimum so we minimise the risk of Coronavirus spreading back to loved ones at home. We must remember that the children in school are to be the most vulnerable and possibly the most at risk- being children of the frontline workers. The more children, the more risk to the teachers and their families too and therefore to the community at large. Therefore, we are sure you understand, we are putting strict checks in place to keep pupils to an ABSOLUTE minimum.’
Thank you for letting us know if you are on the key worker list and intend to bring your children in on Monday morning. If you have not informed us of your intentions, we are assuming that your children will not be in on Monday morning.
Please do not bring your children in on Monday without having informed us first as the provision will not be in place.
We are working with parents/carers on an individual basis and want to be as clear as possible about what we can and cannot do during this difficult time.
We will follow government advice carefully to ensure that all members of our school community are protected as much as possible.
Thank you for your understanding and for following the information the government has issued to you as parents/carers.
Following the release of the governments Key Worker list last night, we are now better placed to move forward with our plans for next week.
North Yorkshire County Council have asked us for a list of parents who fall into one or more of the key workers categories.
The advice from NYCC is still
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them. But, there is no requirement for parents to take up the offer of a school place
We now need you to tell us if you think you are classed as a key worker. We also need to know if you will be accessing the provision in school as some key workers have already told us that they will not be sending their children in. Information from central government has yet to be released as to whether one or both parents/carers need to be on the list to be able to access the provision in school.
We are aware of most families and their individual needs but you might feel that you are eligible after reading the list. We will need to know what your current employment is and at some point we may need proof of this for our records.
If you could please let Mrs Blogg know this information by 1pm via the school email on email@example.com then we can make arrangements for Monday. You can also text the school on 07786 207779 with the same information.
As usual the information that school needs from the DfE is not totally clear so we will be in touch should things change during the day.
The main thing we need from you at the moment is to know if you think you are on the key worker list and if you will be sending your children into school next week.
As we said yesterday, we are waiting for the Cabinet Office to inform the DfE about which parents will be on the ‘Key Worker’ list. Until this list has been released, North Yorkshire County Council cannot make any final plans for the next few weeks. Like you, we are waiting for clarification from central government on what yesterday’s announcement means and how it will affect the children and school community.
However, school will be open as usual tomorrow. If your child is exhibiting any of the symptoms of the Covid 19 virus, please follow the guidance we sent out yesterday.
When the DfE informs NYCC of the ‘Key Worker’ list, they will then in turn give us some further guidance and we hope this will be during the working day tomorrow. As we have said before, we will pass any news onto you as soon as we have it ourselves.
Below is the latest information from the DfE that came out this afternoon.
Dear Parents and Carers.
We thought it best to send an update following the government’s news briefing this afternoon. Both the Prime Minister and Education Secretary have announced school closures from this Friday. Since then we have received communication from the local authority advising us that they will be meeting tomorrow to discuss the Prime Minister’s briefing.
The implications of what was announced needs to be worked through over the next two days and North Yorkshire County Council have asked us to be available to provide essential information. This will allow them to create a plan which we will then pass onto you. We will use the usual means of communication, the school website, school app and the text service to communicate new information.
We understand that you will want to know what is happening but in order for the local authority and school to be able to plan ahead we would appreciate essential calls to the office only. Every member of staff will need to focus on the children, planning ahead and your support in this will be greatly appreciated.
As soon as we know anything, we will pass this information onto you. We have done our best to get information out to you all as soon as possible over the last few weeks and will continue to do so.
School is open as normal tomorrow and we greatly value your cooperation in working to provide a safe and calm atmosphere for the children.
Here is the latest information from the DfE. Please take time to read through the information. Thank you.
You may be aware that the Welsh and Scottish governments have announced that their schools will be closed by Friday of this week. As yet, our government has not made an announcement in terms of what their plans are for schools in England.
The Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said he will make a statement later on today. Depending on what is in his statement we will need time to process the information in school tomorrow. Once we are aware of our plans based on this announcement, we will communicate with you via the app, website and text service.
It has been said before, these are unusual times and we are acting on advice from central government as soon as possible. Today the DfE has not communicated any further information on the coronavirus. Therefore we are acting on yesterday’s information in terms of what to do if you suspect your child displays symptoms associated with coronavirus.
Unless we say otherwise, school is open as usual tomorrow. Thank you for your continued support.
Here is the latest information from the DfE. Please take time to read through the information. Thank you.
Here is the latest information from the Department for Education (DfE). It was sent out this afternoon. The advice from North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) is also based on the same information.
Schools are remaining open at the moment and unless your child has the symptoms described in the attached advice, they should still come to school.
As information comes into school we will share it with you as soon as possible. Communication is essential in situations such as this and we will endeavour to do our best to let you know what is happening.
This evening is the first of the parent/carer meetings this half term.
If you have an appointment with your child’s teacher this evening, please use the main entrance and wait in the school hall for the class teacher to come and get you. This system worked well last term and feedback from parents said it was preferable to waiting in the corridors.
We will also be asking you to complete a quick questionnaire about the school. This can be done before you see the class teacher, afterwards or you can complete it at home and send it in later. These are anonymous and will help us to know what you think about the school and if there is anything we need to focus on in the future.
We are looking forward to seeing you tonight or Monday 2nd.
The Department for Education (DfE) has issued updated information and advice on the Coronavirus. Public Health England advises that the risk to individuals in the UK remains low and the GOV.UK website has all the information released as of today. Thank you.
Below is some information sent to schools from the Department for Education (DfE). The attached flyer is displayed in the school foyer for you to look at if the download does not work.
ADVICE FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS
You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.
We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link below.
The end of term Easter Worships will be taking place in St Peter’s Church, Willerby this year. Due to the amazing number of parents/carers who attend each service, we will be holding two separate services to accommodate everyone.
The Key Stage 1 children in Mrs Kenyon’s and Ms Wiles’ classes will have their Easter Worship on Monday 30th March at 1:45pm.
The Key Stage 2 children in Mrs Boyes’, Miss Dodds’ and Mr Palmer’s classes will host their Worship on Wednesday 1st April at 1:45pm.
We will walk the children down to St Peter’s church in time for the start of the service and walk them back to school afterwards. Children can then be collected from school if parents/carers would like to, otherwise the children will stay in school until the end of the school day at 3:20pm.
Reverend Tim Parker will lead the services and we look forward to seeing you at St Peter’s Church.
We have been asked by Scarborough Borough Council to pass this information onto families in case they are interested in entering the competition below. For further information please follow the link
Please could parents/carers leave a message with the school office if there is a change of person collecting your child? In order to keep all the children safe, we need to know if there is a change of plan on a daily basis.
Most parents are very good at letting us know if someone else will be collecting their child by leaving a message on the phone, sending a text to the school or speaking to someone in the office.
However, we have recently had some confusion at the end of the school day when there has been a change of plan and staff were not sure who was collecting the children. By keeping us up to date with who will be collecting the children, we are better placed to keep them safe.
Also, if you wish anyone to be added to your list of designated adults who can collect your children, please let Mrs Blogg in the office know and we will add them to the names on our files.
Tomorrow is party day for all the classes in school. Mrs Kenyon’s, Mrs Boyes’, Miss Dodd’s and Mr Palmer’s classes can wear party clothes if they would like. This is essentially non uniform so there’s no need to buy anything special and the children can also wear school uniform if they would prefer. The Key Stage 2 children do not need to bring anything in for their parties. Mrs Kenyon’s and Miss Wiles’ classes have already had some information about their parties but if you need any clarification please contact the school office.
Can we also please ask that the children wear sensible shoes so that they are safe when playing outside.
Below is the lunch menu for the Spring Term.
Here is the poster for the non uniform day on Friday 22nd November. The Friends of Hertford Vale School are requesting that children bring something in for the Christmas Fair chocolate tombola stall taking place on the 6th December in school. The children do not need to bring in any money, just a small chocolate gift. Thank you
Below is the poster for the Friends of Hertford Vale Christmas Fair taking place on Friday 6th December. We hope to see you then.
The school app and website calendar have been updated with dates for the run up to Christmas.
Below is a letter sent out to the parents/carers of the children in Mrs Kenyon's class and Ms Wiles' class. A paper copy is available in the office should you need one.
There will be a chance for you to attend the second of our whole school open mornings this half term. The school will be open for parents/carers and the community on Friday the 25th October. You will be most welcome to look round all the classes between 9:00am and 10:00am, spend time with the children and see what has been happening this half term. We look forward to seeing you next week.
The Friends of Hertford Vale are hosting a movie night on Wednesday 23rd November. The £2 entrance fee can be paid at the door on the day.
As you know, this Friday is the whole school open morning for you to have a look round the school. It is also the Macmillan coffee morning and our special 30th Anniversary picnic for the children at lunch time. You will be most welcome to spend time in school from 10:15 to 11:30am.
We are hoping that the coffee morning is as successful as last year but we need your help to do this. If you would be able to help out during the coffee morning or bake something to sell we would be most grateful. We are looking forward to the visit from the Bishop of Hull and would like to welcome as many people to look round the school, enjoy a cake or two and to spend time with the children. Your cake donations can be brought into school at any time this week.
If you have a half hour to spare by helping with the refreshments on the day, please let Mrs Blogg in the office know. We are hoping to see as many of you as possible you on the day from 10:15 to 11:30am.
As part of our healthy eating curriculum, we are encouraging children to bring in healthy snacks for playtimes and in their packed lunches. Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive free healthy snacks as part of their five a day due to a government scheme. Unfortunately, the older children do not receive free fruit and vegetables but are welcome to bring in healthy snacks for morning playtime if you so wish.
Chocolate and sweets are not recommended as a healthy school snack. Please also be aware that some snacks which are marketed as healthy may be misleading. One example is fruit rolls as they contain roughly 37% sugar which is nearly four times that found in an apple, so careful reading of the ingredients is advised.
If you are unsure about what to put in a packed lunch, our guidelines are on the website under the 'Policies' tab. If you require any guidance on what is classed as a healthy snack, please ask us in school and we will be more than happy to advise you.
The Friends of Hertford Vale School are holding a summer fair after Sports Day on Friday. The children's sports events will start at 1:45pm on Friday and the summer fair will be held after the races have finished. Feel free to bring your own chairs for watching the races. We're looking forward to seeing you all on the day.
Thank you to those parents who park considerately when droping and collecting their children from school. We are still witnessing a small number of cases where cars are being parked on the zig zag lines on both roads next to the school.
This poster was created by children at a school in Huddersfield as part of a safety campaign. We thought it was a very graphic way to remind us all as to why the lines are there and to reconsider where we leave our cars before, during and after the school day.
Thank you for your support in keeping the roads safe around school and to being considerate when parking in the village.