News

Spring Chicks Visit
19/04/2024 12:05 PM
Spring Chicks Visit

On Tuesday afternoon, we had some special visitors in school - six day old chicks!

 

The children and staff were enthused by their visit and had many questions to ask. 

 

The older children had the opportunity to hold the chicks, whilst the younger children had the opportunity to stroke the chicks if they wished to. 

 

All children were kind, respectful and welcomed the chicks with open arms. 

 

It was a lovely spring afternoon treat for everyone involved.

 

Have a lovely weekend and we will see you all on Monday.

 

Mrs Fardoe-Elliott

Spring Chicks 1.jpg

Spring Chicks 2.jpg

Wrap around care survey for parents and carers
18/04/2024 10:48 AM
Wrap around care survey for parents and carers

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

We are looking at how we can develop the before and after school provision here at Hertford Vale.  There has been a lot of talk in the press about schools needing to provide extended wrap around care to help parents work during the week as well as during the holidays.

 

We want to provide the best service possible and are looking at all the options available to the school.  Part of this is to consider the option of using a company to provide the wrap around care, with a view to eventually having holiday clubs on site too.  

 

We have attached a link to a survey from a provider called ClubsComplete Ltd.™ that offers wrap around care as well as the potential option of a holiday club.  The survey is to find out what you think of the kind of service such a company provides, the costs involved and whether it is something our families would want.

 

Survey link : https://zfrmz.com/OmwDACoBxD8cqv5JmJox

 

Please could you fill out the survey as the more feedback we get, the better informed we are about what you want from us.

 

Just to add, this is not something that is definitely happening,  we are simply gauging interest to see what you think.

 

The Hertford Vale team.

Eco Club Update
18/04/2024 10:28 AM
Eco Club Update

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is the latest letter from Miss Higgs about the Eco Club.

 

Thank you

Eco Letter Update April 2024.pdf

Letter from Mrs Kenyon - Growing up in North Yorkshire.
18/04/2024 10:24 AM
Letter from Mrs Kenyon - Growing up in North Yorkshire.

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is a letter form Mrs Kenyon about the Growing up in North Yorkshire 2024 survey.  The children in Mrs Fardoe-Elliott's class, Mrs Boyes' class and some of the children in Mrs Kenyon's class will be taking part.

 

The letter has all the details you need but if there are any further questions, please cpntact the school office.

 

Thank you.

_Growing up in North Yorkshire Parent Letter 2024 .pdf

Message From North Yorkshire Council
16/04/2024 3:01 PM
Message From North Yorkshire Council

North Yorkshire’s education, health and social care services are being jointly inspected by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to see how well they meet their responsibilities towards children and young people with SEN and disabilities (SEND).

They would like to hear your views about the support that your child/young person receives and how it has helped your child. 

 

You can provide your views by completing an online survey.

 

What you share will be treated in confidence:

 

     Children and Young People -

      https://ofsted.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/AreaSEND-CYP/10299835

 

     Parent/Carer -

      https://ofsted.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/AreaSEND-ParentCarer/10299835

 

     Parent/Carer easy read version – 

     https://ofsted.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/AreaSEND-ParentCarer-EasyRead/10299835

 

      Practitioners -

       https://ofsted.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/AreaSEND-Practitioner/10299835

 

Guidance, Easy Read and more information can be found:

Area SEND inspections: information about ongoing inspections - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Your views are important and will help Inspectors to understand your child/young person’s experience of the SEND arrangements in North Yorkshire.

 

The survey links and guidance can also be on the SEND Local Offer | North Yorkshire Council website.

 

 

The surveys will close at 9am on 23rd April 2024.

 

 

 

A paper/word copy of the survey is available – please see attached.

Please only use paper copies of the surveys when people cannot access the online links or when needed in a different format. Please send any paper copies of the surveys that have been completed and returned to you to data.areaSEND@ofsted.gov.uk by 3pm on 22 April 2024.

 

Please include the area name in the email header.

 

Attachments below:

 

Children & Young People Survey

Parent and carer survey EASY READ

Parent and Carer Survey

Practitioner Survey

 

Thank you in advance for your help with the arrangements for the inspection process.

Head Lice
16/04/2024 1:42 PM
Head Lice

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

We have been informed that a child Key Stage 1 has head lice.  The attached leaflet gives advice on how to treat them and what to look for.

 

If in doubt, please go to the NHS website for further details. 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice-and-nits/

 

Thank you

Letter from Miss Higgs - Request for craft materials
16/04/2024 11:26 AM
Letter from Miss Higgs - Request for craft materials

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We have been blown away by the unbelievable effort we have seen from the class so far in regards to their Titanic homework (see attached photos).  What the children have produced has been amazing and we’ve even managed to receive a letter from an author (see attached). As part of our Titanic topic the Year 4 and Year 5 children are going to be creating Titanic rooms during their Design and Technology lessons. To make this possible, we are kindly asking for any donations that will help us with this project.

 

We are asking for materials which includes shoe boxes (for the cabins) and items to decorate the interior of the cabins such as materials/fabrics, wallpaper, recyclable items, bits of carpet, beads etc. Also if there are any parents/carers/relatives who would like to come and join us for an afternoon of creating, then we will appreciate the extra hands on deck (pun intended!)

 

At the end of the half term, we intend to create a Titanic museum in our classroom, to showcase all the phenomenal writing they have done this term and their finished Titanic room. We would love to invite parents/carer/relatives the opportunity to see what we have been up to. 

 

Kind regards

 

Miss Higgs and Mrs Green

School-Letter-Titanic-Miss-Higgs-Class.pdf

Titanic Homework.pdf

Weekend message
12/04/2024 2:38 PM
Weekend message

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

We have finished the first week back after the Easter break.  The children have had a good four days and have come back ready to learn and enjoy being back in school.

 

The weather has been a bit kinder to us this week and the children have managed to get outside a lot more at playtimes and in P.E.  We would ask to make sure that all the children have their P.E kit in school every day so that if we get a chance to take them outside for some exercise, they will have everything they need.

 

We’re looking forward to some drier weather over the summer term and are thinking about events in school where we welcome you in.  We will let you know once things have been finalised so you can make arrangements and join us in school.

 

Have a nice weekend and we will see you all on Monday.

 

The Hertford Vale team.

Online Safety Newsletter - April 2024
12/04/2024 9:58 AM
Online Safety Newsletter - April 2024

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is the April online safety newsletter.  In addition to this, here is a link from a BBC article today :

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cy0l4z8n1p9o

 

It highlights the need to be vigilant when it comes to children using apps such as WhatsApp and Snapchat.  The legal age in the UK for using WhatsApp is 13 years old.  We have recently had instances of children communicating via this app in a negative way outside of school, which has then caused issues in the classrooms. 

 

Please consider whether your child should be using these apps as they have age ratings for a reason.  Some of the issues we are dealing with in school would not happen if the children were not on the apps in the first place.  None of our children in school are legally old enough to use WhatsApp.

 

The UK Safer Internet Centre has a page dedicated for parents as to how they can responsibly monitor WhatsApp and how to help your child if you decide they can continue to use the app.

 

https://saferinternet.org.uk/blog/helping-your-child-with-whatsapp

 

If you need any further guidance on what age appropriate apps your child can use, please refer to the 'internet matters.org' website as they have lots of resources that can help.

 

https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/

 

Thank you for your support and we will continue to work together with our families to keep the children as safe as possible when online.

 

The Hertford Vale team.

Online Safety Newsletter April 2024_Hertford Vale_28-03-2024.pdf

Mrs Boyes' Class Swimming - Tomorrow
8/04/2024 1:26 PM
Mrs Boyes' Class Swimming - Tomorrow

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Mrs Boyes' class is going swimming tomorrow.

 

The children will need a swimming costume/trunks & a towel in a separate bag as well as a bobble to tie back long hair.  

 

The school is subsidising the cost of the transport and swimming but we are asking for a voluntary contribution of £3.50 per session.  Mrs Boyes’ class will have five sessions of swimming this term and there will be a payment option on ParentPay from tomorrow.

 

Thank you.

School Opens Tomorrow
8/04/2024 1:06 PM
School Opens Tomorrow

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Just a quick reminder that school opens tomorrow at the usual time of 8:50am.  

 

Breakfast club will run from 8:00am and the after school club is open until 5:20pm.  Please remember to contact the school office if you wish to book your child into either club so we know how many children to cater for.

 

We are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow morning.

 

The Hertford Vale team.

Summer Menu
22/03/2024 1:21 PM
Summer Menu

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is the new summer menu for after the Easter break.  It is also on the school website and paper copies are available from the office.

 

Thank you.

Summer Menu 24.pdf

Easter Blessings
22/03/2024 11:59 AM
Easter Blessings

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

The children and staff are looking forward to a break over the next couple of weeks.  It has been a busy term in many ways with various events having taken place.

 

There was a service in school this week to celebrate Easter, the most important event in the Christian calendar.  Reverend Liz Kitching came in to lead the service and Mrs Barbara Archer joined us to represent St Peter’s church.  It was a lovely service and the children behaved impeccably with both visitors commenting on how respectful the children were.

 

We are as always, extremely grateful for your support in everything we do as it helps make the school a happy and safe place for all our children. We are looking forward to opening the doors again in the summer term for some more events in school and to seeing you all.

 

We hope you are able to spend some time with friends and loved ones over the next couple of weeks and we will see you when school reopens on Tuesday 9th April.

 

Best wishes,

 

The Hertford Vale team.

Easter Wishes.jpg

Free PQA Session
22/03/2024 11:43 AM
Free PQA Session

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is a flyer for the Pauline Quirke Academy with details of a free session on April 14th.  For more information, please contact the academy via the email on the flyer - JAMES@PQACADEMY.COM

 

Thank you.

SCAR Open Day Flyer Apr 2024 1-images-1.jpg

SCAR Open Day Flyer Apr 2024 1-images-2.jpg

Science Week Report
18/03/2024 2:07 PM
Science Week Report

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is a write up from Science Week.  The report shares with you some of what happened last week and gives you an idea of the activities which took place in each class.

 

It was an amazing week with lots of exciting things happening across the school.  Thank you to Miss Higgs for being the driving force behind the week and for organising a lot of the activities.

Science Week Write Up 2024.pdf

Scarlet Fever
14/03/2024 4:01 PM
Scarlet Fever

Dear Parents and carers.

 

Attached is a letter we have been asked to send out to you all.  There have been two children with confirmed cases of scarlet fever in school during the last week.  When two or more children have had a confirmed case, we have to let you know so that you can keep an eye out for symptoms at home.

 

The letter has advice issued by our public health department.  If you have any other questions or need advice, please have a look at the NHS website below :

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/scarlet-fever/

 

Thank you.

Scarlet fever letter March 2024.docx 1.pdf

Red Nose Day - Tomorrow
14/03/2024 10:59 AM
Red Nose Day - Tomorrow

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Just a reminder following the text from last week, tomorrow is Red Nose Day.

 

The children can wear red or colurful clothing and bring a pound for the charity.  At the end of the day, after school club will also be selling cakes/buns in the hall to help raise some money for the charity.

 

Thank you.

After School Club Cake Sale - Friday
13/03/2024 12:19 PM
After School Club Cake Sale - Friday

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

The after school club will be selling cakes in the school hall at the end of the day on Friday.  The cakes/buns will be 50p each.

 

Thank you.

20240311-CAKE SALE.jpg

Mrs Kenyon’s Class Visit to Humble Bee Farm.
13/03/2024 12:09 PM
Mrs Kenyon’s Class Visit to Humble Bee Farm.

Mrs Kenyon’s Class Visit to Humble Bee Farm.

 

On a damp and fresh Monday morning we took the children to meet Farmer Percy to help feed the animals at Humble Bee Farm. 

 

All the children loved meeting the animals including Madge and Alfie the friendly sheep dogs, lots of very hungry lambs, fluffy bunnies, alpacas and goats. Some of the children were very fortunate to see a baby lamb being born whilst we were at the farm. Luckily Farmer Percy was on hand to help the ewe deliver the lamb. 

 

The children asked lots of interesting questions such as, why do the sheep have numbers on them? How often are the sheep fed? We also completed a letter hunt, which when all the letters were found it spelt out the word ‘shepherd’. 

 

After a busy morning on the farm we said goodbye to Farmer Percy and all the animals and climbed back onto the coach. We arrived back at school very hungry and ready for our lunch. A busy morning was had by all! 

 

Mrs Kenyon x

 

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World Book Day Costume Winners
8/03/2024 2:29 PM
World Book Day Costume Winners

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

As part of our World Book Day festivities, there was a costume competition.  Children from Mrs Fardoe-Elliott's class chose five costumes they thought were imaginative, thoughtful and creative.  Each winner received a book as a prize for their efforts.  

 

Well done to all our winners and to everyone who took part.

World Book Day Winners 2024.jpg

News

19
Apr
2024
Spring Chicks Visit
19/04/2024 12:05 PM
Spring Chicks Visit

On Tuesday afternoon, we had some special visitors in school - six day old chicks!

 

The children and staff were enthused by their visit and had many questions to ask. 

 

The older children had the opportunity to hold the chicks, whilst the younger children had the opportunity to stroke the chicks if they wished to. 

 

All children were kind, respectful and welcomed the chicks with open arms. 

 

It was a lovely spring afternoon treat for everyone involved.

 

Have a lovely weekend and we will see you all on Monday.

 

Mrs Fardoe-Elliott

Spring Chicks 1.jpg

Spring Chicks 2.jpg

18
Apr
2024
Wrap around care survey for parents and carers
18/04/2024 10:48 AM
Wrap around care survey for parents and carers

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

We are looking at how we can develop the before and after school provision here at Hertford Vale.  There has been a lot of talk in the press about schools needing to provide extended wrap around care to help parents work during the week as well as during the holidays.

 

We want to provide the best service possible and are looking at all the options available to the school.  Part of this is to consider the option of using a company to provide the wrap around care, with a view to eventually having holiday clubs on site too.  

 

We have attached a link to a survey from a provider called ClubsComplete Ltd.™ that offers wrap around care as well as the potential option of a holiday club.  The survey is to find out what you think of the kind of service such a company provides, the costs involved and whether it is something our families would want.

 

Survey link : https://zfrmz.com/OmwDACoBxD8cqv5JmJox

 

Please could you fill out the survey as the more feedback we get, the better informed we are about what you want from us.

 

Just to add, this is not something that is definitely happening,  we are simply gauging interest to see what you think.

 

The Hertford Vale team.

18
Apr
2024
Eco Club Update
18/04/2024 10:28 AM
Eco Club Update

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is the latest letter from Miss Higgs about the Eco Club.

 

Thank you

Eco Letter Update April 2024.pdf

18
Apr
2024
Letter from Mrs Kenyon - Growing up in North Yorkshire.
18/04/2024 10:24 AM
Letter from Mrs Kenyon - Growing up in North Yorkshire.

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is a letter form Mrs Kenyon about the Growing up in North Yorkshire 2024 survey.  The children in Mrs Fardoe-Elliott's class, Mrs Boyes' class and some of the children in Mrs Kenyon's class will be taking part.

 

The letter has all the details you need but if there are any further questions, please cpntact the school office.

 

Thank you.

_Growing up in North Yorkshire Parent Letter 2024 .pdf

16
Apr
2024
Message From North Yorkshire Council
16/04/2024 3:01 PM
Message From North Yorkshire Council

North Yorkshire’s education, health and social care services are being jointly inspected by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to see how well they meet their responsibilities towards children and young people with SEN and disabilities (SEND).

They would like to hear your views about the support that your child/young person receives and how it has helped your child. 

 

You can provide your views by completing an online survey.

 

What you share will be treated in confidence:

 

     Children and Young People -

      https://ofsted.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/AreaSEND-CYP/10299835

 

     Parent/Carer -

      https://ofsted.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/AreaSEND-ParentCarer/10299835

 

     Parent/Carer easy read version – 

     https://ofsted.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/AreaSEND-ParentCarer-EasyRead/10299835

 

      Practitioners -

       https://ofsted.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/AreaSEND-Practitioner/10299835

 

Guidance, Easy Read and more information can be found:

Area SEND inspections: information about ongoing inspections - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Your views are important and will help Inspectors to understand your child/young person’s experience of the SEND arrangements in North Yorkshire.

 

The survey links and guidance can also be on the SEND Local Offer | North Yorkshire Council website.

 

 

The surveys will close at 9am on 23rd April 2024.

 

 

 

A paper/word copy of the survey is available – please see attached.

Please only use paper copies of the surveys when people cannot access the online links or when needed in a different format. Please send any paper copies of the surveys that have been completed and returned to you to data.areaSEND@ofsted.gov.uk by 3pm on 22 April 2024.

 

Please include the area name in the email header.

 

Attachments below:

 

Children & Young People Survey

Parent and carer survey EASY READ

Parent and Carer Survey

Practitioner Survey

 

Thank you in advance for your help with the arrangements for the inspection process.

16
Apr
2024
Head Lice
16/04/2024 1:42 PM
Head Lice

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

We have been informed that a child Key Stage 1 has head lice.  The attached leaflet gives advice on how to treat them and what to look for.

 

If in doubt, please go to the NHS website for further details. 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice-and-nits/

 

Thank you

16
Apr
2024
Letter from Miss Higgs - Request for craft materials
16/04/2024 11:26 AM
Letter from Miss Higgs - Request for craft materials

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We have been blown away by the unbelievable effort we have seen from the class so far in regards to their Titanic homework (see attached photos).  What the children have produced has been amazing and we’ve even managed to receive a letter from an author (see attached). As part of our Titanic topic the Year 4 and Year 5 children are going to be creating Titanic rooms during their Design and Technology lessons. To make this possible, we are kindly asking for any donations that will help us with this project.

 

We are asking for materials which includes shoe boxes (for the cabins) and items to decorate the interior of the cabins such as materials/fabrics, wallpaper, recyclable items, bits of carpet, beads etc. Also if there are any parents/carers/relatives who would like to come and join us for an afternoon of creating, then we will appreciate the extra hands on deck (pun intended!)

 

At the end of the half term, we intend to create a Titanic museum in our classroom, to showcase all the phenomenal writing they have done this term and their finished Titanic room. We would love to invite parents/carer/relatives the opportunity to see what we have been up to. 

 

Kind regards

 

Miss Higgs and Mrs Green

School-Letter-Titanic-Miss-Higgs-Class.pdf

Titanic Homework.pdf

12
Apr
2024
Weekend message
12/04/2024 2:38 PM
Weekend message

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

We have finished the first week back after the Easter break.  The children have had a good four days and have come back ready to learn and enjoy being back in school.

 

The weather has been a bit kinder to us this week and the children have managed to get outside a lot more at playtimes and in P.E.  We would ask to make sure that all the children have their P.E kit in school every day so that if we get a chance to take them outside for some exercise, they will have everything they need.

 

We’re looking forward to some drier weather over the summer term and are thinking about events in school where we welcome you in.  We will let you know once things have been finalised so you can make arrangements and join us in school.

 

Have a nice weekend and we will see you all on Monday.

 

The Hertford Vale team.

12
Apr
2024
Online Safety Newsletter - April 2024
12/04/2024 9:58 AM
Online Safety Newsletter - April 2024

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is the April online safety newsletter.  In addition to this, here is a link from a BBC article today :

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cy0l4z8n1p9o

 

It highlights the need to be vigilant when it comes to children using apps such as WhatsApp and Snapchat.  The legal age in the UK for using WhatsApp is 13 years old.  We have recently had instances of children communicating via this app in a negative way outside of school, which has then caused issues in the classrooms. 

 

Please consider whether your child should be using these apps as they have age ratings for a reason.  Some of the issues we are dealing with in school would not happen if the children were not on the apps in the first place.  None of our children in school are legally old enough to use WhatsApp.

 

The UK Safer Internet Centre has a page dedicated for parents as to how they can responsibly monitor WhatsApp and how to help your child if you decide they can continue to use the app.

 

https://saferinternet.org.uk/blog/helping-your-child-with-whatsapp

 

If you need any further guidance on what age appropriate apps your child can use, please refer to the 'internet matters.org' website as they have lots of resources that can help.

 

https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/

 

Thank you for your support and we will continue to work together with our families to keep the children as safe as possible when online.

 

The Hertford Vale team.

Online Safety Newsletter April 2024_Hertford Vale_28-03-2024.pdf

08
Apr
2024
Mrs Boyes' Class Swimming - Tomorrow
8/04/2024 1:26 PM
Mrs Boyes' Class Swimming - Tomorrow

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Mrs Boyes' class is going swimming tomorrow.

 

The children will need a swimming costume/trunks & a towel in a separate bag as well as a bobble to tie back long hair.  

 

The school is subsidising the cost of the transport and swimming but we are asking for a voluntary contribution of £3.50 per session.  Mrs Boyes’ class will have five sessions of swimming this term and there will be a payment option on ParentPay from tomorrow.

 

Thank you.

08
Apr
2024
School Opens Tomorrow
8/04/2024 1:06 PM
School Opens Tomorrow

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Just a quick reminder that school opens tomorrow at the usual time of 8:50am.  

 

Breakfast club will run from 8:00am and the after school club is open until 5:20pm.  Please remember to contact the school office if you wish to book your child into either club so we know how many children to cater for.

 

We are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow morning.

 

The Hertford Vale team.

22
Mar
2024
Summer Menu
22/03/2024 1:21 PM
Summer Menu

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is the new summer menu for after the Easter break.  It is also on the school website and paper copies are available from the office.

 

Thank you.

Summer Menu 24.pdf

22
Mar
2024
Easter Blessings
22/03/2024 11:59 AM
Easter Blessings

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

The children and staff are looking forward to a break over the next couple of weeks.  It has been a busy term in many ways with various events having taken place.

 

There was a service in school this week to celebrate Easter, the most important event in the Christian calendar.  Reverend Liz Kitching came in to lead the service and Mrs Barbara Archer joined us to represent St Peter’s church.  It was a lovely service and the children behaved impeccably with both visitors commenting on how respectful the children were.

 

We are as always, extremely grateful for your support in everything we do as it helps make the school a happy and safe place for all our children. We are looking forward to opening the doors again in the summer term for some more events in school and to seeing you all.

 

We hope you are able to spend some time with friends and loved ones over the next couple of weeks and we will see you when school reopens on Tuesday 9th April.

 

Best wishes,

 

The Hertford Vale team.

Easter Wishes.jpg

22
Mar
2024
Free PQA Session
22/03/2024 11:43 AM
Free PQA Session

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is a flyer for the Pauline Quirke Academy with details of a free session on April 14th.  For more information, please contact the academy via the email on the flyer - JAMES@PQACADEMY.COM

 

Thank you.

SCAR Open Day Flyer Apr 2024 1-images-1.jpg

SCAR Open Day Flyer Apr 2024 1-images-2.jpg

18
Mar
2024
Science Week Report
18/03/2024 2:07 PM
Science Week Report

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is a write up from Science Week.  The report shares with you some of what happened last week and gives you an idea of the activities which took place in each class.

 

It was an amazing week with lots of exciting things happening across the school.  Thank you to Miss Higgs for being the driving force behind the week and for organising a lot of the activities.

Science Week Write Up 2024.pdf

14
Mar
2024
Scarlet Fever
14/03/2024 4:01 PM
Scarlet Fever

Dear Parents and carers.

 

Attached is a letter we have been asked to send out to you all.  There have been two children with confirmed cases of scarlet fever in school during the last week.  When two or more children have had a confirmed case, we have to let you know so that you can keep an eye out for symptoms at home.

 

The letter has advice issued by our public health department.  If you have any other questions or need advice, please have a look at the NHS website below :

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/scarlet-fever/

 

Thank you.

Scarlet fever letter March 2024.docx 1.pdf

14
Mar
2024
Red Nose Day - Tomorrow
14/03/2024 10:59 AM
Red Nose Day - Tomorrow

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Just a reminder following the text from last week, tomorrow is Red Nose Day.

 

The children can wear red or colurful clothing and bring a pound for the charity.  At the end of the day, after school club will also be selling cakes/buns in the hall to help raise some money for the charity.

 

Thank you.

13
Mar
2024
After School Club Cake Sale - Friday
13/03/2024 12:19 PM
After School Club Cake Sale - Friday

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

The after school club will be selling cakes in the school hall at the end of the day on Friday.  The cakes/buns will be 50p each.

 

Thank you.

20240311-CAKE SALE.jpg

13
Mar
2024
Mrs Kenyon’s Class Visit to Humble Bee Farm.
13/03/2024 12:09 PM
Mrs Kenyon’s Class Visit to Humble Bee Farm.

Mrs Kenyon’s Class Visit to Humble Bee Farm.

 

On a damp and fresh Monday morning we took the children to meet Farmer Percy to help feed the animals at Humble Bee Farm. 

 

All the children loved meeting the animals including Madge and Alfie the friendly sheep dogs, lots of very hungry lambs, fluffy bunnies, alpacas and goats. Some of the children were very fortunate to see a baby lamb being born whilst we were at the farm. Luckily Farmer Percy was on hand to help the ewe deliver the lamb. 

 

The children asked lots of interesting questions such as, why do the sheep have numbers on them? How often are the sheep fed? We also completed a letter hunt, which when all the letters were found it spelt out the word ‘shepherd’. 

 

After a busy morning on the farm we said goodbye to Farmer Percy and all the animals and climbed back onto the coach. We arrived back at school very hungry and ready for our lunch. A busy morning was had by all! 

 

Mrs Kenyon x

 

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08
Mar
2024
World Book Day Costume Winners
8/03/2024 2:29 PM
World Book Day Costume Winners

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

As part of our World Book Day festivities, there was a costume competition.  Children from Mrs Fardoe-Elliott's class chose five costumes they thought were imaginative, thoughtful and creative.  Each winner received a book as a prize for their efforts.  

 

Well done to all our winners and to everyone who took part.

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08
Mar
2024
World Book Day Photos
8/03/2024 2:00 PM
World Book Day Photos

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Below are a few words form our teachers about yesterday's activities during World Book Day.  The children looked amazing in their costumes and everyone had a great day.

 

Mrs Kenyon’s Class

The children really enjoyed a reading book hunt where they had to find specific characters in books. We also painted the world and added pictures which were special to us as individuals, such as slices of pizza, a zoo and trees and horses. The younger children painted pictures of foxes linked to the story ‘No Matter What’ by Debi Gliori. We thought about how our parents love us no matter what and asked questions, ‘Can love break?’ and ‘Does love run out’?

 

Mrs Boyes’ Class

Year 2 and 3 have been linking activities to the book, 'It's Your World Now' all week. The children loved the book and beautiful illustrations. Linked to the text, we spent time discussing what makes our world so marvelous, creating a display of drawings that ranged from lollipops to rainbows! We concluded that we love our world and want to look after it! Later in the week we learnt about careers and what attributes each job requires. These ranged from authors to surfing instructors! The children have some amazing aspirations.  Finally, we spent time talking about how to deal with things if they don't go our way, for example if  we don't win a football game. The class were very thoughtful, showing the school values of kindness and resilience. The World Book Day costumes were amazing again this year. We have had a super week!



Miss Higgs’ Class

After reading "It's Your World Now!" which taught us to appreciate the wonderful things that exist in the world and what great things they can do, the class created some fantastic motivational rhyming posters.  



Mrs Fardoe-Elliott’s Class

We thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘It’s Your World Now!’ - we found it both inspirational & honest and children created persuasive advertisements encouraging parents to buy the book. 

In addition, we created some new road signs for our school library containing different fictional settings from books such as Hogwarts and Narnia.

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08
Mar
2024
Eco Club Book Sale Update
8/03/2024 1:51 PM
Eco Club Book Sale Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Attached is a letter from Miss Higgs about yesterday's book sale.  Thank you ever so much for supporting the Eco Club children in their cause, it is greatly appreciated.

Book Sale 7.3.2024.pdf

06
Mar
2024
World Book Day Tomorrow
6/03/2024 4:02 PM
World Book Day Tomorrow

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Tomorrow is World Book Day. The children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character. There will be a competition where one child from each class will be awarded a prize for the ‘most imaginative costume’. 

 

The children will take part in engaging activities focused on the book ‘It’s Your World Now’ by Barry Falls. As usual, every child will receive a book token which can be spent in Sainsburys, Tesco, The Works, Waterstones and WHSmith. 

 

World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and most importantly it’s a celebration of reading and we are looking forward to seeing this year’s costume creations.  Please do not feel you need to spend a lot of money on a costume as there is no need.  If you would like to be creative, here are some costume ideas : 

 

 https://www.worldbookday.com/celebrate-world-book-day/dressing-up/ 

 

Thank you for your continued support, 

 

Mrs Fardoe-Elliott

05
Mar
2024
Eco Club Book Sale - This Thursday!
5/03/2024 1:15 PM
Eco Club Book Sale - This Thursday!

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Just a reminder on Thursday (World Book Day) Eco Club will be having a book sale to raise funds for charity.  There will be books priced from 10p to 50p or alternatively book bundles from £1 or £2.

 

Classes will have the chance to visit the book fair during the day for children who have brought money in.  If there are any books left at the end of the day, then we will sell them on the playground or in the hall at pickup time. 

 

Thanks, Miss Higgs.

04
Mar
2024
Online Safety Newsletter - March 2024
4/03/2024 9:55 AM
Online Safety Newsletter - March 2024

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is our online safety newsletter for this month.

 

If you would like a paper copy, please ask at the school office.  

 

Thank you.

Online Safety Newsletter Primary March 2024_Hertford Vale_29-02-2024.pdf

28
Feb
2024
Bingo Night!
28/02/2024 9:24 AM
Bingo Night!

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is a poster for the Friends of Hertford Vale School Easter bingo night.  The event was a huge success last time and we are looking forward to the same again this year.

 

The event takes place in school on the 15th March.  All the information you need is on the poster and we hope you will be able to join us in for the event.

Bingo Poster MAR24.pdf

28
Feb
2024
Eco Club Update
28/02/2024 8:42 AM
Eco Club Update

February Eco-Club Update

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Just an update on the success of the eco-club. The children have been working incredibly hard to do their part to help the planet. Our key focuses are global citizenship, biodiversity and litter. 

  • Global Citizenship - Thank you for all the book donations, we are very grateful. We are going to hold a book sale on World Book Day. This will mean as well as dressing up in their favourite book costume, they can purchase a selection of books. We are hoping to raise enough funds to ‘twin a toilet’, which will support those who are less fortunate. 

  • Biodiversity - The children have begun clearing out planters and deciding what seeds to plant. They have written letters asking for materials, and we are so lucky that JP Developers have agreed to come into school (during April) with materials and to help us create bug houses and hedgehog runs. 

  • Litter - Posters have been created (which are attached) that we hope to put up in the village, as well as around school. Our next step is to arrange a community litter pick (when the sun is shining), where we would invite children and parents to join us to help clean up the village. 

Furthermore, we will be visited by Northern Gas in May, who will be doing a ‘hydrogen from production to home’ demonstration. As you can see we have been very busy and we still have lots to achieve this year. 

 

As always, thank you for your support

 

Kind Regards

 

Miss Hayley Higgs

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Eco Club Litter Keep the World Tidy.pdf

28
Feb
2024
Science Visitor
28/02/2024 8:24 AM
Science Visitor

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We had some very special visitors come from Malton secondary school to teach the children biology yesterday.

 

The children learned about a variety of essential body systems including: the digestive system, the respiratory system and the circulatory system as well as being shown a practical demonstration which represented the digestive system.  The children also had the opportunity to touch and examine a pig’s heart and a sheep’s lungs whilst wearing gloves and aprons. 

 

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the unique experience and we would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Free and Malton school for taking the time to visit us.

 

Well done to the children for being mature, respectful and showing so much enthusiasm towards their learning. 

 

As always thank you for your support, 

 

Miss Hayley Higgs

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21
Feb
2024
Cricket Sessions - Bramcote school
21/02/2024 5:07 PM
Cricket Sessions - Bramcote school

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is a flyer about some cricket sessions taking place in March and April at Bramcote School.  


If you are interested, please contact the school for more information.

 

Thank you.

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21
Feb
2024
World Book Day - 7th March
21/02/2024 4:55 PM
World Book Day - 7th March

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This year, World Book Day falls on Thursday 7th March. The children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character. There will be a competition where one child from each class will be awarded a prize for the ‘most imaginative costume’. 

 

The children will take part in engaging activities focused on the book ‘It’s Your World Now’ by Barry Falls. As usual, every child will receive a book token which can be spent in Sainsburys, Tesco, The Works, Waterstones and WHSmith. 

 

World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and most importantly it’s a celebration of reading and we are looking forward to seeing this year’s costume creations.  Please do not feel you need to spend a lot of money on a costume as there is no need.  If you would like to be creative, here are some costume ideas : 

 

 https://www.worldbookday.com/celebrate-world-book-day/dressing-up/ 

 

Thank you for your continued support, 

 

Mrs Fardoe-Elliott

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19
Feb
2024
Funded Nursery Places
19/02/2024 4:34 PM
Funded Nursery Places

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is a flyer we are sending out via Facebook and local businesses.  If you know of anyone looking for a nursery place for their three or four year old, please pass our information onto them.

 

We are more than happy to show any interested parents and carers round the school, to share with them our early years setting and what we have to offer.  We also have places available in the current Reception class if you are aware of families looking for a school place.

 

As always, thank you for your support.

 

The Hertford Vale team.

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08
Feb
2024
Science Book Panel
8/02/2024 1:55 PM
Science Book Panel

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Over the past 4 months, 6 dedicated and enthusiastic children have had the special task of being a judge for the Young People’s Book Prize 2023. Each child has had six different science themed books to read and review.

 

The children have been evaluating the books on ease of reading, interest, look and feel and inspiration. Today, we had our final science meeting in which we voted for our favourite book and sent our scores off to the Royal Society.

 

Their decisions will be combined with panelists from across the country to award one of these fantastic books as the winner. The children have thoroughly enjoyed reading these wonderful books. I’m extremely proud of how quickly they’ve read them, the enthusiasm they’ve shown towards being part of this elite panel and how they’ve allowed the books to inspire them! The books will soon be available in the school library for the rest of the school. 

 

A huge well done and thank you to my fantastic science panel! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed our book discussions. Hopefully we will be selected again next year and different children across KS2 can have the opportunity to participate. 

 

As always thank you for your support, 

 

Miss Hayley Higgs

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08
Feb
2024
Wear Your Own Clothes Day
8/02/2024 11:55 AM
Wear Your Own Clothes Day

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Just a quick reminder about the attached poster we sent out from the Friends of Hertford Vale.  They are holding a 'Wear Your Own Clothes' day tomorrow (Friday 9th February).  There is no cost for this but we would appreciate a small chocolate donation towards the annual bingo night later this term on Friday 15th March.

 

Thank you.

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07
Feb
2024
Poetry Winners
7/02/2024 2:57 PM
Poetry Winners

As you may remember, some of our older children entered a national writing competition last term. 

 

We received a letter from the editor at Young Writers to say that their work was so good it was being entered for publication in a book entitled ‘This Is Me - Through Our Eyes’.  

 

We are delighted to say that our copies of 'This is Me!' have arrived.

 

The children were over the moon when we discovered the four entries from Hertford Vale were the first school to be listed on the contents page, which is quite an honour!

 

A huge congratulations again to our winners and it’s wonderful to know that your poems have officially been published.  We are very proud of you all.

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07
Feb
2024
Robbie Hawkes Holiday Camp
7/02/2024 1:32 PM
Robbie Hawkes Holiday Camp

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is a poster from Robbie Hawkes for the half term holiday football camps.  If you are interested, the details are on the poster or you could visit www.hawkeshealth.org

 

Thank you

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07
Feb
2024
Litter Pick
7/02/2024 1:21 PM
Litter Pick

Some of our older children have done a litter pick in and around school this morning.  They managed to fill two black bags full of rubbish in around fifteen minutes!  

 

Thank you to the children and Mrs Graves for making the effort to tidy up the school and surrounding area.

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02
Feb
2024
Science Week Letter
2/02/2024 3:46 PM
Science Week Letter

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is a letter from Miss Higgs about British Science Week 2024.  If you think you can help in any way during Science Week, please get in touch as we would love to hear from you.

 

Have a good weekend and we will see you on Monday.

 

The Hertford Vale team.

Science Week Letter.pdf

01
Feb
2024
Wear Your Own Clothes Day - February 9th
1/02/2024 3:06 PM
Wear Your Own Clothes Day - February 9th

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is a poster from the Friends of Hertford Vale.  They are holding a 'Wear Your Own Clothes' day next week.  There is no cost for this but we would appreciate a small chocolate donation towards the annual bingo night later this term.

 

Thank you.

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31
Jan
2024
Online Safety Newsletter
31/01/2024 11:15 AM
Online Safety Newsletter

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Attached is our February online safety newsletter.  If you would like a paper copy, please contact the school office.

 

Thank you.

Online Safety Newsletter Primary February 2024_Hertford Vale.pdf

31
Jan
2024
RAF Visitors
31/01/2024 9:56 AM
RAF Visitors

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Yesterday, Year 5 and Year 6 were very lucky to have 3 members of the RAF (who are also STEM ambassadors) come and visit us to carry out STEM based practical activities. STEM is an abbreviation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and the success of the RAF is largely thanks to the talented people in critical STEM roles such as engineers, logistical officers, aviation technicians, pilots, cyberspace specialists, and medics. 

 

The children were given tasks to solve in a practical and fun way. It was a fantastic opportunity to build confidence, develop communication skills and relate learning to real life problems. Children saw the importance of listening to instructions carefully and having to think outside the box, as well as working as part of a team. As the school is so close to the air defence radar station (Remote Radar Head Staxton Wold), it was a great opportunity for the children to meet the people that work there and gain more of an understanding of their career. 

 

Once again, the behaviour was fantastic and it was wonderful to hear and see the team work and discussions that were taking place. There were some great examples of children showing their initiative and I was very impressed by the resilience shown by all. 

 

Kind regards

 

Miss Hayley Higgs

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30
Jan
2024
Free Bagels
30/01/2024 2:44 PM
Free Bagels

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

We are giving the children in Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 a free bagel at morning break if they would like.

 

There is no cost to have a bagel and it is entirely optional.

 

Children are free to bring their own snack if they wish.

 

Children in the Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 receive a free snack via the government’s school fruit and veg scheme.

 

If you have any questions regarding the bagel scheme, please get in touch with the school office.

 

Thank you.

 

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30
Jan
2024
Athletics Competition
30/01/2024 9:40 AM
Athletics Competition

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Last Wednesday, twenty three athletes from years 5 and 6 participated in the Sports Hall Athletics competition at Pindar School. We were extremely proud of all the children as they showed resilience and did an amazing job at representing Hertford Vale. 

 

The competition was aimed at Year 6 children so some of our Year 5 competitors were towered over by children from other schools, however this did not knock their confidence.

 

The children competed in a variety of track and field events including obstacle relays, lap relays, standing triple jump, chest push, long jump, vertical jump, speed bounce and javelin.   



A massive thank you to all the adults for allowing your child to participate.  

 

Thank you for your continued support. 



Kind regards 

 

Miss Higgs 

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29
Jan
2024
Key Stage 2 Science Bus
29/01/2024 7:58 PM
Key Stage 2 Science Bus

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is a letter from Miss Higgs about a visit from a secondary science teacher last week.  It certainly looks like fun was had by all!

Science Bus 1.pdf

19
Jan
2024
End of week message
19/01/2024 2:45 PM
End of week message

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

We are fast approaching the end of our second week back after the Christmas break.  The snow has definitely been a reminder that we are still in January but next week looks a lot milder and a lot less slippery.

 

Our new three and four year old children have settled in really well and have made a great start to their time in school.  The children in the Reception group have been wonderful role models to our youngest children and Mrs Kenyon is very proud of how they have been helping the new starters settle in.

 

Next week we will have a visit from Claire Garton who will be coming into school to talk to the children about the new Youth Club that is being set up in the village.  We also have some of the older children heading out to an athletics competition on Wednesday as well as a Science Bus paying the Year 4 and Year 5 children a visit.

 

As events and other things start to get booked in this term, we will let you know.

 

We hope you have a good weekend and enjoy the milder weather.

 

See you in Monday,

 

The Hertford Vale Team.

18
Jan
2024
P.E Kits
18/01/2024 2:48 PM
P.E Kits

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Just a quick reminder about P.E kits.  We have had quite a lot of children trying to take part in P.E lessons in their normal unifom over the last two weeks.  Could we ask that all children have a separate kit in school and that they have a change of footwear (trainers) and not their school shoes.  

 

In the school prospectus, it states that:

 

  • P.E/sports kit consists of white t-shirt and royal blue shorts, indoor footwear and outdoor footwear.  This needs to be in a named bag and in school every day.

All clothing should be clearly marked with your child’s name.

 

Whilst we would prefer children to have the correct kit, we understand that sometimes children grow out of clothes and are replaced with different colours. However, there are some children with no kit whatsoever and to be able to fully take part, your child needs a separate change of clothing and footwear in school.

 

If you are struggling to find appropriate clothing, please get in touch as we have plenty in stock and can supply these for £14 which includes a t-shirt, shorts and P.E bag.

 

Thank you.

 

11
Jan
2024
Staxton and Willerby Youth Group
11/01/2024 3:10 PM
Staxton and Willerby Youth Group
We have been asked to share the information below about the new Youth Group starting on January 25th. It's a brilliant idea and we hope it's a great success!
 
Our first session will be Thursday 25th January at 6.30pm!.
Aged 10 to 16 year olds from the village and surrounding areas welcome.
Come along and meet the volunteers, and have your say about the future of the club!
Refreshments will be provided............pizza or hotdogs?

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08
Jan
2024
Online Safety Newsletter - January 2024
8/01/2024 11:47 AM
Online Safety Newsletter - January 2024

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Attached is the January 2024 online safety newsletter.  It is also on the school website and if you would a paper copy, please contact the school office.

 

Thank you.

Online Safety Newsletter Primary January 2024_Hertford Vale_05-01-2024.pdf

08
Jan
2024
Welcome Back
8/01/2024 11:32 AM
Welcome Back

Dear Parents and Carers. 

 

We hope you all had an enjoyable festive period and managed to spend some time with friends and family along the way.

 

School starts again for the Spring Term tomorrow (9th January) at the usual time of 8:50am.

 

Breakfast club is open from 8:00am for those who are already booked in but if you would like your child to attend, please contact the school office.  

 

After school club is also open until 5:20pm.  We have some places for tomorrow so get in touch if you would like your child to attend and we can add them to the list.

 

Please remember to send your child with their P.E kit as they will need it this week.  Make sure they have something warm to wear in case the session is outside and a spare pair of trainers is also a good idea.

 

We are looking forward to seeing you all in the morning.

 

The Hertford Vale team.

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21
Dec
2023
Christmas Wishes
21/12/2023 10:24 AM
Christmas Wishes

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

We would like to thank you all for your support, generosity and kindness over the last term.  

 

Wishing you all a happy and peaceful festive season,

 

The Hertford Vale team. 

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20
Dec
2023
Reception Places for September
20/12/2023 12:22 PM
Reception Places for September
Just a quick reminder that Reception places are available for September 2024.
 
The deadline for applications to North Yorkshire Council is 15th January 2024.
 
Online applications can be made on the North Yorkshire website here :
 
 
If you have any questions or would like to have a look round the school, please contact the school office on 01944 710273.
 
Thank you.

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