School Updates

Dear Parents,

Coronavirus Update
We hope you are all well and as relieved as we are to hear the East Riding has remained a medium risk area for the time being. However, I am sure you will have heard that local schools have needed to close bubbles and/or ask individuals to isolate in response to positive cases. It is important that we continue to implement the strategies we identified to reduce risk of transmission through our risk assessment. Thank you once again for your support with these arrangements. We have attached some useful guidance from the NHS on the requirements for families needing to isolate.

Harvest Festival
Thank you for your contributions to our Harvest Festival display. We are now arranging to transport all of the food to the Mission Trinity to support them in their work to provide food to families in need. The children really enjoyed joining together for our virtual assembly. It was emotional to see them looking carefully at the screen to see their friends in other classes and getting to see the Reception children for the first time (although due to technical difficulties the Reception children could only see me!)

Alternative Halloween: Be Bright, Be Seen
As like many of the exciting events on the calendar for children, Halloween will not be quite the same this year. We have been asked if the children can come dressed up on the last day of the half term, and have taken the decision to do something a little different. Instead of expensive costumes with many accessories, we are encouraging the children to dress in clothes that make them as Bright as Possible on Thursday 22nd October. This can be any type of clothing, but something that the children will be comfortable to wear all day. Please do not buy anything for this event, the idea is you use something from their current wardrobe.

Contingency Planning – Home Learning with Microsoft Teams & Seesaw
We will be contacting you this week to inform you of our plans for home learning in the event of children isolating for whatever reason. This will be presented as a pack of information, detailing where to find the work set for the first three days of absence, and what we will offer children who need to isolate for longer periods of time.

To support our plans, the Trust have set up a Microsoft Office account and email for each child. This will allow the children full access to an app called “Microsoft Teams” for them to virtually meet with their teachers.

We also plan to set up pupil/parent accounts on an education app called “Seesaw” for teachers to set work, and feedback on work uploaded. Full details of this will follow.

Parents Evening
Usually at this time of year, we would be inviting parents and carers into school to meet with their child’s class teacher to discuss how they have settled into their new classes. Again, this will need to be done a little differently this year as we are unable to invite parents into school.

We will be offering five-minute Virtual Meeting appointments through “Microsoft Teams” (this is the same system as mentioned above for the home learning plan). On the day of your virtual meeting appointment, you will receive the Teams invitation via your child’s school email address (more information on this will follow shortly).

Next week, each class teacher has two evenings where parents can book a slot for their Virtual Meeting. Details of the available slots for each class is shown below. Please ring the school office by Friday 16th October to book your appointment.

If you would prefer a telephone conversation, please request this when you telephone the school together with your available days/times and the teacher will make arrangements to telephone you (please note that the telephone discussion option will be carried out AFTER half term).

VIRTUAL MEETING APPOINTMENT SCHEDULE

Reception (Mrs Heslop)
Mon 19th: 4:00pm – 5:00pm and 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Tues 20th: 4:00pm – 5:00pm and 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Class 1 (Miss Ablett)
Mon 19th: 4:00pm – 5:00pm and 5:30 – 6:30pm
Thur 22nd: 4:00pm – 5:00pm and 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Class 2 (Mrs Bucknall)
Mon 19th: 4:00pm – 5:00pm and 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Tues 20th: 4:00pm – 5:0pm and 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Class 3 (Mrs Bainton)
Mon 19th: 4:00pm – 5:00pm and 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Tues 20th: 4:00pm – 5:00pm and 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Class 4 (Miss Knowles)
Mon 19th: 4:00pm – 5:00pm and 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Tues 20th: 4:00pm – 5:00pm and 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Class 5 (Miss Yewman)
Mon 19th: 4:00pm – 5:00pm and 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Tue 20th: 4:00pm – 5:00pm and 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Class 6 (Mr Tutty)
Mon 19th: 4:00pm – 5:00pm and 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Thu 22nd: 4:00pm – 5:00pm and 5:30pm – 6:30pm


School Streets – Reminder of Traffic Order and Volunteers required

Everything is in place for the School Streets project to be fully launched on the 2nd of November. This is an exciting opportunity for us to improve the environment directly outside the school grounds, increasing the safety for families choosing to bike, walk or scooter to school. For any families needing to use a car to make their journey, the Blacksmith Arms and Sotheron Arms have kindly offered their parking facilities as a Park and Stride venue. I am reliably informed it takes less than three minutes to walk from the Blacksmiths to school. A reminder that you will not be permitted to drive down Garth Lane during the restricted times without a permit or Blue Badge from the 2nd November. To support this project, the East Riding are seeking volunteers to help marshal the top of Garth Lane during the restricted times. The role of the marshal would be to advise motorists of where to find alternative parking during these times. Anyone wishing to volunteer for this role will receive training and an information pack. If you or anyone you know would like to volunteer for this role, please contact school no later than Wednesday 21st October so training can be arranged.

Reading
The staff at Hook place a high value on the importance of children developing their reading at home as well as in school. This has created challenges in the current climate as we are needing to place books in quarantine before we sending them out to families. This has put a strain on the number of books we have available to send home. In response to this, the younger year groups have moved to changing books just twice a week. We would remind you that online reading through Bug Club is still available as an alternative when your child is waiting for their books to be changed. We ask that you still record any online reading in their home reading record so the class teachers can celebrate the reading the children have done at home. Children in Year 5 and 6 can fill in their own reading records as a log of their reading. Could we politely ask families to return any school reading books they may have at home.

Christmas Stationery Orders
Thank you to the families who have already returned their orders for the bespoke Christmas Stationery designed by your child. A reminder that all orders need to be in for Friday 16th October.

We have also been asked if children will be able to send Christmas cards to each other this year. We have plans to put systems in place to allow the children to do this in a safe way without spoiling the tradition. Further information to follow nearer the time.

Half Term Holiday
We are fast approaching the end of this half term. A reminder that the school closes on Thursday 22nd October and reopens on Monday 2nd November.

Thank you once again for your continued support.

Kindest Regards

Caroline Ainley