Like all schools, we need to respond to changing situations. Be reassured, I have considered staff strengths, class-dynamics and impact on children. With these in mind, this is how the classes will be organised from September.
Haddon Class Miss Flynn (5days): Reception, Year 1 & Year 2
Hartington Class Mrs Garside (3days) & Ms Moore (2days): Year 3 & Year 4
Hassop Class Miss Lucas (5days): Year 5 & Year 6
Each class will have a linked Teaching Assistant/s.
As I write this, the DfE have not sent schools a definitive guide about opening in September. I am hopeful this will be, almost, normal but I will let you know when the guidance comes through.
NB Some points below are reliant on providers being allowed to work in schools or ‘mix’ children and may not begin immediately.
*We do not know if we will be allowed to host breakfast or after school clubs yet. When we do re-open Breakfast Club, this will be from 7.30am-8.50am with revised charges and discounts for siblings.
*Forest School will be provided for our Pupil Premium and other qualifying children during the school day.
*Nurture/Woodland groups will be led by Mrs Railton weekly.
*Professional musicians will begin teaching Hartington class weekly.
*UKSports will teach each class for one PE session per week.
*Artis... will teach KS1 children for one morning per week for the first term.
*Swimming for Years 5&6 will not be starting in September.
*We are unsure if we will be permitted to host parent assemblies or whole-school assemblies.
*Mrs Wagstaff will be working daily in the office but slightly fewer hours.
*I will be working 4 days per week. In my absence, Ms Moore will be the most senior member of staff and the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
*Please delete the School Money app. Any owed money from 19/20 should be settled urgently via cash/cheque to school.
*We have moved our digital payment system over to ParentPay – further information will follow soon to get you started.
Thank you all,
Our classes are Haddon (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2), Hartington (Years 3 & 4) and Hassop (Years 5 & 6). Being a small, dynamic school, with a fantastic adult to child ratio, means that the class organisation can fluctuate in order to meet the needs of the year groups concerned. We have five teaching areas, so that your child has the best environment in which to learn and study. Our assessment system is robust and regular, led by a consultant to the main education publishers on our teaching staff. Each child understands how they learn and how they can progress to the next step. Our 2019 KS2 SATs results surpassed the National Standard.
We believe that learning should not be restricted to indoors. At Hague Bar Primary School, we take our learning outside the classroom whenever we can, so the children can benefit from the beautiful Derbyshire surroundings. In particular, our enrichment activities take us on walks, orienteering, photographing and crafting from nature. Our EYFS/KS1 class has access to the outdoors at all times and in all weathers. During playtimes, children have daily access to the garden which also houses our colourful outdoor musical instruments.
We frequently celebrate all achievements big and small, whether occurring in school or not. Our children enjoy award assemblies, certificates, stickers and most importantly a smile and verbal praise. All children take part in the newly created annual PEGS Award, which encourages the fully rounded development of their character. Pupils at Hague Bar Primary School work on developing their skills in the following areas: physical, environmental, community, creative and leadership. We believe our Character Education not only builds towards a well-rounded child but also towards the adult they will become.
We support many special activities and charitable days. Recent events have included fundraising for 'our' African school in Neema (we call these Neema Days), anti-plastic campaigns, New Mills Duck Race, the New Mills Lantern Parade, MacMillan Coffee Morning, Children in Need, Jeans for Genes and Red Nose Day.
We have a Nurture Room where support is delivered to children on an individual needs basis. Every child will receive specific Nurture sessions during their time at Hague Bar Primary School, ranging from one session to several. Our specialist trained Nurture staff offer individualised activities: Lego Therapy, Nurture Work-shops and 1-1 sessions.