I am sure that you will all have heard in the news that schools will be able to open fully to all children from Monday 8th March. We are really excited and can’t wait to have everyone back at Acres Hill! School will be running in a very similar way to how it was organised during the Autumn term, including class bubbles, lots of handwashing and staggered start/finish times. We will be in touch next week with reminders of the details and know you will support us by following the rules to keep everyone safe.
Enjoy the spring sunshine – a reminder that everything is getting better.
Acres Hill Digital Detox Day on Friday 12th February
A message to all our families. Tuesday 5th January 2021
You are all aware of the announcement by Boris Johnson that we are now entering another national lockdown. Sadly, this means that our school will be closed to the majority of children from today until February half term. Having welcomed the children back to school yesterday, it is very sad to know that we won’t see most of them face-to-face for the next few weeks. However, we all got through the last lockdown and we will also get through this one, by working together to do the best we can for our children. The Acres Hill teaching team will continue to work closely with you to make sure the children have plenty of opportunities to learn at home, including daily access to online learning. As we were as unprepared as you for the news of the lockdown, I can’t immediately answer all the questions I know you will have. I am expecting that there will be further guidance from the government and from Sheffield City Council, which I will share with you as the situation becomes clearer. At Acres Hill, the staff team will be working together today to make detailed plans and I will be in touch with you again later in the day with more information.
We do know that we will continue to be open to the children of key workers and for vulnerable children. If you need childcare because you are a key worker, please phone school from 9.00am today to book places. Please note, proof of key worker status will be required.
Again, I am so sorry to be sharing this news and I realise that it will cause disruption for lots of you. As always, we are here to listen and to help, so please get in touch at any point if you have any questions or concerns. I send you all my very best wishes at this difficult time.
Hi everyone, Hope you are all well and looking forward to coming back to school. We are extremely looking forward to seeing you all again and to ensure you all settle in well. There will be many worries and fears that some of you may have about coming back to school and that is absolutely normal for you to feel this. We hope that these videos will help to put a smile on your face and help ease some of the worries you may have by becoming a little more familiar with what school looks like before you arrive. Enjoy (it's not everyday you get to see your teachers dancing)!!
School Update - URGENT!!! Please read this letter from Joanne Bradshaw, CEO of SSET, explaining that school will NOT be opening to more children on 8th June following advice from Sheffield City Council. If you need a key worker place and have not spoken to anyone at school about this, please inform us by phoning 01142441512, texting 07400186975, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or leaving a message on Class Dojo.
I am aware that many of you will be aware of the announcement in the government briefing on Sunday 10th March that schools may start reopening to children in F2 (Reception), Year 1 and Year 6 from June 1st. There is still a lot of uncertainty about exactly what the government is expecting from schools in terms of reopening, so try not to worry too much at the moment about what is going to happen. I can assure you that we will do whatever we can to keep our children, families and staff safe and will keep you well informed once plans for reopening are clearer, so that you can ask questions and raise any issues. In the meantime, take care and stay safe.
Mrs Cath Whittingham
Sheffield Star Home Learning
The Sheffield Star is producing a weekly Home Learning supplement in partnership with Learn Sheffield. This is available via the link below:
A new weekly discussion programme to explore aspects of parenting, education and home learning is being launched today, 29th April. Each episode will provide simple and engaging ideas for home learning. StarLine YouTube channel will broadcast live every Wednesday morning at 8.30am.
Headteacher Update - Support with Routines
School staff have really enjoyed speaking to you and your children during phone calls over the last few days. It is clear that you are really wanting to support your children with their home learning - even though this is a challenge for all sorts of reasons, including the fact that the children are not always willing to have a go at the activities provided for them. Please use the link below to watch a video from the Education Endowment Foundation which gives some really helpful ideas about how to put routines in place to help you and your child structure each day. Let us know how you get on by sending a message on Class Dojo and/or when you next talk to a member of school staff on the phone. Thank you for all your support.
Should you require any support or have any questions for the school please complete our contact form and someone will be in touch asap
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