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Day 105

Good morning everyone,

A little bit calmer weather this morning. Yesterday’s wind did not bother our chickens one little bit- lots of eggs produced.  Year 6 children have been discussing names for the new chickens- references to KFC which I hope Mrs Bond didn’t hear!

Return to school in September

We will be asking the children to wear school uniform again in September. The children will be given their own personal stationary and equipment but we will be asking that you provide your child with a water bottle which will be brought home each day.

We will be in touch with parents with children going into Year 4 and 5 today with information about new classes.

Yesterday Mr Timmins and I set out our Year 2 classroom following new guidance. You can see that the desks are facing forward. Do you like our new rug?

Inset Days

We will start the school year with 2 training days- 1st and 2nd September. School will then reopen over a staggered period of time to all year groups. I will be in touch soon with exact start dates.

Year 5 Transition Meeting

We will be holding our Year 5 meeting tomorrow. The deadline for replies is lunchtime today. Thank you.

In school and Virtual Team Points

Have a great day

Mrs Mason

Day 104

Good morning everyone,

I hope that you have had a good weekend.  I am glad the wind seems to have died down – my plants are dizzy!

This week’s home learning has been uploaded onto your class pages. Please share your work with us via email, Facebook or Purple Mash. I would like to say a big WELL DONE to Alfie H for his super work posted on FB last week. He has earned 30 Team Points  for Slytherin team.

Return to school in September

I am currently working on the plans for September. This includes reviewing our current risk assessments. We will share our updated plans with you all before we close for the summer holidays (July 17th.)

As you are aware we have 3 mixed year classes in KS 2. All current Year 2 children will move into the Year 3/4 class with Mr Smith and all current Year 5 children will move into the Year 5/6 class with Mrs Cope and Miss Kelly. This week we will be in touch with parents of children currently in Years 3 and 4 to inform you in which class your child has been placed.

Year 5 Transition Meeting

We will be holding our Year 5 meeting on Wednesday. More details to follow. Thank you to those parents who have responded to our request.

 

Please watch the return to school video below.

In school learning.

Sports events.

In school and Virtual Team Points

Have a great day

Mrs Mason

 

Day 101

Good morning everyone,

It’s Friday yet again! You will receive your child’s academic report today. We hope that you enjoy reading these- I certainly did!

Return to school in September

Yesterday the government released  some information about the September return to school. You may have seen that this builds upon the routines we have had in place for Years 6, 1 and FS2 over the last few weeks. These include working in class bubbles, staggered start and finish times, staggered lunch and play times as well as the use of personal equipment. We will share our updated plans with you all before we close for the summer holidays (July 17th.)

I can confirm that the same class arrangement will be in place as this year:

FS2 Miss Blagden and Mrs Bradley

Year 1 Miss Gelder

Year 2 Mrs Harrop and Mrs Bradley

Year 3/4 Mr Smith

Year 4/5 Mrs Elsom

Year 5/6 Mrs Cope and Miss Kelly

We will be in touch with parents of children in Years 3, 4 and 5 soon to inform you in which class your child has been placed.

Watch the return to school video below.

 

In school and Virtual Team Points

Well done to Cougars class whose efforts have really bumped up our TP scores.

 

Have a great day and a relaxing weekend

Mrs Mason

 

Day 100

Good morning everyone,

Well it’s perfect weather for ducks! The drive this morning was all about dodging puddles.

Today the government will share information about the September return to school. Yesterday they sent a link to this short video. This will give you a flavour of what school life looks like at the moment and may help to allay any fears you might have. Once we receive the guidelines we will be working on putting a plan together.

Year 5 children transition meeting.

We are still waiting for all consent forms to be returned. We need this before we can go ahead with the meeting. Please send these into us as soon as possible. Thank you.

 

In school learning.

The children had a go at the Virtual Sports activities. Today looks like a great day for you to try some of these out as well.

Year 1 children have been working on calculations.

Here is Darcie is completing additions using tens and ones and then mentally adding the numbers together!

Lola impressed me with her writing – A diary of the English Country Lady who was not allowed to taste chocolate!

and Erin designed a new chocolate bar.


In school and Virtual Team Points

Have a great day

Mrs Mason

 

Day 99

Good morning everyone,

Yesterday in school Year 6 children were working on the Virtual Sports Day activities. They have also been running a daily mile. I have been impressed by how much they have been building upon their number of laps.

I have been working on getting the school ready for September and our new curriculum theme – Best of Britain. I had great fun trying to work out how to attach the flag bunting. I think I did a good job!

It’s increased donations week at #easyfundraising!

We have raised over £100 for our School fund so thank you.

This week notonthehighstreet, Currys, PC World, New Look, Lego and many more shops are increasing donations. You can raise even more for Castle Academy Primary School , when you do your regular shopping online. Shop now: http://efraising.org/cX27OsildF

Year 5 children transition meeting.

We are still waiting for all consent forms to be returned. We need this before we can go ahead with the meeting. Please send these into us as soon as possible. Thank you.

 

In School Learning.

Year 6 pupils hard at work using Spelling Shed.

Our children enjoyed making their own versions of The God of Chocolate, Quetzalcoat, masks.

In school and Virtual Team Points

Have a great day

Mrs Mason

Day 98

Good morning everyone,

This week the government will be announcing plans for the September return to school for all children. We will then work with Astrea Trust before getting information to you. I am aware that normally at this time of year we send out new class information however until we have seen the government plans I am unable to share these with you at the moment.

I can confirm that school will close to all pupils, including children currently accessing child care, at the end of the summer term (Friday July 17th.)

End of year reports

These will be sent to you electronically on Friday July 3rd. You will see that we have changed the format of these. We had planned to share end of year test results in reading and maths with you however due to the school closure this has not been possible. You will see that we have included teacher assessments.

Summer Learning Packs

We are in the process of creating summer learning packs for each child. In the last week of term (week beginning July 13th) we will be delivering these to you. There will also be video messages from the staff uploaded explaining the packs.

Wider opening

Year 5 children

We are almost ready to to go ahead with the Teams meetings. Please let us know if you are having problems with getting access to this. Thank you.

In School Learning.

Yesterday we joined in with Virtual Sports Week by doing star jumps. Evie said she could feel her heart beating. The children also did some research into Cocoa trees.

In school and Virtual Team Points

Have a great day

Mrs Mason

 

Day 97

Good morning everyone,

It looks like a wet and windy week ahead of us. It is a good day to get active – have  a look at our Virtual Sports Week activities below

We have uploaded this week’s home learning plans and activities to our class pages. Please make sure you have a go at the tasks and let your teacher know how you are getting on. There are also a huge variety of learning links on our Learning Zone. https://www.astreacastle.org/pupils/learning-zone/

In School Learning.

 

Lynx class enjoyed playing on their bikes and scooters during Golden Time.

In school and Virtual Team Points

Wider opening

Year 5 children

You will have received your child’s personal school email address which will give your child access to the Teams meeting coming up soon (date to be confirmed.) Please let us know if you are having problems with this. Thank you.

Virtual Sports Week

Activities:

Speed Bounce – Stand with feet together and jump side to side over a cone (or any other small object you have around the home) how many times can you jump back and forth in 60 seconds.

Target throw – Find an object you can use as a target -Hoola Hoop, Bin, Basket etc and a ball/beanbag/ balled up pair of socks. Place your target, then take 3 large strides back from it, aim to throw your ball accurately into the target and collect as many times as possible within the 60 seconds. (You could make this harder by making the target smaller or taking more steps back)

Egg and Spoon – Grab your egg and spoon (you might want to hard boil it first) and see how many laps of the garden you can do in 60 seconds or get the family involved and have a traditional race.

Standing Long Jump – Stand at your starting point, knees bent and arms back and leap forward as far as you can, use a cone or other small object to mark where you land and see if you can jump further each time.

Shuttle Run – Place two cones 10 strides apart (a jumper is just as good as a cone to mark your distance) see how many times you can run up and down your course within 60 seconds.

Star Jumps – How many star jumps can you do in 60 seconds.

Have a great day

Mrs Mason

 

Day 94

Good morning everyone,
Another Friday arrives and it is Golden Time in school. The children have chosen a wide variety of activities to do and I am pleased to say that so far everyone has earned all of their time. I hope that parents who have children at home feel that you have all earned your Golden Time as well.

PGL Trip

Some of you will have received a letter from us explaining that after weeks of talks with PGL we have managed to move the French trip from the end of September to the end of May. I am sure you would all agree that is a safer decision to make. I would like to say thank you to Miss Womack for managing to accomplish this, as for a time,  I feared that not only would we lose our deposits we would not be able to re-book. I do fully appreciate that the trip is more expensive however I hoping that the longer payment schedule will help.

Wider opening

Year 5 children

You will have received your child’s personal school email address which will give your child access to the Teams meeting coming up soon (date to be confirmed.) Please let us know if you are having problems with this. Thank you.

Great Ideas

I came across this short video clip this morning about a budding entrepreneur

Learning in School

Yesterday some of our children learned about the tradition of decorating elephants prior to the Holi Festival. Archie was very proud of his.

Virtual and in school Team Points

Well done to:
Darcie (Ravenclaw)- 25 team points for amazing writing and reading effort;
Freddie (Minions) – 20 team points for wonderful reading;
Judd (Minions) 13 team points for  reading a 13 letter word this morning (extraordinary) without sounding out!

Have a great day and a lovely weekend everyone

Mrs Mason

 

Day 93

Good morning everyone,

It is going to be another hot day so a great time to be learning outdoors in the shade and with lots of sun screen on. Today could be the time to have a go at this.

How to paint layered petals with watercolors

 

If you stay indoors have a look at this.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/53110145

Wider opening

Year 5 children

We will be organising virtual meetings with Mrs Cope and Miss Kelly as part of your transition into Year 6. These meetings will be held on Microsoft Teams. We now have the children’s new email addresses and will be in contact with you soon about these. In the meantime it would be really helpful if you could make sure you have access to Teams- thank you.

In School Learning.

This week the children have been learning about Indian culture. They especially enjoyed studying Henna Art. They made their own designs.

They also enjoyed exploring the outdoors.

Virtual (and in school Team Points)

I have been revamping our Team Points display ready for September.

20 team points to Dillan in Ravenclaw for leading the warm up for Y6 P.E

Some members of the Minions team would like to change their team name to Hufflepuff- what do the rest of you think?

Have a super day,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 92

Good morning everyone,

It is going to be a hot and sweaty day. I have all the windows and doors open hoping that we get a draught circulating. Failing that I will ask Mr Timmins to spray us with the hosepipe, The vegetables are very happy about the heat and I have spotted the first flowers on the pumpkins.

Wider opening

Whilst we do not have the space to admit any more than the priority year groups at the moment we will be making contact with families we have not heard from in the last few weeks. This is to check in with you and ask if there is any help you need.

Year 5 children

We will be organising virtual meetings with Mrs Cope and Miss Kelly as part of your transition into Year 6. These meetings will be held on Microsoft Teams and we are in the process of setting all Year 5 children up with a school email address which will give secure access to these meetings. We will be in touch soon to tell you more about this.

In School Learning.

Yesterday Lynx class created shape pictures.

We attempted a socially distanced PE session.

Egg and spoon.

Don’t forget about Miss Goodyear’s message below.

and two friends were reunited.

Virtual (and in school Team Points)

Have a super day,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 91

Good morning everyone,

It was the longest day of the year on Saturday (the summer solstice.) In my mornings read of the newspapers I came across these wonderful photos of a solar eclipse across Asia.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-53120704

Next week is Virtual Sports Week. Please read  a message below from Miss Goodyear.

At school as we are unable to be together to hold our traditional Sports Day this year, I have set a series of activities to take part in our Virtual Sports Day from home. The children who are back in school will be completing the same challenges over the course of the week.

You can choose to complete the activities in one day or challenge yourself to beat your score over the week.  Team points will be awarded for taking part!

Take a picture/video of you taking part and send your scores to Miss Goodyear via admin@astreacastle.org and/or share it on our school Facebook page.

Activities:

Speed Bounce – Stand with feet together and jump side to side over a cone (or any other small object you have around the home) how many times can you jump back and forth in 60 seconds.

Target throw – Find an object you can use as a target -Hoola Hoop, Bin, Basket etc and a ball/beanbag/ balled up pair of socks. Place your target, then take 3 large strides back from it, aim to throw your ball accurately into the target and collect as many times as possible within the 60 seconds. (You could make this harder by making the target smaller or taking more steps back)

Egg and Spoon – Grab your egg and spoon (you might want to hard boil it first) and see how many laps of the garden you can do in 60 seconds or get the family involved and have a traditional race.

Standing Long Jump – Stand at your starting point, knees bent and arms back and leap forward as far as you can, use a cone or other small object to mark where you land and see if you can jump further each time.

Shuttle Run – Place two cones 10 strides apart (a jumper is just as good as a cone to mark your distance) see how many times you can run up and down your course within 60 seconds.

Star Jumps – How many star jumps can you do in 60 seconds.

In School Learning.

Lynx Class enjoyed the launch of their new transport topic by completing a traffic survey this morning. They made a chalk road in the outdoor area and designed their own vehicles from construction equipment. Boris joined in too!

Alfie has been investigating facts about India.

Virtual (and in school Team Points)

Craft Bags- another plea!!

If you received a craft bag from school which the Ministry of Craft 35, the local arts & crafts shop in Conisbrough kindly donated please send me some photos of what you have made or post them onto Facebook- thanks.

Have a great day everyone,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 90

Good morning everyone,

I hope that you have had a good weekend. It looks like we are about to have a sunny week- hurray!

At home I planted another pumpkin and a peach tree. I am being very optimistic that maybe next year I will be eating juicy peaches 🙂

This week’s home learning has been uploaded onto our class web pages alongside a message from your teachers. As ever please keep in touch by emailing, using Purple Mash or posting onto our Facebook page. It is great to see what you have all been up to.

Looking ahead to September

We hope to get more information from the DFE in the next 2 weeks so that we can plan for the children’s return in the new academic year. In the meantime we are currently getting resources ready which will support home learning over the summer. I will  be posting a video explaining these very soon.

In School Learning.

Researching in Geography

Virtual (and in school Team Points)

Well done Cougars- you have certainly earned lots of TPS between you.

Craft Bags

If you received a craft bag from school which the Ministry of Craft 35, the local arts & crafts shop in Conisbrough kindly donated please send me some photos of what you have made or post them onto Facebook- thanks.

Have a great day everyone,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 87

Good morning everyone,

You will have seen that the government has announced there were will be funding towards supporting catch up tuition for children. At the moment the guidelines have not been fully explained so when I know more I will let you know how this may work for us. In the meantime we are working on our own in house plans which I will share with you soon.

Craft Bags

If you received a craft bag from school which the Ministry of Craft 35, the local arts & crafts shop in Conisbrough kindly donated please send me some photos of what you have made or post them onto Facebook- thanks.

 

My husband is very excited about the football season resuming! Whilst I do not share his enthusiasm I did find this on BBC Bitesize for all you Year 4 and 5 football fans.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zsrgp4j

I also liked this link. Learn what the Earth can tell us about the weather with Sir David Attenborough

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zw7vtrd

Yesterday in school

I love this painting created by Noah.

Practising writing.

A sample of Year 1 writing.

Virtual (and in school Team Points)

Have a great day and a lovely weekend everyone,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 86

Good morning everyone,

Be careful what you wish for! Last night as I was trying to revive my cauliflowers I hoped that some rain would come. This morning driving through it I think I’ve changed my mind!

Anyway another busy day ahead. Today, the Duchess of Cambridge will lead an online assembly for the Oak National Academy during which she will speak about the importance of mental well-being among children. The theme of the Duchess’ assembly is ‘spread a little kindness’ and is based on a lesson plan which is available on the Mentally Healthy Schools platform. The assembly will be live on the Oak National Academy website at 11am and can be accessed here:

https://classroom.thenational.academy/assemblies/

Yesterday in school Year 6 invented 2 new playground games (no hands)- Cheese Roll which was a form of human skittles (please ask them) and Cone Football. One of the group commented that they would never have thought of these if we were not in this situation.

Our Chickens enjoying a pepper kebab.

Many children earned Team Points for their Geography and Art work yesterday.


Virtual (and in school Team Points)


Have a great day everyone,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 85

Good morning everyone,

It was a gloomy drive to school but I am hoping the fog will burn off and the sun returns. Today in school we are practising a first- a socially distanced fire drill!

Yesterday in school Lynx class planted some sprouts. We are hoping that Miss Blagden can grow her own favourite vegetable ready for Christmas- helped by Charlie.

Don’t forget the summer reading challenge which you can find on our Learning Zone. https://www.astreacastle.org/pupils/learning-zone/

As it is still quite dark I thought this video was really interesting,

A Visual History of Light, animated

Yesterday in school.

Mindfulness activities.

FS2 Busy Bees

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual (and in school Team Points)

Have a great day everyone,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 84

Good morning everyone,

I would like to say a big WELL DONE to all pupils who returned to school yesterday. We were very impressed at how sensibly you adapted to new routines. Thank you to you all also for supporting a safe return.

For those of you working from home please continue to keep up with the work set either working online or on paper. If you need help with this then please contact the school. We are working hard on plans to provide the support that you will all need to catch up on areas of the curriculum you will have missed. Once the government announces plans for the September return I will be in touch.

I came across this link this morning.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/six-badges-of-summer-sport-badge

We want you to have your own DIY Sports Day. Download our fabulous wall chart and be inspired to set up an obstacle course, complete a 5 day skipping challenge or something more.

 

Yesterday in school.

Year 1 pupils practised their writing.

Mollie demonstrating how a crab moves.


Virtual (and in school Team Points)

Update on preparations for wider opening

If you are a Key Worker and require a child care place then please book this place by Thursday afternoon for the following week. Please do not just send your child into school.

Thank you and have a good day,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 83

Good morning everyone,

It has been a very different start to our school week. It was lovely to see some of our FS2, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils return to school. My goodness you have all grown!

Thank you to you all for helping us with social distancing and following our drop off guidelines. The children were brilliant and walked in very sensibly.

Here are our lovely Year 6 hard at work

For those of you working at home we have uploaded this week’s work and you will also find a message from your teachers. Please keep letting us know how you are getting on with your work and you will earn Team Points.

Update on preparations for wider opening

If your child is in FS2, Year 1 or Year 6 and you requested a school place then please let us know if you do not intend to take up the place. This is very important and will help us to have the correct number of staff in place. If your child is ill then please phone the school office to let us know.

If you are a Key Worker and require a child care place then please book this place by Thursday afternoon for the following week. Please do not just send your child into school.

Please click this link to find an exciting opportunity

https://www.stemacademyscotland.org/home

Thank you

Have a good day,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 80

Good morning everyone,

Another rainy start!

It’s just the day for thinking about practising our Spanish- see the link below to watch a famous footballer counting in Spanish.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z42296f

Please click this link to find an exciting opportunity

https://www.stemacademyscotland.org/home

Update on preparations for wider opening

Pupils returning to school on Monday

We are looking  forward to seeing  more of you on Monday.

Please help to keep our school safe by following the instructions below-

  • Only children who have requested a place will be admitted into school. Please do not attend without seeking permission from the school.
  • Please keep to the published timings for each group. You will find the information on this page https://www.astreacastle.org/contact/
  • Please be aware of social distancing and parking  guidelines outside of the school gate.
  • Please limit the equipment brought into school- a water bottle, no PE kit, school bag or book bag ( we will not be sending any books or work home) a lunchbox (if not having a cooked meal.) Only bring a coat if needed.
  • If you are intending to send your child with a packed lunch then please make sure your child can open their own packages and bottles. This will help to reduce the need for staff to touch items your child is eating.
  • Please do not enter the school site (apart from FS 2 parents) unless you have an appointment, The school office will be manned from next week so please contact us using the usual number or via email. The temporary school mobile will no longer be in use

Year 1 pupils

Miss Blagden has uploaded a social story to help children returning to Year 1 children to understand what the school day will look like. Please click here to share with your child. (scroll down the page to find the story)

https://www.astreacastle.org/pupils/class-website-y1/

Have a good day everyone and a lovely weekend.

Mrs Mason

 

Day 79

Good morning everyone,

The Team Point challenge is hotting up.

Yesterday in school the children wrote some letters to the residents of the Dale Care home.

Update on preparations for wider opening.

Miss Blagden has uploaded a social story to help children returning to FS 2 to understand what the school day will look like. Please click here to share with your child.

Coming BACK to school in a bubble

Miss Gelder has been busy in her classroom.

I will write out to you as soon as we are given the all clear from DMBC and Astrea Trust. Please watch out for any letters which will be sent to you on our Parent App.

Have a good day everyone,

Mrs Mason

Day 78

Good morning everyone,

You will have seen that the government has announced that they will no longer be asking children in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 to return to school before the summer holidays. Whilst this will be disappointing for you I know that you will understand that this is because schools are not able to accommodate the 2 metre social distancing rule whilst admitting all pupils. The government will issue further advice regarding their plans for September in due course. For now it is really important that we support our children to keep up with their learning as much as possible. I do understand that this may well be challenging for you whilst juggling everything else in your home and work life. We have been trying to upload plans and work that your child can do independently particularly if they log  into the learning sites we recommend such as Mymaths, TTRS and Spelling Shed. If you need any help with learning at home then please continue to contact us.

Update on preparations for wider opening.


We will continue to provide child care for our key worker children once we open more widely for FS2, Year 1 and Year 6. On some days we will need to split into 2 working groups. We will use Jaguar’s classroom and our Spanish room. Here you can see a photo of the Spanish room with the working stations spaced out.

We are also thinking about ways to incorporate hands cleaning into our daily routine. Here you can see our lap top trolley station complete with hand sanitiser.

Can I remind all parents of children in FS2, Y1 and Y6 who are intending to send their child back to school to please email any updated contact or medical information- thank you.

Some of our lovely work.

Have a good afternoon everyone,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 77

Good morning everyone,

Some sunshine has returned! Our pumpkin plants survived the downpour and have doubled in size. The runner beans are now 30 cms tall and the potatoes have produced a  baby potato.

Yesterday in school I was treated to working out the answers to some sea themed riddles.  Team Points were earned by all of the children below.

Virtual Team Points.

Update on preparations for wider opening.

We also had fun trying to take the plastic cover off these waiting spots- it took 3 of us to work it out! We have used these in the hall to show children where to stand when waiting to collect lunches, laptops and to use the toilets.

Thank you to the Y6 parents who have replied to yesterday’s request. Can I also ask that parents of children in FS2, Y1 and Y6 who are intending to send their child back to school to please email any updated contact or medical information- thank you.

I received this link yesterday – all about being active at home.

https://getdoncastermoving.org/being-active-at-home

Have a good afternoon everyone,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 76

Good morning everyone,

I hope you have had a good weekend.

We have uploaded this week’s work which you will find on each class page. There is also a message from your teachers. Please let us know how you are getting on with your work and you will earn Team Points.

The children who were in school on Friday earned the following points for their team.  As part of Our Wonderful World day the children looked at pictures from around the world, talked about what made them wonderful and also learned about the creation story.

Slytherin- 30
Minions – 25

Science Fun

I remember how much some of you enjoyed making slime so here you go (sorry mums and dads!)

Summer Reading Challenge coming soon- message from the library.

Below is a link straight to the Library website. On here there are links to a selection of activities that can be printed off and also links to ebooks and ecomics, along with a link for children to become library members without accessing a library.
We will be also issuing our own challenge  in July for the Summer holidays where children can will be encouraged to  keep reading and receive a medal and a certificate.

If you haven’t already seen this then follow the link to J.K Rowling’s new children’s story The Ickabog-

https://www.theickabog.com/read-the-story/

Update on preparations for wider opening.

Year 6 parents will receive a letter this morning sharing updated information about wider opening for their pupils. Please contact me on the Castle admin address if you have any further questions about the information shared.
Below you can see some of our new signs reminding us of what to do to help to keep ourselves safe.
You can help us to prepare your child for their return to school by showing them any photographs we add to this post, by ensuring children are as independent as possible (e. g being able to open own lunch packets and tying own shoe laces)  and talking about good hygiene. Thank you.

Have a good afternoon everyone,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 75

Good morning everyone,

Friday again! Mrs Elsom has asked me to award Team Points to Riley, Alicia and Ella this week. Well done to you all!

If you haven’t already seen this then follow the link to J.K Rowling’s new children’s story The Ickabog-

https://www.theickabog.com/read-the-story/

Update on preparations for wider opening.

I  know that some of you will be wondering what a school day might look like when we do open more widely. Your child needs to  be prepared to find the classrooms and routines a little different. In Year 6 as we have more than 15 pupils wishing to return we are required to split them into 2 smaller groups. FS 2 and Year 1 are also within their own group. This is so we can teach them in a safer “bubble” with consistent staffing rather than having the children and staff mix more freely. The children will remain within this smaller group at playtimes and at lunchtimes and this means children in Year 6  need to be prepared for the fact that the whole year group will not be together during the school day.

I have also been asked about whether the children will experience the “normal ” end of year traditions such as Sports Days and Celebration assemblies. The answer to this is no not in their usual form because of social distancing requirements. We will work on being creative and find ways for the children to experience the transition from their year group but this will be by doing in house or virtual activities.

You can help us to prepare your child for their return to school by showing them any photographs we add to this post, by ensuring children are as independent as possible (e. g being able to open own lunch packets and tying own shoe laces)  and talking about good hygiene. Thank you.

Have a good afternoon and a relaxing weekend,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 74

Good morning everyone,

The children were busy yesterday researching about rainforests. They were very proud to share their work with me.

Update on preparations for wider opening.

Yesterday Mr Timmins and I walked around the school site and planned how returning  FS2, Year 1, Year 6 children and a larger key worker group could enter the school site safely. You will  be aware that the government is advising that only one adult accompanies a child to school and that entrance to the school site is to be kept to a minimum. Therefore we have come up with a plan which you can read through by clicking on this link. It is very important that all parents intending to send their children back to school support the safety of the school community by adhering to this guidelines. Thank you.

https://www.astreacastle.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Castle-Academy-Covid-19-entry-to-the-school-site-plans-1.pdf

Packed lunches

Please can I ask that if your child brings in a packed lunch they are able to open all packaging themselves. Currently we are helping the children to open bottles, yogurt pots and cheese strings. Whilst this would have been normal practice prior to Covid 19 this is no longer safe.

Team Points

Well done to all children sharing their work with their teachers. You have all earned TPS which have been added on to our chart. Ravenclaw are in the lead. Our Reading Challenge seems to have come to a complete stop. It would be lovely to hear from those of you who have not taken part yet. Click on our Learning Zone to find out more.

Finally this made me smile this morning.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08fqk3m

Have a good afternoon everyone,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 73

Good morning everyone,

The weather has certainly changed this morning. However I could almost hear my plants cheering as I left for work this morning. It also means that Mr Timmins gets a rest from watering our vegetables.

Update on preparations for wider opening.

In Miss Blagden’s rooms we have cleared out excess furniture and created a small group working space. This adheres to government guidelines regarding social distancing. Below you can see a photograph of how the room is set out for our youngest pupils.

We will be providing each pupil with a resource pack and a working tray. This means that this equipment is only for one child. As I mentioned yesterday we will be asking children to bring in their own water bottle but to not bring in school bags or coats unless these are needed. We will also not be sending any books or resources home with your child.

As part of encouraging our youngest pupils to develop their understanding of how to keep themselves safe and well Miss Blagden has created a “Sniffle Station.” We hope that this will encourage children who need to blow or wipe their nose to safely dispose of tissues and sanitise their hands.

School dinners will continue to be provided as normal however if you wish to provide your child with a packed lunch these will be stored at the workstation.

We are busy creating Spring trees.

I have enjoyed our early glimpse of summer and found this link which shows the changes happening .in the natural world-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e5pd2m/live/cxgrbp

Team Point Challenge

Shout outs from Mrs Elsom for Bianca, Ava and Lottie who really seem to be enjoying My Maths. You have all earned 10 Team Points. Ravenclaws- you are in the lead!

Have a good afternoon,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 72

Good morning everyone,

I think we need to make the most of the sunny weather today if my weather forecast is correct. Although I will say that the plants need some rain.

Yesterday you will have received the letter from Astrea Trust regarding the wider opening of the school. In school preparations for the return of FS2, Y1 and Y6 continue alongside our continued teaching of our key worker group.

In the 2 rooms Year 6 will be using we have cleared out excess furniture and created a small group working space. This adheres to government guidelines regarding social distancing. We have also done this in Miss Blagden’s and Miss Gelder’s rooms. Below you can see a photograph of an individual work space for a Y6 pupil. We will be providing each pupil with a resource pack, headphones and a working tray. This means that this equipment is only for one child. As I mentioned yesterday we will be asking children to bring in their own water bottle but to not bring in school bags or coats unless these are needed. School dinners will continue to be provided as normal however if you wish to provide your child with a packed lunch these will be stored at the workstation.

Mrs Elsom says “well done” to Riley for completing lots of Purple Mash activities and Ava and Ella for several pieces of work on My Maths. Archie also earned TPS for his work yesterday. The children learned about the Great Barrier Reef.

Click on the link to find out more. https://greatbarrierreef.com.au/information/for-kids/

Virtual Team Points

Gryffindor 1050

Ravenclaw 1240

Minions 960

Slytherin 780

Enjoy your afternoon everyone,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 71

Good morning everyone,

 

I hope that you have had a relaxing half term although I do suspect that each week feels the same.

We have uploaded this week’s work for you. Please look at your class page to find this.

In school we are working on our preparations for wider opening in line with the government’s request. We will not be asking children to come in school uniform for the short time that they will spend with us before the summer holidays. I would also like to limit the amount of equipment and clothing brought into school as this will help us to maintain a cleaner and tidier environment. Therefore the children will be asked to not bring in book bags, coats (unless cool) PE kit or a school bag. They will need their own water bottle which will remain on their working desks throughout the day and go home each night for cleaning. I will write out to you with further arrangements in due course. If you have any questions at this stage then please email the school admin address. Thank you.

 

Virtual Team Points

Gryffindor 1050

Ravenclaw 1240

Minions 940

Slytherin 760

Have a good day everyone,

Mrs Mason

 

 

Day 68

Good morning everyone,

Yesterday the children in school enjoyed an alphabet scavenger hunt around the playground and made 3D snakes. It was lovely to see the children enjoying the fresh air.

You will have received a letter today updating you on the school’s progress towards wider reopening. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions that you may have. You can reach me by using the Castle admin email address. I would like to remind you that the school staff are working hard to fulfil government requirements and that the decision to open the school more widely remains with the Trust. This may mean at a local level there will be differences between schools abilities to open. Please remember this in your communications with us. Thank you.

Some of you have asked questions regarding our risk assessment processes. If you would like more information about the requirements being placed upon schools then please refer to the DFE website where you will find a range of guidance documents.

I have also updated our behaviour policy in preparation for more children returning. Please click on the link to view this.

https://www.astreacastle.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Covid-19-Behaviour-Policy-update.pdf

Well done Cougars and especially Lottie, Bianca and Ella for completing lots of work this week. This added a fantastic 110 TPS to Gryffindor’s score.

Virtual Team Points

Gryffindor 1030

Ravenclaw 1200

Minions 890

Slytherin 690

Have a good day everyone,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 67

Good morning everyone,

Another lovely day dawns. Yesterday in school we planted our pumpkin plants and made sure they had a good watering.

The children have been working out what to play without using the equipment. This is one of the measures we have taken to minimise the risk of multiple children sharing the same items. They have come up with Shadow Tig and bug hotel building.

Thank you to  the children who have filled in the questionnaire. Today’s Team Points stand at…

Virtual Team Points

Have a good day everyone,

Mrs Mason

Day 66

Yesterday Mrs White and Mrs Duffty celebrated paper aeroplane day with the children. The children  researched the history of the Wright Brothers and obviously loved testing their own paper aeroplanes and helicopters too.

Click on the link to discover more.

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/paper-airplane-day/

Today I am planting our pumpkin plants with the children. With careful watering and plenty of sun these should produce the first Castle Halloween pumpkins.

 

Please take part in our children’s survey

Part 1

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GD6668P

Part 2

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/B2XSQFL

Virtual Team Points

Gryffindor 920

Ravenclaw 800

Minions 790

Slytherin 660

Have a good day

Mrs Mason

 

Day 65

Good morning everyone,

You will  have seen in the media today that the government has said that we are on track for the wider opening of schools from June 1st.  You are aware that we are currently working on how we organise the groups we need to admit back into school whilst awaiting the final go ahead from the government and the Trust. I would like to reassure you that as a school we are closely following government and Trust guidance in our preparations. I will hopefully be able to tell you more at the end of this week.

Have a look at the video below. This interested me as when I worked in Germany one of our school visits was to a pencil factory ( we are teachers after all!)

How does Faber-Castell make pencils?

Virtual Team Points

Gryffindor 920

Ravenclaw 800

Minions 790

Slytherin 660

Have a good day

Mrs Mason

 

Day 64

Good morning everyone and what a beautiful one it is!

It is not often in my 50+ years that I have woken up to a brilliant blue sky on a Bank Holiday Monday. The baby starlings have been fighting since first light and the swallows that have returned to our neighbour’s roof each summer have been dive bombing the garden.

100 years ago the log book records that the school has grown to 563 pupils- no bank holidays then! There has been an inspection which noted that it would be useful for the teaching staff to have meetings to plan school improvements. The first staff meetings were born. Strange to think that we are currently trying to do these via Zoom.

Thank you to  the 13 children who have completed our survey. This is less than 10% of our school population so can I ask that we have some more of you having a go at this- thank you.

Children’s survey

Part 1

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GD6668P

Part 2

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/B2XSQFL

Have a lovely day

Mrs Mason

Woodland Adventure

Day 61

Good morning everyone,

You will have received a letter this morning explaining our position regarding wider opening of the school. If you have any questions or concerns about this then please let me know via the Castle email account. Thank you

As the  Astrea Festival of Kindness draws to a close it is important to reflect on the need to be kind to ourselves and others. With the prospect of  more children returning to school the Castle team have been discussing how we can help the children settle back into a school routine. I will keep you updated on this. Here is the last activity for you to try. At this time I think that it is important to acknowledge the shared effort being made by lots of different people across the country.

Well done to Riley and Louie for achieving 97% accuracy on TTRS. BRILLIANT!

Virtual Team Points

Gryffindor 900

Ravenclaw 760

Minions 750

Slytherin 600

Next week is the May 1/2 term holiday so although school remains open your teachers will not post any new learning until June 1st. However if you look on the Learning Zone there are lots of activities to keep you busy. I will continue to upload this daily post.

Have a good day,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 60

Good morning everyone,

Thank you to the children who have filled in our pupil survey. Mr Smith is collating the results. If you haven’t done this yet you can find the link if you scroll down to yesterday’s post.

Thank you to you all for helping us with our return to school survey. I have no further information at this point but I will write out to you once a decision is made.

Yesterday in school the children created self portraits as part of kindness week. I returned home yesterday to find a small collection of toiletries which my daughter had bought for me. It is the small gestures which make others smile.

Today’s kindness activity is about being kind to yourself. The 5 things are not just about your personal appearance but about your character, skills and talents.

Your teachers continue to send me the Team Points you have earned. Gryffindor has moved into the lead with Minions not far behind. Keep up the good work everyone! I am still looking out for children completing the reading challenge which you can find at the top of the Learning Zone page on our website.

Virtual Team Points
Gryffindor 700

Ravenclaw 640
Minions 690
Slytherin 490

Next week should have been the May 1/2 term holiday so although school remains open your teachers will not post any new learning until June 1st. However if you look on the Learning Zone there are lots of activities to keep you busy.

Have a good day,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 59

Good morning everyone,

Thank you to you all for sending in your responses to the parent survey. We will be working on how we organise the groups we need to admit back into school whilst awaiting the final go ahead from the government and the Trust. I know that this is an anxious time for everyone as none of us have faced a situation like this before. However I would like to reassure you that as a school we are closely following government and Trust guidance in our preparations.

Yesterday in school after a writing activity the children created some beautiful butterflies. Great activity during our focus upon mental health and well being.

Here is the next activity to try as part of the Astrea Festival of Kindness.

Virtual Team Points
Gryffindor 690
Ravenclaw 630
Minions 650
Slytherin 490

We have also created a survey for pupils which is aimed at letting school staff know how you are all feeling.  This is in 2 parts. Please click on the links below to take part.

Part 1

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GD6668P

Part 2

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/B2XSQFL

Have a good afternoon

Mrs Mason

 

Day 58

Good afternoon everyone,

By the end of today we need to see which children in FS2, Year 1 and Year 6 are returning to school at the beginning of June.  It is important that we know how many children are returning as we are required to organise rooms, equipment and staffing. Once we know this information we will be in touch regarding new routines. Thanks.

Yesterday at school we were busy sorting out individual equipment packs for the children in Years 1 and 6 who will be returning to school soon. Although the classrooms look quite different they also look very tidy! The children were busy thinking about the different ways in which we can show kindness to others.

I have been so busy that my forays into the past have taken a back seat but today I have reopened the school log book. It is the start of a new school year and the hardships of some children continue.

1902

September 26th    

During this week the following children have received a free distribution of bread and jam. This arrangement will continue on the school premises for the present.

There are also references to the “quarterly exams” being postponed due to poor attendance caused by a local strike. Some children have been sent to live with relatives until the strike is over.

Today’s activity as part of the Astrea Festival of Kindness.

 

We have also created a survey for pupils which is aimed at letting school staff know how you are all feeling.  This is in 2 parts. Please click on the links below to take part.

Part 1

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GD6668P

Part 2

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/B2XSQFL

Well done to Lottie and Daniel for getting straight onto My Maths and completing 2 pieces of work. You have earned 10 TP each for Gryffindor and Minions.

Virtual Team Points
Gryffindor 670
Ravenclaw 600
Minions 640
Slytherin 450

Have a good afternoon

Mrs Mason

Day 57

Good morning everyone,

Another week begins. Please look out for this week’s learning on the class pages.

Thank you to the parents who have so far responded to the return to school survey. It is very important that you return this for us as soon as possible. This survey is for parents with children in FS2, Y1 and Y6 only and will help us to plan for reopening when the government gives schools the go ahead. Can I ask that you spread the word about this as I am aware that we have a group of parents who are not regularly checking our parent app.

This week is the Astrea Festival of Kindness. Here is another activity for you.

Well done to some children in Cougars class today- Ella, Lola and Harry  who have achieved 100% accuracy on TTRS. Your team points have been added alongside the other children who have shared work in some way.

Virtual Team Points
Gryffindor 650
Ravenclaw 580
Minions 620
Slytherin 450

Esme earned TP last week,
I love this video clip.

Drawing faces with the shadows of crumpled paper

Have a good afternoon

Mrs Mason

 

Day 54

Good morning everyone,

Thank you to the parents who have so far responded to the return to school survey. This survey is for parents with children in FS2, Y1 and Y6 only and will help us to plan for reopening when the government gives schools the go ahead. Can I ask that you spread the word about this as I am aware that we have a group of parents who are not regularly checking our parent app.

Thank you

Currently in school we have made a start on reorganising our rooms so that we can accommodate the requirements being placed upon us. This will include fewer tables in rooms and personal resource packs for the children

Yesterday in school the children made these beautiful parachutes. One of the positives of our current situation has been the creativity and imagination you have all shared.

We know how hard it is to remain motivated during this extended lockdown. Your teachers are having the same issue! However try to have a routine, keep busy and keep in touch.

Next week we are taking part in Astrea’s Festival of Kindness. This is a week in which the whole Astrea family will be focusing upon mental well being. I will be adding an activity to this newspost each day next week. To start us off have a go at this.

Virtual Team Points
Gryffindor 520
Ravenclaw 480
Minions 500
Slytherin 370

Have a good afternoon

Mrs Mason

Day 53

Good morning everyone,

It looks like the warmer weather is returning which is fantastic news- time to go in the garden I think.

Yesterday in school the children made a shadow puppet theatre and Eton Mess (yum)

We have also made a start at looking at how we can adapt our class rooms as part of the preparation for reopening.

Virtual Team Points
Gryffindor 510
Ravenclaw 480
Minions 490
Slytherin 360

You are aware that the government has asked schools to prepare for reopening so as part of this we  need your help to calculate how many children will be in school. This morning a survey has been placed onto the parent app (for children in FS2, Year 1 and Year 6 only) to gather your responses. We have noticed that a number of you have not been checking the app so below is the message. Can I ask that you please help us with planning and send in your replies. Can responses please be returned by 4pm Tuesday 19th May

Thank you

Have a good afternoon

Mrs Mason

Parent Survey

In light of the Government Announcement on the re-opening of schools we would like to understand the number of pupils we will be welcoming back to school once confirmation of re-opening is announced.

Therefore can you please provide one response to the statements below:

My child will be attending school

My child is classed as clinically vulnerable and is therefore unable to attend school

There is a clinically vulnerable person in the household and therefore my child is unable to attend school

At this time I am choosing not to send my child to school once the school re-opens

 

Day 52

Good morning everyone,

Each day I receive emails from the many organisations we work with sharing their home learning resources. This link is a really good one- this is an example KS 2 lesson from the STEM website. STEM are also beginning to upload lessons for younger children.

Yesterday in school the children learned about the life of Florence Nightingale. Some of the children presented their work to the class. They also made models of the Nightingale Hospital.

Lola read her account of the life and works of Florence Nightingale to Miss Blagden and I. I awarded her 10 TP for Minions and Miss Blagden doubled them ( which team are you in Miss Blagden?!!)

Virtual Team Points
Gryffindor 510
Ravenclaw 460
Minions 490
Slytherin 350

Please keep up sharing what you are getting up to at home. It is lovely for the staff to keep in touch with you all.

Please complete the short nomination form for Castle Academy to be in with a chance to win £500 of books for our school.

Have a lovely day,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 51

Good morning everyone,

What a beautiful sunny start! It’s an early post from me today- lots to do!

Yesterday Mrs Wilkinson, our master baker was in school and so we all enjoyed making cakes!

Miss Kelly also brought a key ring making kit. I am now the proud owner of this key ring.

Well done to Lottie who has been working on Read Theory, Daniel who has already completed 144 games on TTRS with 99% accuracy and Harry who has completed several tasks on Purple Mash at 100% accuracy. Fabulous- Team Points for you all! Keep up the great work everyone.

Virtual Team Points
Gryffindor 510
Ravenclaw 460
Minions 470
Slytherin 350

Please complete the short nomination form for Castle Academy to be in with a chance to win £500 of books for our school.

Below are some links which you may find useful.

Have a lovely day,

Mrs Mason

Day 50

Good morning everyone,

I hope you enjoyed the mainly sunny weekend. It is strange to think that this week should have been national test week for our Year 6 pupils. Check out Puma’s class page to see an interesting message.

I am sure that you listened to or read about the Prime Minister’s message in which he indicated that schools could re open for more pupils at the beginning of June. I am awaiting further clarity on this and as soon as we have clearer information we will be in touch to share how this would work at Castle.

We have uploaded this week’s work for you – please look on each class’s web page. Remember to keep in touch by sending emails, adding to the Facebook page or blogging on Purple Mash. I am still keen to see entries for our reading challenge. You will find this on the Learning Zone alongside a whole range of links to keep you busy.

Virtual Team Points
Gryffindor 510
Ravenclaw 460
Minions 470
Slytherin 350

Have a lovely day,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 47

Good morning everyone,

A bright and sunny day is here for us all to enjoy. In school the children have  a list of VE inspired activities- learning the words to ” We’ll meet again,” baking a wartime recipe, working out Morse code messages and making paper Spitfires. Please send in or add to FB any pictures of what you are doing today.

In the log book Mr Sellars records:

Tuesday May 8th 1945

School closed this afternoon for 2 days holiday for Victory in Europe.

I like to think that after such a matter of fact statement he then went to join in with the street celebrations.

TTRS update- well done children! Final scores are-

Teachers 125,344  Children 140,190

Well played!

Can you work this one out? 20 TP if you can.

…. .- …- . / .- / … ..- .–. . .-. / -.. .- -.– -.-.–

Mrs Mason

Day 46

Good morning everyone,
One day before VE Day celebrations. In my village the bunting and flags have started to appear and I have noticed that people coming out of the local shop are carrying barbecue food. I would love to see any photos of what you are doing tomorrow.
I have found the school’s second log book and tomorrow morning will look for the May 8th 1945 entry.
The TTRS challenge is coming to an end this weekend and I know the teachers think they can beat you so one last push from you all would be great. I was pleased to see that 50% of the school have accessed this so well done to you all.

Yesterday one of our new chickens produced an egg which was pure white and twice the size of our other chickens’ eggs. We should be able  to bake lots of cakes and biscuits when they are all producing.
In school today the children are working with Miss Blagden, Mrs Wilkinson and Mrs Wilcox to make desk tidies from recycled cans. I could do with one of those. They have also played parachute games and enjoyed some keep fit activities.

Well done to the children who have shared their work with us.

Virtual Team Points
Gryffindor 290
Ravenclaw 350
Minions 250
Slytherin 270

 

Finally I love this video.

Dolphins swim through bioluminescent algae

Have a great afternoon everyone,
Mrs Mason

Day 45

Good morning everyone,

Today in school the children have been making VE day decorations.

We have admitted some new members of the Castle community. Thank you to Mr Timmins and Mrs Bond who picked up these Rhode Island Red chickens from a local sanctuary- a naming competition will start soon!

 

Look at our Hama bead creations.

 

In readiness for Victory in Europe celebrations on Friday I have added some information about some local competitions.

 

 

 

Well done to the children who have shared their work with us.

Virtual Team Points

Gryffindor 210

Ravenclaw 250

Minions 190

Slytherin 220

Have a good afternoon everyone,

Mrs Mason

Day 44

Good morning everyone,

First of all a very big Castle well done to Daniel who has played 279 games on TTRS achieving 95% accuracy. You  have been awarded 50 Virtual TP for Minions.

In our log book Mr Sellars has been beaten by the wet weather and the ongoing dispute at Denaby Collliery. Standards appear to have improved and the children are given a summer holiday. There is also a reference to the Penny Bank. I found out the following:

Information from Wikipedia

The bank was established on 1 May 1859 by Colonel Edward Akroyd of Halifax. Based in Leeds in the West Riding of Yorkshire it was known as the West Riding Penny Savings Bank. 

Within a year, the bank had opened 24 branches, and a further 104 in the year after. Sub-branches were opened in schools and church halls.

The bank was operated on a non profit making basis and in 1860 it was decided to extend operation to the other Ridings of Yorkshire. To recognise this the name was changed to the Yorkshire Penny Bank. In 1872, it issued cheque books for the first time, primarily for small tradesmen. At that time the bank became the first to create school banks, to encourage the idea of saving at an early age.

School log book

August 1902
6th very wet morning: present 69
8th continued low attendance Thursday and Friday :very wet weather partly responsible: of a list of 70 irregular attendees… 49 are returned as “ The excuse”, as being “ ill.”
The colliery dispute is the cause of much irregularity: this irregularity would however be much worse if free meals were not provided each morning for necessitous children.

13th. School dismissed today at 3:45 to allow for a penny bank audit in the room.

14th Subject of composition with Strand three, “ The Dog”, paragraph of four sentences required: one half the class performed a good exercise.

15th
Dismissed for the holidays : 4 weeks.

Well done to the children who have shared their work with us.

Virtual Team Points

Gryffindor 140

Ravenclaw 140

Minions 100

Slytherin 90

Making Bird Feeders.

Have a good afternoon everyone,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 43

Good morning everyone,

Another new week dawns and I think some of you must be worn out after trying to beat the teachers on TTRS! Slytherin earned the most team points for playing on this so come on you other teams- see if you can beat them.

This week’s home learning  has been uploaded to your class pages. You will see at the end of the week there are VE day activities included. Mrs Fitt, Chair of our governing body sent this link to a beautiful video clip for you to enjoy.

Story of Flowers, a breathtaking botanical animation

This week we are joining in with a brand new competition (in conjunction with the National Literacy Trust and Conisbrough Castle)  If you create a Poem for entry to the competition then this will meet the ‘Entry a Poetry Competition’ element of the Astrea Promise Gold Award.  There will be prizes so please have a go.

If you follow this link you will find further details www.facebook.com/doncasterstories .

The children in school have celebrated a birthday (thank you for my bun- yum!), made bird feeders and got active. I took this photo of one of our flower beds springing into life. 20 TP for anyone who emails me the name of the flowers below.

Well done to the children who have shared their work with us.

Virtual Team Points

Have  a good afternoon everyone.
Mrs Mason

 

Day 40

Another week draws to a close and in the school log book many of the children are having a tough time.

July 18th 1902
Reduced av for the week 124: The Denaby and Cadeby pits have been standing idle for over two weeks without exception the children of this school are drawn from Denaby and new Conisborough. There are instances of children who have had to go to Mexborough at noon for a bread loaf for dinner many are said to be out “begging.”

However one kind person was helping out.

July 23rd 1902
Mr Appleyard an old Conisborough resident provided in his barn an appetising dinner for 80 of the most needy children .For  this object the teachers marshalled the selected 80 and accompanied them at noon to the appointed place.

We were really touched by the kind gesture below. Thank you to whoever is responsible- it really made us smile.

 

Well done to the children who have shared their work with us.

Virtual Team Points

Gryffindor 140

Ravenclaw 140

Minions 50

Slytherin 90

And finally! Who will win the challenge???

Have  a good afternoon everyone.
Mrs Mason

 

Day 39

Good afternoon everyone,

In the next few days we will be having a push on reading. As you know we have set you a reading challenge which you can find on the Learning Zone page. I have added your photographs as they have been sent in (Team Points for all of you- thank you.) Look out for photographs on Facebook of the Castle staff reading in unusual places.

Yesterday was International Dance Day. Below you can see 2 of our dancers taking part.

I am awarding 20 Team Points to Sydney for helping to clear all the lunch tables yesterday- 20 TP for Ravenclaw. Remember if you show your teacher you have completed some learning you will earn a “Shout Out” on Facebook and 10 TP.

Gryffindor 60

Ravenclaw 60

Minions 20

Slytherin 20

It is nearing the end of the first school year at Station Road Primary School.

4th July 1902
“Needlework”- It is important to note that during the last 3 months, + for the school year, the scheme approved by E. H Howard Esq H.M.I, will in respect of Needlework receive some modification.. in place of the scheme set out in appendix iii of Revised Instructions that of Miss Cleghorn (sanctioned by the Education Department for use in the Sheffield Board Schools & other towns.) will be followed.
One main reason for the change is, that our sewing mistress has been accustomed to the latter scheme + feels she can make it a success.

I realise that I was taught the same lesson at secondary school in the late 1970’s.

Have  a good afternoon everyone.
Mrs Mason

 

Day 38

Good morning everyone,

It’s a little gloomy but the gardens need the rain. At home 3 of the 6 pumpkin seeds have started to grow. I am hopeful that this year we should have our own pumpkins for Halloween. The peas and radishes we planted in school are doing well- thanks to Mr Timmins careful watering.

Thank you for continuing to send in your memories of life at Station Road Primary School/ Castle Academy.

Easter! We all knew that Easter Bunny had been because he’d left white bunny paw prints leading into each classroom, and left us all a little stash of chocolate eggs!

I remember each classroom had a reading corner with a square of sage coloured carpet that we’d all sit on to hear our teacher read to us. I also think I remember a few little beds, so that we could have a nap if we needed to.

Thank you to Hadley who sent us this photograph of him reading on the viaduct. Well done Hadley- I have added you to our display in the school library.

Yesterday we made cards for the NHS.

Team Point Challenge

Well done to Riley today. He has completed several Read Theory Texts, done 220% of the TTRS sessions and some Purple Mash. 10 TP for Gryffindor.

Have a good afternoon everyone.

Mrs Mason

 

 

Day 37

Good afternoon everyone,

Thank you for sending in your memories of life at Castle Academy. I had to smile when reading these:

Having Lessons in the outside huts in the junior top playground, when the teacher popped back to the main school during lesson the class all went to the windows and out to the playground fence to form a ‘search party’ to locate the teacher by stealth. If you got caught by the teacher you got told off or lines.

Assemblies in the hall singing along to the piano ‘ the ink is black the page is white , together we will learn to read and write ,to read and write ‘

Another 10 points have been added to Ravenclaw and Gryffindor this morning so well done to  Emily and Sam.

Here are some photos of the work  we did in school yesterday.


Thank you also for signing up to Easyfundraising- we have earned another few pounds. It all helps!

Have a good afternoon,

Mrs Mason

Day 36

Good morning everyone and welcome to a brand new week (minus the sunshine!)

In school this morning Mrs Wilkinson has taught the children how to make felt badges.

This week’s home learning plans have been uploaded onto your class pages alongside a message from your teachers.

I am starting a virtual Team Point challenge today. Any pupil who earns a Facebook ” shout out” from your class teacher will earn 10 Team Points. Your teachers will be looking for children completing home learning tasks. You could send a message and/ or a photo via the castle email address, Purple Mash or via Facebook to let your teacher know what you have been doing.

Here is today’s Team Point Chart. Gryffindor is in the lead.

Have a lovely afternoon,

Mrs Mason

 

Day 33

Good afternoon everyone,

Unbelievably it is Friday again, I am not sure where this week has disappeared to.

Here are some of the clay models we have made in school. You could have a go at making mud or even salt dough models ( recipes online.)

In the log book I came across this dated June 25th 1902. I am not sure what Mr Sellars meant about the gloom but the coronation refers to the planned coronation of Edward Vll which was delayed until August as he was ill. The children still got their holiday!

School dismissed this aft for the remainder of the week in accordance with the decision of the Board some weeks ago: A gloom will doubtless overhang the local occurrences amongst the children designed to be so positive to commemorate the “Coronation.”

Have a super weekend everyone, Look out for your teacher’s message and new work which we will upload on Monday morning.

Mrs Mason

 

Day 32

Good afternoon everyone,
You may have had a chance to look at the resources posted below and in particular Oak Academy which is accessed through BBC learning. I would appreciate any feedback you have about this – is it useful, easy to access?

I haven’t had any photos for the Reading Challenge for quite a while so come on children let’s get creative. Where is the most unusual place you can think of to read?

The log book is proving a real window into our history. Today I have discovered  references to the end of the Boer War and problems at Denaby Colliery.

June 2nd 1902

The papers for this morning announce the “Proclamation of Peace” this signifies an event worthy for national and unusual rejoicing- at 10 mins to 2 whilst we were in the process of marking registers a message came to school to say that holiday was to be given for the afternoon under the circumstances that this was not possible, holiday however has been promised the children the first fine afternoon.

The school grounds are bursting into life. Here is a photo of some of the children in school enjoying the outdoors.

Have a lovely afternoon

Mrs Mason

Day 31

Good afternoon everyone,

Today is World Earth Day. This seems particularly poignant given our current situation. World Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries.

In school we have planted some runner beans seeds and prepared a bed ready for our pumpkin plants. These are taking their time to show their heads but fingers crossed we will  be able to transplant them in the next few weeks.

Yesterday in school the children were talking about the Queen and making birthday cards for her on her 94th birthday.

Below I have added some information about free school meals vouchers and some more learning links.

Have a good afternoon everyone

Mrs Mason

 

Aldi joins free school meals national voucher scheme

Aldi has joined the list of supermarkets that will redeem vouchers secured through the free school meals national voucher scheme. Supermarkets available also include Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, M&S, Asda and Morrisons. Schools will be able to order vouchers for Aldi through Edenred from the week commencing 27 April.

Learning Links.

Here is a link to the Countryside Classroom  and Yorkshire Water home learning pages where you will find some interesting outdoor activities,

Countryside Classroom is well-placed to help support teachers and parents through the challenges, and opportunities, presented by home education for the great majority of the school-age population. Our Home Education Hub brings together a selection of resources suitable for use at home, divided into indoor and outdoor activities, and which we will be adding to in coming weeks.

https://www.yorkshirewater.com/education/home-learning/

 

Day 30

Good afternoon everyone,

Thank you so much to the 4 people who signed up for the Easyfundraising website ( see link below) This will really help the school,

The school log book reveals that the headteacher has now moved his family from Manchester to Doncaster and also records  the first inspection report.

F.Allen Esquire, Clerk to the School Board called in school and brought the report of H.M.I on the school. The following is a copy:

Mixed school.” This department has recently been opened in temporary premises. The children are mainly those who have not been attending any school or who have been excluded from overcrowded schools. As might be expected the attainment falls much below a satisfactory standard. The master needs a special and much stronger staff to deal with the present extraordinary difficulties. Every effort should be made to complete the new school as soon as possible.”

I wanted to let you know that the government has released various links to resources which will help with home learning ( please see below)

Have a good afternoon everyone

Mrs Mason

Support for Home Learning in the Early Years

The government has released guidance for parents and carers on how to help young children at home.  The guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-children-aged-2-to-4-to-learn-at-home-during-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_source=59550d3f-e5b5-424b-b66e-d353e6ac73a1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

In summary, it recommends:

  • Keeping a routine with regular meal and bed times
  • Keeping active for at least 3 hours a day
  • Television and the use of digital devices, ensuring parental controls are applied

Support for Home Learning in Primary aged Children

The government has released guidance for parents and carers on how to help primary aged children with their education during Covid-19.  The guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_source=b0838257-848b-4d77-b72f-37767d087fd1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

In summary, it recommends:

  • Keeping a routine with regular breaks, meal and bed times and regular opportunities to be active
  • The management of screen time
  • Specific prompts to support inquisitive questioning in Reception to Year 2 and Year 3 to Year 6 respectively.

Support for Home Learning of Children with SEND

The government has released guidance for parents and carers on how to help children with SEND continue their education during Covid-19.  The Guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-children-with-send-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_source=2e5b55a3-a70c-4ef9-9d11-f63b6d452437&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

In summary, it provides:

  • List of online resources for children with SEND
  • Advice on supporting children with a learning disability or Autism
  • EEF Guidance on how best to support SEND, poster attached.

 

Day 29 ( I realised I missed one!)

Welcome back to school! 

The new week has started. I have copied the DMBC 3 week song challenge for you to see- something for the passionate singers out there.

Miss Blagden and I have uploaded the work your teachers have set for  you this week so please click on the class pages to find a message and the plans. Please keep sharing what you are doing on the Purple Mash blogs, Facebook or by sending us an email.

Our Easyfundraising website sent me an email which if you sign up could really help the school.

Online shopping from your sofa? You could also be helping Castle Academy Primary School raise much needed funds for FREE! Over 4,000 online retailers including John Lewis, Argos, Uswitch, eBay and M&S are ready to give a free donation every time you shop online. Plus, if you take a moment to sign up now, we’ll be entered into a competition to WIN a £500 donation! 

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/referrals/?utm_source=adobecampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=refertowin-2020&utm_content=promoter_ref_20200419&origin=R2002

Have a super day

Mrs Mason

Day 25

Happy Friday everyone,

You will be aware that the government has announced another 3 weeks of social distancing so it is more important than ever that we keep in touch. You can do this via the Facebook page, Purple Mash and/ or the school email address. I am still collating our reading in different places display so please send these photos to me via the school email address. Also if you have designed your story character please forward this as well.

Monday is the start of the new term so I will be uploading new work to the class pages for you.

Have a super weekend

Mrs Mason

P.S

In school today the children have been making smoothies. They look delicious.


Day 24

Hello everyone,

Today in school the children are keeping busy with a spot of baking and balloon exercises. In the school log book it is recorded that the children have had writing lessons on sugar and coffee. However my favourite entry of the day is this one.

April 18th 1902.

The class in charge of Mr Carrigan has had a little lesson from the headmaster on composition ; subject “ The Dog “. I have desired that once a week the teacher will give similar lessons on paper on equally simple subjects the child to be called on to write 4 simple sentences numbering them 1 ,2,3, 4. The effort may be productive of food.

Yesterday we created a Castle family tree out of buttons.

Have a good afternoon everyone,

Mrs Mason

Day 23

Good afternoon everyone,

Today in school I have “enjoyed” dancing with the children during their  morning fitness session. The children are now busy making button pictures.

I am conscious that you might not have seen the work we had been doing as part of our Yorkshire Born and Bread topic so below you can see some photographs I have taken of our display board.

I am aware it is the school holidays and you are all taking a break from home schooling however I will just let you know that I have added a link on the Learning Zone to a list of online resources compiled by the government which you may find useful.

Please click here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources

Enjoy the sunny afternoon,

Mrs Mason.

Lynx class get creative,
Year 1 hard at work in PE.
Year 2 enjoyed baking.
Jaguars learned all about the Romans.
Cougars experimented with Roman face paint.
Pumas become Scientists.

Day 22

Good afternoon everyone,

The sun has returned!

In school today the children have made chocolate chip cookies with Miss Gelder and Miss Cunningham. This afternoon they are painting story pebbles. This made me think about the discussions I have had with the School Council about the improvements we want to make to our playgrounds. The children have had some fabulous ideas such as including role play areas and a sand tray. Personally I can’t wait to get you all back and make this happen, Hopefully when you see the school again you will see that we have been working hard behind the scenes.

Have a lovely afternoon.

Mrs Mason

Day 21

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope you enjoyed the sunny weekend. The sun seems to be hiding again at the moment so at home I have covered up the strawberry and bean plants until it returns. I watched a Robin this morning rooting through my flower seed trays and was torn between shooing it away and just smiling!

The school log book continues to reveal how hard it was to get the school established- classes of 55 children, no resources, poor premises and very few staff. The first headteacher deserved a medal in my opinion.

We will be in school again tomorrow so more news then.

Have a good afternoon

Mrs Mason

Day 19

Good afternoon everyone,

Normally at this time of year we would have held our annual Easter egg hunt so I hope that you can find time to create your own.

Happy Easter everyone from all at Castle Academy!

Best wishes

Mrs Mason

 

Day 18,

Good afternoon everyone,

We started the day with some multi-skills games and have been making stained glass Easter decorations to hang in our windows.

The school log book revealed that the first headteacher travelled by train from Manchester to the school. He also found it very difficult to get enough staff to teach the children. I hoping that this changes for him soon as I certainly can’t imagine how difficult his life must have been.

Don’t forget our design a garden competition – £100 worth of National Garden Scheme vouchers on offer. I was asked by a Year 6 pupil if they could still take part- yes of course you can.

Have a good afternoon

Mrs Mason

 

Day 17

Good afternoon everyone,

Today in school I have been sorting out our musical instruments and our museum. Mrs Monaghan has kindly made me some labels so that we can find which drawer I have put everything in!

We have also been updating the various displays we have created to mark the passing of time through our current situation. In the library we have our “most unusual place to read display (please keep sending your photographs) and in the museum we have a collection of activities we have done in school.

Mrs Elsom sent me the link below – please click to see lots of free books.

https://readon.myon.co.uk/

Thank you Olly for sending in a photo of you and your alter ego! Here is our display and newly tidied music cupboard.

Have a relaxing afternoon

Mrs Mason

 

Day 16

Good afternoon everyone,

Another sunny day – hopefully this will continue.

In school our potatoes and beans are starting to sprout and the tulips are flowering. Today Mrs Harrop has been decorating boiled eggs with the children. They look splendid!

I forgot to say “ you got me!’ to Brody and his mum- you know what I mean!

I think I may have become addicted to the log book. Today’s reading was all about Mr Sellar’s worries about attendance.

1902

February 12th

Heavy fall of snow and the weather severe: attendance much reduced -98 a.m 117 p.m.

13th

Attend. this aft:128: this is so far the highest individual attendance, but as there are 153 children on the books it only represents an average of 84% present.

Please be aware of the Doncaster Community Hub

Helpline available 7 days a week from 8.00am to 8.00pm – Telephone: 01302 430300 – anyone can ring this if they are or know of someone who is vulnerable and has no other support – Practical support such as urgent food supplies, shopping, hot food, collection of medication.

Have a relaxing afternoon

Mrs Mason

Day 15

Good morning everyone,

It’s a lovely sunny day out there and I hope that you get a chance to enjoy a little sunshine.

In school today Mrs Wilkinson and Miss Gelder are making Hot Cross buns (pictures tomorrow.)

Mrs Fitt sent me the link to Silly Billy, a story written by Anthony Browne. This is a super book explaining how you can deal with worries.

Further exploration of the school log book revealed this delightful entry from February 1902

Shrove Tuesday -Mr Brocklesby chairman of the school board visited school this morning and subsequently sent to the school oranges for distribution prior to the children leaving at 11:30 for a half -day holiday.

Thank you for sending me your photographs – please keep them coming. You can also post your photographs on our new Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/Castle-Academy-Conisbrough-113185356996173/?ref=bookmarks

Have a lovely day

Mrs Mason

Day 12

Good afternoon everyone,
Well as strange as it sounds we have reached the end of the second week of closure and the Easter holidays begin. For you at home this means that you get a break from home schooling for 2 weeks (keep up your reading!) I will ask your teachers to upload the next plans on Monday April 20th so look out for them.

You will be aware that the government has asked that schools continue to provide child care for essential key workers so Castle Academy will remain open during the  holidays. Please be aware that although I will post my daily news there will only be essential communication with the school office – just as you would expect in normal holiday periods.

I would like to say a big thank you to you all for sharing all your wonderful and creative work. It has been a real pleasure to see.

Finally I came across this information from our school log book. On October 29th 1918 at 4pm the entry states that due to  a “serious type of influenza” throughout the area the school was closed. Reading further I found out that the Headteacher recorded that the school then reopened after 10 weeks. Amazingly the school then had 410 children on roll.

Have a relaxing weekend
Mrs Mason

 

Day 11

Good afternoon everyone,

It looks like the weather has started to become sunnier ~ good news for the seeds we planted.

In school today Miss Blagden has been making a welly store for the FS2 outdoor area. The children also enjoyed parachute games in the hall together~ great team work everyone!

Some of you have contacted me about what we expect as far as home schooling is concerned. My thoughts are that we all must follow the advice we are being given to slow the spread of the virus. We need to try and establish new routines to keep ourselves busy, physically active and feeling well. We have tried to keep teacher’ s plans simple and varied. Please don’t try and cover everything on the website- choose what is best for you and your family.

Thank you to Francis for sending us a photo of a very creative fruity rainbow and to Riley for the character he has created. It is super to see what you have all been doing. Don’t forget you can also share your activities on Facebook and your class blog.

Have a lovely afternoon,

Mrs Mason

Day 10

Good morning everyone,

Miss Blagden and I have just uploaded this week’s home learning plans. Please have a look on your class pages to find these and a message from your teachers. I have also added more links to the Learning zone. Have a look for some great Art, Geography and History links. I have also added the videos we have been using in assembly (the children know that I love to sing!)

Today in school the children have been making their own board games.

Thank you for sending me your photographs – please keep them coming. You can also post your photographs on our new Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/Castle-Academy-Conisbrough-113185356996173/?ref=bookmarks

Have a lovely afternoon

Mrs Mason

Safeguarding during closure.

Even though school is closed to most pupils Miss Blagden, Mrs Bond and myself are still working as safeguarding leads. This means that we will continue to work with professionals on your behalf and act upon any concerns which are reported to us. Today I have added a link on our Safeguarding page to Childline and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOPS)  Shortly there will be a email address for children who need to report a safeguarding concern to school. I will provide the link when this is set up.

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Hello everyone,

Last week I did some Spring cleaning in my office and it was amazing what I found. The most interesting items were the free seeds I had from the Royal Horticultural Society. We have started planting these at school. So far the radishes and broad beans have started to show their first leaves. At home the pumpkins I planted for Halloween are slowly emerging.
Today I must say a big WELL DONE to Max C and Lexi  Mae who, in Miss Gelder’ s words, “annihilated” her on TTRS. Fantastic news! To the rest of you watch out for Miss Gelder weekdays on TTRS between  1- 1.30 pm.

Thank you for sending me your photographs – please keep them coming. You can also post your photographs on our new Facebook page.

Have a lovely afternoon

Mrs Mason

Safeguarding during closure.

Even though school is closed to most pupils Miss Blagden, Mrs Bond and myself are still working as safeguarding leads. This means that we will continue to work with professionals on your behalf and act upon any concerns which are reported to us. Today I have added a link on our Safeguarding page to Childline and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOPS)  Shortly there will be a email address for children who need to report a safeguarding concern to school. I will provide the link when this is set up.

 

Day 8

Good afternoon everyone. I hope you had a relaxing weekend.

It is the start of a new week and I am launching a competition. The children will know that I am a very keen gardener and so it seems fitting that our competition is garden themed. So you have until school reopens to design and make a 3D model of a garden. It can be for yourself, a superhero, a cartoon character or anyone else you can think of. The prize is £100 of National Garden Gift Vouchers.

This week Miss Gelder will be logging on to TTRS from 1-1.30 every day so that children have the opportunity to play against a teacher. Please let me know if you beat her!

Mrs Fitt (Chairperson of our Management Board) sent me the super Spanish story which I have included on the Learning Zone- Spanish section. Thank you Mrs Fitt.

In school today the children watered our seeds and made some busy bees.

Please remember online safety

Please let me know if you spot any issues with our home learning content.

Mrs Mason

Thank you to Tommy, Alfie, Layla, Reggie, Charlie and Megan for this super picture.

Day 5

Good afternoon everyone,
The end of our first week of closure is almost upon us and it has been a pleasure to see the many activities you have been doing. I especially enjoyed all the practical tasks you have doing together- tying shoe laces and baking cakes.
In school today the chickens left us an egg extravaganza  ( see below) I think it was the lengthy discussion I had with them yesterday!
Have a lovely weekend and watch out for Monday’s news.
Mrs Mason

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Day 4

Good afternoon everyone,

Thank you to the many children and parents who have been sharing their work with us, It has been lovely to see how creative you have been. I have added the Reading Challenge photos to the Learning Zone so please have a look.

In school today the children have made a beautiful Easter tree- see below this post. This is now sitting in our school hall.

When I was reading the newspaper this morning I spotted 2 good links to authors reading their books.

https://www.oliverjeffers.com/books

Elevenses with The World of David Walliams

Speak to you all tomorrow.

Mrs Mason

 

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Day 3

Good afternoon everyone,

We have just uploaded your work for this week onto the class pages. There is also a message from your teachers. Please let me know if you spot anything which is not working properly.

Mrs Elsom wanted to say “thank- you” to the children who had been working on TTRS- please see the class page for your names.

In school today the children wrote letters to our longest serving volunteer. We haven’t been able to see her so we hope she enjoys reading these. We also planted carrot and runner bean seeds in our vegetable boxes. I hope the sunshine continues for a little longer.

Did you spot our bear? Children in Lynx class should read Miss Blagden’s update to find out what has been happening with Boris the Bear.

Speak to you all tomorrow.

Mrs Mason

P.S I enjoyed reading this.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52005728

 

Day 2

Good afternoon everyone,

What a beautiful day it has been! You may have seen the painted rainbows which have started appearing in windows. Lynx class made me one for my door before we left and it is now hanging proudly in place.

I have received a message and a photograph from a Year 1 pupil who tells me he has completed a phonic challenge- what a super star he is!

in school today the children went on a bug hunt and made bug hotels with Mrs Harrop – perhaps you could try this at home?

I have noticed that in my village teddy bears have started to appear so that local children can spot them from their gardens or when they are walking. Tomorrow look out for our Castle Bear- I wonder which window he will be in?

Take care

Mrs Mason

 

Day 1

Good morning everyone,

This is the first day of our new school arrangements and I would think you are all wondering, “how will this work?”  This is the first time I have led a school where I can’t physically speak to or see most of the children however this doesn’t stop us keeping in touch or being able to make our school a better place.

I will be regularly adding a post to the website and teachers will set weekly activities to your class pages. Please use the Castle email address for any queries or just to send us a message. These will get passed onto to me.

The children have asked questions such as- ” how much work should I do?” and “is it OK to play as well?” I think that the best way forward is to try and develop a routine. There are lots of examples of this all over the internet. I was reading this article this morning which might help.

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/sample-kids-home-schedule_ca_5e6e5904c5b6747ef11f12ce 

In school today I plan to plant potatoes with the children who are attending, get right to the end of my inbox (for once) and venture into the school library for a tidy up.

I hope you all have a productive day.

Best wishes

Mrs Mason

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