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Autumn News Week 7 October 15th

Good morning everyone,

Yesterday we had our first Team Point assembly using TEAMS. We learned a lot!! Today I am experimenting with trying to share a welcome to the week assembly with sound- so far I have pictures and no sound.  Anyway I will keep trying.

School Meals

I am sorry to have to inform you that we have received notice from Chartwells, our caterer that due to staffing issues they are unable to provide a hot school meal until after half term. They will be delivering sandwiches from this lunchtime.

Don’t forget tomorrow’s Wear Red Day to fundraise for Show Racism the Red Card. Your child can wear any sensible clothing or accessories in red, we are asking for a £1 donation here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/castle-academy-wear-red-day

 

Year 1 children are creating compositions using circles.

Virtual Parent Meetings.

You will receive your child’s 1/2 term report this week. If you would like to make an appointment to speak to your child’s teacher please let us know by contacting Miss Womack on Castle Admin by the morning of Monday 19th October. All meetings will take place via TEAMS during the week beginning 19th October and the week beginning November 2nd.

 

Transfer to Secondary School – September 2021 Closing Date: 31 October 2020

Alongside the reminder letter which the School Admissions Team will send, we are also asking for schools in their communications with Year 6 families, to remind them of the importance of completing their online application by the 31 October 2020 which can be found at www.doncaster.gov.uk/admissions]www.doncaster.gov.uk/admissions.

There are a large number of pupils within this cohort again this year so those who apply late after this closing date are less likely to be offered a place at one of their preferred schools.

Further advice for families is available from the admissions team – admissions@doncaster.gov.uk]admissions@doncaster.gov.uk  or by calling 01302 736000

For school enquiries please contact Kay Morrow kay.morrow@doncaster.gov.ukkay.morrow@doncaster.gov.uk or by calling 01302 735993.


Attendance

Well done to Lynx class with 100% attendance. You earn a non uniform day for this Friday.

Last week’s attendance was 94.9%.

Please be aware if your child needs to self isolate this does not impact on attendance figures.

Please keep up to date by reading further for current messages.

Have a lovely day,

Mrs Mason

 

Keeping up whilst self isolating or in the event of a bubble closure.

I think it is inevitable as time goes on that we will have children self isolating at home. If this happens then please let us know and we will email you with information on how to access learning on the class web pages and our Learning Zone where you will find work to keep your child on track as much as possible.

Class web pages

Lynx Class

https://www.astreacastle.org/pupils/class-website-fs2/

Tigers Class

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

Leopards Class

https://www.astreacastle.org/pupils/class-website-y2/

Jaguars Class

https://www.astreacastle.org/pupils/class-website-y3/

Cougars Class

https://www.astreacastle.org/pupils/class-website-y5/

Pumas Class

https://www.astreacastle.org/pupils/class-website-y6/

 

Bubble Closure

In the event that we have to close a “bubble” we will provide you with a weekly timetable which will support you with home learning. This will be posted onto the class pages by 9 am each Monday morning.

The timetable will include links to daily English and Maths lessons with your class teacher as well as a story/ class novel session. We will also send home our White Rose Maths booklet for your child to complete.

The final session of the day will be a chance to share work and receive feedback. You can also share your child’s work via Purple Mash or via email to Castle admin.

All lessons with your teacher will be accessed via Microsoft Teams. Below is a leaflet which will support you with this.

How to access Home Learning Resources

Our home learning also incorporates the use of our following online learning platforms. Over the next few days your child will be shown how to access these.

  • Oak National Academy
  • White Rose Maths
  • Purple Mash
  • Times Tables Rockstars
  • Read Theory
  • Spelling Shed
  • My Maths

There will also be links to support independent learning and research into the curriculum theme for the term- Best of Britain.

We will be in contact if you have told us that you do not have access to a computer/tablet. If you have difficulties accessing learning virtually please let us know and together we can work out how to support you.

Thank you.

Attendance

Any class achieving 100% attendance will earn a non uniform day.

Please let us know if your child is unable to attend school- we then do not have to chase you. Thank you.

Please see link to our updated attendance policy

https://www.astreacastle.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Astrea-Attendance-Policy-2020-2021.pdf

Autumn Term Key Dates

12th- 16th Pupil reports sent out.

16th Wear Red Day

19th– 23rd October Harvest Festival week- TEAMS assemblies and some form of collection of tinned goods which we will quarantine and donate (hopefully to local care home)

19th Virtual Parents Meetings week

2nd- 6th November- Remembrance making poppy display for outside.

13th November- Children In Need day

 

General Reminders

Golden Time

We have been thinking about how we maintain the children’s interest in Golden Time activities as this is key to the success of our behaviour policy. At the moment this is a balancing act between safety guidelines and what we know the children enjoy.

Below is what we will be asking from this Friday.

  1. Please do not bring soft toys or malleable play (such as playdough or slime) from home until the situation eases.
  2. Plastic/ metal toys which can be wiped on return home can be brought. These will be stored in your child’s tray and will be for their personal use only.
  3. If a message is sent home that children can bring a bike or a scooter they must be parked in the garden area and not touched or shared in any way,
School Equipment 

We have been trying to limit the amount of personal equipment being brought into school so that surfaces are clear and easily cleaned. We have also been limiting things coming home to you to decrease any potential infection risk. We will need to adapt as the term progresses and the weather and the curriculum change. For now we have agreed the following-

  • School uniform worn except for PE days (see below)
  • No bags or book bags needed.
  • Coats only needed if cold or wet.
  • Water bottles needed.
  • If your child is bringing a packed lunch please make sure they can open all bottles and packages themselves.
  • Reading books and diaries will be sent home on Thursdays. We do not need to see them more than once a week.
  • In order to decrease the risk of spreading infection all reading books returned to school will be quarantined until the following week.

PE kit worn on PE days

Monday – Y2
Tuesday- Y3/4
Wednesday – Y5/6
Thursday – Y4/5
Friday – Y1

 

New routines and reminders

If you would like more information on safety in school please read the following documents.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools

https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/schools/coronavirus-faqs-for-parents-carers-and-young-people

  • Please do not enter the site unless you have been asked to do so.
  • Please do not send your child to school or enter the site if you are feeling unwell.
  • After school clubs will not resume until at least January 2021.
  • A decision about resuming Breakfast Club will be taken at October 1/2 term.

Please click here to read our leaflet about how to safely visit the school if you have an appointment.

Covid 19 leaflet

Start and finish information.

Please read information on start and finish times. Click on this link to find this information. https://www.astreacastle.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Castle-Academy-Entry-and-exit-from-September-3rd-2020.pdf

FS2-  start between 8.40- 8.50 and finish at 2.40 pm. Parents are allowed on site to wait with their children near to the FS building.

Y1- start between 8.40-8.50   and finish at 2.45 pm.

Y2- start between   8.45 – 8.55 am and finish at 2.50 pm.

Jaguars- start between  8.35- 8.45 and finish at 3 pm. Parents are allowed on site to wait on the lower KS2 playgrounds.

Cougars- start between 8.25- 8.35 am and finish at 3.10 pm.

Pumas- start between 8.20- 8.30 am and finish at 3.15 pm

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