Good morning everyone,
I hope you have had a good weekend. It is the final week of this half term and we are collecting tinned, boxed or packet food to send to the local care home. Please send your child in with a donation and we will add it to the box. The box will remain in school for a few days and then we will take it to the home. Thank you for your support with this.
Listen to our “what’s on this week” assembly.
Birthdays this week and next
Berkay, Lucy and Jacob
Lynx Class- Michael and Esmae
Tigers Class- Brooklyn and Kaiya
Leopards Class- Jacob and Kaden
Jaguars Class- Logan and Kieran
Cougars Class- Ben and C.J
Pumas Class- Lottie and Beren
We have reached the 5th milestone on our Reading Challenge.
Bike and scooter skills
This week we have been offered the chance to host some bike and scooter skills training. You have received a letter and permission slip about these. They will take place on:
Wednesday- KS2 cycle skills
Thursday- KS1 scooter skills
Friday- KS2 scooter skills.
Virtual Parent Meetings.
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 – email@example.com]firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01302 736000
For school enquiries please contact Kay Morrow email@example.com@doncaster.gov.uk or by calling 01302 735993.
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Have a lovely day,
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
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.
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.
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
Autumn Term Key Dates
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- 23rd October and 2nd- 6th November Virtual Parents Meetings weeks
2nd- 6th November- Remembrance making poppy display for outside.
Maths rock out competition for TTrockstars in school -9th November – 14th November.
13th November- Children In Need day
7th December- Learning celebration week- video online.
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.
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.
- Please do not bring soft toys or malleable play (such as playdough or slime) from home until the situation eases.
- 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.
- 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,