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Autumn News Week 8 October 22nd

Good morning everyone,
Today I have been taking photographs of the work displayed on our Best of Britain display boards. It is a shame that you can’t see these in person but I hope you enjoy looking at the photos. Please click this link.
Please read below to find a request for help from Miss Blagden.

Health Education Policy in readiness for the implementation of the statutory guidance in the Spring Term.

The statutory guidance states: ““All schools must have in place a written policy for relationships education and RSE. Schools must consult parents in developing and reviewing their policy. Schools should ensure that the policy meets the needs of pupils and parents and reflects the community they serve.”
Consultation refers to schools giving parents information and hearing their opinions with a view towards taking them into consideration.
Miss Blagden would like to work collaboratively with staff, governors and a ‘Parent Focus Group’ in order to develop a policy that best serves Castle Academy over the next half term.
What will the Parent Focus Group involve?
  • Attending a presentation of proposed policy and RSE Curriculum Content via TEAMs
  • Question and Answer Session via TEAMs
If you would be interested in joining the Parent Focus Group please send an email to Miss Blagden at admin@astreacastle.org with an expression of interest.

Doncaster has been placed in Tier 3 of the Government’s new Coronavirus risk levels.

From Saturday people in Doncaster must follow the new, stricter guidance:

  • No household mixing indoors so keep to your own household or bubble.
  • No mixing in private gardens outdoors.
  • You can still meet outdoors in some settings (parks, public gardens etc) but the ‘rule of 6’ still applies. Remember hands, face and space rules are still important outside and should be followed
  • Pubs and bars must close unless they operate as a restaurant within the guidelines.

There’s more information on the guidelines on the council’s website here.

 

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Well done everyone!

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

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

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

 

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

23rd October – School Council Halloween dress up day

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.

 

General Reminders

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.

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,
Miss Blagden is currently in the process of updating the school’s RSE (Relationships, Sex Education) and

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