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Autumn 2 News Week 3 November 18th

Good morning everyone,
Yesterday in our School Council assembly I launched our new initiative- Castle Pupil Curriculum Ambassador. This is a role I am asking the children to apply for using the form on TEAMS. Children will be allocated to a Curriculum Team and asked for their ideas on how we can improve our curriculum.

Pupil emails and log ins.

You will now have received your child’s email address and log in details. These are to be used if we close a bubble due to Covid 19 and will give your child access to Microsoft TEAMS where our online learning will take place.

It is very important that the children are able to access this so that they do not fall behind with their learning. We are practising accessing TEAMS within school but please make sure that these work from home and if you have any issues at all please let us know. Thank you.

Well done Cody and Alfie for two super persuasive arguments.


Our attendance last week was 96.41%.

Well done to Lynx class for the best attendance last week (98.5%) and to Cougars and Leopards for being on time.

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 see link to our updated attendance policy


It has been brought to my attention that some of our older pupils are using Snapchat to communicate with each other. This can be a wonderful tool however I am aware that in some cases it is being used to call names and send unpleasant messages. We have shared the video below with our two oldest classes and I would urge you to look at this as well. Please support us and your children by being conscious of what your child is doing whilst they are online. Thank you and please let me know if we can help you in anyway.

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

Have a lovely day,

Mrs Mason


Autumn Term Key Dates

7th December- Learning celebration week- video online.

14th -18th December- Class bubble Christmas parties

17th December Christmas lunch and end of term reports.

18th December- End of term.

Christmas Cards

This year the children have drawn an image which have been made into Christmas cards. Please follow the details below to find your child’s design.

School Lottery.

We have set up a school lottery. Miss Womack will be in touch with further information

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.

  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,


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

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.

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

Tigers Class

Leopards Class

Jaguars Class

Cougars Class

Pumas Class


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.

Mrs Mason

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