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Autumn 2 News Week 3 November 20th

Good morning everyone,
Fingers crossed that our postponed KS2 scooter skills session takes place today. Today I will visit each classroom to award our weekly certificates for those children who have worked hard, behaved well and demonstrated the Astrea values this week.

School Museum

Needless to say that my plans for the school museum have had to change! At the moment children are experiencing the museum virtually. If your child logs into TEAMS- Class page- files you can view a tour of the museum.

Super RE work CJ.
Well done Sophie. I enjoyed listening to your persuasive argument.
Rory explaining some arithmetic to me.
Well done Mollie for getting to grips with long division.

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. If you are having issues with this then please let us know and we will investigate.

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.

Pupils Home Learning How to guide


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

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

Have a lovely day and a relaxing weekend,

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.

15th January- closing date for primary admissions

Applications should be made through the following page:-


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 Maso

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