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Summer 1 News Week 3 April 30th

Good morning everyone,

Yesterday Pumas class enjoyed a Samba session.  This was a first for me . Next week it will be Cougars turn to try this out.  We are starting to see more children reaching the gold part of our traffic lights which is fantastic to see. This means that they have not only followed all of our Golden Rules but have displayed the Astrea values and listened well all day- no mean feat!

Don’t forget it is a Bank Holiday on Monday so school will be closed.

I have been on Gold 20 times- wow!

Lynx Class
Alya  -For a fantastic attitude to her learning and being a kind friend to others.
Charley N- For growing in confidence in many aspects of school life and becoming more independent.
Tigers Class
Jhon – For following instructions.
Rory – For extremely impressed multiplication and addition skills.

Leopards Class

Darcie  – For being very helpful to other children and adults in the classroom.
Carter  – For excellent contributions and thoughtful insights to all class discussions.

Jaguars Class

Sophie  – For always putting other people first and helping them with their work.
Stanley Hurley – for being an excellent pupil expert and having the confidence to talk about our learning to the whole class.

Panthers Class

Lottie – For always working hard in all subjects and for settling beautifully at Castle Academy.
Mason -For being resilient with our new maths learning. Mason has listened carefully and completed some fantastic work.

Cougars Class

Brooklyn – For trying hard in all areas of the curriculum and developing her independent learning skills.
Jamie – For facing every challenge in maths head on and constantly striving to achieve her best.

Pumas Class

Alicia – For showing improved confidence and increased contributions in all lessons.
Daniel – For mature contributions to discussions about the different ways in which plants reproduce.

We enjoyed getting muddy in Forest Schools.

We earned 10 Team Points.

Watch out for our curriculum survey.

There are some exciting curriculum developments happening over the next few months in Astrea. On May 4th we will be sending you a parent survey asking for your view about the curriculum on offer at Castle Academy. This will come via the Parent app so please watch out for this. If you would like to read your child’s class curriculum leaflet then please  click here.


Virtual Parents Meetings

These take place next week. If you are having difficulty making an appointment please let us know.


Dear children the Big Ask is now live at

This is the largest ever survey of children and young people in England. We will use what you tell us to show the government what you think, and what children need to live happier lives.

This survey will only take you 5-10 minutes.

Captain Tom 100 Challenge

Here is what we will do on Friday to raise money for the Captain Tom 100 Challenge. The children have voted to work together to kick 100 goals, run 100 times around the field and write 100 words. There is also the opportunity to think of their own ideas on the day. Please donate using our Justgiving page- thank you.


This week’s attendance is 95.1%.

Well done to Pumas class with an attendance figure of  99.6%

We had 3 classes who were on time all week- Lynx, Tigers and Leopards.


Don’t forget our Reading Challenge

Please encourage your child to read at home. Remember reading at least 4 x per week- 1 sticker on our reading challenge chart. Reading more than this = 2 stickers. When children earn enough stickers they can choose a reward from our School Council shop,

I hope you have a good day.
Mrs Mason


Wednesdays- Year 5 swimming

April 19th moved to week beginning Tuesday May 4th– virtual parents meetings week

May 3rd- Bank holiday

May 28th- Half term break


Uniform Policy

If you are struggling with school uniform we do have spares in school. These can be loaned to the children (please note these are washed and stored for the appropriate time after use.) During the current Covid 19 pandemic  the windows will be open so if the weather is cooler then please consider sending your child with an extra layer of clothing.

 Please make sure your child is wearing their school uniform and remember that children should not be wearing nail polish or any jewellery other than a watch or small stud earrings which they must be able to remove themselves on PE days.

We do have various uniform available in school ready to purchase and take away.
If we do not hold the uniform you need in school you can now order from our new supplier here:

The uniform is:

  • red sweatshirt or cardigan (with or without the Castle Academy logo)
  • White polo shirt or white formal shirt
  • Grey formal trousers/shorts/skirt/grey pinafore/red gingham dress
  • Grey/white socks or black/red/grey tights
  • Formal black shoes/short boots or black trainers. No open toed sandals or ballet pumps.
  • Please  make sure everything has your child’s name in it.

PE uniform:

  • A plain white T-shirt or one with the Castle logo
  • Black or grey shorts/ jogging trousers
  • red sweatshirt or cardigan (with or without the Castle Academy logo)
  • Trainers
  • For safety reasons, cycle shorts and those made of Lycra are not permitted.
  • Children with longer hair should have hair tied up or bring a hair bobble that they can use.
  • Children should be able to remove their own jewellery.



PE kit worn on PE days.

Lynx- Monday

Tigers- Friday

Leopards- Monday


Cougars and Panthers (Y4)- Thursday

Pumas- Tuesdays and Wednesday

  • No bags or book bags needed.
  • Coats only needed if cold or wet.
  • Water bottles needed.
  • School lunches available. If your child is bringing a packed lunch please make sure they can open all bottles and packages themselves.
  • Please do not enter the site unless you have been asked to do so. Please adhere to social distance when dropping off or picking up your child, If  you are not able to do this then please wear a face mask.
  • Please do not send your child to school or enter the site if you are feeling unwell.
  • Before and after school clubs will not resume until restrictions ease.

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