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Summer 1 News Week 4 May 7th

Good morning everyone,

Cougars enjoyed their Samba session yesterday and I am sure the rest of the school did as well !  I listened to a presentation given by the Core Knowledge Trust which is the organisation with whom we are working to develop our school curriculum. Please remember to fill out our quick curriculum survey as this will help us to give your child the best experience possible.

Thank you to the parents who attended our virtual parents meetings. We hope you found them informative.

Well done to all of the children below who have worked hard this week and earned a mention and a certificate.

Lynx Class
Minnie- For making predictions about what will happen in a story and sharing her ideas with the whole class.
Jaxon- For writing a super alliterative sentence independently.
Tigers Class
Esme – For an amazing improvement in English, phonics, reading and writing.
Lleyton  – for lovely manners
Leopards Class
Freddie – For growing confidence and independence in maths
Sebastian – For enthusiasm in everything we do and rising to every challenge
Jaguars Class
Charlie – Great independent maths work.
Summer S – A great start to this term, making positive choices and earning 100% of her golden time.
Panthers Class
Ben for becoming more independent with his learning.
Libby for challenging herself in her learning and for completing all work to a high standard.

Cougars Class

Elek – For showing an excellent level of resilience when completing his maths work.

Alexandra – For putting 100% effort into all areas of the curriculum.

Pumas Class

Mollie – Excellent personification examples during English whole class input.
James – Perseverance when completing his maths task independently.

Staff Car Park

I have noticed that we have an increasing number of parents using the staff car park to drop off children in the mornings. I do understand that the current staggered gate timings are challenging but the numbers of cars are now impacting on the safety of children and parents waiting to enter the school site. We have sent out reminders but to no avail so from today during school hours our car park gates will be closed.


Don’t forget our Reading Challenge- keep on reading

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 and a relaxing weekend,
Mrs Mason


Wednesdays- Year 5 swimming

May 19th Mental Health Awareness week

May 28th- Half term break

June 7th- School reopens.


Advance Warning.

Monday June 21st- Staff training day- school closed to children.


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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