Spring 1 News Week 1 January 4th 2022

Good morning and happy new year to everyone,

I hope that you have all enjoyed a happy and healthy holiday and are eagerly looking forward to the children returning to school tomorrow. We are so happy to be welcoming everyone back into school and relieved not be starting the Spring Term as we were last year with remote learning and bubbles. However, it remains important that we all continue to do what we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ask you all to continue to support school by keeping up to date on the latest guidance. (Please read below)

Today the staff team will be in school preparing for the children’s return and also having further training on Literacy Tree so that we can continue to enhance our Literacy Curriculum across school.

We are all looking forward to welcoming you back to school tomorrow.

Miss Blagden

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 infection rates are very high and the Omicron variant is spreading rapidly. It is important that we all take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection in the community. At Castle Academy, we will continue to have the following control measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  1. Ventilate well- all doors and windows open.
  2. Sanitise on arrival and between lessons and before lunch.
  3. Clean well used areas more.
  4. Isolate children with symptoms ( cleaning areas well when child has been picked up.) Ask parent to show negative test result before return.
  5. Maintain as much distance as is possible in a school environment
  6. Lateral flow tests will continue to be conducted twice weekly by all members of staff, with results reported to the school

What do I do if my child has symptoms of COVID-19?

If your child has COVID-19 symptoms they should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. You should arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible. If this PCR test result is positive, they must continue to self-isolate.

What do I do if my child is a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 ?

People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend school as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.

If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 you are at significantly higher risk of becoming infected yourself.

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Will there be school closures?

At present, the school continues to be open and you do not need to do anything differently in terms of arranging

If staffing absences occur as part of the latest wave of COVID-19, including the Omicron variant, we will first seek to cover all classes through supply staff or internal cover.  We are determined to avoid disruption to your child’s education as far as we can. If we cannot secure the necessary cover, we will close the classes affected and you will be contacted as soon as possible.  Any child in an affected class will need to stay at home for a specified period.  A letter will be sent to parents later today explaining further details.

 

Spring Term Events

We are looking forward to the Spring Term in school and will keep you up to date with any upcoming events.

4th– TRAINING DAY

7th – Flu Immunisation (Catch Up Session)

16th World Religion Day

23rd – National Handwriting Day

30th –National Story Telling Week

7th-13th -Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

8th – Safer Internet Day

11th – End of Spring 1 Term

Week beginning 14th- Half Term Holiday

Parent Workshops and Drop Ins

In the past we have held successful parent workshops, both in person or virtually, and we would like to be able to offer a range of workshops over the Spring Term which will inform parents about what we are doing in school and also empower parents to support children’s learning at home. We will be hosting the following workshops:

  • A Parents Guide to Read Write Inc. (KS1 Phonics)
  • What is the Phonics Screening Check? (Y1 Parents)
  • Fostering A Life Long Love of Reading
  • Maths- The Four Operations (KS2)
  • Maths- Timestables
  • SEN/Pastoral Drop In Appointments with Miss Blagden and Mrs Bond

You might also find the Astrea Parent Portal useful:

Astrea Parent Portal – A SERIES OF VIDEOS AIMED AT BUSY PARENTS

 

 Our Behaviour Strategy

Class Recognition Board-please click on image for a clearer view

Each classroom has a recognition board. All children will be aiming to have their photograph moved onto the board by the end of the school day. This recognises that all children have been following the school rules and have made the most of their learning time in school.

 

Class Charter-please click on image for a clearer view

Each class will agree a set of rules- the class charter.

 

Home school agreement- please click on image for a clearer view

We will be asking you and your child to sign a home school agreement so that we are all clear on how we are working together.

 

Castle class reward chart- please click on image for a clearer view

Each class will have a reward chart. At the beginning of each 1/2 term the children will discuss and choose the reward they are working towards. Children who display excellent behaviours for learning will earn a gold leaf to add to the chart, The children achieve the reward when the chart is full of golden leaves. We hope that this will further develop team working and responsibility.

 

Castle consequence steps- please click on image for a clearer view.

Each class will have a copy of our consequence steps. These clearly set out our strategies for managing negative behaviour. If your child reaches step 6 on more than 3 occasions we will be in touch to request a meeting with you so that we can work together to support your child to improve their behaviour.

 

School Uniform Reminder

Please make sure your child has the correct school and PE uniform. Remember no coloured trainers.

Castle PE shirts available on the link below.

Here is the link to our school  uniform  shop https://myclothing.com/castle-academy/6295.school

Book bags are available.

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