Today we will be welcoming the children back to school and are looking forward to launching our whole school theme ‘We Know How To Learn’. We will be updating all class webpages this week with new knowledge organisers so that you can see what content the children will be learning over the Spring Term.
Yesterday we sent a message to all families to remind them that we will be ventilating classrooms by having windows open as part of the COVID-19 control measures and advised that children wear extra layers of clothing under their uniform and ensure they bring cardigans and jumpers to school.
We have acquired a growing pile of lost property from both the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 cloakrooms. This includes a number of coats. We will ask children to check the collection today and put a display of lost property in the office courtyard at the end of the school day- please pop down and take a look in the hope we can reunite lost property with their rightful owners.
Have a great day!
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:
Ventilate well- all doors and windows open.
Sanitise on arrival and between lessons and before lunch.
Clean well used areas more.
Isolate children with symptoms ( cleaning areas well when child has been picked up.) Ask parent to show negative test result before return.
Maintain as much distance as is possible in a school environment
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.
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.
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:
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