Spring 1 News Week 1 January 7th 2022

Good morning,

Every Friday, we have our Enrichment sessions, where every child has an opportunity to access the wider curriculum and learn new skills. Please find below information about what enrichment will be offered to each class this half term:

Spain Class (FS2)- Cooking and Baking.

The FS2 children will learn to make shopping lists, go on a local walk to purchase items required and follow simple recipes to produce a cooked/baked product. They will also be growing their own cress and use it to make sandwiches.

Mexico Class (Y1)- Health and Wellness

Year 1 children will be focusing on healthy eating and exercise. They will be researching what a balanced meal means and then designing and cooking their own and healthy meal. They will find out about the importance of wellness and explore some mindfulness activities.

Australia Class (Y2)- Forest School

The Y2 children will be developing their resilience and collaboration skills in the Forest School.

Madagascar Class (Y3)- Commando Joe’s

The Y3 children will be enjoying developing team building and problem solving skills in Commando Joe’s sessions.

Japan Class (Y4)- Japanese

The Y4 children will continuing to learn to speak Japanese.

Chile Class (Y5/6)- Clay

The Y5/6 will be designing mythical creatures and working to create a clay sculpture of their design.

Swoya Class (Y6)- First Aid

The Y6 children will be learning how to save lives! They will be First Aid Training using the resources from St John’s Ambulance.


We will take photos of the Enrichment session and share these with you on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend!

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.

Advanced warning letter to parents 04.01.22

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:



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