It has been great to see the children really embracing their new topics this week and I have seen pupils being particularly enthusiastic about History. I enjoyed taking part in a lesson with Japan Class (Y4) and found out lots of information about how Rome became such a powerful civilisation and have also seen Madagascar Class (Y3) starting their new history topic by creating a huge timeline in the hall in order to work out when the events they are studying took place in history.
We are continuing to add the Knowledge Organisers to the class webpages and will publish pupil work over the course of the term to share the children’s learning with you.
Census day is Thursday next week! Please select what meal your child will have for census day by Thursday lunchtime (TODAY!) on the form below (If your child will be having a home packed lunch please select this option.) https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=gGfPFvBL70-q-gtugufqCpueCuUG33pFr7O2WEhBlPxUNjhGWDU5NU9WNzc3NlkzWkc4RFdUTEdRSy4u
Have a great day!
From 11th January guidance has changed and if your child has a positive LFD result you will no longer be required to get a confirmatory PCR test.
However if your child does have symptoms they will need to self-isolate and order a PCR test.
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.
16th World Religion Day – we will be celebrating this on Monday the 17th January
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)
- KS1 SATs (Y2 Parents)
- Fostering A Life Long Love of Reading
- Maths- The Four Operations (KS2)
- Maths- Timestables
- KS2 SATS (Y6 parents)
- SEN/Pastoral Drop In Appointments with Miss Blagden and Mrs Bond
You might also find the Astrea Parent Portal useful: