Spring 1 News Week 2 January 14th 2022

Good morning,

Today we are celebrating by giving certificates to children who have been nominated by their class teachers for demonstrating our school values.

Spain Class

Erin Day– for showing great enthusiasm in our daily Read Write Inc. sessions.

Evie Kieswetter– for always contributing and trying hard in lessons.

Mexico Class

Minnie Tayl0r– for improvement in her writing and phonics.

Joey Rowson- showing positive attitude to his learning.

Australia Class

Arion Jackson– for always following our class charter and being kind, caring and considerate towards others.

Esme Wosman– for having an excellent attitude towards her learning, contributing to lessons and producing work of a high standard.

Madagascar Class

Rafe Almond for showing scholarship by demonstrating great reasoning skills in Maths.

Chloe Lane– for showing aspiration by improving her times tables knowledge.

Japan Class

Oliver Harding– for his aspiration, dedication and focus to all of his learning this week.

George Lockwood- for his brilliant Maths and Science learning showing engagement and enthusiasm.

Chile Class

Charlotte Lane– for contributing fantastic soliloquy in the role of Odysseus and settling in well to her new school.

Firdevs Arslan- for settling in well to her new school and producing a fantastic version of an Islamic clay tile.

Syowa Class

Loui Tanner- For transitioning well into their new class and actively contributing to all lessons.

Max Pitman– For transitioning well into their new class and actively contributing to all lessons.


On Monday we will be celebrating World Religion Day across school. Mrs Morley is our RE Lead within school and she has asked each class to find out about the importance of Religious Education and to research a religion in order to create their own knowledge organiser. We will also be exploring religious artwork and creating our own art work, which we will look forward to sharing with you next week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Blagden


COVID-19 Update

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:

  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.

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:


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