I would like to thank our everyone for their support and understanding following the ongoing difficulties we are experiencing with the heating system within the main building. I appreciate this is a frustrating situation and and I can reassure you that every possible effort is being made in order to resolve the situation as swiftly and safely as possible so that all children can return to school. Again, our team of staff here at Castle, have adapted planning to ensure that lessons can go ahead remotely this morning, ensuring minimum disruption to pupil’s learning. We will also have staff members working to call all families as part of our ‘Safe and Well’ check ins today and our office team will be on hand to provide technical support.
As Spain Class (FS2) have independent heating, we are able to continue to provide face to face teaching them.
For Year 1 to Year 6, we will be providing remote learning via TEAMs. Logins to the children’s accounts were sent out prior to the Christmas holiday. Please do get in touch with the school office if you are struggling to log in or access online lessons.
Please find below the remote learning schedule for Y1 to Y6 pupils:
Check In/Registration Sessions (10 mins)
Live Literacy Tree Lesson
9.00am-9.30am – Y1 and Y2
9.30am- 10.00am- Y3 and Y4
10.00am- 10.30am Y5 and Y6
Live Maths Lesson
10.30am-11.00am – Y1 and Y2
11.00am- 11.30am- Y3 and Y4
11.30am- 12.00pm Y5 and Y6
Live Reading/Phonics Session
12.30pm-1.00pm -Y1 and Y2
1.30pm- 2.00pm- Y3 and Y4
2.00pm- 2.30pm Y5 and Y6
Please follow the link to access TEAMS: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/microsoft-teams/log-in
We will continue to keep you updated on any developments and hope that we can reopen to all pupils as soon as possible.
Every Monday myself and Mrs Bond meet to review the previous week’s attendance data and we will share this with you so that you can see how we are doing. The National expectation for attendance is 96%, however, our current attendance is:
We know that attendance has been impacted upon by COVID-19 and this is a national issue, however, we are looking at ways we can support our families to ensure that children get to school every single day.
- The school Attendance Officer, Head of School and Safeguarding Lead, along with Astrea Education Welfare Officer & our Executive Principal make up our strategic Attendance Team.
- Weekly Attendance Team meeting.
- Work closely with children and families to support and encourage good attendance and punctuality.
- Weekly attendance groups identified needing support.
- Weekly attendance league table for each class.
- Half term celebration of good attendance – each child 96% or above.
- Class attendance shared on half termly attendance newsletter.
- For those children who require support on an individual basis, a bespoke reward system in place.
28 children were recorded last week with at least 1 late mark. Please make every effort to ensure your children is in school ready to learn.
Gates and doors close at 8.40am!
After this time, children arriving will be marked as late in the register.
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: