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YEAR 1 2019 - 2020

Ms Challenor

Miss Jackson

Ms Challenor’s email: helenchallenor@castleprimary.co.uk

Summer Term 2021

Welcome back to class after our Easter break! I hope you've all managed to enjoy the sunshine and eat lots of chocolate!


COVID-19 Measures

It is very important that we all still make a big effort to protect ourselves and each other as much as we can in school.

  • There will continue to be two “bubbles” of learners: the EYFS/KS1 bubble (our bubble), and the KS2 bubble. Children from different bubbles never mix.
  • We will not be sharing commonly used resources, such as pencils and rulers. Each child will have their own tray with their own set of these resources.
  • Those resources (e.g. the laptops, PE equipment) that must be shared by both bubbles are thoroughly sanitized between use, or quarantined for at least 72 hours between use.
  • Shared areas (e.g. the Hall) have been carefully timetabled so that there is no mixing of children in different bubbles.
  • Handwashing and hand sanitizing will occur frequently throughout the day, especially when leaving/entering different areas, such as the classrooms.
  • Surfaces will be wiped down more than usual.
  • Doors will be propped open and windows opened to allow fresh air to circulate.
  • Temperatures will be taken as your children arrive at school in the mornings.
  • Staff members and other adults in school may wear face coverings.
  • We will continue to be mindful of giving each other space and keeping our distance as much as possible.


Our School Day

Children will arrive in school from 8.45. Morning register closes at 9.00.

Lunchtime is 11.45 - 12.45.

Home time is 15.15.

Our hard work in lessons will begin with focusing on the key skills that make up the Core Subjects of English and Maths.

 In English, we will be developing our Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation, Handwriting/Letter formation and our ability to write texts (creative writing) and growing our writing stamina. We will also be developing our comprehension skills and our decoding in reading, with a reading session every day straight after lunch.

In Maths, to begin with, we are going to focus on our arithmetic skills in calculations, as well as our reasoning skills. 

In the rest of our afternoons, we will have lessons in Science, Computing, and the Foundation subjects - History, Geography, Art, DT, RE, PSHCE, Music and PE.


School Uniform and PE Days

Our PE days are Mondays and Fridays. On Monday and Friday, please ensure children wear PE uniform, which is a plain white t-shirt (no crop tops), plain black /shorts/skorts/ jogging bottoms, a plain black or red sweatshirt or hoodie, and plain black pumps or sensible trainers.

Please send children to school in school uniform on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Reading Books

Reading book change days are Mondays and Thursdays  only. This is so that we can quarantine the books for 72 hours before giving them to someone else. Please bring books in for changing on these days. 



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Contact the School

Castle Primary School and Nursery

Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire, ST7 4NE

If you wish to request a paper copy of information on our website please use the school email.

Main Contact: Miss J Mason

Tel: 01782 433218