All dates for the school year are available from the office. Please check with the school office if you are unsure.

A member of the Senior Leadership is always on the door at the beginning of the day to take messages, or to talk to.

A member of the teaching staff is always available on the playground at the end of the day.


Homework is set regularly from Year 2 upwards and is set EVERY week.

Ways you can help:

  1. Remind your child and ask what the homework is on a Thursday when they come out of school.
  2. Help your child to bring in the homework on Tuesday by putting a reminder on the fridge!
  3. Set a regular time for your child to do their homework.
  4. Help them by talking about it.


Reading is an important way your child can progress their learning at home.

At Castledown we have the Oxford Reading Tree scheme which has reading hints to books inside the front cover. We also use Read, Write, Inc books to support phonics and reading. Children can also borrow books from our library and we strongly recommend that each child is a member of the local library where they can borrow up to 20 books.

Ways you can help:

  1. Read to your child regularly.
  2. Have books in the house.
  3. Listen to your child read at least once a week.
  4. Make reading part of a bedtime routine.
  5. Join the local library and make it a trip destination.


Spellings are set EVERY week for Year 2 children upwards. The spellings are assessed for every child on an individual basis. Spellings are set based on patterns of letters that they got wrong in a test.

Ways you can help:

  1. Encourage your child to
    1. LOOK at the word;
    2. SAY the word;
    3. COVER the word;
    4. WRITE the word in joined up handwriting and
    5. CHECK the word.
  2. Help your child to write the word in a sentence so that they know what it means.
  3. Make spellings part of a morning routine.

Times tables

Most children know the capital of England is London. When you ask them they can give you the answer quickly. We would like the times tables to be similarly learnt and speed of recall can be practised and improved.

The children who learn the times tables a few facts at a time and practise recalling those facts quickly are generally confident and more successful at Maths.

You can help by:

  1. Picking three times tables facts for your child to learn
  2. Testing them over breakfast or on the walk to school
  3. Keep revisiting those facts
  4. Keep picking new facts until all of them are learnt.

Our top rhyming times table fact:

Lets go to pic ‘n’ mix
7 times 8 is 56