CRA Newsletter - 04.12.20 AutumN Term 2 - December 4th 2020

Principal's Update

It has been a great week at CRA with lots of successes for the students. I have seen them working very hard on Key stage 3 assessments and getting down to work within 90 seconds of entering the classroom maximising their learning time.

Students are very excited for today’s ‘I’m a Teacher get me out of here’ and those students with 100% attendance and no negative behaviour points have been given VIP passes to attend the House competition.

Obviously, we are now in December so our Rovember challenge is over. Miss Dickson, one of our PE staff enthusiastically shared that our academy, ‘Smashed the academy target’. I was really proud to see the dedication, energy and motivation of our students who were determined to do well for themselves and their houses.

There have been some great keyboard performances in Year 7 Music this week and I know our Year 10 History students really demonstrated the 7Cs of resilience, (coping, challenge, contribution, connection, competence, character and choice, not chance) when completing their first GCSE style assessment, which they did well.

I think many of our community are starting to feel excited about Christmas and I know we have a number of festive activities to look forward to over the next two weeks. I hope your Christmas holiday preparations are going well under the challenging circumstances and that you are able to get some quality time with friends and family, within your Christmas bubble over the festive period.

Kind regards, Mrs Jones

CRA Values

This week in assembly we discussed with students about the importance of whole class feedback supporting their progress and helping them develop their resilience. Our 7 C's of Resilience are such important life skills in developing our students into being more resilient and having the perseverance to keep going when they are finding something difficult, in and out of the classroom.

Curriculum Update

Work during "Covid Isolation"

If a student is in an enforced period of isolation after coming into contact with someone, or are unable to come in due to having symptoms of their own, they can still access their lessons. The Lockdown Curriculum map is available on the CRA website. The lesson plans module on Student Portal will also show them the current position their classmates are studying on a particular day.

Accessing the Curriculum

In order to make sure our students achieve their potential and consolidate learning from the classroom we need to improve the rate of homework submission.

So that you can continue to support your child with their homework, we kindly ask that you:

  • Check Student Portal on a regular basis with their child.
  • Engage with your child about their homework, take an interest and offer support, where possible.
  • Support your child by testing memory recall and supporting information retrieval.
  • Wherever possible ensure that they have a suitable and quiet place to complete the homework.
  • Raise concerns with their form tutor or subject teacher if you are worried about your child’s homework.
  • Speak to the academy if there is an issue with IT or Student Portal.
  • Request that your son/daughter be assigned to an ‘Academic Prep’ in the event that they need further support.

Homework is important at all stages in your child’s education and when used properly, it extends the challenge open to them and ensures that teaching time is used to maximise effect. It also makes a significant contribution to the development of independent learning.

Mr Drumm - Assistant Principal

Career's Corner

Lincolnshire NHS Talent Academy Virtual Event

The Lincolnshire NHS Talent Academy have organised a virtual event on 5 - 6 December which is free for parents/carers and students to join. The event offers an insight into health and care careers and the sessions are shown below.

To book a place click here.

Year 7, 8 and 10 have been involved with a virtual webinar this week delivered by Allied Health Professionals delivering information about jobs in the NHS- so please ask your child about this at home this week end.

Careers Ideas

Each week we will show you examples of the various careers linked to the subject you are studying. This week’s career idea is ‘Jobs related to Catering’.

Click on BBC bitesize for some useful and practical information about post 16 choices.

Watch this space for future updates concerning careers or visit the CRA website Careers Support pages.

Mrs Rees & Mrs Ludlam - Careers

Attendance Update

Covid Positive Cases

Should your child or a member of your family receive a positive Covid result, it is essential that you make the school aware immediately. You can contact us on 01476 550333 in the first instance or by email enquiries@charlesreadacademy.co.uk or on the MCAS app.

If it is outside of normal working hours, please try calling us or send us an email/MCAS message. These messages are monitored outside of hours so we will see them before the start of the following school day.

It is imperative that we are aware of positive results as soon as possible in order that we can alert those who may have come into contact, to avoid students unnecessarily travelling to school if they need to isolate.

Update 30th November - 4th December

Caeli7 and Caeli8 have had five days of 100% attendance this week which is amazing and this will be celebrated in our house assemblies next week. These Tutor Groups showing CRA values of Resilience and Courage.

Why do I need to contact school each day of absence?

During school hours, we as a school have a responsibility for the safeguarding of your child. This duty continues even if your child is at home unwell. Contacting us daily is not just about letting us know your child will not be attending school, it is also an opportunity for us to stay in touch, make sure you are all safe and offer any support you may need. If you do not contact school on the day of absence, this will prompt school to try to contact you. If phone, MCAS, email or text contact is not successful, a home visit may be attempted. Please do keep us informed of your child’s whereabouts and wellbeing.


Please ensure you have checked and updated your parental consents on My Child at School. There have been some recent updates including the permission to allow us to teach your children remotely via Teams if we are forced to close a bubble of students due to Coronavirus.

We celebrate attendance at Charles Read Academy:

  • By awarding 100% attendance through our attendance raffle for a free lunch for KS3 and KS4 each week.
  • Students with 100% attendance receive 10 reward points weekly.
  • By sending a MCAS message home every week to all 100% attendance students.
  • By awarding individual certificates to individual children who have 100% for each term.
  • By awarding academy certificates to individual children who get 100% attendance for the whole academic year (September to July).
  • Celebrating and rewarding the success of those who have gained the most improved attendance throughout the academic year.

Coronavirus Symptoms

If you are uncertain about what actions to take when it comes to Covid symptoms and whether you should send your child to school, please review the attached letter from Public Health England, and posters below.

Miss Butcher - Attendance Manager

House News

Santa Run

We are absolutely delighted to announce that the wonderful CRA Community have raised over £2500 for the DRET Inspiration Fund through the upcoming Santa Run. There is still one week left to raise funds and take part with the deadline set to submit Santa Run sponsorship on Friday 11th December. Unfortunately the deadline to order Santa suits has passed, however students can complete the run in either their PE Kit or own Christmas Jumper. Students who raise over £25 will still gain free entry to the House Christmas Party.

The Santa Run was a great success last year, with over 2,700 students and staff across the trust (and one Olympic Champion) participating, raising over £30,000 to support DRET to continue delivering there excellent Enrichment Programme which our students benefit from. The event will take place in the morning of Wednesday 16th December and is open to staff and students to participate in.

Different to last year, this year’s Santa Run will be run in school bubbles with final details to be confirmed once we have the numbers of participants.

I'm a Teacher, Get Me Out of Here - TODAY

It is finally here, Im a Teacher Get Me Out of Here takes place at Charles Read Academy this afternoon as 9 staff take to the stage to take on 5 trials in front of a live audience of students. It is going to be amazing – VIP Tickets to the event have been issued to students who achieved 100% attendance and 0 negative behaviour points this week and been granted priority to the event.

You can keep up to date with the action by following us on twitter or Instagram as we release photos throughout the afternoon.

Representing their houses are Miss Brealey, Mrs Coleman, Mr Linforth, Mrs Fuller, Mr Simmons, Mrs Moore, Mr Addlesee, Mrs Spilberg and Mr Sellars. Good Luck!

House Christmas Party

We are extremely delighted to announce details for the upcoming House Christmas Party, which will take place over two separate afternoons this year.

Despite the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 we are pleased to still be able to deliver an exciting and importantly, a safe party for our students to enjoy with staff and friends, while adhering to guidelines and maintaining year group bubbles.

There is a twist to this year’s Christmas Dinner as we serve up our very own CRA Festive Burger with Curly Fries, followed by Mince Pie, Chocolate Log and Ice Cream. The Festive Burger is not to be missed and consists of Chicken Breast, topped with Bacon, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce (Optional) and Gravy (Optional) served with a substantial portion of curly fries. There is a vegetarian alternative available also.

Tickets to attend our Christmas Party are available from the school office at a cost of £5. This includes Christmas Dinner, opportunity to wear Christmas Jumpers with £1 donation to ‘Save The Children’ charity, entry into the CRA Xmas Prize Draw and participation in our very own Christmas games. Please note that students who have raised over £25 of the Santa run receive a free ticket to the Christmas Party. Tickets for FSM students cost £2.

The deadline to hand your money to the office and confirm your place is Thursday 10th December.

We look forward to seeing you at the Christmas Party.

Tutor Christmas Trees

Today Heads of House have been issued with tutor group Christmas Trees. Students have 2 weeks to collectively come up with a theme and decorate ready to bring to the house Christmas party banquet. Christmas trees will be judged with the best decorated tree receiving the lion share of 100 house points. If you have any creative ideas remember to share with your form tutor and discuss with your tutor group. Good Luck and get decorating!!

For regular updates and all the latest house news and action from competitions follow us on Twitter and/or Instagram @CRA_HouseChamp

Mr Webb - Games Master

Maths Department Review

Since the last maths department update Year 11 have completed their first series of mock examinations. The papers show how hard students have worked since returning in September and we have all been impressed by the resilience they have shown when tackling the exams. As a result of the analysis we have done on the papers we have now launched the maths module of Tassomai with all Year 11 students. The Tassomai maths module will improve students recall of key core facts and skills which we will feed directly into student ability to apply this knowledge to solve more complex mathematical problems. The expectation is that students are completing 4 daily challenges over a rolling seven day period.

Next week sees the department switch gear with our Year 7,8 & 9 classes as we delve deep into the world of finance. During the course of the week we will be doing a series of lessons where we investigate key financial skills such as budgeting, how the tax system in the UK works and how are taxes are calculated.

Mr Allen - Head of Maths Faculty


Since launching Tassomai back in September we have been seeing a real improvement already in many students ability to recall information, with many often saying ‘ I know this because I did it on Tassomai ’. This is leading to students gaining confidence and feeling fantastic as they are seeing first hand how the homework being set is supporting them make progress in lesson. We do however still have a number of students who are not using Tassomai as required. Each student needs to completing 4 daily goals in a week, these are monitored every Thursday immediately after school so we advise students to make they are done before Thursday. We would like to take the time to ask that you support us supporting your child to make progress and enter into conversation with them about using Tassomai, perhaps you could even ask to take a look at their learning tree - this maps out visually the students understanding and knowledge based upon Tassomai usage, it grows over time as they strengthen and secure key information.

We currently have about 180 students who are engaged which is brilliant but that does leave about 80 who are not yet using it as we require. Parent reports have been slightly delayed launching, but they should go live very soon. Please remember it is not too late sign up.

Mr Drumm - Assistant Principal

Table Talk

On the first of December, we started our 'Attitude of Gratitude Advent' at CRA. Each day we give thanks for something or someone in the Academy and all students discuss this in tutor time. Also in tutor time students have been writing individual thank you notes to members of staff from cleaners to support staff, canteen staff to teachers. Be respectful is one of our 3 school rules (be safe, be ready, be respectful) and we believe it is so important to show respect for ourselves as well as for others. This is one way we are promoting this. Please do ask your children about what they have been thankful for this week over the dinner table this weekend.

National Online Safety

The online world is posing an ever-increasing risk to children, and it is important that schools, parents and carers work together to take an active role in teaching children about online dangers.

Learning how to act safely when using the internet is an incredibly important part of safeguarding our children, especially at a time when lockdowns mean children’s access to technology is greater than ever before.

We are therefore delighted to announce that Charles Read Academy have shown our commitment to protecting our pupils online by working with National Online Safety- providing resources for all of our school community.

National Online Safety are offering all parents at David Ross Education Trust schools the opportunity to win a £50 Amazon voucher if they sign up to NOS before Christmas!

The resources include age specific Parents & Carers videos (presented by Myleene Klass), and weekly guides on the latest social media channels, apps and online safety topics to keep you up to date with the latest risks that children are exposed to online. This covers a huge range of important topics, including:

You can access National Online Safety via any device - including via the brand-new NOS smartphone app. To download the app, please go to:

Alternatively, please create your account by following this link.

Word of the Week

Path, suffering, sickness, disease (Greek word root)

Pathology the science of the causes and effects of diseases, especially the branch of medicine that deals with the laboratory examination of samples of body tissue for diagnostic or forensic purposes

Empathy the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Psychopath mental illness or disorder.

Week commencing 7th December

Times Tables

At the end of all lessons students stand behind their chairs in silence to prepare for themselves for the next lesson. From September, on a weekly rota, Years 7 and 8 will be reciting their timetables to help embed them in their long term memory.

Week commencing 7th December - 8 times table

Accelerated Reader

Week commencing 7th December during period 3

Year 11 Focus

A reminder to all year 11s that the touchstone exams are the second week back after the Christmas break. All year 11s should know which key areas they struggled with in their last mocks and should have completed independent study to improve those topics. All year 11s should be able to tell anyone who asks, which areas they need to concentrate on to improve in their exams.

Please make sure that all year 11s have a revision book for all their subjects, this is vital to help them self-study at home. They should be using these after every set of mocks to improve.

G7 is open every lunchtime for year 11's to have somewhere to do homework or quiet study, so there is no excuse for incomplete homework, however, last week Year 11's missed 88 pieces of homework, that's 1.87 pieces per student. We realise that it is a difficult time and there is a lot of work on, but it is important that they use this time effectively and ask for support when needed

Mr Young - Raising Standards Lead

Teen Support

Social Media

There have been some distressing videos circulating on social media recently. It is important that children and young people feel confident in disclosing to adults when they see or experience something which upsets them or makes them feel uncomfortable – whether that is to talk to a trusted teacher, family member or through Childline or Kooth. We would encourage you to be mindful that this sort of thing exists and to always be available to talk about it and reassure them, and to always discuss when they feel uncomfortable online.

Below are some support websites on parental controls for apps such as YouTube, Netflix, Xbox, PlayStation and a variety of other popular services presented by Internet Matters and also a reminder that TikTok has recently updated their parental controls so parents/carers can have more control over what their children are doing online.

Click here for info on how to 'pair' an account (to allow monitoring) on TikTok.

The Sporting Post

Virtual DRET Rowing Cup

On Wednesday, selected students took part in the DRET Rowing Cup virtually. Nine other DRET schools took part, with over 100 participants rowing for each year group. This year students had to do their timed rows and then patiently wait for the top 3 rowers to be announced from DRET.

Every single student who represented Charles Read did exceptionally well, with over 90% of them beating their personal bests. A special mention to Isobel G and Nichola S in Year 8 who placed 1st and 3rd in their race! We are so proud of every student that took part, all showing incredible resilience when the race started to become tough.

Overall we placed 7th out of 10 schools and were 3rd place for the Sporting Progress Award. This is a phenomenal achievement for the school and wouldn’t have been possible without our students, thankyou and well done again.

For regular updates from the PE department, follow our Twitter and Instagram Pages (@sportatcra).

Dates for your diary

Please click on the parent calendar to see the full list of upcoming events and activities at CRA

Highlights at the start of next term include:

  • Year 7 - Virtual Parents Evening - click here for details
  • Live performance of A Christmas Carol - Tuesday 15th December
  • Christmas Party: KS4 - Tuesday 15th December.
  • Christmas Party: KS3 - Wedensday 16th December
  • Santa run - Wednesday 16th December


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