CRA Newsletter - 23.04.2021 Half Term 5 - April 23rd 2021

Principal's Update

We have had a good first week back. The students have settled well and been very focused in lessons. I am very pleased that year 11 are working hard and are preparing well for their formal assessments which begin on the 10th May.

As you are aware we have been concentrating on careers as part of our school improvement journey. It is so important that students have opportunities to explore what they are good at and acknowledge where their strengths and areas for development lie, in order to help them think about suitable careers. It is vital that they are introduced to a real variety of careers and job roles as it is easy for us to limit ourselves to those we already know rather than exploring the huge range of new opportunities, many of which didn’t exist when I was at school or even 10 years ago.

We have focused on using webinars in curriculum lessons, webinars chosen to support our students’ aspirations, as well as speakers from a range of professions and further and higher education establishments. We have had a series of mock interviews, career meetings for all year 11 students with an independent careers’ advisor and we have our Careers’ Corner in this newsletter.

Over Easter, staff have worked hard to continue to improve our environment and there have been some new wall and window wraps installed. One of these is a careers’ wrap which plots the journey for our students through KS3 and KS4.

It outlines the skills and attributes which will stand a student in good stead in the world of work, details the support that we offer at CRA and suggests a range of career opportunities mapped to school subjects that students can then go and investigate. It is very informative and colourful. We have already had a number of students posing questions about some of the information there.

Now we are in the summer term and the weather has turned warmer students are permitted on the field. It as been lovely to see them playing football again and trying out some of the athletic field events that are featured in the Summer cup. More information about the Summer Cup and how it will run will follow in the coming weeks.

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Jones - Principal

Term Dates 2021-22

Please visit the CRA website to review the updated term dates for the next academic year.

Home Lateral Flow Testing

We would like students to perform tests on a Sunday and Wednesday evening, reporting the results via these links to both the NHS and also CRA.

Did you know that parents and support bubbles of school children, as well as anyone who has to leave home to go to work, can now get rapid Covid-19 tests twice a week. Order yours now here.

Further guidance from the Government and Department of Education in respect of home testing can be found below:

A copy of the risk assessment and privacy policy relating to Lateral Flow Testing can be found on the CRA website.

Mr Linforth - Academy Operations Manager

Training opportunities across David Ross Education Trust schools

At Charles Read Academy we are pleased to be a lead school of the East Midlands Hub of the National Mathematics and Physics SCITT (NMAPS) and the East Midlands & South Lincolnshire Hub of the National Modern Languages (NML) SCITT. We would like to share this with our school community, so that you and your wider network are aware of the teacher training opportunities in Mathematics, Physics or Modern Languages with our hub.

If you, or individuals within your wider network, are looking to change your career or have recently finished a university degree, this may be an amazing opportunity. Teaching offers the chance to inspire young people and enables you to give something back. As well as a chance to train within one of our academies, you will also have a chance to link up with other regional SCITT trainees. As part of your training, you will also be able to engage with networks within our dynamic and supportive professional subject communities.

Please review the attached letters and brochures for further details.

The Emotional Cup

Imagine that every child has a cup that needs to be filled with affection, love, security and attention. Some have a full cup for most of the time or know ways to get a refill. But often children can get a little nervous when their cup is nearing empty.

The image below gives an explanation on how this can present, what we can do to help fill the cup and what can contribute to emptying the cup.

CRA Values

In whole school assembly this week, Mrs Jones talked to the students about RESILIENCE and how resilience comes from thinking and action. We are constantly talking to our students in lessons about metacognitive strategies and THINK, PLAN, DO, REVIEW.

We want students to THINK through whatever it is that is proving a challenge; that may be an academic task or a conversation with friends or teachers, and PLAN how they need to approach it, asking for support where necessary. They then need to work on actually completing the challenge and what they would need to do to make it successful. Finally reviewing how it went. If it didn't go great or wasn't successful, why? and how can this be adapted next time?

Uniform expectations

It is vital that we ensure everyone is adhering to the Academy Uniform Policy - details of which can be found here.

Students without a medical note will go into IE for incorrect uniform.

Face Masks

Masks are required to be worn on all school transport, during lessons and communal indoor spaces. Please ensure you have a spare mask just in case it requires changing throughout the day. We appreciate that communication whilst wearing a mask can be tricky, so please see the poster below for tips on effective communication whilst wearing a mask.

Wearing a mask at school is compulsory, unless your child has a medical lanyard. Masks should be blue or black and plain and worn at all times whilst inside the school buildings. If a child refuses to wear their mask they will be sent to the COVID isolation room and parents will be called to collect them. This is a non-negotiable and for everyone's safety.

Careers' Corner

Welcome back everyone, I hope that you have all had a relaxing Easter break. I am sure that you will have all seen the fabulous wall covering on the stairs leading up to the Computer room from the Science and Technology Corridor, which shows you all of the stages that you will be travelling through in your time here at Charles Read Academy and beyond, which was put up during the break– please take the time to look at the brilliant graphics as you are moving around during the school day.

If there are any year 11 students who have not made their final destination choices, then there are options available here for you to look through. They still need to be virtual, but they will be useful for any students who have not decided on their destination. There will also be lots of information available about college life, along with live question and answer sessions about courses and apprenticeships. These are also ideal for year 10 students who are thinking about next year, and Year 9 when making option choices.

There is also information about the new college tours. As prospective students have not had the opportunity to come into the college for open days, this initiative gives people the chance to visit in small groups and ask any questions.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to come and speak to me.

Please visit the Careers' page on the CRA website for this weeks update and details of previous publications.

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

Mrs Rees - Careers' Lead

Thinking Ahead – My Future, My Choice

Attention Year 8 & Year 9!

  • What are your future plans & career possibilities?
  • What plans to do you have after you have completed your GCSEs?
  • Do you plan to go on to further/higher education? If so what courses might you study?
  • What career ideas do you have for the future at the moment?

In year 7, 8 and 9 you will be learning new skills and knowledge that will give you the confidence to help you plan your next steps. This process starts with your careers education in school which will encourage you to think about your strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. You will also start to make some important decisions that could influence your future career path as you will be choosing your subjects to study for GCSE. This process will begin for all Year 9 students early next year.

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 Construction’.

Mr Drumm - Assistant Principal

Attendance Update

School attendance is mandatory for all pupils from 8th March 2021.

Parents are reminded that pupils of compulsory school age must be in school unless a statutory reason applies.

You can only allow your child to miss school if either:

  • they’re too ill to go in
  • you’ve got advance permission from the school

if you’re having trouble getting your child to go to school, the school and local council can help.

The school will discuss attendance problems with you and should agree a plan with you to improve your child’s attendance.

Local councils and schools can use various legal powers if your child is missing school without a good reason. They can give you:

  • a Parenting Order
  • an Education Supervision Order
  • a School Attendance Order
  • a fine (sometimes known as a ‘penalty notice’)

You can be given one or more of these but the council does not have to do this before prosecuting you.

Tutor Group 100% attendance

Aqua10 have had 100% attendance every day this week – amazing!!! Well done Aqua10

Caeli7, Caeli8 and Aqua11 have all had 4 days of 100% attendance this week.

Year 8 have had 2 days of 100% attendance this week.

We are so proud of this achievement and this will be celebrated in our house assemblies next week. These Tutor Groups showing CRA values of Resilience, Courage, Aspiration and Ambition.

Holidays during term time

Holidays during term time are not authorised. If you wish to seek approval for any request of absence for your child from school, then you must apply in writing to the Principal, at least four weeks in advance of the request for absence.

The Holiday Warning letter has been sent to all parents/carers via email, MCAS and is on our school website.

If you then choose to take your child out of school during term time and it is not deemed to be exceptional circumstances and/or has not been approved by the school, then this will be coded as an unauthorised absence and a Fixed Penalty Notice will be issued for the period of absence. Failure to pay the Fixed Penalty may result in further legal action being taken against you.

If you need any further information regarding this, please contact school.

Reporting an absence to school

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.

Miss Butcher - Attendance Manager

House News

Welcome Back – What to look forward to in Term 5

It has been great to see students back at CRA after the Easter Holidays and we have so many exciting house competitions lined up this term, starting on Wednesday with Bottle Rockets. Other competitions this term include Dodgeball, Rounders, Sudoku and our very own version of ITV’s gameshow, The Cube. Heads of House and year group leaders will be selecting teams for each event so if you are interested in representing your house in any of the competitions then make sure you put your name forward.

An additional 500 house points are on offer this term for the house with the highest average attendance, so by attending school each day you are playing your part for your house! With only two more terms remaining Terra have a narrow lead – who will be champions?

House Poetry – Winners

Well done to students and staff who took time over the Easter Holidays to enter the house poetry competition. The theme of the competition was Resilience and following some tough judging it was Caeli who claimed victory thanks to Jake in year 8 with his poem on his skateboarding experience.2

Aqua finished in 2nd place with an entry by Jessica in year 7 and Terra finished 3rd overall with an entry from Bailie in year 9 who was selected for the top 3 places.

20 bonus points were awarded to Terra thanks to Mrs Dexter’s staff entry. Entries will be displayed on the house display boards in the HUB for all to read.

Bottle Rockets – Wednesday 28th May

Make sure you sign up for next week’s house competition, Bottle Rockets which will take place during lunch time on Wednesday 28th May. House teams are looking for one student from each year group and a member of staff to make up a team of 6.

Students and staff will work together to discuss the levels of water and air/pressure that should be applied to their chosen rockets. Once this has been decided the house Bottle Rockets will be fired with house points awarded to the rocket which travels the furthest. Good luck.

Mr Webb - Games Master

Young Geographer of the Year 2021

Remapping Our Lives

This year we are asking young people to create an annotated map which reveals how their lives have been shaped by the Covid pandemic.

We are looking for up to 10 KS3 students and up to 10 KS4 students.

Please speak to Mrs Cooper for further details on how to enter.

Mrs Cooper - Head of Humanities Faculty

Table Talk

In 2017, Prince Harry gave a powerful interview about mental health in which he opened up about how Princess Diana's (his mother's) death has affected him.

"I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12 and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had quite a serious effect on not only my personal life, but also my work as well. I know there's huge merit in talking about your issues and I wish I had more."

We would like you to think about this quote and discuss as a family how you access support and cope with difficult times. What resilience techniques do you use to help you, and do you know where to go if you want to talk?

Word of the Week

Magn: big (Latin word root)

  • Magnitude the great size or extent of something. This video explains how the Richter scale measures magnitude:
  • Magnanimous generous or forgiving, especially towards a rival or less powerful person.
  • Magnifying make (something) appear larger than it is, especially with a lens or microscope.

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 26th April - 12 times table

Accelerated Reader

Week commencing 26th April during period 3

Year 11 Focus

With just over a month and a half to go before year 11 students have completed their GCSE courses, they should be revising hard. Below is a brief summary of some important points to reflect on.

Mr Lovatt will continue to remind you about detailed revision techniques in Year 11 assembly.

7 Revision Tips to Help Prepare for Your GCSEs

  1. Set goals. Setting goals is a great place to start, as this will set the tone for the next month and a half. Use your metacognitive skills of Think Plan and Do to organise and undertake your revision. Then review how effective it was by trying some exam questions from your revision book, past papers or make some up yourself based on ones your teacher has set you in the past.
  2. Practice papers are your new best friend!
  3. Create a realistic revision timetable. Make sure you include time for your hobbies and where you have family time but make sure you plan in adequate revision sessions so that you can do yourself justice in the forthcoming formal assessments. In just over a month you will have finished your GCSE assessments. You need to make the most of this time in school and use your home learning time effectively.
  4. Understand the best revision strategy for you. Just reading through notes or highlighting sections is very unlikely to render good retrieval. You need to practise applying your knowledge.
  5. Make sure you take regular breaks and keep hydrated.
  6. Working in study groups can be an effective strategy as long as you stay focused on the work!
  7. Mix it up and try a range of different strategies.

Teen Support

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Feeling anxious and worried is a normal experience for children, but how do we know when it's becoming a serious problem and what can we do about it? Claudia Hammond in this podcast discusses these issues and more with expert Professor Cathy Creswell from the University of Reading, and Beckie, whose whole family was affected by her son's anxiety.

Dates for your diary

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


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