CRA Newsletter AutumN Term 1 - September 11th 2020

Principal's Update

It has been a busy first week at the Academy however I have been so impressed with the way our students have adapted to the new systems in place to protect themselves and others, and with how they have engaged with their lessons showing our CRA values of resilience and respect. As we have walked the Academy this week, we have seen much quality learning taking place.

The house system has brought us all together with our house assemblies focusing on that all important character trait of resilience. Year 7s experienced their first House assembly in the hall where as the other year groups experienced it virtually in their Tutor rooms. We also saw the introduction of our first competition, socially distanced House Limbo happening is next week which we are all looking forward to.

I am looking forward to seeing our enrichment sessions in action on Monday with our students now having completed their preference forms and the groups decided.

Please can I remind all parents and carers that your child must have a face mask to wear on our public transport. We have had communication this week from LCC that any instances where this is not the case must be reported to them.

Thank you for supporting us and working together to keep everyone safe.

I wish you and your family a lovely weekend.

Kind regards, Mrs Jones

CRA Values

This week the house assemblies have focused on giving our students the skills to be able to cope with adversity and build their resilience. As a school we feel particularly in these times that building this life skill with our young people is so important. This year we have introduced a Principal's Resilience Award which we will give to one student each half term. We have a big red display board in our hub area where a copy of the certificates will be displayed. We are supporting our students to build the 7 C's of Resilience. These are:

  • Choice not Chance
  • Competence
  • Coping
  • Confidence
  • Connection
  • Character
  • Contribution
Principal's Resilience Award

Curriculum Update

At CRA, we believe in the power of knowledge. In order to develop their understanding, our students need strong literacy skills as well as the core knowledge for each subject they are studying. We know that as our students deepen their understanding in each of their subject areas, then their love of learning and ambition for the future also grows. In Years 7 to 11 we have introduced Knowledge Organisers (KO) for each subject for each term/half term in order to ensure that our students are well-resourced for their learning. Knowledge Organisers are a summary of the key facts and essential knowledge that pupils need about a unit of work or a curriculum subject. In order to access these Knowledge Organisers, please visit the CRA website

Knowledge organisers for each subject can be accessed by clicking on each subject. These will be available from Tuesday 15th September

We are proud that CRA learners demonstrate these learning traits on a daily basis.

Career's Corner

Unifrog has been a major success this week for the year 11 students. They completed a personality and interests profile, as well as Post 16 intentions / pathways profile. Year 11's also started some meaningful careers discussions with their tutors, which was lovely to hear about.

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

Attendance Update

Contacting school to report an absence

We do understand that children become ill from time to time and, should your child be too ill to attend school, we ask that you please telephone school 01476 550333 and press one for Attendance line (24 hour answer machine) on the first day of absence before 9 a.m. giving your child's name, class and reason for the absence. You can also send an MCAS message to report an absence.

You should contact the school on each morning of any absence. You may receive a call back from our attendance manager or a home visit, to check all is ok, if no contact is made from home.

We will try and work with parents to ensure that all children are well supported on their return from absence. In the unusual instance that the school has reason to doubt the authenticity of an illness, we will always discuss this with you and may ask you to provide medical evidence – such as a doctor’s note – to corroborate the absence in question. We will not ask for medical evidence unnecessarily.

My child has a medical appointment. Can they be absent?

Medical appointments should not be taken during school time where possible. Where it is essential for an appointment to take place during the school day, we allow a two hour window for a child’s departure and return to minimise the disruption to learning. In these cases, please provide the school with sight of the child’s appointment letter or card.

Miss Butcher - Attendance Manager

House News

At Charles Read Academy we are passionate about supporting the local community and this term the community house competition links to the Harvest Festival, during the week commencing Monday 21st September. Over the next week we are encouraging students, staff and family members to get involved in this competition and support the local community by donating One Food Item, Long-Life product or Toiletry item per person from the household. During these unprecedented and challenging times this can make a huge difference to our community with the donations going to Grantham and Bourne Food Banks.

CRA Food Bank Donations 2019

The house with the most donations will be awarded 1st place and there will be house boxes on the stage in the main hall for items to be donated.

There are over 30 House Competitions scheduled to take place throughout this year with lots of opportunities for all to get involved in. Check out some of the competitions and when they are scheduled to take place.

House Competitions 2020-21

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

Staff Spot

Over the coming weeks we will introduce you to the newest members of the team here at CRA. This week its the turn of Miss Dickson our Sports Enrichment

I was the Sports Enrichment Officer at Barnes Wallis Academy last year and I will be carrying on this role as well as teaching girls PE this year. I have been playing Netball for as long as I can remember and throughout School/College I played various sports. I’m hoping to give the same opportunity to Charles Read students this year.

Miss Dickson- Sports Enrichment Officer (SEO)

Table Talk

Following on from our house assembly theme, the question for dinner conversations this week is:

What does it mean to be resilient and why does it matter?

Word of the Week

Astro: star (Greek word root)

Astronomy the branch of science which deals with celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole.

Astrophysics the branch of astronomy concerned with the physical nature of stars and other celestial bodies.

Astronaut a person who is trained to travel in a spacecraft.

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 September 14th 6 times table

Accelerated Reader

All students in KS3 now have now been issued their accelerated reader books. We will start our Accelerated Reader sessions next week period 2, with all KS3 students having time to read. Students must remember to quiz their accelerated reader books, and they will get more details about this next week in assembly and in their English lessons.

Week commencing September 14th during period 2

Year 11 Focus

A fantastic start for year 11, with students showing mature attitudes to their studies. Our Intervention sessions to support catch up the work missed during lockdown started with students doing work in small groups in Maths, English, Science, French, History and Geography.

We had a virtual study skills evening on Wednesday night with the heads of Maths, English and Science explaining how to revise effectively in their subjects and thanks to the parents and students who gave up their time to watch that. You can watch a video of the presentation on this YouTube link.

Teen Support


It can sometimes be difficult to speak to a young person about whether or not they are worried. Often, they’ll avoid talking about their anxieties, but if you can get them to speak to you, that’s a really positive step.

Pick an appropriate time to talk to them about it. If they’re in an emotional or upset state, it’s probably not the best time. Often, a walk or a car journey can be good if your child is calm and is in a space where there aren’t too many distractions.

Explain to them that any worry they have is important. No worries are silly. If they have a worry, let them know that you want to be able to try and help. Reassure them that you won’t go off and tell anyone they don’t want to know, and that you wouldn’t do anything to tackle their worry that they didn’t want you to do.

Remember, anxiety is really treatable. Many young people experience high levels of anxiety, which cause them to struggle to get into school or stay in contact their friends, but it’s possible for them to overcome this. So please do access support via your GP, the school or via a specialist service if it is needed.

The Sporting Post

Table Tennis Performance Centre

This year we have welcomed two new Table Tennis scholars to our academy. Adam and Jake are both Year 10 students and they are both settling in well. They join Raquel who is in her final year at our academy. All of our scholars have been hard at work since the first day of the academic year. They have been taking place in training sessions led by specialist staff from the Grantham College Table Tennis Performance Centre. These are some of the highest regarded coaches in the country. Due to current restrictions and logistics most of their training has taken place at Grantham College but we have been lucky enough to see videos on social media. Most recently, we saw them take part in a one-to-one session with Vidal Graham, the head coach at Grantham College. We would recommend visiting our Table Tennis Performance Centre Instagram and Twitter pages (@CRA_TTPC) for regular updates and videos.

Jake & Adam - our new TT Scholars

Sports Enrichment

Our enrichment programme starts on 14th September. Students will then have the opportunity to take part in sports sessions every Monday and Tuesday after school. We will be offering a variety of sports such as Football, Netball, Rugby, Hockey and Rowing. In the coming weeks, students will be able to take part in after school clubs every day but for now, we are limiting it to the compulsory 2 days a week. We will inform you once these changes are made.

We hope fixtures against local schools and DRET academies will resume later this year. This week students have been able to play Football and Netball. Either in their PE lessons or at lunchtime, whilst staying within their year group bubbles. This has created a sense of normality at Charles Read. We cannot wait to get back to normal and be offering a much broader enrichment programme.

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 next week include:

  • House Competition - Limbo Week
  • Friday September 18th - Inspiration Awards


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