It has been great to walk into the hall this week at lunchtime hearing the cheers from students as they support their house rowing team. Numerous students have demonstrated courage and confidence, not always feeling they were the best rowers in the school, but happy to have a go and win some points towards the House Championship. It is great to see the enthusiasm for the House competitions and the children were keeping fit as a by-product.
Next week we are excited to host a live virtual performance of Macbeth performed by the Globe Players. Year 10 and 11 will watch this on Wednesday morning and then be able to take part in a question and answer session
On the 15th December the Globe Players will then be performing the Christmas favourite, ‘A Christmas Carol’ for the whole academy which is something to look forward to.
Please remind your child about the importance of wearing their plain mask around the academy and using the one-way system appropriately to keep themselves, your family, staff and their family safe.
Have a lovely weekend,
Kind regards, Mrs Jones
We have introduced to our students over the past few weeks the CRA Honours programme, aimed at increasing our students' aspirations for academic excellence. Students have all academic year to strive to achieve their house honours and be awarded with the prestigious house honours badge. This is something we hope our students will show ambition to achieve and involves them completing all sorts of academic and enrichment challenges as seen in the photo.
We hope you can encourage your child to aim high and collect an application card from their Head of House. As well as an enormous sense of achievement, this award would afford them the opportunity to shine above other students when making applications to college and FE at the end of Year 11.
In the coming weeks every student will be sent a Curriculum Voice survey via email for each subject. Its important that they use their CRA email account when completing the survey.
If they try and access the survey when logged onto another Google Mail account it will return an error. The surveys will also be assigned as homework on the Student Portal.
Homework Submission - Student Portal
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
Labour Market Information could help your child plan a future career or identify a sector that is in demand.
What is Labour Market Information (LMI)?
Labour Market Information (LMI) effectively describes the world of work – ranging from descriptions of different careers, their entry routes, promotional prospects, salaries paid, skills and qualifications needed, etc. It includes reports, studies, statistics and other information about:
- The industry and sector growth and decline
- occupational information
- employment rates
- supply and demand of labour
- future labour trends
- wages and pay scales
Crucially for young people, LMI also covers future demand – is a useful tool to help:
- Research future jobs in the local area, understand the skills needed for certain roles.
- Identify what kinds of jobs will be in demand after leaving school and what kinds of skills will be needed. This may influence student choices about pathways to choose, for example a career in an up and coming industry will have many more opportunities than one without.
- Allow you to check out trends in a sector.
- Help you to identify sectors where there is growth and the possibility of jobs. Don't just look at the current situation but use LMI trends to help you to identify where the jobs may be in the future
- Will demonstrate to potential employers, your understanding of the environment in which they operate. Many employers comment on candidates' lack of knowledge about the sector or industry to which they are applying. As well as researching the job and the individual company, make sure you know what issues the sector is facing, who are the main organisations in the sector and what the future might hold for it.
- Help with interview questions, particularly regarding understanding the industry and what issues it may be facing and with that tricky question about "where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time"
Why is Labour Market Information (LMI) Important to Young People?
‘It is vital, in an environment where new industries are emerging and many of the most important jobs of the future don’t yet exist, that individuals have access to high-quality labour market information and earnings data to underpin their choices’. Anne Milton MP
Where can I find LMI Information?
Labour market trends Information from the Office for National Statistics
Labour market outlook Quarterly report on national LMI issues
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.
Attendance update 9th November-13th November
Aqua8 and Caeli7 had four days of 100% attendance last week which was celebrated in our house assemblies this week. Both Tutor Groups showing CRA values of Resilience and Courage.
Attendance update 16th November-20th November
Caeli8, Terra8 and Terra10 had four days of 100% attendance this week which is fantastic and this will be celebrated in our house assemblies next week. These Tutor Groups showing CRA values of Resilience and Courage.
The whole of Year 8 have had 100% arttenbdace for two days this week!
Medical Appointments during school time
Where possible, please arrange medical appointments outside of the academy day and if this is not possible, inform the Academy of any forthcoming appointments with medical evidence of the appointment for students record.
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.
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
‘Oarsome’ atmosphere at House Rowing
What a week it has been at Charles Read Academy. As we head into the final day of the House Rowing Competition there are so many house points to play for. Throughout the whole of this week students across all year groups have been representing their house teams in a series of individual and team relay races in the main hall.
The atmosphere has been electric as students chanted and cheered on their peers with the latest hits sounding in the background. Aqua dominated the first 2 days as they claimed victory in the year 7 & 8 events before Caeli pulled back a victory in the year 9 event and Terra putting a strong performance in yesterday during the year 10 round.
The final round today sees the year 11 students go head to head in what promises to be a closely contested set of races. Keep up to date with the results on the house championship social media platforms where a video of the action will follow the event. Good luck!
I'm a teacher get me out of here!
Its Back… On Friday 27th November 10 staff members at CRA will take to the stage to face a number of bush tucker trials in the hope of winning house points for their respective houses. Staff will take on a series of challenges including the infamous ‘CRA Shake’ and the ‘Bush Bonanza’.
Due to social distancing guidelines spectators in the hall will be capped with students seated within year group bubbles – students with 100% attendance and 0 behaviour points throughout next week will be offered the opportunity to attend. Keep an eye out on our social media pages throughout next week as we reveal the staff members taking part and the exciting challenges they will be facing.
House Christmas Party
Planning for Charles Read Academy’s annual House Christmas Party is well underway. Details of this year’s event will be revealed very soon.
House Championship Leaderboard
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
We are delighted to announce that we will be running the annual Santa Run in aid of the Inspiration Fund. 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.
Sponsorship forms along with a covering letter outlining the details of the event have been handed to students during tutor time. They have 1 week to fundraise for this event with sponsorship forms and money submitted before Friday 27th November. This is so we can order the Santa suits for the participants who have hit the following fundraising targets:
• Raise £5 and receive a Santa hat to run in
• Raise £10 and receive a full Santa suit and beard to run in
• Raise £15 and receive a full Santa suit, beard and medal at the end of the run.
• Raise £25 and students will receive all of the above plus entry for the Christmas Party (covers the cost of their Christmas dinner, Christmas Jumper Donation and Party Games)
PE Department Review
Key stage 3 students have returned after half term with a slightly new look to their PE lessons, they are now being taught in mixed gender groups, this allows pupils to integrate fully during PE lessons and work in differing groups. In Core PE lessons we work to develop not only our physical ability but a range of other areas. We call this 'Me in PE', as well as the Physical Me which looks to develop our skills, fitness levels and all-round performance, we also explore Thinking Me, Social Me and Personal Me. During Rugby lessons we have been working on our Personal Me attributes of Collaboration, Support and Communication, pupils have been working in small groups taking it in turns to effectively officiate and provide feedback on performance.
GCSE PE students have been busy since the start of the academic year, having completed unit 1 of 8 Health & Wellbeing which included Diet, Obesity and Physical, Mental and Social Wellbeing, they have now moved onto exploring the human anatomy in unit 2. This week the students were mapping out the skeleton, they used disposable overalls to draw the relevant bones into correct places, using prior knowledge from their homework to retrieve this information.
Retrieval makes up an important part of the GCSE PE curriculum, through regular retrieval practice and the much-enjoyed loop game, pupils are constantly revisiting former topics. As you can see from the picture of the end result the pupils managed to get all of the bones they need to know into the correct places. Over the coming weeks we will be returning to our overalls to add in more details including the major muscle groups in the body, attachment points and the structure of a synovial joint.
Mr Lovatt - Head of Visual and Performing Arts Faculty
Word of the Week
Mega: big (Greek word root)
Megabyte in computing, a unit of information equal to one million or, strictly, 1,048,576 bytes
Megalopolis a very large, heavily populated city or urban complex.
Megaton a unit of explosive power chiefly used for nuclear weapons, equivalent to one million tons of TNT.
Week commencing 23rd November
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 November 23rd - 11 times table
Week commencing November 23rd during period 1
Year 11 Focus
Another busy week for year 11s with most students receiving their exam results and knowing how to improve in their subjects.
Year 11 reports are due out shortly. They will include the student's mock grade and what they are predicted to achieve. It is important to realise that students will only reach their predicted grades if they complete all their homework and intervention.
We have created a homework / quiet study room for year 11s at lunchtime which they can use to do homework or revise, or sit quietly if they want, and this has had some good turn out. In the last 5 days year 11 have missed 101 homework's, this works out at 2.15 homework's per student. Each homework could be a potential mark, so it is vital that all their homework is completed. So far this Year 11 have missed 332 homeworks, on average 6.51 homeworks per student. This is obviously not going to help them pass their exams, and get the best possible grade to compete with students for places for college and work.
We have also created an extra intervention session for Travel and Tourism BTEC, to facilitate students catching up on their coursework and to get the extra support they need from a subject expert to achieve their target grades.
Some students were not clear about the equivalency of BTEC results so to help here is the following table:
- Level 1 Pass is equivalent to a grade 1 (or F grade in old GCSE)
- Level 2 Pass is equivalent to a grade 4 (or low C grade in old GCSE)
- Level 2 Merit is equivalent to a grade 5 (or high C grade in old GCSE)
- Level 2 Distinction is equivalent to a grade 7 (or A grade in old GCSE)
- Level 2 Distinction* is equivalent to a grade 8 (or A* grade in old GCSE)
I hope the reports are informative and allow you to have a fruitful discussion with your son/daughter in respect of their next steps; particularly with the next mock series beginning week commencing 11th January 2021.
Mr Young - Raising Standards Lead
As you will all be aware, the online world is posing an ever-increasing risk to children. It is therefore 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.
We are therefore delighted to announce that Charles Read Academy has shown our commitment to protecting our pupils online by working with National Online Safety to provide regularly updated online safety guides for all parents and carers.
To access over 100 guides on the latest social media channels, games and online safety topics, please follow this link, complete your details and select “I am a: Parent/Carer” to register your account.
Once you have registered, you will be able to access a wide range of useful guides to help you to understand what your child may be doing on the internet, what risks are associated and measures you can take to protect them.
National Online Safety release a brand-new guide weekly to help keep you regularly updated with what children may encounter online. This aims to help empower parents with the knowledge to protect their children from online risks and make informed decisions about their internet usage to ensure a safer online environment.
The Sporting Post
During this week of Rowvember we have managed to hit our School target of 120,000 metres! This means we have rowed around all the major monuments in Paris including the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum! We started at the Aéroports de Paris and finished at Disneyland Paris. This is a great accomplishment from the students and we can’t wait to see how many extra metres they can get over target!
If you are looking to purchase your child the new Charles Read Academy PE kit, now is the perfect time! Dreamsport are offering 25% off for the Black Friday Sales. Use the code at checkout to receive the discount. The link to the website is:
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:
- Careers Week - 23rd November
- I'm a Teacher...Get Me Out Of Here! Week - 23rd November
- Globe Players - Macbeth. Years 10 & 11 - Wednesday 25th November (periods 1&2)
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