CRA Newsletter - 06.11.20 AutumN Term 2 - November 6th 2020

Principal's Update

The Year 11 students have been really focused this week demonstrating maturity in the way they have approached their mock exams. These assessments finish next week. Once staff have marked and analysed the papers, we will have a very clear picture of the gaps in knowledge in relation to the particular papers sat. Staff will then amend their planning for lessons and intervention sessions to further support student progress.

There are proposed changes to the 2022 admissions policy being consulted upon at present. The proposed policy and consultation document are available on the CRA website. Closing date for comments is 14th December 2020.

I am pleased to say that we do not have any cases of COVID in the school and staff and students have adapted well to the mandatory wearing of masks in corridors and social spaces.

We are looking forward to our Remembrance Day assembly next Wednesday when students who are service cadets can wear their uniform to school. We will not be walking down to the memorial as a whole academy due to the pandemic but those that have fought in wars and conflicts across the world will be in our thoughts.

I hope you have a restful weekend

Kind regards, Mrs Jones

CRA Values

Introducing our new Head Boy and Head Girl

Raquel & Ciaran - CRA's new Head Girl and Head Boy

It is a privilege to introduce myself to you as Head Boy at CRA. Most of you will know me from my role as Aqua House Captain but for those of you who don’t, Hello! My name is Ciaran Healy and I have been a CRA student since Year 7. Over the past 4 years I have enjoyed many great opportunities, in particular the visit to outward bounds activity centre, learning to work as a team and developing skills to be an effective leader, as well as having fun! These skills are invaluable to my role as Head boy. I value my education and our school community, and as Head boy I aspire to be part of an effective leadership team supporting and working among the whole school community to create the best environment for everyone. My passion and strength can be found in the Science department, and in the future, I will be pursuing a career in the challenging but rewarding field of medicine with the aim to better quality of life. I look forward to embracing my role as Head boy and am excited for the year ahead. I know it’s going to be greatly rewarding to fulfil my duties by role modelling the brilliance of CRA and our CRA values, in particular Aspiration. I have a profound sense of belief that every person should have a goal in life and it’s my mission to help in any way possible to ensure they’re achieved. I’m certainly not one for hand crafting motivational speeches but if there was one thing, I could implore you all is: DREAM, BELIEVE and ACHIEVE. thank you very much everyone!

My name is Raquel São Pedro and I’m originally from Portugal, I moved to England in 2016 and joined CRA in 2018 to be part of the Table Tennis programme. Since my first day here I’ve always felt part of this academy and was welcomed with open arms by all the students and staff members. My aspirations are to continue my table tennis career after I finish secondary school and once I finish college, go abroad to play with a professional contract! I want to follow the sport pathway, anything to do with sport I’m always interested in. I always aspire to be the best version of myself and the CRA value of Aspiration is really important to me, as is Resilience, as its really important to be able to bounce back and try again in life. I love challenges and in year 9 I was Summer Cup Captain, in year 10 I was Vice-Captain for Terra House and this year I am grateful to be Head Girl. I decided I wanted to take on this challenge because I believe it will help me build my character, develop my public speaking skills, help me understand situations from different points of views and just help me grow overall, whilst helping others to grow too! I was really happy when I found out that I got chosen as Head Girl for 2020-21. I’m grateful for being given this opportunity and will do everything to ensure I’m fulfilling my role to the best of my ability. My role was announced last Monday morning and for the rest of the day when the other students crossed paths with me they all made sure to congratulate me and the staff members assured me of how proud of me they were and this shows how much CRA is not only an academy but also a big family with 3 houses but 1 community.

Curriculum Update

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.

To 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

Choices at Key stage 3

Key Stage 3 can seem extremely early to start considering life after school. But developing your skills and interests now will help you have a better understanding of the path you wish to follow in the future. Please keep in mind some of the following points, in order to help you to make the best choices.

Key Stage 3 is the perfect time for you as students to start considering what you are good at and what you enjoy. Students who have a better idea of themselves now will be able to make more informed decisions about their future further down the line.

To help you to do this, create a mindmap of your favourite subjects and hobbies. Then discuss how you could possibly pursue these interests further. For example, a pupil who likes animals could volunteer for a day at an animal shelter.

At this stage you do not need to have a clear cut plan for your future, but it will help if you have thought about your likes and dislikes, and those subjects which you may wish to take forward to Key stage 4.

Towards the end of Key Stage 3, all students will be required to choose the subjects they wish to take at GCSE. Your subject choices at GCSE will have an impact on the courses you are able to study in Sixth Form, and therefore will affect the path that you will take after school. Taking a range of GCSE subjects - including a mixture of sciences, humanities, languages and technology subjects will allow you to keep Sixth Form choices open.

Reading is of course useful for all ages. At Key Stage 3, reading outside of school will allow you as students to further explore your interests.

Finding reading material which appeals to your interests at this early stage is key. For pupils interested in History, perhaps try some historical fiction; the more scientifically-minded students could look at sci-fi or dystopian future novels.

Key Stage 3 is also a great time to introduce yourself to current affairs. Keeping yourself up to date with the news will help you to understand how your studies relate to the world around you.

Additional Resources

For information about sixth form courses, please visit the Walton Academy website for more details on their Virtual Open Evening on 24th November 2020 at 6pm.

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

Careers Week

Don't forget its our Careers Week starting 23rd November, where all year 11s will have a mock interview with local business leaders. In preparation they should be creating a CV using this template.

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

Attendance Update


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

Halloween Hype Hits CRA

Students and staff at CRA took part in two Halloween themed house competitions over half term, sending in photos of their pumpkin carvings and Halloween costumes.

Chloe (year 10) and her families entries

Entries have been judged and results for this competition will be released on Monday during the whole school assembly. The competitions is worth 185 points and the top 3 student, staff and family entries will be revealed. Good Luck!

Term 2 Competitions

There are lots of exciting house competitions scheduled to take place this term as we welcome back some CRA House Classics, including ‘Im a Teacher Get Me Out of Here’, ‘NOW’ Music Quiz and Christmas Party with lots of festive games. More details and team selections will be shared during house assemblies over the coming weeks.

House Championship Leaderboard - Aqua on top

Despite an excellent start to the house championship by Caeli it is Aqua who top the House Leader board after term 1s round of competitions. Caeli picked up the majority of points throughout the individual competitions but due to term 1 attendance figures it was Aqua who claimed 250 points with an overall house attendance of 95%. Caeli have to settle in 2nd place, for the time being, and Terra in 3rd. This late change at the top of the leader board highlights the importance of the academic competitions, which are worth a huge 500 points. Aqua were in this position this time last year but will they be able to keep hold of their lead?

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

Science Department Review - Term 1

Self- regulation: Helping our pupils direct their own learning

Several large educational studies show strong links between self-regulation and attainment in science. In addition there are intervention studies, testing the impact of programmes aimed at improving self-regulation, which show improvements in science outcomes.

In the science department we are using specific strategies to develop these skills in science lessons. These include encouraging students to model their own thinking and also engaging students in metacognitive talk.

To develop these skills we are embedding metacognition into specific tasks such as extended writing and maths in science.

Mr Drumm - Head of Science & Technology Faculty

Table Talk

This week's Character assembly has been focused on one of the 7 C's of Resilience - Connection.

We would love you to take some time this weekend to talk about how each of you in your family make a difference, maybe discuss some famous people too - how do you feel they make a difference to your life and the lives of others?

Word of the Week

Mania: madness, insanity (Greek word root)

Pyromania an obsessive desire to set fire to things.

Kleptomania a recurrent urge to steal, typically without regard for need or profit.

Maniac a person exhibiting extremely wild or violent behaviour.

Week commencing 9th November

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 November 9th - times table

Accelerated Reader

Week commencing November 9th during period 4

Year 11 Focus

This week has been mock exam week, and I am so proud that we have had such amazing behaviour and attendance from year 11. With the current global situation, let alone normal cold and flu season, I was concerned that there would be a lot of absence in these exams and students would have to catch up the time but in fact year 11 have made a monumental effort to be in school and be ready for their exams.

The exams' officer has told me that the behaviour from this group of year 11s is the best in any mock exam session we have had which shows how seriously the students have taken their exams.

The wait for your exam results is always stressful, and students often worry too much about their grade rather than what to do to improve. It is important that once results are in they are seen as a spring board to the next set of assessments. Students need to think about each topic in the exam as "green" (topics they are confident with and don't need to revise), "amber" (topics they are still not confident on and make mistakes, which revision and practice will sort) and "red" (topics that they need teacher support on).

The teachers will help students with the "red" topics and they can focus their revision on the "amber" topics to get practice and improve their grades.

Mr Young - Raising Standards Lead

Teen Support

Healthy Minds Lincolnshire have put together some great resources for Parents which include support for topics such as behaviour, communication, sleep, eating, exercising, relaxing, online safety and LGBTQ.

We hope you also find these pages a useful support now and in the future.

The Sporting Post


From next week we will be starting Rowvember, this is where we try to Row as far as we can during November. Throughout this month there will be a House competition, staff vs students and a whole school challenge for everyone to get involved in. We have set a target of 120km for staff and students to hit by the end of the month.

DRET Ultimate Athlete Challenge

We have launched the DRET Ultimate Athlete Challenge here at Charles Read Academy. This challenge includes 8 different activities for students to undertake for 30 seconds and record their best score. They can try the challenges as many times as they want and have until the 16th December to complete their score cards!

These activities must be witnessed by a staff member or recorded if they’re completed at home. An UnderArmour prize and trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring male and female in the trust!

All the activities can be found on Youtube under ‘DRET Ultimate Athlete’. If you would like a scorecard please see Miss Dickson, have fun and good luck!

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 11 mock exams end on 9th November (catch up exams on 10th)
  • Careers Week - 23rd November


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