Oaks Bulletin 4.5.21

Dear Parents/Carers,

It feels as though this half term is passing at a very fast pace as there is so much going on at The Oaks Academy.  We hope that you are feeling refreshed after the bank holiday weekend and you and your children are looking forward to a term packed with a range of great learning activities, events and experiences.

In the coming weeks we will be hosting a number of events for parents and students including; information evenings for new Year 7 parents, Year 9 GCSE Options Evening, GCSE sample lessons as part of Year 9 taster day, and National Citizenship Service celebratory week for Year 11 after they have completed their in school assessments.  We will also be welcoming our upcoming Year 6 within the academy for their New Intake Day on 28th June 2021.

We hope you enjoy reading this bulletin and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have a special mention or event that may be of interest to our community.

Kind regards,

Peter Kingdom

Academy Updates

Who's in the Spotlight?

Literacy at The Oaks Academy

Year 9 Options

Maths and all things Number

Celebrations and Achievements

Academy Updates

Lateral Flow Testing

Last week students were given another supply of home testing kits.  These tests need to be completed twice a week and all results must be communicated to NHS through track and trace.  Any positive results must be communicated to The Oaks Academy without delay.

Please visit our Lateral Flow Testing page for further information. 

www.theoaksacademy.co.uk/lateral-flow-testing/

Lateral Flow Testing Information

Mobile Phones

Polite reminder that students are not allowed to use their mobile phones within school.  We understand that students may bring them to travel to and from school but they must be turned off and placed in their bag for the duration of the school day.  This includes all social times. 
 
If a pupil is seen using a mobile phone the phone will be stored safely by staff and available for collection at the end of the school day.  If this is a repeat occurrence a parent will be contacted to collect the device.
 
Thank you for your continued support.
 

HPV Vaccination – 11th May

On Tuesday 11th May the school nursing team will be in school delivering Year 8 HPV Vaccinations.  If you are yet to return your child’s form please do so as soon as possible.

Please follow the link to read more information from the school nursing team: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hpv-vaccine-vaccination-guide-leafletYou can also contact them by phoning School health on 0300 123 4578, leaving your name and number and we shall return your call.

HPV Vaccinations will be delivered on 11th May http://www.theoaksacademy.co.uk/calendar/hpv-vaccinations-2/

New LGBTQ+ Club

Starting Friday 7th April 2021, The Oaks Academy will be beginning its LGBTQ+ Club. 
These sessions will be taking place every Friday lunchtime and students of all years are welcome. 

Whether you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally (friend) you are welcome to attend. 
This is the opportunity for you to discuss your problems, make friends and understanding your thoughts and feelings. 
Any questions, get in touch with Mr. Jessup. Remember guys, room 36! 

Spotlight on Humanities

Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages promote academic learning by delivering lessons that are enjoyable, challenging and engaging. Across Key Stage 3 we ensure a breadth of learning is provided before the depth of learning narrows as they progress towards and into Key Stage 4. Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all our pupils by focusing on building and retaining knowledge, developing key skills and improving literacy through extended writing. We teach pupils how to think, question and evaluate before drawing justified conclusions. We promote a class climate of calm; nurturing pupils to take pride in their learning and to show respect to the teacher and to each other. Pupils are given teacher feedback to help them make progress and rewards are given to celebrate their work showing that effort is valued, and resilience promoted. We provide cultural enrichment in lessons and through the provision of memorable experiences, visits and trips as we strive to prepare our pupils for life as productive members of society.  

In all subjects across year 11 we are working towards completing Teacher assessed grades.

History

In Year 7 we have been investigating the Norman period, Attacking and defending castles, the Feudal system and as you can see from the pictures creating a shield for the Battle of Hastings.
Year 8 we are onto the Civil War and Cromwell.
Year 9 are onto WW2 and key events.

Religious Education

In Year 7 we are investigating the Sikh Gurdwara and hope to have a trip there in the summer if Covid restrictions are lifted . Year 8 are discussing the life and impact of Martin Luther King. Year 9 have started their GCSE content and are currently focusing on ethical issues such as Abortion and Euthanasia. Year 10 are working through the Christian Practices unit, ready for their end of year assessment.

Geography

In Year 7 we are developing Map Skills before we move onto ecosystems.
Year 8 are finishing Physical Landscapes before investigating the challenge of Population.
Year 9 are finishing off Tectonic Hazards before looking at weather climate.
Year 10 are working through GCSE content Weather Hazards.

Spanish

Year 7 are learning how to describe people.  E.g. Eye colour hair colour build.
Year 8 Currently learning how to say what hobbies they like or don’t like.
Year 9  Starting to learn how to talk in the past tense, how to say where they went and how they got there.
Year 10 Started the topic of school discussing problems in school and will be learning how to use the future tense.

Literacy at The Oaks Academy

Supporting literacy at home  

Can you name any books that are also films? This is a good way to engage your child in reading by making links to other media forms they enjoy. Spend some time discussing and researching this with your child then discuss the option of buying a book, or series of books, that may have been a movie. You could also make links between films you have seen or books that you have read. For example, there is a surprising plot twist in both the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series. 

Library Timetable

Lexia Power Up 

If you have received a letter home about the ‘Lexia Power Up’ programme but were unable to attend the meeting, here is some important information in regard to this. 

Lexia Power Up’ is a programme that is used to supplement the learning for students, and it allows them to access individually catered tasks that addresses their needs and strengths with literacy. This is an important element to your child’s learning and doing short intervals at home will help prepare them for their return to school and, once we have returned to school, the continuation of their learning through the school years. 

You can access it via the website: https://www.lexiapowerup.com/ or by downloading the ‘Lexia Power Up’ app onto a device. 

The log in details you will need to access: 

Username: The first letter of your child’s first name, their last name followed by the year they joined The Oaks Academy. Or the year they joined The Oaks Academy, the first letter of your child’s first name followed by their last name. 

Password: The first letter of your child’s first name followed by their last name. 

It is advised that you encourage your child to access this programme in short 15-minute intervals regularly rather than a prolonged amount of time. 

Any issues accessing this at home, please contact us and we can help with this. 

Year 9 Options

On Tuesday 4th May hosted a day of  taster session of all the subjects our Year 9 may wish to pursue as they enter KS4.  This event within school is followed by a virtual Options evening on Wednesday 5th May.

During the course of these events students will be given a copy of the options booklet which gives lots of information to help students make the best choices for them going into KS4.  More information can also be found by visiting www.theoaksacademy.co.uk/year-9-options/

Options forms need to be returned to form tutors by Friday 21st May.

Maths and all things Number!

I hope you had a well earned rest over the bank holiday weekend.

Over the bank holiday I spent some time thinking about how we could help support our learners feel more positive about maths the subject. Maths is difficult and the concepts we are expecting learners to grasp and apply become increasingly difficult as we move through key stage 3 into key stage 4. For some, the increase in difficulty and new topics also brings anxieties and these anxieties are hard to overcome.

So this week I wanted to tell you about a forthcoming free webinar for parents entitled:  Helping Your Child Overcome Maths Anxiety & Build Mathematical Resilience, aimed at parents of secondary age children 

Craig Barton ( My idol and a very famous maths Teacher) and his colleague, Rachel, ran this webinar where 4000+ parents showed interest in November, and the response was so positive that Rachel has updated it and is running it again! 🎉

Using both the latest research and her vast experience in this area, Rachel will explain: 
1. What maths anxiety is
2. How to spot the signs
3. Practical strategies to help your child cope
4. Actionable tips on helping them build mathematical resilience

The webinar takes place on Wednesday 12th May at 8pm.

If you would be interested, please feel free to reserve a place on this page: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qilIACidQ7K0PwZ9Tx6tHg

The focus of the event is on supporting parents to support their children.

The maths department at The Oaks Academy are always looking for ways that we can help and support your children with their learning of maths. If your child needs more support with a topic  not only can they ask their maths teacher but they can complete independent learning and revision using a range of websites, Dr Frost ( they will need a log on ) https://www.drfrostmaths.com/,  Maths watch https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/,  (if you have forgotten log on details please email your maths teacher)  Corbett maths https://corbettmaths.com/, The National Oak Academy https://www.thenational.academy/ and  BBC Bite size  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize , just  use the search function on each website to find the topic you need.

Celebrations and Achievements

Star of the Week

Well done to the students below who have been awarded Star of the Week recently, by their Teachers.

Well done Rhys Butler! 

On the 24th April Rhys took part in the Race for Life at Alton Towers.  He covered over 5km and raised over £70 for Cancer Research UK.  
 
The Race for Life will be soon be able to return to group events. One local venue is Delamere Forest.  On the 10th October you can choose to do either a 3k, 5k or 10k walk/run #getinvoled
Cancer Research UK are committed to beating cancer. Their pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives. Over the past 40 years survival has doubled, thanks to the great progress research has made. 
If you would like to find out more about Cancer Research UK and/or make a donation to this very worthy cause, please click the image above.
 
 

May Day Celebrations

Mrs Harrop has been sharing with students the meaning behind May Day.  They have looked at the traditions of May Day including the May Day parade and the dance round the may pole.  Finishing with an art activity where students made lovely May Day baskets. 

At the Car Wash… Woah woah woah!

Over the next few weeks 10KO will be doing the 10X challenge.  The group have been given £10 to start a car washing business.  With this they have purchased all the equipment needed and have begun the challenge to see how much they can turn it into.

Staff can have their car washed for £4 on selected days  and even get a free air freshener.  Watch this space to see much they can squeegee out of this investment!