We are drawing to the close of another busy term. It seems a long time ago now that we all anticipated returning to school after Christmas to be told at the last minute that we were to be entering another lockdown. We are hopeful that we will be able to return to normal schooling in March. We have been keen to ensure that our students have been able to access teaching remotely, and to support their progress. We do hope the articles below are of interest. As ever, thanks for your on-going support.
Lateral Flow Testing
We are continuing to use Lateral Flow Tests within school to identify cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst staff and pupils who are asymptomatic. The testing is going well within school and we feel confident that this measure is helping to keep all students, staff and their respective families as safe as possible.
In order to do this and in anticipation of more students returning to the academy we are continuing to gather consent for the the Lateral Flow Testing. Please visit our Lateral Flow Testing Page to read more about these tests and submit your consent via the Microsoft Forms link.
Every day bagels are offered free to our students at breaktime. This scheme has been happening for some time and will be continuing after we return from half term.
Daily Mr Herbert-Jackson and his band of bagel buddies, toast, spread and serve bagels to absolute perfection.
A huge thank you to everyone involved, we really appreciate what you do ’round’ here!
Spotlight on English
#TeamEnglish @ the Oaks
What a really positive half term it has been since January here at The Oaks. Even in the current situation, our students have really risen to the occasion again and again, and below is outlined some of the learning happening this half term
Year 11 have now covered all of the content in preparation for their GCSE. This means that it’s all revision moving forward ready for those GCSE assessments in the summer. So first of all, English will be introducing a few changes to our timetables after half term to better support our learners. Also, there are some really useful revision websites out there, and I’ve included a few links to help our students get going:
English revision videos: Mr Bruff – YouTube
BBC bitesize English literature: GCSE English Literature – BBC Bitesize
BBC Bitesize English Language: GCSE English Language – BBC Bitesize
At KS3, years 7, 8 and 9 recently had the opportunity to enter a poetry competition in support of Mental Health Week and Speaking out Loud day: massive well done to Zakir in Year 8, who was the overall winner.
Support Literacy at Home
Build in time for talk during the day: can your child tell you about a new word that they learnt that day and what that word means? Can they recall three new things that they have learnt that day? In doing this, you are helping your child to cement their learning and helping them to transfer this key information into their long-term memory.
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.
Careers and Further Education Events
If you are in Year 10 and 11 and are wondering what your next steps might be please visit the Year 11 page. Here you will find details about exams, revision, virtual open days and career events.
Mrs Lockett will be running a few events in the near future to help you make some of these important decisions. If you have any questions or would like to ask advise please drop and email to:
On Saturday 27th February 2021, @gtscholars will be hosting a FREE Online Careers Day for pupils in Years 8 to 13.
Join the live online masterclasses and learn from professionals from companies such as PWC, EY, Lloyds Bank and Atkins Global. Pupils & Parents can sign up here: https://careersummit.gtscholars.org
#gtscholars #CareerSummitFeb2021 #OnlineCareersDay #careers #younggiftedtalented #UKeducation#universities #FutureofWork #careergoals #apprenticeships
This week we have been encouraging the students to think about their wellbeing. School work is very important but looking after yourself is equally as important. On Monday students were set tasks which took them away from the computer. Walks, games and art were among some of the activities enjoyed.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the 5 screen free activities and sent them to Mrs Abberley. The winner, drawn at random, was Leo Farrington! Well done Leo, a £20 gift voucher is on its way to you!
Today, for the majority of students there have been no live lessons and no new work! Instead students have been encouraged to complete any outstanding pieces of work before the break for half term.
Star of the Week!
Well done to the students who have been awarded Star of the Week by their Teacher. A double dose this week too, you’re all amazing!
Photography Competition – Postcard
Following our competition for a new photograph for our school postcard I am delighted to let you know that Destinie Brown was the winner with a fantastic colourful photograph of stationary.
RSPB Birdwatch Event
We were delighted that one of our students joined in with the RSPB Birdwatch event over the weekend. This student and their mum found a barn owl pellet. Curious enough but then they dissected it and uncovered two shrew skulls and a mouse. Very interesting, if a little girm! Well done and thank you for sharing the pictures with us!
Premier League Kicks Football Sessions
Despite lockdown we have been very fortunate in that Matthew Halliwell and Josh Hewitt have come in to support our SEN students with football interventions on a Friday afternoon. This has been a very welcome reward for our students within the in school provision. All student have engaged well in the school sessions and enjoyed the games afterward. In order to maintain the good relationship with the students from the training sessions they run at school Josh and Matt have organised a quiz after the training sessions. This has enabled students at home and in school to join in and test their football and general knowledge.
What a lovely way to end a hard week of online learning!