Oaks Bulletin 28.5.21

This week’s bulletin is packed with information and news about all the fabulous learning and activities happening at the Oaks. Year 11s have been working really hard to evidence their achievements in all their different subjects whilst children in other years are getting back into the swing of learning in school after having to learn so much more independently as a result of lockdown. We are keen for all our students to make the best progress they can and we are so pleased to see such positive behaviour which result in focused learning in the classroom. Following the return from lockdown we have been focusing on positive behaviour, well being and effective learning. We are developing a common Oaks approach to learning which we will begin to roll out after half term, all of which we will keep you fully informed about. In the meantime, do enjoy the half term break. 

Academy Updates

Teaching and Learning

Opportunities outside of school

Wellbeing at The Oaks Academy

Celebration

Academy Updates

Red for VEDS Day

On May 21st, it was RED4VEDS day, a fundraising day organised by Annabelle’s Challenge to raise funds and awareness of Vascular EDS. This is a cause that is very close to our hearts and we were proud to hold a cake sale and wear red to support this worthy cause. We raised £132 thanks to the generosity of our students and staff. We would like to say a big thank you to Ruby Day in year 7 and her nan, Mrs Floyd, for the delicious donation of scones.
 
Thank you for your support in the cake sale and wearing a red accessory. We raised £132 which has been donated to Annabelle’s Challenge.
 

Mellors Catering

After half term Mellors will be moving to new menus which can be viewed by clicking the button.  Menu information can always be found on both the Student Zone and Virtual Office.

Unfortunately due to increased amounts of litter students will not be able to eat their lunch outside.  Food must be consumed within the canteen or hall.

What's for Lunch?

Lateral Flow Testing Information

Lateral Flow Testing

Students received a further supply of home testing kits last week (17th – 21st May).  Students need to continue to test twice per 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/

Face Masks – Reminder

In line with Step 3 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, face coverings will no longer be recommended for students in classrooms or communal areas.  Face coverings will also no longer be recommended for staff in classrooms.  In all schools we continue to recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff and visitors in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible (for example, when moving around in corridors and communal areas).

Hand Sanitizer

A Trustee of The Learning Alliance has stepped forward to assist our wider community by offering to provide hand sanitizer free of charge to all schools within Cheshire East.

Cheshire East Council were very grateful to receive the generous offer from Reliance Medical.  This free, high-quality hand-sanitizer will most likely come in 500 ml pump-action bottles and will be delivered free of charge to Schools. 

Big Ask Survey

Last month the Children’s Commissioner, Dame Rachel de Souza, launched The Big Ask – the largest ever survey of children in England. It asks all children about their priorities and concerns for the future, so that we can put children at the heart of the national recovery post-COVID-19.

If your child would like to have their say please click here.  The deadline for responses is Friday 28th May.

Teaching and Learning

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and remind you of our expectations in relation to teaching and learning at The Oaks. We have spent a considerable amount of time developing a curriculum that is bespoke to our students and challenging in line with expectations. We continue to embed high quality learning standards and insist that all pupils arrive ready to learn so that lesson time is purposeful and productive. In order to ensure that this is as effective as it can be, please can you ensure that over the holidays all pupils check their equipment and return to school with a fully stocked pencil case consisting of a blue or black pen, red pen, pencil, rubber, ruler and sharpener.

Whilst the school day is important, please can I ask that you continue to support your child with home learning tasks. A reminder that homework is now set on Microsoft Teams via the assignment tab and pupils will still be required to check this daily to look for updates and seek support from teachers where necessary. Staff will prefix all homework assignments with HMWK and provide clear instructions if this to be submitted via Teams or in class. Below is a reminder of how to access and use Teams assignments, please can you ensure that your child is confident in using this and check with them daily for any new work set.
 
As a parent I know that homework can feel like a battle, but please can I ask that you support us in ensuring completion of all tasks to the best of your child’s ability. Research has shown that the impact of homework, on average is 5 months additional progress on an individual child. Whilst a healthy balance between school work and social time is important, you will be having a massive impact on your child progress if you can assist us by:
  • Checking Microsoft Teams daily with your child
  • Supporting your child with downloading Teams app to their phone 
  • Proof reading / checking homework tasks before submission on Teams or in class
  • Encouraging regular use of the Knowledge organisers on the website to support homework
Over the next half term we will be exploring new ways of setting homework to support learning, if you have any thoughts or opinions on this then please do not hesitate to make contact.
 
Thanks for your continued support
 

Emily Abberley
Assistant Headteacher 
The Oaks Academy

Opportunities outside of school

I= Eedi Summer Club

Eedi has offered all Year 5 to Year 9 families free access to Eedi Summer Club, a maths summer program 100% free of charge that will help to boost your child’s confidence in maths so it’s sky high for the new school year.

Your child will first do a quick placement quiz to set their work and then get recommended topics that’ll help them improve the most over 7 weeks. Your child will get unlimited access to review questions, videos and live chat support with real teachers over the holidays. You’ll also get weekly reports on how they’re doing. 

The minimum recommended work is 1 lesson a week, which should be around 30 minutes of work.

Each week, Eedi will hold competitions to boost motivation and engagement – from who’s given the most thoughtful explanation to a problem to what team has the highest amount of points 🚀… Plus there are real prizes up for grabs!

Signup deadline: June 14th (Get Eedi Summer Club for free until this date)
Summer Club Starts: July 5th
Summer Club Ends: August 23rd

Sign up on this link to get the offer automatically applied to your account.

If you have any questions, please contact family@eedi.co.uk directly.

Visyon

We would like to share with you an event that has been organised by Visyon for half term.  They’ve joined forces with a local children’s publisher – Full Media – and a financial management firm to run a free, family event in the school holidays.  The event is a Meet the Author session with Emma Sandford who will read her new book: “The Problem with Poppy”, which is about a porcupine who struggles to make friends because of the barriers she puts up.

The author session will be followed immediately by an interactive craft-along session with Laura and Izzy from Visyon.

The event is on Tuesday 1 June at 10am on Zoom.  Click the image to book a place.

Wellbeing at The Oaks Academy

At The Oaks Academy, we take wellbeing seriously; we know that children may struggle settling back into a school routine after such a long time at home. We also realise how challenging it was for our children, not to mix with their friends and family for a sustained period of time and the impact of this on their social and emotional development. Mrs Fenner, one of our Teaching Assistants runs wellbeing sessions in the library with groups of pupils where the focus is on being part of a small group and doing things which generate happiness such as singing, painting, baking or exercising. Pupils say they are really enjoying their sessions and look forward to them which is positive.
Last week we had a focus on walking to school which is excellent for improving mental health and keeping ourselves fit and healthy. The week before that was Mental Health Week and the theme was nature, we had a mindfulness session for pupils during lunch time in Room 19 and this was well attended. We have also opened a new provision in school called The Bridge which is run by Ms Todhunter and Mrs Leech and supports pupils who may need a more nurturing start to their school day. 
 
If you have any concerns about your child’s mental health, please email Miss Bailey on lbailey@theoaksacademy.co.uk and she will make contact with you to discuss. 
 
Cheshire East also run a 24/7 mental health crisis line for all ages, young to old, they can be reached on 0300 303 3972.

Allergy Awareness Week

This week has been allergy awareness week and we have been raising awareness of some foods which could pose serious harm if you are allergic. 
 
Please can I take this opportunity to remind you that The Oaks Academy is a peanut free school and students should not be bringing items containing peanuts into the academy.
 

Carly’s Section

Monday 22nd March

Celebration

Star of the Week

Well done to the students below who have been awarded Star of the Week this week, by their Teacher.

Best Form Attendance

Each week we would like to celebrate the top attending form at The Oaks Academy.  Tap below to see who came top of the leader board this week!

The best attending form for the Summer Half term is... 
7RB - 95.5%

17.5.21 - 21.5.21

Tap to reveal this weeks winner...

8CMG with 96.5%

24.5.21 - 28.5.21

Tap to reveal this weeks winner...

8CMG - 97.4%