Oaks Bulletin 5.2.21

Dear Parent/Carer,

This week has seen Mental Health Week celebrated at The Oaks Academy.  Students have been encouraged to express themselves and show compassion towards others.  There is no right or wrong way to feel sometimes and we are all trying to navigate our way through this pandemic as best we can. The knowledge that support is there, should you need it, is a very comforting thought.  If you feel like you need further support please do reach out and we will endeavour to help you and your family as best we can.

During this pandemic and the move to remote learning, for the majority of our students, has seen a huge rise in demand for devices.  As a school we have now issued close to 100 devices to support students learning remotely.  The majority of these devices have been secured through The Learning Alliance and government schemes.  However, in the last few weeks the wider community have generously come to our aid and provided further devices which we have passed onto our students.  We would like to extend a huge thank you to our local councillors and James Price of Everything Genetic Ltd for their very generous donations and support shown to our students.  If you have a spare device at home and are happy to donate it to help our students please contact eabberley@theoaksacademy.co.uk.

Next week we will be having a screen free day for students and an Assignment Amnesty in preparation for a relaxing half term.  Please see the article from Mrs Abberley for more information.

Thank you for reading, we hope you have a restful weekend.

Science Faculty - SENECA

ColorVeil Screen Technology

Mental Health Week

Year 11 Intervention

Star of the Week

Wellbeing Week

Wellbeing Week

Year 7-10

Next week we are holding The Oaks Academy Wellbeing week. We recognise that staring at a screen all day is not good for our mental health, so we have decided to do things a little differently! On Monday 8.2.21  all subjects will upload to Teams classes a ‘screen free’ activity and pupils are invited to select 5 activities of their choice to complete. We are then asking you to document the activities, and email to eabberley@theoaksacademy.co.uk by Wednesday. Any student that completes 5 activities will be entered into a prize draw. Make sure you have fun, get some fresh air, use your brain and remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it! 
During the recent pupil survey many students said they were finding it difficult to keep up to date with the tasks set by our staff. We have addressed this with staff to ensure that moving forward this is more manageable, and pupils do not feel overwhelmed. On Friday 12.2.21 no live lessons or new work will be set by staff, we are assigning this day to allow students to ‘catch up’. Please could you support your child in checking any outstanding Assignments in Teams and get them submitted to staff by the end of the day. We want our pupils to take the well-earned break they deserve over half term and hope this will go some way to support you all in achieving this.
If your child is already up to date with their work we would like to signpost you to the following website where you will be able to find age appropriate and subject specific work. https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage Alternatively you are more than welcome to email or Teams message our subject staff who will set work for your child to complete independently.
Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to thankyou all for the amazing job you are doing at home. Please remember to look after you own wellbeing and take some time for yourself.  If you have any questions or are unsure of anything please don’t hesitate to contact me eabberley@theoaksacademy.co.uk

We are all looking forward to our well-being week and hope that it brings lots of smiles in our last week of this very strange half term.

Mrs Abberley

Please note that the above information differs slightly for our year 11 students.  This amended version has been sent to you in the original email.

Science Faculty – SENECA

The Science team would like all pupils to sign up to a software package called Seneca which is free to use.

The software allows pupils to revise key content and test themselves if they wish. More importantly it allows us, as staff, to set small assignments and tests to check on the progress your child is making in science.

The software is easy to use on any device and can also be used on mobile phones.  All pupils have been given clear instructions, by their science teachers, on Teams, on how to create an account and assign themselves to a class. However, a number of students across all year groups have not yet done so.

Can you please support us by helping your child create an account and assign themselves to the correct class. I have put detailed instructions below and a link to a video tutorial.

If your child in in year 9, 10 or 11 and they have different teachers in science, they will have a different code for their Biology, Physics and Chemistry classes.

Pupils need to follow these instructions:

Go to www.senecalearning.com  and sign up for a free student account. Click on ‘Students use for free’ and then ‘sign up’

Enter your first name and last name as you are known at school.

Use your school email address and password to keep it simple.

Click agree to terms and conditions. Then click sign up.

Click on I am a student.

Enter the school name and your year group.



We, as the science teaching staff, are giving consent to any pupils under the age of 13. TICK THE BOX. Then click finish sign up.

You can then assign yourself to your science class by using the link sent by your class teacher or using the class code. If you need these details again, look back at the instructions on teams or ask your science teacher. Guidance is given below:

We can see who has joined the class and track activity.

If you have been set an ‘assignment’ – please complete.

You can go into ‘Classes & assignments’ tab and then click on ‘Upcoming Assignments’ to access the assignments

This video tutorial shows you how to put the Seneca Learning app onto an IPAD/IPhone  


I hope this information helps.  If you require any further assistance or guidance please do not hesitate to contact me rbyron@theoaksacademy.co.uk.

Kind Regards,

Miss Byron
Head of Science Faculty

ColorVeil Screen Technology  

ColorVeil, from aurelitec, is free to download and applies color filters to your screen.  This technology may help to reduce eye strain and support students with  dyslexia and/or Irlens.  

Please visit https://www.aurelitec.com/colorveil/windows/ for more information and usage instructions.

Mental Health Week

This week at The Oaks Academy we have taken part in Place2Be’s Mental Health Week.  This years theme is Express yourself.  Place2Be have created activities and resources to help children (and adults) explore the different ways that they can share their thoughts, feelings and ideas. There are lots of resources on the Children’s Mental Health Week website that you can use with your child at home; including activity ideas, tips for parents and carers. 


On Thursday students were encouraged to think about thankfulness and start their day with a positive thought.

Visit  https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/  to find out more about Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week.

If you would like some inspiration and suggestions of activities which promote a balanced wellbeing please visit the support section of the website.

Support Section

Year 11 Interventions

Last week we informed you of the governments decision to suspend all exams for this coming summer.  However, they will be expected to complete final assessments in a different way to be awarded GCSE and vocational qualifications.   Our staff have spent the last 2 weeks identifying students for our intervention programme which starts next week.  Please can I ask that you keep an eye on your emails as you may receive a personalised intervention plan for your child.

The interventions will be starting on Monday 8th February and will involve them attending attending some additional support sessions for key subjects on specific days. If your child has been selected this is because we want to ensure we are supporting them in achieve the best possible outcome for their GCSEs and all work in the session will be bespoke to their specific needs in small targeted groups.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding this then please email Mrs Highfield directly chighfield@theoaksacademy.co.uk

Star of the Week

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