Weekly Round up

This week nursery and reception were lucky enough to be visited by a working guide dog – supporting the learning they have been undertaking in their classroom areas. They were able to talk to her owner, and learn about how amazing each dog is, and also the way blind and partially sighted people are able to navigate each day. The children were incredibly thoughtful, and were fascinated by the whole session!

Year 6 represented school in a tag rugby tournament, where they pitted their skills against many other local schools. We are very proud of how well the team faired, particularly given the mixed of experienced and novice rugby players we had in our squads. The organisers at Redcar Rugby Club were all highly complimentary of how well our children performed!

It was lovely to see so many parents in the academy on Thursday for the Year 5 math’s engagement session. Speaking to you after the event it was clear how impressed you all were, not only with the difficultly of the work the children completed, but also the resilience children had when faced with some tricky problems.

Next week Year 1 and 2 children will be completing a short Read Write Inc assessment to ensure they are in the correct group for their phonics sessions, and to celebrate the progress they are making. Be sure to ask them about what colour book they are on! We will also be announcing a reading parental session to explore how we can support children with their reading at home – it would be lovely to see all our KS1 parents there!

Class Showcase

This week let’s see the latest from Year 5, Year 6 and B4.

Year 5 Mr Williams Class

What a fantastic week it has been in Y5! We have begun tackling formally multiplying by a 2 digit number and we even got to show this off at our parental engagement session.

The children were so pleased to be able to share the knowledge they had learnt so far this term. In English we are writing invitations and learning how to use persuasive language and in reading we are enjoying the wordless text called ‘Quest’.  

Year 6 Miss Arkless Class

In Year 6, we have been investigating light and dark in our Science lessons. So far we have found objects that are opaque, transparent and translucent. We have also used our inquiry skills to see if light travels in straight lines.

We used: pipe, book edges, pens and holes in paper to investigate this. Some of us realised we could change the direction the light travels by reflecting it off a mirror, and we managed to reflect it off many mirrors to completely change the direction. 

B4 Miss Gruenfelds Class

What a fun filled few weeks B4!

It’s been a great start to the term. The children have been fabulous making us very happy teachers. We have worked hard in English and Maths, as per usual, and in Science, we have been taking a closer look at the life cycles of plants and animals.

The children worked their way through the Viking era discovering how fierce but smart they were, and how they left after the battle at Stamford Bridge leading to the Battle of Hasting performed by jelly babies.

We are now exploring North Europe and looking at Scandinavia in Geography. In spite of our hard work we have also managed to make some crazy medicine during Roald Dahl day, whilst other adventured out at Peat Rigg.

We have also upheld our sportsmanship and skills during the Redcar College Multi-skills Invasion Games Festival.


Each week we have an ‘Awesome Attendance’ competition for the class or classes with the highest attendance. The class with the highest attendance will receive a letter and the first class to spell out ‘Awesome’ receives a treat for the whole class.

Which class will be the first to receive that treat?

This weeks winners are……….

Missed Learning

 45.5 days of missed learning occurred this week due to unauthorised absences. Unauthorised absences are for holidays, parents/carers not contacting the academy or any other unexplained absence. With most minor ailments, children can be in school, so we really encourage you to think about keeping your child at home.

100% Attendance

This week we had 211 children who achieved 100% Attendance for this week. A huge WELL DONE to you all 😊

Can you get 100% next week?

Missed Appointment

We strive to accommodate parents/carers with appointment times within the academy.

Unfortunately we have noticed that many appointments have been missed, occasionally this may be due to unforeseen circumstances.

If you have to cancel and/or re-arrange your appointment, please ensure you contact the academy as soon as possible.

Failing to turn up for an appointment and not contacting the academy to cancel it has an adverse effect on other parents/carers appointment times. This can also take valuable staff time that could have been utilised by other parents.

Dairy Dates and Reminders

Macmillan Cake sale

We want to thank everyone who came to the Cake sale last Friday.

We raised £167 for Macmillan Cancer Support and we want to thanks everyone for their donations.

Lunch Menus

Our lunches are provided on a 3 week rota. Next weeks options will be Week 1.

Nut Free Academy

A reminder to all parents we are a Nut Free Academy, please read below.

Links to Support our Children and Families

Cost of Living

Online Courses for Parents

Access to Research

Childcare Choices

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As we are all being affected by the cost-of-living crisis, we have a small stock of preloved uniform and coats/jackets that parents can come and purchase, all we are asking for is a donation. This will be open for you to come and have a look on a Tuesday & Thursday between 08.50 – 09.15 and 14.40 – 15.00 via the main office.


You can also get your children’s uniform here.

Lollipops have a preloved rail out on the shop floor with various items on including polo tops, trousers, sweatshirts/cardigans, shoes, plimsolls, summer dresses etc. All items on the rail are free for anyone to take, they just ask for customers to be considerate of others when taking items. There is a box for anyone who would like to make donations which we then add to the rail.

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