Get to Know Your Teachers
Hello! Welcome to Oasis Academy Arena, I am Mr Raymond the Principal and I am excited to welcome you all to our school. The school community aims to be “Ambitious, Kind and Professional” each and every day. We are looking forward to you starting with us in September as you begin the next step in your exciting journey into secondary education. When you start with us you will find that you are supported, cared for, encouraged and happy as we support you, together along with your families, to learn and develop all of your talents and interests.
When you begin with us in Year 7 you will meet with your form tutor, make new friends and start to learn. Each of our Year 7 students will receive an iPad, as part of our Oasis Horizons project that they can use throughout their time at the academy. You will also be able to take this home with you! These iPads will support you to learn both in school and at home and I am confident that by using these it will support each one of our pupils to thrive.
I know that starting secondary school is a nervous time for students. I would offer the following advice for every new student: “be ambitious, be kind and be professional,” not only is this our school motto but really good advice for life. Arrive to school on time and ask any adults within the school for help when you need it. We are a very kind and caring school, and we will always be here to support you.
My name is Mr. Phuntsok and I am the Head of Mathematics here at Oasis Academy Arena. I would like to welcome you all to Arena Maths where you will be building on the key mathematical concepts you have been studying in Year 6. We are following Maths Mastery here at Arena. This means that you are given a thorough understanding of mathematical concepts, rather than giving a set of techniques or routines to get the right answer.
Year 7 Maths
· 1. Making generalisations about the number system (1): what is a number?
· 2. Making generalisations about the number system (2): why do we use y?
· 3. 2D Geometry: how do I find missing angles?
· 4. The Cartesian plan: what is area?
· 5. Fractions: what is a fraction?
· 6. Ratio and proportion: what is a ratio and when do I use them?
Hey guys, welcome to PE! Here at Arena, we have three PE teachers who would be teaching you through your secondary school PE life. Mr Rutherford and Mr Rothwell have been at Arena for the last 4 years and Miss Aldonza for the last 3 years. At Arena, we believe that Physical Education plays an important part in their lives when it comes to their health and well-being. We also believe it is a vital and important part of a student’s education. It gives the students the opportunity to learn new skills.
We try to encourage our students to step out of their comfort zone and try new/different sports that aren’t so traditional in a school setting. For example, Handball, Volleyball and Netball. Here at Arena we know that moving to secondary school can be difficult. However, we are always here if you need us. The important thing for you to remember is that if you have any questions at all, big or small, make sure you ask the super PE team.
Hello Year 6! My name is Christine Polyviou and I am the Head of Department for Geography at Oasis Academy Arena.
We are really excited to meet you and teach you about all things geography. Geography is a very exciting subject that teaches you about the world around you, and in year 7 we teach you about awesome human and physical topics. We will start year 7 looking at violent volcanoes and earth-shattering earthquakes! Throughout the year we will look at the cool geography features present in our own country and also study countries further afield. Also, if you like watching David Attenborough, we get an opportunity to look at ecosystems across the world and much more! In year 7 you will also have the opportunity to experience geography outside of the classroom when we complete a local fieldwork in the summer term. To be a great geographer, you need to know what is going on across the world now, so for now, keep an eye on Newsround, where you will see lots of stories about geography.
All of the geography team look forward to welcoming you to Geography at Oasis Academy Arena.
Hi my name is Mrs Anthony-Spence, and I am the head of department for science at Oasis Academy Arena for the three years. Science and learning about science concepts is something I feel very passionate about.
Science is a way of discovering and understanding the world around you, developing your analytical skills, problems solving and an opportunity to be creative.
The completion of practicals feature frequently throughout our curriculum so you are given lots of opportunity to develop your practical skills. Science is a subject that can lead you into lots of different career paths such as medicine, dentistry, beauty, engineering, and even banking and finance to name a few.
Leaving primary and entering secondary school is a big milestone but you will have lots of people around you to support you in your transition. All I ask is that you come to school equipped with your stationary, calculator and an ambitious mind ready to do YOUR best in science.
I am so excited that you will join us at Arena and look forward to meeting you all in person.