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17 November 2017

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Safeguarding Children As part of their curriculum, the children learn how to keep themselves safe. The following website has been set up by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) to offer parents and schools advice on how to raise safeguarding awareness with children. There is a notable section called ‘The Underwear Rule’ which is of particular support and guidance to parents. The website also offers advice regarding ‘online safety’ and how to obtain support or advice regarding the safeguarding of children.

Uniform Information & School Uniform Purchases The Primary uniform can be purchased through the Khalsa Schoolwear website or can be bought at Khalsa Schoolwear shop in Bethnal Green. To save on the cost of delivery charges, Khalsa Schoolwear does a school delivery once every month. You can find further details of the delivery dates on their website or you can ask the reception office staff. • We expect every child to be in full uniform every day with their top button done up • All coats must be plain black • Shoes must be plain black – no trainers! If you are not sure about the types of shoes that are part of our uniform policy, please ask. • Please label every item of clothing • One pair of plain stud earrings can be worn • Nail polish is not allowed • Jewellery is not permitted • Long hair for both boys and girls must be tied back. Hair decorations must be small and plain • Please provide your child with a water bottle every day and make sure it is labelled with their name (water only, no fruit juice).


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17 November 2017

From Tam Broadway – Primary Headteacher As you will know from the information posted in the newsletter by Ms Macfarlane a few weeks ago, the school will be closed on Wednesday 22nd November to honour the memory of Ahmed Al-Khafaji. On this day we encourage everyone in the INA community, staff and pupils, to get engrossed in learning about something that really excites and engages them. This may involve a visit to a museum or gallery, using the time to research facts related to current topics or spending the day getting engrossed in a hobby. Once we return to school following the Ahmed Day, every pupil and member of the staff will complete a card reflecting on what they spent time doing and learning. We will then display these cards around the school.

Important reminders • School starts at 8.45am (8.35am for Year 3). It is important that your child arrives on time every day so that the teachers can start the lesson promptly. The school gate will be open from 8.25am and will close at 8.45am. • School finishes at 3.45pm (3.35pm for Year 3) every day other than Tuesday when we finish at 3.00pm (2.50pm for Year 3). • If any of your details have changed e.g. your address or phone number – please ensure you contact the office to inform us, so that we can update our records and contact you in case of an emergency. • Please ensure your child attends school every day and on time. If your child is sick then you must call the office to let us know by 8.15am. If your child has a medical appointment you must let us know in advance.

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Message from the Year 2 Team As part of our history lesson next week, the children will need clean, empty yoghurt pots. Please send any pots you have at home in with your child next week. Thank you.

A Message from Ms Chaggar Please let the school know in good time if you are sending someone else to collect your child from school. The staff will not send a child home with an adult who has not been authorised by the parents/carers. This is in the interests of safeguarding your children. Thank you for your cooperation.

A Message from the Year 1 Team Newspapers needed!

For this half term, Year 1 need lots of newspapers for their Art lessons. If you have any at home that you no longer need, please bring them in to one of the year 1 teachers. Thank you.


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17 November 2017

Wonderful Writing Week Week beginning 20th November

With the aim of raising the profile of writing across the school, we hold a ‘Wonderful Writing Week’ once each half term. This of course does not mean that we would not expect wonderful writing every week, but we thought it would be great way to encourage the pupils to really show us what they can do. We ask that you encourage and support your child at home during these weeks and get them to do as much writing as possible. This could be in the form of a shopping list, a letter, story writing or instructions for a recipe or game – anything at all. For the Reception children we would like them to practise writing their name and some familiar words if possible, using any sounds they have learned. From Year 1s, we are looking for neat writing and sentences with capital letters and full stops. Year 2s now need to ensure their writing makes full sense and that they are beginning to use a range of punctuation, trying hard to spell more accurately familiar and unfamiliar words. Year 3s need to ensure they are beginning to use a wide range of punctuation, spelling with increased accurately both familiar and unfamiliar words and ensuring their handwriting is clearly and neatly formed. At the end of the week two children from each class will be awarded a certificate in recognition of their hard work and effort. Thank you for your support!

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Year 1 Visit to the Museum of London Britten and Glennie classes visited the Museum of London this week to learn more about the Great Fire of London. They were given the opportunity to handle and learn about historical artefacts as well as enjoy a role play session, based on the events of the fire. The children haven’t stopped talking about the interesting facts they learned and have been eager to write their accounts of their trip in their English books this week. A huge thank you to the parent helpers; your help was amazing!


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17 November 2017

17 November 2017

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Anti-Bullying Day As part of the National Anti-Bullying Week the pupils discussed aspects of bullying in their Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) lessons. The sessions were aimed at helping the children understand what is meant by the term ‘bullying’ and used to discuss the impact bullying has on its victims. The children discussed how and who to talk to about any concerns they may have related to bullying. There are useful links below to support further learning at home: attachment/50%20ideas%20for%20Anti-Bullying%20Week%20-%20 FINAL.pdf attachment/Primary_School_Pack%20-%20FINAL.pdf


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17 November 2017

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Praise and Recognition Every week each teacher chooses two children from their class to receive a certificate in assembly; one is in recognition of a child demonstrating our BRIDGES habit of the week, and the other in recognition of a pupil’s academic effort throughout the week. Well done to the following children, who have been recognised this week: Curie Class: • Rohith Pradeep – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for recycling materials to create a ‘milk bottle’ superhero). • Amina Sheikh – Scholar of the Week (for beginning to blend sounds to read words). Maxwell Class: • Anya – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for focussing in all lessons and having a positive attitude). • Hessan – Scholar of the Week (for sharing ideas during the carpet learning time). Newton Class: • Musa – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for resourcefulness shown by the focus on using one hand to work with). • Hamza – Scholar of the Week (for trying hard to learn new sounds). Britten Class: • Sana Abbas – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being resourceful during English lessons by using sound mats to help with her writing). • Guillermo Duran Rodrigo – Scholar of the Week (for engaging enthusiastically with the story of the Gingerbread Man all week). Fitzgerald Class: • Xavier Ambia – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for making connections and reasoning very well when explaining his answers, particularly in maths). • Emaan Adeel – Scholar of the Week (for using her story plan and adjective word bank to help her write a very clear and descriptive recount of Charlie and Lola’s London trip).


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Glennie Class: • Joshua – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for remembering lots of facts about the Great Fire of London). • Ayaan – Scholar of the Week (for being a great role model on our trip to the Museum of London). Al-Kashi Class: • Inshirah Nabeel – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for recycling objects and thinking of creative things to make with them). • Kallum Bihal – Scholar of the Week (for asking questions and actively participating in developing his learning). Fibonacci Class: • Musa Ali – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for asking thoughtful questions). • Innaya Islam – Scholar of the Week (for excellent sentences using conjunctions). Pythagoras Class: • Yusha Master – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for thinking of and asking really good questions about the text ‘A Christmas Carol’). • Harneet – Scholar of the Week (for focussing really hard during the carpet learning time and answering questions). Ellington Class: • Ali Ullah – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for good questioning when working with his partner). • Sayef Ahmed – Scholar of the Week (for using an imperative verb and adverbial phrase correctly during the English lesson). Nicks Class: • Maryam Umarji – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating resourcefulness with her homemade art project). • Kashan Shahzad – Scholar of the Week (for an excellent use of imperative verbs and fronted adverbials). Shankar Class: • Imani Salim – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always aiming to be resourceful in her learning, in particular when making connections during lessons). • Saif Hossain – Scholar of the Week (for being incredibly enthusiastic during lessons and for becoming more independent with his learning).

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Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for Friday 24th November An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Ekamjot Singh - Curie Fatiha Majumder - Maxwell Trinethra K karthikeyan - Newton Sana Abbas - Britten Ibrahim Ahmad - Britten Zoya Butt - Fitzgerald Iman Hafeez - Glennie Hamza Chand - Al-Kashi Keira Chana - Fibonacci Hanad Ali - Pythagoras Zaina Hussain - Ellington Nirmalpreet Durhailay - Nicks Tara Rani Kaur - Shankar Haidar Shaikh - Shankar


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17 November 2017

Mayors Santa Run Mayor of Redbridge Festive Runs Sunday 3 December 2017 2 Festive Runs from Beal High School, Woodford Bridge Road, IG4 5LP 10am - 10km Race for adults - £10 per participant &

12 noon - 2km family Santa fun run for children accompanied by an adult. £10 entry fee per team of one child (under 16) with one adult. All money raised will go to the Mayor’s charities: Haven House and St Francis Hospice. Sign up at Running numbers can be collected in advance from Redbridge Town Hall (Please ask at Reception) or on race day Free Santa Hat and medal for all participants and a prize for the best festive costume NB. Elves, Christmas Puddings, Snowmen, Reindeer and Angels are all welcome

Merits The following pupils have received 25 merits since September for making good choices and moving up to gold on the class ‘good choice chart’ – this is fantastic achievement. A special ‘bronze’ certificate will be presented during the Celebration and Awards Assembly. Abdullah Shahzad Inshirah Nabeel Aydin Landi Nicholas Fetrina Jardiel Vianna Mahendra 17 November 2017

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Ayala Saleem Aashvi Govil Tanush Handa Naniyah Owusu


BRIDGES in the Primary Phase “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.� Isaac Newton

BRIDGES are habits of mind or learning characteristics that develop a pupil's character and learning power and enable him/her to grow into a wellrounded individual and resilient learner. There are seven BRIDGES habits that we will be working on, which will rotate on a weekly cycle throughout the year. The BRIDGES habit of the week will always be introduced at the beginning of the week during the Monday assembly and reinforced throughout the week across the curriculum. Each class teacher will award a certificate to a pupil that they feel has demonstrated the BRIDGES focus for the week. Each week we will update you on the BRIDGES habit that will be introduced in the coming week and offer some top tips on how to reinforce the habit at home too. Please also refer to the Primary BRIDGES wheel below.


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Week commencing 20th November 2017


Integrity comprises six dispositions: Citizenship Honesty

Justice Fairness

Humility Humanity

At School

• At school we encourage the pupils to make sure they play in a kind and thoughtful way and ensure that they include others in their games. Games where ‘turn-taking’ is needed are great at helping the children to understand that everyone has a fair turn. • It is also important that the children learn how to win and lose a game graciously and show humility when they win or congratulate the winner and say well done if they lose. • The children need to learn and understand the importance of telling the truth even when it feels uncomfortable when we have to admit that we have done something wrong. They also need to learn to take responsibility for their actions and not get into a habit of blaming others. It is important that the children have a moral sense of right and wrong. • Each half term the class teacher chooses two ambassadors to help the pupils develop their citizenship skills and by helping with jobs in their class or at lunchtimes. • We encourage every child to help keep the school environment clean by clearing away plates or cups after lunch or tidying up their own table place after activities in class.

At Home

Talk to your child about how they can be a good citizen within their community, by not dropping litter etc. Talk about what is fair and encourage your child to help out at home with tidying their room or books away so that they develop a sense of responsibility and respect towards theirs and others’ property. Reinforce the message about always telling the truth and why this is important. When you are reading stories together with your child, discuss characters, their behaviour and moral decision and whether they are good or bad characters and why. What should the character have done instead? 17 November 2017

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Gardening at INA Primary We are very excited by the prospect of winning some funds from Tesco for the development of a garden area at school. If you visit any of the Tesco stores listed below between 1st November 2017 and 1st January 2018, please use the voting token you receive with your purchase to vote for ‘Isaac Newton Academy: Project title - Sensory Garden’. The following stores are taking part in the voting on our project:

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The location of these stores can be checked on the Tesco website at:

First plantings in INA garden, Autumn 1


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17 November 2017

Breakfast and After School Club Every parent has Wisepay details and a password, which will enable you to book a place for ‘Breakfast Club’ or ‘After School Club’. Payments must be made in advance. If you experience any problems, please contact Ms Chaggar who will be happy to help. Breakfast is available each day from 7.45am and costs just £2.50 per day. The children enjoy a range of cereals, toast and different topping, juice or milk and fruit. Any child attending must be brought to the main reception area by 8.20am at the latest. After School Club runs from 3.45pm – 6.00pm (3.00pm – 6.00pm on Tuesdays) and costs just £5.50 per hour. The children enjoy a range of snacks each evening and a variety of games and activities

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Composer of the Fortnight Karl Jenkins

For the next fortnight we will be listening to and learning about Karl Jenkins as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Jenkins in preparation for the coming weeks. You can find out some facts and hear some of his music on the following links.


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17 November 2017

Attendance Regular attendance is a crucial factor in students’ educational development and ability to achieve their full potential. At Isaac Newton Academy every student is set the target of 100% attendance. The class with the highest attendance at the end of every week is awarded the attendance trophy during Friday’s Award & Recognition assembly.

Lower School Curie












Well done and congratulations to Fitzgerald class who are the winners again for the third week in a row with 97.9%.

Upper School Al-Kashi












Well done and congratulations to Nicks class who are the winners again for the third week in a row with 99%.

Overall Attendance: 97% National average attendance for primary schools is 97.1%. It is important that the children attend school every day and do not miss any learning. Thank you for your support in ensuring your child is at school every day. We always strive for 100%. 17 November 2017

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Key Dates Autumn 2017 Term Dates: Wednesday 6th September - Wednesday 20th December 2017

Monday 20th November

Wonderful Handwriting Week

Wednesday 22nd November Ahmed Day: no school for students Wednesday 29th November

Reception Information Session 2.00pm

Thursday 30th November

Reception Visit the Fire Station

Friday 1st December

Nicks Class Assembly – Year 3 - 9.00am – 9.20am

Friday 1st December

Fitzgerald Class Assembly– Year 1 – 10.25am – 10.45am

Wednesday 6th December

Parent Quiz Night – 7.00pm

Friday 8th December

INSET Day: no school for students

Wednesday 13th December

Reception Nativity Play - 9.00am

Friday 15th December

Christmas Lunch & Christmas Jumper Day

Wednesday 20th December

Awards Assemblies. Term Ends at 12.15pm


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