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Southern Entrance

We would like to remind parents and carers that the gate at the southern entrance will be locked at 08:23 each morning. Students arriving after this time should enter via the main entrance in Cricklefield Place.


The welfare and safety of our students is our priority. We do everything possible to ensure our students’ safety, both within the school community and outside of school, including working with relevant agencies to address any issues related to child protection. Students are informed of who they should go to should they have a concern about their own safety or the safety of others. At INA, all staff have regular safeguarding training to ensure that they are able to meet their statutory responsibilities. We also have a number of staff who are designated to respond to any child protection concerns and to liaise with social services:

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Jo Spencer Vice Principal Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) Tam Broadway Primary Headteacher Designated Child Protection Officers Eleanor Seale Office Manager Leanne Abbott-Jones Assistant Principal Gareth Marshall-Jones Primary Deputy Headteacher You can find the INA Safeguarding policy, Child Protection policy and other related policies and procedures on the Academy’s website.

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Dear Parents and Carers, We are busy collating the Year 11 mock exam grades and controlled assessment scores to track how they are progressing in the last few months before the GCSEs. I look forward to seeing all parents and carers of Year 11 student at Wednesday’s Progress Meetings where crucial discussions about what the students need to focus on now and how family members can assist at this key time will be taking place. I am delighted to introduce you to two more new members of our secondary teaching team, Farhana Akther and Jagdeep Chaggar:

Farhana Akther, Teacher of Maths It has been a pleasure to be part of the team at Isaac Newton Academy. I hope to further grow in becoming an outstanding teacher in Mathematics and, as INA is a specialist school in mathematics, I reckon this is the best place to start. A bit about myself: I grew up and went to a school in North London. I enjoyed mathematics, PE and food technology but decided to further my studies in mathematics by studying it at university. I’ve worked with young people from the age of 17. I started by just tutoring in tuition centres to then realised teaching was something I really enjoy. I loved doing complicated mathematical problems and explaining them to others in a less complicated way. So after my course at university ended I decided to go straight into teaching. I am happy to say my love for solving mathematical problems and teaching mathematics has not changed and I still love being a mathematics teacher. I feel proud and privileged to be part of an outstanding organisation. And I look forward to working with the students and staff at Isaac Newton Academy.

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Jagdeep Chaggar Teacher of Science I was extremely delighted when I was given the opportunity to resume my career as a teacher of science at Isaac Newton Academy. Isaac Newton Academy represents a growth mind-set of core values which leads to outstanding achievement, and I am very excited to be a part of this team. I have worked as a science teacher for about 10 years and then had decided to take a little career break and ventured into something new. For the past 3 years I have worked for the Early Years Foundation. Here I managed and directed pre-schools. I also spent a lot of time with my family and enjoyed time spent with my daughter and son. Having worked constantly in a school environment, secondary school is what I have a passion for, along with teaching science. So I decided it is now the right time to get back into teaching. I am already having so much fun in teaching Science here at Isaac Newton Academy; the staff and students have made it very easy for me to get back into the swing of it. Each child has potential to achieve their goals and to be able to help them achieve this is very rewarding. Wishing you a great weekend,

Rachel Macfarlane

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Year 11 progress meeting Thursday 26th January 2017 2:30 – 6:30pm ✧✧ ✧✧ ✧✧ ✧✧ ✧✧

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Year 11 Progress meeting is calendared for Thursday 26th January 2017 from 2:30-6:30pm. All students will complete lessons P1 – 4a (Year 10 and Year 11 students will complete lesson 4a as per KS3 timings). P4a will finish for all students at 1:05pm. Students will return to tutor groups from 1:05-1:15pm. Students who are eligible for Free School Meals who request lunch in advance (via form tutors) can collect a lunch bag from the KS3 desk area as they leave. Tutors will escort students to the KS3 gate at 1:15 where students are expected to go directly home. Year 11 students will return between 2:30-6:30pm with parents. Students are expected to attend with an adult family member in full school uniform. The progress meeting will take place in the KS3 Hall. The last appointment is 6:25pm for a 6:30pm finish. Staff will set independent learning for Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 in advance for P5 and 6. The school will be closed to Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 from 1:15. Enrichments and detentions will not take place. Mark Crowther-Green Assistant Principal

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Thinking of studying Mathematics A-Level? Try the following problem? Complex Numbers (FP1) Challenge 1

Think about √16. Both 4 x 4 and -4 x -4 give us an answer of 16, so √16 is both 4 and -4. What about √−16? Are there any real, �, solutions?

Suppose đ?‘–đ?‘– = √−1. Can you find the √−16 in terms of đ?‘–đ?‘–? What about √−196 in terms of đ?‘–đ?‘–? Express 5đ?‘–đ?‘– as a square root.

Hint: Can you use your knowledge of simplifying surds to help you? Challenge 2 On the following axes, plot

a) 5 + 2đ?‘–đ?‘–

b) -3 +4đ?‘–đ?‘–

Complex (Imaginary) Numbers, đ?’Šđ?’Š

c) −

5 2


3 2


Real Numbers, â„?

Show your solution to Ms Gohil by Friday 10th February. Correct solutions with clear explanations will receive a prize.

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Year 9 and 10 students are invited to attend

Friday 10th March 2017 at the Apollo Theatre, London

A chance to see and hear five of Britain’s top scientists, all working at the cutting edge of their specialisms. The scientists are carefully chosen for their ability to communicate with students of this age in a direct and exciting way.

Prof Jim Al-Khalili

Prof Andrea Sella

Prof Alice Roberts

Prof Robert Winston

Improve your Science GCSE results with top tips on examination success from an experienced science examiner. Students should register their interest and collect a letter from Dr Mounsey or Mr Golinski as soon as possible. The event costs ÂŁ17.50, to be uploaded to Wisepay by Friday 27th January. Students are expected to catch up on any learning missed. 20 January 2017

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Praise and Recognition

At INA, we aim to provide a stimulating, challenging and rewarding learning environment which supports learning, celebrates achievement and encourages everyone. Awarding merits, informal praise in class and the end of term awards assemblies are all part of this. Please speak to your child/children on a regular basis to see how many merits they have and how they are working towards the different awards on offer.


The merit race has restarted for 2017. The totals below are for the spring term only. So if your form missed out on winning the award last term, you now have another opportunity to get to top of the league. Also if your form won the award last term, then we will have to see whether you can defend your title this term. A massive well done to all those who have gained merits so far, and if you are owed any merits please do remember to collect them! YEAR 7











124 112 101 81 70 44 0


93 72 72 49 49 29 17 0


74 59 55 41 41 40 38 18


73 40 38 36 14 11 1


114 4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Ahmed Al-Khafaji Award (Peer Commendation Award) Ahmed was well known for being kind, for helping others and for being extremely polite. He was also someone known for his hard work and absorption. The idea, therefore, is that the winner should be someone who encapsulated one of these qualities in that week. Year 7: Taukir Kazim 7C Year 8: Jay Amin 8N Year 9: Monique Toor 9W Year 10: Mason Pickton 10W Year 11: Haneefa Sultan 11A

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Good Deed Feed Mr Beattie: Aqsa Rafiq 11C for scoring the Badminton tournament. Ms Rudd: Khiran Patel and Mumina Begum for showing new students around. Ms Brett: Simra Kazi, Taybah Patel and Alisha Mahmood are always offering to help me out in and outside of form whether it be cutting up worksheets, putting away dictionaries, handing out things in class and they always do it with a smile on their faces. It’s always appreciated!

Mr Ayerh

Year 10 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition.

How to support your son/daughter with their exams Each week we will post tips on how you can support your son/daughters exam preparation and revision building up to their exams from May 2017 onwards

Tips of the Week

• Work with your child and the school to ensure that you understand the course structure and requirements, including the dates of the exams and any non-exam based assessments. • Help you child to organise a work area, ensuring that they have all the resource materials and resources they require. • Talk about your own and your child's expectations in terms of how much work they should be doing during the week and when is the best time to do it. 20 January 2017

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Questi Dr John Snow

Dr John Snow (15 March 1813 – 16 June 1858) was an English physician and a leader in medical hygiene. He is considered one of the fathers of the science of modern epidemiology, because of his work in tracing the source of a cholera outbreak in Soho, London, in 1854. Snow asked questions about why so many cholera victims lived in the same area of London. At the time, it was assumed that cholera was airborne. However, Snow did not accept this ‘miasma’ (bad air) theory, arguing that in fact entered the body through the mouth. Through questioning local residents, Snow identified the source of the outbreak as the public water pump on a street in Soho. He used a dot map to illustrate the cluster of cholera cases around the pump and interrogated statistics to find the connection between the quality of the water source and cholera cases.

By interrogating the data, he learned that the water company was taking water from sewage-polluted sections of the Thames and delivering the water to homes, leading to an increased incidence of cholera. His studies of the pattern of the disease persuaded the local council to disable the well pump by removing its handle, an action which has been credited as ending the outbreak. He had the handle of the pump removed and cases of cholera immediately began to diminish. However, Snow’s ‘germ’ theory of disease was not widely accepted until the 1860s. Snow’s findings inspired fundamental changes in the water and waste systems of London, which led to similar changes in other cities, and a significant improvement in general public health around the world.

Students who have shown great Questioning Khadijha Chaudhry in Year 9 demonstrates excellent questioning skills when learning. Aerez Khan in Year 7 is always very inquisitive and asks curious questions to learn more about the world around us. Full of great information too! Aslan Dar questions his teachers

to improve the quality of his learning, particularly in History.

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ioning Questioning Questioning is about developing the skill to ask good questions and having the curiosity to do so. Asking great questions provides a wide range of information from different perspectives. Great learners love questions. They enjoy getting below the surface of things and do not accept unthinkingly what they are told. Questioning can be non-verbal as well as verbal. Great questioners play around with materials and ideas just to see what happens. Artists and inventors are great questioners.

Behaviours Having the confidence to ask questions if you are unsure or need clarification. Evaluating the things you do and the ways you do them and seeing if they can be improved. Constructing the correct questions when faced with a challenging topic or problem. Being responsible for building your knowledge, learning power or character through questioning.

Top tips



Ask your partner/group members questions to develop your understanding of new knowledge or a new skill.

Write a list of questions to test yourself on a topic you have been learning in one (or more) of your subjects.

Ask an older member of your family some probing questions to find out about their early life.

Try to ask one inquisitive question in each lesson. Keep a note of the questions you ask in your BRIDGES journal.

Generate a series of challenging questions that you can answer when revising a particular topic.

Reflect on a challenge you’re facing by asking yourself questions such as ‘What’s one thing I could do to change the outcome of the situation?’ or ‘How can I improve on my performance in this area?’

Read an article, critical study, essay etc. on a topic that you are studying and note down questions you ask to deepen your understanding.

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Encourage you son/daughter to ask questions about you, your day or your life before them.

Watch a few minutes of the news or read a newspaper report and encourage your son/ daughter to ask questions about its content.

Watch ‘Question Time’ or a similar TV programme with your son/daughter. Discuss the topics being debated, the type of questions being asked and how the panel respond to the questions.

Visit an art gallery or museum and encourage your son/daughter to ask inquisitive questions.

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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. We know that attendance has a direct link to progress, and would urge you to really consider if a day off school is necessary. Year 7 are the top year group for the week with 96.6% well done! 7A












































































Ms Abbott-Jones Assistant Principal

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For parents regarding PE lessons At this moment in time we are experiencing some cold weather. Please note that unless health and safety is to be compromised e.g. frozen ground, students will be participating in their usual PE activities, including those outside. Students have been advised at the start of the year and in recent weeks what they can do to keep warm in lessons. The following are allowed for outdoor lessons: ✧✧ Gloves and hats (please note if doing handball it is advised that gripped gloves are used as per below) ✧✧ Isaac newton academy rain jacket ✧✧ Plain black tracksuit bottoms ✧✧ White or black under-layers – please see below

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THIS WEEK IN P.E……………… AT INA YEAR 9 NETBALLERS WINNER THRILLER! INA played away at Wanstead and came home with their first victory of the season, after being promoted to the A league last season. INA got off to a fantastic start with quick passing from Mya in centre court to our attacking third which resulting in us leading during the first quarter. Both home and away teams were chasing at stages in the match, with Wanstead matching our defence with strong attacking play. Well timed interceptions from Sumayyah, Sadaf and Mya led to many fast paced attacks from INA which paid off in the final quarter. The final score was Wanstead 6, INA 7. Player of the match goes to Manisha who showed outstanding composure under pressure and scored all 7 points for INA.

This Week’s results: Monday 16th January

Year 9 Netball V Wanstead (away) won 7-6

Year 8 Basketball v Loxford (away) won 29-0

Thursday 19th January

Year 8 Basketball v ICHS (home) –

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result next week

Year 8 Netball v Wanstead (away) -

result next week

Next Week’s fixtures: Monday 23rd January

Year 9 Netball V Ursaline (venue tbc)

Tuesday 24th January

Year 10 Basketball v Raines Foundation (Home)

Wednesday 25th January

Year 7 Basketball v Mayfield (away – cup)

Thursday 26th January

Year 10 Basketball v Mayfield (Away)

Year 8 Basketball v Oaks Park (Home – cup)

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BOCCIA TEAM BRING HOME THE BRONZE! INA produced 3 teams to compete at the Redbridge BOCCIA tournament. This was a tournament won by INA 2 years ago. INA showed incredible team spirit and leadership to manage their own teams throughout the tournament. The team consisting of Rafi, Ram, Usman and Keshan made it into the semi-finals where they faced Little Heath School who are not only London champions from last year but also National champions last year. Unfortunately Little Heath had a lot more experience than us, with their team having a 6th former and our oldest player being Year 8; however when competing for 3rd and 4th INA showed excellent focus and skill to win. The team were: Matthew Afsar 9T

Luke Bailey 9T

Rameez Saleem 9T

Keshan Beckett Edwards 8S

Jash Patel 9T

Rafi Ullah 8I

Omar Muhammad 9E

Ayaan Ali 7S

Sannan Hafeez

Belal Yusuf 7I

Ram Solanky 7S

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Usman Umarji 8C

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Last week Year 7 took part in their first ever INA Maths Relay. They were competing against other forms to see who could be crowned maths relay champions! Their points from the relay were added to their Mathematician of the Moment points to give an overall score. These were the top three forms:

1st – 7C = 1830 2nd – 7I = 1455 3rd – 7N = 1370 A massive well done to 7C who are now the ones to beat! (It must also be said that they were the form with the highest MOTM points as well at the end of last term)


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Well done to all students who participated and made the maths relay such a great event. Students really used and developed many of their BRIDGES dispositions including collaboration, imagining, reasoning, perseverance and remembering.

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Key Dates for the Spring Term 2017 Term Dates -Spring Term Tuesday 3rd January – Friday 31st March Half Term: Monday 13th – Friday 17th February INSET Days: Tuesday 3rd January, Friday 17th March Independent Learning Day: Monday 27th February

Key Dates for Secondary – Spring Term

Tuesday 24th January Thursday 26th January Friday 27th January Friday 27th January

Friday 27th January Thursday 2nd February Tuesday 7th February Wednesday 8th February Thursday 9th February Friday 10th February Monday 13th — Friday 17th February Monday 27th February Wednesday 1st March Thursday 2nd March Friday 10th March Friday 10th March Monday 13th March Thursday 16th March Thursday 16th March

Year 11 reports issued Year 11 Progress Meetings 14:30 – 18:30 Holocaust Memorial Day Year 11 Triple Science Controlled Assessment Sixth Form Application Form Deadline Maths Challenge Year 8 Progress Meetings 14:30 – 18:30 Year 10 Natural History Museum Trip Year 10 Natural History Museum Trip Option Interviews end

HALF TERM Independent Learning/Revision Day: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS Year 10 Progress Meetings 14:30 – 18:30 World Book Day (Dress as a book character) Year 9/10 Science Live Trip Year 7/8 Team Maths Challenge Year 7 Progress Meetings 14:30 – 18:30 Year 8 Royal Observatory Trip Maths Intermediate Challenge

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