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02 December 2016

Primary Newsletter

Important Reminders • Schools starts at 8.45am. 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 every day other than Tuesday when we finish at 3.00pm • If any of your details have changed eg. 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.

Uniform Reminders The Primary uniform can be purchased through the Khalsa Schoolwear website or can be bought at Khalsa Schoolwear shop in Bethnal Green. All Year 1 and 2 pupils are expected to be wearing a blazer; this is still an optional item for the Reception children. Please speak to the staff in the primary reception if you have any queries. • 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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02 December 2016

From Tam Broadway – Primary Headteacher It has been a frosty old week this week, so I would like to remind you that the children will need their hats and coats increasingly for outdoor play when it is dry but cold. Please make sure that your child comes to school in a plain black coat and ensure that it is labelled. Can you also remember to send your child to school with their PE sweatshirts. The uniform policy is on the website under the primary tab. If your child comes to school with an umbrella, we ask that you take it home again with you as we do not have space to store and leave wet umbrellas in the classrooms and the children will not need them whilst they are at school. Thank you for your continued support.

Thank You Message Thank you to all the management team in The Perfume Shop, Ilford Exchange, for kindly sending in empty perfume boxes for the children to use during their Great Fire of London project.

Message from the Reception Team Can you please send your child in with a baby photo next week for part of their Literacy Learning on Monday 5th December. Thank you.

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of London Trip

Year 1

We were very proud of the Year 1 pupils this week who travelled into central London to see the Monument erected in memory of the Great Fire of London, along with other famous landmarks. Their behaviour was impeccable. A huge thank you to the parent helpers; your support was invaluable.


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02 December 2016

Mathematics Mastery Workshop (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Parents) Thursday 8th December 6.00-7.00pm This workshop has run successfully for the last two years and has really helped parents to gain a greater understanding of the Maths Mastery approach used at INA. Reception parents will be introduced to the approach and the Reception programme of study along with strategies for you to use to support your child at home. Year 1 and 2 parents we be talked through the programme areas for their respective year groups and again given strategies to help support your child at home. To ensure we set out enough space and resources for the event, we ask that you contact the Primary office staff to confirm your attendance. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Christmas Music Event The Year 1 and Year 2 pupils will be performing songs they have been learning as part of their music lessons this half term on Monday 12th December. Both year groups will perform at the event and parents are invited to attend at the following times: Year 1 parents to attend at 2.00 -2.30pm (2 tickets per child will be issued) Year 2 parents to attend at 3.00 – 3.30pm (2 tickets per child will be issued)

02 December 2016

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Praise and Recognition Every week each teacher chooses two children from their class to receive a certificate in assembly, one 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: Guillermo Duran-Rodrigo – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for his discovery skills in finding all the pumpkins in his book.) Aina Shah – Scholar of the Week (for her work on finding one more and one less of a given number.)

Maxwell Class: Preeti Caldeira – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing enthusiasm in her learning and noticing when she has made mistakes.) Gurnoor Singh – Scholar of the Week (for trying hard with his writing, especially his name.)

Newton Class: Alia Malik – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for noticing the purple star fish on the ‘spot the difference’.) Soha Zaida – Scholar of the Week (for working hard in maths to determine increasing and decreasing numbers.)

Britten Class: Deepshika Ravi – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for discovering more about London and the Great Fire of London during the school trip.) Abdul Wahab – Scholar of the Week (for great effort with his work all week.)


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Fitzgerald Class: Marwa Benaziza – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for concentrating brilliantly and asking great questions to discover new things in her learning.) Sarrinah Mohammed – Scholar of the Week (for Discovering how to write a letter beautifully literacy.)

Glennie Class: Adam Ismail – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing curiosity and enthusiasm during the trip and using it to write a brilliant recount.) Abdullah Riaz – Scholar of the Week (for having a positive attitude to all aspects of his learning this week.)

Al-Kashi Class: Ghiyas Elahi – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for taking initiative in developing his reading and understanding of unfamiliar words.) Naniyah Owusu – Scholar of the Week (for consistently seeking to develop her learning and understanding both inside and outside of school, going above and beyond what is expected of any student.)

Fibonacci Class: Fahmid Khan – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for extending his own learning and challenging himself during maths.) Gurkirpa Hunjan– Scholar of the Week (for making a real effort to participate in class discussion.)

Pythagoras Class: Rohan Taheem – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using /finding lots of strategies to solve maths problems.) Anum Imran – Scholar of the Week (for being very eager, answering good questions in class and showing very lovely handwriting.) 02 December 2016

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Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch on Thursday 8th December. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Sarah Master - Maxwell Soha Zaida - Newton Abdul Wahab - Britten Aqsa Saeed - Fitzgerald Emilie Morgan - Britten Muhammad Aadam Natha - Al-Kashi Raisha Islam - Pythagoras

Wonderful Writing Week

It was great to see so many children bringing in examples of their great handwriting from home and to see so many pupils trying really hard to improve their writing in their lessons last week. I know the teachers found it really hard to choose who to award the certificates to. Well done and congratulations to the following pupils for working hard on their handwriting during the Wonderful Handwriting Week: Curie Class – Keira Palmer & Ibrahim Ahmad Maxwell Class – Tasnia Amis & Eshaal Khan Newton Class – Yasin Alom & Anmeek Sood Britten Class – Aryan Lakhani & Aairah Abid Fitzgerald Class – Srisakthi Velmurugan & Yaqoob Glennie Class – Emile Morgan & Prajin Raja Al-Kashi Class – Zahra Abbas & Avneet Chaggar Fibonacci Class – Arissa Isha-Butt & Saba Akram Pythagoras Class – Nuhitu Hasan & Charan Chaggar


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02 December 2016

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. Eric Vasile - Newton Zairah Ali - Pythagoras Maidah Hussain Riaz - Maxwell Lara Burvill - Al-Kashi Innaya Islam - Fitzgerald Cameron Palmer - Fitzgerald Ali Haroon - Britten Hanad Ali - Britten Azmain Munshi - Britten Sasha Lard - Britten Natalia Duran-Rodrigo - Britten


All enrichment bookings for the Spring term can now be made online. We will not be sending out any paper copies for parents to choose as we have in the past.  To make your choices, go to http://www., select Primary, then Enrichment.  Here you will find a blue/purple button.  Click this, then follow the instructions to make your three choices.  The final day to make your enrichment choices will be Thursday 8th December. We will then notify you of your allocated club before the end of term. 02 December 2016

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Celebration and Awards Assembly Friday 16th December

At the end of every term the children enjoy the opportunity to share and celebrate some of their learning and achievements with you. Each teacher chooses two children from their class to receive a certificate in the Celebration and Awards Assembly, one in recognition of a child who has demonstrated the habits of all the seven BRIDGES throughout the term, and the other in recognition of a pupil’s outstanding academic effort and achievement. The assemblies start at the following times in the Primary dining hall: 8.45-9.15am – Year 2 (All Year 2 parents are invited to attend) 9.30-10.00am – Reception (All Reception parents are invited to attend) 10.15-10.45am – Year 1 (All Year 1 parents are invited to attend)

We want your opinion… We will be hosting a parent focus group on Monday 16th January 2017 at 6pm to discuss the weekly newsletter that you receive. We welcome all parents to participate and discuss your thoughts and ideas on the design, content and distribution of the newsletter. Please let us know if you will be attending the focus group by emailing or phoning the school reception on 0208 911 6666. Many thanks Ms May Marketing and Communications Manager


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02 December 2016

Composer of the Fortnight Debbie Wiseman

We are currently listening to and learning about Debbie Wiseman as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Wiseman in preparation for the coming weeks. Information can be found on the following links.

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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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02 December 2016

Week commencing 5th December

Grit Grit comprises six dispositions: Perseverance Managing Distractions

Resilience Patience

Concentration Determination

At School

• At part of our 6 pillars we continuously stress the importance to the children of managing distractions and concentrating during their learning time. • It is essential that from Reception upwards the children become better at managing distractions and demonstrate that they can work on a task for a sustained period of time. • We always encourage a ‘can do’ resilient attitude and talk to the children about the importance of not giving up on a task too easily, even when it presents as a challenge, learning that ‘practice makes perfect’. • We discuss that having patience and trying something again, even though we may find it difficult, will lead to success. We also explain that patience can also mean not having what we want instantly and that sometimes we have to wait our turn.

At Home

Encourage your child to try to complete things more independently – when they say they can’t do something, tell them child to have a go and to try a little harder. If then they are still completely stuck with a task, offer a small amount of help to get them started. Offer encouragement and praise your child’s effort. Talk to your child about how you learned to do things and how hard some things were for you too but through not giving up, being determined and practising you got better.

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Parent Progress Meetings and Pupil Progress Reports The Pupil Progress Reports and Parent Progress Meetings will take place in January this academic year. The Pupil Progress Reports will be sent out to you on Friday 6th January and the Parent Progress Meetings will take place on Tuesday 10th January. There will be still three Termly Reports sent out over the course of the year and three Parent Progress Meetings. Further details will be sent out in due course.

Reception Nativity Play The Reception pupils will be performing the Nativity play on Wednesday 14th December at 2.50pm. Reception parents are invited to attend. Two tickets will be issued per child in due course.

A big thank you to Ms West for hosting the coffee morning this week. Ms West spent time discussing and showing parents the new online enrichment form that we will be using going forward; we are pleased to hear that you like the new app, The link for putting down enrichment preferences is below. If you have any further questions or suggestions, do not hesitate to come and let us know. The notes from the coffee morning will be sent out next week.


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02 December 2016

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. Curie Maxwell Newton

95.2% 95.3% 95.6%

Britten Fitzgerald Glennie

98.5% 95.6% 97%

Al-Kashi Fibonacci Pythagoras

97.3% 95.9% 97.5%

Overall Attendance: 96.4% Well done and congratulations to Britten class who are the winners again for the second week! The attendance figures have improved a little this week, but I know we can do better next week. 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%.

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Key Dates for the Autumn Term 2016 Term Dates -Autumn Term Thursday 1st September - Friday 16th December Half Term: Monday 24th – Friday 28th October INSET Days: 1, 2, 5 September, 23 November, 9 December

Key Dates for Primary - Autumn Term Thursday 8th December Thursday 8th December Friday 9th December Monday 12th December Wednesday 14th December Friday 16th December 8.45-9.15am – Year 2 9.30-10.00am – Reception 10.15-10.45am – Year 1 Friday 16th December


Christmas Lunch Maths Mastery Parent Workshop 6.00pm (Year 1, 2 and Reception Parents Invited) INSET Day: no school for pupils Christmas Music Event Year 1 and Year 2 Pupils Performing Reception Nativity Play Celebration and Awards Assembly (All Year 2 parents are invited to attend) (All Reception parents are invited to attend) (All Year 1 parents are invited to attend) Term Ends at 12.15pm

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