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03 February 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. www.nspcc.org.uk

A Message from Fitzgerald Class Dear Parents/Carers, Fitzgerald Class will perform their assembly at 9.00am on Friday 10th February and not the previously advertised time of 3.00pm – we are sorry for any inconvenience caused and look forward to seeing lots of you there.

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 or boots! 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

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From Tam Broadway – Primary Headteacher Thank you to those Year 2 parents and carers who were able to attend the KS1 English SATs workshop on Thursday. Once again, we received a good turnout for both the morning and evening sessions. The power point presentation is available to view from the ‘Community’ tab on the website and then in ‘Resources for Parents’. We hope that you were able to take lots of practical ideas away with you, to help you support your child at home. It was great to see so many of you at the coffee morning this week. We had a good number from each year group represented. We spent some time discussing fund raising events and ideas for future events. Notes from the coffee morning will be sent out next week. Thank you for your support.

A Message from Ms Macfarlane I am delighted to announce that Ms Chaggar has been appointed to replace Ms Rayner as the Primary Office Manager and P.A. to Ms Broadway. Many congratulations on a well-deserved promotion, Ms Chaggar! Ms Macfarlane.

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E-Safety Parent Workshop Tuesday 7th February 6.00pm We will be holding an e-safety parent workshop on Tuesday 7th February at 6pm. The workshop aims to give parents practical ideas of how to keep their children safe when online at home.  This is open to all Primary parents.

Enrichment Clubs You can now book online for your child's enrichment choices on the school website. To make your choices, please visit www.isaacnewtonacademy.org then select 'Primary', then 'Enrichment'.  Here you will see the purple button to take you to the online form.  Once completed, you will receive an email confirming your choices.  You will have until Monday 6th February 2017 at 12pm to make your choices.  You will then receive a letter by Friday 10th February confirming which enrichment club your child has been allocated and on which day. These new enrichment sessions will begin on Monday 20th February.  If you have any queries or would like further support, please do not hesitate to contact the school office on Monday morning. All pupils are expected to attend one Enrichment Club each week; this is an all through school expectation. Enrichment clubs are a fantastic opportunity for the children to try things out that they might not otherwise have the chance to do, to work with different members of staff both from the Primary and Secondary schools and also to make new friends and get to know children from different classes and year groups. We thank you for your support in ensuring that your child attends their enrichment club every week.

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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 – Ayala Saleem & Tanush Handa Maxwell Class – Maria Tanase & Kianna Benjamin Newton Class – Anmeek Sood & Maiya Summers Britten Class – Nabeeha Ozzul & Maya Ahmed Fitzgerald Class – Yaqoob & Priyajanani Pradeep Kumar Glennie Class –Safwan Khan & Marqelo Rama Al-Kashi Class – Imani Salim & Ghiyas Elahi Fibonacci Class – Zaina Hussain & Zahraa Amanee Pythagoras Class –Kashan Shahzad & Ayaan Hussain Riaz

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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: Smaran Nakerant – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for asking interesting questions.) Aina Shah – Scholar of the Week (for lovely writing in English this week.)

Maxwell Class: Maria Tanase – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using her imagination and creating a toy out of junk modelling.) Tasnia Anis – Scholar of the Week (for using full sentences when talking to her talk partner during Literacy learning time.)

Newton Class: Saif Shaikh – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using his imagination and playing with a box and pretending it was a boat.) Yasin Alom – Scholar of the Week (for using his ‘Fred Fingers’ during English and trying to write neatly on the line.)

Britten Class: Asiyah Ali – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being enthusiastic during handwriting sessions all week.) Lazzaton Lazza – Scholar of the Week (for trying really hard during maths all week.)

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Fitzgerald Class: Asher Shah – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using his discovery skills to learn lots about the toys in the Toy Museum.) Sohana Hoque – Scholar of the Week (for writing a very thoughtful plan in history this week.)

Glennie Class: Maryam Nawaz – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always asking great questions to find out more information.) Imran Hussain – Scholar of the Week (for his good effort during the carpet time and with his handwriting.)

Al-Kashi Class: Naniyah Owusu – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for spending time researching and learning about different things at home, and sharing that learning with others.) Eesa Anwar – Scholar of the Week (for working hard and therefore making progress in understanding time.)

Fibonacci Class: Jeevat Palray – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for having the confidence to ask really insightful questions during our class discussions.) Janeefa Khezar – Scholar of the Week (for an excellent improvement with her listening skills in class – well done.)

Pythagoras Class: Riyen Shah – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for following instructions very well and applying what he was shown by adults to make a cloth bag in DT.) Aadam Ali – Scholar of the Week (for trying very hard with his maths learning and answering time questions. Also for responding to his marking very well.) 03 February 2017

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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.

Ibrahim Nasiri Azmain Islam Natalia Duran-Rodrigo Shahed Hussain Zayn Miah Aadam Ali Ayaan Hussain Riaz

Rayaan Vakas Ghiyas Elahi Kisa Fatima Miguel Genov Asiyah Ali Emile Morgan Zahir Khan

The following pupil has received 50 merits since September for making good choices and moving up to gold on the class ‘good choice chart’ – this is fantastic achievement. A special ‘silver’ certificate will be presented during the Celebration and Awards Assembly.

Cameron Palmer Ronak Chatha Aashvi Govil Naniyah Owusu Ava-Lily Pemberton- Mardenborough

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Imani Salim Natalia Duran-Rodrigo Ali Haroon Azmain Islam Ibrahim Nasiri

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Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for the week after half term on Friday 10th February. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Hamza Chand - Glennie Zahir Khan - Glennie Rohin Ronson - Fibonacci Kashan Shahzad - Pythagoras Miguel Genov - Al-Kashi Ibrahim Ahmed - Curie Joshua George - Maxwell

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 interest of safeguarding your children. Thank you for your cooperation. 03 February 2017

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Exciting Learning this Week Year 1 Trip – Bethnal Green Toy Museum Year 1 had a fantastic time using their ‘Discovery’ skills to find out about the toys at the Toy Museum in Bethnal Green! Thank you to the parents who were able to help out, your support, as always, was invaluable.

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Enrichment Clubs The Junkyard Orchestra having a great time!

Ms Clarke’s science enrichment group observing how the reaction in the bottle produces a gas!

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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 are working on, which rotate on a weekly cycle throughout the year. The BRIDGES habit of the week is always be introduced at the beginning of the week during the Monday assembly and reinforced throughout the week across the curriculum. Each class teacher awards 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 6th February 2017

Grit Grit comprises six dispositions: Perseverance Managing Distractions

Resilience Patience

Concentration Determination

At School

• At part of our 6 pillars we continually stress the importance of children managing distractions and concentrating during their learning time. • It is essential that from Reception upwards the children become better at managing distractions and demonstrating 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 and complete things more independently – when they say they can’t do something, tell them 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 that, through not giving up, being determined and practising, you got better.

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Composer of the Fortnight Tan Dun

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, we will be listening to and learning about Tan Dun as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Dun in preparation for the coming weeks. You can hear some of his music on the following links. www.tandun.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan_Dun

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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. 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

87.3% 96.3% 96.3%

Britten Fitzgerald Glennie

99% 96% 99%

Al-Kashi Fibonacci Pythagoras

98.7% 95.7% 99.3%

Overall Attendance: 96.4% Well done and congratulations to Pythagoras class who are the winners for this week with 99.3%! It was encouraging to see a few classes with 99%; let’s see if they can make it 100% next week. Come on Curie class; let’s see if you improve 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%. 03 February 2017

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Key Dates for Spring Term 2017 Tuesday 7th February Friday 10th February

E Safety Workshop 6.00pm Fitzgerald Class Assembly (Fitzgerald Parents Invited) 9:00am

Monday 13th – Friday 17th February - HALF TERM Monday 20th February Pupils return to school Wed 22nd February High Attainers Parent Workshop 6.00pm Wednesday 1st March St David’s Day Thursday 2nd March World Book Day Wednesday 8th March International Women’s Day Friday 10th March Britten Class Assembly (Britten Parents Invited) 3pm Friday 17th March INSET Day: no school for students Monday 20th March Handwriting Week Monday 20th – Friday 24th March – Home & Family Week (No enrichment clubs) Tuesday 21st March Coffee Morning 9.00am Thursday 30th March Easter Bonnet Parade 4.00pm Friday 31st March Easter Egg Hunt Friday 31st March End of Term Awards Assemblies - Term Ends at 12.15pm

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