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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

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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From Tam Broadway – Primary Headteacher This week we have been busily starting our new half term topics. Information sheets will be sent out on Monday to give you more information about your child’s learning, along with ideas about how you can further support them at home. On Wednesday 22nd November the school has its annual Ahmed Al-Khafaji Day. For families new to INA, Ahmed was a student in our founding year group who was with us throughout Years 7 to 9 but sadly passed away in July 2014. Ahmed was a great character. His passion and excitement for learning and knowledge was palpable. His sense of curiosity and imagination as a learner was infectious. He was a committed musician who had his own band and loved to play the trombone and the piano, he wrote poetry, he was a keen scientist, a debater, a student with strong social, moral and political views. He loved languages and read and wrote in Arabic. He was a fantastic all-rounder! And he was well loved by his peers and the staff. Ahmed displayed so many of the BRIDGES dispositions and character traits. In honour of Ahmed, and to keep his memory alive in the school, we take a day out of our routine each year to model the behaviours that Ahmed displayed so powerfully. On this day we encourage everyone in the INA community, staff and students, to get engrossed in learning about something that really excites and engages them. For some this will involve a trip to a museum or a gallery, for others curling up and reading some books related to a course they are studying or watching documentaries or films linked to course material. Some students spend the day making music with friends or practising a sport they are learning. Some staff members visit other schools to see great practice or carry out research or further reading. We all learn off site on this day. For pupils in the primary, it would be great if parents could think about what activity they could undertake with their son/daughter on this day to promote curiosity, a thirst for learning and a sense of excitement about acquiring new knowledge. Once we return to school following the Ahmed Day, every student and member of staff is invited to complete a card reflecting on what they spend the day doing and learning and we display these around the school.

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Multicultural Food Fayre & Dress Up Day Thank you for your support at the end of the half term with the Multicultural Day; it was great to see so many children dressed up and celebrating the amazing diversity of our INA community. Through the various fundraising events we managed to raise a whopping ÂŁ545.66; this will be spent on SEN sensory room provision. Thank you to all the parents who prepared and sold their cultural dishes at our food fayre; it just gets bigger and better every time! A big thank you also to Ms Palray for getting the hall set up and organised.

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'Mathemagical' Maths Week Week beginning 6th November

With the aim of raising the profile of mathematics as a life-long skill that we use every day, we are holding a ‘Mathamagical Maths Week’. The staff have been busy planning ways in which they can make mathematical links to every other curriculum area and will having lots of fun with maths next week. We ask that you encourage and support your child at home during the week and get them to do as much thinking about their use of maths at home or during their visits to the shops or walk to school etc. as possible. It would be great to ask them how they have been using their magical maths skills in different subjects at school.

Mathematics Mastery Workshop Thursday 9th November 9am & 6pm

This workshop has run successfully for the last three years and has really helped parents to gain a greater understanding of the Maths Mastery approach used at INA. Parents will be introduced to the approach and be given strategies to use to support their 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.

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Enrichment Pupils were introduced to the game of chess this week. Thank you to Nirmalpreet and Aagia’s father, Mr Durhaily, for volunteering to the run the club and for also purchasing the chess boards!

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Design and Technology Learning Ms Gilley, our chef, took time to talk to the Year 2 pupils about making healthy snacks. The children then had the opportunity to design their own healthy sandwich.

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Year 2 Gymnastics Learning It was great to see the Year 2 pupils practising and developing their gymnastics skills this week!

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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.

Notice for Year 3 Parents

Increase in price of school meals from January 2018 Having held the price of £2.20 for a school meal since April 2016, we will be increasing the cost to £2.40 with effect from January 2018.  We will continue to provide a healthy school meal which includes a main course (halal, non halal and vegetarian option) and salad bar and a desert. The new menu is available on the website. Please can you ensure that your child’s account is topped up at the beginning of each week in order to ensure sufficient funds are available for their school meal and any additional snacks.

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Important reminders • Schools 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.

Black History Month A huge thank you to our Black History Month working party of parents who helped to run and organise many wonderful events last half term, all of which really helped to enrich the children’s learning experiences.

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.

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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: • Hong Yip – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating self-discipline consistently to remain focused and work independently). • Ekamjot Singh – Scholar of the Week (for writing using his ‘Fred Fingers’ in phonics and English). Maxwell Class: • Jiya Gill – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for practising and learning all her sounds). • Aiza Faheem – Scholar of the Week (for being a perfect partner during maths). Newton Class: • Wasif Mohammed – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for the self-discipline shown by his hard work during English). • Emaan Haroon – Scholar of the Week (for the effort she put into forming neat letters). Britten Class: • Maisha Hossain – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for working really hard at practising her handwriting). • Rajan Mann – Scholar of the Week (for writing brilliant sentences about fireworks using onomatopoeia). Fitzgerald Class: • Nobin Chowdhury – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always giving his best effort during independent learning and showing great absorption and motivation). • Humza Anwar – Scholar of the Week (for writing a super firework poem with sound words and adjectives).

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Glennie Class: • Sarah Master – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for consistently working hard with all her learning). • Isa Ijaz – Scholar of the Week (for showing a significant improvement in his handwriting). Al-Kashi Class: • Emile Morgan – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for self-regulating and managing her own behaviour and thinking about her own choices to ensure that she is consistently making the right choices). • Aryan Singh – Scholar of the Week (for consistently trying his best and working hard to develop his learning both inside and outside of school). Fibonacci Class: • Sarrinah Begum – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for continuing to work hard in all her lessons). • Zara Choudhry – Scholar of the Week (for using excellent adjectives and similes in her work). Pythagoras Class: • Akbar Hussain – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for concentrating really hard with his independent learning this week and being very keen to move onto further challenges). • Harneet Kang – Scholar of the Week (for writing lovely predictions in English this week and includeing lots of evidence from the text). Ellington Class: • Bushra Rahman – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for continuing to practise mentally, the adding and subtracting of three digit numbers from two digit numbers). • Siya Kamothi – Scholar of the Week (for being dedicated towards her learning). Nicks Class: • Aayan Hussain – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for improved self-regulation during lessons and in the playground). • Nassim Rebhi – Scholar of the Week (for use of pictorial representations during maths lessons). Shankar Class: • Tara Rani Kaur – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating self displine though great organisation, motivation and self-regulation). • Nadia Khan – Scholar of the Week (for consistently trying her best in every lesson and for encouraging others to do the same). 03 November 2017

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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. Nadia Khan Malaika Hussain Araiya Lard Prajin Raja Vishak Muthukumar Emilie Morgan Meliah Henry

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 3rd November. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Giorgio Nicosia - Curie Abeera Qazi - Curie Anya Mirza - Maxwell Bilal Hussain - Newton Alisha Ali - Britten Nobin Chowdhury - Fitzgerald Alexandra Bale-Orhorha - Glennie

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Zahir Khan - Al-Kashi Zara Daykin - Fibonacci Hanad Ali - Pythagoras Aizah Nawaz - Ellington Rufaida Hasnat - Nicks Yanis Benjamin - Nicks Miguel Genov - Shankar

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Class Ambassadors Every half term we award two children from each class the honour of being the class ambassador. Each class teacher has chosen two children from their class to represent them over the course of the half term. Their role includes helping children in the playground, welcoming visitors to their class and explaining some of their learning to them, along with helping the staff with other special jobs. A purple pin badge will be presented to the children in assembly next week which will need to be worn on their uniform every day. Well done and congratulations to the following pupils for this half term: Curie Class – Eisa Ali & Aarzoo Ilyas Maxwell Class – Khadijah Jamil & Jaskaran Dhiman Newton Class – Tyler Frazer Clarke & Dimah Al-Johani Britten Class – Tariq Hamed & Zainab Khan Fitzgerald Class – Alexis Burvill & Keyaan Alam Glennie Class – Hanfil Mohammed Jameel & Anushka Navarajan Al-Kashi Class – Safwan Khan & Miriam Mirza Fibonacci Class – Kareem Al Khouli & Sarrinah Mohammed Pythagoras Class – Sanam Shah & Ayoola Yekini Ellington Class – Raina Islam & Faheem Ahmedabadi Nicks Class – Hammad Siddique & Ceylan Warner Shankar Class – Musa Malik & Saif Hossain 03 November 2017

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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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Week commencing 6th November 2017

Bravery

Bravery comprises five dispositions: Leadership Optimism

Risk-taking Courage

Experimentation

At School

• We encourage the children to try new things and experiment every day, whether it is with a food that they have not tried before or new activities that they may not normally choose during the afternoon sessions. For Year 1 and 2 we would encourage the children to try different reading books or authors/ topics they might not normally consider reading or to experiment with the paint during art – trying to create different effects etc. • We always encourage the children to have courage when they fall over and hurt themselves and to remain as calm as possible while we help them. • We aim for all pupils to demonstrate their leadership skills by helping others, being smart in their appearance, being kind, having good manners and generally demonstrating all their BRIDGES characteristics. • We encourage some of the quieter pupils to have the courage to share their ideas in class and to have work with optimism and develop a real ‘can do’ attitude.

At Home

Encourage your child to try as many different things as possible – whether it is food, different enrichment clubs, books etc. Support your child to develop their own mind and not just follow what everyone else is doing. It is important that the pupils are able to try things without worrying about getting it wrong or worrying about what other people think. Celebrate the fact that by making mistakes we are always learning. Give examples of times when you have had to be brave and try something for the first time, or when something did not go so well the first time but you learned from the mistakes you made and got better. Help remind your child at home about being smart in their appearance and role-modelling good behaviour through their leadership skills. Allow your child to help with jobs and roles at home, taking on the responsibility for cleaning their room, keeping their books or toys organised etc. 03 November 2017

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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.

Composer of the Fortnight Esperanza Spalding

For the fortnight after the half term we will be listening to and learning about Esperanza Spalding as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Spalding in preparation for the coming weeks. You can find out some facts and hear some of his music on the following links. http://www.esperanzaspalding.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esperanza_Spalding

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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.

Lower School Curie

97.6%

Britten

96%

Maxwell

93.9%

Fitzgerald

97.7%

Newton

95.6%

Glennie

96.3%

Well done and congratulations to Fitzgerald class this week, the winners with 97.7%.

Upper School Al-Kashi

97.8%

Ellington

98.6%

Fibonacci

97.7%

Nicks

99%

Pythagoras

94.7%

Shankar

98.6%

Well done and congratulations to Nicks class who are the winners this week with 99%.

Overall Attendance: 96.9% 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 November 2017

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

Maths Week

Tuesday 7th November

Year 1 Class Trip to the Museum of London

Wednesday 8th November

Reception Information Evening 6.00pm

Thursday 9th November

Maths Mastery Parent Workshop 9.00am & 6.00pm

Monday 13th November

Year 1 Class Trip to the Museum of London

Monday 13th November

Home and Family Week (No enrichment clubs)

Monday 20th November

Wonderful Handwriting Week

Wednesday 22nd November INSET 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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