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04 November 2016

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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 Information 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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From Tam Broadway – Primary Headteacher It was lovely to see everyone back on Monday; we hope we didn’t give you too much of a shock with our Halloween costumes – just to say we all have had a ‘fangtastic’ week! We hope for those of you who celebrated, that you had a Happy Diwali. This week we have been busily starting our new half termly topics. Information sheets have been put in your child’s book bag to give you more information about the learning your child will be involved in, along with ideas about how you can further support with their learning at home.

Message from Ms Mark Unfortunately due to the number of children with quite severe food allergies we are unable to accept sweets, cakes or any other food items of a similar nature to be given out for birthday celebrations. Whilst it is not expected for parents to buy anything, a number of parents do ask if there is something that they can get instead of sweets. Some parents in the past have bought a story book as a shared gift that can be given to the class teacher to read with the children. This then can be kept in the book corner for the children to read throughout the year. Others have bought the class a board game or something related to the current curriculum topic. I am sure the teachers will happily suggest some other ideas to you.

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Dear Parents and Carers, I hope that you all enjoyed a great half term break. The children were given a bit of a surprise when they returned on Monday morning to find all of the adults dressed up in Halloween costumes. Congratulations to the staff on some amazing outfits! On Tuesday 22nd November the formal school day will finish at the normal time, 3pm, but no enrichment, after school clubs, IL support, library or ICT room facilities will be available on this day: the students will be expected to be off-site by 3.10pm as all staff (primary and secondary) will be engaged in vital Safeguarding, Child Protection, Radicalisation and Emergency Planning training. Both the primary and secondary receptions and phones will be unmanned from 3.10pm. We thank you for your understanding. Wednesday 23rd November is a school closure day for students. It is the day when we remember a much-loved INA student, Ahmed Al-Khafaji. Ahmed was part of our founding cohort and sadly passed away in July 2015. Ahmed was a student who loved reading around subjects that interested him, who wrote imaginative poetry, who enjoyed languages, who spent hours practicing the piano and trombone and made music in a band with his friends, who enjoyed debating topical and political issues, who visited museums and galleries, who had an endless thirst for more knowledge and a curiosity to explore the world around him. On 23rd November, in Ahmed’s honour, all members of the INA school community are encouraged to spend the day engaged in one of these activities or in pursuit of another learning passion. On our return to school we will create a display showing our various activities. With all best wishes, Rachel Macfarlane Principal

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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 which will need to be worn on their uniform every day. Certificates will be given to the children who have represented their class last half term and we thank them for their work in their role. Well done and congratulations to the following pupils for this half term: Curie Class – Tanush Handa & Holly Carless Maxwell Class – Kayden Reid & Anushka Navarajan Newton Class – Alishba Zahoor & Yasin Alom Britten Class – Gulle Jannat Zahir & Azmain Munshi Islam Fitzgerald Class – Shahed Hussain & Hannah Nakhuda Glennie Class – Khadijah Ali & Hamza Chand Al-Kashi Class – Miguel Genov & Meerab Dar Fibonacci Class – Mariam Faheem & Aariz Khan Pythagoras Class – Tulsi Jogia & Yanis Benjamin

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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: Shresta Yeruva – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always working hard.) Sana Abbas – Scholar of the Week (for reading her green words in phonics.)

Maxwell Class: Hanfil Mohammed Jameel – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being a wonderful learner.) Rida Alam – Scholar of the Week (for being an independent and responsible learner.)

Newton Class: Samuel Chamberlain-Thomas – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing he was ‘ready to learn’ when sitting on the carpet.) Ijaz Nazir – Scholar of the Week (for the wonderful one-to-one correspondence he showed in his maths book.)

Britten Class: Jaskaran Singh – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for producing lovely independent work on the learning station throughout the week.) Aahil Mubarak – Scholar of the Week (for creating an imaginative onomatopoeia poem in English.)

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Fitzgerald Class: Riya Patel – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always having a super thinking thumb and focussing with great discipline during table work.) Keira Chana – Scholar of the Week (for forming her own 2D shape patterns and writing descriptions of their properties.)

Glennie Class: Imran Hussain – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for working hard and practising to read and write his sentences independently.) Safwan Khan – Scholar of the Week (for making an effort to join in and take part in whole class discussions.)

Al-Kashi Class: Tara Rani Kaur – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating great selfdiscipline and motivation to ensure her work is of the best quality.) Swara Kinhikar – Scholar of the Week (for demonstrating a deepening understanding of using bar models to solve word problems.)

Fibonacci Class: Janeefa Khezar – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for wonderful self-discipline during her maths lessons.) Khadijah Bukhari – Scholar of the Week (for consistent effort in all of her lessons.)

Pythagoras Class: Yanis Benjamin – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being very motivated in English and maths lessons this week to get all of his work correct and for making improvements.) Rufaida Hasnat – Scholar of the Week (for trying very hard to answer and ask good questions in class and for helping her partners during talk tasks.) 04 November 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 10th November. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Sana Abbas - Curie Vianna Mahendra - Curie Kayden Reid - Maxwell Leja Kolycuite - Newton Aryan Lakhani - Britten Ghiyas Elahi - Al-Kashi Innaya Islam - Fitzgerald

Phonics Workshop for Parents (Year 1 and Reception Parents)

Just to remind you that we will be running a workshop on Thursday 10th November at 6pm, to share information regarding the Read Write Inc. phonics programme that we follow. We ask that all parents join us in the main dining hall for an introduction to the evening and then two workshops will be run, one for Reception parents and one for Year 1 parents. Can you please contact the Primary reception office if you will be attending so that we have a good idea on the number of parents to prepare the sessions for. We look forward to seeing many of you then.

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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 ÂŁ388.61. This will be spent on outdoor play provision. The School Council and I will be discussing the best use of the money during our meetings this half term.

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, including the Multicultural Day, all of which really helped to enrich the children’s learning experiences.

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Lovely Learning This Week Year 2 were visited by the Christian Education Project this week to talk about Christianity as part of this term’s Religious Education.

Message form Ms Rayner We have lots of items of lost property in the office, including some blazers, which you can have a look through at any time. It is difficult to help get items back to their owner if they are not labelled, so please check that all items of uniform are labelled. Many thanks for your help and support with this!

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Composer of the Fortnight Gabriel Faure

We are currently listening to and learning about Gabriel Faure as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Faure in preparation for the coming weeks. Information can be found on the following links. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel_Faur%C3%A9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN6yv6HTn38

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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 7th November

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 with new activities that they may not normally choose during the afternoon sessions. • 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 etc. It is important that the pupils are able to try things without worrying about getting it wrong. Remind your child at home about being smart in their appearance and role-modelling good behaviour through their leadership skills.

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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 the PE Department On PE days we ask that you remove any earrings that your child normally wears to school. This is from a health and safety perspective as the pupils often work in pairs during ball games, gymnastics etc. Thank you for your support. Please be reminded that only one pair of plain stud earrings can be worn to school.

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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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

96.7% 97.9% 99.6%

Britten Fitzgerald Glennie

97.5% 100% 100%

Al-Kashi Fibonacci Pythagoras

99.6% 96.2% 100%

Overall Attendance: 98.6%

Wow: we have a three way tie this week with Fitzgerald, Glennie and Pythagoras with 100% - congratulations to all! Extra play is in order for each class next week. Well done to everyone this week; it was very close and a great start to the half term! 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%. 04 November 2016

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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 Wednesday 9th November Thursday 10th November Friday 11th November Thursday 17th November Tuesday 22nd November Wednesday 23rd November Friday 25th November Tuesday 29th November Wednesday 30th November Thursday 1st December Thursday 8th December Friday 9th December Friday 16th December

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Reception Information Evening 6.00pm (for parents enrolling for September 2017) RWI Parent Workshop 6.00pm (Year 1 and Reception Parents) Al-Kashi Class Assembly – Year 2 – 3.00pm (Al-Kashi parents invited) Literacy Parent Workshop 6.00pm (Secondary Building) Whole Staff Training After School – No After School Club Provision Available INSET Day: no school for students Pythagoras Class Assembly – Year 2 – 3.00pm (Pythagoras parents invited) Parent Coffee Morning 9.00-10.00am Reception Information Session 2.00pm (Secondary Building) Maths Mastery Parent Workshop 6.00pm (Year 1, 2 and Reception Parents Invited) Christmas Lunch INSET Day: no school for pupils Awards Assemblies. Term Ends at 12.15pm (Details to follow with timings in due course)

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