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06 January 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

Primary Calendar Thank you to those of you who purchased a school calendar last term. We managed to make a profit of £90 which will go towards outdoor play equipment. If you have not done so yet but would like to buy a calendar, there is still an opportunity to do so. The calendar costs £7.00. Orders need to be made by Friday 13th January. You can have a look at a prototype in the Primary reception area.

We want your opinion… We will be hosting a parent focus group in the Secondary building 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 marketing@isaacnewtonacademy.org or phoning the school reception on 0208 911 6666. Many thanks Ms May Marketing and Communications Manager

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From Tam Broadway – Primary Headteacher Happy New Year to you all – I hope you had a fantastic break with family and friends. It was great to see everyone back and eager to learn. One of our priorities this term is to really improve our attendance figure; to support us with this, you can ensure your child attends school punctually every day. You can also assist us in the morning by making sure the staff are able to make a prompt start with their class and take the children straight into the classroom once they have lined up in the playground at 8.45am. It has been a frosty start back this week, so I would like to remind you that the children will need their hats and coats for outdoor play when it is dry but cold. Please make sure that your child comes to school in a plain black coat, ensuring 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!

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.

Message from the Year 2 Teachers Pythagoras and Al Kashi have swapped their PE days. So Pythagoras PE will now be on Thursday afternoons and Al Kashi PE will be on Friday afternoons. The children will still need their PE kit on Monday afternoons too as usual.

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A Message from Ms Macfarlane Dear Parents, Happy New Year! I hope that you have enjoyed a restful and fun break. It has been lovely to welcome the students back and to hear about their holiday activities. We welcome Sally Gilley to our catering team this term. Below Ms Bashir, who joined us last half term, introduces herself: Rizwana Bashir, SEND Teaching Assistant

I am delighted to be working in INA as a SEND Teaching Assistant. I have spent my first half term getting to know the staff and pupils; both have been very welcoming. I am excited in furthering my experience working in INA.

I live in Waltham Forest and studied in Walthamstow. I have always been interested in working with children and therefore I did my Teaching Assistant course. This was about five years ago. Since then I have worked in about 3 different primary schools. When I saw that INA needed a TA, I did not need to think twice about it as I had heard of all the amazing things about the school. I feel very privileged to get the chance to work for INA and hope to progress my skills and knowledge in the school. And finally from me, next Thursday I shall be hosting a Growth Mindset workshop at 6pm in the seocndary KS3 hall, for any parent interested in learning more about how we foster belief in all students’ potenial to achieve at the highest levels and what you as parents can do to support this. The session is open to parents of primary and secondary students. I hope to see you there. With all best wishes, Rachel Macfarlane Principal, Isaac Newton Academy

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Exciting Learning this Term We have started our new and exciting topics for the half term; the Reception topic is entitled ‘Let’s Pretend’, Year 1 ‘The Magic Toymaker’ and Year 2 ‘Young Entrepreneurs’. Overview sheets will be sent out early next week with an explanation of the learning that will be covered over the coming weeks and how you can support your child at home.

Sinbad the Sailor Pantomime Trip – Reception Thursday 12th January

The Reception pupils will be visiting the Theatre Royal Stratford East on Thursday 12th January as part of their ‘Let’s Pretend’ topic. Thank you for the large number of parent volunteer responses that were received; we are sorry that we can’t take everyone with us this time, but as always thank you for your support.

Composer of the Fortnight We are currently listening to and learning about Duke Ellington as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Ellington in preparation for the coming weeks. You can hear some of his music on the following links. http://www.dukeellington.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Ellington http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb2w2m1JmCY&safe=active

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Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch, taking place on Friday 13th January. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Ryan Charles - Curie Alexandra Bale-Orhorha - Maxwell Arfah Noor - Newton Paramveer Singh - Newton Lazzaton Lazza - Britten Hannah Nakhuda - Fitzgerald Navneet Matharu - Glennie

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. Zara Daykin Tanisha Shavan Nadia Khan Amber Carless Avneet Chaggar

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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 – Keira Palmer & Adem Malik Maxwell Class – Isa Ijaz & Sara Master Newton Class – Eric Vasile & Soha Zaidi Britten Class – Sasha Lard & Aahil Mubarak Fitzgerald Class – Nicholas Fertrina Jardiel & Sarrinah Begum Glennie Class – Aliyah Khan & Kallum Bihal Al-Kashi Class – Kisa Fatima & Eesa Anwar Fibonacci Class – Khadijah Bukhari & Arissa Isha-Butt Pythagoras Class – Rhea Thirumal & Rohan Taheem

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 that 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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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 9th January 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. 06 January 2017

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Parent Progress Meetings Tuesday 10th January

Thank you for promptly signing up for your appointments for next week’s Parent Progress Meetings. We look forward to sharing your child’s learning and progress with you. The Primary will finish early on Tuesday 10th January at 12.15pm to enable the staff time to set up the children’s learning. Your child’s end of term report has been placed in his/her book bag. Please ensure you arrive on time for your child’s appointment. You will need to sign in via High Road entrance where you then be directed to meet the class teacher and assistant in your child’s classroom.

A Message from Ms West Reception Guided Reading From Monday 16th January, the Reception children will begin Guided Reading sessions in school. Guided Reading is where a group of children spend time with the teacher exploring and sharing a reading a book. These sessions will support in your child’s reading development and comprehension skills. After they have had their Guided Reading session with their teacher, they will then take home the book to share with their parents. During the week, we would like you to read your child’s book with them and write a comment about their successes in their Yellow Reading Record book, which will accompany the reading book. Please ensure the book is returned to school the following week, with the Yellow Reading Record book. In the child’s next reading session, the teacher will review any comments made in the Yellow Reading Record book, and swap the reading book for another. Your child will not be issued with another reading book until the previous one is returned. If you lose or damage the reading book, we will ask for payment to replace the book. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak with your child’s class teachers, or come and have a chat with myself. Happy reading!

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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

89% 94.7% 100%

Britten Fitzgerald Glennie

92% 96.7% 97.3%

Al-Kashi Fibonacci Pythagoras

96% 87.3% 94%

Overall Attendance: 94.1% Well done and congratulations to Newton class who are the winners for this week with 100%; some extra play is on its way to you! The attendance is generally low and as it stands, below the National Average, something I really want us to address collectively in the New Year. 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%. 06 January 2017

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Key Dates for Spring Term 2017 Tuesday 10th January

Parent Progress Meetings - the children finish school at 12:15pm Thursday 12th January Growth Mindset Workshop for Parents (Secondary Building) 6.00pm Monday 23rd January Handwriting Week Thursday 26th January SATs Information Workshop 1 – Maths (Year 2 Parents) 9.00am and 6.00pm Friday 27th January Glennie Class Assembly (Glennie Parents Invited) 3.00pm Saturday 28th January Chinese New Year Thursday 2nd February SATs Information Workshop 2 – English (Year 2 Parents) 9.00am and 6.00pm Friday 3rd February Coffee Morning 9.00am Tuesday 7th February E Safety Workshop 6.00pm Friday 10th February Fitzgerald Class Assembly (Fitzgerald Parents Invited) 3.00pm 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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