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08 December 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.

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 Thank you to those of you who were able to attend our first ever Quiz Night on Thursday evening. A great time was had by all. A huge thank you to Ms Palray, Ms Chaggar and Ms West for organising and setting up the evening, and of course to the quizmaster, Mr West, for a fabulous evening of fun and entertainment! Congratulations to the winners, ‘The Seven Kings Scholars’, and the runners up, ‘Eclipse’, in second place and the ‘Quizards of Oz’ team in third place.

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Important reminders • School 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.

Celebration & Awards Assembly 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: Monday 18th December 8:45 – 9:15am – Year 3 (All Year 3 parents are invited to attend) Wednesday 20th December 8:45 - 9:15am – Year 1 (All Year 1 parents are invited to attend) 9:30 - 10:00am – Reception (All Reception parents are invited to attend) 10:15 - 10:45am – Year 2 (All Year 2 parents are invited to attend)


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Primary Winter Concert The Primary Winter Concert will take place in the Secondary Dining Hall on Monday 11th December at 3pm and will involve pupils from Years 1, 2 and 3. Each student involved will be allocated two free tickets so that friends and family can see the amazing effort students have put in to their singing and instrumental playing this term. The concert will last for approximately 30 minutes. We look forward to seeing you there!

Puppets needed! In the New Year, Year 1 will be exploring puppets during their topic lessons. If you have any old toy puppets (finger puppets, hand puppets, lever puppets, shadow puppets, string puppets or any other type) that you no longer need, we kindly ask that you would donate them to the school. Thank you.

Parent Progress Meetings & Pupil Progress Reports The Pupil Progress Reports and Parent Progress Meetings will take place in January. The Pupil Progress Reports will be sent out to you on Friday 5th January and the Parent Progress Meetings will take place on Tuesday 9th 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 13th December at 9.15am. Reception parents are invited to attend. Each child has been allocated two tickets.

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Message from the Reception Team We are looking for donations of any old clothes that could be suitable for the Nativity Play which could be kept and recycled each year. Do any of the current Year 1 parents have any items that were used last year by their child that are no longer of use?

Isaac Newton Primary Calendar Please make sure you get your calendar orders in to Ms Chaggar and Ms Khanum by Monday 11th December. The calendar costs £5.00 and any profit made goes towards primary resources. You can have a look at a prototype in the Primary reception area.

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.


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Parent Workshop Primary Cultural Passports Thursday 18th January at 9am & 6pm

At Isaac Newton Academy, we believe that cultural activities are a vital part of life and play a very important role in young people's social development.  In our continued mission to create an enriching curriculum for all our pupils at Isaac Newton Academy, we will be launching our brand new Primary Cultural Passports in January 2018.

Cultural Passport Years 3 and 4

Our children will participate in a range of cultural activities organised by the school, and the children will have a special Cultural Passport book to record their reflections of their experience. They will also receive special stickers to acknowledge their achievements. We will be holding a parent workshop to share this initiative, explaining the amazing cultural experiences we have planned for the children, how the system will work in school, as well as how you can support your child in taking part and reflecting on cultural experiences at home. So please do come along to find out more on Thursday 18th January 2018 at 9am. The session will be repeated at 6pm on this day for those parents unable to make the morning session. The parent workshop is open to all our families in all Primary Year Groups.

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 interests of safeguarding your children. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Dancing! Games! Snacks!

Parent volunteers: please sign up with SLT on the gate.

INA Christmas Disco Tuesday 19th of December Reception and Year 1 at 3.30-4.30 Year 2 and Year 3 at 5.00-6.00

Ticket ÂŁ2.50 including popcorn and drink Tickets available to buy in the office 8

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Please note that there will be no Primary or Secondary newsletters published on Friday 15th December. The end of term newsletters will be issued on Wednesday 20th December.

Secondary Winter Concert Thursday 14th December

The Winter Concert takes place on Thursday from 6.30pm. Doors open at 6.20pm. Every performer is allocated two tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Any tickets not allocated are then available from on a first-come first-served basis. Unfortunately we will not be able to admit anyone without a ticket. We have limited seating available and to comply with health and safety regulations, every person in the audience will need a ticket, including young children.

Christmas Lunch & Christmas Jumper Day Friday 15th December

The children and adults are all invited to wear their Christmas jumpers on Friday 15th December or festive colours of green, red, yellow etc. Since this is a normal school day, we do ask that the children wear clothes and shoes that are still comfortable and will allow them to access their usual school curriculum and run around in the playground. No jewellery items! The Reception children will have adapted PE lessons for the day to allow them to wear non-uniform items and jumpers too. We will be collecting ÂŁ1 from everyone in non-uniform, all of which will be donated to the Save the Children charity. 08 December 2017

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PE Learning Year 3 pupils explored a range of apparatus to demonstrate various ways to travel and balance.

Music Learning Year 3 pupils have been using their skills of perseverance and concentration to help with the learning of their Winter Concert performance.


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Reception Fire Station Visit Some Reception pupils visited the High Road Fire Station this week and were taught some key lifesaving information. They also found out lots of facts about the station, the firefighting equipment and the great role of the firefighters. The children also had an exciting opportunity to sit in the fire engine and use the water hose!

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Stone Age Learning Year 3 participated in a Stone Age day. They had the opportunity to role play different aspects of Neolithic life, create Stone Age wool-art, and sing and dance to a Stone Age song. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed recreating freeze-frames of hunter-gatherers returning from their hunt, as well as demonstrating the advancement of the different periods through the era. By the end of the day, the children had gained an excellent insight into the ways in which life was different back in the Stone Age. It was wonderful to see their enthusiastic participation and the way in which they demonstrated their learning from the term.


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Lovely Learning Ms Mark called upon the help of Mariam in Year 3, one of the school council members, to help paint the outdoor performance stage for the Reception pupils. I am sure the pupils will be delighted with the results.

We were treated to two lovely class assemblies last week, one from Nicks class and the other from Fitzgerald. Both classes did a fantastic job of sharing their learning. It was great to see some many parents and carers supporting; I know the children always appreciate your support.

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. Rida Alam Alexandra Bale-Orhorha Kareem Al-Khouli Musa Ali Jaskaran Dhiman

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Aagia Durhailay Ava-Lily Pemberton Mardenborough Medina Islam Amber Carless Adam Chowdhury

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Emaan Adeel Shakira Choudhry Jeevan Hunjan Maryam Nawaz Shresta Yeruva


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: • Yousef Javed – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for trying and trying and never giving up when learning his nativity lines). • Liyana Mubarak Ali – Scholar of the Week (for using our star words ‘full, half full and empty’ when learning about capacity). Maxwell Class: • Khadija Jamil – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being patient and always waiting for her turn). • Yuvraj Chaggar – Scholar of the Week (for writing three letter words independently). Newton Class: • Szymon Plaskiewicz – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for the grit shown when trying to learn his nativity lines). • Farasat Fahmi Heron – Scholar of the Week (for the effort he put into his writing about the fire station visit). Britten Class: • Adem Malik – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being focused on his learning and managing his distractions). • Laraib Ul-Haq – Scholar of the Week (for writing a fantastic set of instructions). Fitzgerald Class: • Avni Kamothi – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for consistently showing great patience and always being a very supportive partner). • Yasin Alom – Scholar of the Week (for doing a great job using his number bonds to help him add).


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Glennie Class: • Rumaysah Bukhari – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing great determination during her learning). • Anna Kiseleva – Scholar of the Week (for writing amazing instructions which included all the key features) Al-Kashi Class: • Safwan Khan – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being resilient and not giving up even when he finds his learning a challenge). • Miriam Mirza – Scholar of the Week (for using pictures and drawing arrays to support her understanding of multiplication and division). Fibonacci Class: • Innaya Islam – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for managing distractions around her and concentrating really well on her learning). • Asher Shah – Scholar of the Week (for great work using his 2, 5 and 10 times tables). Pythagoras Class: • Abdul Wahab – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for concentrating hard during English lesson and coming up with creative rhyming couplets). • Airah Abid – Scholar of the Week (for trying really hard to solve her multiplication and division equations independently this week). Ellington Class: • Ishaan Mutha – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing resilience and perseverance when completing his multiplication grid during maths). • Jasmine Ghadhia – Scholar of the Week (for having a positive attitude towards her learning). Nicks Class: • Anum Imran – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating resilience and grit during her topic learning). • Raisha Islam – Scholar of the Week (for wonderful inferences made during her guided reading sessions). Shankar Class: • Muhammad Aadam Natha – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing excellent perseverance and determination in maths this week). • Lara Burvill – Scholar of the Week (for working really hard when creating her introduction to her story during English). 08 December 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 11th December 2017

Emotional Intelligence Emotional Intelligence comprises seven dispositions: Empathy Listening

Sociability Collaboration

At School

Openness Reflectiveness Understanding

• At school we always remind the children to treat others in the way that they would like to be treated in return. • At school we talk about having good listening skills and say that we must look at the person who is talking to us to show respect for them and that we are listening to them properly. • During every lesson the children are encouraged to develop their sociability by talking to their talk partner. When some children find this hard to do, an adult will sit and help facilitate paired talk. During the course of the year the children will be moved around and will have been encouraged to have different reading partners, maths partners etc. • We discuss the importance of working together as one big team or family at school and stress that we need to take care of everybody – we use the phrase ‘kind hands, kind feet’ to remind children that we do not hurt others. • When a child hurts someone or makes a poor behaviour choice, it is important that they reflect on their behaviour and, if another person is involved, that they apologise to them. • Through wider reading and research, the children are able to extend their understanding of the world around them, reflecting on what makes things different and what are the common threads through life. • Though reading stories the children can develop their skills of empathy through their comprehension of the characters, their motivations etc.

At Home

Having consistent boundaries between home and school is very important. Talk to your child about the importance of not hurting or hitting other children and tell them that we need to treat everyone kindly and respectfully. We know that you have equally high expectations of your child at home as we at school and working in partnership has great strength in supporting your child to make good choices each day.

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CALLING ALL DADS! We are looking for some enthusiastic male role models to read with and inspire the boys in Year 1!

This will take place from 8.45-9.15 on Friday mornings in all Year 1 classes, beginning Friday 1st December. Feel free to sign up for one or multiple sessions. We ask that you: • are enthusiastic about reading • are willing to listen to the children read • ask the children questions as they read to help them develop their understanding

If you are interested, please sign up with a Year 1 class teacher. Thank you! 18

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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












Well done and congratulations to Fitzgerald class who are the winners this week with 98.9%.

Upper School Al-Kashi












Well done and huge congratulations to Al-Kashi class who are the winners this week with 100% and will enjoy some extra play time next week.

Overall Attendance: 97.1% 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%. 08 December 2017

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

Monday 11th December

Primary Winter Concert – Years 1, 2 & 3 – 3pm

Wednesday 13th December

Reception Nativity Play - 9.15am

Friday 15th December

Christmas Lunch & Christmas Jumper Day

Monday 18th December

Award Assembly (Year 3)

Wednesday 20th December

Awards Assemblies (Years R, 1 & 2)

Wednesday 20th December

Term Ends at 12.15pm


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