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09 December 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.

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. 2

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09 December 2016

From Tam Broadway – Primary Headteacher This week came and went in a flash; where did the time go? It has been a lovely week of festive fun and as we head into the last week of the term I would just like to remind you to make sure you read and make note of the key times and events of next week. To help you remember future events, Ms Palray has worked hard to put together a fabulous INA Primary 2017 calendar, featuring work from every child across the school. We have a very festive Mr Marshall-Jones showcasing the INA Primary calendar – what more do you need to convince you to buy one? A letter has been sent home with an order slip attached to it; the calendar costs £7.00 and any profit made goes towards the purchase of outdoor play equipment. Orders need to be made by Wednesday 14th December. You can have a look at a prototype in the Primary reception area.

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Christmas Themed Non-Uniform Day Everyone looked fabulously festive in their Christmas non-uniform attire on Thursday. Thank you for your £1 donations. The money will be sent to ‘Save the Children’. A big thank you to all the lunch staff for making the dining hall and Christmas dinner experience for the children look so wonderful and fun!


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09 December 2016

Thank You Message A big thank you to Lee Byrne, the manager from Homebase in Seven Kings, for his very generous donation of our Christmas tree, the lights and tree decorations. Thank you too to the staff for staying one evening to make it look very special in the library and to Mr. Marshall-Jones for supplying the Mince Pies. It was great seeing some very excited faces peering through the window the following morning.

Reception Nativity Play The Reception pupils will be performing the Nativity play on Wednesday 14th December at 2.50pm. Reception parents are invited to attend. Two tickets will be issued per child in due course.

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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: Javed Imran – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for continuing to always try his best.) Hanan Khan – Scholar of the Week (for trying really hard in all his maths lessons this week.)

Maxwell Class: Joshua George – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for concentrating during learning time and managing distractions.) Iman Hafeez– Scholar of the Week (for joining in whole class and small group discussion.)

Newton Class: Humza Anwar – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for managing distractions and concentrating on his week.) Zara Khan – Scholar of the Week (for trying hard to do neat writing in literacy.)

Britten Class: Azmain Islam – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing grit by managing his distractions and getting down to challenging learning independently.) Jaskaran Singh – Scholar of the Week (for really understanding the concept of regrouping in Maths and applying it in his work.)


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Fitzgerald Class: Yaqoob – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for rising to the challenges in maths with determination.) Priyajanani Pradeep Kumar – Scholar of the Week (for an outstanding extended write about our trip.)

Glennie Class: Marqelo Rama – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for trying hard and completing tasks.) Saminderpreet Kaur – Scholar of the Week (for really trying hard to concentrate and join in with whole class activities.)

Al-Kashi Class: Hari Virdee – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for getting better at managing distractions and for persevering.) Ibrahim Ijaz – Scholar of the Week (for applying various mental strategies and number facts in order to solve various calculations.)

Fibonacci Class: Raina Islam – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for working hard consistently on her writing.) Siya Kamothi – Scholar of the Week (for always being a diligent worker.)

Pythagoras Class: Maryam Umarji – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for trying very hard with her storyboard in literacy and explaining each scene very well.) Nirmalpreet Durhailay – Scholar of the Week (for finding a great solution that could be applied to solve place value problems and explain this in class.) 09 December 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 15th December. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Aleena Choudhury - Maxwell Yasin Alom - Newton Amanah Ali - Curie Ibrahim Nasiri - Britten Priyajanani Pradeep Kumar - Fitzgerald Isra Hussain - Glennie Ali Haroon - Britten

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. Mahilan Sathis Kumar Soha Zaida Devyani Soni Leja Kolyciute Harneet Kang Kuljit Aytan Malaika Hussain Swara Kinhikar Daniyal Sheikh


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09 December 2016

Parent Progress Meetings and Pupil Progress Reports The Pupil Progress Reports and Parent Progress Meetings will take place in January for this academic year. The Pupil Progress Reports will be sent out to you on Friday 6th January and the Parent Progress Meetings will take place on Tuesday 10th January. The Parents’ Progress Meeting appointment sheets will be available in the playground, just by the bike/scooter area, from next week for you to sign up for appointment times to meet with your child’s teacher.

Christmas Music Event The Year 1 and Year 2 pupils will be performing songs they have been learning as part of their music lessons this half term on Monday 12th December. Both year groups will perform at the event and parents are invited to attend at the following times: Year 1 parents to attend at 2.00 -2.30pm (2 tickets per child will be issued) Year 2 parents to attend at 3.00 – 3.30pm (2 tickets per child will be issued)

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Celebration and Awards Assembly Friday 16th December

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: 8.45-9.15am – Year 2 (All Year 2 parents are invited to attend) 9.30-10.00am – Reception (All Reception parents are invited to attend) 10.15-10.45am – Year 1 (All Year 1 parents are invited to attend)

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.

A Message from Ms Rayner We have lots of items of lost property in the office 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 all items of uniform are labelled. Many thanks for your help and support with this!


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09 December 2016

Lovely Learning this Week Year 1 pupils programming the Beebots to move in various directions!

We want your opinion‌ We will be hosting a parent focus group 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 or phoning the school reception on 0208 911 6666. Many thanks Ms May Marketing and Communications Manager

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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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09 December 2016

Week commencing 12th December

Emotional Intelligence Emotional Intelligence comprises seven dispositions: Empathy Listening Sociability

Collaboration Openness

Reflectiveness Understanding

At School

• 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 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 be 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 thread 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 that we need to treat everyone kindly and respectfully. We know that you have equally high expectations of your child at home as we do at school and working in partnership has great strength in supporting your child to make good choices each day. 09 December 2016

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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

98.9% 92.6% 96.7%

Britten Fitzgerald Glennie

93.7% 96.7% 98.9%

Al-Kashi Fibonacci Pythagoras

96.7% 94.4% 98.9%

Overall Attendance: 96.4% Well done and congratulations to Curie, Glennie and Pythagoras who are joint winners for the week with 98.9%! I am hoping we can see a few classes next week with 100%. 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%.


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09 December 2016

Key Dates Key Dates for Primary - Autumn Term 2016 Thursday 8th December Thursday 8th December Friday 9th December Monday 12th December Wednesday 14th December Friday 16th December 8.45-9.15am – Year 2 9.30-10.00am – Reception 10.15-10.45am – Year 1 Friday 16th December

Christmas Lunch Maths Mastery Parent Workshop 6.00pm (Year 1, 2 and Reception Parents Invited) INSET Day: no school for pupils Christmas Music Event Year 1 and Year 2 Pupils Performing Reception Nativity Play Celebration and Awards Assembly (All Year 2 parents are invited to attend) (All Reception parents are invited to attend) (All Year 1 parents are invited to attend) Term Ends at 12.15pm

Key Dates for Primary - Spring Term 2017 Wednesday 4th January Thursday 5th January Friday 6th January Tuesday 10th January Thursday 12th January

Pupils return to school Reception Information Evening 6.00pm Reports sent home Parent Progress Meetings 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) 6.00pm Glennie Class Assembly (Glennie Parents Invited) 3.00pm

Friday 27th January

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Future Key Dates for Spring Term 2017(continued)

Saturday 28th January Thursday 2nd February

Chinese New Year SATs Information Workshop 2 – English (Year 2 Parents) 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 Wednesday 22nd February Wednesday 1st March Thursday 2nd March Wednesday 8th March Friday 10th March

High Attainers Parent Workshop 6.00pm St David’s Day World Book Day International Women’s Day Britten Class Assembly (Britten Parents Invited) 3.00pm Friday 17th March INSET Day: no school for students Monday 20th March Handwriting Week Monday 20th March – Friday 24th March – Home and 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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