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10 March 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

Uniform Reminders 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 or boots! 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 2

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From Tam Broadway – Primary Headteacher It has been another fun-filled week at INA Primary.Year 2 had a great time at the Natural History Museum,Year 1 have been learning about different forms of transport in anticipation for their impending trip in a few weeks’ time, whilst Reception have been trying to grow ‘Magic Beanstalks! The next few weeks leading up to the end of the term will be busy, so please do check the key dates at the end of the newsletter.

A Message from the Reception Team As part of your child’s learning and demonstrating a ‘good level of development’ for their age, they must be able to dress and undress themselves. This will also help them as they move up to Year 1 in September. Next term, on Thursdays, the children are expected to come to school in their normal school uniform and will need to bring their PE kit with them to change in to for their afternoon lesson. They will remain in their PE kit for the rest of the day, bringing their school uniform home in their bag. Can you please ensure that every item of clothing is clearly labelled with your child’s name. There is a lost property box in the main reception area for any items found around the school, or for you to drop off any items that your child may have taken home by mistake. In preparation for this transition we suggest that you start getting your child to practise getting dressed and undressed more independently, giving lots of practice to undoing buttons etc.

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Home & Family Week

Week Beginning Monday 20th March To promote staff and pupil well-being across the whole Academy, there will be a ‘Home & Family’ week. There will be no enrichment clubs running during the course of the week, however Breakfast and After School Clubs will continue to be available. We ask that you make any payments online using your WisePay account in advance to book your child’s place.

BAKE SALE Friday 24th March 2017 On 24th March, a team of INA students from the secondary school are hosting a joint fundraising bake sale for the Wings of Hope charity and Comic Relief. The event will take place in the primary playground after school.

See you there!

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Red Nose Day

Friday 24th March 2017 On Friday 24th of March we will be supporting and raising money for Red Nose Day by asking the Primary children to wear Red and to contribute a £1 towards the charity. To make the day exciting, we would like you to tell your child some jokes at home which they can share with their teachers and friends at school. There will be a joke drop in box in the library for children to post jokes. We will then pick a joke from the box and Ms Broadway will read some in assembly. There will also be a Red Nose Day themed Bake Sale after school at 3.45pm organised by a team of INA Secondary students. Proceeds will be divided between Comic Relief and the Wings of Hope charity. Weather permitting, this will be hosted in the playground.

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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.

Celebration and Awards Assembly Friday 31st March

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)

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Natural History Museum Year 2 Trip

Year 2 had a fantastic time using their ‘Discovery’ skills to find out about the past at the Natural History Museum! As always their behaviour was superb and commented on by the Museum and Transport for London staff. Thank you to the parents who were able to help out; your support, as always, was invaluable.

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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.

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Other Exciting Learning this Week Year 1 made their own vehicles in DT as part of their Transport topic. We learnt new terminology like ‘axel’ and ‘chassis’.

Pupils using lots of concentration during their Painting Enrichment.

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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: Maira Nasir– Headteacher’s Habits Award (for eating all her dinner at lunchtimes.) Laraib Ul-Haq – Scholar of the Week (for trying hard with her handwriting.)

Maxwell Class: Manahil Shaukat – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing courage by asking great questions.) Arshita Thelapurath – Scholar of the Week (for being able to subtract using two single digit numbers in maths.)

Newton Class: Adam Chowdury – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for ‘giving it a go’ and using two adjectives in his sentences.) Alexis Burvill – Scholar of the Week (for wearing her new glasses and producing clear writing and concentrating in all her lessons.)

Britten Class: Abdul Wahab – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being brave at speaking in front of the class.) Asiyah Ali – Scholar of the Week (for trying very hard during PE and for challenging herself.)

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Fitzgerald Class: Riya Patel – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being brave to take the lead in partner work this week.) Muhammad-Hadi Raja – Scholar of the Week (for building a vehicle with her partner in DT and using the new vocabulary to write about it.)

Glennie Class: Meliah Henry – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing bravery this week during an operation.) Vishak Muthukumar – Scholar of the Week (for all his extra home learning about space and gravity.)

Al-Kashi Class: Ava-Lily Pemberton- Mardenborough – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for taking risks and not giving up when thing get difficult.) Keerat Teja – Scholar of the Week (for demonstrating good remembering skills and for working hard at participating in learning during the visit to the Natural History Museum.)

Fibonacci Class: Hashim Kamil Ali – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing determination and bravery by not giving up in his maths assessment.) Ishaan Mutha – Scholar of the Week (for showing a positive attitude to his work.)

Pythagoras Class: Rufaida Hasnat – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being a great role model and example for learning behaviour and choices for others.) Hammad Siddique – Scholar of the Week (for doing really well in English this week and writing lovely exclamatory sentences – well done.) 10 March 2017

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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.

Meliah Henry Saim Rehman Aisha Bashir Nimalpreet Durhailay Anum Imran Kashan Shahzad Marwa Benaziza Muhammad-Hadi Raja Aran Sivananthan Siya Kamothi Zaina Hussain

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The following pupils have received 50 merits since September for making good choices and moving up to gold on the class ‘good choice chart’ – this is fantastic achievement. A special ‘silver’ certificate will be presented during the Celebration and Awards Assembly. Gulle Jannat Zahir Kareem Al Khouli Devyani Soni

The following pupil has received 75 merits since September for making good choices and moving up to gold on the class ‘good choice chart’ – this is fantastic achievement. A special ‘gold’ certificate will be presented during the Celebration and Awards Assembly. Nicholas Fertrina Jardiel

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Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch on Friday 17th March. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Ronak Chatha - Al-Kashi Saif Hossain - Al-Kashi Aisha Bashir - Pythagoras Khadijah Ali - Glennie Kareem Al Khouli - Fitzgerald Nyla Moses-Philips - Curie Jashandeep Mehmi - Maxwell

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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 13th March 2017

Resourcefulness At School

• It is important that the pupils are able to use and remember their vast phonics, spelling and vocabulary knowledge and apply this information when beginning to write independently. The children imitate familiar stories and characters they know and apply these to their own stories. • As adults we are acutely aware that we model behaviours for the pupils every day during lunchtime when we eat with our knife and fork or avoid talking when our mouth is full, when we wash our hands, and by how we dress and present ourselves and how we speak to each other. We know that the children will imitate the behaviour they see. • As well as being able to read the sounds and words on pages, the pupils now need to be able to question, reason and comprehend the text they read, explain what is happening and explain their ideas. • In Maths the children need to apply and transfer their knowledge to different problems and also give reasons for the way they have worked out the answers. • Every classroom has a recycling bin which we encourage the children to use and we also look at how we can use materials around us to incorporate them in pieces of art or other areas of our work before we throw things away.

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Resourcefulness comprises ten dispositions: Questioning Remembering Imitating

Making Connections Transferring Adaptability

Flexibility Reasoning Scavenging Recycling

At Home

When your child finds reading a word difficult or a maths question challenging, ask them to remember and use the things they do know and apply this knowledge to the new word or challenge. Ask your child lots of questions when you listen to them read at home, some obvious but also some that are more tricky eg. Why do you think …? Why did the character …? How do you know…? Encourage your child to use their spelling and vocabulary knowledge to extend the level of interest in their writing. Get them to use familiar story characters, settings or plots to base their own stories upon. Perhaps they could scavenge interesting words from stories they read and create their own ‘interesting word dictionary’ to use whenever they are writing independently at home. Remind your child that it is important to adapt their behaviour according to the occasion or place. Encourage your child to use items around the house to create a piece of art or make junk models and re-cycle as many items as possible. Ask questions: What could we use this box for instead of throwing it away? Do you think we could make a car, boat or castle from this large box we have? How can we use some of the things we have around the home and turn them into something more useful?

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Composer of the Fortnight Leo Brouwer

For the next week we will be listening to and learning about Leo Brouwer as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Brouwer in preparation for the coming weeks. You can find out some facts and hear some of his music on the following link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Brouwer

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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% 91.7% 93.3%

Britten Fitzgerald Glennie

99% 99.3% 100%

Al-Kashi Fibonacci Pythagoras

98% 93.7% 98.3%

Overall Attendance: 96.6% Well done and congratulations to Glennie class who are the winners again for this week with an impressive 100% – they have earned themselves some extra play! Will they be knocked off the top spot next week? 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%. 10 March 2017

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Key Dates for Spring Term 2017 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 24th March

Red Nose Day & Bake Sale at 3:45pm

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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