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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. • • • •

Please label every item of clothing One pair of plain stud earrings can be worn Nail polish is not allowed Long hair for both boys and girls must be tied back. Hair decorations must be small and plain

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.

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From Tam Broadway – Primary Headteacher Thank you to those of you that were able to attend the Parent Coffee Morning, the main items discussed were the parent questionnaire outcomes, key events for the rest of the term and how you can get involved, school trips, cultural passports and the chance for parents to sign up for a free lunch next half term. Minutes of the discussion will be shared with all parents shortly.

Home & Family Week Week beginning Monday 14th May 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.

Science Week Week beginning Monday 14th May In the aim of raising the profile of science and how it plays a huge part in everyday life, we are organising our first ever Science Week. The staff have been busy planning fun lessons to stimulate curiosity and help the pupils make connections about the importance of science. We ask that you encourage and support your child at home during the week and get them to do as much thinking about their use of science around them. There will be some information sheets sent home with ideas of fun science you can carry out at home as well of details of a competition that the pupils can enter to win prizes.

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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 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 the Reception Team Over the course of the next few weeks the Reception will be making some junk models, please bring in any old egg boxes or cardboard kitchen rolls that you may have at home. Thank you in advance!

A Message from Mr Morgan Mr Morgan is looking for more students from Years 1-3 to participate in the Primary Choir enrichment on Mondays. Following the great success of our debut performance at the Spring Concert last term (singing 'Roar' by Katy Perry) we are now hoping for an even larger group of students to perform at the Summer concert and possibly in assemblies. This term we are singing 'Try Everything' from the film Zootropolis. Whether you are a seasoned performer or have never sung in front of people before this is a great opportunity to meet people from different year groups, build self-esteem, receive support from secondary students and sing songs you love.

Breakfast & 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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Wonderful Writing Week It was great to see so many children bringing in examples of their great handwriting from home and to see so many pupils trying really hard to improve their writing in their lessons last week. I know the teachers found it really hard to choose who to award the certificates to. Well done and congratulations to the following pupils for working hard on their handwriting during the Wonderful Handwriting Week: Curie Class – Adrian Kvaraciejus & Ekamjot Singh Maxwell Class – Hessan Bibi & Diya Napal Newton Class – Aisha Ali & Fatima Ali Britten Class – Aamina Akram & Adem Malik Fitzgerald Class – Yasin Alom & Arthi Sivananthan Glennie Class – Isa Ijaz & Sarah Master Al-Kashi Class – Ryan Abraham & Tanmanjot Sandhu Fibonacci Class – Innaya Islam & Zara Choudhry Pythagoras Class – Ekam Bains & Abdul Wahab Ellington Class –Zaina Hussain & Jeevat Hunjan Nicks Class – Nassim Rebhi & Tulsi Jogia Shankar Class– Kuljit Aytan & Lara Burvill

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Exciting Learning Dimah from Newton class made her own head phones this week and clearly used her resourcefulness.

The Reception children walked to the post box to post their picnic invitations to Ms Broadway this week. Ms Broadway is looking forward to receiving them all and really excited about the picnic!

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Last week, the Year 3 pupils participated in an Anglo Saxon workshop. They were given the opportunity to see some incredible Anglo Saxon replica weapons and armour and learned about Anglo Saxon battles; the story of Beowulf and daily life from the perspective of an Anglo Saxon. Our pupils did an incredible job of dressing up as Anglo Saxons and wore their handmade shields with pride!

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Colchester Zoo Visit Year 1 had a great time at Colchester Zoo learning all about different types of animals and linking to their topic ‘Out of Africa’. Ms West described the children’s behaviour as ‘exemplary’. Thank you to the parents that were able to help out, your support, as always is amazing!

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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:

• Muahid Ahmed – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always having a go and being brave to answer questions during carpet time). • Zara Ijaz – Scholar of the Week (for having a great attitude towards her writing and now using finger spaces).

Maxwell Class:

• Fatiha Majumder – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for taking a risk in maths and trying her best to count on from a number). • Anya Mirza – Scholar of the Week (for writing an addition equation independently).

Newton Class:

• Bilal Hussain – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for the bravery showed by leading a quiet line to the post box to post his letter). • Trinethra Keyan – Scholar of the Week (for independently writing her letter of invitation to Ms Broadway).

Britten Class:

• Tahsin Salam – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using his bravery all week and settling into Britten class). • Tariq Hamed – Scholar of the Week (for writing a fantastic recount about the trip to the zoo).

Fitzgerald Class:

• Arfah Noor – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for taking risks and volunteering to answer questions more in class). • Avani Tathgar – Scholar of the Week (for demonstrating great scientific knowledge when describing the features of birds and mammals).

Glennie Class:

• Rumaysah Bukhari – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing great courage when answering lots of questions at the zoo). • Kiana Benjamin – Scholar of the Week (for writing a great recount using lots of descriptive language).

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Al-Kashi Class:

• Jeevan Hunjan – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating bravery when swimming). • Emile Morgan – Scholar of the Week (for working hard at writing a story about overcoming her fear of swimming).

Fibonacci Class:

• Innaya Islam – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing great leadership skills when learning in a group). • Riya Patel – Scholar of the Week (for a wonderful prediction using subordinate conjunctions and ‘ly’ starters).

Pythagoras Class:

• Zakariya Iqbal – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for bravely joining a new class and settling in well and also for role-modelling lovely behaviour). • Husna Abdulkadir– Scholar of the Week (for working very hard and expressing her ideas in her predictions and character descriptions nicely, making good references to the text).

Ellington Class:

• Khadijah Bukhari – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being incredibly determined to improve her handwriting in order to receive a pen licence). • Emaan Hassan – Scholar of the Week (for continuing to put a great deal of effort into all her subjects, especially English).

Nicks Class:

• Yanis Benjamin – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always showing experimentation when faced with new challenges). • Nuhitu Hasan – Scholar of the Week (for demonstrating meticulous editing and selfassessment skills).

Shankar Class:

• Eesa Anwar – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for trying to develop his bravery by experimenting with different things). • Miguel Genov – Scholar of the Week (for showing wonderful determination in his lessons and for not giving up on tricky questions). 11 May 2018

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Merits The following pupils have 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. Inshirah Nabeel Meliah Henry

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. Aftab-Rebecca Hussain Amina Ali Aina Shah Adem Malik

Zahir Khan Jeevan Hunjan Sarah Master

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. Nowmi Touva

Keira Chana

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Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils that have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch on Friday 18th May, an invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly:

Amina Sheikh - Curie Jasson Maheshwaran - Maxwell Tyler Fraser Clarke - Newton Maira Nasir - Britten Arfah Noor - Fitzgerald Ijaz Nazir - Fitzgerald Aydin Landi - Glennie

Emilie Morgan - Al-Kashi Kareem Al-Khouli - Fibonacci Aairah Abid - Pythagoras Aizah Nawaz - Ellington Aadam Ali - Nicks Kashan Shahzad - Nicks Kuljit Aytan - Shankar

Composer of the Fortnight Hans Zimmer

For the next fortnight we will be listening to and learning about Hans Zimmer as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Zimmer in preparation for the coming weeks. You can find out some facts and hear some of his music on the following links.

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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 well-rounded 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 14th May 2018


Resourcefulness comprises ten dispositions: Questioning Remembering Imitating

Making Connections Transferring Adaptability

Flexibility Reasoning Scavenging Recycling

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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 not talk when our mouth is full, washing our hands, how we dress and present ourselves, how we speak to each other; knowing 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 and 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 reason 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.

At Home 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? 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 it to the new word or challenge etc. Ask your child lots of questions when you listening to them read at home – some obvious to find answers but also so more tricky questions 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, as parents you will of course role-model how to behave and encourage imitation.

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Key Dates Summer Term Dates: 16th April 2018 - 20th July 2018 Monday 14th May

Home and Family Week (No enrichment clubs)

Friday 19th May

Fibonacci Class Assembly – Year 2 - 9.00 – 9.20am

Friday 19th May

Curie Class Assembly – Year R – 10.25 – 10.45am

Thursday 24th May

Movie Evening – 4.00-5.30pm (Further Information to follow)

Friday 25th May

Half Term Monday 28th – Friday 1st June


Monday 4th June

Pupils return to school

Thursday 21st June

Year 2 visit to Southend

Friday 22nd June

Staff Inset Day – no school for students

Wednesday 27th June

Reception Visit to Barleylands

Friday 29th June

Pythagoras Class Assembly – Year 2 - 9.00 – 9.20am

Friday 29th June

Maxwell Class Assembly – Year R – 10.25 – 10.45am

Monday 2nd July

Wonderful Handwriting Week

Tuesday 3rd July

Coffee Morning 9.00am

Tuesday 3rd & Thursday 9th July

Year 1 visit to the Ragged School Museum

Thursday 5th July

Primary Sports Day

Friday 6th July

Staff Inset Day - no school for students

Friday 13th July

Pupil Progress Reports Sent Home

Tuesday 17th July

Parent Progress Meetings – School Finishes at 12.15pm

Wednesday 18th July

Summer Fayre 4.00pm

Friday 20th July

End of Term Awards Assemblies - Term Ends at 12.15pm

Tuesday 24th July

Primary Uniform Sales

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