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11 November 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.

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! 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 The weather has really turned this week, so I would like to remind you that the children will need their hats and coats increasingly for outdoor play when it is dry but cold. Please make sure that your child comes to school in a plain black coat, and that it is labelled. 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.

Wisepay Details Wisepay allows 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 Rayner or 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 toppings, 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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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.

Nicholas Fertrina Jardiel - Fitzgerald Class Cameron Palmer - Fitzgerald Class Meerab Dar - Al-Kashi Class Imani Salim - Al-Kashi Class Tara Rani Kaur - Al-Kashi Class

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Literacy Workshop for Parents (All Primary Parents)

Just to remind you that we will run a literacy workshop on Thursday 17th November at 6pm. We will share strategies and ideas you can use to support your children at home. The workshop is open to all Primary year groups and will be held in the Secondary School. Can you please contact the Primary reception office if you will be attending so that we have a good idea on the number of parents to prepare the sessions for. We look forward to seeing many of you then.

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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: Ibrahim Ahmed – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being brave in phonics and joining in.) Ayala Saleem – Scholar of the Week (for using the star words in maths.)

Maxwell Class: Jashandeep Singh Mehmi – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for retelling his superhero story to the class.) Alexandra Bale-Orhorha – Scholar of the Week (for being a good maths partner.)

Newton Class: Zoha Butt – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being brave and making friends in her new class.) Emaan Adeel – Scholar of the Week (for writing the onomatopoeia word ‘POP’.)

Britten Class: Muhammad Ahmer – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for trying new food during lunch times this week.) Nabeeha Ozzul – Scholar of the Week (for writing a lovely poem about London.)

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Fitzgerald Class: Zayn Miah – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for presenting a shared poster to the class in geography.) Aran Sivananthan – Scholar of the Week (for using positional language to programme a Bee-bot.)

Glennie Class: Vishak Muthakumar – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for taking risks and showing great courage during the PE lesson.) Rohan Sharma – Scholar of the Week (for trying hard and staying focussed during the history lesson.)

Al-Kashi Class: Eesa Anwar – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for consistently showing great courage and a ‘I will try’ attitude in tackling word problems.) Kayaan Khan – Scholar of the Week (for always trying her best and displaying a constant willingness to learn by concentrating, listening, asking good questions and participating in her learning.)

Fibonacci Class: Zahraa Aamanee – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being brave and answering questions in maths.) Ishaan Mutha – Scholar of the Week (for writing an excellent recount of the ‘Elves and the Shoemaker’.)

Pythagoras Class: Rhea Thirumal – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing a lot of courage and getting up in front of the class to share her ideas and script for the class assembly.) Riyen Shah – Scholar of the Week (for showing great work in maths lessons by solving 2 step word problems by using the bar model.)good questions in class and for helping her partners during talk tasks.). 11 November 2016

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Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch on Friday 18th November. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Safwan Khan - Glennie Meliah Henry - Glennie Hanan Khan - Curie Anmeek Sood - Newton Riyen Shah - Pythagoras Malaika Hussain - Al-Kashi Nabeeha Ozzul - Britten

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

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Lovely Learning This Week The children produced some beautiful designs this week in the Hamma Bead enrichment club.

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A Message from the Reception Team Can you please bring in boxes, bottles and any other items suitable for junk modelling activities next week. Thank you in advance!

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Composer of the Fortnight Frederic Chopin

We are currently listening to and learning about Frederic Chopin as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Chopin in preparation for the coming weeks. Information can be found on the following links. http://www.google.co.uk/?gws_rd=ssl#safe=strict&q=chopin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJNG-j9WPBY

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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 14th November

Resourcefulness Resourcefulness comprises ten dispositions: Questioning Remembering Imitating Making Connections

Transferring Adaptability Flexibility

Reasoning Scavenging Recycling

At School

• It is important that the pupils are able to use and remember their vast phonics knowledge and apply this information when beginning to write independently. • 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, remember not talk when our mouth is full, wash our hands, speak respectfully to each other, in the knowledge 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.

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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

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.

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.

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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

99% 97% 97.6%

Britten Fitzgerald Glennie

99.3% 95.3% 91%

Al-Kashi Fibonacci Pythagoras

98% 98.5% 100%

Overall Attendance: 97.2%

Well done and congratulations to Pythagoras class, who have a managed 100% attendance again this week; the good news is that you won’t have to share the cup this 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%.

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Key Dates for the Autumn Term 2016 Term Dates -Autumn Term Thursday 1st September - Friday 16th December Half Term: Monday 24th – Friday 28th October INSET Days: 1, 2, 5 September, 23 November, 9 December

Key Dates for Primary - Autumn Term Thursday 17th November Tuesday 22nd November Wednesday 23rd November Friday 25th November Tuesday 29th November Wednesday 30th November Thursday 1st December Thursday 8th December Friday 9th December Friday 16th December

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Literacy Parent Workshop 6.00pm - All Primary Year Groups Welcome (Secondary Building) Whole Staff Training After School – No After School Club Provision Available INSET Day: no school for students Pythagoras Class Assembly – Year 2 – 3.00pm (Pythagoras parents invited) Parent Coffee Morning 9.00-10.00am Reception Information Session 2.00pm (Secondary Building) Maths Mastery Parent Workshop 6.00pm (Year 1, 2 and Reception Parents Invited) Christmas Lunch INSET Day: no school for pupils Awards Assemblies. Term Ends at 12.15pm (Details to follow with timings in due course)

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