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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 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 Happy New Year to you all! I hope you had a fantastic break with family and friends. It was great to see everyone back last week and eager to learn. It was also a great turnout for the Parent Progress Meetings on Tuesday. As always we enjoy the opportunity to work in partnership with you, to discuss your child’s progress and attainment for the term and to share the next steps and ways in which you can help your child at home.

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

Our children will participate in a range of cultural activities organised by the school, and the children will have a special Years 3 and 4 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.

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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.

Message from Ms West Is has been noted that a number of the children are coming into class looking and feeling very tired in the morning. Following conversations with parents, we are finding out that some children are going to bed very late. To ensure a refreshed start to the day, we would recommend that Reception children are in bed by around 7.30pm on a school night. Thank you for your support.

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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Dear Parents and Carers, Welcome back and a Happy New Year! I hope that 2018 is a good one for you and your family. I am writing to inform you that at the end of this term I shall be leaving Isaac Newton Academy to take on a new post as Director of Education Services in Hertfordshire. This has been a difficult decision for me to take as INA has been a huge part of my life since I was appointed to be the school’s founding Principal in the spring of 2011. The past six and a half years have been, without doubt, the most exciting and rewarding of my career. I feel immensely proud of what we all, as the INA community, have achieved together. The school is supporting young people to achieve exceptional educational outcomes but, more importantly, to be strong and independent learners with moral integrity and admirable character. There is perhaps never an ideal time to leave a school, but I know that I am moving on at a time when the leadership at all levels of the school is stronger than it has ever been. I am delighted that our founding Vice Principal, Jo Spencer, has agreed to become Interim Principal from Easter. Ms Spencer is a hugely experienced and skilled leader. She has been a senior leader for 19 years in three different schools. She opened the school with me in September 2012. Together we appointed all the staff, wrote the key policies, conducted all the home visits and inducted our first staff and students. She has run the school expertly whenever I have been off site over the last 5 years.   I shall write to you in more detail towards the end of the term, but should like to take this opportunity to thank you for your unfailing commitment to the school and the encouragement and support that you have given to me. It has been an honour to serve you and all the INA families. With very best wishes, as always.   Rachel Macfarlane Principal

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ISAAC NEWTON ACADEMY PRESENTS

IT’S SHOWTIME...

Thursday 25th January 2018 Friday 26th January 2018 at 6:30pm Tickets

Adults: £1.50 | Concessions: £1 | INA Students: 50p Tickets can be purchased from the main reception (or KS3 reception for INA students)

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Exciting Learning this Week The children in Year 1 made a Hopscotch game by following an algorithm.

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Exciting Learning this Term We have started our new and exciting topics for the half term; the Reception topic is entitled ‘Let’s Pretend’, Year 1‘The Magic Toymaker’, Year 2 ‘Young Entrepreneurs’ and Year 3 ‘’Who Were the Romans?’. Overview sheets will be available on the school website early next week with an explanation of the learning that will be covered over the coming weeks and how you can support your child at home.

Message from Ms Wilcox for the Gardening Club Calling all old 500g cereal boxes, magazines and wellies! Please send any of these things you have at home to Ms Willcox for Gardening Club where they will be put to good use. Many thanks in advance.

Essex Open Netball Club Development Squad Training Weekly training for girls in school Year 3 and 4 will be on Wednesdays starting 24th January- 4th July 2018                                     Venue: Walthamstow Academy, Billet Road, London E17 3PY Time:   17:00 – 18:00pm term time only. (Please note there is no room for spectators in the Sports Hall). Cost: £100 (£5-00 per session for 20 sessions) Please note there are 30 spaces available on a first come first served basis. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact INA Primary Reception ASAP and more information will be given to your child via their book bag.

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Merits The following pupil has 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. Natalia Duran-Rodrigo

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. Avni Kamothi Alexis Burvill Keyaan Alam Eric Vasile Anna Jilani Amina Ali Humza Anwar Trinethra Karyhikeyan Giorgio Nicosia Zunairah Raja

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Tyler Fraser Clarke Tariq Hamed Keira Palmer Meerab Dar Maria Tanase Zainab Khan Nidhi Jogia Jasson Maheshwaran Rumaysah Bukhari

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Joshua George Kayden Reid Isa Ijaz Maria Mohamed Faiz Nafiu Quddus Manahil Shaukat Ali Haroon Harneet Kang Zara Ijaz

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Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for Friday 19th January. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Rayan Zeeshan - Curie Diya Sienna Napal - Maxwell Joshua Adjarho - Maxwell Khalid Ahmed - Newton Maria Tanase - Britten Eric Vasile - Fitzgerald Aleena Chowdhury - Glennie Saim Rehman - Al-Kashi Raheema Ali - Fibonacci Asiyah Ali - Pythagoras Ali Haroon - Pythagoras Zaara Alveena Mubarak - Ellington Nassim Rebhi - Nicks Kisa Fatima - Shankar

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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: • Orpah Haque – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for the growth in her confidence since starting school). • Annika Taheem – Scholar of the Week (for writing in full sentences to describe a character in a book). Maxwell Class: • Saad Bhutawala – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for trying his best to write a sentence independently). • Jasnoor Kaur – Scholar of the Week (for sharing her ideas during carpet time). Newton Class: • Amir Muhammad – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for ‘giving it a go’ and showing bravery by sitting on the carpet and singing a nursery rhyme). • Anita Uddin – Scholar of the Week (for the effort she put into her writing this week). Britten Class: • Ryan Charles – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using his bravery when sharing ideas out loud in front of the class). • Amanah Ali – Scholar of the Week (for writing fantastic sentences using the conjunction ‘but’). Fitzgerald Class: • Jubear Hossain – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using his courage to participate in activities and answer questions more). • Amina Ali – Scholar of the Week (for using ‘but’ to write extended sentences and for working hard on the presentation of her learning).

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Glennie Class: • Rasim Balaj – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using a loud and proud voice during his talk task). • Alexandra Bale-Orhorha – Scholar of the Week (for always taking responsibility for her learning and participating 100%). Al-Kashi Class: • Hamza Chand – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for having a positive attitude towards his leaning and for taking risks in order to succeed and further his learning). • Khadijah Ali – Scholar of the Week (for consistently trying her best). Fibonacci Class: • Kamiah Reid – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being brave during the swimming lesson and trying new things). • Riya Patel – Scholar of the Week (for always trying her best and finding ways to improve). Pythagoras Class: • Sanam Shah – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing bravery when she fell down. Also for showing optimism in all her learning this week and positively tackling any challenges). • Gulle Jannat Zahir – Scholar of the Week (for trying very hard with her maths learning about time this week and moving onto further challenges where she was able to spot and correct errors in time). Ellington Class: • Bushra Rahman – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for continuing to be brave and show courage when contributing to discussions). • Mariam Faheem – Scholar of the Week (for always demonstrating a high level of commitment towards her learning and being a good role model). Nicks Class: • Nirmalpreet Durhailay – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating leadership skills in class). • Rayaan Vakas – Scholar of the Week (for providing and excellent explanation of how to multiply and divide by 10 and 100). Shankar Class: • Miguel Genov – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing excellent optimism and risk taking when answering questions on the carpet). • Zaynul Bagwan – Scholar of the Week (for providing an informative piece of writing in her history lesson and for incorporating prepositional phrases). 12 January 2018

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Class Ambassadors Every half term we award two children from each class the honour of being the class ambassador. Each class teacher has chosen two children from their class to represent them over the course of the half term. Their role includes helping children in the playground, welcoming visitors to their class and explaining some of their learning to them, along with helping the staff with other special jobs. A purple pin badge will be presented to the children in assembly next week which will need to be worn on their uniform every day. Well done and congratulations to the following pupils for this half term: Curie Class – Ibrahim Mohamed & Leja Vitkauskaite Maxwell Class – Danish Sheikh & Fatiha Majumder Newton Class – Zeina Zaidi & Akshay Yadhav Britten Class – Shresta Yeruva & Smaran Nakerekanti Fitzgerald Class – Anna Jilani & Parmveer Singh Glennie Class – Noor Asghar & Rasim Balaj Al-Kashi Class – Abdullah Shahzad & Inaaya Muhammad Fibonacci Class – Aran Sivananthan & Zara Daykin Pythagoras Class – Ali Haroon & Husna Abdulkadir Ellington Class – Zaara Mubarak Ali & Kaysha Reid Nicks Class – Arjun Bihal & Raisha Islam Shankar Class – Swara Kinhikar & Kuljit Aytan

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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 15th January 2018

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, 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 ensure that we do not talk when our mouth is full, when we wash our hands, consider 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 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.

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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 e.g. 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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Composer of the Fortnight Germaine Tailleferre For the fortnight after the break we will be listening to and learning about Germaine Tailleferre as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Tailleferre in preparation for the coming weeks. You can find out some facts and hear some of her music on the following links. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germaine_Tailleferre http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHzz5g-7-Jw

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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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

96.7%

Britten

98.5%

Maxwell

95.9%

Fitzgerald

95.6%

Newton

91.1%

Glennie

94.1%

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

Upper School Al-Kashi

100%

Ellington

94.4%

Fibonacci Pythagoras

94.1%

Nicks

94.4%

97.8%

Shankar

94.4%

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. The overall attendance however is quite disappointing this week considering this is the start of the term. I hope that in partnership we can ensure that it improves over the coming weeks!

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Key Dates - Spring 2018 Term Dates: 5th January 2018 - 29th March 2018 Tuesday 16th January

Reception Pantomime

Thursday 18th January

Cultural Passport Workshop 9am & 6pm – All parents

Monday 22nd January

Wonderful Handwriting Week

Wednesday 24th January

Year 3 Pantomime visit

Thursday 25th January

Maths SATs Information – Year 2 Parents - 9am & 6pm

Monday 29th January

Year 1 Toy Museum Visit

Friday 2nd February

Ellington Class Assembly – Year 3 - 9.00 – 9.20am

Friday 2nd February

Glennie Class Assembly – Year 1 – 10.25 – 10.45am

Thursday 8th February

Parent Coffee Morning & E-Safety Workshop – 9.00am

Friday 9th February

Break Up for Half Term – 3.45pm Monday 12th – Friday 16th February - HALF TERM

Wednesday 21st February

High Attainers Parent Workshop - 9am & 6pm

Monday 26th February

Literature Week

Monday 26th February

Home & Family Week – No enrichment clubs

Wednesday 28th February

INSET Day – no school for students

Thursday 1st March

World Book Day – (Dress up as a book character)

Monday 5th March

Wonderful Handwriting Week

Friday 9th March

Al-Kashi Class Assembly – Year 2 - 9.00 – 9.20am

Friday 9th March

Newton Class Assembly – Year R – 10.25 – 10.45am

Friday 16th March

INSET Day – no school for students

Tuesday 20th March

PE Spring Spectacular

Wednesday 21st March

Parent Coffee Evening – 6pm

Wednesday 28th March

Music Spring Concert

Wednesday 28th March

Easter Bonnet Parade

Thursday 29th March

Easter Egg Hunt

Thursday 29th March

End of Term Awards Assemblies – pupils finish at 12.15pm

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