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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 It has been a great week welcoming everyone back officially and helping our new cohort of Reception pupils and their families settle in to Isaac Newton Academy Primary. I have been hugely impressed by how quickly all the children have managed to adapt to the new morning routines this week and especially to the Reception children who have demonstrated their bravery as they have waved their parents goodbye for the day. Reception parents, I am equally proud of your bravery, as you kindly followed our advice and left us to settle the children each morning. It has been encouraging to see the new routines of dropping Year 1-3 pupils off in the morning working effectively.

Important reminders • Schools 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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Dear Primary Parents and Carers, Firstly, a really warm welcome back (and welcome to the Reception families). Over the summer holidays our Year 11 received their GCSE results and we were delighted with their achievements (top of all the Ark schools on every attainment measure)! They join the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils in producing some truly impressive outcomes in their exams: Reception reaching Good Level of Development (GLD): INA

86%

Ark average Redbridge Average National average

81% 73% 71%

Year 1 passing the Phonics screening test: INA

97%

Ark average Redbridge Average National average

93% 83% 81%

Year 2 reaching Age Related Expectations in Reading, Writing & Maths combined: INA

82%

Ark average Redbridge Average National average

66% 68% 64%

Year 11 GCSE results: Attainment 8 score: 5.6 (national average in 2016 4.8) 4+ in English and Maths: 85% (highest of all Redbridge non-selective schools) 5 or more 9-4/A-C grades including English & Maths: 80% Percentage of all entries that were A*-A/9-7: 31%

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May I take this opportunity to ask that parents do not drive down Cricklefield Place if it can be avoided at the start and end of the school day. The entrance to our site is not spacious enough to accommodate lots of vehicular traffic and every car increases the risk of a serious accident or injury to a child. The purple parking bays belong to the Academy and are used by staff; parents are not entitled to use them and risk being issued with a parking fine if they do so. Similarly, the space under the sports hall beam is not public property but part of the school site and parents are not permitted to drive through this area, park or wait here in cars. We do really appreciate your support in making the start and end of the day safe and congestion-free for the benefit of your child and others. And finally, please see the list of key dates for the autumn term at the end of this newsletter and commit them to your diaries. It is a busy term ahead and we hope to see you at our parent workshops, information evenings, awards assemblies and concerts/productions. With all best wishes, Ms Macfarlane, Principal

School Photographer The school photographer will be in next week on Tuesday 19th September, taking individual pupil photos which will then be available for you to purchase. Further details on how to purchase these will be sent in due course. Please ensure that your child is in their full uniform and looking extremely smart (as always)!

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Dear Parents and Carers, An incident which appears to have been an attempted acid attack occurred on Tuesday afternoon this week on Ilford High Road, close to the entrance to Isaac Newton Academy Primary. This was during the afternoon when school was in session and all students were safely in the building. The incident did not involve any members of the school community. The police attended the scene very quickly and cordoned off the affected area of pavement. As usual, there was a significant senior staff presence on the High Road at the end of the school day and we were able to ensure that everyone was reassured and got home safely. However, given its proximity to the Academy, the incident is a disconcerting reminder that we must all remain vigilant at all times to the possibility of attacks of this nature. It is extremely sad that these types of incidents are becoming more frequent in and around London. All staff at Isaac Newton Academy have been trained on emergency planning (with a refresh just last week) and have received guidance on the action to take in the event of a chemical attack. Our staff and students’ safety is paramount and we undergo whole staff training on a regular basis in line with modern threats. Our staff are trained so that they have the confidence in knowing what to do if they were to be exposed to such an incident in their working or personal lives. We take safeguarding matters very serious at INA and any situation that poses a risk, harm or danger to the students and staff receives the upmost priority by referring to the appropriate agency or service. Rachel Macfarlane

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Lovely Learning this Week Britten class had an exciting start to their new topic ‘Into the Woods’. They listened to the story of the ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ and made sandwiches to take to their own teddy bear’s picnic! The children pretended that they were deep in woods with their bears and had a marvellous time.

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Primary European Languages Day Competition Are you creative? Do you like drawing and art? Would you like your drawings to be famous?

Join our competition! To celebrate European Languages Day we would like you to draw or design a postcard which shows all the languages people speak, the different countries and cultures they share too.

You need to bring your postcard to your Spanish lesson the week beginning the 25th September. The best two postcards of each year group will be used to decorate all the postcards Secondary students receive in Languages when they do well. So parents and students will receive your pictures as a prize! We are really looking forward to seeing your designs. Good luck and get creative! These are some examples to help you‌

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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.

Enrichment We will be starting our enrichment clubs again from Monday 25th September. Every child is expected to participate in one enrichment club each week; this is an all-though school expectation. Please make sure you have signed up using the Enrichment App. If you are experiences any difficulties, please let the office staff know. You will be notified officially of your child’s club before the end of next week.

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Tapestry Workshop (Reception Parents Only)

Wednesday 20th September 9am & 6pm We will be running a Tapestry workshop on Wednesday 30th September for Reception parents. The workshop will be run at 9am and repeated again at 6pm. Please let the office staff if you can attend and if so at which time. Tapestry is an online tool that we use to record stages of your child’s progress and learning development. We are then able to share these stages with you at home. The workshop will show you how you can access Tapestry and how you too can use it at home to record stages of your child’s development towards their learning journey in Reception. We hope to see as many of you as possible. Reception pupils follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. There are 17 areas of learning and development by which we track your child’s progress. It is expected that Reception pupils will reach a Good Level of Development across the 17 Early Learning Goals (ELGs) by the end of the Reception Year. A detailed breakdown of the 17 Early Learning Goals can be found on INA’s website under the ‘Community’ tab – Resources for Parents – Reception Early Learning Goals. For further information regarding Tapestry please visit the following website: http://tapestry.info/

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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 – Adil Usman & Orpah Mehjabin Maxwell Class – Aagia Duhailay & Ishaq Sheikh Newton Class – Szymon Plaskiewicz & Mariam Shaikh Britten Class – Aamina Akram & Jawad Imran Fitzgerald Class – Amina Ali & Nobin Chowdhury Glennie Class – Nafiu Quddus & Tasnia Anis Al-Kashi Class – Jeevan Hunjan & Rohan Sharma Fibonacci Class – Priyajanani Pradeep Kumar & Shahed Hussain Pythagoras Class – Dua Maisam & Akbar Hussain Ellington Class – Zahraa Aamanee & Aizah Nawaz Nicks Class – Riyen Shah & Nandini Sharma Shankar Class – Lara Burvill & Ronak Chatha

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Praise and Recognition At the end of every term 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 throughout the term. Well done to the following children, who have been recognised this term: Curie Class: • Bolarinwa Omotola – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being brave when trying new fruits and food during his first week at school). • Giorgio Nicosia – Scholar of the Week (for sharing his learning in maths with the whole class). Maxwell Class: • Bella Anderson – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing courage when coming into school). • Zander Benjamin – Scholar of the Week (for coming to school with a positive attitude). Newton Class: • Tyler Fraser Clarke – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for taking a risk and playing with new friends). • Aisha Ali – Scholar of the Week (for consistently showing she is ready to learn and listening to instructions). Britten Class: • Hanan Khan – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing bravery by answering questions out loud in front of the class). • Hibah Hameed – Scholar of the Week (for using wonderful adjectives to describe the woods). Fitzgerald Class: • Ijaz Nazir – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for settling into Year 1 well and sharing some super contributions in class discussions). • Soha Zaidi – Scholar of the Week (for lovely home learning over the summer and some super adjectives ideas to describe a wood).

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Glennie Class: • Iman Hafeez – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing great confidence when sharing her ideas). • Kayden Reid – Scholar of the Week (for using great adjectives to describe the forest). Al-Kashi Class: • Meliah Henry – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing great leadership skills – being a role model to her classmates). • Abdullah Shahzad – Scholar of the Week (for always trying his best and for having a good attitude towards his learning). Fibonacci Class: • Riya Patel – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being really brave and settling into her new class quickly). • Zayn Miah – Scholar of the Week (for super information writing). Pythagoras Class: • Ahmer Muhammad – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being brave and stepping into the swimming pool to try swimming). • Jaskaran Singh – Scholar of the Week (for making a good effort to answer questions in class discussions). Ellington Class: • Fahmid Khan – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being a good role model at dinner time). • Tay’Shawn Holland – Scholar of the Week (for excellent partner work in maths). Nicks Class: • Aadam Ali – Headteacher’s Habits Award (demonstrating outstanding bravery during the first week of term). • Osman Dean – Scholar of the Week (for sharing his research about dinosaurs during class discussions). Shankar Class: • Kisa Fatima – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being very brave in class when offering answers to tricky questions). • Malaika Hussain – Scholar of the Week (for showing excellent effort with all her routines in class). 15 September 2017

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Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for next Friday 22nd September. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Hong Yip - Curie Aagia Durhailay - Maxwell Ekampreet Mali - Newton Shanaya Sharma - Newton Amina Ali - Fitzgerald Anna Kiseleva - Glennie Aina Shah - Britten

Emilie Morgan - Al-Kashi Abdul Wahab - Pythagoras Asher Shah - Fibonacci Raina Islam - Ellington Hamza Omer - Shankar Nuhitu Hassan - Nicks Tulsi Jogia - Nicks

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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 18th September 2017

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, wash our hands, dress and present ourselves, in 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.

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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. 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 Louis Armstrong

For the next few weeks we will be listening to and learning about Louis Armstrong as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Armstrong in preparation for the coming weeks. You can find out some facts and hear some of his music on the following links. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Armstrong http://www.biography.com/people/louis-armstrong-9188912

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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

97.6%

Britten

95.5%

Maxwell

99.4%

Fitzgerald

99.1%

Newton

93.9%

Glennie

92.5%

Well done and congratulations to Maxwell this week the winners with 99.4%

Upper School Al-Kashi

95.8%

Ellington

98.4%

Fibonacci

96.1%

Nicks

96.1%

Pythagoras

96.9%

Shankar

95.5%

Well done and congratulations to Ellington this week the winners with 98.4%

Overall Attendance: 96.4% 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%. 15 September 2017

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Key Dates Autumn 2017 Term Dates: Wednesday 6th September - Wednesday 20th December 2017

Tuesday 19th September

School Photographer

Wednesday 20th September Tapestry Workshop for Reception Parents 9am & 6pm Thursday 21st September

Year 3 Trip to the Natural History Museum

Monday 25th September

Year 1 Trip to Thorndon County Park

Monday 25th September

Enrichment clubs begin

Tuesday 26th September

European languages Day

Wednesday 27th September Parent Coffee Moring 9.00 – 10.00am Saturday 1st October

Start of Black History Month

Monday 2nd October

Wonderful Handwriting Week

Friday 6th October

Shankar Class Assembly – Year 3 - 9.00 – 9.20am

Friday 6th October

Britten Class Assembly – Year 1 – 10.25 – 10.45am

Wednesday 11th October

RWI Parent Workshop 9.00am & 6.00pm (Reception and Year 1 Parents)

Thursday 19th October

Diwali

Friday 20th October

Multicultural Food Fayre & Traditional Costume

Friday 20th October

Break up 3.45pm for half term

Monday 23th – Friday 27th October - HALF TERM

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