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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 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. The summer term dates have also been included in this week’s edition. The spring term Pupil Progress Reports and Parent Progress Meetings will take place after the Easter break. The Pupil Progress Reports will be sent out to you on Friday 21st April and the Parent Progress Meetings will take place after the on Tuesday 2nd May; school will finish at 12.15pm on this day. A parent questionnaire has been sent out this week; please try to complete and return these to either your child’s class teacher or the primary main office by Tuesday 21st March. Thank you for your time!

A Message from the Reception Team As part of your child’s learning and to demonstrate 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. 17 March 2017

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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 March we will be supporting and raising money for Red Nose Day by asking the children to wear Red and to contribute £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 jokes 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 Good Hope charity. Weather permitting, this will be hosted in the playground.

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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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Exciting Learning this Week This week the Reception children have enjoyed ‘getting their hands dirty’ by planting seeds. They have been using their discovery skills whilst watching the roots of some of their seeds grow and observing with great excitement, the changes taking place with the class caterpillars.

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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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Wonderful Writing Week Week beginning 20th March

With the aim of raising the profile of writing across the school, next week will be a ‘Wonderful Writing Week’. This of course does not mean that we would not expect wonderful writing every week, but it would be great way to encourage the pupils to really show us what they can do. We ask that you encourage and support your child at home during the week and get them to do as much writing as possible. This could be in the form of a shopping list, a letter, story writing or instructions for a recipe or game – anything at all. For the Reception children, we would like them to practise writing simple sentences using their sounds. In Year 1, we are looking for neat writing and sentences using the correct punctuation, some conjunctions and adjectives. Year 2 now need to ensure their handwriting is neat and joined and that their sentences make full sense. Year 2 also should be able to demonstrate a range of punctuation, accurately spelling of familiar words and making sensible attempts with unfamiliar words. At the end of the week two children from each class will be awarded a certificate in recognition of their hard work and effort. Thank you for your support!

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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: Maisha Hossein – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being resourceful when choosing her resources during the afternoon sessions.) Aadhav Arun – Scholar of the Week (for excellent writing during English lessons.)

Maxwell Class: Hanfil Mohammed Jameel – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using words used during the talk-time and then applying them to his writing.) Anna Kiseleva – Scholar of the Week (for coming to school with a positive outlook towards her learning.)

Newton Class: Amina Ali – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for resourcefulness when she used plasticine to make an intricate character.) Parmveer Singh – Scholar of the Week (for trying to use ‘Fred Fingers’ to write about ‘Tadpole’s Promise’.)

Britten Class: Jaskaran Singh – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using the sound mats and other resources around the classroom when writing.) Nabeeha Ozzul – Scholar of the Week (for showing consistency in her learning at school and at home.)

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Fitzgerald Class: Eesa Vali – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using sentence starters and interesting adjectives to write similes.) Yaqoob – Scholar of the Week (for some impressive, fluent reading in guided reading sessions, careful following while others read and excellent spotting of rhyming words in our poem.)

Glennie Class: Hamza Chand – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for remembering a story and being able to create a role play.) Miriam Mirza – Scholar of the Week (for having great confidence to share her home learning.)

Al-Kashi Class: Swara Kinhikar – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for creatively reusing things instead of throwing them away.) Daniyal Sheikh – Scholar of the Week (for working hard at developing his joined handwriting across all subjects.)

Fibonacci Class: Tay’Shawn Holland – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for his determined approach to making connections within his learning.) Aariz Khan – Scholar of the Week (for his focus within all subject areas and his positive mindset.)

Pythagoras Class: Rohan Taheem – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always remembering instructions and new learning and applying these to his work independently.) Ceylan Warner – Scholar of the Week (for making a really great effort in spelling lessons and always self-correcting her work to make improvements.) 17 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. Ayala Saleem Aina Shah Rajan Mann Hibah Sajed Maira Nasir Shresta Yeruva Yusuf Ahmed Maria Mohamed Faiz Aydin Landi Rida Alam Tasnia Anis Alexandra Bale-Orhorha Joshua George Ubaid ur Rehman Mueez Eesa Vali Ravi Jethwa Kayaan Khan Muhammad Aadam Natha

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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. Mahilan Sathis Kumar Innaya Islam Zara Daykin Nadia Khan Kuljit Aytan Amber Carless Swara Kinhikar

Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils that have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for Friday 24th March; an invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Kaysha Reid - Fibonacci Nadia Khan - Al-Kashi Zairah Ali - Pythagoras Marqelo Rama - Glennie Riya Patel - Fitzgerald Aina Shah - Curie Xavier Ambia - Newton

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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.

Year 1 Transport Challenge Trip Year 1 are looking forward to their transport adventure on Monday (Glennie & Fitzgerald Classes) and Thursday (Britten Class) next week. The classes will be following a planned route around London that lets the children experience travelling in a variety of different ways and the pupils will end up looking at planes at London City Airport. They will also be experiencing travel by scooter, bike, tricycle etc. in the school playground.

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Composer of the Fortnight Dobrinka Tabakova

For the next week we will be listening to and learning about Dobrinka Tabakova as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Tabakova 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/Dobrinka_Tabakova http://www.dobrinka.com/

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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 20th March 2017

Integrity Integrity comprises six dispositions: Citizenship Honesty

Justice Fairness

Humility Humanity

At School

• At school we encourage the pupils to make sure they play in a kind and thoughtful way and ensure that they include others in their games. Games where ‘turn-taking’ is needed are great at helping the children to understand that everyone has fair turn. • It is also important that the children learn how to win and lose a game graciously and show humility when they win or congratulate the winner and say well done if they lose. • The children need to learn and understand the importance of telling the truth even when it feels uncomfortable when we have to admit that we have done something wrong. They also need to learn to take responsibility for their actions and not get into a habit of blaming others. It is important that the children have a moral sense of right and wrong. • Each half term the class teacher chooses two ambassadors to help the pupils develop their citizenship skills and by helping with jobs in their class or at lunchtimes. • We encourage every child to help keep the school environment clean by clearing away plates or cups after lunch or tidying up their own table place after activities in class.

At Home

Talk to your child about how they can be a good citizen within their community, by not dropping litter etc. Talk about what is fair and encourage your child to help out at home with tidying their room or books away so that they develop a sense of responsibility and respect towards theirs and others’ property. Reinforce the message about always telling the truth and why this is important. When you are reading stories together with your child, discuss characters, their behaviour and moral decision and whether they are good or bad characters and why. Next week we will be dressing up in Red for Comic Relief; spend a little time talking about what Comic Relief is about and which charities would benefit from their £1 donation. 17 March 2017

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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

95.3% 86.3% 95.3%

Britten Fitzgerald Glennie

99% 94.7% 97.7%

Al-Kashi Fibonacci Pythagoras

97.7% 99% 98.3%

Overall Attendance: 95.9% Well done and congratulations to Britten class who are the winners this week with 99%! Attendance has taken a dip this week with a number of pupils affected by Chicken Pox – we hope to see you all fit and well again 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%.

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Key Dates Spring Term 2017 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

Monday 3rd – Monday 17th April

EASTER BREAK

Summer Term 2017 Tuesday 18th April

Pupils return to school

Friday 21st April

Pupil Progress Reports Sent Home

Friday 28th April

Newton Class Assembly (Newton Parents Invited) 3pm

Monday 1st May

Bank Holiday – No School

Tuesday 2nd May

Parent Progress Meeting

Wednesday 3rd May

Reception Parents Information Evening (September 2017 starters)

Monday 15th May

Handwriting Week

Friday 19th May

Maxwell Class Assembly (Maxwell Parents Invited) 3pm

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Key Dates Summer Term 2017 (continued) Wednesday 24th May

Coffee Evening 6.00pm

Friday 26th May

Half Term Monday 29th – Friday 2nd June HALF TERM

Monday 5th June

Pupils return to school

Friday 16th June

Curie Class Assembly (Curie Parents Invited) 3.00pm

Monday 26th June

Handwriting Week

Friday 30th June

INSET DAY: no school for students

Monday 3rd July

Primary Sports Day

Friday 7th July

INSET DAY: no school for students

Tuesday 11th July

Coffee Morning 9.00am

Friday 14th July

Pupil Progress Reports Sent Home

Tuesday 18th July

Parent Progress Meetings

Wednesday 19th July

Summer Fayre 4.00pm

Friday 21st July

End of Term Awards Assemblies - Term Ends at 12.15pm

Tuesday 25th July

Primary Uniform Sales

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