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8 November 2019

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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.

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We expect every child to be in full uniform every day with their top button done up and wearing their tie All coats must be plain black Shoes must be plain black – no trainers, plimsolls 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 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 and match the school uniform

Important reminders •

Schools starts at 8.45am (8.35am for Year 3, 4 & Year 5). 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 8.47am.

School finishes at 3.45pm (3.35pm for Year 3, 4 & Year 5) every day other than Tuesday when we finish at 3.00pm (2.50pm for Year 3, 4 & Year 5).

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 Now that the weather has started to turn colder, 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, ensuring that it is labelled; boots are not part of our uniform. 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.

Mathematics Mastery Workshop Thursday 14th November 9am & 6pm This workshop is designed to help parents gain a greater understanding of the Maths Mastery approach used at INA. Parents will be introduced to the approach and given strategies to use to support their child at home. To ensure we set out enough space and resources for the event, we ask that that you contact the Primary office staff to confirm your attendance. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Absences immediately before or after a school holiday If your child is absent before or after a school holiday we must see evidence for the absence. This may be medical evidence if your child is unwell, or evidence of flight delays or circumstances beyond your control.  We cannot authorise any absences before or after a holiday without this evidence and you risk being issued with a penalty notice. Cover Photo: Year 5 pupils enjoying their football lesson with Mr Beattie in the Secondary School this week. 8 November 2019

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Ahmed Al-Khafaji Day Wednesday 20th November On Wednesday 20th November, there will be no school for the children as all staff and pupils have a dedicated day to exploring learning of their own choice. This is an annual event held by the school in memory of Ahmed Al-Khafaji, a pupil who in the past attended INA but sadly passed away. The day is very much intended for the pupils to explore and discover new learning, and not just a day to play video games or watch the TV. It is a great opportunity to explore a cultural passport activity. If your child chooses to carry out a cultural passport experience at home, then they will need to record their learning. This can be done in words, diagrams, drawings, photos, PowerPoint presentation, in fact however you wish – the more creative, the better! Help your child to rehearse how they will present their evidence to their class teacher and class, and I look forward to hearing about the wonderful learning that has been taking place outside of school. Your child will also be awarded a special sticker for the learning activity they experience. 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, all children have a Primary Cultural Passport.

Within each passport there are a range of cultural activities to complete and they are split into the following four categories:

• Outdoor and nature • Community • Creative • Global

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Please see the following list of cultural experience we have planned for our children in each year group to help inspire your child’s choice.


Year Reception Go on a bear hunt

Autumn 1

Autumn 2 Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Year 1 Grow and care for a plant from a seed

Eat an exotic fruit or vegetable Create some wild art Take part in Go for a boat ride a traditional celebration Make a mud pie Design and make a game or toy Grow and release a butterfly

Meet and put questions to an author

Have a picnic

Create a minibeast house

Visit a farm

Visit a museum

Summer 2 When appropriate over the year

Year 2 Promote healthy eating

Visit a pantomime

Donate to a charity

Learn to play a musical instrument Take part in a charity event Visit a library

Build a sandcastle Collect shells on a beach

Perform in a class assembly

Activities for Years 3, 4 and 5 can be found over the page.

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Year 3

Autumn 1

Hunt for fossils and bones

Autumn 2

Hold a scary beast Help to prepare for a traditional family celebration

Spring 1

Play a song on a musical instrument

Communicate in a language other than English Build a float a model Read a classic novel boat

Invent something

Fly a kite

Have a pen pal in a different country Volunteer

Identify flags in different countries Climb a tree

Build a den

Visit an art gallery

Build a raft

Make a meal for someone

Find your way with a map and a compass Organise a charity event

Promote healthy living

Promote a safe and healthy life-style

Cook food you have grown yourself Perform in an event across the academy

Represent a sporting team

Spring 2

Summer 1

Read a classic novel Join a library Summer 2

When appropriate over the year

Learn to ride a bike

Learn to swim

Year 4

Year 5

Create big art

Publish you own work

Go pond dipping

Design and write a computer programme

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Feed and care for an animal Catch a fish in a net

Perform on stage outside of school

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Primary Disco Tuesday 26 th November Disco 1 – 3.15–4.15pm Disco 2 – 4.30–5.30pm

£2.50 includes disco, popcorn and drink

Tickets are now on sale at Reception Tickets are now on sale for our annual INA Disco on Tuesday 26th November. The tickets are £2.50 which includes entrance to the disco and a popcorn snack and drink. There will be choice of two disco times which will be sold on a first come, first served basis. So if you have a preferred time, we suggest you purchase your tickets as soon as possible to save disappointment. If you purchase a ticket for Disco 1, the children will be taken straight to the disco after school and will need to be picked up promptly from the playground at 4.15pm. If you purchase a ticket for Disco 2 the children will need to be collected from school promptly at 2.50pm/3.00pm and then arrive back on time to start their disco at 4.30pm.

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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 for the phase by the end of every week is awarded the attendance trophy during Friday’s Award & Recognition assembly.

Early Years and Key Stage 1 Curie Maxwell Newton

97.0% 94.7% 96.3%

Britten Fitzgerald Glennie

99.0% 97.7% 98.0%

Al-Kashi Fibonacci Pythagoras

96.0% 95.7% 99.3%

Well done and congratulations to Pythagoras Class who are the winners this week with 99.3%!

Key Stage 2 Ellington Nicks Shankar

97.3% 99.3% 97.7%

Lovelace Mirzakhani Ramanujan

99.0% 97.3% 97.0%

Rahman Tailleferre Vivaldi

98.0% 100% 98.5%

Well done and congratulations to Tailleferre Class who are the winners this week with 100% and have earned themselves some extra play next week.

Overall Attendance: 97.8% 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.

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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 15th November 2019. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Sukhnoor Singh - Curie Danish Tahir Sheikh Ibrahim Rahman - Lovelace Al-Kashi Bilal Raja - Maxwell Mohammed Sillah Marega Giorgio Nicosia - Fibonacci - Mirzakhani Roman Tayib - Newton Anam Shah - Pythagoras Marqelo Rama Haniya Sheikh - Britten Ramanujan Arthi Sivananthan Isra Shahid - Fitzgerald Ellington Imani Salim - Rahman Rajveer Sawali - Glennie Ekamjot Pandher - Nicks Jeevat Palray - Tailleferre Ibraheem Nawaz - Shankar Riyen Shah - Vivaldi

Composer of the Week A R Rahman

For the next few weeks we will be listening to and learning about A R Rahman as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Rahman in preparation for the coming weeks. You can find out some facts and hear some of his music on the following links. 8 November 2019

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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:

Hussain Nawaz – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for supporting and guiding his peers during tidy up time and showing great leadership skills). Amaris Eliza – Scholar of the Week (for working hard to improve her sentence writing). Maxwell Class:

Jabir Mohammed – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being brave when trying new food at lunchtime). Maryam Sheikh – Scholar of the Week (for saying a one fewer sentence within five). Newton Class:

Dawood Alam – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing bravery and settling in really well into Newton class). Zayaan Malik – Scholar of the Week (for writing instructions in full sentences on how to make a ‘Supertato’). Britten Class:

Alvina Adeel – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing great leadership in maths with her partner). Malak Raggai – Scholar of the Week (for using her Fred Fingers to help her with all her spellings). Fitzgerald Class:

Amna Nusrat – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for maintaining an optimistic attitude and being ready to experiment and take risks in her learning). Ibrahim Muhammad – Scholar of the Week (for using onomatopoeia and adjectives to describe fireworks excellently).

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Glennie Class:

Ibrahim Nabi – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using his bravery when answering questions in class). Brandon Sagar – Scholar of the Week (for using wizard words in his writing). Al-Kashi Class:

Zunairah Raja – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using her leadership skills and helping other children in the class and being an excellent role model). Eisa Ali – Scholar of the Week (for writing a fantastic recount of the Elves and the Shoemaker). Fibonacci Class:

Sophia Ahmed – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using her courage when working with a different partner to support her in making good choices). Giorgio Nicosia – Scholar of the Week (for using his creativity when writing an alternative ending to a narrative). Pythagoras Class:

Khadija Jamil – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for having the courage to complete all her learning to best of her ability). Ranvi Arora – Scholar of the Week (for creating a plan for his alternative ending). Ellington Class:

Aamina Akram – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating good leadership skills during maths lessons on how to build a tower using newspaper). Nobin Choudhury – Scholar of the Week (for consistently being a good role model and having a positive attitude in his learning).

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Nicks Class:

Amina Ali – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing great courage during PE to carry on playing after recovering from an injury). Eshaal Khan – Scholar of the Week (for being a fantastic leader during a ‘Mathemagical Week’ challenge). Shankar Class:

Ibraheem Nawaz – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing great courage during lessons by aiming to answer more questions). Anushka Navarajan – Scholar of the Week (for putting in lots of effort when answering her literacy questions and for trying to improve the structure of her answers). Lovelace Class

Abdullah Riaz – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating courage when working independently during English lessons). Kareem Al-Khouli – Scholar of the Week (for expanding his vocabulary, using powerful verbs in his writing and using the ‘word of the day’ within sentences). Mirzakhani Class:

Aryan Singh – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for placing himself outside of his comfort zone and showing courage when overcoming fears during swimming trips). Nowmi Touva – Scholar of the Week (for using her grit to interpret different types of data during maths).

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Ramanujan Class:

Nicholas Fertrina Jardiel – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for great leadership in group work, making sure everyone is heard). Tanmanjot Sandhu – Scholar of the Week (for great perseverance in maths with her learning on pictograms). Rahman Class:

Imani Salim – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating excellent bravery and resilience this week). Nuhitu Hasan – Scholar of the Week (for showing focus and concentration within all her lessons this week). Tailleferre Class:

Rufaida Hasnat – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always showing optimism and courage when sharing ideas). Swara Kinhiker – Scholar of the Week (for using a variety of sentence starters and punctuation in her writing). Vivaldi Class:

Kaysha Reid – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for has shown great enthusiasm in her learning). Ronak Chatha – Scholar of the Week (for working really hard on his numbers up to 100).

Merits The following pupil has 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. Amna Nusrat 8 November 2019

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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 11th November 2019


Resourcefulness comprises ten dispositions: Questioning Making Connections Reasoning Remembering Transferring Scavenging Imitating Adaptability Recycling Flexibility At School •

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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 avoid talking when our mouth is full, wash our hands, consider 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.

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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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Key Dates for

Autumn Term 2019 Monday 2nd September–Friday 20thDecember 2019 INSET - Wednesday 20th November Wednesday 13th November

Reception Information Evening 6.00pm (For September 2020 Intake)

Thursday 14th November

Maths Mastery Parent Workshop 9.00am & 6.00pm

Friday 15th November

Lovelace Class Assembly – Year 4 - 9.00 – 9.20am

Friday 15th November

Britten Class Assembly – Year 1 – 10.20 – 10.40am

Monday 18th November

Wonderful Handwriting Week

Wednesday 20th November

INSET Day: no school for students

Tuesday 26th November

Primary School Disco

Wednesday 27th November

Reception Information Session 2.00pm (For September 2020 Intake)

Thursday 28th November

BRIDGES workshop for Parents – 6.00pm

Monday 9th December

Primary Winter Concert (Years 1 & 2) – 3.00pm

Wednesday 11th December

Primary Winter Concert (Year 5) – 9.00am

Thursday 12th December

Reception Nativity Play - 9.00am Primary Winter Concert (Years 3 & 4) – 2.45pm

Thursday 12th December

Christmas Lunch & Christmas Jumper Day

Friday 20th December

Awards Assemblies (TBC) & Term Ends at 12.15pm

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