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20 January 2017

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Composer of the Fortnight

A. R. Rahman We are currently 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 hear some of his music on the following links.

SATs Information Workshop 1 - Maths (Year 2 Parents) Thursday 26th January 9.00am & 6.00pm

This workshop is aimed at Year 2 parents to offer support and information regarding the end of Key Stage 1 SATs. There will be an opportunity to have a look at past papers, discuss strategies for working questions out and information about supporting your child at home. The same workshop will be run at 9.00am and again at 6.00pm. To ensure we set out enough space and have enough resources for the event, we ask that that you contact the Primary office staff to confirm your attendance. We look forward to seeing you all at one of the two workshops.


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From Tam Broadway – Primary Headteacher One of our priorities this term is to improve our attendance figure; to support us with this you can ensure your child attends school punctually every day. You can also assist us in the morning by making sure the staff are able to make a prompt start with their class and take the children straight into classroom once they have lined up in the playground at 8.45am. Thank you for your support!

Exciting Learning this Week This week the Reception children travelled into space with Bob the Man on the Moon. They have made astronaut helmets, salt dough aliens and have had lots of fun through drama activities, along with reading and writing activities.

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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: Aadhav Arun – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for excellent recycling skills.) Imaan Javed – Scholar of the Week (for super work finding one more and one less.)

Maxwell Class: Rida Alam – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing determination in her learning every day.) Nafiu Quddus– Scholar of the Week (for working hard in English and using his ‘Fred Fingers’ to help him write.)

Newton Class: Jubaer Hossain – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for concentrating and trying to learn the names of 2D shapes with up to 4 sides.) Adam Chowdhury – Scholar of the Week (for learning more than seven ‘red’ words.)

Britten Class: Aairah Abid – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating excellent reasoning during maths lessons when learning about time.) Aryan Lakhani – Scholar of the Week (for continuously working hard and producing fantastic pieces of writing in English.)


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Fitzgerald Class: Tanisha Shavan – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing much improved adaptability to bounce back from challenges this week!. Sohana Hoque – Scholar of the Week (for tackling tricky time challenges such as finding one hour later questions.)

Glennie Class: Tanmanjot Sandhu – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for asking good questions during the RE talk session.) Yusuf Ahmed – Scholar of the Week (for trying really hard to improve his handwriting.)

Al-Kashi Class: Miguel Genov – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for asking questions when he does not understand things and to clarify his understanding.) Ghiyas Elahi – Scholar of the Week (for displaying a growing confidence in his mathematical skills and for remembering and applying those skills to draw arrays and solve problemss)

Fibonacci Class: Zaina Hussain – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for asking great questions and always being involved in discussions.) Smriti Nakerekanti – Scholar of the Week (for settling in to her new class really well and for applying herself in lessons.)

Pythagoras Class: Aayan Hussain – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for following instructions well in maths and improving his work in multiplication.) Charan Chaggar – Scholar of the Week (for concentrating very well in class in all her subjects and answering challenging questions well.) 20 January 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. Priyajanani Pradeep Kumar Mohid Asif Zara Daykin Aqsa Saeed Abdullah Shahzad Alexis Burvill Maiya Summers Tanush Handa Avani Tathgar Aryan Lakhani Yusuf Mahmud Aariz Chaudhry Rufaida Hasnat Arsal Anjum Priyajanani Pradeep Kumar Mohid Asif Zara Daykin Aqsa Saeed

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. Nicholas Fertrina Jardiel


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20 January 2017

Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for Friday 27th January; an invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Keyaan Alam - Newton Xavier Ambia - Newton Humza Anwar - Newton Javed Imran - Curie Maria Nasir - Curie Manahil Shaukat - Maxwell Rasim Balaj - Maxwell

Message from the Reception Teachers Please can we have donations of empty and cleaned 4 pint milk plastic containers. Please could parents/carers upload pictures and videos onto Tapestry of their children joining in with family customs and routines.  This could include going to swimming lessons at the weekend, celebrating a birthday or a family wedding.   We also need you to upload pictures and videos of the children exploring the world around them e.g. observing and commenting on similarities, differences and changes in the environment.  Things the children might do or notice could be observing objects that float and sink, talking about ice forming and frost on the ground.  They could even talk about the weather and observations they make of the winter weather compared to the weather in the summer. Thank you in advance for your help. If you need any further suggestions, please do ask your child’s class teacher.

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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 23rd January 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 that they include others in their games. Games where ‘turn-taking’ is needed are great at helping the children to understand that everyone has a 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 to 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 to help with jobs in their class or at lunchtimes. • We encourage every child to 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. What should the character have done instead etc. 20 January 2017

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Wonderful Writing Week Week beginning 23rd January With the aim of raising the profile of writing across the school, we will be holding a ‘Wonderful Writing Week’ once each half term. This of course does not mean that we would not expect wonderful writing every week, but we thought it would be a 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 these weeks 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 some familiar simple words learned such as cat, frog etc., using any sounds they have learned and to try to write simple sentences using the sounds they know. In Year 1, we are looking for neat writing and sentences with capital letters, full stops and other punctuation marks that the children have learned. Year 2 now need to ensure their writing makes full sense and that they are beginning to use a range of punctuation, trying hard to spell more accurately familiar and unfamiliar words. Year 2 pupils are now learning to join up their letters during handwriting practice and this should be encouraged at home. 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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20 January 2017

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

95.2% 95% 98.7%

Britten Fitzgerald Glennie

97% 94.3% 92.7%

Al-Kashi Fibonacci Pythagoras

97.3% 94.3% 98.7%

Overall Attendance: 95.9% Well done to Newton and Pythagoras who are the winners for this week with 98.7%. There has been a drop in attendance this week and we need to make it our collective priority this term to improve on this. Thank you for your support. 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%. 20 January 2017

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Key Dates for Spring Term 2017 Monday 23rd January Thursday 26th January

Handwriting Week SATs Information Workshop 1 – Maths (Year 2 Parents) 9.00am and 6.00pm Friday 27th January Glennie Class Assembly (Glennie Parents Invited) 3.00pm Saturday 28th January Chinese New Year Thursday 2nd February SATs Information Workshop 2 – English (Year 2 Parents) 9.00am and 6.00pm Friday 3rd February Coffee Morning 9.00am Tuesday 7th February E Safety Workshop 6.00pm Friday 10th February Fitzgerald Class Assembly (Fitzgerald Parents Invited) 3.00pm Monday 13th – Friday 17th February - HALF TERM Monday 20th February Pupils return to school Wed 22nd February High Attainers Parent Workshop 6.00pm Wednesday 1st March St David’s Day Thursday 2nd March World Book Day Wednesday 8th March International Women’s Day Friday 10th March Britten Class Assembly (Britten Parents Invited) 3pm Friday 17th March INSET Day: no school for students Monday 20th March Handwriting Week Monday 20th – Friday 24th March – Home & Family Week (No enrichment clubs) Tuesday 21st March Coffee Morning 9.00am 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


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