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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

A Message from the Reception Team As part of your child’s learning and demonstrating 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. This 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.

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From Tam Broadway – Primary Headteacher I hope you all had a fantastic break with family and friends. We have enjoyed a fun-filled first week back and the children are showing their excitement in starting their new topics and enrichment clubs this week. Topic information sheets have been put into your child’s book bag to help you with ideas on how to support this half term, along with information about the topic and what will be covered. Reception pupils will be working on a topic called ‘Exciting Expeditions’, Year 1 a topic called ‘Out of Africa’ and Year 2 ‘Roots, Shoots, Animals and Fruits’ – this promises to be an exciting half term all round! The Pupil Progress Reports have been sent out to you in your child’s bag. A reminder that the Parent Progress Meetings take place on Tuesday 2nd May; school will finish at 12.15pm on this day. Please contact the office if you still need to arrange an appointment time.

Guided Reading Books Parents, please can you have a good look around at home for any guided reading books that you may still have. There are a few books missing and because of this some of the sets are now incomplete and will need to be replaced to make the numbers up for a group pack. This is very costly to the school. Parents will be asked to pay for any missing guided reading books. Thank you for your support with this.

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Dear Parents, I hope you had a fantastic Easter break. It is great to see the pupils back in school. At the end of last term we welcomed a new colleague to the primary staff team – Jatinder Walia. She introduces herself below: "I am very pleased and excited to be joining the INA family as a SEND Teaching Assistant. I will strive to fully support and nurture the children in a caring environment where they can improve their learning and grow to become fine young individuals.  I have previously worked in a similar role at a primary school in Essex for almost four years;  however I will continue to develop and gain more knowledge through my role here at Isaac Newton Academy.  I feel the qualities I have are perseverance and patience which are important to help bring out the best in children.  Previously I have worked in retail where I have gained key skills that I can use within the school environment too. About myself:  I was born and bred in Leicester and moved to London twenty years ago after marrying and settling here.  I have three children of secondary school age.  Twice a week, my children and I attend a Taekwondo class.  I am currently three belts away from my black belt. My hobbies include travelling, music and flower arranging." With best wishes, Rachel Macfarlane.

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Exciting Learning this Week Reception pupils enjoying their music lesson this week on the Djembe drums!

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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: Laraib Ul Haq– Headteacher’s Habits Award (for persevering and trying hard with her reading and writing.) Holly Carless – Scholar of the Week (for super writing in literacy.)

Maxwell Class: Kayden Reid – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for concentrating when writing his sentences.) Eshaal Khan – Scholar of the Week (for being a ‘perfect partner’ during the maths talk task.)

Newton Class: Xavier Ambia – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for the patience he showed when writing his own Aladdin book.) Jubaer Hossain– Scholar of the Week (for the amazing effort he put into writing neatly.)

Britten Class: Katrina Kaur – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for trying hard to concentrate during carpet sessions.) Ali Haroon – Scholar of the Week (for taking on new challenges during PE.)

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Fitzgerald Class: Shahed Hussain – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for persevering and applying great focus with his handwriting.) Ravi Jethwa – Scholar of the Week (for demonstrating impressive understanding of how to find quarters of amounts.)

Glennie Class: Kallum Bihal – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing great concentration with his learning.) Amber Carless – Scholar of the Week (for working consistently hard at improving in her learning.)

Al-Kashi Class: Muhammad Aadam Natha – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing great perseverance when learning about fractions.) Hamza Chand – Scholar of the Week (for asking great questions to his ‘pen pal’.)

Fibonacci Class: Ali Ullah – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing great ‘Grit’ throughout the week in all his lessons.) Jeevat Palray – Scholar of the Week (for wonderful improvements to her maths – in particular with her understanding of fractions.)

Pythagoras Class: Maryam Umarji – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing a lot of determination during maths lessons and working hard to understand unit fractions and correcting any errors.) Anu. Imran – Scholar of the Week (for trying very hard with her letter writing and fractions this week!)

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Merits 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. Srisakthi Velmurugan Jawad Imran Ryan Charles Katrina Kaur Faheem Ahmedabadi Khadijah Bukhari Arissa Isha-Butt Bushra Rahman Riyen Shah Muhaimin Islam Aleena Chowdhury Kayden Reid Eshaal Khan

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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. Mohid Asif Maya Kimborowicz Harneet Kang Abdullah Shahzad Charan Chaggar Hari Virdee

The following pupils have received 75 merits since September for making good choices and moving up to gold on the class ‘good choice chart’ – this is fantastic achievement. A special ‘gold’ certificate will be presented during the Celebration and Awards Assembly. Natalia Duran -Rodrigo Ali Haroon

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Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils that have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch next week on Friday 28th April; an invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Smaran Nakerekanti - Curie Rasim Balaj - Maxwell Janani Pradeep Kumar - Fitzgerald Abdullah Riaz - Glennie Anum Imran - Pythagoras Narmin Rafaya - Newton Swara Kinhikar - Al-Kashi

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.

A Message from the Reception Team Please could you send in one postage stamp for your child’s literacy lesson next week. The children will be writing a postcard and posting them afterwards. It would be great if you could talk to your child about postage stamps and why we need them. We would like these by Tuesday please. Thank you for your support in advance!

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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 which will need to be worn on their uniform every day. Certificates will be given to the children who have represented their class last half term and we thank them for their work in their role. Well done and congratulations to the following pupils for this half term: Curie Class – Ayala Saleem & Ryan Charles Maxwell Class – Alexandra Bale-Orhorha & Arshita Thelapurath Newton Class – Ijaz Nazir & Avani Tathgar Britten Class – Mahilan Sathis Kumar & Aairah Abid Fitzgerald Class – Zayn Miah & Keira Chana Glennie Class – Navneet Matharu & Aryan Singh Al-Kashi Class – Kayaan Khan & Muhammad Aadam Natha Fibonacci Class – Sabah Akram & Raina Islam Pythagoras Class – Mariam Chowdhury & Ayaan Hussain Riaz

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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 24th April 2017

Emotional Intelligence Emotional Intelligence comprises seven dispositions: Empathy Listening Sociability

Collaboration Openness

Reflectiveness Understanding

At School

• At school we always remind the children to treat others in the way that they would like to be treated in return. • At school we talk about having good listening skills and say that we must look at the person who is talking to us to show respect for them and to show that we are listening to them properly. • During every lesson the children are encouraged to develop their sociability by talking to their talk partner. When some children find this hard to do, an adult will sit and help facilitate paired talk. During the course of the year the children will be moved around and will have been encouraged to have different reading partners, maths partners etc. • We discuss the importance of working together as one big team or family at school and stress that we need to take care of everybody – we use the phrase ‘kind hands, kind feet’ to remind children that we do not hurt others. • When a child hurts someone or makes a poor behaviour choice, it is important that they reflect on their behaviour and, if another person is involved, that they apologise to them. • Through wider reading and research the children are able to extend their understanding of the world around them, reflecting on what makes things different and what are the common threads through life. • Though reading stories the children can develop their skills of empathy through their comprehension of the characters, their motivations etc.

At Home

Having consistent boundaries between home and school is very important. Talk to your child about the importance of not hurting or hitting other children and that we need to treat everyone kindly and respectfully. We know that you have equally high expectations of your child at home as we do at school and working in partnership has great strength in supporting your child to make good choices each day. 21 April 2017

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Composer of the Fortnight George Gershwin

For the next week we will be listening to and learning about George Gershwin as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Gershwin 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/George_Gershwin http://gershwin.com/

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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

95.7% 95.2% 92.9%

Britten Fitzgerald Glennie

94.8% 99% 95.7%

Al-Kashi Fibonacci Pythagoras

94.3% 97.6% 95.7%

Overall Attendance: 95.7% Well done and congratulations to Fitzgerald class who are the winners this week with 99%. I am expecting to see an improvement with attendance this term. We are now in the final part of the academic year and it is important that your child does attend school every day and does not miss out on any key learning which will hinder his/her overall progress. 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%. 21 April 2017

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Key Dates Spring/Summer 2017 Friday 28th April Monday 1st May Tuesday 2nd May

Newton Class Assembly (Newton Parents Invited) 3pm Bank Holiday – No School Parent Progress Meeting - School Finishes at 12:15pm Reception Parents Information Evening (September 2017 starters) Handwriting Week Maxwell Class Assembly (Maxwell Parents Invited) 3pm

Wednesday 3rd May Monday 15th May Friday 19th May

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 Tuesday 18th July Wednesday 19th July Friday 21st July Tuesday 25th July

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Pupil Progress Reports Sent Home Parent Progress Meetings Summer Fayre 4.00pm End of Term Awards Assemblies - Term Ends at 12.15pm Primary Uniform Sales

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