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22 September 2017

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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. • 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 We have enjoyed another busy week of learning and are looking forward to starting our enrichment programme and clubs next week from Monday 25th September. You should all have received notification of your child’s enrichment club. If you have not received notification, please let the office staff know and we can get this sorted out as soon as possible. If your child is participating in a sports activity they will need suitable PE clothing with them.

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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A Message from Ms Hutson Year 2 and 3 PE Jewellery: On the day that your child has PE, please make sure that they do not have any jewellery on. This can be very dangerous, particularly when using equipment, and may result in injury to your child. If you wish for your child to wear earrings, please teach them how to take them out, so that they are not putting themselves at risk during lessons. PE Kit: Please also ensure that you send your child in with correct PE kit on the relevant days, even if they are unwell. This includes the INA T-shirt, trousers, socks and trainers (INA purple jumper optional). If children are in school trousers, skirts, tights and school shoes, it is very difficult for them to use their full range of movement and increases the risk of them falling, slipping and injuring themselves. Injuries: If your child has an injury which will stop them taking part in PE, please write a note stating what the injury is.

A Message from the Reception Staff As part of our topic ‘All about Me’, the children will be sharing who is in their family with their classmates. Please can all the children bring a photograph of their family into school to present to rest of the class. It would be beneficial to help your child to practise at home the names of people in their family; this will support them with their confidence when doing so with the class.


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Tapestry Workshop Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the Tapestry Workshop this week. If you need any further assistance going forward, please either contact Ms Mark or the office reception staff.

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:

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Lovely Learning this Week Ranvi Arora from Newton Class was creating structures with K-Nex and said “Mrs Mark look I made a fidget spinner.”

Ranvi Arora from Newton Class was creating structures with K-Nex and said “Mrs Mark look I made a fidget spinner.”


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Year 1 Science In Year 1 we are learning about what plants need to grow during our Science lessons. On Wednesday we planted our own bean seeds and over the next few weeks we will watch them grow!

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Year 3 Visit to the Natural History Museum As part of the Year 3 topic ‘Did Dinosaurs Exist?’ the pupils had the opportunity to visit the Natural History Museum to try and find the answer to their question. To further their knowledge, the pupils read and researched the displays of information and examined the artefacts, bones and fossils. Thank you so much to the parent volunteers for helping out and giving up your time; you were all a superb help!


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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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We will be having our Harvest Festival Assembly for the pupils on Thursday 12th October.

We would appreciate donations of the following items: We will be offering our donations to The Redbridge Welcome Centre. If you would like to make a contribution to this local worthy cause, then please send in your donation on Tuesday 10th October or Wednesday 11th October in preparation for the children’s Harvest Festival Assembly on Thursday 12th October.

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• Tinned fruit • Tinned Fish • Tinned vegetables • Tinned meat • Pasta

• Rice • Squash • Long Life Milk • Sugar • Coffee

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• Tea • Washing up liquid • Shower Gel • Shaving Foam • Washing Powder


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: • Medina Islam – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always having a positive attitude towards her learning). • Jai Pathak – Scholar of the Week (for retelling the story of the ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’). Maxwell Class: • Nidhi Jogia – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for concentrating and retelling the story ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’). • Jasson Maheshwaran – Scholar of the Week (for being a great talk partner during the carpet time). Newton Class: • Dimah Al-Johani – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for remembering how to do all the transitions in class). • Divyam Hitesh Gohil – Scholar of the Week (for the effort he has put in to learning new cutting skills). Britten Class: • Holly Carless – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being caring towards other children who need help at playtime and knowing which adult to go to for help). • Jawad Imran – Scholar of the Week (for trying hard to do his best in all of his learning). Fitzgerald Class: • Zara Khan – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using the ‘word wall’ to help her with tricky spellings). • Eric Vasile – Scholar of the Week (for using ‘and’ to write longer sentences).


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Glennie Class: • Jashendeep Singh Mehmi – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for remembering to come prepared to school). • Tasnia Anis – Scholar of the Week (for always being eager to participate). Al-Kashi Class: • Isra Hussain – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for recycling ice-cream cups instead of throwing them away). • Ryan Abraham – Scholar of the Week (for consistently trying his best and working hard to complete his learning to a high standard). Fibonacci Class: • Esa Syed – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for explaining how we can recycle objects and why it is important). • Innaya Islam – Scholar of the Week (for fantastic maths learning when partitioning numbers). Pythagoras Class: • Hanad Ali – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for applying the new skills taught really well in his independent English and maths tasks this week). • Sasha Lard – Scholar of the Week (for making a good effort to practise her joins during handwriting and grouping facts together in English lessons this week). Ellington Class: • Aizah Nawaz – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using her resourcefulness and recycling a jar). • Zaina Hussain – Scholar of the Week (for fantastic play script writing). Nicks Class: • Zairah Ali – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating resourcefulness with ideas about recycling at home). • Yanis Benjamin – Scholar of the Week (for a focussed approach to learning during guided reading lessons). Shankar Class: • Swara Kinhikar – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using excellent questioning skills during her lessons). • Hamza Omer – Scholar of the Week (for always trying his absolute best in school, especially when on the carpet during discussions). 22 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, 29th September. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Zara Asim Ijaz - Curie Elis Richardson - Maxwell Harveen Rai - Maxwell Szymon Plaskiewicz - Newton Laraib Ul-Haq - Britten Parmveer Singh - Fitzgerald Arshitha Thelapurath - Glennie

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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Coffee Morning Tuesday 26th September You are all invited to come along to our first Coffee Morning of the academic year on Tuesday 26th September at 9.00am in the primary dining hall. Unlike other coffee mornings, on this occasion we will be selling tea, coffee, biscuits and cake in aid to raise money for the MacMillan charity. MacMillan Cancer Support is one of the largest British charities providing health care, information and financial support to those affected by cancer. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible and sharing some great ideas together. Don’t forget to bring your wallets and purses along too!

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.

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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 25th September

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 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 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. What should the character have done instead etc. 22 September 2017

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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.

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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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












Well done and congratulations to Fitzgerald class this week the winners with 100%. They have earned some extra playtime for next week.

Upper School Al-Kashi












Well done and congratulations to Ellington class who are the winners for the second week with 99.3! Come on Year 2 classes, you have some catching up to do!

Overall Attendance: 96.8% 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. We always strive for 100%. 22 September 2017

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

Monday 25th September Monday 25th September Tuesday 26th September Wednesday 27th September Saturday 1st October Monday 2nd October Friday 6th October Friday 6th October

Year 1 Trip to Thorndon County Park Enrichment clubs begin European languages Day Parent Coffee Moring 9.00 – 10.00am Start of Black History Month Wonderful Handwriting Week Shankar Class Assembly – Year 3 - 9.00 – 9.20am Britten Class Assembly – Year 1 – 10.25 – 10.45am RWI Parent Workshop 9.00am & 6.00pm (Reception Wednesday 11th October 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 Wednesday 1st November

BRIDGES workshop for Parents – 6.00pm

Monday 6th November

Maths Week

Tuesday 7th November

Year 1 Class Trip to the Museum of London

Wednesday 8th November

Reception Information Evening 6.00pm

Thursday 9th November

Maths Mastery Parent Workshop 9.00am & 6.00pm

Monday 13th November

Year 1 Class Trip to the Museum of London

Monday 13th November

Home and Family Week (No enrichment clubs)

Monday 20th November Wonderful Handwriting Week Wednesday 22nd November INSET Day: no school for students Wednesday 29th November


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