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24 February 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. 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 We have enjoyed a busy first week back after the half term break and the children have shown their excitement at starting their new topics and enrichment clubs this week. This is a busy half term, so do please check the various key dates at the end of the newsletter. A parent information sheet has 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. 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 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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World Book Day Thursday 2nd March 2017

World Book Day takes place next week on Thursday 2nd March and to celebrate the day we would like everyone to dress up as a book character for the day. This may be the time when all those super heroes and princess costumes make their way into the classroom for the day. Pupils and teachers across the whole Academy will be taking part; we ask that every child pays a ÂŁ1 contribution which will go towards the buying of new library books for the school. The children can wear a bought or home-made costume. Costumes can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish, however we must stress that the costume still needs to be practical enough for your child to participate in their everyday learning. It is important that your child is able to explain their character and who they are meant to be.

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Ms Hutson, the Reception PE teacher, has said that she will be asking the children to remove their shoes for their PE lesson next Thursday, but otherwise it will be fine for them to come to school dressed up and she will work around this in her lesson. Small prizes will be given to the most interesting or inventive characters on the day and a World Book Voucher will be given to every child to the value ÂŁ1. The voucher can be used against the cost of any book at most leading book stores and National Book Tokens, a World Book Day sponsor, also have a selection of books that can be directly exchanged for the voucher. For further information regarding the use of the vouchers and the books on offer, please visit the following website. http://worldbookday.com/books/ We look forward to meeting our fantastic book characters next week.

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High Attainers’ Parent Workshop It was great to see such a great turn out of parents attend the workshop this week. Packs of support materials and suggestions on how to help your child at home were given out and are available on request from the main reception area. Thank you for your continued support!

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.

Enrichment Clubs All pupils are expected to attend one Enrichment Club each week; this is an all-through school expectation. Enrichment clubs are a fantastic opportunity for the children to try things out that they might not otherwise have the chance to do, to work with different members of staff both from the Primary and Secondary schools and to make new friends and get to know children from different classes and year groups. We thank you for your support in ensuring that your child attends their enrichment club every week.

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Exciting Learning this Week Year 2 working in groups to develop their musical skills using different instruments this week!

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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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Red Nose Day

Friday 24th March 2017 On Friday 24th of 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 write down jokes and post. We will then pick a joke from the box and Ms Broadway will read some in assembly.

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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: Keira Palmer – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being a good role friend to others showing kindness and understanding at all times.) Ibraheem Nawaz – Scholar of the Week (for excellent work on 3D shapes.)

Maxwell Class: Gurjas Dhanjal – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for working well with his partner in maths.) Alexandra Bale-Orhorha – Scholar of the Week (for writing lovely sentences independently during the afternoon provision.)

Newton Class: Zoya Butt – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for listening and following instructions.) Eric Vasile – Scholar of the Week (for always being focussed on the ‘bug rug’ and ready for learning.)

Britten Class: Sanam Shah – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being a kind friend to others.) Ayoola Yekini – Scholar of the Week (for trying really hard to write neatly.)

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Fitzgerald Class: Asher Shah – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing great listening and collaboration skills in paired and group activities.) Cameron Palmer – Scholar of the Week (for some very impressive work finding missing numbers in number sequences.)

Glennie Class: Isra Hussain – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always being a friend to everyone.) Aryan Singh – Scholar of the Week (for writing a great character description.)

Al-Kashi Class: Lara Burvill – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for working well as a team to put on a performance linked to Christopher Columbus.) Zahra Abbas – Scholar of the Week (for working hard on developing her handwriting, use of number bonds and use of subordinating conjunctions.)

Fibonacci Class: Bushra Rahman – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing excellent listening skills.) Zahraa Aamanee – Scholar of the Week (for a wonderful effort in her maths lessons – well done.)

Pythagoras Class: Aisha Bashir – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for really trying hard during partner work to take turns, share resources and contribute to ideas.) Anum Imran – Scholar of the Week (for trying very hard to improve her spelling this week and using subordinating conjunctions.)

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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. Aairah Abid Aahil Mubarak Emaan Adeel Humza Anwar Amina Ali Zara Khan Yaqoob Kamiah Reid Riya Patel Hamza Chand Marqelo Rama Imran Hussain Hamza Omer Adam Ismail Arjun Bihal Maryam Umarji Rhea Thirumal Sarah Master Anna Kiseleva Manahil Shaukat Rumaysah Bukhari Arshitha Thelapurath

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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. Hanad Ali Mahammadou Sillah Marega Ryan Abraham Meerab Dar

Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for the week after half term on Friday 3rd March. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Maira Nasir - Curie Anushka Navarajan - Maxwell Amina Ali - Newton Ava-Lily Pemberton-Mardenborough - Al-Kashi Arissa Isha-Butt - Fibonacci Asher Shah - Fitzgerald Prajin Raja - Glennie 24 February 2017

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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 – Alisha Ali & Aadhav Arun Maxwell Class – Kiana Benjamin & Muhaimin Islam Newton Class – Emaan Adeel & Humza Anwar Britten Class – Sanam Shah & Aryan Lakhani Fitzgerald Class – Mohammad-Hadi Raja & Sohana Hoque Glennie Class – Isra Hussain & Adam Ismail Al-Kashi Class – Swara Kinhikar & Zaynul Bagwan Fibonacci Class – Rohin Ronson & Smriti Nakerekanti Pythagoras Class – Aisha Bashir & Arsal Anjum

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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 27th February 2017

Self Discipline 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 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 be 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 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. • Through reading stories the children can develop their skills of empathy through their comprehension of the characters, their motivations etc.

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Self-Discipline comprises of nine dispositions: Organisation Prudence Hard Work

Absorption Motivation Independence

Revising Practising Self-Regulation

At Home

At home the children need to practise getting dressed and undressed, managing buttons on shirts and coats etc. and generally becoming more independent. Helping your child to get organised the night before will help to ensure they have everything they need for their day. It may help to create a visual/pictorial timetable at home to help your child become more organised and to think about when they need their PE kit, home learning, guided reading book etc. This could be displayed in your child’s room or in a central place like the kitchen where you can both check what is needed the night before, ready for the following day. This will allow your child to become more involved in preparing for their learning each day and gaining independence. It is also good to remind your child, as we do in school, to check regularly that they have all of the belongings with them. Congratulate your child’s effort when you see them working hard and for showing an increased motivation with their home learning or reading. Talk to your child about how your own effort to practise and work hard at something led to success and a good feeling of achievement.

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Composer of the Fortnight Sir Edward Elgar

For the next week we will be listening to and learning about Sir Edward Elgar as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Elgar 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/Edward_Elgar http://www.classicfm.com/composers/elgar/

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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

94.6% 97.9% 95%

Britten Fitzgerald Glennie

97.5% 94.2% 98.7%

Al-Kashi Fibonacci Pythagoras

97.5% 95.8% 99.2%

Overall Attendance: 96.7% Well done and congratulations to Pythagoras class who are the winners for this week with 99.2% with close runners up, Glennie and Maxwell! 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%. 24 February 2017

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Key Dates for Spring Term 2017 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) 3:00pm

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 24th March

Red Nose Day

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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