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25 May 2018

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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. • • • •

Please label every item of clothing One pair of plain stud earrings can be worn Nail polish is not allowed Long hair for both boys and girls must be tied back. Hair decorations must be small and plain

Important reminders •

School 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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From Tam Broadway – Primary Headteacher I hope you all have a lovely half term break and look forward to seeing everyone back again on Monday 4th June ready for more fun and challenging learning. During the break please encourage your child to practise for a short time every day, their reading, writing and maths skills. Thank you for your support.

Calling all Male Role Models Next half term we are inviting any fathers who have some time available to join and help out with our enrichment clubs. If you are available to help out with a particular club every week or can offer a one-off hour over the course of next half term, then please let the office staff know, including which day and club you would be available for.

A Message from Ms Palray If you are interested in helping out in any way with the Primary Summer Fayre on Wednesday 18th July, please let Ms Palray know.

A Message from Ms Broadway I am hoping to get parents from both Primary and Secondary together who would be interested in setting up a new FOINA (Friends of Isaac Newton Academy) group, with the purpose of planning fundraising events for the school throughout the year. If you are interested, in the first instance I ask that you sign up with either Primary or Secondary reception staff, the deadline for which will be 8th June, after which we will organise an initial meeting before the end of term to start thinking about events for next academic year.

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 that 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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Year 9 BRIDGES Mentors Year 9 students visited the Primary to mentor the Year 3 pupils and support them with their BRIDGES development. The Year 3 pupils had spent time in preparation reflecting on their habit of Integrity and had the opportunity to discuss their progress in this area with their Secondary mentor.  The Secondary students used their prepared questions to challenge and support their Primary mentees.  It was great experience for everyone involved.  The Secondary students were very impressed with how well the Primary pupils understood the BRIDGES framework and how articulate their mentees were.  It was great to see so many engaging discussions taking place.  One Primary pupil described the experience as ‘Epic’. Well done to all involved and thank you to Mr Ball and the Secondary students for their time supporting the Year 3s!

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Exciting Learning Having read the book ‘Whatever Next’ the Reception children enjoyed their own picnic this week. A few weeks ago the children kindly wrote and posted their invitations to me, inviting me to join them for a delicious cake at their picnic. We used lots of adjectives to describe our delicious cake!

This week Mr Mika visited the year 1 children this week and told them all about his exciting travels around Southern Africa! The children saw lots of pictures of Mr Mika on his adventure and also had an opportunity to ask him questions about Africa.

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Pupils in the origami enrichment have been busy this half term. The children ranging from Reception to Year 3 managed to make many of their creations independently. Ms Ajrullah has been particularly impressed with how the pupils have been able to use all of their BRIDGES, in particular their Grit (perseverance &determination) and Bravery (experimenting with new ideas) on a weekly basis in order to complete their origami creations.

The children enjoyed watching Paddington 2 this week at Movie Night! A huge thank you to Ms Palray for organising the event and for all the staff who stayed help out serving food and snacks. It was great success and we hope to run some similar events again next academic year!

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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:

• Giorgio Nicosia – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always treating others with humility and fairness). • Medina Islam – Scholar of the Week (for finding number bonds to 5 and 10 independently).

Maxwell Class:

• Aiza Faheem – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using kind hands and kind words everyday). • Harveen Kaur – Scholar of the Week (for giving lovely answers to questions during carpet time).

Newton Class:

• Anita Uddin – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing integrity and kindness by asking others how they are feeling). • Ekampreet Malik – Scholar of the Week (for the effort he put into writing a sentence in his afternoon plan).

Britten Class:

• Aina Shah – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being honest and consistently making good choices even when no one is looking). • Maira Nasir – Scholar of the Week (for developing an excellent understanding of money this week in maths).

Fitzgerald Class:

• Humza Anwar – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for consistently making good even when the adults are not watching). • Soha Zaidi – Scholar of the Week (for excellent learning in maths when comparing the values of different coins).

Glennie Class:

• Manahil Shaukat – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always being fair with her peers). • Iman Hafeez – Scholar of the Week (for great participation in all lessons).

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Al-Kashi Class:

• Abdullah Riaz – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating integrity through telling the truth and being willing to learn even from mistakes). • Zahir Khan – Scholar of the Week (for trying his best and working hard at writing (innovating) his own story).

Fibonacci Class:

• Zara Daykin – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always being honest, truthful and kind to all her friends). • Sohana Hoque – Scholar of the Week (for trying really hard with all her learning this week and displaying a positive attitude).

Pythagoras Class:

• Ali Haroon – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always doing the right thing and making good choices in the line and on the carpet even when nobody is looking). • Sanam Shah – Scholar of the Week (for working through the questions in her assessments with great concentration this week and checking her answers thoroughly).

Ellington Class:

• Kaysha Reid – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating her honesty when discussing her fellings with her Year 9 mentor). • Bushra Rahman – Scholar of the Week (for displaying great inference skills by being able to empathise with characters and their situations).

Nicks Class:

• Rhea Thirumal – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always demonstrating integrity by promoting fairness and honesty). • Zakariyah Master – Scholar of the Week (for writing an emotive letter from the perspective of Bron, an Anglo Saxon character).

Shankar Class:

• Daniyal Sheikh – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing excellent fairness when participating in partner work). • Haidar Shaikh – Scholar of the Week (for trying to improve upon his presentation during English lessons this week). 25 May 2018

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Merits 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. Alexandra Bale-Orhorha Kiana Benjamin Anna Kiseleva Aleena Chowdhury

Ryan Abraham Abdullah Shahzad Marqelo Rama Zainab Khan

Vishak Muthukumar Devyani Soni Soha Zaidi Ali Haroon

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. Manahil Shaukat Maidah Hussain Riaz Malaika Hussain Miriam Mirza

Adam Ismail Yusuf Ahmed Saminderpreet Kaur Rufaida Hasnat

Sana Abbas Hanan Khan Aariz Chaudhry

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 Ravi Jethwa Mohid Asif Rayan Zeeshan Fatima Ali

Divyam Hitesh Gohil Ayaan Muhammad Shanaya Sharma Nassim Rebhi Nandini Sharma

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Smaran Nakerekanti Samuel ChamberlainThomas Arfah Noor Saif Shaikh Aryan Lakhani

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Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils that have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch on Friday 8th June, an invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly:

Simran Islam - Curie Abeera Qazi - Curie Amrit Kaur - Maxwell Mariam Shaikh - Newton Maira Nasir - Britten Parmveer Singh - Fitzgerald Alexandra Bale-Orhorha - Glennie

Aryan Singh - Al-Kashi Saminderpreet Kaur - Al-Kashi Tanisha Shavan - Fibonacci Abdul Wahab - Pythagoras Zaina Hussain - Ellington Rayaan Vakas - Nicks Kisa Fatima - Shankar

Support INA with Work Experience Opportunities Dear Parents/Carers, At INA, all Year 10 students engage in work experience to prepare them for future success. If you are able to support us by offering a placement (Key Requirements: Public Liability Insurance, Health and Safety Policy) from Monday 2nd July to Friday 6th July, please email with the following details: Contact name: Industry: Contact address: Contact email: Contact phone number:

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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 4th June 2018

Discovery Discovery comprises seven dispositions: Energy Enthusiasm

Noticing Open-Mindedness Curiosity

Imagining Creativity

At School • •

We make our lessons as fun and interactive every day so that every child loves learning and have a sense of enthusiasm with everything they do. Our lessons are very hands on and we ask the children to share their learning with the ‘talk partners’. We talk to the children about looking out for the details on things around them, to look closely at the bugs and the leaves in the playground and what happens to everything as the seasons change. We encourage the children to check their work and try to spot any errors they may have made. Through our topic approach we engender a sense of curiosity and wonder in the children where they are keen to go home and find out more. We talk about human characteristics and traits and what makes us all the same but equally what makes us different and that it is good to have differences and to appreciate them with an open mind. Every area of the curriculum helps the children to become more creative –either through role-play, stories, music and PE – helping the children to use their imaginations.

At Home

Encourage your child to use their imagination by making up stories together, or suggesting ways in which they could change parts of a story they know well , either change the gender of the characters, have them go on a different adventure etc. Pupils love to role play different characters and it is often even more fun when the adults join in too. Play along and have fun! Play games with your child like ‘I spy’ where you can see how many things they can notice beginning with a certain sound or letter they may already know or ask your child to think about an object and describe it using powerful adjectives. Ask questions like ‘I wonder what would happen if…?’ or ‘what do you think might happen if?’ or ‘why do you think…? These types of deeper questions will encourage the children to use their creativity and imagination more fully. Either independently or with help, encourage your child to read or research more information around the topics they have been studying in class. The children could also spend time researching our current composer.

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Composer of the Fortnight Leonard Bernstein

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

Breakfast & 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 Glennie class who are the winners this week with 98.7%.

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Well done and congratulations to Fibonacci who are the winners this week with 99.3%.

Overall Attendance: 96.5% 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%.

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Key Dates Summer Term Dates: 16th April 2018 - 20th July 2018

Monday 28th – Friday 1st June


Monday 4th June

Pupils return to school

Thursday 21st June

Year 2 visit to Southend

Friday 22nd June

Staff Inset Day – no school for students

Wednesday 27th June

Reception Visit to Barleylands

Friday 29th June

Pythagoras Class Assembly – Year 2 - 9.00 – 9.20am

Friday 29th June

Maxwell Class Assembly – Year R – 10.25 – 10.45am

Monday 2nd July

Wonderful Handwriting Week

Tuesday 3rd July

Coffee Morning 9.00am

Tuesday 3rd & Thursday 9th July

Year 1 visit to the Ragged School Museum

Thursday 5th July

Primary Sports Day

Friday 6th July

Staff Inset Day - no school for students

Friday 13th July

Pupil Progress Reports Sent Home

Tuesday 17th July

Parent Progress Meetings – School Finishes at 12.15pm

Wednesday 18th July

Summer Fayre 4.00pm

Friday 20th July

End of Term Awards Assemblies - Term Ends at 12.15pm

Tuesday 24th July

Primary Uniform Sales

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