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25 November 2016

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Important Reminders • Schools starts at 8.45am. 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 every day other than Tuesday when we finish at 3.00pm • If any of your details have changed eg. 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.

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! 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).


Primary Newsletter

25 November 2016

From Tam Broadway – Primary Headteacher As you will know from the information posted in the newsletter by Ms Macfarlane a few weeks ago, the school was closed on Wednesday and staff and pupils were given the opportunity to use the day in honour of the memory of one of the secondary students, Ahmed Al-Khafiji, who passed away in July 2015. It was an opportunity for you to spend the day with your child and think about an out-of- the-ordinary experience that you could share. Some children have excitedly shared their experiences with me this week; some children visited museums or galleries whilst others enjoyed some quality time at home painting and being creative. The children have been busy writing or drawing about their day, some of which will be on display in the school. The next few weeks will be busy with lots of fun things happening, so please do take time to read over the dates and times of the events, and do please ask if you are unsure about of any of the information included.

Just to remind you that you are all welcome to attend the Coffee Morning on Tuesday 29th November at 9.00am in the primary dining hall.

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of London Trip

Year 1

Year 1 pupils will be visiting London at part of their history topic. Packed lunches are provided but we urge that parents remember to ensure their child has a backpack, comfortable shoes and a waterproof with them. Thank you for the large number of parents who volunteered to accompany us; we are sorry that we can’t take everyone with us this time, but as always thank you for your support. Trip Dates: Monday 28th November - Britten & Glennie Tuesday 29th November - Fitzgerald

Mathematics Mastery Workshop (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Parents) Thursday 8th December 6.00-7.00pm This workshop has run successfully for the last two years and has really helped parents to gain a greater understanding of the Maths Mastery approach used at INA. Reception parents will be introduced to the approach and the Reception programme of study, along with strategies for you to use to support your child at home. Year 1 and 2 parents will be talked through the programme areas for their respective year groups and again given strategies to help support children at home. To ensure we set out enough space and resources for the event, we ask that that you contact the Primary office staff to confirm your attendance. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.


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25 November 2016

A Message from Ms Rayner We have lots of items of lost property in the office, including some blazers, which you can have a look through at any time. It is difficult to help get items back to their owner if they are not labelled, so please check that all items of uniform are labelled. Many thanks for your help and support with this!

Reception Nativity Play The Reception pupils will be performing the Nativity play on Wednesday 14th December at 2.50pm. Reception parents are invited to attend. Two tickets will be issued per child in due course.

Christmas Music Event The Year 1 and Year 2 pupils will be performing songs they have been learning as part of their music lessons this half term on Monday 12th December. Both year groups will perform at the event and parents are invited to attend at the following times: Year 1 parents to attend at 2.00 -2.30pm (2 tickets per child will be issued) Year 2 parents to attend at 3.00 – 3.30pm (2 tickets per child will be issued)

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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: Ryan Charles – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being honest at all times.) Amanah Ali – Scholar of the Week (for always having beautiful handwriting.)

Maxwell Class: Nafiu Quddus – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always being kind and thoughtful to his friends and teachers.) Noor Asghar – Scholar of the Week (for using her ‘Fred Fingers’ to help her during Literacy.)

Newton Class: Anna Jilani – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for explaining how she wants to be a doctor who helps people feel better.) Xavier Ambia – Scholar of the Week (for writing his name neatly.)

Britten Class: Sasha Lard – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing fairness by letting her partner talk on the carpet and share their ideas.) Ibrahim Nasiri – Scholar of the Week (for a great re-enactment of the Great Fire of London.)


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Fitzgerald Class: Aran Sivananthan – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always being honest even at a personal cost.) Mohid Asif – Scholar of the Week (for working systematically to find all the number bonds to 10.)

Glennie Class: Prajin Raja – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always being honest, looking after others and being fair.) Isra Hussain – Scholar of the Week (for improved listening, behaviour and participation.)

Al-Kashi Class: Daniyal Sheikh – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for remembering and applying measurement problems in his learning.) Ronak Chatha – Scholar of the Week (for learning ten new words this week.)

Fibonacci Class: Ali Ullah – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing integrity consistently throughout the week.) Sabah Akram – Scholar of the Week (for excellent work throughout the week.)

Pythagoras Class: Zairah Ali – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being fair towards her partner and showing good turn taking and sharing ideas.) Ceylan Warner – Scholar of the Week (for working very hard in English and really improving her handwriting.)

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Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch on Friday 2nd December; an invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Harneet Kang - Britten Maidah Hussain Riaz - Maxwell Aadhav Arun - Curie Marwa Benaziza - Fitzgerald Samuel Chamberlain-Thomas - Newton Faheem Ahmedabadi - Fibonacci Ryan Abraham - Glennie

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 a fantastic achievement. A special ‘bronze’ certificate will be presented during the Celebration and Awards Assembly. Innaya Islam Isa Ijaz Azmain Munshi Islam Ibrahim Nasiri


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25 November 2016

Lovely Learning This Week The Reception pupils enjoyed a visit from a paramedic this week to talk about his job and to teach the children some life saving tips.

Some fun Maths Mastery learning outdoors this week:

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Parent Progress Meetings and Pupil Progress Reports The Pupil Progress Reports and Parent Progress Meetings will take place in January this academic year. The Pupil Progress Reports will be sent out to you on Friday 6th January and the Parent Progress Meetings will take place on Tuesday 10th January. There will be still three Termly Reports sent out over the course of the year and three Parent Progress Meetings. Further details will be sent out in due course.

Celebration and Awards Assembly Friday 16th December

At the end of every term the children enjoy the opportunity to share and celebrate some of their learning and achievements with you. Each teacher chooses two children from their class to receive a certificate in the Celebration and Awards Assembly, one in recognition of a child who has demonstrated the habits of all the seven BRIDGES throughout the term, and the other in recognition of a pupil’s outstanding academic effort and achievement. The assemblies start at the following times in the Primary dining hall: 8.45-9.15am – Year 2 (All Year 2 parents are invited to attend) 9.30-10.00am – Reception (All Reception parents are invited to attend) 10.15-10.45am – Year 1 (All Year 1 parents are invited to attend)


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25 November 2016

Composer of the Fortnight Debbie Wiseman

We are currently listening to and learning about Debbie Wiseman as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Wiseman in preparation for the coming weeks. Information can be found on the following links.

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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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25 November 2016

Week commencing 28th November

Discovery Discovery comprises seven dispositions: Energy Enthusiasm

Noticing Open-Mindedness Curiosity

At School

Imagining Creativity

• We make our lessons fun and interactive every day so that the children love 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 their ‘talk partner’. • We talk to the children about looking out for the details on things around them, looking 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 – through role-play, stories, music and PE – and 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. 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 are studying in class. Year 1 could be finding out facts about the Great Fire of London or about different London landmarks. Year 2 could be finding out facts about the Victorians; researching different inventions etc. 25 November 2016

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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.

A Message from the PE Department On PE days we ask that you remove any earrings that your child normally wears to school. This is from a health and safety perspective as the pupils often work in pairs during ball games, gymnastics etc. Thank you for your support. Please be reminded that only one pair of plain stud earrings can be worn to school.

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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25 November 2016

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

91.1% 90% 91.8%

Britten Fitzgerald Glennie

97.9% 96.7% 97.1%

Al-Kashi Fibonacci Pythagoras

96.7% 96.7% 97.1%

Overall Attendance: 95.1%

Well done and congratulations to the winners, Britten class! Attendance has not been great this week – I am hoping to see everyone fit and well again next week and some healthier attendance figures to match 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 for the Autumn Term 2016 Term Dates -Autumn Term Thursday 1st September - Friday 16th December Half Term: Monday 24th – Friday 28th October INSET Days: 1, 2, 5 September, 23 November, 9 December

Key Dates for Primary - Autumn Term Monday 28th November

Wednesday 14th December

Great Fire of London Trip – Year 1 (Britten & Glennie) Great Fire of London Trip – Year 1 (Fitzgerald) Parent Coffee Morning 9.00-10.00am Reception Information Session (2017 intake) 2.00pm (Secondary Building) Christmas Lunch Maths Mastery Parent Workshop 6.00pm (Year 1, 2 and Reception Parents Invited) INSET Day: no school for pupils Christmas Music Event Year 1 and Year 2 Pupils Performing Reception Nativity Play

Friday 16th December 8.45-9.15am – Year 2 9.30-10.00am – Reception 10.15-10.45am – Year 1

Celebration and Awards Assembly (All Year 2 parents are invited to attend) (All Reception parents are invited to attend) (All Year 1 parents are invited to attend)

Tuesday 29th November Tuesday 29th November Wednesday 30th November Thursday 8th December Thursday 8th December Friday 9th December Monday 12th December

Term Ends at 12.15pm


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25 November 2016 Primary Newsletter