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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

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.

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From Tam Broadway – Primary Headteacher Thank you to those Year 2 parents and carers who were able to attend the KS1 Maths SATs workshop on Thursday. We received a good turnout for both the morning and evening sessions. The PowerPoint presentation is available to view from the ‘Community’ tab on the website and then in ‘Resources for Parents’. We hope that you were able to take lots of practical ideas away with you to help you support your child at home. We look forward to seeing you again next week to go through the KS1 English SATs papers.

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.

SATs Information Workshop 1 - English (Year 2 Parents) Friday 2nd February 9.00am & 6.00pm

This workshop is aimed at Year 2 parents to offer support and information regarding the end of Key Stage 1 SATs. There will be an opportunity to have a look at past papers, discuss strategies for working questions out and information about supporting your child at home. The same workshop will be run at 9.00am and again at 6.00pm. To ensure we set out enough space and have enough 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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Exciting Learning this Week This week Year 1 made Guatemalan Worry Dolls in Art. Traditionally children would tell their worries and put them under their pillow to ensure a good night’s sleep. Well done Year 1; they look fantastic!

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The Reception children have been reading about Elmer this week. Here they are doing an Elmer picture parade. In pairs they compared their work looking at similarities and differences and saying something positive about their partner’s picture. The children also had an exciting drama lesson in the Secondary school this week taught by Ms Field, the Head of Drama, based on Elmer.

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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: Aamina Akram – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being a good friend to others.) Nyla Moses Philips – Scholar of the Week (for trying hard in English.)

Maxwell Class: Rida Alam – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing determination in her learning every day.) Nafiu Quddus– Scholar of the Week (for working hard in English and using his ‘Fred Fingers’ to help him write.)

Newton Class: Arthi Sivananathan – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing integrity by being kind and giving people beautiful compliments.) Leja Kolyciute – Scholar of the Week (for the lovely way she wrote the names of the colours on her drawing.)

Britten Class: Maya Ahmed – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being honest all week, even during difficult situations.) Yusha Master – Scholar of the Week (for applying his comprehension skills throughout the week in English.)

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Fitzgerald Class: Mohid Asif – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being a very responsible and helpful citizen in class and around the school.) Kareem Al Khouli – Scholar of the Week (for excellent work on number bonds to 10 this week.)

Glennie Class: Aliyah Khan – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always wanting to help others succeed.) Inaaya Muhammad – Scholar of the Week (for always showing enthusiasm for her learning.)

Al-Kashi Class: Aashvi Govil – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating integrity in being consistently honest and a kind, respectful person in her attitude to others.) Nadia Khan – Scholar of the Week (for demonstrating an increasing understanding of division with remainders.)

Fibonacci Class: Faheem Ahmedabadi – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for his positive and honest approach to all aspects of his school life.) Fahmid Khan – Scholar of the Week (for a determined approach to our assessments this week.)

Pythagoras Class: J’Shawn Holland – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for trying so much harder this week and helping out a lot with jobs for the whole class.) Rufaida Hasnat – Scholar of the Week (for fully focussing during her Art and DT lesson and making a great Paul Klee design.) 27 January 2017

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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. Shahed Hussain Sarrinah Begum Zayn Miah Prajin Raja Abdullah Riaz Maryam Nawaz Amina Ali Keira Palmer Hanan Khan Aamini Akram Saif Hossain

The following pupil has 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. Tara Rani Kaur

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Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for Friday 3rd February an invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Tanisha Shavan - Fitzgerald Shakira Choudhury - Glennie Naniyah Owusu - Al-Kashi Gulle-Jannat - Britten Adem Malik - Curie Arshitha Thelapurath - Maxwell Siya Kamothi - Fibonacci

Enrichment Over recent weeks we have had a handful of parents asking if their child can miss the enrichment for a week, or arriving in school and requesting to take their child home early. 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 also a way of making new friends and getting 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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Hamma Beads Enrichment Club The Hamma club have been putting their creative skills to the test – what beautiful designs!

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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 30th January 2017

Discovery Discovery comprises seven dispositions: Energy Enthusiasm Noticing

Open-Mindedness Curiosity

Imagining Creativity

At School

• We make our lessons fun and interactive every day so that every child loves learning and have a sense of enthusiasm about 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 of things around them, to look closely at the bugs and the leaves in the playground and at 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 stress 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.

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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 by changing the gender of the characters, having 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 are studying in class. Year 1 could be finding out facts about the old and new toys or how toys are made. Year 2 could be finding out facts about the Paul Klee and his various artworks etc. The children could also spend time finding out further information about our new composer or the Chinese New Year.

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Composer of the Fortnight Tan Dun

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, we will be listening to and learning about Tan Dun as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Dun in preparation for the coming weeks. You can hear some of his music on the following links. www.tandun.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan_Dun

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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

92.3% 98.7% 98.7%

Britten Fitzgerald Glennie

100% 93.3% 95.3%

Al-Kashi Fibonacci Pythagoras

98% 98% 94.7%

Overall Attendance: 96.6% Well done and congratulations to Britten class who are the winners for this week with 100%; you have earned some extra play! Attendance is slowly improving this half term; let’s keep this going! 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%. 27 January 2017

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Key Dates for Spring Term 2017 Saturday 28th January Thursday 2nd February

Chinese New Year SATs Information Workshop 2 – English (Year 2 Parents) 9.00am and 6.00pm Friday 3rd February Coffee Morning 9.00am Tuesday 7th February E Safety Workshop 6.00pm Friday 10th February Fitzgerald Class Assembly (Fitzgerald Parents Invited) 3.00pm Monday 13th – Friday 17th February - HALF TERM Monday 20th February Pupils return to school Wed 22nd February High Attainers Parent Workshop 6.00pm 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) 3pm 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 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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