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27 April 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. • • • • • • • • •

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).

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 It was a great turnout for the Parent Progress Meetings on Tuesday. As always we enjoy the opportunity to work in partnership with you, to discuss your child’s progress and attainment for the term and to also share the next steps and ways in which you can help your child at home. I hope you took the opportunity to ask lots of questions about your child’s report, learning and to have a good look through your child’s books. We understand that there were some technical difficulties this time, making it harder for some parents to sign up to a time slot. If this should happen in the future, it is very important that you speak to office staff who will be happy to assist you in booking slots. It is important that everyone signs up for a slot in good time prior to the meetings.

Reception Parents’ Information Evening Wednesday 2nd May at 6pm (For September 2018 starters) This meeting is aimed at parents whose child is starting Isaac Newton Primary in September. If you are a parent with an older sibling already attending the school, we would still advise that you come along to the meeting as you will need to pick up the pack of documents that must to be filled in prior to your home visit. There have also been some changes to the documents and the information we require from you. We have also made changes to the way in which we will be allocating time slots for home visits so we would highly recommend you attend so that you can choose a slot most suitable for you.

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SCHOOL ATTENDANCE Dear Parents Isaac Newton Academy works closely with the Redbridge Education Welfare Service. Regular and punctual attendance at school is both a legal requirement and essential for pupils to maximise their educational and social opportunities. In law an offence occurs if a parent/carer fails to secure a child’s regular attendance at a school at which they are a registered pupil and that absence is not authorised by the school. It has come to our attention that an increasing number of parents are taking their children out of school during school term time. In accordance with Redbridge attendance strategy, these absences are unauthorised and Penalty Notices can be issued: “A Headteacher should only consider authorising an absence during term time where an application has been made in advance and where s/he is satisfied that there are exceptional or special circumstance to justify the request.” The DfE (2013) now stated that leave of absence requested for holidays should not be granted. Kate Raley Education Welfare Officer

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Primary Parent Survey Feedback Many thanks to those of you who completed the primary parent questionnaire last term; we had over 100 responses. Amongst other things, you gave us positive feedback about why you chose INA for your child and how it has lived up to your expectations, the newsletter and our website. You raised points about the lunch menus which we will take on board. I would like to remind you that parents are very welcome to come and sample the menu at lunchtime. If you would like to take up this offer, please contact Ms Chamberlain, FRD. We will also look at ways of communicating more effectively how we deal with any instances of bullying. Some of the headline statistics from the analysis are: • 94% said that their child feels safe at school. • 95% said that their child enjoys school • 93% said that staff care about the pupils • 90% said that their child had grown in confidence since starting at INA • 95% agreed or strongly agreed that staff support their child with his/her learning. • 94% said that staff members encourage their child to do their best and believe in their potential. • 93% said that they agree or strongly agree that the school manages attendance well. • 87% said that rules and consequences are clear. • 98% said that they agreed or strongly agreed that the school is well led and managed. • 92% said that they agreed or strongly agreed that the school has good facilities. Once again, many thanks for providing this valuable feedback. With all best wishes, Jo Spencer Interim Principal

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A Message from the Reception Team As part of your child’s learning and demonstrating a ‘good level of development’ for their age, they must be able to dress and undress themselves. This will also help them as they move up to Year 1 in September. Every Friday, the children are expected to come to school in their normal school uniform and will need to bring their PE kit with them to change in to for their afternoon lesson. They will remain in their PE kit for the rest of the day, bringing their school uniform home in their bag. Can you please ensure that every item of clothing is clearly labelled with your child’s name. There is a lost property box in the main reception area for any items found around the school, or for you to drop off any items that your child may have taken home by mistake. In preparation for this transition we suggest that you start getting your child to practise getting dressed and undressed more independently, giving lots of practice to undoing buttons etc.

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 interests of safeguarding your children. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Wonderful Writing Week Week beginning 30th April To raise the profile of writing across the school we hold a ‘Wonderful Writing Week’ once each half term. This of course does not mean that we would not expect wonderful writing every week, but thought it is a great way to encourage the pupils to really show us what they can do. We ask that you encourage and support your child at home during these weeks and get them to do as much writing as possible, this could be in the form of a shopping list, a letter, story writing or instructions for a recipe or game – anything at all. We would like Reception children to practise writing simple sentences, using any sounds they have learned to help them. For Year 1, we are looking for neat writing and sentences with capital letters and full stops and any additional punctuation that they can use. Year 2 now need to ensure their writing makes full sense and that they are beginning to use a range of punctuation, trying hard to spell more accurately familiar and unfamiliar words. Year 3 need to ensure they are beginning to use a wide range of punctuation, spelling with increased accurately both familiar and unfamiliar words and ensuring their handwriting is clearly and neatly formed. At the end of the week two children from each class will be awarded a certificate in recognition of their hard work and effort. Thank you for your support!

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Exciting Learning Year 1 enjoyed the opportunity to visit a local church this week as part of their Religious Education topic.

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On Thursday, Year 3 completed one of their Cultural Passport activities for the half term which was based on volunteering. The pupils collected litter from the playground and reflected on the importance of keeping litter off our streets.

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Exciting Learning This week, we have had the opportunity to paint our Anglo Saxon shields ready for our drama workshop next Friday (4th May). The children are really excited about the opportunity to dress up and are looking forward to learning more about the topic:

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Thursday 24th May 2018 Serving drinks, popcorn and hotdogs (Veggie Hotdogs for the Veggies) 27 April 2018

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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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Composer of the Fortnight

Giuseppe Verdi

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

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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:

• Adil Usman – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for spotting when his friends need help and being kind). • Araiya Lard – Scholar of the Week (for remembering her finger spaces independently).

Maxwell Class:

• Aiza Faheem – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for following instructions to create a rocket). • Anya Mirza – Scholar of the Week (for sharing quantities into equal parts).

Newton Class:

• Anita Uddin – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for the emotional intelligence shown by listening when learning in class). • Ranvijay Arora – Scholar of the Week (for speed reading like Ms Mark in phonics).

Britten Class:

• Smaran Nakerekanti – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for collaborating with his partner during talk tasks). • Keira Palmer – Scholar of the Week (for writing a fantastic five part story).

Fitzgerald Class:

• Parmveer Singh – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for working very well with his group to write a story). • Anmeek Sood – Scholar of the Week (for completing some great reading challenges in her reading record).

Glennie Class:

• Tasnia Anis – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always working collaboratively with her peers). • Arshita Thelapurath – Scholar of the Week (for using her imagination to innovate a five part story).

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Al-Kashi Class:

• Inaaya Muhammad – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for working well with others and being a good team player). • Hamza Chand – Scholar of the Week (for consistently trying his best and listening well in class).

Fibonacci Class:

• Aran Sivananthan – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for having an awareness of empathy and finding ways to help the character, Sam, in the story). • Zara Choudhry – Scholar of the Week (for a good recount of the story ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’).

Pythagoras Class:

• Ibrahim Nasiri – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for putting a lovely presentation together for the class about Bali and answering other children’s questions nicely and thoroughly). • Sanam Shah – Scholar of the Week (for writing an excellent recount of ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’ using expanded noun phrases and subordinate conjunctions).

Ellington Class:

• Mariam Faheem – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for collaborating effectively with her group when performing a five part story). • Jasmine Gadhia – Scholar of the Week (for continually improving the amount of effort she puts into her learning, especially in English).

Nicks Class:

• Arjun Bihal – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating excellent emotional intelligence when acting as a mediator in class). • Aayan Hussain – Scholar of the Week (for prioritising the presentation of his written work).

Shankar Class:

• Kayaan Khan – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating emotional intelligence by collaborating well with her peers during lessons and in the playground). • Lara Burvill – Scholar of the Week (for showing excellent determination during the English lesson when writing descriptive and figurative language). 27 April 2018

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Merits 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. Cameron Palmer Azmain Islam Gulle Jannat Anna Jilani

Aadya Bhandari Holly Carless Shrestra Yeruva Jaskaran Dhiman

Tasnia Anis Noor Asghar Joshua George Tulsi Jogia

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. Hammad Siddique Ayaan Hussain Riaz Kashan Shahzad Abeera Qazi

Alisha Ali Liyana Ali Dylan Vaughan

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Yusuf Mahmud Diya Napal Abeera Qazi

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Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils that have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch on Friday 4th May, an invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly:

Giorgio Nicosia - Curie Jiya Gill - Maxwell Bhavkaran Singh - Newton Halima Chand - Newton Maya Bumbuc - Britten Xavier Ambia - Fitzgerald Maria Mohammed Faiz - Glennie

Navneet Matharu - Al-Kashi Ubaid Mueez - Fibonacci Yusha Master - Pythagoras Maya Ahmed - Pythagoras Saba Akram - Ellington Aftab-Rebecca Hussian - Nicks Hamza Omer - Shankar

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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 30th April 2018

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

Absorption Motivation Independence

Revising Practising Self-Regulation

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We would all like to see the children develop the habits listed above, as they are all essential lifelong skills that are needed for us to successfully manage our way through school, college, and university and certainly throughout our work careers. It is really important that whilst the children are young that we help them develop these habits as quickly as possible – especially organisation, independence and hard work. At school we ensure the pupils understand that every action has a consequence and that when we work hard it can often reap satisfaction and reward. Our pupils work hard day to day to earn their merits for making good choices and demonstrate their efforts. To help the children understand the structure of each day and become better organised, we always start with a visual timetable in Reception. A picture represents each part of the day; this helps the children to understand the daily routines. It is important that that we teach the young people to become more organised and check that they have all of their belongings with them each day.

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At home the children need to practise getting dressed and undressed, managing buttons on shirts and coats etc. and generally become 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. 27 April 2018

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Key Dates Summer Term Dates: 16th April 2018 - 20th July 2018 Monday 30th April

Wonderful Handwriting Week

Friday 4th May

Year 1 Visit to Colchester Zoo

Monday 7th May

Bank Holiday – No School

Thursday 10th May

Coffee Morning 9am

Monday 14th May

Home and Family Week (No enrichment clubs)

Friday 19th May

Fibonacci Class Assembly – Year 2 - 9.00 – 9.20am

Friday 19th May

Curie Class Assembly – Year R – 10.25 – 10.45am

Thursday 24th May

Movie Evening – 4.00-5.30pm (Further Information to follow)

Friday 25th May

Half Term 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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