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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 It has been a busy and fun-filled last week with so many lovely events taking place. As always the children and staff have worked incredibly hard to make it a wonderful term. On behalf of all the Primary staff we would like to thank you for your tremendous support this term and take this opportunity to wish you all a restful break and a Happy Easter. The children return to school on Tuesday 18th April at the usual time of 8.45am. 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 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. Next term, on Thursdays, 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 into 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. 31 March 2017

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Red Nose Day and Cake Sale Whilst we had a fun dressing up in red and telling funny jokes in assembly last Friday to recognise Comic Relief, we also spent time explaining to the children why it is important to raise money and take part in charitable events. Thank you once again for your support – we were able to raise £685.79 in total for both the dressing up event and the cake sale. The money will be donated to Comic Relief and The Wings of Hope, charities that the Year 9 pupils have been supporting.

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Easter Bonnet Parade

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Praise and Recognition At the end of every term 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 throughout the term. Well done to the following children, who have been recognised this term:

Curie Class: Ryan Charles – Headteacher’s Habits of the Term Award (for always showing all his BRIDGES skills.) Shresta Yeruva – Scholar of the Term (for always being a dedicated learner.)

Maxwell Class: Maria Mohamed Fiaz – Headteacher’s Habits of the Term Award (for being imaginative with her friends during the afternoon.) Isa Ijaz – Scholar of the Term (for being an enthusiastic learner this term.)

Newton Class: Avani Tathgar – Headteacher’s Habits of the Term Award (for showing great character and being a lovely role model to her peers.) Ijaz Nazir – Scholar of the Term (for the amazing effort that he puts into his afternoon writing.)

Britten Class: Lazzaton Lazza – Headteacher’s Habits of the Term Award (for consistently demonstrating many of the BRIDGES characteristics all term.) Azmain Islam – Scholar of the Term (for having a fantastic attitude towards his learning.)

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Fitzgerald Class: Muhammad- Hadi Raja – Headteacher’s Habits of the Term Award (for being a reliable, independent ambassador this term which has greatly improved his Bravery and Grit.) Sarrinah Begum – Scholar of the Term (for outstanding effort with very impressive results in lots of lessons this term.)

Glennie Class: Navneet Matharu – Headteacher’s Habits of the Term Award (for being conscientious in everything she does and always using her BRIDGES habits.) Shakira Choudhry – Scholar of the Term (for always producing amazing work and contributing great ideas.)

Al-Kashi Class: Meerab Dar – Headteacher’s Habits of the Term Award (for consistently demonstrating the BRIDGES characteristics this term.) Eesa Anwar – Scholar of the Term (for working hard at developing and progressing in his learning across all subjects areas this term.)

Fibonacci Class: Aizah Nawaz – Headteacher’s Habits of the Term Award (for excellent demonstration of all the BRIDGES dispositions, in particular Integrity, throughout the term.) Arissa Isha-Butt – Scholar of the Term (for continued determination and commitment to her school learning throughout the entire term – well done.)

Pythagoras Class: Kashan Shahzad – Headteacher’s Habits of the Term Award (for always making great choices, being a great role model and always applying his new learning to his work.) Rufaida Hasnat – Scholar of the Term (for always being eager to learn, asking good questions in class and making great contributions to class discussions Rufaida always completes her learning to a high standard and continuously challenges herself.) 31 March 2017

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Merits

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. Ijaz Nazir Eesa Vali Ceylan Warner Khadijah Ali Vishak Muthukumar Aliyah Khan Miriam Mirza Isra Hussain

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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. Avni Kamothi Anmeek Sood Rufaida Hasnat Tanisha Shavan Abdullah Riaz

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. Aashvi Govil Naniyah Owusu Zara Choudhry Cameron Palmer

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Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch on Thursday 20th April; an invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Avneet Chaggar - Al-Kashi Mariam Choudhury - Pythagoras Bushra Rahman - Fibonacci Ibrahim Rahman - Britten Tariq Hamad - Curie Adam Ismail - Glennie Alishba Zahoor - Newton

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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Exciting Learning this Week During the course of the half term, the Reception children have been learning about life cycles and growing. They have been fascinated by the caterpillars in their classes - watching them eat, grow and finally morph into beautiful butterflies. This week the children watched as Ms Mark released Newton’s butterflies into the wild.

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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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Week commencing 18th April 2017

GRIT Grit comprises six dispositions: Perseverance Managing Distractions

Resilience Patience

Concentration Determination

At School • At part of our 6 pillars we continuously stress the importance to the children about managing distractions and concentrating during their learning time. • It is essential that from Reception upwards the children become better at managing distractions and demonstrating that they can work on a task for a sustained period of time. • We always encourage a ‘can do’ resilient attitude and talk to the children about the importance of not giving up on a task too easily, even when it presents as a challenge, learning that ‘practice makes perfect’. • We discuss that having patience and trying something again, even though we may find it difficult, will lead to success. We also explain that patience can also mean not having what we want instantly and that sometimes we have to wait our turn.

At Home Encourage your child to try to complete things more independently – when they say they can’t do something, tell them to have a go and to try a little harder. If then they are still completely stuck with a task, then offer a small amount of help to get them started. Offer encouragement and praise your child’s effort. Talk to your child about how you learned to do things and how hard some things were for you too but how, through not giving up, being determined and practising, you got better.

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Composer of the Fortnight George Gershwin

For the next week we will be listening to and learning about George Gershwin as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Gershwin 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/George_Gershwin http://gershwin.com/

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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

91.7% 83.3% 96.2%

Britten Fitzgerald Glennie

94.6% 95% 96.7%

Al-Kashi Fibonacci Pythagoras

92.9% 90.8% 98.7%

Overall Attendance: 93.3% Well done and congratulations to Pythagoras class who are the winners this week with 98.7%. It is disappointing to see us end the term with such low attendance across all year groups. I hope to see everyone healthy and back to school every day in the summer term! 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%. 31 March 2017

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Key Dates Spring/Summer 2017 Monday 3rd – Monday 17th April Tuesday 18th April Friday 21st April Friday 28th April Monday 1st May Tuesday 2nd May

EASTER BREAK

Pupils return to school Pupil Progress Reports Sent Home Newton Class Assembly (Newton Parents Invited) 3pm Bank Holiday – No School Parent Progress Meeting - School Finishes at 12:15pm Reception Parents Information Evening (September 2017 starters) Handwriting Week Maxwell Class Assembly (Maxwell Parents Invited) 3pm

Wednesday 3rd May Monday 15th May Friday 19th May

Wednesday 24th May Coffee Evening 6.00pm Friday 26th May Half Term Monday 29th – Friday 2nd June HALF TERM Monday 5th June Pupils return to school Friday 16th June Curie Class Assembly (Curie Parents Invited) 3.00pm Monday 26th June Handwriting Week Friday 30th June INSET DAY: no school for students Monday 3rd July Primary Sports Day Friday 7th July INSET DAY: no school for students Tuesday 11th July Coffee Morning 9.00am Friday 14th July

Pupil Progress Reports Sent Home

Tuesday 18th July

Parent Progress Meetings

Wednesday 19th July Friday 21st July Tuesday 25th July

Summer Fayre 4.00pm End of Term Awards Assemblies - Term Ends at 12.15pm Primary Uniform Sales

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