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16 September 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 Information The Primary uniform can be purchased through the Khalsa Schoolwear website or can be bought at the 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 (no hoops) • 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).

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The children have been getting excited by their new learning topics this week and really settling into their new class routines. The Reception pupils have started their ‘Me and My World’ topic, Year 1 are focussing on a topic called ‘Into the Woods’ and Year 2 are working on ‘Super Humans’. You should all have received a topic information sheet which gives you an overview of the work that will be covered over the course of the half term, along with suggestions on how to support your child at home.

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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: Hanan Khan – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for settling into school really well.) Keira Palmer – Scholar of the Week (for writing her name beautifully.) Maxwell Class: Muhaimim Islam Munshi – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being brave – coming into school and joining in with the school routines.) Kayden Reid – Scholar of the Week (for answering questions in full sentences and attempting every task with enthusiasm.) Newton Class: Adam Chowdhury – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for being brave and not crying when he came to school this week.) Alishba Zahoor – Scholar of the Week (for trying to write her name neatly.) Britten Class: Akbar Hussain – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for being brave by attempting and trying hard with all his work this week.) Mahilan Sathis Kumar – Scholar of the Week (for using great adjectives in his writing.) Fitzgerald Class: Zara Daykin – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for being confident talking to her new class and teachers.) Kamiah Reid – Scholar of the Week (for creating two comparative pictures of an urban and country setting.)

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Glennie Class: Inshirah Nabeel – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for showing lots of courage when playing the guitar for the class.) Maryam Nawaz – Scholar of the Week (for creating an amazing poster about space.) Al-Kashi Class: Lara Burvill – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for making new friends and being a good role model.) Nadia Khan – Scholar of the Week (for taking pride in her work and for demonstrating a deeper understanding of place value.) Fibonacci Class: Bushra Rahman – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for a fantastic first week at INA.) Inaaya Ijaz – Scholar of the Week (for her fantastic grammar work.) Pythagoras Class: Charan Chaggar – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for working hard and enjoying herself at school despite feeling sad and upset at the start of the day.) Tulsi Jogia – Scholar of the Week (for getting up in front of the class to share some really good ideas and helping her partner during discussions.)

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.

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Class Ambassadors Every half term we award two children from each class the honour of being the class ambassador. Each class teacher has chosen two children from their class to represent them over the course of the half term. Their role includes helping children in the playground, welcoming visitors to their class and explaining some of their learning to them, along with helping the staff with other special jobs. A purple pin badge will be presented to the children in assembly next week which will need to be worn on their uniform every day. Well done and congratulations to the following pupils for this half term: Curie Class – Hanan Khan & Vianna Mahendra Maxwell Class – Ivan Srivastava & Manahil Shaukat Newton Class – Avni Kamothi & Xavier Ambia Britten Class – Nabeeha Ozzul & Ibrahim Nasiri Fitzgerald Class – Cameron Palmer & Maya Ahmed Glennie Class – Ryan Abraham & Emile Morgan Al-Kashi Class – Hari Virdee & Nadia Khan Fibonacci Class – Gurkirpa Hunjan & Bushra Rahman Pythagoras Class – Anum Imran & Kashan Shahzad Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch next week on Thursday 23rd September. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Rajan Mann - Curie Nafiu Quddus – Maxwell Anna Kiseleva – Maxwell Avni Kamothi – Newton Sarrinah Begum – Fitzgerald Natalia Duran-Rodrigo – Britten Milan Richards - Pythagoras

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Enrichment We will be starting our enrichment clubs from Monday 26st September. Every child is expected to participate in one enrichment club each week; this is an all-though school expectation. Thank you for returning your enrichment letters with your child’s preferred choices. Ms Chaggar is working hard in the office to sort out the clubs and will be able to notify you by next Thursday 22nd September.

Composer of the Fortnight We are currently listening to and learning about Enio Morricone as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Morricone in preparation for the coming weeks. Information can be found on the following links. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ennio_Morricone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jjq6e1LJHxw

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Wisepay Details Wisepay details have been given to everyone now, which will allow 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 Rayner or 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.

MESSAGE FROM MS RAYNER Please ignore the negative balance that may have appeared on your accounts - I working on getting this rectified.

European Languages Day – Friday 23rd September We will be celebrating European Languages Day across the Academy. Each primary class has chosen a European country to represent for the day. During the course of the day the children will be introduced to their country and the language and will be encouraged to learn a few key words. We encourage you to help your child find out some information about the country and language they will be learning about next week. The following languages have been chosen:

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PE Days (Kit Required) Reception Reception will have PE every Thursday and will need to wear their PE kit from next Thursday 15th September.

Year 1 All Year 1 pupils have PE every Wednesday and will need to bring their PE kit to school with them from next Wednesday 14th September. Each class also has a separate session on the following days: Britten: Tuesday Fitzgerald: Tuesday Glennie: Friday

Year 2 All Year 1 pupils have PE every Monday and will need to bring their PE kit to school with them from next Monday 12th September. Each class also has a separate session on the following days: Al-Kashi: Thursday Fibonacci: Thursday Pythagoras: Friday The following languages have been chosen:

Britten – French Fitzgerald – Portuguese Glennie – Greek Al-Kashi – Spanish Fibonacci – German Pythagoras – Dutch 16 September 2016

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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 who 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 19th September - Resourcefulness Resourcefulness comprises ten dispositions: Questioning, Remembering, Imitating, Making Connections, Transferring, Adaptability and Flexibility, Reasoning, Scavenging and Recycling At School • It is important that the pupils are able to use and remember their vast phonics knowledge and apply this information when beginning to write independently. • As adults we are acutely aware that we model behaviours for the pupils every day, knowing that the children will imitate the behaviour they see. • As well as being able to read the sounds and words on pages, the pupils now need to be able to question, reason and comprehend the text they read and explain what is happening and explain their ideas. • In Maths the children need to apply and transfer their knowledge to different problems and also give reason for the way they have worked out the answers. • Every classroom has a recycling bin which we encourage the children to use and we also look at how we can use materials around us to incorporate them in pieces of art or other areas of our work before we throw things away. At Home Encourage your child to use items around the house to create a piece of art or make junk models and re-cycle as many items as possible. Ask questions: What could we use this box for instead of throwing it away? Do you think we could make a car, boat or castle from this large box we have? How can we use some of the things we have around the home and turn them into something more useful? When your child finds reading a word difficult or a maths question challenging, ask them to remember and use the things they do know and apply it to the new word or challenge etc. 16 September 2016

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Dear Parents and Carers, This week we introduce you to some more of our primary staff: Mr Cush-Etter

I am very excited to be joining INA as a Year 2 teacher and also becoming a part of the team here. I am particularly looking forward to building relationships with the pupils in my class (Al-Kashi) and with their parents. I hope this year will be a growing and learning experience for both myself and the pupils in my class that will lead to us developing in our BRIDGES characteristics and to my pupils achieving great results academically.

So far my life journey has led me from Guyana to Cardiff, Wales, then from Wales to Switzerland, Moldova and Romania. From there, I spent a year in Canterbury and have now moved to London to teach at INA. I really hope that my cultural experiences will enrich the lives of my pupils and help in their understanding and learning to respect other cultures, religions and perspectives. My hobbies include reading, running, doing martial arts and playing table tennis. I also love watching athletics and learning about other religions and cultures. I studied Statistics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology at A-levels, and I am particularly passionate about my pupils developing a deeper love and understanding of Mathematics. I am looking forward to all this year will bring and how that it is a year full of great experiences!

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Ms Fiaz

I am thrilled to be joining the team at Isaac Newton as a Reception teacher. I feel very fortunate to be spending my days teaching such enthusiastic and fun young people, and am thankful every day that I love my job. My favourite moments are those that are normally not planned; the reading aloud to the teddies and the awe and wonder of discovering something new. No two days in school are ever the same, and watching the children grow and flourish and become passionate about their learning is a joy to be involved in. I have swiftly grown fond of Isaac Newton Academy and the principles and values that lie at its core as a school. I will ensure a positive influence on the children and hope to develop them into independent and responsible individuals. I truly believe that every one of us has an unlimited potential and, through sheer hard work, focus and determination can achieve whatever they set out to do. A bit about myself: I grew up in Huddersfield and have only recently moved to Redbridge this summer. I’m excited to be finally living in London and most of my weekends are now taken up being a tourist around the city! I have been teaching for 3 years now, all at schools in Yorkshire. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and friend; I’m very good at shopping and frequenting coffee shops!

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Ms Anwar

I am delighted to be joining INA as a Teaching Assistant in Year 2. I will endeavour to support all the children to meet the high expectations of parents/ carers and staff.

Back in January 2014, I began my voluntary role at INA in the Reception class while studying for my Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools qualifications. It was great being able to see the children thrive and learn through both play and focused learning times. I had the opportunity to experience them grow and flourish, through to becoming confident and independent learners right up into Year 2. I have lived in Ilford for 18 years. I have 4 children, all attending Isaac Newton Academy. I am really looking forward to working with such a dedicated and inspirational team at INA. Ms Cush-Etter

I am excited to be joining INA as a Year 1 teacher and also becoming a part of the team here. I am particularly looking forward to getting to know my class (Britten class) over the year! I have just moved to the nearby area after a number of years living in various places, including Wales, China and Switzerland. Over the last few years I have worked in a variety of

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settings, including in schools in England and also in China. I am excited to be living in a new place and I’m looking forward to all the new experiences I will have here, in INA in particular!

More next week!

Car Parking I would like to say a big thank you to the parents who have co-operated in positive and often humorous way with the challenges of the car park. We appreciate that, whilst it is not always easy to find a space, it is essential for both the safety of the children and the good order of the car park.  We therefore remind you that the middle section under the sports hall is not to be used as a parking area. Once more, thank you for your co-operation and I shall aim to be available most mornings and evenings to provide direction to spaces and reminders.  Mr Marshall-Jones

Help Yourself There are various herbs such as rosemary and mint growing in the planters outside of the Reception area. They grow quite rapidly at this time of year so if you do want to take some cuttings then please help yourself.

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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 Friday 23rd September Monday 26th September

Wednesday 28th September Friday 30th September Saturday 1st October Friday 14th October Wednesday 19th October Thursday 21st October Monday 24–Friday 28 October

European Languages Day Enrichment Clubs Begin Parent Tapestry Workshop 6.00pm (Primary Dining Hall) Parent Coffee Moring 9.00 – 10.00am Mita Desai Visit Start of Black History Month Fibonacci Class Assembly – Year 2 - 3.00pm BRIDGES Parent Workshop 6.00pm (Secondary Building) Multicultural Food Fayre & Traditional Costume HALF TERM

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