23 September 2016
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).
2 Primary Newsletter
23 September 2016
From Tam Broadway – Primary Headteacher We have enjoyed another busy week of learning and looking forward to starting our enrichment programme and clubs next week from Monday 26th September. You should all have received your letter with your child’s enrichment club. If you have not received your letter, please let the office staff know and we can get this sorted out as soon as possible. If your child is participating in a sports activity they will need suitable PE clothing with them.
Lovely Learning this Week Reception pupils enjoying their PE carousel lesson.
Pupils enjoying a picnic during their Maths Mastery lesson on counting.
A beautiful rainbow captured at the end of the day!
Aariz Khan from Fibonacci class lost his new blazer within the first few days back at school. His name is in the blazer. Can we ask all parents/carers to please check your child has not picked up the wrong blazer by mistake. If you do discover the blazer, can you please take it to the primary reception office. Thank you. 23 September 2016
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: Maira Nasir– Headteacher’s Habits Award (for asking useful questions.) Tanush Handa – Scholar of the Week (for super participation in phonics.) Maxwell Class: Isa Ijaz – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for asking good questions.) Kiana Benjamin – Scholar of the Week (for being a great role-model.) Newton Class: Keyaan Alam – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being resourceful and using pasta to make a wonderful face plate.) Amina Ali – Scholar of the Week (for amazing effort she has made to try and form her letters correctly.) Britten Class: Ibrahim Nasiri – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating great reasoning during maths this week.) Muhammad Ahmer – Scholar of the Week (for doing lots of independent maths work.) Fitzgerald Class: Musa Ali – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for an excellent story with time.) Innaya Islam– Scholar of the Week (for using her phonics to help her spell a word.)
4 Primary Newsletter
23 September 2016
Glennie Class: Shakira Choudhry – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for making links during our RE lesson discussion about the ways we celebrate the birth of babies.) Aliyah Khan – Scholar of the Week (for independently recognising negative numbers.) Al-Kashi Class: Avneet Chaggar – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for imitating, reasoning and questioning maths problems she didn’t initially understand.) Haidar Shaikh – Scholar of the Week (for showing great understanding in maths. He recognised numbers were increasing and decreasing by 10.) Fibonacci Class: Faheem Ahmedabadi – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using his initiative and resourcefulness to solve problems.) Ali Ullah – Scholar of the Week (for always working to his best.) Pythagoras Class: Ayaan Riaz – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for remembering instructions very well and always following then through.) Aisha Bashir – Scholar of the Week (for working very hard on her maths work and showing a lot of improvement.)
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.
23 September 2016
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 29th September. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly:
Avani Tathagar – Newton Ibrahim Ahmad – Curie Lara Burvill – Al-Kashi Ivan Srivastava – Maxwell Hanad Ali – Britten Zara Choudhury – Fitzgerald Tay’Shawn Holland – Fibonacci
6 Primary Newsletter
23 September 2016
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 childâ€™s preferred choices.
Composer of the Fortnight
We are currently listening to and learning about Dmitri Shostakovich as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Shostakovich in preparation for the coming weeks. Information can be found on the following links. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitri_Shostakovich http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDSeqqEN9Rg
23 September 2016
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. Tapestry Workshop (Reception Parents Only) – Monday 27th September 6 – 7pm We will be running a Tapestry workshop on Monday 27th September for Reception parents. Tapestry is an online tool that we use to record stages of your child’s progress and learning development; we are then able to share these stages with you at home. The workshop will show you how you can access Tapestry and how you too can use it at home to record stages of your child’s development towards their learning journey in Reception. We hope to see as many of you as possible. Reception pupils follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. There are 17 areas of learning and development by which we track your child’s progress. It is expected that Reception pupils will reach a Good Level of Development across the 17 Early Learning Goals (ELGs) by the end of the Reception Year. A detailed breakdown of the 17 Early Learning Goals can be found on INA’s website under the ‘Community’ tab – Resources for Parents – Reception Early Learning Goals. For further information regarding Tapestry please visit the following website: http://tapestry.info/
8 Primary Newsletter
23 September 2016
Wonderful Writing Week – Week beginning 3rd October In the aim of raising the profile of writing across the school, we will be holding a ‘Wonderful Writing Week’ once each half term. This of course does not mean that we would not expect wonderful writing every week, but we thought it would be 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. For the Reception children we would like them to practise writing their name and some familiar words if possible, using any sounds they have learned. In Year 1, we are looking for neat writing and sentences with capital letters and full stops. 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. 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!
Coffee Morning – Wednesday 28th September You are all invited to come along to our first Coffee Morning of the academic year on Wednesday 28th September at 9.00am in the primary dining hall. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible and sharing some great ideas together.
23 September 2016
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.
10 Primary Newsletter
23 September 2016
Week commencing 26th September - Integrity
Integrity comprises six dispositions: Citizenship, Honesty, Justice and Fairness, Humility and Humanity At School • At school we encourage the pupils to make sure they play in a kind and thoughtful way and ensure that they include others in their games. Games where ‘turn-taking’ is needed are great at helping the children to understand that everyone has a fair turn. • It is also important that the children learn how to win and lose a game graciously and show humility when they win or congratulate the winner and say well done if they lose. • The children need to learn to understand the importance of telling the truth even when it feels uncomfortable when we have to admit that we have done something wrong. They also need to learn to take responsibility for their actions and not get into a habit of blaming others. It is important that the children have a moral sense of right and wrong. • Each half term every class choose two ambassadors to help the pupils develop their citizenship skills and by helping with jobs in their class or at lunchtimes. • We encourage every child to help keep the school environment clean by clearing away plates or cups after lunch or tidying up their own table place after activities in class. At Home Talk to your child about how they can be a good citizen within their community, not dropping litter etc. Talk about what is fair and encourage your child to help out at home with tidying their room or books away so that they develop a sense of responsibility and respect towards their property. Reinforce the message about always telling the truth and why this is important. When you are reading stories together with your child, discuss characters, their behaviour and their moral decisions and whether they are good or bad characters and why. What should the character have done instead? etc. 23 September 2016
Dear Parents and Carers, We have one more new staff member to introduce you to this week, although Ms Raje was actually at INA all of last year as a volunteer:
Ms Raje, Teaching Assistant
My name is Ms Rojmin Raje. I was a volunteer for the past year whilst completing my level 2 Supporting and Teaching Assistant course. Now I have qualified as a level 2 Teaching Assistant, working in reception. I look forward working with you and the Isaac Newton Academy team in the academic years ahead.
Ms Chaudhary, Lunch Supervisor
I feel very fortunate, honoured and privileged to be a part of INA and am really happy to be given this opportunity to join INA as a Lunchtime Supervisor. All staff at INA are very welcoming, friendly and helpful and it is a great pleasure to be a part of the team. The best thing is that no matter what role you have in the school you are all equally important, which is motivating. I look forward to getting to know all the children and help them to the best of my ability to a bright future. My daughter joined INA primary last year and it is from there that I became fascinated with INA. I was instantly impressed with their principles, by the way the school looked, the way staff presented themselves, the professionalism, the uniforms and much more. But as time went on and I got to see and know more I just kept getting inspired. INA has high expectations from both staff and students. All the hard work and dedication is noticeable in the studentsâ€™ behaviour and academic work. I was determined to be more involved and become a part of INA. Being on the other side now I can truly say that our children are in the best hands as a lot of hard work, determination and dedication is given by everyone. I have spent the last 7 years working as a mother to my children and now I thought it was time to get back onto the ladder and do something for myself. I have come from an office background in various fields, spending a lot of time working in the city. I am huge learner and love gaining knowledge and experiences and improving myself. I look forward to all the training, experience and opportunities to learn and improve myself and develop with the school.
12 Primary Newsletter
23 September 2016
We need to work hard and strive for a better future for our children and give them every opportunity to be the best, to be successful in their lives and we need to start early and I can think of no way or nowhere better than INA. “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”, Nelson Mandela
Ms Khan, Lunch Supervisor
When I relocated to Ilford in 2015, I was looking for a good school for my daughter. I found that there were very limited Ofsted Outstanding schools in this area. It was then that I became intrigued by INA’s reputation and was overwhelmed with the Ofsted Report. I developed an interest to work for INA and now I am currently employed as a Lunchtime Supervisor for the primary school. It has been an amazing experience working in such a friendly yet professional setting. I have found every member of staff to be cooperative and supportive. We work as one big family. I am impressed by INA’s unique approach to improving child welfare and I am very pleased to become a part of this. I have previously worked as a midday assistant at Farnham Green Primary School, Ilford. I have also gained experience working with SEN children on a one-to-one basis and in groups at Stanburn Primary School, Stanmore. I have been working with different education providers since 2008 both in England and in Pakistan. This has given me the opportunity to learn many different ways of improving my skills and improving the quality of service I can provide to both pupil and staff members at school. I grew up relocating back and forth between two contrasting countries. I completed my early education in England, Primary & Secondary education in Pakistan and am currently completing my Higher Education. I was studying for a Bachelors in Science at Kingston University from 2005 to 2007 but was unable to complete the final year as I suffered a bereavement. In 2014 I finally decided to become a distance learner with the Open University. I am currently studying part time to obtain my BSc Open degree. I have only recently joined INA and I already appreciate how every single detail is thoroughly checked and how every individual’s needs are catered for in a special way. I feel proud of being a member of such a remarkable institute. I look forward to learning more about INA, gaining new skills and working together with all the members of INA. 23 September 2016
Regular attendance is a crucial factor in studentsâ€™ 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 Fridayâ€™s Award & Recognition assembly. Curie Maxwell Newton Britten Fitzgerald Glennie
99% 91.7% 88.7% 99% 98% 99.3%
Al-Kashi 95.7% Fibonacci 97.6% Pythagoras 90.4% Overall Attendance: 99.5%
Congratulations to Glennie class, who are the winners again this week with 99.3%. The attendance is looking much healthier this week: well done everyone. Can we get to 100% next week? 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%.
14 Primary Newsletter
23 September 2016
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.
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.
23 September 2016
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 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
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
16 Primary Newsletter
23 September 2016