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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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From Tam Broadway – Primary Headteacher It was great to see so many of you at the coffee morning this week, especially new parents from Reception. We had a good number from each year group represented. We spent time discussing how well the children have settled into the new term and new routines. Parents and carers gave feedback on how much they appreciated Mr MarshallJones ushering cars around in the car park each evening, how useful the newsletter is and commented on the lovely atmosphere of the school. It was great to receive such positive feedback. I spent time talking about some events that we have lined up for the rest of this half term, many of which are featured in the newsletter, and gave time for parents to also consider ideas going forward. Notes from the coffee morning will be sent out next week.

Enrichment Photos from this Week

Building with Lego!

The Black History Month enrichment session this week was based on African art courtesy of Yanis’ mum – thank you so much for your time and such a creative activity. 30 September 2016

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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: Adem Malik – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always being truthful and honest.) Aamina Akram – Scholar of the Week (for extending pattern work.) Maxwell Class: Anna Kiseleva – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always doing the right thing.) Manahil Shaukat – Scholar of the Week (for being an enthusiastic learner at all times.) Newton Class: Avni Kamothi – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing good character and being a thoughtful partner.) Devyani Soni – Scholar of the Week (for always showing she is ready to learn with magnificent ‘magnet eyes’.) Britten Class: Gulle Jannat Zahir– Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always being honest in difficult situations.) Akbar Hussain – Scholar of the Week (for understanding the part-part-whole model very quickly in maths.) Fitzgerald Class: Nicholas Fertrina Jardiel – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being a really reliable and trustworthy role model.)

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Ubaid ur Rehman Mueez– Scholar of the Week (for working extra hard when he had no partner in literacy and doing some excellent story sequencing.) Glennie Class: Vishak Muthakumar– Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always playing nicely and doing the right thing.) Yusuf Ahmed – Scholar of the Week (for really working hard in maths and asking some really good questions.) Al-Kashi Class: Keerat Teja – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for wanting to do his best and keeping to his word.) Aashvi Govil – Scholar of the Week (for using her place value understanding to systematically solve problems.) Fibonacci Class: Fahmid Khan – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for looking for the best in people.) Siya Kamothi– Scholar of the Week (for writing an excellent start to her story in English.) Pythagoras Class: Mariam Chowdhury – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for keeping her word and making a beautiful greetings poster for the class in Dutch.) Nirmalpreet Durhailay – Scholar of the Week (for showing great work in English and maths and completing an extra piece of work on germs in science.)

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 30 September 2016

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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 Friday 7th October. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly:

Zahraa Amanee – Fibonacci Keira Palmer – Curie Preeti Caldeira – Maxwell Saara Anna Jilani – Newton Yanis Benjamin – Pythagoras Aariz Khan – Fibonacci Vishak Muthukumar – Glennie

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Black Composer of the Week In recognition of and to celebrate Black History Month we will be listening to the music of a different black composer each week. A huge thank you goes to our Black History Month working party of parents who suggested some great composers for us. Next week we will be listening to and learning about Nina Simone. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Simone in preparation for the coming week.

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Tapestry Workshop Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the Tapestry workshop on Monday evening. Tapestry is an online tool that we use to record the stages of your child’s progress and learning development. We are then able to share these stages with you at home. You have all been sent your log in details to access the tool. If you have any problems logging on to your account please contact Ms Rayner in the office who will be happy to help. An additional information sheet was put in your child’s book bag. We are looking forward to sharing your child’s learning with you. 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:

Harvest Celebration We will be having a harvest celebration this year and ask for the following donations of food:

Tinned fruit Tinned Fish Tinned vegetables Tinned meat Pasta Rice Squash Long Life Milk

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Sugar Coffee Tea Washing up liquid Shower Gel Shaving Foam Washing Powder.

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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!

Items will be donated to the Redbridge Welcome Centre which supports the local homeless community. The School Council will be visiting the centre with Ms Broadway and presenting information about the work the centre does in an assembly to the rest of the school. We would like the items to come into school on Tuesday 11th Oct and Wednesday 12th Oct in preparation for our assembly on Thursday 13th October. Thank you in advance for your donations!

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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 3rd October – Discovery

Discovery comprises seven dispositions: Energy and Enthusiasm, Noticing, Open-Mindedness and Curiosity, Imagining and Creativity At School

• We make our lessons as fun and interactive every day so that every child loves learning and has a sense of enthusiasm about everything they do. Our lessons are very hands-on and we ask the children to share their learning with their ‘talk partner’. • We talk to the children about looking out for the details on things around them, to look closely at the bugs and the leaves in the playground and 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. We 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 – through role-play, stories, music and PE – helping the children to use their imaginations.

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; you could change the gender of the characters or have them go on a different adventure. 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 world, finding out information about different countries – their flag, the capital city etc. 30 September 2016

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Black Hero of the Week - Mae Jemison

SCIENTIST AND ASTRONAUT Jemison studied chemical engineering at Stanford before going to medical school at Cornell. From there, she went into the Peace Corps as a medical officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia before becoming a general-practice physician in Los Angeles. An itch to keep exploring something that Jemison admitted has been with her since childhood, led her to NASA, where she became an astronaut and the first woman of color in the world to go into space, aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, for its STS-47 Spacelab-J mission in 1992.

Messages from Ms West The Reception children will be having a Teddy bear introduced to their class. Over the course of the year each child will have the opportunity to take the bear home. The children will be encouraged to look after the bear and include the bear in any adventures the child has; this may include going shopping, having a meal, going to a party etc. They will also be given a journal to document their weekend adventure together. The children will then be given time to share their adventures with the class. The bear will go home on a Friday to be returned on Monday.

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European Languages Day Last Friday we had day of learning new languages. Each class chose a European language to learn some basic words from and found out more about their host country. Year 2 pupils were fortunate to have Year 10 pupils visit them and teach either a French or Spanish activity to them. Thank you to the Languages Department for organising such a great event. Ms Malik was extremely ‘resourceful’ last week and invited Aisha’s mum

into Pythagoras Class to teach some Dutch words and songs; thank you so much for your time and lesson, the pupils really enjoyed it.

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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

97.7% 95.3% 92%

Britten Fitzgerald Glennie

98.7% 95.7% 99%

Al-Kashi 99% Fibonacci 96.9% Pythagoras 93.3% Overall Attendance: 96.5%

Congratulations to Glennie class and Al-Kashi class, who are joint winners again this week with 99%. Glennie class are looking pretty unstoppable – can anyone beat them? 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%.

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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.

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.

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Key Dates

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

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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