INA Primary Newsletter
1 July 2016
Dear Parents and Carers, Old MacDonald’s Farm The Reception children had a fabulous day at Old MacDonald’s Farm on Thursday. The children had a fun packed time, learning about a range of different animals including: a spotted eagle owl, meerkats, a llama, parrots, alpacas and wallabies. We were treated to a hands-on talk by the farm staff about various animals and the children were given the opportunity to ask lots questions. A big thank you to all the parents who were able to help on the day, and thank you to the large number of parents who volunteered: I am sure there will be lots of future opportunities. The trip allowed the students to use their BRIDGES habit of the week, ‘Braver y’, by stroking the animals, walking across the wobbly bridge and going on the roller coaster ride. Tam Broadway
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>>> News Composer of the Fortnight
We are currently listening to and learning about Erik Satie as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Satie in preparation for the coming weeks. Information can be found on the following links. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rik_Satie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk2SNcpTNbs
Year 1 Science Detectives The Year 1 pupils used their observational skills this week in science. They studied the various leaves around the playground using magnifying glasses and later did some observational drawings.
Breakfast and Afterschool Club - Price Changes from September Breakfast is available each day from 7.45am and will cost £2.50 per day from September. 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 will cost £5.50 per hour from September. The children enjoy a range of snacks each evening and a variety of games and activities.
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Primary Sports Day – Monday 11th July On 11th July, Year 1 and Reception pupils will be taking part in the INA Primary Sports Day! This takes place at the fantastic athletics facility of Cricklefield Stadium next to INA. Pupils will be taking part in track and field events, including running, throwing and jumping, to represent their class. Please check your son / daughter’s book bag for the information letter and 2 spectator tickets. If you require more tickets please contact reception. Please ensure that you have returned the required reply slip ASAP. Please provide your child with water, a hat and sun cream if the weather is hot. If we experience bad weather on the day and we have to cancel the event, you will receive a text to this effect on the day and your child will stay at school as per their normal routine. We look forward to seeing you for a fantastic afternoon! Date: Monday 11th July 2016 Time: 1.30pm – 3.30/3.45pm Place: Cricklefield Athletics Stadium (next to INA) PLEASE NOTE: No photography / no ticket no entry / spectators must remain in the allocated stands for the duration of the afternoon.
Primary Summer Fete - Friday 15th July Do you have any old toys or games that are no longer used or needed at home? If so, please bring them in to the main office so that we can hopefully find them a new home. We will be hosting a summer fete after school on Friday 15th July, with the aim of raising as much money for the children and their learning. Any donated items must be in a clean, complete condition for us to sell them on at the fete. Thank you in advance for any donations you are able to make.
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
Important reminder The Primary uniform policy is on the website under the primary tab and ‘policies’. • • • • • •
We expect every child to be in full uniform every day with their top button done up 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).
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Well done to the following children, who have been recognised this week!
Primary Praise and Recognition
very week each teacher chooses two children from their class to receive a certificate E 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.
Sanam Shah – Headtacher's Habits Award (for being brave and using a clear voice to share ideas with her partner). Aryah Lakhani - Scholar of the Week (for trying hard during guided reading to read in a loud, clear voice with confidence - well done). Maxwell Class: Rohan Sharma– Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being brave and joining in class discussions) Natalia Duran-Rodrigo – Scholar of the Week (for great writing.) Newton Class: Mohid Asif – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for giving it a go and trying to use different adjectives during English.) Zahir Khan – Scholar of the Week (for the lovely story he wrote and read to Ms Mark.)
Britten Class: Keerat Teja – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being brave and having a go at independent learning.) Hari Virdee – Scholar of the Week (for writing at length when creating a recount of the class story.) Fitzgerald Class: Tay’Shawn Holland – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for answering and asking great questions in science.) Sayef Ahmed – Scholar of the Week (for brilliant blending of green words in phonics.)
Glennie Class: Eesa Hussain – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being an amazing role model at lunch times by eating all his dinner and tidying away.) Aftab Rebecca Hussain – Scholar of the Week (for brilliant participation when action out Jack and the Beanstalk.) 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 a fantastic achievement. A special ‘bronze’ certificate will be presented during the Celebration and Awards Assembly.
Eesa Anwar Sharma Meerab Dar Velmurugan
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 a fantastic achievement. A special ‘bronze’ certificate will be presented during the Celebration and Awards Assembly.
Arjun Patel Ali Haroon Nadia Khan Harneet Kang Emilie Morgan Sarrinah Begum Kareem Al Khouli Zara Choudhry
Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch next week on Thursday 7th July. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Abdullah Shahzad Srisakthi Velumurgan Gurkirpa Hunjan Rohan Taheem Avneet Chaggar Saba Akram Munshi Azmain Islam
Curie Maxwell Fitzgerald Glennie Britten Fitzgerald Newton
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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
Overall Attendance: 95.6% Congratulations to both Newton class, who are joint winners for this week with 99.5%. Come on Year 1; let's see if you can snatch the trophy from the dominant Reception classes. Let's get our overall average higher next week, everyone! 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% 6 INA Newsletter
Regular attendance is a crucial factor in students’ educational development and ability to achieve their full potential.
"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 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 above. Week commencing 4th July – 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 during lunchtime when we eat with our knife and fork, avoid talking when our mouth is full and wash our hands. We consider how we dress and present ourselves, how we speak to each other, 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 to use the things they do know and apply them to the new word or challenge.
Tam Broadway, Head of Primary
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Key Dates for the Summer Term 2016: Primary Future Key Dates for Summer Term Staff Inset Day – Friday 8th July Coffee Morning with the Head of Primary – Tuesday 12th July 9.00-10.00am Primary Summer Fete – Friday 15th July 3.45-6.00pm Reports Sent Home – Friday 15th July Parent Progress Meetings – Tuesday 19th July Celebration and Awards Assembly – Wednesday20th July – Times TBC Last Day of Term – Wednesday 20th July – 12.15pm Finish Selling of School Uniform – Friday 22nd July
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Published on Jul 5, 2016