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INA Secondary Newsletter

20 May 2016


ISAAC NEWTON ACADEMY MOCK MAYOR OF LONDON ELECTION 2016 The fi nal  re s

ults… .

Turnout –  50.5%  (Total  votes  cast  364)     &  Spoilt  ballots  –  0.5%  

For the  London  Mayor  elec1on  a  different  vo1ng  system  was  used.  Voters  picked  a   first  choice  and  a  second  choice.  When  the  votes  in  round  one  did  not  produce  a   winner  with  over  50%,  it  then  went  to  a  second  round  when  the  second  choices   were  counted.  The  results  were  very  similar  to  those  cast  at  INA.   Candidate  

INA vote  

London Vote  

London Vote  

Liberal Democrats  -­‐    Caroline   Pidgeon    

4.9%  

4.6%

-­‐

UKIP –  Peter  WhiUle    

7.4%  

3.6%

-­‐

Green –  Sian  Berry    

8.2%  

5.8%

-­‐

Conserva[ves –  Zac  Goldsmith   12.3%    

35.0%

34.5%  

Labour –  Sadiq  Khan    

44.2%

65.5%  

66.4%  

Sadiq Khan  was  voted  in  as  the   Mayor  of  London  by  Londoners    as   well  as  students  at  INA.  Well  done   to  all  that  took  part  in  the  vote!

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Dear Parents and Carers

L ast night we hosted the London Regional Finals of the Jack Petchey Speak Out

Challenge. Great orators from across a number of London schools gave speeches on a wide range of topics. INA was represented by our in-school winners, Halima Anjum and Simran Larr, who made us all very proud. The audience was also entertained by INA musicians, who impressed as always! There will be a full report of the event in next week’s newsletter. Yesterday 12 of our Highest Attaining Mathematicians got to spend an hour being put through their paces with A level Maths material by one of our governors, Wasim Rehman. Wasim had a career as a Hedge Fund Manager with Marshall Wace, having studied Maths at Cambridge University. The students really enjoyed being stretched and Wasim said that it made his brain hurt! As the students approach their end of year exams (7th -21st June), there is a comprehensive bank of revision materials posted on the INA website under secondary/revision material. Do take some time to browse the various sections as the activities and tips suggested here will really help to prepare for the exams. With best wishes

RP

achel Macfarlane, rincipal

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Year 10 Controlled Assessments Message for Parents Throughout the two year French GCSE course our students undertake three Writing and three Speaking Controlled Assessments. Our students have so far done one Speaking and one Writing Controlled Assessment however they still have to prepare for one more Speaking and one more Writing Controlled Assessment before the end of this year. It is crucial that our students take advantage of all the support and help they are being offered and attend all lessons and preparation sessions. These exams are not a practice run. They are their actual GCSE exams and must be taken with the seriousness they deserve. Their Speaking exams will take place on Friday 20th May, Monday 23rd May or Tuesday 24th May depending on their group (please check their organiser later on this week for the exact date and time) . Attendance is compulsory so we expect 100% attendance. We appreciate your support in making sure that you child turns up on time to their exam.

Monday 6th June is an Independent Learning Day On this day the students will arrive to school at the usual time but will be dismissed early. In the first part of the morning each year group will be escorted into the exam hall to be talked through our exam expectations and rules. With their tutor and cotutor they will complete their end of year reports. Once these tasks have been achieved, students will be dismissed. The earliest this could happen is following the exam venue training as outlined below. The purpose of the shorter school day on 6th June is to support the students in independently preparing to be ready for the exam fortnight. Once dismissed, students should go straight home to revise and prepare. Their teachers will have supported students with this process in the preceding lessons. If the early dismissal will present you with any problems, please contact us to discuss arrangements to supervise your child’s study at school. You should contact Mr Crowther-Green by Friday 6th May. Exam Venue Training Schedule and earliest possible dismissal time Y10 Y9 Y8 Y7

9:30-9:50am 9:50- 10:10am 10:10-10:30am 10:30-10:50am

Mr Crowther-Green Mark Crowther-Green 4  INA Newsletter


Good Deed Feed Miss Rayner: Simona Islam 8A is so kind and so caring. She makes a real effort to befriend students she thinks are lonely. I am very lucky to have her in my form. Miss Abbott-Jones: Rhea Virdee in 7S helped me with some PE equipment for her class lesson this week. She is always offering to support the organisation at the starts of lessons which is really helpful Miss Gallagher: I would like to nominate Anish Mistry 7C for taking it upon himself to help Usman with his reading and literacy- during form time he sat with him and read a book to him! Mr Butler-Zanetti: I know it’s a bit of a mixed message but I had Ellis Currie-Ward 9W on detention yesterday and he was very helpful with Rahul and worked with him on his IL. They’re not exactly best buddies so it’d be nice if it was recognised. Gabriel Ayerh Year 9 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition

The Bake Sale last week raised £116 for the summer production. A big thank you to the Year 9 girls, Sumeyya Derya, Radhika Duggal , Gurpreet Kaur, Zaynab Mahiya and Serina Singh, for helping with the event.

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End of Year Exams 2016 The End of year exams are from 7th June till 21st June (Note: due to Work Experience Y10 exams are from 7th June till 17th June). Exams will occur in the main exam hall. Students will practise entry and exit to this venue on the morning of Mon 6th June. Students will follow their normal timetable if not scheduled for an exam. Students are required to bring their learning equipment in a see - through case. Water is permitted in the Exam hall Y10 Art Exams occur outside of the main exam timetable as detailed below: Monday 27th June from 08:25-16:00: 10 Bacon Tuesday 28th June from 08:25-16:00: 10 O’Keeffe Students should prepare for the exam by designing and following a revision timetable, addressing any areas of weakness and by completing past paper questions. Mr Crowther-Green

EOY Exam Timetable June 2016 Times unless stated Mon 6th June AM Year P1 Exam practice 8:35 for 8:40 start Finish 9:40 P2 9:45 start Released at 10:50 P3 11:05 for 11:10 start Finish 12:10

Tue 7th June 8, 9 Y8 Spanish (1h) (120 students) Y8 French (1h) (60 students) Y9 Science (90) 11:10 start

Wed 8th June 10, 8 Y10 Maths 1 (90) 1:50 start

P4 12:05 start (varied finish time) PM Year P5 1:45 for 1:50 start Finish 2:50 P6 2:55 start Released 4:00

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Fri 10th June 10, 7 8:50 start Y10 English Lit (1:45h)

Y8 History (50)

Thu 9th June 10, 9 8:35 start Y10 Science Double Bio (60) Y10 Science Triple Bio (60) (97 Students) Y9 Music (45)

Y9 Science (90)

Y8 Geography (50)

Y9 RE (50)

7 History (50)

10 Y10 French (45) (60 students)

10 Y10 English lang (2h) 4:05 finish

10 Y10 Spanish 1 (50) 60 students

Y10 French (45) (60 students)

Y10 English lang (2h)

10 Y10 PE (69 students) (100mins) 1:50 start Y10 PE (69 students) (100mins)

Y10 Maths 1 (90)

Y10 English Lit (1:45h)

7 Geography (50)

Y10 Spanish 2 (50) 60 students


Times unless stated AM Year P1 8:35 for 8:40 start Finish 9:40 P2 9:45 start Released at 10:50 P3 11:05 for 11:10 start Finish 12:10 P4 12:05 start (varied finish time) PM Year P5 1:45 for 1:50 start Finish 2:50 P6 2:55 start Released 4:00

Mon 13th June

Tue 14th June

Wed 15th June

Thu 16th June

Fri 17th June

10, 7 Y10 Science Double Chem (60) Y10 Science Triple Chem (60) (97 Students) Y7 DT (50)

10, 8 Y10 History (1h 45)

10, 9 Y10 RE (2h)

7, 9 Y7 French (1h)

Y10 History (1h 45)

Y10 RE (2h)

Y8 Music (45)

Y9 DT (50 mins)

10, 9 Y10 Science Double Phy (60) Y10 Science Triple Phy (60) (97 Students) 11:10 start Y9 Maths (90)

Y7 RE (50)

Y8 English tempest (1h)

Normal lesson

10 Y10 Geography (1h 45)

10 Y10 Maths 2 (90)

Y10 Geography (1h 45)

Y10 Maths 2 (90)

10 10 Y10 Maths 3 (90) Y10 Music (50) 39 students Y10 Maths 3 (90) Y10 Drama (50) 46 students

Times unless stated AM Year P1 8:35 for 8:40 start Finish 9:40 P2 9:45 start Released at 10:50 P3 11:05 for 11:10 start Finish 12:10 P4 12:05 start (varied finish time) PM Year P5 1:45 for 1:50 start Finish 2:50

Mon 20th June 9, 8 Y9 French (1 Hr) (90 students) Y9 Spanish (1Hr) (90 students) Y8 Maths (90) 11:10 start Y8 Maths (90)

Tue 21st June 7, 9 Y7 Science (65)

8 Y8 DT (50) 1:50 start

7 Y7 English (1h 15) Framed

P6 2:55 start Released 4:00

Y8 RE (50)

Y7 English (1h 15) Framed 3:10 finish

Y9 Maths (90)

Y7 Spanish) (1h) 11:10 start Y9 English Of Mice and Men (1.15) Y9 English Of Mice and Men (1.15) Y9 Early lunch 10 Y10 DT (90) 1:50 start Y10 DT (90)

Y7 Music (50) Y9 Geography (50)

Y9 History (50)

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Ramadan and Summer Exams

We are aware that the INA internal summer exam season falls during Ramadan this year. The public GCSE exams in 2017 will also fall during Ramadan. Subsequent year groups’ GCSE exams will also be affected. We appreciate the benefits that observing Ramadan brings to individuals and communities and the obligation to fast under Islamic tradition when a child becomes an adult. We understand that the decision to fast is very personal. We are also aware that observing the fast and late-night prayers may lead to tiredness, low energy, dehydration, reduced focus, memory or concentration. Islamic law does offer the flexibility for a person to delay or exempt themselves from fasting and late-night prayers if they believe their performance in exams could be affected. We would advise students that it is important not to spend all night praying during the exam period to avoid tiredness. If your son/daughter will be fasting during this period, you will need to write a letter to confirm it. Please send the letter for the attention of Mrs Chamberlain by Monday 6th June so that we have an accurate picture of numbers and are able to prepare food in appropriate quantities. Your son/daughter will be excused from lunch and will not be expected to go to the dining hall during Ramadan. Your Wisepay account will not be charged for school lunches if we receive written confirmation that your child is fasting. Our Prayer and Contemplation rooms are available during lunchtime for students who wish to pray. Please note that, during Ramadan, students are expected to participate fully in all lessons and enrichment activities as normal, including PE. Ms Spencer Vice Principal

Year 10 Geography GCSE visit to Wales The final letter for the Wales visit was given to all students last week. It had important information regarding timings, the kit list, behaviour expectations and emergency contact details. Students were also given a copy of their medical and dietary details which we have on record at school. Students should have taken this home to parents to double check and then returned if the information was not correct. Please contact the school if you need another copy of either of these letters. Please ensure that any medicine which your child needs is handed in to school before the 27th (or directly to me on the morning of the visit) and that your child carries an epi pen or inhaler if needed. Your child needs to be at school at 5.45am on the 27th May with a packed lunch for the journey. Ms Balsdon Head of Humanities 8  INA Newsletter


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From the Guardian Newspaper: The science of revision: nine ways pupils can revise for exams more effectively Ditch the highlighter and teach a friend. Psychology shows us a lot about how to improve our memory and avoid distractions – here are some dos and don’ts Highlighting might not be as helpful as you think. It isolates information whereas pupils recall more if they can link what they learn with other pieces of information. Photograph: Alamy

The weeks and months leading up to exams can be challenging for students (and parents and teachers alike). Now more than ever, young people seem to be feeling the pressure. So how can students revise better? Which techniques really work, and which don’t? What can students do to improve their memory, mood and concentration?

Before you do any revision 1. Eat breakfast It is estimated that around 27% of boys and 39% of girls skip breakfast some or all of the time. It’s not called the most important meal of the day for nothing: research has found that skipping this meal significantly reduces students’ attention and their ability to recall information. Simply having a bowl of cereal will give students the concentration and memory boost they need. Evidence suggests students who study in a quiet environment recall more than those who revise while listening to music 2. Put your phone away This should be an obvious one, but for many it isn’t. Phones can be distracting; they are linked to fomo (fear of missing out), and evidence shows that undergraduate students who spend more time texting and using social media get lower grades. In another fascinating study, researchers found that the mere sight of a phone was enough to reduce a person’s ability to focus. The implication couldn’t be clearer: out of sight really is out of mind. During revision sessions 3. Start early and spread it out Actors don’t leave their rehearsals until the day before opening night. Athletes don’t only train the day before a match. To commit something to memory takes time. Spreading out your revision sessions on a particular topic (eg one-hour sessions over 10 days) is more effective than spending the same amount of time in one go (ie 10 hours in one day). This effect, known as “spacing”, helps because it allows time in between revision sessions to forget and re-learn the material. This strategy has been labelled as “one of the most robust across the entire history of experimental research on learning and memory” (pdf). 10  INA Newsletter


4. Test yourself Leading researchers in the field of memory consider testing yourself as one of the most effective ways to improve your ability to recall information (pdf). Testing yourself also helps you check for any gaps in your knowledge. Practice papers provide a good starting point, as well as quizzing yourself at the end of your revision session. 5. Teach someone After you have tested yourself, teach the material to someone else. This has been found to help aid memory and recall: it is known as “the Protégé Effect”. Teaching someone else requires you to learn and organise your knowledge in a clear and structured manner. 6. Think twice about using highlighters Despite being the favourite weapon of many students tackling revision, research suggests they don’t work very well. People learn and recall information better if they connect it to other pieces of information. Highlighters don’t do this, they isolate single pieces of information. Quite often, students end up highlighting whole chunks and passages of text, which can give the appearance of having worked hard, but is of little value. 7. Don’t listen to music Parents around the world rejoice: you now have a legitimate reason to insist that your child stops listening to Justin Bieber on repeat. Students who study in a quiet environment can recall more than those who revise while listening to music. Extroverts, and those with an exceptional ability to control their attention, are not negatively affected as much: but it doesn’t help. At best, for these students, it just doesn’t hinder them as much as everyone else. 8. Get some fresh air and exercise You cannot work all day, every day. Nor should you. Revision has to be about quality, as well as quantity. Going outside and getting some fresh air helps people feel refreshed and better able to focus afterwards. Furthermore, doing a little bit of exercise helps people deal better with stressful situations: it reduces anxiety and increases self-esteem. Practice makes perfect: why mock exams are great for students’ brains

9. Sleep Students are encouraged to work hard and revise a lot before their exams: however, there comes a time when they need to stop and go to sleep. Knowing when can be tricky. There is a link between being a perfectionist and struggling to sleep. If a child is falling asleep within five minutes of their head hitting the pillow, they should probably be going to bed earlier. Other sleep tips include having regular bedtimes, not being on your mobile phone in bed, but if you are, turning down the backlight on it. As research into psychology continues to develop, we learn more and more about how best to help students learn. Revision time can be challenging as it often requires students to monitor their own behaviour when working independently at home. Hopefully, by teaching them about what helps improve their memory, mood and concentration, we can better equip them to meet the challenges head on. INA Newsletter 11


PE AT ISAAC NEWTON ACAD News & Results Year 9 Handball game Vs Mayfield After the Year 9 team played up in the Year 10 Redbridge tournament, it was good for them to get a chance to play against their own age group. With the game getting off to a very technical start, both teams moving the Handball from side to side brilliantly, it was INA that took a well-deserved lead. The goals were being fired in at both ends and it was proving to be really exciting for everyone. At the end of the first half INA led by 1 goal, which in handball can change in the blink of an eye. With a few lapses in concentration, INA got hit on the counter attack twice and, for the first time of the game, was trailing. Showing great determination and perseverance, INA brought the game level soon after. The final whistle blew and the game finished level, with both teams playing the game in such a great competitive spirit that the P.E teachers decided to go to an added 5 minutes of extra time. INA started brightly, being refused by the woodwork; 3 minutes into the game Mayfield made a good move which was finished to take them 1 goal ahead. In the hunt for the equaliser, with time ticking away, unfortunately INA were hit again by another counter attack. Stand out performer goes to Faruq Sultan who was one of 2 Year 8 students playing up a year group - he performed really well.

Year 9 2nd Football team Vs Loxford The Year 9 team took on a strong Loxford team last Thursday. Both teams battled well. Loxford took their chances very well in the match, whereas INA couldn’t seem to find the net. Stand out performances came from Ahnaf Ibne-Anis who showed great defensive skills, and Adam Warishally who showed great determination and drive in midfield. The game was 0-0 for a long while until Loxford formed a counter attack to put them 1-0 up. Although INA had chances to equalise through Arjun Shah, they couldn’t quite equalise. The second half saw Loxford score 3 times without reply. The game was played in a great spirit by all players, for which they should be commended.

Year 1 Multi-skills event On Tuesday 17th May INA held the first local schools’ multiskills event! Some of our fantastic Year 10 sports leaders led fifty Year 1 pupils from INA, Winston Way, SS Peter and Pauls, St Aidan’s and Downshall Primary schools through a variety of fun sporting activities. Well done to all pupils who took part in the afternoon; it was great to see pupils from different schools all achieving together. A massive well done to our sports leaders who showed their fantastic organisation, collaboration and leadership skills throughout the afternoon! Congratulations to our medallists: Bronze -green team, Silver – Red team and Gold – Blue team.

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DEMY After school

Lunch time

DAY CLUB

TEACHER VENUE

Mon

Handball

DB

Sports Hall

Girls Can

EH

Astro

Boxing

Activity Studio Sports Hall

Day

1st Lunch 2nd Lunch (Year 10) (year 7,8 &9)

Mon

Badminton Badminton Boys and (Year 7, 8 & Girls 9) Boys and Girls Girls Can! (Year 7,8 & 9 Girls) Basketball Basketball club Boys (Year 8 & and Girls 9) Boys & Girls Handball (Year 7, 8 & 9) Boys and Girls Basketball (Year 7) Girls and Boys

Tues

Judo Club

External provider External

Wed

Yr 8 S+C

BH

Sports Hall

Yr 10 Football Table Tennis

AT

Astro

GA

Tues

Resistance Sliding Table Tennis

External provider CD

Activity Studio Ks3 Hall

Wed

Softball

LAJ

Activity Studio Astro

Zumba

External KS3 Hall provider External Sports Hall provider EC, DH, BB MUGA

Thur

Fri

Badminton club Bike Club

Girls running RM club

Thur

South Park

Fixtures coming up..... Tuesday 24th-London Youth Games- football team Years 7/8/9 (Away) Thursday 25th May- Year 8 Football A team Vs Seven Kings (Away) Thursday 26th May- Year 8/9 Table Tennis Tournament vs Woodbridge (Away)

Fri

Improve your skills! Try something new! Keep fit! Make new friends! Unleash your energy! Increase your chances of getting into a team! INA Newsletter 13


Well done to the following students who are this week’s Mathematicians of the Moment. Please collect a merit from Mr Dukes

This week’s Mathematicians of the Moment Harkirat Singh  (7I)  

Daveena Morrison-­‐Williams  (7C)    

Mya Sehmi  (8E)    

Sanaan Hafeez  (8I)  

Rahul Kalra  (8S)    

Serina Singh  (9N)    

Here are the scores so far

7I

240

8I

340

9I

7S

120

8S

310

9S

7A

130

8A

660

9A

7C

200

8C

30

9C

7N

540

8N

330

9N

1760

7E

290

8E

520

9E

320

7W

450

8W

9W

540

8T

9T

2240

7T

1230

Answers to be written on a Maths postcard to be handed to Mr Dukes (G42) no later than 4.10pm on Thursday.

Each Form  will  get  10  points  for  a  correct   solu7on  with  clear  explana7ons.     Write  your  solu,on  here.       You  must  include  your   workings  out     with  a  clear  explana,on   showing  how  you  got  your   answer.    

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The ‘Mathematician of the Moment’ will be awarded a certificate in assembly and will appear in the INA newsletter.


The Mathematics department would like to encourage all students to enter next week’s Mathematician of the Moment competition. Look out for the new problem next term.

YEAR 7 - PROBLEM OF THE WEEK Monday 16th June to Thursday 26th May

Answers on a postcard to be handed to Mr Dukes (G42) by Thursday 4.10pm latest!

YEAR 8 - PROBLEM OF THE WEEK Monday 16th June to Thursday 26th May

Answers on a postcard to be handed to Mr Dukes (G42) by Thursday 4.10pm latest!

YEAR 9 - PROBLEM OF THE WEEK Monday 16th June to Thursday 26th May

This is a famous puzzle based on the show "Let's make a deal". The host, Monty Hall, offers you a choice of three doors. Behind one is a sports car, but behind the other two are goats. After you have chosen one door, he reveals one of the other two doors behind which is a goat (he wouldn't reveal a car). Now he gives you the chance to switch to the other unrevealed door or stay at your initial choice. You will then get what is behind that door. You cannot hear the goats from behind the doors, or in any way know which door has the prize. Should you stay, or switch, or doesn't it matter? Answers on a postcard to be handed to Mr Dukes (G42) by Thursday 4.10pm latest!      

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Revising an Who is great at Revising Tasnim Towfa and Salma Parwane in Year 7 have shown excellent revising and practising dispositions, structuring their revision well, making use of all of the practice materials online and on Fronter available to them and seeking additional support from their teacher where needed.

Sana Mahmood in Year 10 has set up revision folders for each of her subjects. The first page of each folder is filled with the revision letter provided by the subject teacher at INA. The main content of each folder is filled with past papers downloaded and printed from the websites of each of the correct exam boards (printed at Sana’s expense) and sample exam questions provided by her teachers. The final section is filled with Sana’s own notes that she has made through her own study.

Aethizaz Ali Kayani in 8 Descartes maths group created his own folder with revision sheets and practice sheet that he looked up and printed out himself. He practised all the topics for his postlearning test by making his own revision notes at home and completing sheets that he sourced himself.

TOP TIPS STUDENTS

Plan time to revise and practice before assessments and performances. Use your Tim Foot revision techniques and revision skills booklet. Meet INA’s expectations of time spent on I/L, reading and your musical instrument. Use the music practice rooms, ICT room and library at lunchtime and after school.

PARENTS If you know that your son/daughter has a test or exam coming up, ensure that they have a quiet place to revise and support their learning by testing them. Listen to your son/daughter playing his/her instrument, reading aloud or watch them practising a sports technique. Talk to your child about what makes effective practice. 16  INA Newsletter


d Practising g and Practising at INA? Neha Rajput in Year 10 has made full use of English revision resources to make detailed notes that will help her in the summer exams.

.Isaac Kamara, Year 10,

has spent hours practising and perfecting his piano playing and is about to take the Grade 8 exam.

. Tahmina Rahman, 7S, is a real role model for how to practice the saxophone. She takes the time to break things down into small chunks, slow them down and repeat them until she can play them really well. She’ll persevere with the most difficult bits and always rises to the challenge. Now she can play a huge number of songs including Dance Wiv Me, Get Lucky, Problem, and Toxic. She’s become one of the best saxophone players in Year 7!

Revising and Practising Reconsidering and changing or improving a piece of work or learning. Reviewing previous learning to improve your knowledge of a subject. Monitoring and adapting learning along the way. Performing an activity or exercise repeatedly or regularly in order to improve at it. Mastering a skill through repetition. Focusing in on all of the difficult aspects and targeting your practice at these bits.

BEHAVIOURS Making sure that you spend time perfecting a skill or piece of learning. Repeatedly practising something you find difficult and challenging. Being able to change your plans and think on your feet. Monitoring how a piece of learning is going and periodically reviewing where you have got to. Knowing what areas you need to improve in and coming up with practical ways to make progress. INA Newsletter 17


BRIDGES we build learning power and developcharacter characteratatIsaac Isaac Newton Newton Academy HowHow we build learning power and develop Academy “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Isaac Newton

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Isaac Newton The secondary BRIDGES programme commences on Monday 14th September. BRIDGES are

The secondary BRIDGES programme commences on Monday 14th September. BRIDGES are habits of mind or learning characteristics that develop a student's character and learning power habits ofenable mind them or learning thatindividuals develop a student's character and to growcharacteristics into well rounded and resilient learners.and learning power and enable them to grow into well rounded individuals and resilient learners.

On a two weekly cycle throughout the year, Year 7 and 8 students are introduced to one or two of cycle mind throughout or learning characteristics will8permeate the curriculum. On anew twohabits weekly the year, Yearthat 7 and students throughout are introduced to one or two This will take place through a range of interactive activities. In addition, the students will new habits of mind or learning characteristics that will permeate throughout the curriculum. This experience BRIDGES learning objectives in each and every lesson throughout Isaac Newton will take place Year through a range lessons of interactive activities. In addition, theBRIDGES students will experience Academy. 9 BRIDGES will focus on strengthening certain learning BRIDGES learningthrough objectives in each of and every lesson characteristics exploration PHSE topics andthroughout themes. Isaac Newton Academy.

Year 9 BRIDGES lessons will focus on strengthening certain BRIDGES learning characteristics Eachexploration fortnight you findtopics top tips in themes. the newsletter of ways of supporting your child to through ofwill PHSE and develop the BRIDGES habits of mind and learning characteristics within the home.

Each fortnight you will find top tips in the newsletter of ways of supporting your child to develop the BRIDGES habits of mind and learning characteristics within the home.

ATTENDANCE Regular attendance is a 7A crucial factor in students’ educational development 7N and ability to achieve their 7S full potential.

98.6

8C

100

9N

98

10C

99.1

98.6

8N

97.5

9I

97.6

10E

98.3

97.4

8A

96.1

9S

97

10N

98.3

7W

96.8

8W

95.3

9W

96.1

10A

98.1

7I

95.6

8E

94.5

9A

95

10I

96.7

7E

95

8S

93.8

9C

94

10W

96.6

7C

93.7

8I

92.7

9T

93.3

10S

96.1

7T

91.4

8T

90.4

9E

91.3

10T

95.5

At Isaac Newton Academy every student is set the target of 100% attendance. We know that attendance has a direct link to progress, and would urge you to really consider if a day off school is necessary.

Well done to 8C for 100% attendance last week!

Ms. Abbott-Jones Lead Pastoral Leader

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Year 10 97.3% Year 7 96%

Year 9 95.3%


Praise & Recognition

cc

Merits

Year 7

T C W S W E I A

1467 1338 1130 1103 980 821 773 648

Year 8 W N C S E A I T

1310 1163 1182 1132 1118 1016 1008 894

Year 9 T E N W S C A I

1257 805 586 574 523 438 394 302

Year 10 W E N S I T C A

489 357

315 297 283 279

231 207

Ahmed Al-Khafaji Award (Peer Commendation Award) Ahmed was well known for being kind, for helping others and for being extremely polite. He was also someone known for his hard work and absorption; the idea, therefore, is that the winner should be someone who has encapsulated one of these qualities last week.

Year 7: Zaib Gulfareed 7N Year 8: Arjan Tathger 8T Year 9: Nisha Mistry 9T Year 10: Nadia Ibrahim, 10C

Gabriel Ayerh Year 9 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition

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Dear Parent/Carer On Wednesday the 25th May all year 10 students will sit the first science controlled assessment task. This piece of controlled assessment represents 25% of their additional science GCSE (for those doing double science) or 25% of their chemistry GCSE (for those doing triple Science). Double science students will do one more piece of Controlled assessment in year 11 whilst triple science students will do two further pieces. In order to give our students the best possible chance of success in their first piece of controlled assessment, we have arranged for all year 10 students to be off-timetable all day to complete this very important component of their Science GCSE course. Throughout lessons 1 to 4, each class will be guided and advised by a member of the science department through the task. During periods 5 & 6, students will sit a 90 minute written paper in exam conditions to complete the controlled assessment task. Break and lunch times will be as normal and students will be finished at the end of the normal school day. Students will not need their normal books for the day but should bring a transparent pencil case containing at least two black pens, a pencil, sharpener, eraser and ruler. A scientific calculator will also be required. It is imperative we have 100% attendance on this day as any student who is absent will not have the same access to support and guidance as the other students in completing this aspect of the course and will be required to attend six hours’ worth of sessions after school to complete their controlled assessment. Only the gravest of emergencies will be tolerated for absence or lateness on this day. Any appointments or commitments, medical or otherwise should be rearranged for an alternative day. Failure to attend this day will significantly impact the performance of any student in obtaining the best GCSE result possible. A well-completed controlled assessment is often worth a full grade in the final GCSE score obtained by the student. I cannot emphasise strongly enough how important it is that your child attends this day of school. The science department is committed to ensuring every student achieves the maximum grade possible in this component of their GCSE qualification and we really appreciate your support in this endeavour. If you have any questions about this portion of your child’s GCSE qualification do not hesitate to contact me at info@isaacnewtonacademy.org or on the school number 0208 911 6666. Yours sincerely A.Clift-Matthews Head of Science

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Key Dates for the Summer Term 2015: Secondary Summer Term Monday 11th April - Wednesday 20th July Half Term 30th May - 3rd June INSET days: Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th June, Friday 8th July Wednesday 18th May Thursday 19th May Friday 20th May Monday 23rd May Wednesday 25th May Wednesday 25th May Friday 27th May Friday 27th May Monday 6th June

BRIDGES mentoring. No lessons in the afternoon Year 10 Geography fieldwork at Stratford Year 10 Geography fieldwork at Stratford Year 7s to Rochester Year 10 Science controlled assessments New Year 6 Parents’ Information Evening Music Recital Year 10 Geography Field Trip to Wales Early close for Year 7-10 Independent Study/Revision

Tuesday 7th - Friday 17th June Monday 20th –Friday 24th June Wednesday 22nd June Thurs 23rd & Friday 24th June Mon 27th & Tuesday 28th June Thursday 30th June Friday 1st July Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th July Wednesday 6th July Friday 8th July Wed 13th & Thursday 14th July Monday 18th July Tuesday 19th July 20th July

Year 7-10 EXAMS Year 10 Work Experience Bug Man visit to year 7 INSET Days: no school for students Year 10 Art exams Year 6 Transition Day Non Uniform Day Year 7 English Trip Sports Awards INSET Days: no school for students School Production Secondary Sports Day KS3 Graduation Awards Assemblies. End of Term. Early close.

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