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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. www.nspcc.org.uk

Uniform Information & School Uniform Purchases The Primary uniform can be purchased through the Khalsa Schoolwear website or can be bought at Khalsa Schoolwear shop in Bethnal Green. To save on the cost of delivery charges, Khalsa Schoolwear does a school delivery once every month. You can find further details of the delivery dates on their website or you can ask the reception office staff. • 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 • 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 has certainly been a cold and chilly week. Hopefully, everyone has wrapped up warm and had an opportunity to throw a few snowballs and have some fun in the snow! We look forward to seeing you back in school on Monday at the usual time ready for learning. Sadly due to the inclement weather we did not get the opportunity get dressed up and celebrate World Book Day on Thursday or enjoy the chance to hear many of our parents and carers pop in to read as part of the Literature Week. So not to disappoint, we have decided to reschedule World Book Day for Tuesday 6th March and if any parents and carers are still able to visit at some point next week then please inform Ms Chaggar in the office about the best day and time to suit you. Hopefully the weather has given pupils the time to write their story entries for our Literature Week competition or to design a book cover, all of which need to be handed in to their class teachers by Monday morning. We look forward to seeing and reading your entries. The spring term Pupil Progress Reports and Parent Progress Meetings will take place after the Easter break. The Pupil Progress Reports will be sent out to you on Friday 20th April and the Parent Progress Meetings will take place on Tuesday 24th April; school will finish at 12.15pm on this day.

A Message from Ms Chaggar Please let the school know in good time if you are sending someone else to collect your child from school. The staff will not send a child home with an adult that has not been authorised by the parents/carers. This is in the interest of safeguarding your children. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Important reminders • School starts at 8.45am (8.35am for Year 3). 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 (3.35pm for Year 3) every day other than Tuesday when we finish at 3.00pm (2.50pm for Year 3). • If any of your details have changed e.g. 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.

World Book Day Rescheduled for Tuesday 6th March Pupils and teachers across the whole Academy will be taking part; we ask that every child pays a £1 contribution which will go towards buying new library books for the school. The children can wear a bought or home-made costume.

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Wonderful Writing Week Week beginning 5th March To raise the profile of writing across the school we hold a ‘Wonderful Writing Week’ once each half term. This doesn’t, of course, mean that we would not expect wonderful writing every week, but 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 simple sentences, using any sounds they have learned to help them. Year 1, we are looking for neat writing and sentences with capital letters and full stops and any additional punctuation that they can use. 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. Year 3 need to ensure they are beginning to use a wide range of punctuation, spelling with increased accurately both familiar and unfamiliar words and ensuring their handwriting is clearly and neatly formed. 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!

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Breakfast & After School Club Every parent has Wisepay details and a password, which will enable 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 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

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Exciting Learning Year 3 classes have been carrying out experiments to determine how friction affects the movement of objects as part of their science based topic around forces.

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Exciting Learning Maxwell class were excited to have Aiza's mum read to them this week as part of our Literature week. The children also made bookmarks and chose a book to read with a friend.

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Year 3 had lots of fun timing different activities during their mathematics lessons this week using the stopwatches to measure in minutes and seconds.

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Praise and Recognition Every week each teacher chooses two children from their class to receive a certificate in assembly; one is 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: • Hannah Rebhi – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for choosing to sit on the bug rug during carpet learning times). • Rohith Pradeep Kumar – Scholar of the Week (for using adjectives to describe different vegetables). Maxwell Class: • Zander Benjamin – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for practising his writing and independently writing a sentence). • Anam Shah – Scholar of the Week (for iinnovating a story map and writing key words). Newton Class: • Tahsinah Begum– Headteacher’s Habits Award (for the hard work she put into her writing). • Shanaya Sharma–Scholar of the Week (for being a perfect partner in maths). Britten Class: • Maria Tanase – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for working super hard and practising her phonics sounds every day). • Adem Malik– Scholar of the Week (for writing fantastic questions this week during English lessons, remembering to use question words and question marks). Fitzgerald Class: • Alia Malik – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always making the most of every opportunity to learn and practise). • Humza Anwar – Scholar of the Week (for putting persistent effort into the building of a super London taxi model at home). Glennie Class: • Aleena Chowdhury – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always doing her best and continuing with her learning outside of school). • Gurnoor Kalkat Singh – Scholar of the Week (for beginning to use adjectives when writing).

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Al-Kashi Class: • Yusuf Ahmed – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for practicsng adding and subtracting two digit numbers as well as using the inverse to check his answers) . • Safwan Khan – Scholar of the Week (for focusing and working independently to solve addition and subtraction calculations & using his bead strings where needed to support his learning). Fibonacci Class: • Muhammad Hadi-Raja – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing excellent perseverance in swimming this week). • Nowmi Touvi – Scholar of the Week (for a good attempt at reading her favourite book). Pythagoras Class: • Airah Abid – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for concentrating hard in all her learning this week and correcting all her punctuation in her letter in English to improve it further). • Mahilan Sathis Kumar – Scholar of the Week (for trying very hard to consistently improve his handwriting and showing lovely joins in all his books). Ellington Class: • Siya Kamothi – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating self-discipline when maintaining focus and absorbing learning during lessons). • Rohin Ronson– Scholar of the Week (for an improvement in the quality of work that he is producing for his home learning). Nicks Class: • Ayaan Riaz Hussain – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating excellent self-discipline when practising his handwriting.). • Aftab-Rebecca Hussain– Scholar of the Week (for her excellent explanation of how friction affects the movement of objects). Shankar Class: • Imani Salim – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing excellent self-regulation during all of her lessons and for continuing to use her 'practising' skills when trying new things). • Amber Carless – Scholar of the Week (for making a wonderful effort to check back over her written work when writing a mini-saga in English). 02 March 2018

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Composer of the Fortnight Camille Saint-Saens

For the next fortnight we will be listening to and learning about Camille Saint-Saens as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Saint-Saens in preparation for the coming weeks. You can find out some facts and hear some of his music on the following links. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camille_Saint-Sa%C3%ABns http://www.britannica.com/biography/Camille-Saint-Saens

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Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch on Friday 9th March; an invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly:

Hannah Rebhi - Curie Jiya Gill - Maxwell Danish Sheikh - Maxwell Mohammed Musa Syed - Newton Gurjas Dhanjal - Glennie Aina Shah - Britten Adem Malik - Britten

Ayoola Yenki - Pythagoras Marwa Benazizi - Fibonacci Marqelo Rama - Al-Kashi Aashvi Govil - Shankar Nadia Khan - Shankar Tulsi Jogia - Nicks Gurkirpa Hunjan - Ellington

Merits The following pupil has received 50 merits since September for making good choices and moving up to gold on the class ‘good choice chart’ – this is fantastic achievement. A special ‘silver’ certificate will be presented during the Celebration and Awards Assembly. Keyaan Alom Meliah Henry Inshirah Nabeel 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 fantastic achievement. A special ‘bronze’ certificate will be presented during the Celebration and Awards Assembly. Maiya Summers Jubear Hossain Saim Rehman

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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 that 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 5th March 2018

BRAVERY Bravery comprises five dispositions: Leadership Optimism

Risk-taking Courage

Experimentation

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We encourage the children to try new things and experiment every day whether it is a food that they have not tried before or new activities that they may not normally choose during the afternoon sessions. For Year 1 and 2 we would encourage the children to try different reading books or authors/topics they might not normally consider reading or to experiment with the paint during art – trying to create different effects etc. We always encourage the children to have courage when they fall over and hurt themselves and to remain as calm as possible while we help them. We aim for all pupils to demonstrate their leadership skills by helping others, being smart in their appearance, being kind, having good manners and generally demonstrating all their BRIDGES characteristics. We encourage some of the quieter pupils to have the courage to share their ideas in class and to have work with optimism and develop a real ‘can do’ attitude.

At Home Encourage your child to try as many different things as possible – whether it is food, different enrichment clubs, books etc. Support your child to develop their own mind and not just follow what everyone else is doing. It is important that the pupils are able to try things without worrying about getting it wrong or worrying about what other people think. Celebrate the fact that by making mistakes we are always learning. Give examples of times when you have had to be brave and try something for the first time, or when something did not go so well the first time but you learned from the mistakes you made and got better. Help remind your child at home about being smart in their appearance and role-modelling good behaviour through their leadership skills. Allow your child to help with jobs and roles at home, taking on the responsibility for cleaning their room, keeping their books or toys organised etc.

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Key Dates - Spring 2018 Term Dates: 5th January 2018 - 29th March 2018

Monday 5th March

Wonderful Handwriting Week

Friday 9th March

Al-Kashi Class Assembly – Year 2 - 9.00 – 9.20am

Friday 9th March

Newton Class Assembly – Year R – 10.25 – 10.45am

Friday 16th March

INSET Day – no school for students

Tuesday 20th March

PE Spring Spectacular

Wednesday 21st March

Parent Coffee Evening – 6pm

Wednesday 28th March

Music Spring Concert

Wednesday 28th March

Easter Bonnet Parade

Thursday 29th March

Easter Egg Hunt

Thursday 29th March

End of Term Awards Assemblies – pupils finish at 12.15pm

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