INA Primary Newsletter
13 November 2015
Announcements Enrichment Clubs Enrichment clubs started again this week. If you have any queries, please see or speak Ms Rayner or Ms Chaggar in the primary office.
School Photographs The school photographs have been delivered and have been put into your child’s book bag. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to see Ms Rayner or Ms Chaggar in the reception office.
t has been a fun-filled week of fantastic learning. We hope that those of you that celebrated Diwali this week have enjoyed a festive time with family and friends. To help celebrate Diwali at school, the children enjoyed a special Diwali themed menu on Wednesday thanks to Ms Beno and we also had author Kiran Lyall visit the Year 1 pupils to read her book and talk to the children about the significance of the religious festival. I just wanted to share with you the picture below. On Monday after our BRIDGES assembly and the introduction of the disposition of ‘Resourcefulness’ for this week, some of the children took the opportunity at lunchtime to create a beautiful autumn tree using the leaves, f lowers and other objects they could find in the playground. They were very excited by their work and insisted I had a look; they proudly explained that they had been ‘resourceful’. It was a great independent learning moment which clearly demonstrated that the message of the BRIDGES dispositions is really beginning to mean something to our pupils.
Tam Broadway, Head of Primary
Phonics Workshop for Parents Thank you to those parents and carers who were able to attend our phonics workshop on Tuesday evening. It was an impressive turn out and great to see so many of you participating and asking great questions about your child’s learning. We fully appreciate your support. I would like to thank Ms Ali and Ms Uddin for their hard work and preparation for the evening. I know that many of you now feel better equipped and informed about how to support your child at home.
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For those of you that were unable to attend or for those of you that would like to read through the power point presentation again, it is now available to view from the ‘Community’ tab on the website and then in ‘Resources for Parents’.
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On Wednesday, the Year 1 pupils were treated to fantastic drama workshop led by Wendy Richardson from Springboard Arts. The drama helped to put the historical context into perspective and help tell the story of how the Great Fire of London started and spread. The children had a great time taking on various character roles.
Author Kiran Lyall visited the Year 1 pupils this week to read her book, Ria and Raj, and talk to the children about Diwali. The children were asked to enter a colouring competition and two winners were chosen. Well done to Klaudia Piechlova and Zahra Abbas who both won a signed copy of Kiran’s book.
As you know, I like to share pictures of the pupils and their learning, but I couldn’t resist sharing a recent picture of our Year 1 staff preparing for their science lessons. You can see they were having so much fun!
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We need more Work Experience placements!
Do you work in a career that would interest our students? If so please contact us: info@ isaacnewtonacademy.org Year 10 students will complete a work experience placement from Monday 20th June 2016 – Friday 24th June 2016 and we need your help! If you feel you can offer a placement please read the placement guide below and contact Mr Crowther-Green by email: info@ isaacnewtonacademy.org with the title Work Experience. Please provide a work address, brief details of the type of work, potential duties and include a contact name, telephone number and email.
• Employers must have a Health and Safety policy and Public Liability Insurance • Placements should be easily reachable from INA by public transport • Students should not be working in a confined space with a single employer (safeguarding reasons) • Employers offering placements will need to complete an agreement and send details of dress, days, times, tasks and any specific information • Students will complete a project which they will work through during their placement We welcome friends and family of INA students to offer placements to INA students. We want students to broaden their horizons and we want students to be completing a work experience that they could not easily organise themselves. Therefore students cannot complete work experience with family and friends. If you have an questions please contact Mr CrowtherGreen by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Reception children had fun this week wrapping up and walking along the High Road to find out about the local community as part of their Out and About topic.
We are hoping to invite some friends and family members in to talk to the children about their roles within the community, with particular focus on dentists, doctors, nurses, police officers etc. If you are able to help, please let your child’s teacher know or pop in with any details to the main Primary reception office.
Year 10 Reading Buddies
The Primary uniform policy is on the website under the primary tab and ‘policies’.
Year 10 pupils have volunteered to read with some of our most confident Year 1 readers. Now • We expect every child to be in full uniform that the Year 1 children are every day with their top button done up able to decode text fluently, the • All coats must be plain black including Year 10 pupils are helping them raincoats • Shoes must be plain black – no trainers! If with their comprehension skills and will visit you are not sure about the types of shoes that the Primary every week, one day before school to support them. Ms Atkinson has been busy are part of our uniform policy, please ask! • Please label every item of clothing with training the Year 10 pupils with their mentoring your child’ name including PE kits and also skills. check from time to time as names can fade through washing items. Khalsa Schoolwear has a name labelling service available whereby you can purchase 40 iron on labels for £5. • One pair of plain stud earrings can be worn Composer of the Fortnight • Nail polish is not allowed We are currently listening to and learning about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as our Composer of • Jewellery is not permitted • Long hair for both boys and girls must be tied the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at you could gather some facts about Mozart in back. Hair decorations must be small and home, preparation for the coming weeks. Information can plain also be found on the following youtube • Please provide your child with a water bottle link. every day and make sure it is labelled with https://www.youtube.com/ their name (water only, no fruit juice).
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Well done to the following children, who have been recognised this week! Curie Class:
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.
Cameron Palmer – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using his knowledge to discuss our class walk around Seven Kings.) Hamza Chand – Scholar of the Week (for making good progress in his phonics.) Maxwell Class:
Hanad Ali – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for asking lots of interesting questions whilst out on the High Street walk.) Aryan Singh – Scholar of the Week (for counting and sharing objects during his Maths Mastery lesson.) Newton Class:
Zahir Khan – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being a great role model and the perfect partner by showing patience.)
Muhammad Amher – Scholar of the Week (for concentrating and making his own lined colour patterns with pegs.) Britten Class:
Daniyal Sheikh – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for making an excellent collage of fire using different coloured leaves and real twigs.) Ibrahim Ijaz – Scholar of the Week (for excellent drama work showing how people felt during the Great Fire of London.) Fitzgerald Class:
Inaaya Ijaz – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for amazing home learning using a balloon to create a poppy for Remembrance Day.) Ishaan Mutha – Scholar of the Week (for great problem solving in maths – using positional language) Glennie Class:
Arjun Bihal – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for creating an amazing poppy for Remembrance Day with resources he found at home.)
Charan Chaggar – Scholar of the Week (for writing an amazing acrostic poem with lots of onomatopoeia.) Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for next Thursday 19th November. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Asiyah Ali -Curie Keira Chana-Curie Safwan Khan-Maxwell Kallum Bihal-Newton Keerat Teja-Britten Frank Krupski-Fitzgerald Zairah Ali-Glennie
The following pupils have received 25 or more 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 Sasha Lard Nicholas Fertrina Jardiel. INA Newsletter 7
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: 96
Well done and congratulations to Curie class, who are the winners for this week! It was a very close one! 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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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 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 above Week commencing 16th November– Integrity At School: • • • • •
At school we encourage the pupils to make sure they play in a kind and thoughtful way and 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 understand the importance of telling the truth even when it feels uncomfortable to 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 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 moral decisions and whether they are good or bad characters and why. What should the character have done instead? etc.
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Primary Reminders 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 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.
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 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 per hour. The children enjoy a range of snacks each evening and a variety of games and activities.
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Key Dates for the Autumn Term 2015: Primary Literacy Parents’ Workshop (Primary & Secondary) – Thursday 19th November 6.00-7.00pm Staff INSET Training Day – Wednesday 25th November (School Closed) Glennie Class Assembly (Glennie Class Parents Invited) – Friday 27th November 3.00pm Coffee Morning with the Head of Primary – Thursday 3rd December 9.00-10.00am Primary Reports Sent Home – Friday 11th December Parent Progress Meetings – Tuesday 15th December Last Day of Term – Friday 18th December - 1.15pm Finish
Future Key Dates for Spring Term Staff Inset Day (School Closed for Pupils) – Monday 4th January Children Return to School – Tuesday 5th January Growth Mindset Parent Workshop (Primary & Secondary) – Thursday 14th January Coffee Morning with the Head of Primary – Tuesday 26th January 9.00-10.00am Maths Mastery Parent Workshop – Wednesday 3rd February 6.00-7.00pm Fitzgerald Class Assembly (Fitzgerald Class Parents Invited) – Friday 5th February 3.00pm Break up for Half Term – Thursday 11th February Staff Inset Day (School Closed for Pupils) – Friday 12th February Back to School – Monday 22nd February Higher Attainers’ Parent Workshop – Wednesday 24th February World Book Day – Thursday 3rd March Primary Reports Sent Home – Friday 18th March Parent Progress Meetings – Tuesday 22nd March Last Day of Term – Thursday 24th March – 12.15pm Finish INA Newsletter 11