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INA Primary Newsletter

Diwali Lunch Pg. 5

20 November 2015


Announcements Operation Christmas Child Thank you so much for the generous shoe box filled donations for Operation Christmas Child. Over 30 beautifully wrapped boxes were brought to school with loads of lovely presents inside. Although it was a tight contest between some of the classes, the winners were Fitzgerald class. A prize will be coming their way over the next week.

Message from Ms Chaggar and Ms Rayner If your child is too unwell to come to school, can you please make sure that you call the office by 8.15am. We ask that you call every day thereafter to update us on your child’s health until your child returns to school. If your child has an appointment, firstly we ask that you try whenever possible to make these outside of school hours; if this is not possible we ask that you bring a copy of the appointment letter to the office.

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Dear Parents and Carers,


t was great to see some of you at our Literacy Workshop for Parents last night. If you were not able to attend, or if you would like a copy of the slides from the presentation, they can be found on the INA website under the community tab and ‘resources for parents’. Many thank to Ms Aktinson for running the session. Mrs Broadway and I have observed a lot of lessons this week and have been hugely impressed with how focused and independent the Reception children have become and the quality of reading, writing, handwriting and maths that the Year 1s are producing. With best wishes,


achel Macfarlane, rincipal

Composer of the Fortnight

We are currently listening to and learning about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Mozart in preparation for the coming weeks. Information can also be found on the following youtube link. watch?v=Rb0UmrCXxVA


he weather has really turned this week, so I would like to remind you that the children will need their hats and coats increasingly for outdoor play when it is dry but cold. Please make sure that your child comes to school in a plain black coat that it is labelled. The uniform policy is on the website under the primary tab.

One of the children in Reception lost their scooter last Friday. It is pink with some green design work on it. Could you all please check at home that you haven’t taken it by mistake. If we could find it, it would make one young girl very happy!!

Tam Broadway, Head of Primary

Used Uniform Sale & Coffee Morning with the Head – Thursday 3rd December At the last coffee morning I was asked if there was any way of setting up a used uniform sale. Many children grow out of their uniform items very quickly which are often still in very good condition. If you have any items that are still in great condition and could be donated to the school, it would mean parents could snap up a bargain whilst the school could make some money that could go towards buying books and classroom equipment. Items will be sold during the coffee morning on Thursday 3rd December. The deadline for donated items is Friday 27th November. Ms Chaggar is going to set up a working party to help sort out and sell the donated items, she is looking for a few volunteers. If you think that you may be able to help please let her know by Tuesday 24th November. One of the other suggestions that came out of our last coffee morning meeting was to have the lunch time menus available on the website; these are now on there under the primary tab.

>>> News Exciting Learning this Week

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Can you support INA?

We need more Work Experience placements!

Do you work in a career that would interest our students? If so please contact us: info@ 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@ 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.

Placement guide

• 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:

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Diwali Lunch As a celebration of Diwali, the “festival of light”, I’d like to thank Semo Benning, our Catering Assistant, who put together a well decorated dining hall for our Diwali day lunch. There were saris decorating the balcony, great artwork placed around for everyone to see, and the story behind Diwali displayed, while the students waited in the queue. As a theme day, it was a resounding success. I would also like to thank every student for their great behaviour on this day. We look forward to the next theme day.

Primary Winter Concert

The Primary Winter Concert will take place on Friday 4th December AND Monday 7th December to allow parents of Reception students and of Year 1 students to attend. Parents/carers of students in Reception classes will be able to watch the performance on Friday 4th December at 9am in the main hall. Parents/carers of students in Year 1 classes will be able to watch the performance on Monday 7th December at 9am in the main hall. All Primary students will be performing on both dates, supported by their teachers and Year 9 Music Mentors from INA Secondary. Letters will be sent home next week with details of performances and student involvement with two tickets per child attached. Tickets are free. If you are unable to attend or do not need both tickets, please hand them back into the reception office so that they could be reallocated to a family that may want more. Thanks Mr Morgan INA Newsletter 5

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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.

Muhammad-Hadi Raja – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using his knowledge to discuss our class walk around Seven Kings.) Abdullah Riaz – Scholar of the Week (for knowing and ordering the days of the week and the months of the year.) Maxwell Class: Sohana Nila Hoque – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always praising her maths partner.) Priyajanani Pradeep Kumar– Scholar of the Week (for writing sentences with lots of power words.) Newton Class:

Maryam Nawaz – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for being kind to her peers and being the ‘perfect partner’.) Imran Hussain – Scholar of the Week (for trying to blend his sound in phonics.) Britten Class: Haidar Shaikh – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for playing fairly during a maths game.) Ghiyas Elahi – Scholar of the Week (for good contributions in class discussions.) Fitzgerald Class: Emaan Hassan– Headteacher’ Habits Award (for being an excellent role model for ‘perfect partners’.)

Janeefa Khezar – Scholar of the Week (for her improvement in writing, beautiful handwriting and using her Fred Fingers to help with spellings.) Glennie Class:

Mariam Chowdhury – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for helping around school by tidying up at lunchtimes and for taking good care of the Reception children.) Arsal Anjum – Scholar of the Week (for always producing amazing work and behaving exceptionally.) Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for next Thursday 26th November. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Adam Ali - Glennie Rayaan Vakas - Glennie Ishaan Mutha1 Fitzgerald Ava-Lily Pemberton-Mardenborough - Britten Khadijah Ali - Newton Tanisha Shavan-Maxwell Inaaya Muhammad – Curie.

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 Mahilan Sathis Kumar Cameron Palmer Dua-E-Zainab Maisam. 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: 94.3%

Congratulations to Glennie class, who are the winners for this week! The attendance figures are low this week, I hope to see everyone fit and well and back to school next week!! 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%. 8  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 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 23rd November– Discovery At School: • • • •

We make our lessons as fun and interactive as we can 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 the ‘talk partners’. We talk to the children about looking out for the details of 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 so that 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 and that it is good to have differences and to appreciate them with an open mind. Every area of the curriculum supports 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 , swapping the gender of the characters, having them go on a different adventure etc. 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. Tam Broadway, Head of Primary

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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

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 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 - 12.15pm 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

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