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INA Primary Newsletter

27 November 2015

Announcements Used Uniform Sale & Coffee Morning with the Head – Thursday 3rd December Just to remind you that you are all welcome to attend the Coffee Morning on Thursday 3rd at 9.00am in the primary dining hall. As yet we haven’t received many used uniform items to sell, so please do get any items to Ms Chaggar as soon as possible. Ms Chaggar has had one parent offer to help with the used uniform. If you are interested in helping out please let her know as soon as possible.

Composer of the Fortnight We are currently listening to and learning about Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Tchaikovsky in preparation for the coming weeks. You can hear some of his music on the following youtube links. Nutcracker com/watch?v=7U_ gpW1J4LM Swan Lake https://www. watch?v=SDhq70yrtiI 2  INA Newsletter


s you will know from the information posted in the newsletter by Ms Macfarlane a few weeks ago, the school was closed for a training day whereby staff were given the opportunity to use the day in honour of the memory of one of the secondary students, Ahmed Al-Khafiji, who died suddenly and unexpectedly in July. It was an opportunity for you to spend the day with your child and think about an out-of- the-ordinary experience that you could share. Some children have excitedly shared their experiences with me this week; some children visited museums, one visited a pottery painting café. The children have been busy writing or drawing about their day, some of which will be on display in the secondary school.

Tam Broadway, Head of Primary

Exciting Learning As part of the work we are doing on British values, the children voted “1 person, 1 vote” using a ballot box for whom they would like to be the Prime Minister for the day. Maya Ahmed was the winner. Her first duty was to decide what resource that they could have on the bug rug. She picked Lego. If there were any disagreements Maya was called upon to mediate.

Show & Tell in Reception Every week children are invited to talk to the class about something of great importance to them. Once the child has shared their presentation, the rest of the class have the opportunity to ask the presenter questions. This is a great activity to help develop the children’s listening and attention skills as well as their confidence to stand up in front of their peers to talk about themselves.


>>> News Y1 Design and Technology This week Year 1 have been looking at various building structures very closely and then creating their own by first developing their designs and then choosing the best materials to construct their building. Christmas Themed Non Uniform Day on Friday 11th December

On Friday 11th of December we will have a non-uniform day to fundraise for Save the Children. Students will be invited to wear a Christmas jumper as part of their non-school uniform. Christmas colours of green, red, gold and white are encouraged! Students can choose to wear trousers, jeans, leggings or skirts but their outfit cannot be revealing and students are not permitted to wear any jewellery beyond that which is permitted as part of their day to day uniform. Students will need to bring £1 by Monday 7th December in order to be permitted to wear non uniform on the 11th of December. ​ Ms Alibhai-Watson

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 along 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

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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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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.

Ravi Jethwa – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for telling the class about his great day of discovery at the Toy Museum.) Aariah Abid – Scholar of the Week (for writing a name and address on an envelope in Literacy.) Maxwell Class: Aran Sivananthan – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for asking interesting questions about what art is.) Asher Shah – Scholar of the Week (for trying hard with his writing.) Newton Class:

Eesa Vali – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for discovering during the Maths Meeting that Ms Mark’s favourite colour is purple.)

Ayoola Yekini – Scholar of the Week (for settling in well to his new class and working hard with his phonics and making lots of new friends.) Britten Class:

Zaynul Bagwan – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for discovering that buildings in London are made of different materials.) Tara-Rani Kaur – Scholar of the Week (for a good work attitude in Literacy this week.) Fitzgerald Class:

Kaysha Reid – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for always wanting to find out more by asking great questions.) Zahraa Aamanee – Scholar of the Week (for putting lots of effort into her writing – well done!) Glennie Class:

Maryam Umarji – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for always trying to find out more information by asking lots of questions.)

J’Shawn Holland – Scholar of the Week (for really trying with her handwriting and fantastic participation in phonics.) Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for next Thursday 3rd December. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Maya kimborowicz - Curie Jaskaran Singh -Maxwell Maryam Nawaz - Newton Klaudia Peichlova - Britten Hamza Omer -Britten Mariam Faheem-Fitzgerald Zahraa Aamanee -Fitzgerald

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 Prajin Athithiya Raja Naniyah Owusu Ibrahim Nasiri

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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: 91.6

Congratulations to Fitzgerald class, who are the winners for this week! The attendance figures are extremely low this week; I hope to see everyone fit and well and back to school next week. National average attendance for primary schools is 96.1%. 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 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 30th November– Grit At School: • • • •

We continuously stress the importance to the children of managing distractions and concentrating during their learning time. It is essential that from Reception upwards the children become better at managing distractions and demonstrate that they can work on a task for a sustained period of time. We always encourage a ‘can do’ resilient attitude and talk to the children about the importance of not giving up on a task too easily, even when it presents as a challenge, learning that ‘practice makes perfect’. We discuss that having patience and trying something again, even though we may find it difficult, will lead to success. We also explain that patience can mean not having what we want instantly and that sometimes we have to wait our turn

At Home: Encourage your child to try to complete things more independently – when they say they can’t do something tell your child to have a go and to try a little harder. If then they are still completely stuck with a task, then offer a small amount of help to get them started. Offer encouragement and praise your child’s effort. Talk to your child about how you learned to do things and how hard some things were for you too but through not giving up, being determined and practising you got better.

Tam Broadway, Head of Primary

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Key Dates for the Autumn Term 2015: Primary Coffee Morning with the Head of Primary & Used Uniform Sale – Thursday 3rd December 9.0010.00am Primary Winter Concert for Reception Parents – Friday 4th December 9.00am Primary Winter Concert for Year 1 Parents – Monday 7th December 9.00am Primary Reports Sent Home – Friday 11th December Parent Progress Meetings – Tuesday 15th December (12.15pm finish) 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

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