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INA Primary Newsletter

3 December 2015

Announcements Message from the Reception Teachers

The children will be reading the book ‘Stick Man’ next week. Could the children please bring in a stick to school which will be used for one of the main learning activities. We also need small plastic water bottles for our maths work on capacity next week.

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

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hank you to those parents that were able to attend the coffee morning on Thursday; we had a great turn out once again! Your comments and feedback are invaluable. I have collated the feedback; and a copy of the notes will be distributed shortly for you to read. I look forward to meeting with you all again on Tuesday 26th January.

Tam Broadway, Head of Primary

Celebration and Awards Assembly – Friday 18th December At the end of every term the children enjoy the opportunity to share and celebrate some of their learning and achievements with you. Each teacher chooses two children from their class to receive a certificate in the Celebration and Awards Assembly, one in recognition of a child who has demonstrated the habits of all the seven BRIDGES throughout the term, and the other in recognition of a pupil’s outstanding academic effort and achievement. The assemblies start at the following times in the Primary dining hall: 9.00-9.30am - Reception (All Reception parents are invited to attend) 9.45-10.15am - Year 1 (All Year 1 parents are invited to attend) Parent Progress Meetings – Tuesday 15th December The Parents’ Progress Meeting appointment sheets will be available in the playground, just by the bike/scooter area, from next Tuesday for you to sign up for appointment times to meet with your child’s teacher. A sheet for each class will in the playground at the start and end of each day till Friday. The Primary will finish early on Tuesday 15th December at 12.15pm. There will be no afterschool club provision on this day.

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 nonschool uniform. Christmas colours of green, red, gold and white are encouraged! Students can choose to wear trousers, jeans, leggings or a skirt but they 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


>>>Exciting News Learning Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the assembly led by Glennie class about the Great Fire of London last week. The children impressively remembered all their lines and delivered them in such a confident and articulate way. It was clear that the children had really enjoyed this half term’s topic and had learned so many interesting facts. Thank you to all those parents that were able to attend; it meant a great deal to the children having such a special audience to impress.

Last Friday the Reception children were visited by a doctor, an optician and a policewoman. Each took time out of their busy day to talk to the children about their role in the community and how they help people as part of their ‘Out and About’ topic this half term. The children were also given the opportunity to ask lots of questions, were given advice on how to keep themselves safe and what number to call in the case of an emergency.

Tapestry Parents and carers from all three Reception classes should be able to access their child’s Tapestry online journal. If you have not been able to log in and access your child’s profile, or if you are having problems with your password, please see Ms Rayner in the reception office. INA Newsletter 3

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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:

Mr Crowther-Green

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effort throughout the week.

Well done to the following children, who have been recognised this week! Curie Class: Yaqoob Malikzai – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for trying his best and staying focused.)

Primary Praise and Recognition

very week each teacher chooses two children from their class to receive E a certificate 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

Keira Chana – Scholar of the Week (for using her mathematical language to describe 2D shapes.) Maxwell Class:

Mohammed Shahed Hussain – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being a great listener and focussing on the carpet.) Miriam Mirza – Scholar of the Week (for drawing fantastic, colourful patterns.) Newton Class:

Emile Morgan – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for her concentration when she drew and wrote about her experiment about gases using baking soda and vinegar.) Zara Daykin – Scholar of the Week (for learning to write her name.) Britten Class: Ibrahim Ijaz – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for working hard during his maths lesson.) Aashvi Govil – Scholar of the Week (for outstanding work in literacy.) Fitzgerald Class:

Zaina Hussain – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for always concentrating and showing real determination to learn.) Akshara Kurmachalam – Scholar of the Week (for participating more in class and sharing her amazing ideas.) Glennie Class:

Rhea Thirumal – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for always concentrating and sharing a very determined attitude towards her learning.) Zakariyah Master – Scholar of the Week (for having a really enthusiastic attitude to his learning and trying his best.) Headteacher’s Lunch

Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for next Wednesday 9th December. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Gulle Jannat Zahir -Maxwell Tay'shawn Holland - Fitzgerald Rhea Thirumal - Glennie Harneet Kaur -Maxwell Eesa Vali -Newton Hashim Kamil Ali -Fitzgerald Dua Maisam -Curie 6  INA Newsletter

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% Congratulations to Maxwell class, who are the winners for this week and well done also to Britten class, who were so close! The attendance figures are looking much healthier this week, let’s keep this up! 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%.


Regular attendance is a crucial factor in students’ educational development and ability to achieve their full potential.

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"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 7th December– Emotional Intelligence At School: • • • • • • •

At school we always remind the children to treat others in the way that they would like to be treated in return. At school we talk about having good listening skills; we stress that we must look at the person who is talking to us to show respect for them and that we are listening to them properly. During every lesson the children are encouraged to develop their sociability by talking to their talk partner. When some children find this hard to do, an adult will sit and help facilitate paired talk. During the course of the year the children will be moved around and will be encouraged to have different reading partners, maths partners etc. We discuss the importance of working together as one big team or family at school and that we need to take care of everybody – we use the phrase ‘kind hands, kind feet’ to remind children that we do not hurt others. When a child hurts someone or makes a poor behaviour choice, it is important that they reflect on their behaviour and, if another person is involved, that they apologise to them. Through wider reading and research, the children are able to extend their understanding of the world around them, reflecting on what makes things different and what are the common threads through life. Though reading stories, the children can develop their skills of empathy through their comprehension of the characters, their motivations etc.

At Home: Having consistent boundaries between home and school is very important. Talk to your child about the importance of not hurting or hitting other children and that we need to treat everyone kindly and respectfully. We know that you have equally high expectations of your child at home as we do at school and working in partnership has great strength in supporting your child to make good choices each day.

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 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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