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INA Primary Newsletter

11 December 2015

Announcements Important Dear Parents and Carers, Notice t has been an action-packed term at INA Primary and I am sure that everyone is ready for Regarding a good rest over the Christmas holidays. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Breakfast you all for your support and partnership during the past four months. We have been really impressed with the progress that the pupils have made since September and I know Club and the teachers and TAs really enjoyed showing you their achievements at the Progress After School that Meetings this week. Club


Thank you to all the primary staff for their hard work and commitment. Can I please Have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year! remind you that payment must With best wishes, be made in advance when achel Macfarlane, rincipal booking a place for your child to attend either nce again we enjoyed a wonderful turnout for the Parent Progress breakfast club Meetings on Tuesday. It is a great chance to work in partnership, to or after school discuss your child’s progress and attainment for the term and also club. If you share the next steps and ways in which to help your child at home. I hope are having any you took the opportunity to ask lots of questions from the teachers and difficulties with have a good look through your child’s work books. your booking, please contact The children return to school on Tuesday 5th January at the usual time of Ms Rayner in the 8.45am. reception office. Thank you. On behalf of all the Primary staff we would like to thank you for your support this term and take this opportunity to wish you all a restful break and Happy New Year and look forward to working with you all in 2016.




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. 2  INA Newsletter

Tam Broadway, Head of Primary

Composer of the Fortnight The week after we return to school we will be listening to and learning about Claude Debussy as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Debussy in preparation for the coming weeks. You can hear some of his music on the following youtube links. Clare de la Lune


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Christmas Themed Non-Uniform Day Everyone looked fabulous in their Christmas non-uniform attire last Friday. Thank you for your £1 donations; the money will be sent to Save the Children. The Primary children managed to raise £155, so a huge well done! A big thank you to all the lunch staff for making the dining hall and Christmas dinner experience for the children look so wonderful and fun

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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: Cameron Palmer – Headteacher’ Habits Term Award (for demonstrating excellent BRIDGES throughout the term.) Maya Kimborowicz – Scholar of the Term (for always trying her best to improve in her learning.) Maxwell Class: Asher Shah – Headteacher’s Habits Term Award (for always focussing, telling the truth, working hard and being a kind friend.) Inaaya Islam – Scholar of the Term (for making amazing progress with her writing and numbers.) Newton Class: Kallum Bihal – Headteacher’s Habits Term Award (for consistently showing the ‘Best of BRIDGES’ especially with his manners.) Emile Morgan – Scholar of the Term (for super concentration with her work in all lessons.) Britten Class: Ghiyas Elahi – Headteacher’ Habits Term Award (for demonstrating all the BRIDGES attributes in his first term at INA.) Aashvi Govil – Scholar of the Term (for outstanding work in all curriculum areas.) Fitzgerald Class: Aariz Khan – Headteacher’ Habits Term Award (for always showing dedication and determination in every subject.) Hashim Ali Kamil – Scholar of the Term (for fantastic effort and progress in his writing.) Glennie Class: Nassim Rebhi – Headteacher’ Habits Term Award (for developing a fantastic attitude to his learning in Year 1 so far.) Riyen Shah – Scholar of the Term (for his enthusiasm in everything he does and always extending his learning outside of school and coming in to share his new learning.) 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 will be presented during the Celebration and Awards Assembly.

Natalia Duran-Rodrigo Meliah Henry Emile Morgan Adam Ismail Zahir Khan Nadia Khan Imani Salim Arsal Anjum Aadam Ali Rufaida Hasnat Aqeel Nazir Inaaya Ijaz

Maxwell Maxwell Newton Newton Newton Britten Britten Glennie Glennie Glennie Fitzgerald Fitzgerald

Headteacher’s Lunch

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.

Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for next Thursday 7th January. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Miguel Genov Britten Yaqoob Malikzai Curie Kamiah Reid Curie Khadijah Bukhari Fitzgerald Nandini Sharma Glennie Ceylan Warner Glennie Aran Sivananthan Maxwell

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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: 92.5% We have a tie this week, so congratulations to both Britten and Glennie class! I hope that with a few weeks rest, the attendance figures will look much healthier next term! 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 4th January– Bravery At School: • • • •

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. 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 etc. It is important that the pupils are able to try things without worrying about getting it wrong. Help remind your child at home about being smart in their appearance and role-modelling good behaviour through their leadership skills.

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Key Dates for the Autumn Term 2015: Primary 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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