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INA Primary Newsletter

8 January 2015

Announcements Important Dear Parents and Carers, Notice appy New Year! Regarding Breakfast I hope that you have all had a great holiday and are feeling rested after Club and the break. After School We have recently welcomed a new member, Tasnia Begum, to our team of Club


Lunch Supervisors. She write as follows:

Can I please remind you that payment must be made in advance when booking a place for your child to attend either breakfast club or after school club each day. If you are having any difficulties with your booking, please contact Ms Rayner in the reception office, thank you.


“I feel privileged to be offered a position at Isaac Newton Academy as a Lunchtime Supervisor. It is a pleasure to work with such friendly and welcoming staff and to be a part of such a wonderful team. I have always enjoyed working with children which is why I studied a Childcare Diploma at Redbridge College. I have been living in Redbridge for the past 8 years. I grew up in North London, in Hackney; there I attended primary & secondary school. I really like the idea at INA how all children experience the etiquette of family dining and how all staff sit down and have their meal together with the children. Personally I think that Lunch is one of the most important meals of the child’s day so it is important that all children have a healthy meal. It’s great to be part of such a wonderful team at INA and I am looking forward to the future and the exciting times ahead at Isaac Newton Academy.” With best wishes,

achel Macfarlane, RP rincipal


Parents and appy New Year to you all – I hope you had a fantastic break with carers from all family and friends. It was great to see everyone back and eager to three Reception learn. classes should be able to access One of our priorities this term is to really improve our attendance their child’s figure; to support us with this, you can ensure your child attends school Tapestry online punctually every day. You can also assist us in the morning by making journal. If you sure the staff are able to make a prompt start with their class and take have not been them straight into classroom once they have lined up in the playground at able to log in 8.45am. Thank you for your continued support! and access your child’s profile, or Tam Broadway, Head of Primary if you are having problems with your password, Message from Ms Chaggar please see Ms Can you please check at home for any old uniform items that you no longer need/want Rayner in the that could be resold during the next coffee morning on Tuesday 26th January. Items reception office. need to be washed and handed in to Ms Chaggar.

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>>> News Exciting Learning this Term

We have started our new topics for the half term; Reception will be looking at ‘Exciting Expeditions’ and Year 1‘Toys’. Overview sheets have been put into the book bags to give you an explanation of the work that will be covered over the coming weeks and how you can support your child at home.

Reception pupils ‘Going on Bear Hunt’ this week! Exploring the world at the Travel Agents and Exploring different types of music!

Composer of the Fortnight

The week we have been 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 watch?v=CvFH_6DNRCY

Guided Reading We will be starting ‘guided reading’ for Reception this half term, now that most children are blending and reading words. Once the guided reading assessments have been completed, reading books will be sent home each week along with a book for you to record your child’s reading progress at home. A letter will accompany the books with further information about ‘guided reading’ and how you can support your child’s reading at home.

Praise and Recognition Class Ambassadors Every half term we award two children from each class the honour of being the class ambassador. Each class teacher has chosen two children from their class to represent them over the course of the half term to welcome visitors to their class and explain some of their learning to them along with helping the staff with other special jobs. A purple pin badge will be presented to the children in assembly which will need to be worn on their uniform every day. Certificates will be given to the children who have represented their class last half term and we thank them for their work in their role. Well done and congratulations to the following pupils for this half term: Curie Class – Ravi Jethwa & Aariah Abid Maxwell Class – Mahilan Sathis Kumar & Inshirah Nabeel Newton Class – Zara Choudhry & Zahir Khan Britten Class – Amber Carless & Ghiyas Elahi Fitzgerald Class – Khadijah Bukhari & Aariz Khan Glennie Class – Eesa Hussain & Zairah Ali

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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.

Riya Patel – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being more confident when speaking to others.) Ryan Abraham – Scholar of the Week (for using power words to act out ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ with lots of enthusiasm!) Maxwell Class:

Vishak Muthukumar – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being so brave in his first week at Isaac Newton Primary.) Saim Rehman – Scholar of the Week (for being able to correctly order numbers 1-15.) Newton Class:

Kareem Al Khouli – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for experimenting using dry flake snow, adding water and then commenting on the changes he observed.) Ibrahim Rahman – Scholar of the Week (for progress in phonics and his improved attitude to learning.) Britten Class:

Klaudia Piechlova – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for being brave and volunteering lots of answers and opinions.) Meerab Dar – Scholar of the Week (for writing lots of sentences about her holiday.) Fitzgerald Class:

Akshara Kurmachalam – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for being vocal, confident and participating in class discussions.) Sayef Ahmed – Scholar of the Week (for confident and consistent counting on a bead string in maths .) Glennie Class:

Anum Imran – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for coming back to school with a really brave attitude.) Yanis Benjamin – Scholar of the Week (for trying really hard in phonics and having a really good attitude to 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 a fantastic achievement. A special ‘bronze’ certificate will be presented during the Celebration and Awards Assembly. Ali Haroon Isra Hussain Aayan Ashfaq Kallum Bihal 4  INA Newsletter

Maxwell Curie Newton Newton

Headteacher’s Lunch

Well done to the following pupils that have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch next week on Thursday 14th January, an invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly:

Arsal Anjum Sayef Ahmed Rohin Ronson Amber Carless Zayn Miah Miriam Mirza Sanam Shah

Glennie Fitzgerald Fitzgerald Britten Newton Maxwell Curie

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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@ 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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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: 94.6% Congratulations to Curie class, who are the winners for this week. The attendance figures are still lower than I would like to see – so come on everyone, let’s have a fantastic week with everyone at 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 11th January– Resourcefulness At School: • It is important that the pupils are able to use and remember their vast phonics knowledge and apply this information when beginning to write independently. • As adults we are acutely aware that we model behaviours for the pupils every day during lunchtime when we eat with our knife and fork or not talk when our mouth is full, washing our hands, how we dress and present ourselves, how we speak to each other; knowing that the children will imitate the behaviour they see. • As well as being able to read the sounds and words on pages, the pupils now need to be able to question, reason and comprehend the text they read, to explain what is happening and explain their ideas. • In Maths the children need to apply and transfer their knowledge to different problems and also give reason for the way they have worked out the answers. • Every classroom has a recycling bin which we encourage the children to use and we also look at how we can use materials around us to incorporate them in pieces of art or other areas of our work before we throw things away. At Home: Encourage your child to use items around the house to create a piece of art or make junk models and re-cycle as many items as possible. Ask questions: What could we use this box for instead of throwing it away? Do you think we could make a car, boat or castle from this large box we have? How can we use some of the things we have around the home and turn them into something more useful? When your child finds reading a word difficult or a maths question challenging, ask him/her to remember and use the things he/she does know and apply it to the new word or challenge.

Tam Broadway, Head of Primary

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Key Dates for the Spring Term 2016: Primary Future Key Dates for Spring Term 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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