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INA Primary Newsletter

29 January 2016

Announcements Coffee Morning Dear Parents and Carers,


Thank you to those am delighted to announce that we have appointed two Deputy Headteachers for parents who were the Primary school who will take up their posts after the Easter break. Nichola able to attend the West is currently teaching at William Torbitt Primary school and Gareth coffee morning Marshall-Jones at Hilldene Primary School. They are experienced senior leaders and on Tuesday; we will support Ms Broadway with the management and leadership of the curriculum, had a great turn assessment, teaching and learning and staff training. They will also serve on the allout once again! through Senior Leadership Team. They will introduce themselves to you shortly! Your comments and feedback are always invaluable. With best wishes, I have collated the achel Macfarlane, feedback; a copy rincipal of the notes will be distributed shortly to read and I will share your Messages from Ms Chaggar suggestions with the rest of the staff. Thank you very much to WILKINSON in the Ilford Exchange for donating lots of goodies


Enrichment Clubs

The enrichment letters have been put in your child’s book bag - please return the form to the school office no later than Monday 1st February.

to the school (Also thanks to Arjun and Kallum’s mum, for telling them about us). There’s a mixture of toys, games and arts & crafts bits that will all go to good use!

When calling in to report an absence, before 8.15am, please leave a message on the answer machine if there is no answer. The machine is checked regularly. At times the office staff are busy dealing with a parent/ visitor or taking another call, so are not always able to take the call immediately. We have a very limited collection of spare clothes to lend to children if they have an accident in school. If you have any items of school clothing, please wash and return to school as soon as possible.

Message from If your child requires any medication in school please drop it into Ms Rayner and Ms Chaggar the Year 1 Team in the office as you will need to complete a form before any medication is administered A plea for Socks! We would appreciate if you could bring in any unwanted odd socks (clean and colourful, the more unusual the better), in preparation for our topic learning! We will need 1 per child, so the more the merrier with your odd sock donations!

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Safeguarding Children As part of their curriculum, the children learn how to keep themselves safe. The following website has been set up by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) to offer parents and schools advice on how to raise safeguarding awareness with children. There is a notable section called ‘The Underwear Rule’ which is of particular relevance to parents. The website also offers advice regarding ‘online safety’ and how to obtain support or advice regarding the safeguarding of children..

Composer of the Fortnight For the next week we will be listening to and learning about Robert Schumann as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Schumann in preparation for the coming weeks. Information can also be found on the following youtube link. watch?v=Z8AuECXCTU0


>>> News Learning this Week - Reception

The children were making holiday posters of the places they want to visit.

Mastering mathematics!

Mathematics Mastery Workshop - (Year 1 and Reception Parents) – Wednesday 3rd February 6.007.00pm This workshop was run last year for the Reception parents to introduce the Mathematics Mastery approach that we use in school. It was really well attended and we know that the parents found the workshop very useful. Similarly to last year, we aim to introduce the approach to the Reception parents as well as talk to Year 1 parents about how the programme has developed for Year 1 and explain how you can support your child at home. To ensure we set out enough space and resources for the event, we ask that you contact the Primary office staff to confirm your attendance. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. Message from the Reception Team Could you please provide and upload any evidence you can capture of your child using money this week on Tapestry. This could perhaps be in a shop, paying for something, or whilst role-playing shops at home, along with their understanding of how much each coin is worth, how we pay for things etc. We would also like any evidence of your child sharing family celebrations; again, please upload your photos or evidence on to Tapestry. Tapestry A number of parents have asked about the sharing of photographs on Tapestry that include other children too. Parents really like the Tapestry tool and being able to share work that their child has done. However when another child is involved, all the faces are blurred out, including their own child’s. We have discussed this with other Ark schools and collectively agreed that if you are happy to sign a form for your child’s picture to be shared and seen by other parents – then we can change the format for all. A consent letter will be in your child’s bag for you to sign if you are happy for your child’s pictures to be seen along with other children’s. Please do not hesitate to speak to us if you would like further clarification.

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Well done to the following children, who have been recognised this week! Curie Class: Abdullah Riaz – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for discovering new words when reading.) Inaaya Muhammed – Scholar of the Week (for her descriptive writing about a penguin.) Maxwell 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.

Meliah Henry – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for asking interesting questions about the weather in the South Pole.) Shakira Choudhry – Scholar of the Week (for making a fantastic ‘missing pet’ poster during Literacy.) Newton Class:

Aahil Mubarak – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for using textured paint to create craters on the moon.) Tanmonjot Sandhu – Scholar of the Week (for writing neat numerals from 0-20.) Britten Class:

Avneet Chaggar – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for discovering how we say certain words in different languages.) Haidar Shaikh – Scholar of the Week (for working exceptionally hard in both literacy and maths.) Fitzgerald Class:

Gurkirpa Hunjan – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for always being inquisitive and asking thoughtful questions.) Tay’Shawn Holland – Scholar of the Week (for learning new sounds in phonics and always trying his best.) Glennie Class:

Kashan Shahzad – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for always showing great enthusiasm when coming to school.)

Rohan Taheem – Scholar of the Week (for his amazing effort during his home learning and creating a spectacular steam train.)

The following pupil has received 50 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 ‘silver’ certificate will be presented during Friday’s assembly Nicholas Fetrina Jardiel

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 Abdullah Riaz Curie Class Zahraa Aamanee Fitzgerald Class J’Shawn Holland Glennie class Harneet Kang Maxwell Class Lara Burvill Britten Class Amber Carless Britten Class Malaika Hussain Britten Class Avneet Chaggar Britten Class Ghiyas Elahi Britten Class Ava Lily Pemberton-Mardenborough Britten Class Aashvi Govil Britten Class Haidar Shaikh Britten Class

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Headteacher’s Lunch

Well done to the following pupils that have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch next week on Thursday 4th February, an invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Ali Haroon Marwa Benaziza Rohan Ram Sharma Muhammad Mohid Asif Musa Malik Zaina Hussain Anum Imran

Maxwell Curie Maxwell Newton Britten Fitzgerald Glennie

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: 95.5% Congratulations to Maxwell class, who are the winners for this week. It was a very close one with Britten and Glennie chasing Maxwell’s heels! Who will be the first class to reach 100% this half 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%.


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 1st February– GRIT At School: • • • •

We continuously stress to the children the importance of managing distractions and concentrating during their learning time. It is essential that from Reception upwards that 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. After all, ‘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 also mean not having what we want instantly and that sometimes we have to wait our turn.

At Home: Encourage your child to try and complete things more independently – when he or she says 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 Spring Term 2016: Primary Future Key Dates for Spring Term Maths Mastery Parent Workshop (Year 1 and Reception Parents) – Wednesday 3rd February 6.007.00pm 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 (For all parents) – Wednesday 24th February World Book Day – Thursday 3rd March Curie Class Assembly (Curie Class Parents Invited) – Friday 11th March 3.00pm 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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