INA Primary Newsletter
5 February 2016
Announcements Lip Balms
Dear Parents and Carers,
s promised, here are introductions from our two new Primar y Deputy We ask that the Headteachers who join INA after the Easter break: children do not bring lip balms into school. Some Gareth Marshall-Jones of the children I am delighted to be accepting the position of deputy of primary at are swapping and Isaac Newton Academy and am excited about the prospect of getting using each other’s to know you all. I am particularly looking forward to the chance which has the of working within an academy where the best elements of primary risk of passing and secondary education are combined to offer the children an outstanding educational experience. on germs and bacteria. If your child has a genuine I have previously been the deputy in both a small one form entry and a large three form primary school in Havering. I hope need for a lip balm primary to bring all the knowledge and experience that I have gained to help can you please take build on the good work that is already taking place here. it to the reception office where the I am now in my fifteenth year as a teacher and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I firmly believe that there is no limit to what children and adults are able to achieve. This office staff will oversee your child’s philosophy ensures that I recognise that learning is a life-long experience and I look forward to the new things that I shall learn at the academy. needs.
Thank you for returning your child’s enrichment letter. The children will continue next week with their current club and will start their new club from Monday 22nd February, after the half term break. Notification of the club allocations will be sent out by Thursday 11th February. If you have any questions regarding the clubs, please speak to Ms Chaggar at reception.
I look forward to introducing myself to you during the course of the summer term. If there is ever anything that I can help with then please come and see me, and I will see how I can help. Nichola West
What an exciting opportunity! I am exceptionally pleased and privileged to be joining this outstanding educational establishment. I am an enthusiastic and conscientious individual, who endeavours to achieve the best, positive outcomes for the children and adults I work with. My belief in the pupils’ wellbeing and their future role in society is central to everything I do. With my relentless optimism, I strive for success, empowering others and myself to reach our full potential. Currently, I live in Hornchurch with my husband and our two daughters. I have worked in Redbridge, in the teaching profession, for the past thirteen years. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Teaching Studies from the University of Greenwich, and have gained a Fellowship with the College of Teachers. I have taught pupils from Early Years to Year 6 at William Torbitt Primary School, where I have been Assistant Headteacher for the past three years. In my strategic leadership roles, I have led a range of teaching and non-teaching teams, as well as gaining experience in curriculum development. I am delighted to be joining the team at Isaac Newton Academy. I look forward to meeting the pupils and their families, as well as working alongside the staff who have already made me feel so welcome! As we approach the half term, I wanted to stress that we expect pupils to be in school every day during term time and for parents to ensure that they do not book any holidays or travel outside of the school holiday dates. We cannot authorise absence for travel abroad during term time except in the most exceptional or emergency situations. Such absence is not only recorded as unauthorised, which affects a child’s educational record, but is referred to the Education Welfare Officer and can incur a fine. We can only support your child to progress and learn if he/she is in school! Thank you in advance for your support in this matter. With best wishes,
The ‘Out and About’ enrichment club having fun!
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achel Macfarlane, rincipal
I can hardly believe that we are almost at the end of another half term. Can I just remind you that we break up next Thursday 11th February at 3.45pm and that school will be closed on Friday 12th February for the start of the half term break. The children start back to school again on Monday 22nd February at the usual time. Tam Broadway, Head of Primary
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 support and guidance to parents. The website also offers advice regarding ‘online safety’ and how to obtain support or advice regarding the safeguarding of children. www.nspcc.org.uk
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. https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=Z8AuECXCTU0
Message from the Reception Team Do you have any Super hero costumes that your child or older children no longer want or wear that could be donated to the Reception children? If so, please either hand them into the main reception area or to one of the Reception class teachers; thank you! Tapestry Thank you to those of you that have returned your Tapestry consent forms to say that you are happy for your child’s pictures to be seen along with other children’s. If you still haven’t returned your form, please can you do this by Tuesday 9th February, so that we have enough time to set up the changes accordingly for the start of next half term. Notice Regarding Breakfast Club and After School Club 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. If you are having any difficulties with your booking, please contact Ms Rayner in the reception office. Thank you.
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Mathematics Mastery Parent Workshop Thank you to those parent and carers who were able to attend the Mathematics Mastery workshop on Wednesday evening. It was great to see so many of you from both year groups. Thank you to Ms Curley for organising the evening and thank you to Ms Thomas and Mr Patel for their help. For those of you who were unable to attend and would like to read through the power point presentation, it is now available to view from the ‘Community’ tab on the website and then in ‘Resources for Parents’. We hope that you were able to take lots of practical and fun ideas away with you, to help you support your child at home.
It was great to see so many parents having fun as they used the concrete manipulatives to help them solve mathematical problems!
Learning this Week
On Thursday Yusha led part of our Curie’s Maths Meeting. He asked the children questions about their graph of favourite fruits: “What fruit is the most popular? Well done Cameron, move your peg up!” “What fruit is the least popular?” “Which fruit has 3 (bars) coloured in Akbar?” Great job Yusha!
The Reception children have been reading ‘The Other Ark’ this week and then had fun making their own ark with imaginary animals in the afternoon.
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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.
Marwa Benaziza – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for really trying to keep focussed and for showing her grit in her literacy writing.)
Dua-E-Zainab Maisam – Scholar of the Week (for arranging 20 counters into four groups in different ways.) Maxwell Class: Jaskaran Singh – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for trying really hard with his ordinal numbers.)
Harneet Kang – Scholar of the Week (for trying very hard to use her finger spaces and neat handwriting.) Newton Class:
Katerina Kaur – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for keeping her ‘magnet eyes’ on the teacher and not being distracted by others around her.)
Adam Ismail – Scholar of the Week (for concentrating in literacy and naming his imaginary animal the ‘foxcheetah’ and trying hard to write neatly.) Britten Class:
Musa Malik – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for producing some good work in maths and working as a group to solve problems.)
Nadia Khan – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for working hard in literacy and using capital letters and full stops correctly.) Fitzgerald Class:
The Whole Class – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for all their hard work and dedication shown whilst practising for our assembly.) Aqeel Nazir – Scholar of the Week (for being a leader in literacy and remembering our story.) Glennie Class:
Hamna Adil – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for always showing great determination towards her learning – well done.) Anum Imran – Scholar of the Week (for wonderful writing in literacy this week and re-reading her work to see what she could do to improve it.)
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 Asher Shah Inaaya Islam Inshirah Nabeel Sarrinah Begum Aisha Bashir Arjun Bihal Muhammad Adam Klaudia Peichlova Hamza Omer
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Well done to the following pupils that have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch next week on Thursday 11th February, an invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Abdullah Shahzad Asher Shah Ubaid ur Rehman Daniyal Sheikh Aqeel Nazir Ceylan Warner Mariam Chowdhury
Curie Maxwell Newton Britten Fitzgerald Glennie Glennie
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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: 96.8% Congratulations to Curie class, who are the winners for this week. It was a much better week this week – let’s keep this up! I’m still waiting to see which class can get 100% attendance first! 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 8yh February– 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 and 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 thread 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 messages 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 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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Key Dates for the Spring Term 2016: Primary Future Key Dates for Spring Term Future Key Dates for Spring Term 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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