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INA Primary Newsletter

11 February 2016

Announcements Lip Balms

Dear Parents and Carers,


s we break up for the half term, I hope that you all enjoy a wonderful We ask that the holiday. We look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday 22nd children do not Februar y! bring lip balms into school. Some With best wishes, of the children are swapping and achel Macfarlane, using each other’s rincipal which has the risk of passing on germs and bacteria. If your Safeguarding Children child has a genuine need for a lip balm can you please take As part of their curriculum, the children learn how to keep themselves safe. The it to the reception 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 office where the safeguarding awareness with children. There is a notable section called ‘The office staff will oversee your child’s Underwear Rule’ which is of particular support and guidance to parents. The website needs. also offers advice regarding ‘online safety’ and how to obtain support or advice


Enrichment Clubs

You should have by now the notification of your child’s enrichment club for next half term. The children will start their new club from the week beginning Monday 22nd February.

regarding the safeguarding of children.

At INA we have a number of trained staff who are designated to respond to any child protection concerns and to liaise with social services: Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Jo Spencer Vice Principal Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) Tam Broadway Primary Headteacher Designated Child Protection Officer for primary: Heather Rayner Primary Office Manager The INA Safeguarding policy, Child Protection policy and other related policies can be found on the Academy’s website. Handwriting

We are currently having a big push with our handwriting across both Year 1 and Reception. To support your child at home, we ask that you encourage them to write as often as possible and for as many different reasons as possible. This could be helping with the shopping list, writing a letter to a friend or relative, writing out invites to a party, writing about their day or writing down instructions for playing a game. We want the children to take pride in their writing,- taking care to keep their writing on the line, and neat - working hard on the size of their letters. Every day we remind the children to make sure they use a capital letter for the start of a sentence, for names of people, places and days of the week, and to remember to use a small full stop at the end. Some Year 1 pupils should be encouraged to use question marks and exclamation marks when appropriate and to focus on the accuracy of their spellings. We thank you for your support!

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I hope you all have a lovely half term break and I look forward to seeing everyone back again on Monday 22nd February ready for more fun and challenging learning. During the break please encourage your child to practise, for a short time every day, their reading, writing and maths skills. Tam Broadway, Head of Primary

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

Tapestry Please continue to upload and share any great learning moments with your child at home. It is important that your child’s work includes learning steps from home and school to demonstrate their understanding and development. I am sure you will have some great moments to journal during the half term break. To gain a better understanding of the Early Learning Goals, they are available for you to view on the school website under the Community Tab and Parents’ Resources. 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 Parent Workshop for High Attainers – Wednesday 24th February – 6.00pm -7.00pm The workshop is open to all parents of children in both in Reception and Year 1. It will share strategies and ideas with which to stretch and challenge your child with their learning. To ensure we set out enough space and resources for the event, we ask that that you contact the Primary office staff to confirm your attendance. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible

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Learning this Week To celebrate the Chinese New Year and the year of the monkey, the Reception children made dragon masks and monkeys during part of their afternoon learning. During the Monday assembly the children were told the story of the Chinese Zodiac Race and how some of the animals had used their Emotional Intelligence to help each other during the race across the river. Can you work out who is behind the dragon mask?

During the Mathematics Mastery lessons this week, the children were identifying different features of 3D shapes. They then had the opportunity to make some 3D aliens using shape nets.

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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.

Yusuf Ahmed – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for finding the humour in situations and making his teachers and class smile.) Deepshika Ravi – Scholar of the Week (for writing step-by-step instructions about how to wash your hands.) Maxwell Class:

Mohammed Shahed Hussain – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always playing really well and sharing resources.)

Gulle Jannat Zahir – Scholar of the Week (for trying very hard to use finger spaces and neat handwriting.) Newton Class: Zara Choudhury – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for being kind to others during talk time.)

Zayn Malik – Scholar of the Week (for answering questions using ‘more’ and ‘fewer’ than in the Maths Meeting.) Britten Class:

Lara Burvill – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for good listening and helping other children understand their work.) Imani Salim – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for working as a group in literacy and thinking of excellent rhyming words.) Fitzgerald Class: Ishwar Atkar – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for working really well with his partner in maths.) Frank Krupski – Scholar of the Week (for coming up with amazing rhyming words.) Glennie Class:

Arjun Patel – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for making a massive effort to improve his listening and concentration skills.) Nandini Sharma – Scholar of the Week (for making excellent contributions in lessons.)

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 Ravi Jethwa Mohammed Musa Ali Nabeeha Ozzul

Headteacher’s Lunch

Well done to the following pupils that have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch next week on Thursday 25th February, an invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Hamza Chand Hanad Ali Tanmanjot Sandhu Hari Virdee Akshara Kurmachalam Fahmid Khan Aayan Hussain

Curie Maxwell Newton Britten Fitzgerald Fitzgerald 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: 97.1% Congratulations to Newton class, who are the winners for this week with 100% and earned themselves some extra play. 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%.

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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 22nd February– Self Discipline 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 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 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 Back to School – Monday 22nd February High 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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