INA Primary Newsletter
4 March 2016
Announcements Message from the Year 1 Teachers
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 Lots of the Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) to offer parents and schools advice on how to raise children are coming to school safeguarding awareness with children. There is a notable section called ‘The with lace up shoes Underwear Rule’ which is of particular support and guidance to parents. The website at the moment; also offers advice regarding ‘online safety’ and how to obtain support or advice if your child is regarding the safeguarding of children. wearing lace up shoes, please can www.nspcc.org.uk you teach them how to tie them up independently! 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 him/her 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 try and 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, and 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. 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.
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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 PE Kit It is really important that your child has their PE kit available for lessons every week to enable them to take part. Reception pupils must wear their PE kit to school on Mondays. After the Easter break they will be expected to come in to school with their normal uniform on and be able to change into their kit in the afternoon in preparation for their lesson. This is all part of the expectations of the Early Learning Goals. We would suggest practising this with your child over the coming month. Further reminders will be sent nearer the time. Year 1 pupils need their kit on Wednesdays and according to your child’s class timetable. If you are unsure of the days, please ask your child’s class teacher. We expect all children to have a pair of plimsolls for indoor PE games.
Composer of the Fortnight
For the next week we will be listening to and learning about Johannes Brahms as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Brahms in preparation for the coming weeks. Information can also be found on the following youtube link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t894eGoymio&list=RDt894eGoymio
Other Learning this Week
During the afternoon sessions this week the Reception pupils have been having lots of fun cycling, making symmetrical butterfly prints, looking after the Florist shop and copying Indian dance moves, amongst many other things.
Britten class enjoyed sharing their home learning projects about London landmarks.
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World Book Day Celebrations We had a lot of fun dressing up as our favourite characters today and celebrating the amazing books and stories that we know and love. The pupils and staff looked absolutely amazing; thank you parents/carers for supporting the children with their fantastic character costumes and for your £1 donations that will go towards purchasing new books.
Author Polly Ho-Yen visited Year 1 and read a small part of one of her books. The pupils had the opportunity to ask Polly lots of questions about being an author.
Every child has been given a World Book Day voucher to the value £1. The voucher can be used against the cost of a more expensive book at most leading book stores or be directly exchanged for a pre- selected number of books chosen for World Book Day, also available at leading book stores. For further information regarding the use of the vouchers and the books on offer, please visit the following website. http://worldbookday.com/books/
Praise and Recognition 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 the Celebration and Awards Assembly. Well done and congratulations to the following pupils for this half term: Cameron Palmer
The following pupil has 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. Yusuf Ahmed
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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.
Isra Hussain – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing her resilience and trying her best in school despite being ill.) Abdullah Riaz – Scholar of the Week (for exploring number bonds to 10.) Maxwell Class:
Ali Haroon – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing bravery by trying lots of new foods every day, and always having a go.) Rohan Sharma – Scholar of the Week (for working very hard using his Fred Fingers to write a sentence.) Newton Class:
Lazzaton Lazza – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for ‘giving it a go’ during numeracy and working well with her partner.) Jeeevan Hunjan – Scholar of the Week (for finding all her number bonds of the number four.) Britten Class:
Ava-Lily Pemberton - Mardenborough – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for being brave and having a go at answering questions in class.)
Meerab Dar – Scholar of the Week (for producing a fantastic piece of writing with capital letters and full stops.) Fitzgerald Class:
Ria Jethwa – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for being brave enough to ask lots of great questions to the visiting author on World Book Day.) Casian Toaca – Scholar of the Week(for making great progress with his maths this week.) Glennie Class:
Eesa Hussain – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for never being afraid to have a try when answering questions during carpet time.) Nirmalpreet Durhailay – Scholar of the Week (for really fantastic home learning and creating the Queen’s crown.)
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 Hannah Nakuda Mariam Chowdhury Ayaan Hussain Riaz Zaina Hussain Zahraa Aamanee Zairah Ali
Curie Glennie Glennie Fitzgerald Fitzgerald Glennie
Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch next week on Thursday 10th March. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Yusuf Ahmed Rohan Sharma Jeevan Hunjan Malaika Hussain Frank Krupski Hamna Adil Yanis Benjamin
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: 97.7% Congratulations to Britten class, who are the winners for this week with 99.7% - can they achieve 100% 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%.
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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 7th March– 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 when we eat with our knife and fork, don’t talk when our mouth is full, wash our hands, consider how we dress and present ourselves and how we speak to each other. We know 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 and 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 reasons 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 them to remember and use the things they do know and apply it to the new word or challenge etc.
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Key Dates for the Spring Term 2016: Primary Future Key Dates for Spring Term 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 Celebration and Awards Assembly – Thursday24th March – Times TBC Last Day of Term – Thursday 24th March – 12.15pm Finish
Future Key Dates for Summer Term Back to School – Monday 11th April Maxwell Class Assembly (Maxwell Class Parents Invited) – Friday 13th May 3.00pm Bank Holiday – Monday 2nd May Coffee Morning with the Head of Primary – Friday 20th May 9.00-10.00am Half Term Break – Friday 27th May Back to School – Monday 6th June Newton Class Assembly (Newton Class Parents Invited) – Friday 17th June 3.00pm Staff Inset Days – School Closed Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th June Staff Inset Day – Friday 8th July Coffee Morning with the Head of Primary – Tuesday 12th July 9.00-10.00am Reports Sent Home – Friday 15th July Parent Progress Meetings – Tuesday 19th July Celebration and Awards Assembly – Wednesday20th July – Times TBC Last Day of Term – Wednesday 20th July – 12.15pm Finish Selling of School Uniform – Friday 22nd July
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