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INA Primary Newsletter

11 March 2016

Announcements Parent Progress Dear Parents and Carers, Meetings – ext week your son/daughter will bring home a parent questionnaire. We would be ver y grateful if you would complete it and return it via your Tuesday 22nd child to the school by Friday 18th March. Your feedback will help us to March evaluate what we are doing well and how we can improve further. Thank you in The Parents’ Progress Meeting appointment sheets will be available in the playground, just by the bike/ scooter area, from Monday for you to sign up for appointment times to meet with your child’s teacher. A sheet for each class will be in the playground at the start and end of each day till Friday. The Primary will finish early on Tuesday 22nd March at 12.15pm.


advance for your time. With best wishes,


achel Macfarlane, rincipal

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. 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 children 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 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.

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>>> News 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. .


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.

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.

Changes to Breakfast and After School Club Payments After the Easter break a new calendar-based payment system on WisePay will come into effect for both Breakfast club and After School club. From Monday 11th April you will be required to select the exact dates that you would like your child to attend either Breakfast Club or After School Club, and pay for those sessions. I will be running a drop-in session for parents during Easter Break on Tuesday 29th March between 9am – 12pm for those who would like a demonstration on how to use the new system. If you have any questions about this new system, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me on 0208 911 6666. Can I please also remind parents that it is essential that payments for either club be made in advance of your child attending. If you are late collecting your child and they are put into After School Club, or contact the Academy on the day to state that you require your child to attend After School Club, payment will be expected when you collect your child. Ms Rayner INA Newsletter 3

Easter Bonnet Parade – Wednesday 23rd March Once again we will be running the Easter Bonnet Parade. This year it will be run slightly differently. There will be a £2 entry fee and we would like as many children to get involved as possible. If you would like your child to take part, we ask that their entry fee is paid to their class teacher by Friday 18th March. Once we know that your child will be entering they will be issued with two entry tickets for members of their family to spectate. All money collected will go towards buying some more outdoor play equipment. The event will take place straight after school at 4.00pm on Wednesday 23rd March; we anticipate finishing by 5pm latest. Children entering will be invited to parade their Easter Bonnet to our panel of judges and 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for each year group will be given. As far as possible we would like the bonnets to be made by the children. If you are struggling with ideas, there are plenty of inspirational designs on google images.

Lovely Learning this Week

Making finger puppets!

Watching the class caterpillars!

Making beanstalks with glue!

Planting beans!

Making beanstalks!

Celebration and Awards Assembly – Thursday 24th March At the end of every term the children enjoy the opportunity to share and celebrate some of their learning and achievements with you. Each teacher chooses two children from their class to receive a certificate in the Celebration and Awards Assembly, one in recognition of a child who has demonstrated the habits of all the seven BRIDGES throughout the term, and the other in recognition of a pupil’s outstanding academic effort and achievement. The assemblies start at the following times in the Primary dining hall: 9.00-9.30am - Reception (All Reception parents are invited to attend) 9.45-10.15am - Year 1 (All Year 1 parents are invited to attend)

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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.

Kamiah Reid – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for asking interesting questions to find out about our class caterpillars.) Yusuf Ahmed – Scholar of the Week (for finding number bonds to 10 with magic beans.) Maxwell Class:

Saminderpreet Kaur – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for using the Maths Meeting board and songs to find what the day of the week is.)

Tanisha Shavan – Scholar of the Week (for discovering a pattern when creating number bonds to 10, and writing number equations.) Newton Class:

Ubaid ur Rehman Mueez – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for being resourceful and asking for a post-it note to draw a car and write his name.)

Esa Syed – Scholar of the Week (for listening and doing his best to write each sound in the word ‘bring’.) Britten Class:

Muhammed Adam Natha – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for remembering to explain how he worked out the answer to a maths problem.) Malaika Hussain – Scholar of the Week (for using punctuation correctly in her independent writing.) Fitzgerald Class:

Saba Akram – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for making links with her maths thinking about measures.) Siya Kamothi – Scholar of the Week (for using everything she has learnt to write an exciting story about Paddington Bear.) Glennie Class:

Tulsi Jogia – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for using her mathematical knowledge to make links with measures.)

Maryam Umarji – Scholar of the Week (for great progression in literacy and remembering that ‘I’ is a pronoun.)

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 Rohan Taheem Charan Chaggar Rhea Thirumal Ryan Abraham Zara Choudhry Maryam Nawaz Aryan Singh

Glennie Glennie Glennie Curie Newton Newton Maxwell

Headteacher’s Lunch

Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch next week on Thursday 17th March. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly:

Abdullah Riaz Curie Mahammadou Sillah Marega Maxwell Mohammed Ibrahim Rahman Newton Haider Shaikh Britten Meerab Dar Britten Arissa Isha Butt Fitzgerald Mohammad Siddique Glennie INA Newsletter 5

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: 95.7% Congratulations to Curie class, who are the winners for this week. Attendance has taken a bit of a dip this week – so come on everyone, let’s see who can get to 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%. 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 14th March–Integrity At School: • • • • •

At school we encourage the pupils to make sure they play in a kind and thoughtful way and ensure that they include others in their games. Games where ‘turn-taking’ is needed are great at helping the children to understand that everyone has fair turn. It is also important that the children learn how to win and lose a game graciously, showing humility when they win or congratulating the winner and saying well done if they lose. The children need to learn and understand the importance of telling the truth even if it feels uncomfortable when they have to admit that they have done something wrong. They also need to learn to take responsibility for their actions and not get into a habit of blaming others. It is important that the children have a moral sense of right and wrong. Each half term every class choose two ambassadors to help the pupils develop their citizenship skills and assist with jobs in their class or at lunchtimes. We encourage every child to help keep the school environment clean by clearing away plates or cups after lunch or tidying up their own table place after activities in class.

At Home: Talk to your child about how he/she can be a good citizen within the community, not dropping litter etc. Talk about what is fair and encourage your child to help out at home with tidying his/her room or books away so that he/she develop a sense of responsibility and respect towards property. Reinforce the message about always telling the truth and why this is important. When you are reading stories together with your child, discuss characters, their behaviour and moral decision and whether they are good or bad characters and why.

Tam Broadway, Head of Primary INA Newsletter 7

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 Easter Bonnet Parade – Wednesday 23rd March 4.00-5.00pm 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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