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INA Primary Newsletter

24 March 2016

Announcements Dear Parents and Carers,


have been so impressed by the learning and progress of the reception and Year 1 children over the course of this term. In addition, those who performed at the Spring Spectacular last week and the Spring Concert last night were fantastic! Well done to ever yone. I hope that you all enjoy a Happy Easter with your families and we look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday 11th April.


achel Macfarlane, rincipal

Dear Parents and Carers,


huge thank you to the parents/carers for coming to our end of term Celebration and Awards Assembly. I k now that the children thoroughly enjoy sharing their achievements with you. Well done ever yone!

It was a great turnout for the Parent Progress Meetings on Tuesday. We enjoy the opportunity to work in partnership with you, to discuss your child ’s progress and attainment for the term and also share the next steps and ways in which you can help your child at home. I hope you took the opportunity to ask lots of questions about your child ’s report and had a good look through their books. On behalf of all the Primar y staff we would like to thank you for your support this term and take this opportunity to wish you all a restful break. We look forward hearing all about your adventures when you return to school on Monday 11th April.

Tam Broadway

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. 2  INA Newsletter


>>> 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 Igor Stravinsky as our Composer of the Fortnight. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Stravinsky in preparation for the coming weeks. Information can also be found on the following youtube links The Rite of Spring Full Suite (Le Sacre du Printemps) As heard in Disney’s Fantasia

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 in advance. 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. Ms Rayner INA Newsletter 3

Easter Bonnet Parade & Easter Egg Hunt On Wednesday, we enjoyed a fun afternoon hunting for the Easter Eggs around the playground. The children loved running around with their Easter Bunny Cups that they had made during their art lesson on Monday, to amass as many eggs as possible. We were then entertained by a parade of amazing bonnets! Thank you for your support. We managed to fund raise approximately £170 which we can now spend on some outdoor play games. Well done to all the participants and the winners!

Learning this Week

The Year 1 pupils were treated to a drama performance in the secondary school this week. The Year 10 drama students performed plays about gender stereo-types and stranger danger. Thank you to the Year 10 students and the Drama department.

The Primary children were also treated to a performance written by the Drama Enrichment Club. The pupils were highly amused as they watched the Year 10s act out a story about ‘believing and achieving’ using a number of traditional tales to help tell the story. Thank you to Ms Field, Ms Rayner and the Drama Enrichment Club. We look forward to future productions. Uniform Reminders The Primary uniform policy is on the website under the primary tab and ‘policies’. • • • • • • •

We expect every child to be in full uniform every day with their top button done up All coats must be plain black including raincoats Shoes must be plain black – no trainers! If you are not sure about the types of shoes that are part of our uniform policy, please ask! One pair of plain stud earrings can be worn Nail polish is not allowed Jewellery is not permitted Long hair for both boys and girls must be tied back. Hair decorations must be small and plain

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Well done to the following children, who have been recognised this week!

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.

Curie Class: Keira Chana – Headteacher’ Habits Term Award (for being kind to others, resilient, asking great questions and a fantastic member of Curie Class.) Nicholas Fertina Jardiel – Scholar of the Term (for putting so much effort into his learning and making great progress this term with his writing.) Maxwell Class: Ali Haroon – Headteacher’s Habits Term Award (for always being a good role model and good friend to others.) Srisakthi Velmurugan – Scholar of the Term (for working very hard to improve her writing this term.) Newton Class: Abdul Wahab – Headteacher’s Habits Term Award (for consistently showing the Best of BRIDGES in his behaviour and excellent attitude to his work.) Zara Daykin – Scholar of the Term (for consistently trying hard and making great phonics progress this term.) Britten Class: Eesa Anwar– Headteacher’ Habits Term Award (for demonstrating exceptional enthusiasm during topic this term and being creative.) Amber Carless – Scholar of the Term (for fantastic pieces of writing in literacy this term, using ambitious power words and beautiful handwriting.) Fitzgerald Class: Jeevat Palray – Headteacher’ Habits Term Award (for being a perfect role model to her peers.) Zaina Hussain – Scholar of the Term (for excellent progress in Maths this term.) Glennie Class: Hamna Adil – Headteacher’ Habits Term Award (for making a massive improvement with all her BRIDGES habits this term.) Arjun Bihal – Scholar of the Term (for reflecting on his choices which has had a huge impact on his learning and the work he has produced this term.)

The following pupils have 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. Sasha Lard Newton Ibrahim Ijaz Britten Naniyah Owusu Britten 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 Aftab-Rebecca Hussain Tulsi Jogia Ali Ullah Kareem Al Khouli Muhammad Mohid Asif Yusuf Mahmud

Glennie Glennie Fitzgerald 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 April. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Hannah Nakhuda Aariz Chaudhry Maya Ahmed Zaynul Bagwan Emaan Hassan Aayan Hussain Riaz Inshirah Nabeel

Curie Maxwell Newton Britten Fitzgerald Glennie Maxwell

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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: 89.5% Congratulations to Fitzgerald class, who are the winners for this week. Attendance has not been good in the last week but we look forward to seeing everyone back after the break, healthy and ready to go! Let’s see who can get to 100%first next 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%. 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 11th April–Grit At School: • • • •

We continuously stress the importance to the children of managing distractions and concentrating during their learning time. It is essential 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, learning that ‘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 to complete things more independently – when they say they can’t do something tell them 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 how through not giving up, being determined and practising you got better Tam Broadway, Head of Primary

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Summer term all through menu 2016

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Key Dates for the Spring Term 2016: Primary 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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