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INA Primary Newsletter

22 April 2016


Dear Parents and Carers,


his week we have been blessed with some fantastic sunshine. It has been a fun week involving Superheroes, talking about the Queen and her 90th birthday and then designing birthday cards for her in Reception. Meanwhile Year 1 have been learning all about Africa, its countries, and its amazing animals.

Tam Broadway PE Lessons in Reception

As part of your child’s learning and demonstrating a ‘good level of development’ for their age, they must be able to dress and undress themselves. This will also help them as they move up to Year 1 in September. This term, on Mondays, the children are expected to come to school in their normal school uniform and will need to bring their PE kit with them to change in to for their afternoon lesson. They will remain in their PE kit for the rest of the day, bringing their school uniform home in their bag. Can you please ensure that every item of clothing is clearly labelled with your child’s name. There is now a lost property box in the main reception area for any items found around the school, or for you to drop off any items that your child may have taken home by mistake.

Message from the Reception Teachers 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. We are especially trying to capture quality independent writing pieces this half term; it would be great if you could upload any great examples on Tapestry and then send the writing piece in to school so that we can celebrate the work in our class writing galleries. We will also be introducing our Superheroes Writing Fortnight, where we hope to encourage and celebrate our fantastic writing. Watch this space! We will continue to send home handwriting practice as part of home learning, along with a parent guide for support. 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. 2  INA Newsletter


>>> News Composer of the Fortnight

In recognition of Shakespeare’s 400th birthday on 23rd April, we will be listening to and learning about Felix Mendelssohn as our Composer of the Fortnight. Mendelssohn composed music for the William Shakespeare play ‘A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream’. As a suggested activity to support at home, you could gather some facts about Mendelssohn in preparation for the coming weeks. Information can also be found on the following youtube links Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream The Best of Mendelssohn

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.

Exciting Learning this Week

Year 1 Making African Masks in Art.

The Reception children have been having a lot of fun dressing up as their own Superhero!

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To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday this week, Janani wrote a letter at home for her along with a super drawing of the Queen.

Abdul has been writing all about his Lego inventions for his Superhero! WOW! Ahmer worked all by himself and wrote onomatopoeic words in every flash, then coloured them in!

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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.

Keira Chana – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for taking responsibility for her writing and correcting her own sentences.) Akbar Hussain – Scholar of the Week (for counting to 100 in tens.) Maxwell Class:

Yusuf Mahmud– Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing Emotional Intelligence by using his ‘kind hands’ and working well as a team.)

Tanisha Shavan – Scholar of the Week (for writing a wonderful sentence and being a perfect partner in phonics.) Newton Class:

Tanmanjot Sandhu– Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing Emotional Intelligence during Maths when she modelled the work to her partner.)

Emile Morgan – Scholar of the Week (for the great effort she made with her neat writing during her English lesson.) Britten Class:

Tara Rani Kaur – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being kind and welcoming to Mr Marshall Jones when he was teaching in Britten class.) Aashvi Govil – Scholar of the Week (for her motivation and determination in class.) Fitzgerald Class:

Faheem Ahmedabadi – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always having empathy for his peers and helping then when they get stuck with their work.)

Mariam Faheem – Scholar of the Week (for making an extra effort to improve her writing and making great progress.) Glennie Class:

Aftab Rebecca Hussain – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for working well in a group whilst planning an animal poem.)

Raisha Islam – Scholar of the Week (for excellent participation and answers during carpet time.) 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 Nimalpleet Dulnailay Charan Chaggar Priyajanani Kumar

Glennie Glennie Maxwell

Headteacher’s Lunch

Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch next week on Thursday 28th. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly. Saminderpreet Kaur Lazzaton Lazza Raina Islam Zaynul Bagwan Eesa Hussain Nadia Khan Prajin Raja

Maxwell Newton Glennie Britten Glennie Britten 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: 96.2% Congratulations to Britten class, who once again are this week's winners. Can they keep it going for a third 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 below. Week commencing 25th April – Self Discipline Self Discipline comprises nine dispositions: Organisation, Prudence, Hard Work and Absorption, Motivation and Independence, Revising and Practising, Self-Regulation.

At School: • • • •

We would all like to see the children develop the habits listed above, as they are all essential lifelong skills that are needed for us to successfully manage our way through school, college, and university and are certainly needed throughout our work careers. It is really important that whilst the children are young we help them develop these habits as quickly as possible – especially organisation, independence and hard work. At school we ensure the pupils understand that every action has a consequence and that when we work hard it can often reap satisfaction and reward. Our pupils work hard day to day to earn their merits for making good choices and demonstrating their efforts. To help the children understand the structure of each day and become better organised, we always start with a visual timetable in Reception. A picture represents each part of the day; this helps the children to understand the daily routine. It is important that that we teach the young people to become more organised and check that they have all of their belongings with them each day.

At Home: At home the children need to practise getting dressed and undressed, managing buttons on shirts and coats etc. and generally become more independent. Helping your child to get organised the night before will ensure they have everything they need for their day. It may be a good idea to create a visual/pictorial timetable at home to help your child become more organised and to think about when they need their PE kit, home learning, guided reading book etc. This could be displayed in your child’s room or in a central place like the kitchen where you can both check what is needed the night before, ready for the following day. This will allow your child to gain independence. It is also good to remind your child, as we do in school, to check regularly that they have all of their belongings with them.

Tam Broadway, Head of Primary

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Key Dates for the Summer Term 2016: Primary Future Key Dates for Summer Term 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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