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INA Primary Newsletter

11 September 2015

Announcements School Photographer

The school photographer will be in next week on Tuesday 15th September, taking both individual and class group photos which will then be available for you to purchase. Further details on how to purchase these will be sent in due course. Please ensure that your child is in their full uniform and looking extremely smart (as always)!

Dear Parents and Carers,


elcome back after the summer break! I hope that you had a great holiday.

Last week we had four intensive days of staff training. Our staff across the primary and secondary schools now number 125 as we were joined by 36 new colleagues to INA at the start of the term. It was fantastic to welcome the existing students back on Monday and to meet the new reception and Year 7 pupils. We have been most impressed with the way that the new students have settled in this week and quickly grasped our routines, expectations and procedures I spoke to the parents of reception children last Friday about the concerns we have regarding cars coming down Cricklefield Place and blocking the car park at the start and end of the school day now that we have 900 students accessing and exiting the school daily and most of the parking spaces occupied by staff. Whilst we cannot prevent members of the public from driving down to the school and looking to park in the pay and display car park, we ask that parents and carers do not do this as it significantly increases the chances of a student being knocked down and injured. In the last three days alone we have seen a car parked on the double yellow lines preventing two way traffic in Cricklefield Place at the end of the school day, numerous cars illegally parked under the sports hall wing blocking the vehicles of members of staff, and a car with infants but no adult in it rolling forward because the hand break was not on. This is not a safe environment for our children and I would urge you to support the school in ensuring that such incidences are not repeated. With thanks for your support and very best wishes for the start of the school year.


achel Macfarlane, rincipal

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Welcome back. I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful summer break. It has been a great week welcoming our second cohort of Reception pupils and their families to Isaac Newton Academy Primary. I have been hugely impressed by how quickly the Reception children have managed to line up each morning and how brave they have been as they have waved goodbye to their parents. Reception parents, I am equally proud of your bravery, as you kindly followed our advice and left us to settle the children each morning. I have every faith that the routines will get quicker every day. Year 1 pupils have returned, a foot taller I’m sure, and role-modelling their fantastic BRIDGES habits from day one. The have been a superb help in welcoming the Reception children and have really taken them under their wing, especially at playtimes. Everybody looks so smart, scholarly and ready to learn.

Enrichment We will be starting our enrichment clubs again from Monday 21st September. Every child is expected to participate in one enrichment club each week; this is an all-though school expectation. A letter has gone out in your child’s book bag. We ask that you complete this and return it to the class teacher by Tuesday 15th September, stating your child’s first and second preference. You will be notified of your child’s club before the end of next week. Failing to hand the letter back on time could result in your child not getting one of their preferred choices.

Show & Tell on Mondays for Reception Classes The children will be starting ‘Show and Tell’ on Monday afternoons. Four children from each class will be told each Friday if it is their turn prior to the Monday, so that over the course of the weekend your child can find and prepare something they would like to bring into to school and talk about to the rest of their class. They will be asked to bring in something as simple as a family photograph, a gift received, a postcard or a ticket stub from a day out. The item must be able to fit into a school bag, so no large toys etc. A note will be put into your child’s bag if it is their turn, informing you of the topic for this half term so that you can support your child in their preparation.

Tam Broadway, Primary Headteacher

PE Kit Reception children should be wearing their PE kit to school every Monday; they do not need their usual school uniform on this day. Year 1 need to bring their PE kit to school on the following days: Britten – Wednesday and Thursday Fitzgerald – Wednesday and Friday Glennie – Wednesday and Tuesday We can not provide spare PE kit, so please ensure your child has their kit with them on the correct day. INA Newsletter 3


INA Bridges

BRIDGES Parent Workshop for Primary and Secondary Parents/Carers on Thursday 15th October 6.00-7.00pm in the KS3 Hall You are invited to a workshop to find out more about our BRIDGES programme and how you can support your child in developing these key characteristics. Please inform the primary or secondary school office if you would like to attend.

Uniform Information The Primary uniform can be purchased through the Khalsa Schoolwear website or can be bought at the Khalsa Schoolwear shop in Bethnal Green. All Year 1 pupils will be expected to be wearing a blazer; this is still an optional item for the Reception children. Please speak to the staff in the primary reception if you have any queries. • • • • • • • • •

We expect every child to be in full uniform every day with their top button done up All coats must be plain black 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. Please label every item of clothing 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 Please provide your child with a water bottle every day and make sure it is labelled with their name (water only, no fruit juice).

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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 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.

Muhammed Hadi Raja – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being so brave during his first week at school.) Maya Kimborowicz – Scholar of the Week (for knowing her colours and shapes and making repeating patterns.) Maxwell Class:

Prajin Raja – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing his bravery by being patient, listening and doing all his work.) Inshirah Nabeel – Scholar of the Week (for excellent handwriting and creating lovely patterns.) Newton Class:

Jeevan Hunjan – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being brave and not crying for three whole days.)

Abdul Wahab – Scholar of the Week (for showing repeated patterns using different coloured pegs.) Britten Class:

Khyra Maynard – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing bravery by continuing her work even after falling over in the playground.) Tara Rani Kaur – Scholar of the Week (for working well on sentence formation.) Fitzgerald Class: Osman Dean – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being brave all week in his new Year 1 class.)

Arissa Isha-Butt – Scholar of the Week (for writing a brilliant postcard about her summer holiday.) Glennie Class: Zairah Ali – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being an exceptional role-model.) Milan Richards – Scholar of the Week (for always participating 100%.) Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for next Thursday 17th September. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Rufaida Hasnat – Glennie Cameron Palmer – Curie Zara Daykin – Newton Gurkirpa Hunjan – Fitzgerald Meliah Henry– Maxwell Ibrahim Nasiri – Newton Riyen Shah - 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: 97.6% Well done to Newton Class, our winners with 100% - what a fantastic way to start the term – congratulations!! Newton class will have extra play next week! 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 7th September – BRAVERY (Displaying habits of courage, leadership, experimentation, risk-taking and optimism). Week commencing 14th September – Resourcefulness (Displaying habits of remembering, recycling, scavenging, questioning and reasoning). Resourcefulness At home and school: Being able to use the things around us to best effect and being creative about how we use items. The children could use items around the house to create a piece of art or make junk models. We should also be encouraging our children to re-cycle as many items as possible. 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? Tam Broadway, Head of Primary INA Newsletter 7

Primary Reminders IMPORTANT REMINDERS • Schools starts at 8.45am, it is important that your child arrives on time every day so that the teachers can start the lesson promptly. The school gate will be open from 8.25am and will close at 8.45am. • School finishes at 3.45pm every day other than Tuesday when we finish at 3.00pm • If any of your details have changed e.g. your address or phone number – please ensure you contact the office to inform us, so that we can update our records and contact you in case of an emergency. • Please ensure your child attends school every day and on time. If your child is sick then you must call the office to let us know by 8.15am. If your child has a medical appointment you must let us know in advance.

Wisepay Details

Wisepay details have been given to everyone now, which will allow you to book a place for ‘Breakfast Club’ or ‘After School Club’. Payments must be made in advance. If you experience any problems, please contact Ms Rayner or Ms Chaggar who will be happy to help. Breakfast is available each day from 7.45am and costs just £2 per day. The children enjoy a range of cereals, toast and different topping, juice or milk and fruit. Any child attending must be brought to the main reception area by 8.20am at the latest. After School Club runs from 3.45pm – 6.00pm (3.00pm – 6.00pm on Tuesdays) and costs £5 per hour. The children enjoy a range of snacks each evening and a variety of games and activities.

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Key Dates for the Autumn Term 2015: Primary Tuesday 15th September Friday 25th September Wednesday 30th September Thursday 1st October Monday 5th October Thursday 15th October 26 – 30 October Monday 2nd November Thursday 5th November Tuesday 10th November Thursday 12th November Thursday 19th November Wednesday 25th November Wednesday 2nd December Thursday 3rd December Tuesday 8th December Friday 11th December Tuesday 15th December Thursday 17th December Friday 18th December

School Photos European Languages Day Coffee morning with the Haedteacher Start of Black History Month Parent Workshop re ‘Tapestry’ Parent Workshop re BRIDGES HALF TERM Staff Training: school closed to students Parent Workshop re safety Parent Workshop re Phonics Reception Information Evening for parents of 3-4 year olds Parent Workshop re Literacy Staff Training: school closed to students Reception Information pm for parents of 3-4 year olds Coffee Morning with Headteacher Community Party Christmas Lunch Pupil Progress Meetings for parents with class teachers Winter Concert Awards Assemblies. Term ends at 12pm.

Spring Term Monday 4th January - Thursday 24th March Half Term 15th - 19th February INSET days: Monday 4th January and Friday 12th February Summer Term Monday 11th April - Wednesday 20th July Half Term 30th May - 3rd June INSET days: Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th June, Friday 8th July

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