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INA Primary Newsletter

18 September 2015

Announcements Guided Reading Guided reading will begin again shortly for both Year 1 and Reception pupils. At the beginning of every academic year we carry out a number of baseline assessments with the children from which we measure your child’s progress over the course of the year. Once the baseline assessments have been completed, the teachers will be able to ensure your child is given the correct guided reading books matched to their reading level.

Wet morning arrangements We are changing the arrangements for when it is a wet and rainy start to the school day. Previously the children went to the dining hall until the start of the school day but now the children will need to go straight to their classroom where they will be met by either the class teacher or teaching assistant. I will remain at the main school gate to direct of when we need to do this. 2  INA Newsletter

Dear Parents and Carers,

W memory!

e have had another successful week as we get used to being a school of 900 students. The summer holidays already feel like a hazy

On Thursday next week we know that many of our families will be celebrating Eid. We would want to support students in marking the festival with their families and religious communities. At INA a number of parents request that their son/daughter be permitted to go to mosque first thing in the morning, returning to school later in the day. Others ask for their child to be released early on the day of Eid. A small number request the whole day off school due to the need to travel considerable distances to celebrate Eid with family members. All absence for religious observance have to be requested in advance, using a Request for Absence form, available from the Primary and Secondary school offices. If you would like us to consider a request for absence for a part day or maximum of one day, you need to collect a form, complete it with full details of the circumstances of your request and return it to the academy as far in advance of Thursday as possible. And lastly, Friday next week is European Languages Day. We will be marking this in various ways across the Primary and Secondary phases: plaese read on for further details. Many thanks to the MFL Department for organising the event. Wth best wishes,


achel Macfarlane, rincipal


>>> News

The children have been getting excited by their new learning topics this week and really settling into their new class routines. The Year 1 pupils have been learning how to write and follow instructional text through making pizzas – they look delicious!! The Reception pupils have been learning new phonics sounds each day and making lots of friends during the afternoon lessons. An information sheet about the topic your child is working on for this half term and how you can support your child at home has been put in their book bag, so please check your child’s book bag this week end


Tam Broadway, Primary Headteacher

PE Kit

The enrichment clubs start on Monday 21st September. Every child is expected to participate in one enrichment club each week; this is an all-though school expectation. Thank you for returning your child’s response forms in good time. A note has been put in your child’s book bag to inform you of the club that they will be participating in for the next half term

Reception children should be wearing their PE kit to school every Monday; they do not need their usual school uniform on this day.

Show & Tell on Mondays for Reception Classes

Year 1 need to bring their PE kit to school on the following days:

Reception children have ‘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.

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.

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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.

European Languages Day – Friday 25th September We will be celebrating European Languages Day across the Academy. Each primary class has chosen a European country to represent for the day. During the course of the day the children will be introduced to their adopted country and learn some key vocabulary and some information about it. It would be great if the children could bring in any items at home that they may have about their class’s country and would like to share e.g. postcards, small souvenirs or information that they have researched already at home. The following countries have been chosen: Curie – Italy Maxwell – Greece Newton – Spain Britten – Portugal Fitzgerald – Germany Glennie - France

Uniform Information The Primary uniform can be purchased through the Khalsa Schoolwear website or can be bought at 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). 4  INA Newsletter

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 Eweek, in assembly, one in recognition of a child demonstrating our BRIDGES habit of the and the other in recognition of a pupil’s academic effort throughout the week.

Deepshika Ravi – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being resourceful by using good thinking skills during tidy up time.) Ravi Jethwa – Scholar of the Week (for knowing all his sounds in phonics.) Maxwell Class:

Natalia Duran- Rodrigo – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for demonstrating resourcefulness by using lots of different materials to make a pattern all by herself.) Inaaya Islam – Scholar of the Week (for trying very hard and improving her writing this week.) Newton Class:

Imran Hussain – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for improving his concentration skills during a threading activity.) Shanmuka Priya – Scholar of the Week (for continuing and creating patterns.) Britten Class:

Aashvi Govil – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for using resources on her table to work out her maths challenges.) Malaika Hussain– Scholar of the Week (for using great time connectives in her instructional writing.) Fitzgerald Class:

Aqeel Nazir – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for making great connections during the maths challenge.) Gurkirpa Hunjan – Scholar of the Week (for writing fabulous instructions for making a pizza.) Glennie Class:

Aadam Ali – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for remembering and naming the continents of the world.) Rayaan Vakas – Scholar of the Week (for always remembering what he’s learnt and showing his ideas in class.) Class Ambassadors Headteacher’s Lunch Every half term we award two children from each class the honour of being the class ambassador. Each class teacher has chosen two children from their class to represent them over the course of the half term. Their role includes helping children in the playground, welcoming visitors to their class and explaining some of their learning to them, along with helping the staff with other special jobs. A purple pin badge will be presented to the children in assembly next week which will need to be worn on their uniform every day. A Well done and congratulations to the following pupils who have been chosen for this half term: Curie Class – Yusha Master & Kamiah Reid Maxwell Class – Natalia Duran-Rodrigo & Hanad Ali Newton Class – Muhammad Mohid Asif & Aqsa Saeed Britten Class – Tara Rani Kaur & Eesa Anwar

Fitzgerald Class – Ria Jethwa & Ishaan Mutha Glennie Class – Hamna Adil & Aadam Ali

Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for next Thursday 24th September. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Aryan Lakhani - Curie Nicholas Fertrina Jardiel – Curie Casian Ionut Toaca – Fitzgerald Aashvi Govil – Britten Ekisha Bance – Newton Natalie Duran- Rodrigo – Maxwell Sasha Lard - Newton

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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: 97.1% Well done to Britten Class, our winners this week. It was a very close race – congratulations! I look forward to seeing who next week’s winners are. 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 21st September – Integrity Displaying habits of: fairness, humanity, justice, citizenship, honesty and humility. At home and school: We expect that our Year 1 pupils will demonstrate how to be a good Isaac Newton ambassador and citizen by role-modelling excellent BRIDGES habits every day. We will be encouraging 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 and show humility when they win or congratulate the winner and say well done if they lose. The children need to learn and understand the importance of telling the truth even when it feels uncomfortable when we have to admit that we have done something wrong. They also need to learn to take responsibility for their actions and not get into a habit of blaming others. 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.

Message from Ms Rayner regarding Wisepay Please ignore the negative balance that may have appeared on your accounts – I am working on getting this rectified. 8  INA Newsletter

Key Dates for the Autumn Term 2015: Primary Friday 25th September European Languages Day Wednesday 30th September Coffee morning with the Haedteacher Monday 5th October Parent Workshop for ‘Tapestry’ 6-7pm (Primary Dining Hall) Thursday 15th October BRIDGES workshop for Primary & Secondary parents 6-7pm (KS3 Hall) Friday 23rd October Britten Class Assembly (Britten Class Parents Invited) 3.15pm 26 – 30 October HALF TERM Monday 2nd November Staff Training: school closed to students Tuesday 10th November Parent Workshop re Phonics Thursday 19th November Parent Workshop re Literacy Wednesday 25th November Staff Training: school closed to students Friday 27th November Glennie Class Assembly (Glennie class parents invited) 3.15pm Thursday 3rd December Coffee Morning with Head of Primary Friday 11th December Parent reports sent home Tuesday 15th December Parent Progress Meetings Friday 18th December Last day of term

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