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INA Primary Newsletter

25 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.

Safety Notice If your child cycles or uses a scooter to come to school, please ensure they are kept as safe as possible by wearing a helmet.


Dear Parents and Carers,


oday we have been marking European Languages Day in style. Across the primary and secondary phases classes have ‘adopted’ a country and decorated their room accordingly. The primary pupils have been learning some basic vocabulary and some of the secondary students donned national dress –see the photos! And congratulations to the PE department for gaining the Sainsbury’s School Games Silver Award! With best wishes,


achel Macfarlane, rincipal We have enjoyed another busy week of learning and of course the start of our enrichment programme. We hope those of you that celebrated this week enjoyed a festive Eid al-Adha with family and friends. In the absence of some of our children on Thursday some of the Year 1 pupils spent time making Eid cards and wishing their Muslim friends ‘Eid Mubarak’.

Tam Broadway, Primary Headteacher

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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.

Enrichment We had a fantastic start to the enrichment programme this week and felt very proud to see that every child had been offered their first or second choice. We are very lucky to have such talented staff that can offer such a wide range of free activities to every child across the Academy. It is an expectation that every child will participate in one enrichment club each week; this is an all-though school expectation. Your child will stay with their current enrichment club for the remainder of this half term and then will have the option to choose a different one next half term. Just to remind you that the children are collected from the main playground at 5.00pm.

Birthdays Unfortunately, due to the number of children with quite severe food allergies, we are unable to accept sweets, cakes or any other food items of a similar nature to be given out for birthday celebrations. Some parents in the past have a bought a story book as a shared gift that can be given to the class teacher to read with the children and then can be kept in the book corner for the children to read throughout the year.

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.

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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Other Exciting Learning This Week

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Reception pupils sorting out the shapes, colours and making Year 1 pupils showing great partner work skills as they patterns. played a number game during their Maths Mastery lesson.

Reception self-portraits and family pictures for the ‘All About Me’ topic and Reception pupils telling the rest of the class all about themselves during the ‘Show and Tell’.

Year 1 pupils sitting with and helping to serve the Reception pupils at lunchtime.

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 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. Please label every item of clothing including PE kits and also check from time to time as names can fade through washing 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.

Yusuf Ahmed – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for sharing and being a good friend and showing integrity.) Dua-E-Zainab Maisam – Scholar of the Week (for brilliant blending in phonics.) Maxwell Class:

Sarrinah Begum – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for saying well done to her friend who managed to earn a merit sticker and giving praise to someone else.) Meliah Henry – Scholar of the Week (for writing all numbers 1-19 and naming them by herself.) Newton Class: Navneet Matharu – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for showing kindness and helping others.) Sasha Lord – Scholar of the Week (for counting all 30 pupils in her class independently.) Britten Class:

Swara Kinhikar– Headteacher’ Habits Award (for showing friendship, compassion and harmony in the playground.)

Klaudia Peichlova – Scholar of the Week (for working well to solve equations involving more and less.) Fitzgerald Class:

Fahmid Khan– Headteacher’ Habits Award (for being very fair when he was working with his maths partner.) Casian Toaca – Scholar of the Week (for being a great independent mathematician.) Glennie Class:

Aayan Hussain – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for showing bravery and honesty in asking for help when it was needed.) Hammad Siddique – Scholar of the Week (for wowing Glennie class with his amazing writing in literacy.) Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for next Thursdat 1st October. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Ibrahmim Ijaz - Britten J’Shawn Holland – Glennie Riya Patel – Curie Swara Kinhikar– Britten Jeevan Hunjan – Newton Aryan Singh – Maxwell Avneet Chaggar- Britten

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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: 88.9% Well done to Britten Class, our winners for the second week– congratulations!! Will Britten class be our winners for a third week or will there be fierce competition? 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 28th September – Discovery Displaying habits of curiosity, open-mindedness, enthusiasm, energy, noticing, imagining and creativity. At home and school: The habit of ‘discovery’ should be a very easy one for primary aged children since they seem to have endless enthusiasm and energy every day and it is at this age when they want to ask questions about everything they notice. •

Encourage your child to use their imagination by making up stories together, or suggesting ways in which they could change parts of a story they know well: change the gender of the characters, have them go on a different adventure etc.

Play games with your child like ‘I spy’ where you can see how many things they can notice beginning with a certain sound or letter they may already know or ask your child to think about an object and describe it using powerful adjectives.

Ask questions like ‘I wonder what would happen if…?’ or ‘what do you think might happen if?’ or ‘why do you think…? These types of deeper questions will encourage the children to use their creativity and imagination more fully.

Either independently or with help, encourage your child to read or research more information around the topics they are studying in class. Year 1 could be finding out facts about the world, finding out information about different countries – their flag, the capital city etc.

Tam Broadway, Head of Primary

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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.

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Key Dates for the Autumn Term 2015: Primary Wednesday 30th September Coffee morning with the Headteacher 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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