Year Group Termly Newsletters

Year 3

Welcome to Elangeni and Year 3! We are pleased that the children have settled in so quickly and we are looking forward to working with them this year.

At Elangeni, we teach subjects in a thematic approach. Each year group teaches curriculum themes covering a variety of subjects within a theme rather than by individual subjects.

Our themes for the Autumn Term are:

  • Hunters and the Hunted for the first half term which relates to the Stone and Iron Ages
  • Giants, Gingerbread, Turnips and Towers for the second half term when we will read traditional tales and investigate forces acting on objects.

Any books that you can find to read together about any of these themes will enhance your child’s learning. If you would like a list of books appropriate for year 3 children, you can find a suitable one at https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/reading-list-for-year-3-pupils-ks2-age-7-8/. Many of these books are available in libraries. Please feel welcome to supplement or substitute these with alternative, appropriate books of your child’s own choice.

Your child has been given an organiser that should be brought to school every day. Please complete Personal Information on page 1, The Home-School agreement on page 7, the Acceptable Use Agreement on page 10 and the Pupil’s Internet Code of Practice on page 13. Please read through these and discuss them with your child before signing where appropriate.

The organiser also includes a space to record daily reading at home. Within this time, please encourage your child to talk about the story and its characters with you, as this will help to develop their comprehension skills. We will be issuing reading books over the coming weeks as quickly as possible. Year 3 offer an incentive scheme linked to house points for the children in order to encourage reading at home.

In addition to reading at home, children will be set other homework:

  • Maths homework will be set on Mondays, due in by the Thursday.
  • Children will also receive spelling lists of words to learn on a weekly basis on a Monday and will be tested in school, usually on a Monday.
  • Children benefit enormously from reading aloud to an adult for approximately 15-20 minutes each day.
  • Your child will be given a grammar based task on a Friday as well as another short activity.

These will be due in by the following Thursday.

  • Finally, all children should be practising their times tables regularly; each child will be tested on their times tables on a weekly basis.

If there are any queries or problems with homework, please let us know through a note in the organiser.

PE/Games will be on Wednesday and Friday for both 3B and 3M. Full, named kit and trainers should be kept in school at all times. When the weather gets colder, the children will need their red tracksuit for games. If your child does not yet have these in school, we would be grateful if you would send them in later in the term.

An art overall is also required as soon as possible (an old shirt with the sleeves shortened or a large T-shirt would be ideal). Again, please make sure these are named to avoid any confusion. As a reminder, please ensure that your child has the following named items in school every day:

  • Two 30cm rulers
  • Two HB pencils
  • A water bottle to use in the classroom
  • (Desirable, but optional): colouring pencils, glue stick, pencil sharpeners, eraser.

We will be having parent consultation evenings during the week before half term in October. We look forward to seeing you then. However, if you do need to speak to any of us in the meantime, please use your child ’s organiser to let us know so that we can then arrange a suitable appointment time before or after school.

We appreciate any parental help that is offered to support our learning at school. If you are able to assist by reading with children during the week, or ad hoc with Art, Cooking or Design and Technology activities, please let your class teacher know that you might be available and we will contact you.

Finally, we would also be grateful if you can donate a box of tissues for each child to help us through the following year.

Thank you,

Y3 Class teachers

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4. We are pleased that the children have settled in so quickly and we are looking forward to working with you all this year.

For your information, we will continue to teach themes, encompassing skills from many subjects in one theme.

 Our themes for the Autumn Term are:

  • There was an Old Lady who swallowed a Fly
  • Animals
  • Austria

As part of our Animals theme we will be heading to Whipsnade Zoo on October 4th. Another date for the diary is October 2nd, we will be participating in a Basketball Festival at Dr Challoner's High School, it is on a Tuesday so please ensure  your child’s PE kit is in school that day.

Any books that you can find to read together about any of these themes will enhance your child’s learning. If you would like a list of books appropriate for Year 4 children, you can find a suitable one at https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/suggested-reading-list-for-year-4-pupils-ks2-age-8-9/. Please feel welcome to supplement or substitute these with alternative, appropriate books of your child’s own choice.

Your child has received an organiser that should be brought to school every day. Please complete page 1. The Home-School agreement is on page 6 and 7 and the ICT code of practice is on page 13. Please read these and discuss them with your child, before signing where appropriate.

Please would you check your child's organiser each evening for any messages or notes, initialing it in the space provided. You may also use the organiser to communicate with any of your child’s teachers. Please let your child know if you have written a message in the organiser and ask them to tell their class teacher. We will try to respond to any messages as promptly as possible, (your child’s class teacher will check organisers on a weekly basis and sign it to let you know it has been looked at.)

The organiser also includes a space to record daily reading at home. your child will benefit enormously from reading aloud to an adult for approximately 15-20 minutes each day. Within this time, please encourage your child to talk about the story and its characters with you, as this will help to develop their comprehension skills. Year 4 offer an incentive scheme linked to house points for the children in order to encourage reading at home.

In addition to reading at home, children will be set SPaG homework on Thursdays, due in by the following Thursday. Maths homework will be set on Mondays, due in by the Wednesday. Children will also receive spelling lists of words to learn on a weekly basis and will be tested in school on a Monday. All children will receive homework for and be tested on their times tables on a Monday, it is encouraged they practice their times tables as frequently as their reading. Finally, we will be setting homework tasks on a Friday, these can vary in style and length but will always be due in by a given date. If there are any queries or problems with homework please let us know through a note in the organiser.

PE/ Games will be on Monday and Wednesday for both 4A and 4H. Full, named kit and trainers should be kept in school at all times. When the weather gets colder, the children will need their PE tracksuit or if you haven't purchased this yet, warm jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt for Games. If your child does not yet have these in school, we would be grateful if you would send them in later in the term. In the Spring and Summer terms each class will be swimming on Monday afternoons as part of their PE.

An art overall is also required as soon as possible (an old shirt with the sleeves shortened or a large T shirt would be ideal). Again, please make sure these are named to avoid any confusion. As a reminder please ensure that your child has the following named items in school every day:

  • Two 30cm rulers
  • Two HB pencils
  • A water bottle to use in the classroom
  • (Desirable, but optional): colouring pencils, glue stick, pencil sharpeners, eraser.

Parent consultations will be held the week before half term in October. We look forward to seeing you then. However, if you do need to speak to any of us in the meantime, please use your child’s organiser to arrange a suitable appointment time before or after school with you.

We appreciate any parental help that is offered to support our learning at school. If you are able to assist by reading with children during the week, or ad hoc with Art, cookery or Design and Technology activities, please let your class teacher know.

Could we ask you to please send in any shoe boxes you can spare as we will shortly be using them for an activity? We would also be grateful if you can donate a box of tissues for each child to help us through the following year.

Thank you,

Y4 Class teachers

Year 5

Welcome back to a new year at Elangeni. The children have all moved into their new classes for what should be an exciting year, as we continue with the thematic teaching approach this year.

Our themes for the Autumn Term are:

  • ‘What’s on your washing line?’
  • ‘To the Stars’

During these themes we will be covering objectives from a range of different curriculum subjects.

As part of ‘What’s on your washing line’ and the DT curriculum, we will be sewing with the children on Wednesday and Friday afternoons (1.45pm) in weeks commencing 1st, 8th (only Friday) and 15th October. We would really appreciate any offers of help with these sessions: please complete the electronic form which will follow, if you are able to help.

As the children are now in Year 5 we expect all children to write with a fountain pen; this can be disposable or one with cartridges. The children will need spare blue cartridges in school and be able to change these independently, when necessary. They will also need a pencil, 30cm ruler, pencil sharpener, protractor and a set of coloured pencils. It would also be helpful if children could be provided with an old shirt, which they can wear for Art activities.

Children should have their PE kit in school all week. This should include an Elangeni PE shirt with their house colour collar or house colour shirt, red shorts and trainers. For outdoor use, when the weather is colder, children should also have an Elangeni tracksuit (or separate jogging bottoms/sweatshirt) children will not be permitted to wear black leggings. If children fail to have PE kit in school three times in a term, this will unfortunately result in loss of golden break. In the event of pierced ears, children should be able to remove and fit these independently or bring and apply tape.

We will setting either a project linked to our theme or a homework task. The project will be set over several weeks, with a deadline. We will expect to see progress on this every week. The homework task will be ‘open ended’ and can be presented in a variety of ways, unless otherwise stated. Your child will receive a yellow ‘Homework Task’ book, if they wish this can be decorated with their name clearly displayed. This book will be used for the homework tasks (not projects) and also for SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) homework, both the homework task and SPAG activity will be sent home on a Friday and returned on Wednesday. Maths homework will be set on Monday to be returned by Wednesday. We also expect the children to be reading every night and to record this in their organiser. A spelling list will be sent home and tested each week: children are expected to learn these spellings. Timetables will be tested on a weekly basis. As with PE kit, failure to submit homework three times in a term will result in loss of golden break. Please do not send homework via the office unless otherwise discussed with a member of the year 5 staff team.

Please could you ensure that you have filled in the information at the front of  your child’s organiser and sign the home school agreement and ICT code of practice. Children will not be able to use the computers until this has been done. The organiser should be taken home each day, and brought back the following day. If you have written any messages in your child’s organiser, please encourage them to show us first thing in the morning. We will both be checking organisers on a Friday and will expect to see that  your child has recorded their reading during the week. Please could you also sign the organiser each week, in the space provided. Should you wish to meet with  your child’s class teacher, could you please put a message in  your child’s organiser, where possible stating the reason for the meeting.

If you would like a list of books appropriate for Year 5 children, you can find a suitable one at http://educatingtogether.co.uk/page/readinglist. We would very much appreciate a donation of a box of tissues from each child to help us through the upcoming winter months. We will store these in school and use them throughout the term.

Finally, we would be grateful for any parent volunteers to read with children during the day. If this is something you can offer then please let a member of year 5 know.

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to come in to see either of us.

sent on behalf of the Y5 Class teachers

Year 6

Welcome to year 6. This year promises to be as full and exciting as previous years with lots to do and lots to achieve. We hope this newsletter is helpful but as ever, please feel free to speak to the year 6 team with any queries. The Year 6 team this year is Mrs Stewart (6S), Miss Angus (6A), Mrs Benyon, our teaching assistant, and Miss Northcott.

Here are some details that should aid you in helping your child to make good progress during the Autumn Term and ensure they have an excellent start to Year 6.

Children will need to have the following named equipment in school:

  • Fountain pen (plus a replacement and/or plenty of spare blue ink cartridges)
  • A few pencils (HB)
  • Pencil sharpener (that can be easily emptied by your child)
  • Colouring pencils
  • Glue stick
  • Ruler (30cm – but not a flexible one)
  • Water bottle with sports cap (named)

Numeracy: Year 6 children will be set according to their ability into 3 sets, this will allow work to be taught appropriately for their level of understanding. This half term will see the children undertaking a range of maths including number work, geometry, and statistics. As part of this process, we will also be introducing the children to a range of problem solving and investigative activities to help them apply their mathematical knowledge and to build their resilience and ability to persevere with more challenging tasks. On Fridays, the pupils will practice their mental maths skills as well as their times tables knowledge.

Literacy: To support our Crime and Punishment topic, we will be reading the Street Child by Berlie Doherty, which is based on the story of a real person: Jim Jarvis was the street child whose plight inspired Dr Barnardo to open his first home in Stepney in 1870. Reading such a classic book is a treat in itself but it also offers the opportunity for some rich literacy activities including exploring characters, analysing how the author has tried to create different moods, learning how to write realistic dialogue, identifying different literary techniques and writing in a variety of genres at different stages of the story.

In addition, we will be teaching a weekly grammar/ spelling lesson and focusing on handwriting and presentation as there is an expectation that all year 6 pupils will join their handwriting and produce well-presented work. We will also be looking at other types of writing including World War 1 poetry and A Christmas Carol.

Please encourage your child to read at home daily and record in your child’s organiser. We would recommend at least 1 hour per week. Spellings will be tested on a Monday and new spellings will be given out following the test.

Theme: We started off the term looking at the theme of careers and the children setting themselves aspirations for the future. This will be followed by Crime and Punishment, which will include a trip to Oxford Castle on the 19th September. Through this theme, the children will learn to appreciate that given events can be interpreted in different ways depending on your viewpoint so that history is more than a set of indisputable facts as well as performing some simple Science tests to solve crimes. We will then spend some time focusing on World War 1 before looking at A Christmas Carol and Victorian Britain.

PE: Activities will be a range of indoor and outdoor activities including gymnastics and dance. Can you please ensure your child has a separate PE bag and trainers since the outdoor games activities require good foot support and can be muddy. PE will be on Tuesday (outdoor) and Friday (indoor) for both classes. All children are expected to take part in PE lessons unless we have a note from a parent.

Homework: Homework this year will be slightly different. Pupils will be receiving spellings, times table learning, a maths activity, SPAG activity, and weekly homework tasks or longer theme based projects. The schedule for Year 6 will be as follows:

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Assigned

Maths Activity &

Spellings

 

 

 

Homework Task

&

SPAG

Returned

Spellings Test

SPAG work

Maths Activity

Homework Task

 

Additionally, times tables will be tested on Fridays.

Organisers: Your child has been given an organiser that will be used as a method of communication between school and home. This needs to be checked and signed weekly by a parent or carer, and will also be checked by class teachers on Fridays. Please sign the week that has just ended, as well as the home/school and computing agreement in the first pages of the organiser.

Cookery: We will be bringing the children to the cookery room for some cooking experience in the autumn term. Our recipe is yet to be finalised, but please let us know, if you have not already done so, of any allergies or intolerances that your child has, so we may consider this. We will also be looking for some parent volunteers to help us with this when the time comes.

Finally, we would very much appreciate a donation of a box of tissues from each child to help us through the upcoming winter months. We will store these in school and use them throughout the year.

We look forward to seeing you at the parents’ consultation meeting, however if you have any queries before then please arrange an appointment either through the school office or your child’s organiser.

Additionally, there will be an opportunity for you to come and meet with the class teachers in order to hear about the various themes your child will be engaging in this half term. There will be two meetings from 9-9:15 am on either Monday 17th or 24th September.

Many thanks

sent on behalf of the Y6 staff