Year Group Termly Newsletters - Spring Term 2019

Year 3

Welcome back to Elangeni and the New Year.  We hope that everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing break.  We hope that everyone is feeling a little refreshed after a busy but happy term.  Your children have settled in very well and have given their very best efforts.  Both children and adults enjoyed producing our Christmas performance for you.  

There are many exciting things for the children during the remainder of the school year.  

Our themes for the Spring Term are:

  • Dem Bones (Diet and the Skeleton)
  • Lumos  ( Light)
  • Brilliant Britain

Any books that you can find to read together about these themes will enhance your child’s learning. 

There are other events during this term.  These include Safer Internet Day in February, World Book Day on 7th March and sports festivals in both March and April.   

Please continue to send your child’s organiser in each day and check your child’s organiser each evening for any messages or notes, initialling it in the space provided.  Please remind your children that they need to show the class teacher any messages, as we do not always have time to check each organiser every day.  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.  We will continue to offer an incentive scheme to encourage the children to read.

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 Tuesday this term.  They will be tested in school, usually on a Tuesday.
  • For the first half term, 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.  

For the second half term, they will receive another project – details will follow. 

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

 PE/Games will continue to be on Wednesday and Friday for both classes.  Full, named kit should be kept in school at all times.  As the weather is getting colder, the children will need their full P.E. kit, including their red tracksuits and white socks.  If your child does not yet have these in school, we would be grateful if you would send them in next week.  For those still waiting for ordered items, please provide a neutral or school coloured equivalent.

We would also be grateful if you can donate a box of tissues to help us through the Spring and Summer terms.

We have been very pleased with the effort and enjoyment shown by the children (and parents) regarding homework and projects.  It was rewarding to see the children’s enthusiasm for designing and making their buildings.  Thank you parents for your encouragement and assistance. 

 

Year Group Curriculum Meetings for Parents:          

Monday 21st January 2019

9.00am – 9.20am

Monday 28th  January 2019

9.00am – 9.20am

Maths Workshops for Parents:

Monday 11th February 2019

9.00am – 9.30 am

Wednesday 13th February 2019

3.30 pm – 4.00pm

A parent consultation evening will be held on 1st April and we look forward to seeing you then.  However, if you do need to speak to us in the meantime, please use your child’s organiser to arrange a suitable appointment time before or after school.

We would especially like to thank you for all your support during the crucial first term at Elangeni.  We look forward to once again working with your children this year.


Yours sincerely,

Mrs S. Bourne                         Miss S.Mallard

Year 4

 

Welcome back to Year 4.  Thank you for your support during the Autumn term. We are pleased to be back at school and look forward to working with you in the Spring and Summer terms. 

 Our themes for the Spring Term are:

  • The Greek and Roman Legacy in Britain
  • Power Up

Any books that you can find to read together about these themes will enhance your child’s learning. 

Please continue to check your child’s organiser each evening for any messages or notes, initialling 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, (usually a day or two.) Your child’s class teacher will check each child’s organiser on a weekly basis and sign it to let you know that it has been seen.

The organiser also includes a space to record daily reading at home.  Your child will benefit enormously from reading aloud to an adult.  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 homework tasks on Fridays. These tend to be due in by the following Thursday, or by the date provided. 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 weekly in school.  Finally, all children should be practising their times tables regularly, the times tables tests will be carried out on a Friday.  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 Tuesday for both 4A and 4H.  Full, named kit and trainers should be kept in school at all times.  As the weather is colder, the children will need warm jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt for Games.  4A will commence their swimming lessons at Amersham Pool on Monday afternoons in the Spring term.  Lessons commence on Monday 14th January.  Girls should wear a one-piece swimming costume and a swimming cap and boys should wear proper “speedo- type” swimming trunks (not long “board-shorts” style).  As with normal PE lessons, no jewellery should be worn, including ear studs. On Mondays, it would be advisable that girls with removable ear studs refrain from wearing them.

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

This term, 4A will have their class assembly.   Please feel welcome to come and watch Friday 25th January at 9:30am, with tea and coffee served from 9.00am.

Year Group Curriculum Meetings for Parents:      

Monday 21st January 2019

9.00am – 9.20am

Monday 28th  January 2019

9.00am – 9.20am

Maths Workshops for Parents:

Monday 11th February 2019

9.00am – 9.30am

Wednesday 13th February 2019

3.30pm – 4.00pm

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 with Art, Cookery or Design and Technology activities, please let your class teacher know.

Could we ask you to please send in any shoeboxes you can spare, as we will shortly be using them for an activity during our power up theme. We would also be grateful if you can donate a box of tissues to help us through the Spring and Summer terms.     

Thank you,

Class teachers

Mr C Austin                 Mrs A Hussain

Year 5

Welcome back to Elangeni and the New Year.  We hope that everyone had an enjoyable, relaxing break and are all feeling refreshed after a busy term.    

There are many exciting things to look forward to this term. The children will continue to study a variety of genres in Literacy and will continue to follow the Mathematics topics suggested in the new National Curriculum.  Our cross curricular themes this term include ‘Invaders’ and ‘Acorn to Oak’, which we are sure the children will enjoy. We will be asking for help with cooking later this half term, a message via parent mail will be sent out accordingly. We will also having an Engineering theme week alongside Safer Internet Day, World Book Day and a visit from the Amersham Museum. 

PE/Games will to be on Wednesdays and Thursdays and full, named kit should be kept in school at all times. As the weather remains cold, the children will need warm jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt in the appropriate school kit for outdoor Games. The sweatshirt should be different to the one they wear throughout the day. Children should also have trainers in school at all times.

Please could we also draw your attention to the equipment your child needs. There have been a number of children in year 5 who have not had the required equipment in school. All children in Year 5 are expected to write in pen. This should be a fountain pen (either disposable or one with cartridges), unless this has been discussed with your child’s class teacher. All children should also have a named ruler to be kept in their Maths classes as well as one in their pencil case. The children will be learning the recorder this term, if your child has a recorder they should bring this in, in a clearly labelled case/bag. Please refrain from bringing in wooden or clear plastic recorders as these produce a slightly different sound.   

Some important dates for your diary this term:

Date

Event

Saturday 26th January

Cross Country event – Hervines Park

Thursday 31st January

5H Litter Pick

Week of 4th February

Engineering Focus Week

Tuesday 5th February

Safer Internet Day

Thursday 28th February

5B Litter Pick

Thursday 7th March

World Book Day

Friday 8th March

5H Assembly

Saturday 9th March

Cross Country Event – Bulstrode Park

Monday 1st April

Parent Consultations

Tuesday 2nd April

Boogie Bounce/Yoga

More details of events listed above will be provided separately, where appropriate.

Homework will continue with the same expectations:

  • Maths homework set on Monday and due in on Wednesday of the same week.
  • Spellings set and tested weekly on a Wednesday
  • SPAG and Homework Tasks, are set on a Friday and should be returned the following Wednesday, unless otherwise stated.
  • Reading and times table practice to take place daily.

 

Children have been reminded that if any piece of homework is not handed in on time, a ‘strike ‘will be recorded.  If they receive three such strikes in the term, they will automatically lose their golden break that week.  If your child is unable to meet the deadline for any piece of homework, please write a note in their organiser to explain this.

Please continue to send your child’s organiser into school each day and check them each evening for any messages or notes, initialling it in the space provided.  Please remind your children that they need to show the class teacher any messages from home, as we do not have time to check each organiser every day.

Year Group Curriculum Meetings for Parents:              

Monday 21st January 2019

9.00am – 9.20am

Monday 28th  January 2019

9.00am – 9.20am

Maths Workshops for Parents:

Monday 11th February 2019

9.00am – 9.30 am

Wednesday 13th February 2019

3.30pm – 4.00pm

We thank you for your continued support and would remind you that class teachers are available to speak to you, by appointment, either before or after school if you have any concerns.  Where possible, in the first instance, please contact us via your child’s organiser rather than via the school office.

Yours sincerely, 

Miss Hearn       Miss Dyudyukova    Mrs Bunce

Year 5 Team

 

Year 6

Welcome to the spring term. We are about to make a WOW start to our new theme (Explorers and Survival) by building shelters, creating water filters, scavenging for clues and making s’mores. For this reason, we are requesting that children bring wellies and clothes that are okay to be muddy in on Monday, 14th January. If you have any small fallen branches that can be brought in by children easily on that day for den building, we would appreciate that too.

Other themes for this term will include Back to Nature, Bright Sparks and I Can See You. We will be having an engineering focus week from the 4th February.  We will also be attending a dodgeball festival on January 29th.

This term in Literacy, we will be focusing on improving and uplevelling children’s writing, as well as writing for purpose. We will be focusing on Kensuke’s Kingdom alongside our theme, and then moving on to biographies in Back to Nature.

In Music this term, the children will be learning to play the ukulele. Some have mentioned having a ukulele at home that they wish to bring in. Provided it is a soprano ukulele and they are happy to be responsible for it, they may bring it in on their music day, which is alternate Wednesdays.

Last term the children learnt about Staying Safe Online, how the Internet and search engines work. Children will continue to learn about e-safety and we will address any issues as they arise in school. However, it would be very helpful for us if you could ensure that your children are accessing appropriate sites, games, apps and content at home.

We will be continuing with our homework system, sending a task and SPAG related homework on a Friday, to be handed in by the following Wednesday, and spellings will be going out on each Monday for testing the following Monday. Maths homework will continue to be given on a Monday to be returned on Wednesday.

We always encourage pupils to read books which interest them. If they are struggling to find age-appropriate materials to read, Amazon offer suggested reading lists based on age; this can help when looking for a book to challenge your child and checking which age group it was aimed at for content. It is not safe to assume that because a particular author has written one book for an age range, that all books written by that author will have appropriate content.

During the winter months, everyone is a bit snuffly – it would be gratefully appreciated if you could donate a box of tissues to tide us over this term.

Some key dates for your diary include:

Monday, 14th January

Den Building on the field – please bring in wellies, old clothing, and small fallen branches as available

Saturday, 26th January

Cross Country – Hervines Park 8:30am

Tuesday, 29th January

Dodgeball Festival – Amersham School

Tuesday, 5th March

Light & Electricity Workshop

Year Group Curriculum Meetings for Parents:

Monday 21st January 2019

9.00am – 9.20am

Monday 28th  January 2019

9.00am – 9.20am

Maths Workshops for Parents:

Monday 11th February 2019

9.00am – 9.30 am

Wednesday 13th February 2019

3.30 pm – 4.00pm

 Finally, please do come and see us at any time if you have any concerns or worries regarding your child. If you are working and cannot easily get to school, you can always leave a message in the organisers and we can arrange a mutually convenient time to discuss any issues.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

Mrs Stewart, Miss Angus, Mrs Benyon and Miss Northcott    Year 6 Team