Year Group Termly Newsletters - Summer Term 2019

Year 3

Welcome back to the Summer Term.  We hope that everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing Easter break.  We would like to thank you for all your support particularly many thanks to the parents who were able to offer their support during our cookery lessons. 

We look forward to once again working with your children this term. There are many exciting things for the children during the remainder of the school year. The children will continue to study a variety of genres during Literacy.  They will look at different types of poetry and they will write their own poems.  They will also write newspaper reports.  Spellings will be given on a Monday and tested on the following Monday. 

Our themes for the Summer Term are:

  • Brilliant Britain (complete the theme)
  • Rise of the Robots
  • Fancy Plants and Tremendous Trees
  • Exploring Africa

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

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

PE/ Games will continue to be on Wednesdays and Fridays for all classes but please ensure that your child has a full, named kit in school at all times including trainers.  

We have been pleased with the effort and enjoyment shown by the children regarding their projects.  For the first half of the Summer term, homework tasks will be set on a Friday and will be due back by the following Thursday in order that they can be marked for the following day.  For the second half term, the children will be able to complete another project.  Maths homework will be set by the group teacher on a Monday and should be returned by the Thursday of the week it is set. If there are any queries or problems with homework please let us know through a note in the organiser.

There are many things for the children to look forward to in the next term.

  • Friday 3rd May 9:30am 3B class assembly. Pre- assembly coffee morning at 9am in dining room.
  • Thursday 16th May – 3M Litter Pick
  • Friday 7th June 9:30am 3M class assembly. Pre- assembly coffee morning at 9am in dining room.
  • w/c Monday 3rd June – Art Week
  • Thursday 6th June – 3B Litter Pick
  • Thursday 13th June - We will be going on our trip to Woolley Firs Environmental Centre.
  • Thursday 20th June - we will have a reading afternoon where parents are welcome to join their children to share books. This will be from 13:45 pm to 14:45 pm.
  • w/c Monday 24th June Sports Week
  • Thursday 27th June Sports Day

Please ensure that your child has a water bottle at school for the next term for we hope to have some very warm days.  We would also be grateful if you can donate a box of tissues to help us through the summer term colds and hay fever.    

Sent on behalf of

Mrs S. Bourne & Miss S. Mallard

Year 4

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

Our themes for the Summer Term are:

  • Make A Change ( Environmental change and Chemistry)
  • Where My Wellies Take Me (literacy- nature)

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 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. It is important that we continue our hard work on improving and encouraging the children’s passion and love for reading.

In addition to reading at home, children will be set homework tasks on Fridays, 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 weekly in school.  Finally, all children should be practising their times tables regularly.  Year 4 will be sitting a nation-wide times table exam later this term, it is very important we all aim to continually improve our children’s fluency with all times tables up to 12x. 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. 4H will commence their swimming lessons at Amersham Pool on Monday afternoons in the summer term.  Lessons commence on Monday 29th April. 

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. Girls will need to tape up their ear studs before swimming or, if possible, they should be removed on Mondays.  

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.

There are many things for the children to look forward to in the next term. Year 4 will be entering into a cricket festival on Thursday 2nd May at the Chiltern Hills Academy, on Thursday 6th June we will be venturing off to College Lake. The week beginning Monday 24th June is Sports Week and we will be having a science workshop later this term as well, with a date to be confirmed.

Please ensure that your child has a water bottle at school for the next term for we may have some very warm days.  We would also be grateful if you can donate a box of tissues to help us through the summer term colds and hay fever

Year 5

We hope you all had a relaxing Easter break. In the Summer Term, we will be continuing our themed learning. After completing our ‘From Acorn to Oak’ theme, we will move on to ‘Donde Esta?’ (South America) and then, in ‘The Fighting Temeraire’, we will be learning about ships and coasts.

Children should already have had information regarding Bikeability sessions.  Could you please help your child to make sure they have all the necessary equipment, including their bicycle, helmet, lock and waterproofs in the event of bad weather for the days of their lessons. There is one space available to start next Wednesday so if you would like your child to take up this opportunity please contact the School Office and they will send you the necessary details.

This is a busy term; some important dates for your diary are as follows:

Date

Event

w/c 13th May

Test week

Wednesday 5th June

Class photos

Monday 10th June

Upper School Reading Event

Thursday 13th June

Latimer House team building trip

Thursday 20th June

Athletics festival

w/c Monday 24th June

Sports Week

Thursday 27th June

Sports Day and family picnic

As the weather is gradually improving, most PE lessons will take place outside. Children should ensure they have their PE kits, including trainers, available in school every day.

Many children have not returned from Easter with the correct equipment. 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.

We would appreciate any donations of boxes of tissues to help cope with any lingering colds and hay fever. Many thanks. We will be sending out requests for help with cooking and local trips towards the end of the term, this will be sent out via ParentMail.

Sent on behalf of

Miss Hearn, Miss Dyudyukova & Mrs Bunce

Year 6

Welcome back to the new term! We hope that you all had a lovely break and a chance to relax. We have such a busy final term ahead, so here are some of the key events to pop in your diary for the coming weeks:

National Tests (13th May -16th May)

The children all worked so hard last half term and are continuing to do so.  We hope they have had a good rest over the holiday and are feeling confident and fully prepared for the forthcoming tests.  We ask for your support during test week in particular by making sure that everyone arrives at school promptly and well-rested – this can make such a difference to how well the children perform on the day. A letter will be sent out shortly giving you details of the breakfast club.

Year 6 Games at The Chalfonts Community College – Tuesday June 11th

A letter will be sent out closer to the time but this event gives children the opportunity to compete against other schools in a variety of exciting sports.

Secondary School Visits

A representative from each of the secondary schools usually visits to meet the children during this term. This allows those children who may feel anxious about transferring to a larger school to meet a member of staff and ask questions. We will also be covering work on transition to secondary school during our PSHCE sessions.

Curriculum Focus

This term we will be focusing on Bright Sparks and Transition. There will be opportunities for the children to work scientifically and create experiments using electricity.  In transition, we will be working to prepare all pupils for the transition to secondary school.

Literacy

We will revise genres of writing, and writing for purpose after half term. This half term our main focus is reading and understanding of texts.

Maths

We will continue to teach the children in their maths sets to ensure that the curriculum is completely covered. After half term we will be splitting into two classes.

Design and technology

We will be conducting experiments involving electricity, linked with Bright Sparks

Music

We will be learning songs for our end of year performance

PE lessons will continue to be on Tuesdays and Fridays. However, with the lovely weather expected this term we may want to go outside on other days, therefore it is important that the children have a full PE kit with them every day, including trainers.

Homework

The homework set each week gives the children an opportunity to extend their knowledge and understanding and it is important in helping them prepare for secondary school. It is even more important this term that the children are made to work independently and organise themselves to ensure the work is completed and handed in on time. Please can you continue to support by ensuring that they have a quiet place to work and also an opportunity to share their learning with you if appropriate. Homework tasks will be set for this half term with a project in the second.

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 at the office or in the organiser and we will phone you at a mutually convenient time.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

Sent on behalf of

Mrs Stewart, Miss Angus, Mrs Benyon, Miss Northcott

Dates List

SATS Week                                                                  13th - 16th May

Manor Adventure Week                                             20st – 24th May

School Photographs – Class                                        Wednesday 5th June

Upper School Reading Event                                      Monday 10th June

Y6 Games                                                                    Tuesday 11th June

Summer Music Concert                                              Tuesday 18th June

Sports Week                                                                24th – 27th June

Sports Day and Family Picnic                                      Thursday 27th June

Transition Day                                                             Tuesday 2nd July

Y6 Production                                                              Wednesday 17th July – 1345 and 1900

Y6 BBQ and Leavers Disco                                          Monday 22nd July – 1900

Y6 Leavers’ Assembly                                                 Wednesday 24th July

Last update: 2019-04-26