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Elangeni School

Where the Sun Shines Through

Year Group Termly Newsletters - Autumn Term 2019

Year 3

 Welcome to Elangeni and Year 3!  We are pleased that the children are settling in 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 Age
  • Giants, Gingerbread, Turnips and Towers for the second half term.   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. 

Each 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 and the Pupils’ Internet Code of Practice on page 15.  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.  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.  
  • Your child will 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.  We will be trialling a system shortly whereby children will be given maths times table books to complete as part of their maths homework.   

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 3H.  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.  Please send in an art overall 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.  

There will be a Curriculum Meeting for Parents at 9am on Monday 16th September in our classrooms to explain a little further some of the things the children will be learning during the first half term.  Please feel welcome to attend. 

We will be having a Parent Consultation evening on the 23rd October.   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 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 with Art, Cooking or Design and Technology activities, please let your class teacher know in the organiser when you might be available and we will contact you.  There are many exciting events during this term.  We will be visiting Chiltern Open Air Museum as part of our Hunters and the Hunted theme.   The children will take part in a sports festival with other schools in September.   Finally, we would also be grateful if you can donate a box of tissues for each to help us through the following year.    

Thank you,

 

Class teachers

 

Mrs S. Bourne         Miss N. Hussey

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

Further information on each theme can be found on the school website under the curriculum tab.

As part of our Animals theme we will be heading to Whipsnade Zoo on October 8th, a letter regarding this trip will be sent out nearer the time. Another date for the diary is October 1st, we will be participating in a Basketball Festival at the Dr Challoner’s High School, it is a Tuesday so please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school.

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. 

Each child has received an organiser that should be brought to school every day.  Please complete page 1.  The Home-School agreement is on page 7 and the ICT code of practice is on page 15.  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, 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 looked at. You can also send an email to the school office, which will be forwarded on to us.  

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 10-15 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 Friday, 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 complete a weekly times table test in class on a Wednesday and receive homework for their times tables on a Friday, it is encouraged they practice their times tables as frequently as their reading.  This year we are trailing a new Times Table homework book.  Each child will be expected to complete one page in the book each week on a given times table (keep in mind your child may be given previously learnt times tables as a review process).  At the end of Year 4 the children will be taking part in a national Multiplication test.  In order to help prepare the children for this, we recommend you spare some time for them to practice answering questions on this website https://www.timestables.co.uk/speed-test/ - we will go through this as part of our curriculum meeting.

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 4M.  Full, named kit and trainers should be kept in school at all times.  When the weather gets colder, the children will need school tracksuit bottoms and maybe an additional sweatshirt along with their tracksuit jackets 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.  After the winter break, 4A will begin swimming on a Monday afternoon and 4M will then go after the Easter break.  A letter with more information will be sent home at a later date.

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:

  • A 30cm ruler
  • Two HB pencils
  • A pen (if the child has achieved their pen license)
  •  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, on Wednesday 23rd 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 (or school office email) 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 on an ad hoc basis with Art, cooking or Design and Technology activities, please let your class teacher know.

Could we ask you to please send in any kitchen roll/ cardboard tubes 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 winter season of colds and sniffles.

Thank you,

Year 4 Team

Mr Austin            Miss Mallard             `Miss Bell        `Mrs Gannon

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.  Our themes for the Autumn Term are ‘To the Stars’ and ‘What’s on your washing line?’  During the course of these themes we will be covering objectives from a range of different curriculum subjects. More information will be available at the curriculum meeting on 16th September.

As the children are now in Year 5, we expect all children to write with a fountain pen; 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 be helpful if children could be provided with an old shirt, which they can wear for Art activities.

New for Year 5 is the ‘Pupil Profit’ scheme, which will allow children to be involved in financial capability activities through running a healthy snack shop.

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

Maths homework will be set on Monday to be returned by Wednesday. Times tables are to be practised in a dedicated book and will be tested on a weekly basis. We expect the children to learn their weekly spelling lists; they should also be reading every night and recording this in their organiser.  The ‘Homework Task’ book is to be used both for SPAG homework and also weekly homework tasks, which will be set on Friday and due in on Wednesday.  Sometimes, we will set a project linked to our theme, instead of the weekly homework task. Projects will be set over several weeks, with a deadline. 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 signed both the home school agreement and ICT code of practice in your child’s organiser.  Children will not be able to use the computers until this has been done. Please could you also sign the organiser each week, in the space provided.  If you have written any messages in your child’s organiser, please encourage them to show us first thing in the morning.  We will routinely check organisers on a Friday and will expect to see that your child has recorded their reading during the week. Should you wish to meet with either of us, could you please put a message in your child’s organiser, where possible stating the reason for the meeting.  

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. 

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Stewart and Mrs Dyudyukova.

 

 

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 Miss Angus (6A), Mrs Hussain (6H) and Mrs Benyon is our spectacular teaching assistant.

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)
  • A simple pencil case

Numeracy: Year 6 children will be set according to their ability into 3 sets. This is to ensure that each pupil is being challenged appropriately according to his or her needs.  Maths homework will be set on Monday and due in on Wednesday. On Fridays, the children will be tested on their times tables and mental maths, and taught in their classes.

Literacy: We will be exploring the novel ‘Street Child’ by Bernie Doherty to accompany our Crime and Punishment theme. Each week we will spend time on Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar, with weekly spelling tests being given on Monday. Please encourage your child to read at home with you and record in your child’s organiser. We would recommend at least 1 hour per week.

Theme: We will begin the year by looking at Careers where we will investigate the process of applying for jobs. Following that, we will learn about Crime and Punishment through the ages, including how they are affected by society. To accompany this, we will be going to Oxford Castle on the 25th September.

PE: In Year 6, we have PE on Tuesdays (outside) and Fridays (inside). Children should have in school the following PE kit in a named bag: red shorts or Elangeni tracksuit bottoms with a white polo house PE top or solid colour t-shirt, socks and PE trainers for outdoor use.

Homework: Pupils will receive homework in Maths, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar, as well as a task each week. Please refer to the grid below for when homework is assigned/returned. A guide time of 30 minutes for homework is recommended.

 

 

Maths

SPAG

Task

Spellings

Times Tables

Assigned

Monday

Monday

Monday

Monday

Friday

Returned

Wednesday

Friday

Friday

Monday

Friday

Please encourage your child to ensure they have organised themselves appropriately for each day, including bringing in necessary supplies as well as their organiser daily.

We value communication and if there are ever questions or concerns regarding your child, please do not hesitate to contact us through your child’s organiser or by email via the school office.

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 curriculum meeting on Monday 16th September, 9am-9.20am to discuss our themes for this half term,

Many thanks

Miss Angus           Mrs Hussain         Mrs Benyon

Year 6 team

Last update: 2019-11-13