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Elangeni School

Where the Sun Shines Through

Year Group Termly Newsletters - Spring Term 2020

Year 3

Welcome back to Elangeni and the New Year.  We hope that everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing break   and are 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 and World Book Day on 5th March.   

 

Please continue to send your child’s organiser daily 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.  We normally test times tables on a Tuesday.  Please ask your children to bring their times tables booklet in on Tuesdays so that we can sign it and so they can write any new tables. 

 

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.

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. 

 

A parent consultation evening will be held on 30th March 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 N. Hussey

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:

  • Power Up – all about electricity and simple series circuits.
  • The Greek and Roman Legacy in Britain

 

Any books that you can find to read together about these themes will enhance your child’s learning.  We are rearranging the themes this term to accommodate a more exciting start to our Greek and Roman theme.

 

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.

 

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 Wednesday. In addition to practicing their times tables and having a weekly test, we will be giving the children an opportunity to practice using a times table program on the computers, ready for their test at the end of the year. 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.  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 20th January.  Girls should wear a one-piece swimming costume and a swimming cap and boys should wear proper “speedo- type” swimming trunks, which are tight fitting (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 March.  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, or email via the school office, to arrange a suitable appointment time before or after school.

 

This term, 4A will be producing their class assembly.   Please feel welcome to come and watch on Friday 17th January at 9:30am.   Coffee served from 9am in the dining room. 

 

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 keep any shoeboxes you may have as there will a project for the children to complete using them.      

 

Thank you,

Year 4 Staff

 

Mr C Austin                   Miss S Mallard              Miss S Bell                   Mrs J Gannon              

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 Autumn term.    Thank you to those parents and children who ‘babysat’ our stick insects over the holiday; there will be other opportunities to do this in forthcoming holidays.

 

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. There will also be an Engineering theme week, Safer Internet Day and World Book Day.  We will be cooking again this term and would appreciate offers of help: details will be sent out via Parentmail.  

 

PE/Games will continue to be on Mondays and Thursday; children should have full, named, PE kit in school at all times. As the weather remains cold, children do need warm jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt in the appropriate school kit for outdoor Games. Children should also have trainers in school at all times.  Please could we also remind you of the equipment your child needs in Year 5; last term a number of children did have not have 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 and their own pencil.   In addition, children will be learning to play the recorder this term, in music lessons.  If your child has a recorder, could they please bring this in, in a clearly labelled case/bag.  Please try to avoid wooden or clear plastic recorders as these produce a slightly different sound.   

 

Some important dates for your diary this term:

 

Date

Event

Monday 13th Jan

9am Curriculum meeting 9.30am – 10.15am Upper School reading morning

Wednesday 15th January

Hazard Alley trip

Tuesday 11th February

Safer Internet Day

Wednesday 12th February

5S Litter Pick

Monday 2nd March

Curriculum meeting

Thursday 5th March

World Book Day

Friday 6th March

5S Assembly

Friday 27th March

Boogie Bounce – Year 5 Sports Festival

Monday 30th March

Parent Consultations

w/c 30th March

Science/ Eco week

 

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 (Monday).
  • SPAG and Homework Tasks, are set on a Friday and should be returned the following Wednesday, unless otherwise stated.
  • Reading and times table practice (using new times tables book) 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.

 

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,

 

Mrs Stewart      Miss Dyudyukova     Mrs Bunce

Year 5 Team

Year 6

 

We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and a great start to 2020. The children have already made a positive start to the term and our WOW starter for our new theme (Explorers and Survival) of building shelters, considering survival scenarios, scavenging for clues and making s’mores was thoroughly enjoyed by the pupils and staff.

Other themes for this term will include Back to Nature, Full Steam Ahead and Chocolate. We will also be entering an engineering competition and taking part in two sports festivals before Easter.

 

This term in Literacy we will be:

  • Looking at a range of different types of texts including fiction and non-fiction.
  • Investigating complex sentences and conditional phrases.
  • Using a wide range of punctuation correctly.
  • Revising and extending work on contracting sentences.
  • Recapping and looking more at active and passive verbs.
  • Working on using cohesive devices to make implicit and explicit links in our writing.
  • Looking at how word meanings have changed over time.
  • Analysing and interpreting texts.

 

In Numeracy we will be looking at:

  • Ordering positive and negative numbers.
  • Multiplication and division, including decimal numbers and looking at factors, partitioning and brackets.
  • Using all four operations to solve word problems.
  • Using formulae to solve missing number equations.
  • Mental and written calculations.
  • Rotation, reflection and translation of shapes.
  • Area and volume.
  • Line graphs.

 

We will be continuing with our homework system, sending homework tasks and SPAG tasks on Fridays and spellings on Monday. The second half term will be a project. Children in year 6 are still being encouraged to read each night and record in their organisers. In addition to this, please make sure children have the appropriate stationery for school – especially ink cartridges and fountain pens.

 

As a school we allow children to choose and read books that interest them. The following website offers clear reviews of many books, stating what content books include: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews

Amazon, as another example, 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.

 

This term we will be doing a number of cooking activities, including roasted vegetable couscous, following a recipe to create a savoury dish; truffles, linking with our chocolate theme; and courgette muffins.

 

Starting in March, we will be taking part in the Community Cards scheme and as such we will be having a variety of community visitors from that time. The children will learn about a variety of community resources and how to access these.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Miss Angus, Mrs Hussain and Mrs Benyon

 

Date and time

Event

Key Information

10th January

1pm-3pm

Dodgeball tournament

Children to come to school in uniform, PE kits and trainers will be changed into at school. Please send in a packed lunch as we will need to leave prior to hot dinners arriving.  

13th January

9-9.30

Curriculum Meeting

 

13th January

9.30-10.15

Upper School Reading Event

Parents are invited to stay after the curriculum meetings to participate in a reading event if their child is in Year 5 or 6

25th January

9am

Cross Country – Hughenden Park  

 

27th -30th January –

NFER test week – in mornings

Children will be completing a range of tests for Maths, SPAG and Reading.

31st January

9.30-10

6H Class Assembly

Parents are invited to a coffee morning preceding the class assembly from 9.00am

5th February

NSPCC workshops

 

10th February

Beginning of the Upper School Engineering Challenge

This event runs all week.

11th February

Safer Internet Day

 

14th February

Sausage Sizzle

 

2nd March

9-9.30am

Curriculum Meetings

 

5th March

World Book Day

 

9th March

Sport Relief Week

 

12th March

All afternoon

6H Litter Pick

 

20th March

12pm-2pm

Badminton Festival

Children to come to school in uniform, PE kits and trainers will be changed into at school. Please send in a packed lunch as we will need to leave prior to hot dinners arriving.

30th March – 3rd April No Clubs This Week

30th March

Science and Eco Week

 

31st March

InChiltern Concert

Choir pupils only

3rd of April

Sausage Sizzle