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Five Elms Primary School Newsletter December 2018

Dates 17

Friday 14th December

Robinson Crusoe Panto for Years 1-6

Monday 17th December

KS2 children - Christmas Carols at St Mary’s Church,

Grafton Road, Dagenham RM8 3EP between 10.00 a.m and 11.00 a.m.   Parents/Carers invited.

Tuesday 18th December

Class parties will be held in the afternoon.

Wednesday 19th December

End of Term.   School ends at 1.15pm, prompt.

Please make sure you pick up your child/children on time. 

Thank you.

Monday 7th January 2019

School Re- opens.  Normal time

Friday 18th January 2019

Made of Money workshops commence (details below)

Friday 15th February 2019

End of term.


MacMillan is a charity that helps people with cancer live life as fully as they can by providing practical, medical and financial support. This year in September, for MacMillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning and non uniform day, we raised £414.63. Thank you for your kind support.


Learning from home just got more exciting with Discovery Education Espresso

We are pleased to announce that you and your child can access the award-winning Discovery Education Espresso service from home.  We use Discovery Education Espresso in school to help motivate, engage and support learning in the classroom. Now your child can continue to enjoy what they have been doing at school, and you can be involved in their learning at home.
About Discovery Education Espresso

Espresso is an online cross-curricular service that provides video-rich resources to schools throughout the UK. It contains thousands of videos and multimedia activities, as well as a weekly news service — all designed by teaching professionals. For more information, please visit: www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/espresso
How to access Discovery Education Espresso from home (If you require further assistance please contact - School Support on 0800 6 527 527

To access Discovery Education Espresso from home please do the following:

  • go to www.discoveryeducation.co.uk
  • click the ‘Login’ button in the top right corner
  • select ‘Espresso’
  • Enter your username: student12260
  • Enter your password: lion15

Your child should already be familiar with Espresso. They could show you how they have been using it in class and how to find resources. Once you are familiar with the service, you and your child may like to explore Espresso’s Online safety modules designed to help children develop a better understanding on how to use technology safely and respectfully.

We hope you will find Discovery Education Espresso useful as a resource to extend your child’s learning. If you have any further questions about how to use the service, please speak to your child’s teacher.


The Arts Ambassadors from years 3, 4, and 5 have been working on an exciting new project this term. They worked with designer Haidee Drew to develop the mezzanine space in the hall into a gallery space. They designed a versatile space using their ideas and inspiration from their trip to the Design Museum. The Children presented their ideas to Mrs Dickson before a final design proposal was presented to Haidee to create. The children's gallery design has now been built and is ready for the all the pupils to have the opportunity to exhibit their work in the gallery. There will be an gallery opening event in the New Year.

The Art Leader, Mrs Ripp has led the school to attaining a GOLD Artsmark - a fantastic achievement! 


Five Elms Friends Association organised the Family Quiz which was held on Thursday 6 December, £170 was raised, which will go towards purchasing new books for the school library. It was a fun event and there were some great prizes.  Dawn Alexander donated wonderful raffle prizes. People won a variety of perfume and aftershaves. Congratulations to all the quiz prize winners.

Third prize

Freddie Alexander Edney's team

Won a pamper basket and some Quality Street


Second prize

Curtis Cooper, Lexie & Frankie Richardson

Won tickets to Kidspace and a Christmas mug and chocolates

First prize

Bobby Perring, Billy Johnson & Jordan Brown

Won Gucci aftershave and an incredible cake which was baked by Dionne Graham, Hannah and Sheyanne's mum

Dionne bakes cakes for all occasions and made and donated this special cake for the event. From this event we raised £170. This money will go towards buying some new library books for the children. Thank you to all parents and staff that helped make this possible. Five Elms Friends Association are meeting again this Friday morning at 9am so please come along to discuss any ideas you have for future events.


In the New Year, Made of Money workshops will commence. There will be four sessions on how you can get the most out of your financial situation with lots of money saving tips and fun activities. The first session is on January 18, please call Francesca on 02082706699 to book or find out more.

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