Fairstead House


An independent day school and nursery for boys and girls
from three months to eleven years

Dear Parents

I am sure that I am not alone in being amazed that we have reached the half-term holiday so quickly.  It has been an extremely busy six weeks, full of adventures and learning.  I think that the children will benefit greatly from a week of rest and relaxation, in readiness for the second half of our Lent term.

A particular highlight of the week for me was watching Year 2’s class assembly.  I was amazed at how much they had learnt about the Great Fire of London and how confidently and enthusiastically they shared their learning and passion for the subject with the school.  Thank you, Year 2!

Reception

The key themes of ‘kindness and friendship’ have been very much in the forefront of everyone’s minds in Reception this week.  The children were excited to become ‘Food Bank Volunteers’ and help count and sort all of the wonderful donations into different groups. They then eagerly packed all the items back into the trolley ready for Dr White to collect today. The support for this project has been truly overwhelming and everyone in Reception would like to say a huge thank you to you all!
In Spanish, a story was shared which demonstrated beautifully how characters from different places and who speak different languages can still became the best of friends.  In P.E. the children demonstrated super teamwork and worked together effectively to transport their equipment safely.
Thank you so much to Charlotte’s Mummy for being our ‘Surprise Reader’ this week.

 

 

 

 

 

Year 1

In Year 1 this week, the children have been working very hard learning about money in Maths.
They have had a lot of fun working out how much they have to spend and how quickly the money runs out!
We ended the week with a lot of love in the classroom and they are all ready for a very well-deserved break. Enjoy.

 

 

Year 2

Year 2 really enjoyed teaching the whole school about The Great Fire of London in their Sharing Assembly this week. They relished the opportunity to tell the whole story of The Great Fire, including how it started, how it spread and how it was eventually extinguished. Well done, Year 2!

 

 

 

Years 3 and 4

Years 3 and 4 began the week with a World War II rationing baking lesson. With very little amounts of flour, margarine, sugar and carrot they proved that, with some creativity, it was possible to make delicious sweet treats. The children enjoyed their biscuits for afternoon snack and Luca asked if the recipe could be included in the newsletter, so that they may be baked at home. So here it is, enjoy!

 

To end the week, Years 3 and 4 had an exceptionally informative day at Duxford Imperial War Museum. Fortunately, John a volunteer, was 4 years old at the start of World War II and he shared some very interesting stories with us. The children were enthralled by the fighter and bomber planes and the size of the doodlebug. Thank you to the volunteers at Duxford IWM for a wonderful experience.

 

Year 5

This week in Year 5, we have been looking at spheres in a range of ways: tennis balls, planets and well rounded, balanced arguments. Following on from the English Homework, the children have been discussing whether or not Mary should have entered the Secret Garden. We have also started to look at how taxes are collected and spent. They were not happy with the idea of their sweets being taxed! They have worked hard over this half term and are looking forward to a relaxing break before we start again.

 

Year 6

Year 6 enjoyed a very informative and interesting day at the National Maritime Museum, in Greenwich London this week. This was to complement their study of the Titanic. They were able to look at real artefacts, letters and menus from the ocean liner. One of these was the poignant pocket watch belonging to a young man called Robert Douglas Norman, who was on his way to Vancouver to visit his brother. The watch was found in his pocket when his body was recovered from the sea. The rusted hands still show the time it stopped when he entered the water: 3.07 in the morning. They also met a character (an actress) called Edith Louise Rosenbaum Russell, who was saved by the ‘women and children first policy’. She spoke to us about the accommodation and different classes on the Titanic. It was a most enjoyable and entertaining day!

 

Match Reports

U11 Girls’ Netball v Moreton Hall, St Felix School and St Margaret’s School

‘On Wednesday the 11th February, the U11 girls played a quadrangular match against Moreton Hall, St Felix and St Margaret’s. In our first match against St Felix we won the toss and chose to have first centre pass. We quickly got the ball into the D and were able to score a goal. Fleur and Ella continued to work well together, passing the ball to Isabella who was able to score. Darcy and Zara intercepted the ball well and prevented St Felix from scoring. The final score was 6-2 to us. Well done girls, great work!
In our next game against Moreton Hall, we found it difficult to get the ball into the D and didn’t get many shots on goal. However we were able to intercept the ball and kept on trying our hardest. Claudia marked her player well and Kitty was able to find space to receive the ball. Unfortunately the final score was 4-0 to Moreton Hall.
In our final match against St Margaret’s, we struggled to get into the game, tiring quickly. They were able to get the ball into the D and score. Better luck next time team!’

Ava W., Girls’ Sport Captain

 

U11 Boys’ Football v Moreton Hall, St Felix School and St Margaret’s School

‘On Wednesday 12th February, the U11 boys played a series of matches at Moreton Hall.  Our first game was against Moreton Hall.  We won the toss and chose centre.  We played extraordinarily well, especially George and Julian, and we managed to score a goal.  In the second half we felt very confident, but I feel we relaxed too much and they scored two goals.  Our next match was against St Margaret’s.  We started with the ball.  There was some good running by George but it was not enough and they kept possession.  There was great defending by Jasim, Theo and Finlay and great attempts by Dylan.  The final score was 0-1 to them.  Our final match was against St Felix.  Great passing by Toby and great receiving by George, but we struggled to regain possession and the final score was 3-0.  Well done, team, better luck next time!’

Alexander G.,  Boys’ Team Captain

 

Special thanks to our Match Photographer, Eleanor in Year 6, for her wonderful photographs! 

Music

In Year 1 Class Music this week, the pupils listened to the story of ‘King Midas’ from one of the Greek Myths.

Using various percussion instruments, including glockenspiels, xylophones, metallophones, windchimes, agogo woodblocks and bells. Using notes from a pentatonic scale and changing the tempo, pupils composed a simple piece in binary form.

In Year 2 Class Music this week, pupils listened to Ted Dewan’s story of ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.’ They created a piece in ternary form using notes from the Dorian mode to improvise with and a sequence of rhythmical patterns.

A large group of children from Years 1 and 2 have joined the Fife Club this term. We rehearse on Tuesdays in the Performing Arts Centre with me. So far the fife players have learnt to play A and B and enjoyed performing simple rhythmical patterns. I hope by the end of the project we will have inspired a few children to take up the flute next year.

Mrs Karina Warburton, Director of Music 

 

French & Spanish Stars of the Week

This week, our Étoiles de la Semaine in French are Tabitha and Julian in Year 4. The Spanish Estrellas de la Semana are Darcey in Year 5 and Eleanor in Year 6. Well done to the children.

Charity Swim-a-thon

Recently, Theo, Casper, Dylan, Perdie, Fleur, Finlay, Jos and their friend Leo completed a ‘marathon’ swim of 26.2 miles at the Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa. They have raised £1,512 and donations are still coming in, £470 of which is from cash donations that Theo and Casper have raised by selling sweets and organising a Champaign raffle.

They have shown resilience and determination and have had a lesson in public speaking, writing persuasive letters, working as a team and organisational skills. We are extremely proud of them all!

School Uniform Survey

In response to feedback from some parents, we are very happy to continue using ‘Mr Cricket’ to supply our uniform.  We prefer to use local suppliers wherever possible!  To ensure that you get the very best service, Mr Cricket has prepared a short survey.  We would be very grateful if you could please take this very brief survey as we are keen to learn your thoughts and suggestions for an even more efficient service. Thank you.

Parents’ Association Bingo Night

The Parents’ Association are very much looking forward to their annual bingo night, which this year will be on Friday 13th March.  A family ticket is £10 and includes four cards (please see below for details).  Last year’s bingo night was a resounding success and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Head’s ‘Open Office’

The next Head’s Open Office will be on Thursday 27th February after drop-off.  I look forward to seeing you then for coffee and pastries.  This is an opportunity for you to raise any questions, however small, that you may have,

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Cora in Year 1 and Gabriella in Year 3.  Well done, girls!

Birthdays

This week, we wish a happy birthday to  Thea, Ralph, Felix, Jude, Esme, Freddie and Piper in the Nursery, Jessie in Year 1, Charles and Alexander in Year 3 and Fleur in Year 5.

I re-iterate Mrs Sanders’ appreciation for all your donations to our Reception class’ food bank appeal.  It was wonderfully heartening and your support was greatly appreciated by the Reception children and, I am sure, all who use the food bank service.  The children are looking forward to visiting the food bank after half-term and seeing how your donations are used.

With my best wishes for a lovely half-term with your children,

Lynda Brereton