I am sure that I, and my colleagues, are not alone in feeling very sad that our Lent has come to such an abrupt ending. It was very poignant in assembly this morning when I wished the children a very happy Easter whilst not knowing when we would all be together again.
This week in Reception, we continued with the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and the children enjoyed becoming authors and writing about the key events. Thank you to our ‘Surprise Reader,’ Miss Bryan who came and read the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs,’ in French. The children loved exploring the different vocabulary and translating it into the story language they are familiar with.
The children have enjoyed spending time outdoors this week, and have taken different traditional tales and stories into the forest to act out. They have also enjoyed considering what makes their Mummies special and drawn some super portraits of their mothers.
This week we have been continuing our learning of time and even made a human clock.
As we are unable to perform our assembly to the whole school next week, the children decided to dress up and perform it regardless! Mrs Scott was so proud of the class and they really enjoyed themselves.
Year 2 have really enjoyed learning a little more about the history of Fairstead House this week when Bert brought in his father’s blazer from when he attended the school over 30 years ago.
In French this term, Year 3 have been learning how to talk about the weather and recapping the days of the week. Our learning culminated in the children working together in groups to write and then perform their very own weather forecasts in French! Great work, Year 3!
In English this week, we have been comparing the book of the story, ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ with the film in preparation for children writing their own stories along the same lines as ‘Fantasic Mr Fox’.
In Science this week, Year 4 were learning the difference between complete and incomplete circuits. They then explored the need for switches and how they work. The children thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with the components and creating their own circuits to light bulbs and motorise fans, using push button and toggle switches. Finally, they wrote an explanation as to why particular circuits were successful or not.
This week has been, for obvious reasons, unusual. With a shrinking class, my remaining pupils have worked hard and persevered. We have been able to delve into points and ideas and I have been impressed by their calm sensible approach. I have discussed with the pupils in school about work for next week but I thought I would add the extra information here.
All learning will be online. In Mr. Radford’s computing lessons, the children have used remote.fairstead.co.uk to access lessons by clicking on computing lessons. I have borrowed that link and the children will now find an extra tab, soon to be three. The first is Year 5 English; the others will be Year 5 maths and Year 5 Miscellaneous. All lessons will be on these tabs in date order with the current week being added to the top. Your child knows the logins and can access these lessons. I can then mark the work and respond online. Please be patient in the first week as I learn the system!
I hope that all the children I have not seen this week are faring well and I look forward to seeing the work they do over the holidays.
Hopefully, I will see them in person soon. Enjoy your Easter holiday when it comes.
Year 6 have been researching how the Titanic was found this week. They used video and the internet to find out about Dr Robert Ballard and the very interesting story of how and when the Titanic was discovered.
This afternoon, we had a wonderful time listening to pupils from Years 1 and 2 perform pieces on piano, violin, guitar and fife. A group of singers sang ‘Let’s Go Fly A Kite’ from the much loved musical ‘Mary Poppins’ and we also had a dance group perform a short routine to the song ‘Bad Guy’ by Billie Eilish! Our audience from Years 3 and 4 were so inspired that they started to pull out pieces and songs to perform. The afternoon finished with Jamie drumming ‘We Will Rock You’ on Kit. It was lovely to see so many children enjoy listening and performing to each other. Well done, everyone, and keep on playing and singing.
French & Spanish
This week’s French and Spanish stars are: James in Year 3 and Isabella in Year 4 as the French ‘Étoiles de la Semaine’ and Perdita in Year 5 and Molly in Year 6 as the Spanish ‘Estrellas de Semana’. Miss Bryan would also like to say ‘muy bien’ to Gabriella in Year 4 for reading her Spanish poem aloud to all the children in Thursday’s assembly.
Wellbeing Websites for Children
Our Wellbeing Lead, Mrs Karen Varma, has suggested the following websites may provide useful advice and ideas/resources for parents during this period of uncertainty.
mind.org.uk – Coronavirus and your wellbeing
annafreud.org – Supporting Young People’s Mental Health during periods of disruption
place2be.org.uk – Coronavirus: Helpful information to answer questions from children
Speech & Drama
This is such a tricky time for us all but I (as always) look to the future and remain optimistic. My individual lessons will continue via FaceTime on my mobile number 07377 416415. It may be that I offer additional sessions for children who have not yet started with me.
If you would like to start either Face To Face sessions in September 2020 or be added to the list of parents wanting 20 minute sessions on drama, literature, play writing, stories and even interview technique for those who will go into Year 6 in September then please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
My sessions cost £16 in line with other individual tuition at Fairstead. If you would like a place for September then please do book as soon as you are able
Many thanks and keep healthy.’
Freelance LAMDA Drama Tutor Lecturer
This week Kindness Cups were won by Oskar in Reception and Giselle in Year 4. Well done, children!
Over the weekend, details as to how all children in school will be able to access ‘Fairstead From Home’ learning will be e-mailed to you all.
May I take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks for your support and kind words at this difficult time, which are greatly valued by us all. The staff and children appreciate that it is our duty to do all that we can to help the country eradicate the coronavirus so that we can get back to normality as soon as we can.
Finally, my very best wishes to you all and your extended families and my sincere hope that you remain safe and healthy. We will of course let you know whenever we are given the go-ahead to open the School and Nursery. I remain hopeful that this will be sooner rather than later.