Fairstead House


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

Dear Parents

We are very excited to announce more details of our ‘Summer Gala Celebration’ on Tuesday 3rd July from 2.30pm.  You are all warmly invited, along with a number of our alumni, to spend the afternoon with us all in school.  There will be a number of mini concerts to be enjoyed over a glass of fizz in the Performing Arts Centre, a selection of this year’s Art will be in display and Mr Radford is looking forward to hosting a parents/alumni v children rounders’ match on the Severals.  Afternoon Tea will be served in the Hall, giving you a chance to catch up with friends!  Throughout the afternoon, our senior pupils are looking forward to giving guided tours of the school.  If you would like to attend, then please do let the School Office know so that we ensure we are fully catered for.  Thank you.

Reception

We were so excited to come into the classroom on Monday morning and find frogs in our tank! The children were also very excited to hatch some ‘Aqua Dragon’ eggs and have been eagerly using their magnifying glasses to spot the young sea creatures.
The story of ‘Billy’s Bucket’ has been extremely popular this week and the children have enjoyed writing all about why Billy might have requested a ‘bucket’ for his birthday. There have been some very imaginative ideas, please do ask the children to share them with you!
In Maths, the children estimated how many sea creatures they could see in Billy’s bucket. They then counted the creatures and discussed if their estimate was accurate or not. It was wonderful to listen to the children using such wonderful mathematical vocabulary to communicate their ideas.
The children also thoroughly enjoyed their Music lesson; they became active storytellers and retold the story of ‘Cinderella,’ using actions and instruments. ‘The Waltz’ was a particular highlight and it was wonderful to watch the children dancing in pairs whilst being accompanied by the piano.
Well done to Jamie, for gaining his ‘Gold Certificate’ in Mathletics this week, and many thanks to our ‘Surprise Reader’ for sharing a story all about teamwork under the sea!

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Year 1

In Year 1 this week, we have had great fun with rhyming words and making up our own rhymes, concentrating particularly on animals.
In Maths, we have been focusing on measuring mass and capacity and the children have enjoyed presenting and comparing their data with each other.
It was also a real privilege watching the class presenting all they have learnt in Music on Tuesday; I was very proud of them all.

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Year 2

Year 2 have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Sikhism this week in RS. They looked at pictures of the Sikh wedding that Miss Drayton went to at the weekend, and learned more about the structure of a Sikh ceremony and the traditions that are followed. They explored objects from the wedding including the beautiful invitations, Mehndi jewellery and a sari. Finally, the children took part in some Indian dancing; their moves were fabulous!

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Year 3

In English, Year 3 have enjoyed writing their own plays and learning how to write and use stage directions.  The plays were modelled on a selection of Roald Dahl’s work and the children have loved using creative and imaginative language in their writing.  Next week in ICT, the children plan to type up their plays and they will then be displayed for you all to enjoy.

Year 4

Year 4 have been identifying different bones in the human body this week. They were amazed to find out that babies have 300 bones when born, but some of these join together until there are only 206 left. They also enjoyed feeling their ribs, spine and eye sockets.  Molly very kindly brought in her skeletons of a human and a dog, to assist us in our lessons. They are of course plastic, but very realistic!

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Year 5

As part of the work on ‘forces’ in Science, Year 5 carried out investigations using levers.  The challenge was to work out where weights of varying amounts needed to be placed in order to balance a 1kg weight on a lever.  There was great celebration when balance was achieved!

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Year 6

Year 6 have had a most memorable week in Snowdonia!  I am sure that all the Year 6 parents have enjoyed reading Mr Radford’s daily blog as much as I have.  Despite their initial disappointment that the inclement weather prohibited them from climbing Mount Snowdon, Mount Drum proved equally challenging and rewarding to conquer.  I was very impressed by the children’s perseverance, the manner in which they rose to all the challenges set them and their collaborative skills.  This was especially evident in the wonderful den building competition!

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Informal Tea-time Concert

On Tuesday we had our last Informal Tea-time Concert of this term.  It was a wonderful performance!  Years 1 and 2 performed pieces from their class music instrumental project this term and we also enjoyed some solo performances from children in Years 1 – 4.  Thank you again to everyone for your support and I look forward to seeing you all again in September for our Autumn concerts!

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Technology Club

This term in Technology Club we’ve been using Crumble boards. Crumble boards are very similar to a Raspberry Pi, allowing you to develop programs to control motors, lights, switches and other sensors using a “Scratch” like programming language. These languages allow you to build a program as a sequence of commands by piecing together statements, a little like a puzzle. We’ve also been using Sparkle boards, whch have colour changing lights.  We started off writing a program to turn every other light on a different colour before writing a program to make a light move along the board!

We are hoping to make the program simpler with some loops and logic, and to make our lights change colour depending upon how dark the room is by using light sensors. As well as having the Crumble board each week we also have the VR area where children can ‘ride roller coasters’ or explore Google Earth.

If you do have any questions about Technology Club or wanted some help to setup a Crumble or VR at home, or wanted to come along a try the VR or have a “play” with a Crumble board then always please feel free to e-mail me at matt.stannard@the-happiness-index.com . Have a lovely weekend!

Mr Matt Stannard

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Parents’ Evenings – Tuesday 26th June and Thursday 28th June

Please ensure that you have booked an appointment to your see child’s class teacher on either of these days for your 10 minute appointment.  Refreshments will be served in my office from 4.00pm for you to take to your appointment.

After-School Clubs Next Week

Due to Parents’ Evening, there will be no Playground Games or Greek Clubs on Tuesday and no Craft or Board Games Clubs on Thursday.

Headlice

We have had reports of headlice in school.  Please do check your children carefully and treat appropriately if necessary.

Parents’ Association AGM – Wednesday 27th June

Everyone is warmly invited to the Parents’ Association AGM, which will beheld in the Science Lab at 8.45am on Wednesday 27th June. Coffee and pastries will be served.

Swimming Lessons for Years 1 – 4 – Thursday 28th June

Parents of children in Years 1-4 are invited to watch the swimming lessons on Thursday. Years 1-2 swim between 2.00pm and 2.30pm, whilst Years 3-4 swim between 2.30pm and 3.00pm,  Please note that the last swimming lesson of this term will be Thursday 4th July.

School Trips This Week

Next week, Years 3 and 4 are looking forward to participating in the Primary School Games at Newmarket Academy on Thursday from 9.30am to 12pm.  You are all very welcome to spectate and support!

Also next week, Years 5 and 6 complete their ‘Racing to School’ programme with an afternoon at the races on Thursday 28th June.  Tickets are in the School Office for those parents who have requested them.

Parents v Children Rounders Match – Friday 29th June at 2.00pm

Parents and children in Year 6 are eagerly anticipating this annual match, which will take place on the Severals and will be followed by a celebratory match tea in the Hall.

Lost Uniform

Please could you check that your child has their own blazer as we are missing one in Key Stage 2.  Thank you.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Charlotte in Year 1 and Harry in Year 5.  Well done, children!

Birthdays

This week, we wish a happy birthday to Beatrix, Archie and Sidney in the Nursery, Jack in Reception, Louis in Year 1, Harry in Year 2 and Chloe in Year 6.

With my best wishes for a lovely weekend with your children,

Lynda Brereton