Another week, another sporting highlight! On Monday we began out regular cricket training session at Exning Cricket Club and on Wednesday we hosted our first home match against Brookes Cambridge. The weather was glorious, the match tea was declared to be “the best ever” by both teams and our boys were delighted with their strong victory. Particular mention must go to Abiram for taking six wickets with his magnificent bowling. I look forward to welcoming you to our next home match there.
Our U9 boys’ cricket were equally successful at Framlingham. Well done to both teams!
Earlier in the week, a mixed team from Year 6 (and Ava from Year 5) took part in a High Five Netball Tournament at Newmarket Academy. We were narrowly beaten at the last minute in the semi-final and made for very tense viewing for all. Mr Radford was delighted with the high quality of play. Well done, everyone!
This week, the children in Reception have enjoyed becoming authors and have written their very own ‘Frog Prince’ stories. They have also written their favourite ‘frog fact’ for the class Non-Fiction book, after completing research online and using library books. The children also took their writing outside, as they took part in a ‘riddle competition.’ Fingers crossed for success!
In Maths, frogs have been jumping off logs and tadpoles have been swimming away to help the children to solve different subtraction problems. In Music, the children have moved like different characters in the Frog Prince story and retold the story using instruments.
The class were also very lucky to have two ‘Surprise Readers’ to visit this week. Thank you so much to Matilda’s Mummy and Cora’s Mummy for sharing two very entertaining stories with everybody.
Year 1 thrilled everyone this week with their wonderful assembly about seaside holidays and how they have changed over the years.They were so professional in their approach from helping write their script and having lots of suggestions to how it should look (just like a holiday photograph). Mrs Scott was so very proud of them all.
After all that hard work they set about making smoothies and fruit ice lollies and, with the glorious weather today, they were enjoyed by all.
In Science, Year 2 have enjoyed watching the progress their seeds/ plants have been making over the past three weeks. The children planted sunflowers, marrows, irises and broad beans, and they have been very diligent in providing their plants with everything they think they need!
As part of their whole class experiment into the optimum growing conditions for plants, the children have been busy taking measurements and recording observations of three plants. They have been recording their results in their own plant diary and they are looking forward to plotting their results on a bar graph.
In Spanish lessons this half term, Year 3 have been studying the Spanish artist, Miró, and have learnt how to describe the colours and shapes in his paintings in Spanish. In this week’s lesson, the children made their own artwork inspired by Miró, choosing to make a sculpture or draw a picture. They then wrote Spanish sentences in their books to describe the shapes and colours they had used in their own artwork, remembering that in Spanish the word order is different and that the shape goes in front of the colour in the sentence. Well done, Year 3, for making such wonderful art and writing such accurate sentences!
This week, Year 4 have written explanation texts. Firstly, they identified the features such as an introduction, paragraphs, time conjunctions, technical vocabulary and a summary. They then watched Wallace and Gromit’s Cracking Contraption, ’The Snoozatron’ and wrote excellent explanation texts on how it works, to provide a good night’s sleep.
The highlight of this week for Year 5 was undoubtedly our visit to Dalham Hall Stud. The trip marked the first of three sessions of the ‘Under Starters Orders’ program. The children learnt about different elements of horse breeding, including pedigree. The children were fascinated by the whole process that takes place. During our tour of the stud, the children were lucky enough to see ‘Dubawi’, the leading stallion. The children were also given a surprise horseshoe from the stallion, ‘Golden Horn’, which was a real treat. Each child became a jockey by using the exerciser. A big thank you to Godolphin for hosting this visit.
Year 6 had a visit from Mr Sam Weller, a volunteer educational officer, from the RNLI this week. He gave them a very informative talk about the history of the RNLI, which was founded in 1824. They also found out about Grace Darling and her heroic rescue of nine survivors from ‘The Forfarshire’ in 1838. Mr Weller then progressed onto water safety and the dangers around harbours, rivers and seas. The children had fun spotting and discussing these hazards. Finally, they were shown how the RNLI operates today and learnt about the different rescue boats and the role of the volunteers.
U9 Boys’ Cricket v Framlingham College
“On Wednesday 22nd May, the U9 boys played cricket against Framlingam College. We won the toss and chose to field first. Hugo bowled well, as did Alex and Toby. I bowled three batsman out, keeping their score down. Luca and Flynn stopped all the balls that came to them, giving us a good chance to win. Luckily, Jos threw the ball so accurately it hit the wickets.
In the second half, Framlingham were good at fielding but, despite that, we batted really well, especially Olly, George and Jasim. The final score was 270 runs to Fairstead and 243 runs to Framlingham. Well done, team, keep up the good work!”
Dylan B., U9 Captain
U11 Boys’ Cricket v Brookes Cambridge
“On Wednesday 22nd May, the U11 boys played a hard ball cricket match against Brookes Cambridge. It was our first home game so we were very excited! Brooks won the toss and decided to field first. Our first batting pair was Abiram and me. We played well; Abiram hit a four and I hit a lot of quick runs! The next pair was the superior Harry and Toby. It was not so good a start for Harry and Toby but they made a spectacular comeback as Harry hit two fours and Toby had some hard hits! The next wonderful pair was the almighty Ben and Jack. They started off well but unluckily were out. Jack made some awesome hits and Ben hit the ball perfectly through the gaps of the fielding team
After Ben and Jack, came the speedy Abdullah and Richard, with some quick runs from Abdullah and good hits from Richard. Our next batting pair was the powerful Sam and Alex. After a few good hits from Sam and spectacular thinking from Alex, Fairstead House was in dreamland as our score was 42! After all that hard work, we were treated to a yummy match tea that our amazing Chef had made for us! After tea we were fielding. I was so proud our of fielders as Abiram bowled six wickets, which is astonishing! Ben and Alex also bowled wickets, Harry stumped someone out, Alex bowled someone out, Toby was quick to retrieve the ball – the list goes on! The final score was 42-20. Congratulations, boys! Keep up the winning spirit!
Madoc B., U11 Boys’ Captain
Informal Tea-time Concert
Today in our wonderful Performing Arts Centre, we had our first Informal Tea Time Concert of the Summer Series 2019. Pupils from Years 1 to 4 performed on various instruments including piano, violin and cello. This is a great opportunity for instrumentalists and solo singers to perform, some for the first time, in a lovely setting in front of an audience of friends and family. Congratulations to everyone for performing so well and we must thank our Music Prefects for all the help and support they give and serving refreshments.
Speech & Drama Lessons
‘A few weekly Sessions are still available for LAMDA from this September at Fairstead House. Many children have come up to me asking for lessons which is very flattering!
These sessions are both exam based – Students can take exams that range from Introductory Exams for Reception/ Year One right through to Bronze, Silver and Gold Medal but it is usual to get to Grade 3 or possible 4 prior to secondary school. Exams are available for Acting/ Communication/ Verse and Prose and Shakespeare.
Exams take place at three separate points in the academic year.
Some of my students work with me on self-confidence, on pure enjoyment of drama, on interview technique, on expanding their knowledge of authors and playwrights and don’t have to work to an examination brief. The sessions are personalised to the requirements of the individual.
Weekly sessions currently cost £16 and if there is large enough uptake I am willing to give one more day in my week to Fairstead as the sessions seem very popular since I started in January last year.
Please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org at anytime to either book your place or have me answer any questions you may have.’
Mr Jonathan Woolf, Speech & Drama Teacher
All children should return to school after half-term wearing their summer uniforms (summer dresses for girls and grey shorts for boys). A reminder that summer dresses should be worn with white socks, either long or short. Thank you.
Sunhats and Cream
As the weather becomes warmer, please remember to apply long-lasting sun cream to your child and also please ensure that your child has a school sunhat in school at all times.
Whole School Photograph
Gilmour & Soames are visiting school on Tuesday 4th June to take a traditional whole school photograph. All children from Reception to Year 6 will be included and, as mentioned above, should be in summer uniform.
To protect the health of your children and everyone at Fairstead House and the environment, please can you refrain from sitting in the car with the engine running whilst in the car park. I am sure that you are aware of the nationwide campaign to reduce emissions in the vicinity of schools and the Traffic Agency are thinking as to how to reduce emissions on Fordham Road between the two primary schools. Your help and cooperation in this will be greatly appreciated.
Please could you ensure that your child has a clean linen napkin in school at all times to use at lunch. These should be taken home on Fridays to wash. Thank you.
Half-term Holiday Competition
Every child has taken home a sheet of A4 paper on which to design a cover for next year’s school planner. This should be based upon an image from around school, with no wording, please. Two winners will be chosen; one from Key Stage 1 and one from Key Stage 2.
Summer Holiday Club
Our popular Holiday Club will be running for all eight weeks of the summer. Please find a booking form here and please return to the School Office at your earliest convenience.
Years 1 and 2 Trip to North Norfolk
Years 1 and 2 are looking forward to an exciting visit to North Norfolk on Friday 7th June. The children will experience a steam train ride from Sheringham to Holt, stopping en route at a number of destinations, each one representing seaside holidays from a different decade.
Dates for your Diary (details of all to follow)
Monday 3rd June at 6.00pm in the Performing Arts Centre – Parents of children in Years 5 and 6 are invited to a talk by the children’s class teachers prior to the children starting their new topic of Sex and Relationships Education (SRE). The teachers will discuss what will be covered in class.
Tuesday 25th June – Parents’ Evening
Thursday 25th June – Parents’ Evening
Monday 1st July – Sports’ Afternoon, Reception to Year 6 on the Severals.
Tuesday 2nd July – An Afternoon of Music & Drama in the Performing Arts Centre.
Thursday 4th July – Year 1- 6 annual visit to Old Hunstanton.
Thursday 4th July – Sports’ Afternoon at school for the Nursery (Foals, Yearlings and Ponies).
Friday 5th July – Speech Day & Prizegiving at St Mary’s Church. All children from Reception to Year 6 participate in this annual event (please note that prizewinners and parents of prizewinners are not notified in advance). This is a wonderful finale to the end of the school year and we look forward to seeing you all there.
This week, Kindness Cups were won by Alexander in Year 2 and Jasim in Year 4. Well done, boys!
This week, we wish a happy birthday to Georgie, Tabitha and Oscar in the Nursery, Lefkianna in Year 1 and Abisha and Lara in Year 6.
A Gentle Reminder…
Whilst I try to accommodate families who need to take time out of school for significant family events through the year, I am aware that we have a significant number of children who are missing today or part of today to start their holiday early. I feel that this is giving your children the wrong message about the importance of school. Term dates are published well in advance to allow you to plan your family holidays accordingly. I thank you, in advance, for adhering to these dates.
With my best wishes for a lovely half-term with your children and looking forward to a full and exciting five weeks ahead,