As I am sure you can imagine, we have had an extremely busy week in school and I was extremely proud of all of the children. The Inspectors observed every class and interviewed many children from across the school. They were charmed by the children and, in turn, the children loved sharing their passion for the school and their love of learning. Many thanks for taking time to complete the ISI questionnaire – your kind comments were greatly appreciated. We are looking forward to sharing our inspection report with you in approximately five weeks’ time; however, the Reporting Inspector’s parting comments were regarding what a happy school we have with delightful children!
What a super week the children have had in Reception!
Thank you to our Chef for joining us and assisting the class to make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. The children had great fun learning a poem to help them remember the sequence of the recipe instructions and then enjoyed writing them.
The class also enjoyed visiting Newmarket’s Open Door Charity and meeting Dr. White again.
The snow falling was also a huge highlight and this led to lots of wonderful scientific learning and experimentation. We have some super scientists in the making!
Year 1 arrived back at school after half-term armed with the most wonderful castles they had all made for our castle project. Please do come in and have a look!
On Tuesday, the children visited the ‘Crowns and Gowns’ exhibition held at Ely Cathedral, where they saw replicas of dresses worn by Queen Elizabeth l and Queen Elizabeth ll. They were able to get up very close and see all the detail in the dresses. Their favourite was Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation dress and they were fascinated to find out that it took 3,600 hours to make and the designer had nine attempts before the Queen agreed on the design.
Back at school, the children displayed fantastic teamwork by collating all the information they had gathered and put it into a super piece of writing. They ended off the week by designing their own coronation gowns.
In Geography this week, Year 2 had great fun exploring modern day maps of Newmarket using magnifying glasses. Together they tried to locate different buildings and landmarks around the town and highlighted big shapes on the map including The Severals and the Academy’s playing field. The highlighted shapes became their ‘markers’, and, when they went on to look at a map of Newmarket from 1959, those markers made it much easier to find many of the locations they found on the modern map, including Fairstead House! They looked for similarities and differences between the 2 maps and made observations of how Newmarket has changed. It was fascinating!
In Science this week, Year 3 have been studying soil. The children have been learning about what soil is composed of and what the different layers of soil beneath our feet are. They discovered that in one handful of soil there are more micro-organisms than there are people on the planet and that it can take more than 500 years to produce just 2cm of soil!
The children then examined and compared three different types of soil (clay, peat, and sandy soil), conducting an experiment to see which soil was the best ‘soaker’ and which was the best ‘drainer’ and why this was the case.
This week, Year 4 began reading ‘Bombs and Blackberries’ by Julia Donaldson. This play script is set during World War 2 and explores the experiences of a family that have a son who has signed up, a daughter who is a nurse and three younger children that have been evacuated from Manchester to the country. Year 4 began by reading parts and performing short scenes in groups and progressed to writing some outstanding descriptions of settings.
Year 5 have been looking at angles this week. These have been measured, drawn, used to construct triangles and even to investigate how light reflects off a planar surface. They have developed their accuracy and presentation skills through these tasks. We will be continuing to study shapes as the term progresses.
In English, the children have been looking at subordinate clauses. They focused on how to move subordinate clauses around in a sentence. They used pupils as clauses to model this. This week’s English homework will allow them to show their learning to you.
Year 6 have been working hard on their writing skills this week. They started a first person recount of a Titanic passenger. First, they had to create their own passenger, explain why they were travelling to New York and state which class they were travelling in. Interestingly, most of them chose second or third class because, in their eyes, those passengers ‘had the most fun!’ They next developed the scene for the recount by describing arriving at the Titanic and their bedrooms aboard. The next exciting instalment will be hitting the iceberg!
U9 Girls’ Hockey v Moreton Hall
‘On Wednesday 26th February, the U9 girls played indoor hockey against Moreton Hall. As we had never played indoors before, it took a while to get used to the ball bouncing off the walls and moving so fast from end to end. However, Sophie and I made some good attempts on goal and we were able to score. In defence, Ashleigh made some good saves along with Giselle. Bella did some amazing attacking managing to get the ball to the other end. Ashera hit the ball well into space with Harley but, unfortunately, they scored a couple of goals. Annabelle and Michaela did some great passing to each other.
Unfortunately, the end score was 8-2 to Moreton Hall. We will now work on our positioning and accurate passing.
Well done, team, better luck next time.’
Ella W., Captain
French & Spanish
In the children’s Languages lessons, they are learning about two new musicians and they may listen to them at home. The ‘musicien du trimestre’ in French is Francoise Hardy and the ‘músico del trimestre’ in Spanish is Alicia Granados. Let’s see if anyone can beat Gabriella in Year 4’s record of listening to 12 songs! This week’s French and Spanish stars are: Pearl in Year 3 and Ashera in Year 4 as the French ‘Étoiles de la Semaine’ and Jasim in Year 5 and Richard in Year 6 as the Spanish ‘Estrellas de Semana’. Well done for such a great start to the half term!
Miss K. Bryan, Teacher of French & Spanish
Speech & Drama
This is to let all parents at Fairstead House know that in September 2020 I shall have several spaces for children wishing to start individual Speech and Drama lessons with me each Tuesday.
These spaces get filled incredibly quickly at this forward thinking school and I have been amazed at the level of interest over the last couple of years.
If you would like to reserve a space for September then please e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to guarantee a place.’
Mr Jonathan Woolf
School Uniform Survey
Thank you to all of you who took part in our school uniform survey prepared by our uniform supplier, Mr Cricket. Mr Cricket will keep the survey open for one more week. Please find the survey link here.
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.
Our popular Holiday Club will run during the Easter Holidays from Monday 30th March until Friday 17th April. Please note, however, that Holiday Club will be closed on Good Friday (10th April) and Easter Monday (13th April). Please find a booking form here.
World Book Day
Just a reminder that we will be celebrating World Book Day on Friday 6th March. Children are invited to come into school dressed as a character from a favourite book. Ideally, we would prefer a non-Disney or superhero costume! Please encourage your child to bring their favourite book with them to share with their friends.
Hilltop Information Evening – Year 5
Parents of children in Year 5 are warmly invited to attend an Information Evening on Thursday 5th March about the residential trip to Hilltop Outdoor Centre in Sheringham, Norfolk . Refreshments will be served from 5.45pm and the presentation will begin at 6.00pm in the Year 5 classroom.
Year 2 Visit to the National Horseracing Museum
Year 2 are looking forward to their visit to the National Horseracing Museum on Wednesday 4th March for a bespoke day, tailored to their topic this term.
Year 5 Visit to Audley End
On Thursday 5th March, Year 5 are looking forward to their visit to Audley End House & Gardens, as part of their studies on ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Informal Teatime Concert
Today we had our second Informal Concert in the Lent Series. We heard thirteen pupils from Years 1 to 5 perform pieces on piano and violin as well as several singers performing songs from musicals. Congratulations to those who gave their first performance today! These occasions are very special and an important part to the pupils’ musical education. Many thanks to parents, friends, families and staff for supporting these events.
Our next Informal Concert will be on Friday 6th March.
Parents’ Association Cupcake Sale
The PA are holding a Cupcake Sale after school on Friday 6th March. This will be hosted by Reception children. Please do bring your spare change! Each cake is £1 and all proceeds go to the Parents’ Association.
As some of you are aware, Miss Tracy Hodgkinson is retiring at the end of this academic year after 16 years of service. We are delighted to announce that we have secured the services of Mr Sean Peace, who was the Year 6 teacher and Head of Prep at Hethersett Old School. Mr Peace is very excited to be joining our team and I look forward to introducing you to him next term.
Mr Peace thoroughly enjoyed his time with the current Year 5 children. He is relishing the prospect of teaching them when they move to Year 6 in September and preparing them for their senior schools. Mr Peace is very familiar with local senior schools, their individual characteristics and the preparations required for entrance into these schools. He is equally looking forward to meeting you all!
This week, Kindness Cups were won by Robert in Year 2 and Brennan in Year 3. Well done, children!
This week, we wish a happy birthday to Sienna and Dominic in the Nursery and Abudi and Lucy in Year 1.
With my best wishes for a lovely weekend with your children,