Fairstead House


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

Dear Parents

What a delight and pleasure it was to see all the children (and staff!) fully embrace ‘World Book Day’.  A vast range of characters and books were represented, fiction and non-fiction, including Shakespeare, Beatrix Potter and the ever-popular Julia Donaldson.  It was wonderful to see all the children in Nursery taking part, many for the very first time!  My sincere thanks to you all for helping the children to create such marvellous costumes!

 

Reception

It has been a wonderful week in Reception leading up to ‘World Book Day’ and the children have thoroughly enjoyed sharing their super costumes and stories today. They also had a lovely time at the library and behaved beautifully during their visit.
Every day this week, the children have enjoyed voting for their favourite ‘traditional tale’ to hear at the end of the day. They have also enjoyed welcoming in two ‘Surprise Readers.’
Thank you so much to Mr Nelson and Mrs Bell for sharing some of their favourite stories.
The story of ‘The Three Little Pigs has been very popular this week too, and the children have enjoyed retelling it, using actions.

 

 

Year 1

In Year 1, the children have started working on time. The children went through the different areas of Maths they have been studying; 2D shapes, halves, quarters and counting in 5s ,they then put all these different elements together and created a clock!
In Science, they have been doing experiments to find out what are absorbent materials and which out of our selection was waterproof.  Lots of fun was had by holding materials over heads to see if the children got wet!
The highlight of the week was a letter that arrived from Buckingham Palace in reply to the children’s recent letter to her. Her Majesty was sorry she couldn’t make a visit to the school but sent lots of information to continue with Year 1’s topic. It was a very personal letter and spoke of how her Majesty had enjoyed the photographs and the designs of the children’s handbags.
We ended the week with a wonderful ‘World Book Day’ and extracts of books that the children enjoyed were shared with the whole class.

 

 

 

 

Year 2

As part of their ‘Street Detectives’ topic, Year 2 enjoyed sketching and painting their homes this week to go on display in the classroom. They also became ‘colour detectives’ and explored colour mixing techniques. The children were excellent at predicting which secondary colour they would make after mixing two primary colours together and they made tints and tones by adding white and black.

 

 

 

 

Pre-Prep Bug Hunters!

Children in Pre-Prep have enjoyed becoming bug hunters and bird watchers when playing with their new break-time equipment this week. The resources were chosen by the children and are being enjoyed by all!

 

 

Year 3

In Year 3 English lessons this week, we have been looking at ‘performance poems’ by various poets, including Michael Rosen. We have been identifying the features of the poems, including rhyme, repetition, rhythm, informal language, onomatopoeia, and structure. The children have enjoyed working in pairs and groups to perform some of the poems to the rest of the class.

 

Year 4

This week, Year 4 have been preparing for their class assembly by developing their roles as the characters from the World War 2 play, ‘Bombs and Blackberries’. They have been working hard to show the feelings of the characters through their tone of voice and body language.
In Maths, they have been exploring the properties of 2D shapes. They have used isometric paper and square dotted paper to draw a variety of shapes, including scalene and isosceles triangles, parallelograms and isosceles trapeziums. They have identified parallel sides, equal adjacent angles and marked these using arrowheads and dashes.
Finally, the children identified lines of symmetry.

 

Year 5

This week, we visited Audley End as part of our topic based on The Secret Garden. The children needed to see a walled garden to understand the size and feel of it. The weather was not all we could have wished for but it was still dry and not overcast. As a result, we could discover how the house generated electricity, see the various bridges and tank defences and even met the horses. All this as well as investigating two walled gardens – Good effort from all. We ended up with a picnic before returning to school.  A most successful and enjoyable trip!

 

Year 6

Year 6 continued their study of light today by investigating shadows. They devised a fair test to determine the effect that the distance of a light source had on the size and clarity of a shadow. Afterwards, they repeated their results and recorded their observations in a graph.

 

 

 

Informal Tea-time Concert

Today we had our last Informal Tea Time Concert of the Lent 2020 series and what a wonderful concert it was! Pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 performed on piano, violin and cello and several singers performed songs. To have the opportunity to hear a range of ages and levels was lovely. A special mention must go to the Year 1 singers for singing so nicely and to Dylan for his performance of ‘Film Noir’ from the ABRSM grade 5 pieces. Congratulations to everyone and well done.

 

Parents’ Association Bingo Evening – Friday 13th March

The Parents’ Association are very much looking forward to their annual bingo night on Friday 13th March in the Performing Arts Centre. 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.

Year 2’s Trip to the National Horseracing Museum

Year 2 had a wonderful day at the National Horse-racing Museum on Wednesday. They spent the morning in the Education Suite, where they found about more about the history of Newmarket and, in particular, the association of Newmarket with the Stuarts. They particularly enjoyed the tour around the re-homing yard, the Rothschild yard, and some children were brave to enough to tackle the racehorse ‘exerciser’.  We are indeed very fortunate to have such a wonderful resource on our doorstep!

 

Holiday Club

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.

Hollowford Information Evening – Year 6

Parents of children in Year 6 are warmly invited to attend an Information Evening on Thursday 12th March about the residential trip to the Hollowford Centre in the Peak District. Refreshments will be served from 5.45pm in the Entrance Hall and the presentation will begin at 6.00pm in the Year 6 classroom.

Parents’ Evening

This term’s Parents’ Evenings will take place over Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th March to enable our sports fixtures and wealth of after-school clubs to continue.  The booking system on SchoolBase will be open from Monday afternoon for you to make your appointment.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Harry in Reception and MIchaela in Year 4.

Birthdays

This week, we wish a happy birthday to Sebastian, Wilfrid, Miles and Monty in the Nursery and Lilly in Year 2.

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

Lynda Brereton