Dear Parents

This week has been very exciting for our Year 6 pupils as they were all offered places at the Senior Schools of their choice.  Many congratulations to all but in particular to Alexander, Eunsong and Samantha, who were awarded scholarships to the Stephen Perse, the Perse School and Thetford Grammar School respectively.

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Many thanks to you all for helping our children support our charity day today, Guide Dogs for the Blind.  Today was organised by our School Council, in particular Adele and Luie, who worked hard to display colourful posters around school advertising the day and told the children during Assembly how to support this worthwhile cause. School was full of dogs today, both animate and inanimate but all very friendly! Ted visited this morning and was read to by many of the younger children in school.

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Nursery

Our youngest members of the school community are becoming more confident by the day.  It is lovely to see them making friends and playing together inside and out.

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Reception

Reception welcomed Ted to their classroom this morning and all were desperate to read to him!  Ted in turn was very happy to listen to a variety of stories and appeared to thoroughly enjoy his day in school.

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Year 1

The highlight of the week for Year 1 was their taste testing lesson. The children had to predict which food items from a wide selection would prove sweet or sour.  The facial expressions when tasting vingegar, lime and lemon were great!  In Geography, Year 1 have continued to work on the points of a compass and following directions given to each other.  In Literacy, the children have been looking at the story of ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan where they wrote a postcard to themselves from the Lost Thing.  In RS this week, Year 1 have been concentrating on different plants that can be eaten, be used to take shade with or make something from and relating this to the Hindu creation story.

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Year 2

Year 2 have enjoyed continuing their Materials Science unit by testing everyday materials around them in school. They investigated whether they could change the shape of many objects made from different materials in the classroom and outside. Year 2 squashed, stretched, rolled, bent and twisted during their investigation. Joseph was particularly engaged and enthusiastic as he tested the wool!

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Year 3

In Science, Year 3 have continued their ‘States of Matter’ topic this term by investigating the melting point of chocolate. The children designed an investigation, identifying how to make the investigation a fair test. Thermometers, measuring jugs, stop watches, hot water and chocolate buttons were put to very good use. The results were very sticky indeed!

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Year 4

In Year 4, this half term’s Art has been linked to their History topic, the Tudors.  The children began by looking at the meaning of the Tudor rose and how it symbolised the unity of the two families. Year 4 then thought about their own families and what they enjoy doing together. From these ideas, the children designed family emblems of their own. Using textiles, embroidery thread and buttons they have created wonderful, thoughtful designs.

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Year 5

Year 5 were delighted to welcome Elinor Greenwood, author of “Fun & Easy Chinese” to Fairstead House this week.  Ms Greenwood talked about the Mandarin language and Chinese culture, especially the recent Chinese New Year, to the children.

In computing this week, Year 5 used their programming skills to navigate a maze using FMS Logo.

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Year 6

This week in Year 6, the children worked on discovering different mental calculation strategies and discussing which of these were the most effective.

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Sports & Matches

U9 Hockey v Barnardiston

The girls thoroughly enjoyed their first hockey match and learnt a lot from the game. By the end of the match the girls were marking players and defending well. Player of the match, chosen by Barnardiston, was Abisha for her fantastic and relentless defending and Player of the Match from Miss Price goes to Isabella in Year 3 who attacked well and scored a brilliant penalty. Well done, girls.

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Miss Chloe Price, Director of Sport & SENCO

U9 Rugby v Barnardiston.

“Barnadiston won the toss and chose to start the game. They scored the first try but our defence improved and got stronger.  However, Barnadiston continued to score two more tries. Declan scored the first of ours which was closely followed by another try for Barnardiston. Junior was tackled but had already offloaded to Toby who ran forward and scored our second try. Barnardiston played well as a team and were good at running forward and dodging our defence.  Sam was very good at tackling and Declan was an impressive dodger. A brilliant first team game from James.

Although we were beaten we learnt a lot from the game.  We must be more aggressive and stronger at going forward with the ball.”

Toby M., Year 4

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Swimming

This week, a team from Key Stage 2 took part in local swimming gala.  They came third in the competition and narrowly missed progressing to the next stage of the event. They performed so well that we are actively seeking similar events and will increase the provision of swimming in the school.

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Informal Tea-time Concert

On Thursday 9th February, the first of our Spring series of Informal Tea Time Concerts took place in the Performing Arts Centre. Twelve pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 performed various solos on Piano, Violin, Clarinet and Flute to an appreciative audience. It is wonderful to hear and see a range of abilities and ages playing together and developing their musical and performance skills. All of the pupils that played should be proud of their achievement. Well done.

The next Tea-time Concert will be on Thursday 2nd March at 4.00pm.

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Safer Internet

Safer Internet Day was on Tuesday and focussed on different themes for KS1 and KS2.  KS1 discussed the use of the internet and how to be safe online.  One main area was the importance of asking an adult before watching videos on sites such as Youtube.  KS2 explored the dangers of taking photographs and sharing them with friends or online.  Children discussed how to be mindful of their actions and also the age restrictions on apps and websites.

We recommend the Digital Generation and Think U Know as useful sources of  information for parents regarding Internet safety for their children.

Plimsolls

All children should have black plimsolls or indoor trainers for use during indoor PE lessons.  Please check that your child’s plimsolls fit!

New Sports Uniform

We have heard that some of the new kit is already losing its lettering.  Mr Cricket apologises profusely for this and asks that you bring any affected kit into the shop in Burwell for him to replace the lettering.

Cupcake Sales

The P.A. are delighted to report that the Nursery & Reception cupcake sale recently raised £84.00 and the Year 1 & Year 2 sale today raised £98.23.  They would like to thank everyone very much for their support, both baking and buying.

Birthdays

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This week, we wish a happy birthday to Alexander and Charlie in Reception, Fleur in Year 2 and Laurence in Year 4.

I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday 20th February, ready for a full and exciting six weeks ahead.  With my best wishes for a lovely half term with your children,

Lynda Brereton