Dear Parents

What a lovely time we had today celebrating the Queen’s Birthday!  The School was wonderfully festooned with bunting and flags and our fantastic catering staff outdid themselves to provide a street party fit for a queen, topped off by some very patriotic cakes (please see pictures below)!  Elgar filled the air and the children had great fun waving their flags.

The children had made crowns to wear and they all thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.  The National Anthem was sung and Her Majesty’s health was toasted.

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Speech & Drama Festival

I have just returned from a wonderful hour listening to our very talented children perform in the Speech & Drama festival.  It was lovely watching their confidence and ability and to see a different side to their characters.

Nursery

Nursery had an exciting visitor this week.  The local Community Police Officer dropped by in his official Police car!  The children were delighted to be able to explore the car and to try on the Policeman’s hat. The wailing sirens were a particular hit.

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Nursery & Reception’s Trip to Banham Zoo

Nursery and Reception children set off on a great adventure to Banham Zoo on Tuesday.  The children were lucky enough to have wonderful sunny weather in which to explore the Zoo.  The children enjoyed looking at all the birds and animals – there were some very tired children on the bus home!

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Reception

This week in Forest School,  Mrs Tilbrook and her gamekeeper, Trevor, brought some runner duck chicks down to the forest for us to see. They are about to be released into their new home on an island in the middle of the lake to keep them safe from foxes!

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Year 1

This week in Year 1, the children have been focussing on food that comes from the Rainforest, including avocado, coconut, sugar, lemon and banana.  The children first had to predict whether they would like the food, then they tried it and made a decision.  Some children were pleasantly surprised!

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Work in Maths has centred this week on capacity.  The children predicted how many cups of water it wold take to fill up a variety of containers of different sizes.  The children have also been consolidating their knowledge of place value.

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Year 2

In their Creative Curriculum learning, Year 2 have written the script for their class assembly play. You may remember that on the first day of term, Year 2 received a letter from the Queen and Mr Brown (her favourite Corgi) asking the children to investigate why Easter Island was no longer a Rainforest. Year 2 have imagined that the Queen and Mr Brown visit school to find out about Rapa Nui and The Mystery Of Easter Island.  Year 2 have enjoyed making the props and scenery for the play, as well as rehearsing industriously. Curtain up is 9 am next Wednesday!  Tea and coffee will be available in the foyer of the PA from 8.40am.

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Year 3

This week, Year 3 have been continuing their study of plant life. The last part of the plant to investigate was the flower. They discussed how the pollen might be transferred to the stigma and if the plant relies on birds or insects for pollination, rather than the wind, how the plant attracts the wildlife.

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Year 4

Year 4 have started their new Science topic of sound this week. Here they are investigating sounds around the school and recording their results on a map of the school. They used data logging equipment to find the noisiest and quietest places around the school.

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Years 5 & 6

On Monday, Years 5 and 6 had their second day of ‘Under Starters Orders’, which focusses on the horseracing industry.  The classes walked to the British Horseracing Museum in town and, after a brief history of the royal connections that made Newmarket what it is today, the children enjoyed a tour of the Jockey Club Rooms.  The guide had a wealth of knowledge and was eager to share many interesting facts and insights into how the industry has been shaped.  Following this, the children were treated to a training yard visit.  James Eustace at Park Lodge Stables explained how he works with horses of all different ages and it is not just flat racing that dominates his work.  It was also wonderful to hear stories of retired racehorses that now take part in other equine events.  After lunch back at The Mews, the children learned about jockey silks and designed their own colours.  The day was superb and there is much excitement about the third day when the children will attend ‘Race Day’.  Our thanks goes to all those who made the day so enjoyable.

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Match Report

U11 Cricket v Riddlesworth Hall

The U11 cricket team played against Riddlesworth Hall on Wednesday and we were lucky enough to use Exning Cricket Club’s ground, which was amazing.  A pairs game was played with each pair receiving a set number of overs and a wicket resulted in minus 5 runs.  Fairstead chose to field first and our bowling was very accurate and effective.  In particular William managed to bowl two wickets and provide Luie with a catch in one over!  Riddlesworth scored 250 – 5 (each team started on 200).  Fairstead batted well and took advantage of slower balls, gradually increasing our score.  In the final over we were ahead but wickets lost would have made it a very different story.  We ended on 271 – 3.  Well done, team and we look forward to our fixture next Wednesday at Culford School for a tournament.

Michael Radford

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U9 Rounders v Moreton Hall
This week the Under 9 girls played against Moreton Hall at home. Moreton Hall won the toss and sent us to bat first. Their bowling was quite consistent and we took a while to warm up and settle in. The fielding between backstop and third post was too good and several of our girls were stumped out.  We finished our first innings with a score of 4½ rounders. Moreton Hall’s first innings began a bit better, however our bowling was also fairly consistent. Their eye was in a bit quicker than us and they scored several half rounders. They scored 6 rounders in their first innings. Following a team discussion about how to improve, we went in for our second innings with more focus on the ball and backstop. We batted much better and scored a few full rounders to finish with 6 rounders. Moreton Hall therefore needed 5½ rounders from their final innings to win. We started extremely well by stumping out their first batter at first post. We also fielded very well in the beginning of the innings to limit batters to no score or half rounders only.  The final result was a close win to Moreton Hall – 13 rounders to 11½. Very well done to Fairstead House players!

Shahn Woodyatt

Next week’s fixtures – Wednesday 15th June, the Under 11 boys play in a cricket tournament at Culford School.
Brookes Cambridge Athletics Competition – Tuesday 14th June

If you have been selected to take part in the Athletics Competion week then please return your permission slip to the School Office as soon as possible.

Birthdays

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This week we wish a happy birthday to Arthur in the Nursery and Paul in Year 5.

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

Lynda Brereton