Dear Parents

It was a pleasure welcoming the children back to school after their half term holiday, refreshed and ready for the exciting weeks ahead.  This morning, we came together as a school and held a two minute silence in the PA.  Lucie Melen, the Nursery Deputy Manager, played the Last Post to begin our two minute silence and ended it with the Reveille on the trumpet, which added a great deal of poignancy to the event.  All the children were respectful and rose to the occasion and I was very proud of them all.

Please may I draw your attention to the notice from the Parents’ Association at the end of the Newsletter about next week’s Autumn Glow Festival.  I know there are lots of exciting activities planned.  Fingers crossed for good weather!

Reception

It has been a wonderful first week back in Reception and everyone has settled back into school life brilliantly.
It has been very exciting this week, as half of us were able to visit the Forest Schools site for the very first time! The other half of the class cannot wait to visit next week, but they were also able to have lots of fun outdoors and thoroughly enjoyed our ‘Teamwork Tuesday’ afternoon. We looked at the work of Andy Goldsworthy and then worked in pairs to create our own amazing outdoor art!
In ICT, we were all given our own laptops to help to develop our mouse control and we created some fabulous firework pictures! We then wrote all about our experiences of Bonfire night and enjoyed measuring and ordering firework rockets by length.
Next week, we will have lots of fun going outside and building our own London Landmark Please could I ask the parents of children in Reception to bring in some cardboard boxes (of various sizes) to help us with our construction work? Many thanks in advance.

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Years 1 & 2

This week, Years 1 and 2 had an inspirational, engaging and realistic trip back to the 17th Century to learn what life would have been like during the Great Fire of London.  The day was run by “History off the Page” and gave the children the opportunity to try out a range of activities such as being a chandler, an apothecary, a fireman and even a rat collector!  It was a wonderful way to start our new topic and we are looking forward to seeing the children’s work inspired by this event!  The children looked fantastic and thank you for your support in making costumes!

A quick reminder to bring in your model buildings by Wednesday, ready for our visit to Wildawood Forest School on Friday afternoon.  Thank you.

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Years 3 & 4

Years 3 and 4 visited Palace House and the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art this week as an introduction to their Local History topic this term. They learnt about the Stuart kings who made Newmarket important for racing and who built Palace House. They also spent time in the first gallery researching information about the Jockey Club and how racing started in Newmarket.

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In Science, Year 4 are exploring forces and magnets. In these pictures they are investigating how far a toy car will travel when launched with an elastic band!

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Year 5

“On 6th November, the Year 5 girls went to OBH’s STEM Olympiad to do lots of different challenges, which included Maths, Science, ICT and Technology.
In Maths, there were lots of different tasks on different tables. We got most of them right but we ran out of time for three of them but worked very well for our first challenge.
In Science, we had to work out which juice had the most Vitamin C. We had a chemical called DCPIP. We had to mix: orange, kiwi, pineapple, apple and tropical mixed juice in different beakers and we used a pipette to put it into DCPIP. After that, we made Elephant toothpaste with yeast, washing up liquid, food colouring and hydrogen peroxide. We then mixed them all together and foam came out from the top!  We learnt lots of new scientific beaker terms and enjoyed that activity.
In Computing, we did Scratch programming and had lots of fun learning new things. We did really well and enjoyed ourselves.
In Engineering, we made wind powered vehicles out of 2 straws, a paper cup, some wood, 4 wheels, cardboard and a sweet packet. Lara and Georgia worked on the top part and then we put it all together. The name of the go- cart was Lightning Bolt. Then we put the go-cart on a table and the hair dryer blew our go-cart across the table and it came 3rd out of all of the schools.”

By Lucy, Georgia, Lara and Abisha

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Year 6

In Science this week, Year 6 started this half term’s topic of ‘Space’ by learning about the Earth, Sun and Moon. In particular, the children investigated the relative size and position of the Sun, Earth and Moon. The children had lots of fun as they replicated the size of the planets using a variety of different equipment.

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Sports Matches

This week, the U9 Boys played hockey away against Framlingham College.  The boys have continued to progress and improve throughout the season and this culminated in an exciting and exhilarating match on Wednesday.  Our attacking efforts were quickly rewarded with a goal.  Their keeper was extremely effective in stopping many of our goal scoring opportunities.  It was not long before Framlingham fought back and managed to score two goals in quick succession; however, we remained determined and managed to score an equaliser in the closing minutes.  Well done, boys, a superb effort!  Michael Radford, Deputy Head.

The U11 Girls also played hockey away against Framlingham College.  The girls learnt a lot throughout the game.  They had a particularly successful second half, playing with enthusiasm and great teamwork.  It was a fantastic opportunity for the team to improve their spatial awareness and I was delighted that all of the girls were able to play the full match.  The final result was a 1-0 victory to Fairstead.  Player of the Match went to Georgina for her fantastic defensive skills in goal and the Most Improved Player went to Lucy for reverse stick control.  Well done girls!  Chloe Price, Year 2 Teacher & Director of Sport

Our apologies for the late return of the children, which was due to wet weather delaying the start of the matches.

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Sports Kit Reminder

Please could all Year 3 and 4 girls make sure that they bring their shin pads and mouth guards to school as they will shortly be starting to play hockey.  Thank you.

Headlice

Please be aware that there are reports of headlice in Year 5 and Reception.  Please check all the family and treat as necessary.

The Autumn Glow Festival – Saturday 18th November

The popular Autumn Glow Festival is fast approaching and is shaping up to be a fabulous event!  Tickets are now on sale in the School Office at £5.00 per person and will be available on the door.

This year we have the fire pits again with marshmallows to toast, mulled wine, food and hot and cold drinks available, an outdoor cinema, virtual reality experience, popcorn, craft tent, games, glow stall and tattoos.

Do please come into school to buy your tickets as soon as you can!

Volunteers Needed!

We are still really short of volunteers to help set up the event and to help on the evening. Even if you can only spare 30 minutes; every little really does help. Without volunteers we can’t run these kind of events.  If you can help in any way please do get in touch with your form rep or let the office know. A huge thanks to everybody who has already volunteered !!

There will also be a cake stall on the evening so if anybody can bake or bring in cakes it would be very much appreciated. Please could you bring anything into the office on the Friday 17th so we have them ready to set out on the night.

Looks like being a fabulous night with everything we have planned!

The Parents’ Association

Parents’ Evening – Thursday 16th November

This term, Parents’ Evening will be held from 4.00pm until 6.00pm on Thursday 16th November.  Please contact the School Office to make an appointment.  Refreshments will be served in the Head’s Office so please do pop in and then make your way to your child’s classroom with your drinks.

The Newmarket Christmas Lights Switch On & Other Christmas Events

Just a reminder that the Newmarket Christmas lights will be switched on at 6.15pm on Tuesday 16th November.  All schools were invited to send a child to represent their school and Madoc’s name was pulled out of the hat to be the Fairstead representative.  Please do come along and support the school!  Further details can be found here.

Children in Need – Friday 17th November

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All children are invited to wear a spotty accessory (tights, ties, socks, headbands, etc) next Friday for a donation to the BBC’s Children in Need.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Toby in Year 2 and Isabella in Year 4.  Well done!

Birthdays

This week, we wish a happy birthday to Jack and Jessica in the Nursery and to Isabella and Evie in Year 4.

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

Lynda Brereton