Dear Parents,

This week has been full of such highlights, there are too many to mention.  A fabulous ‘Riotous Royals’ day was an amazing opportunity for the children in Years 3 and 4 to bring their history topic to life with costumes and activities throughout the day.  They also experienced a magnificent ‘Royal Banquet’, which was superb!  Year 1 were proud to present a giant cheque for the danceathon sponsorship to Newmarket Day Centre, and it was great to host two tag rugby matches today. As you will see below all children have had their learning brought to life!

The FHPA are holding a Chinese Cookery Masterclass evening on 16th March which promises fun and good food.  Thank you to parents who have already signed up, but there is still plenty of availability, so please use Classlist to register.

Reception

The week started in Reception with a mysterious box being delivered! Inside were some clues to a popular traditional tale. The children used their ‘Thinkasaurus’ skills to identify the story and then enjoyed creating actions to retell it. The police messaged Mrs Sanders at the beginning of the week, and asked for the children’s assistance in helping them to find one of the main characters in the story, who kept making bad choices and blowing down houses! The children rose to the challenge and created some super posters to display around school. Everyone at Fairstead is now on the lookout for a big bad wolf! The children have had a super week talking about their own homes and building them. Thank you for all the photos! In the forest, the children worked in teams to build new stick houses which couldn’t be blow down by the wolf. All teams were very successful in completing the challenge. Mr Rix’s leaf blower was the ultimate test though! We look forward to having more fun with this story next week, during ‘Science Week’.

Year 1

It has been such a busy week in Year One!

We had an amazing day at Lackford Lakes on Tuesday. The adult helpers there described us as being ‘good as gold.’ Miss Drayton was so proud! We learned about pond wildlife while pond dipping, the importance of feathers while bird watching from the new ‘double decker’ bird hide, and we made our very own tree in the woods!

On Thursday we went to Newmarket Day Centre to hand over the money the school raised doing the danceathon. It was so exciting looking around the centre – we even got to see the hairdressers! We felt incredibly proud handing over the giant cheque and Veronica, the centre manager, was absolutely thrilled! Well done to you all!

Year 3 and Year 4

Wow, what a wonderful day Years 3 and 4 had for their Riotous Royalty themed day. The children came into school full of excitement and dressed in their fabulous costumes. Our special visitor, Queen Guinevere, greeted the children as they entered the PA in their finery. The day began with a focus on William the Conqueror and his lasting legacy of castles across England. The children designed their own castle rooms and Queen Guinevere was impressed with their creativity and imaginations. The jousting tournament was a huge success with our four teams: the unicorns, snakes, griffins and lions. After break, the children created freeze frames with fantastic props and a beautiful castle backdrop. A traditional game of quoit tossing was enjoyed by all. The children wowed our visitor with their knowledge of King Henry VIII and his wives. Exploring original artefacts was a real treat and the children were taken aback by the weight of the armour. At lunch, the children were treated to a surprise royal banquet in the hall and were welcomed by a bugle entrance. In the afternoon, we were taken back to the Victorian era. Here, the children explored Victorian toys and made their own thaumatrope traditional toys. It was soon time to be knighted and each child received their certificate. The day ended with a royal quiz and Queen Guinevere was so impressed with the children’s historical knowledge and understanding. What a fantastic way to bring our history to life and complete our topic. A big thank you to everyone who helped make this day happen. A brilliant day to remember at Fairstead House!

Year 5

A busy week again that has seen us continue to look at newspaper articles. Now that the Atlas diamond has been stolen, we are ready to break the story. This week, we have looked at how to introduce a newspaper story using the 5 Ws as well as how to report what a person said. Next week, we will interview the witnesses and think about what to include in our newspaper articles.

However, not everything we do is book based. This week, we once again took to folding paper – this time to make a tyrannosaurus rex. Origami allows us to hone our listening skills as well as develop the fine motor skills. While not all children made a complete dinosaur, they all had a good attempt! Next week is due to be an exciting week with a range of activities in store!

Year 6

Year 6 returned to the topic of ‘Measures’ in maths lessons this week, revising the conversion of lengths into millimetres, centimetres, metres and kilometres. Taking advantage of the good weather, they brought tape measures, metre sticks and the trundle wheel onto the playground and selected a variety of distances to measure, including the circumference of their favourite tree! Back in the classroom, they practised the skill of creating a table on Google Docs to record and convert their findings, some of which ended up as decimals. In science lessons, the focus was on habitats (desert, marine, tropical and arctic) and the evolution of animals’ advantageous traits. Year 6 selected a variety of animal features – the head of an artic fox, the body of a musk ox, the tusks of a walrus etc – to create an imaginary creature that would thrive in their chosen habitat. They added a fact file to share information about their animal, even giving it a new name. Thank you, Mr Radford, for suggesting a fantastic website called ‘Switch Zoo’. Have a go yourself – Year 6 had lots of fun!

Fixtures

U11 A team Netball V St Margaret’s
On Wednesday 9th March, the Under 11 A team played netball against St Margaret’s. We started with first centre and began to pass strongly. Elsie made some great interceptions, with Bella making some outstanding catches. Lottie had some excellent attempts trying to score and never gave up. Gabi did incredibly well under the pressure of taller players. Giselle and Ashera did some brilliant defending, catching every ball. Unfortunately, the final score was 24-3 to them.
Giselle was voted player of the match.
Well done team, better luck next time!

Ella W.

U9 Tag Rugby

The U9 boys hosted Brookes and South Lee for some tag rugby matches. The boys were fantastic across the two matches, scored some great tries and made some quick tackles. It was great to be able to host games and we thank Chef for match tea!

Mr Salt

ABRSM Exams

This week, Jessica and Giselle went to the ABRSM Centre at Cambridge Pianoforte to take their piano exams. The results were released a few days later and congratulations girls for passing. This term, Harry and Yuru have submitted their recordings for Performance Assessments on piano and violin, and we hope to hear the results soon.

Informal Tea Time Concert

On Tuesday we had another Informal Tea Time Concert. Eleven pupils from Years 2 to 5 performed various pieces and songs on piano, violin and voice. Well done to everyone who performed, especially to the Year 3 singers and many thanks to our Music Prefects for setting up and serving refreshments before the concert.

Easter Holiday Club

We will be running a Holiday Club during the Easter Holiday. If you would like your child to attend, please complete the attached booking form and return to the School Office (EASTER HOLIDAY CLUB BOOKING FORM 2022).

Have a lovely weekend!

Michael Radford