Dear Parents

It was lovely to welcome the children back to school on Monday and to hear about their Christmas festivities.  The Christmas holidays have been busy and exciting for everyone; however, the children have fully embraced the beginning of a new, action-packed term and we are all looking forward to the adventures ahead.

Reception

It has been a wonderful week in Reception and everyone has settled back into school life so well after the Christmas break.  Our new topic is titled, ‘Once Upon a Time’ and this term we will be retelling Traditional Tales and sharing our favourite stories.
We have already become thoroughly engrossed in the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and the children have loved colour mixing to make their very own little pig, as well as programming the beebots to travel to the wolf!
In English, we created our own actions and then produced story maps to develop our storytelling. In Maths, we have enjoyed using the Dienes blocks to demonstrate place value and have even started to count in 10s.
We would like the children to bring in their favourite books and stories for ‘Show and Tell’ this term. We will keep these in the ‘Show and Tell’ box until we have read them and they will then be returned.  No toys this term, please.
Mrs Sanders is also looking for  ‘Surprise Readers’ to come into school at the end of the day to share their favourite story or book with the class, so if you would be interested in taking part in this then please speak to her. Thank you in advance!

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Year 1

Year 1 have come back to school with enthuasim although are now ready for the weekend!  This week we have begun our topic on space where we are finding out about Neil Armstrong and watched his take off and landing, which they found fascinating.  In Maths, we have been focusing on numbers to 100 and working on the language of more and less.  In Science, we continued our forces work on exploring floating and sinking.  The children found the results quite surprising!

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Year 2

In PE this week, the children have enjoyed honing their cricket skills by pretending to be knights defending their castle (a wicket) from the giants, who were throwing missiles (balls) to try to destroy them!  The children have also enjoyed their new creative curriculum topic, ‘Pole to Pole’ and are very much looking forward to their visit to the Scott Polar Museum on Wednesday.

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Year 3

This term in History, Year 3 will be studying The Vikings. We started this week understanding about invaders and settlers, and looked at how often people have successfully invaded Britain, before putting Viking events into a timeline.  The children will be working on a project about the Viking Gods, researching one each week, finding out about how they are related, what special powers they have and intersection by facts.  Towards the end of this half term, the children will spend a day with a ‘Viking’, who will come to visit them in school. Details of this event will follow.

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Year 4

Year 4 have started their Science topic on rocks and soils this week.  In their first lesson they were investigating different types of rocks and how these were formed.

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Years 5 and 6

In PSHE, Years 5 and 6 have started the new year by celebrating their own and their peers’ strengths and skills. They have discussed their own areas of excellence in the classroom and at home. They have recorded this as a spider diagram with themselves at the centre. The discussion was insightful; it was rewarding to see the children understand how positively they are perceived by their peers.  In Science this half term, Years 5 and 6 are learning about ‘Properties and Changes of Materials’. This week, the children thoroughly enjoyed investigating everyday materials based upon a number of properties including; hardness, transparency, permeability and flexibility.

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Uniform

Please could I remind parents of children in Years 3-6 that all children need to have mouth guards, shin pads, long black socks, football boots and black plimsolls in school at all times.  If the children do not have the appropriate sportswear in school then they will not be allowed to participate in sports or games.  Sports gloves with grips may be worn during sports or games lessons. Thank you.

Furthermore, please do ensure that your children have a school coat, hats, gloves and scarves in school at all times.

Swimming Gala

On Monday 5th February, a team of U11 will be competing in the Forest Heath Swimming Gala. If your child would like to be included in the selection of the team, please let Miss Price know by the end of next week.  For children in Years 5 and 6 (who do not normally swim on a Thursday) who would like to compete, there will be a swimming session on Thursday 25th January for selection to the team.

Equestrian Team

The Fairstead House Equestrian Team, consisting of Emily and Charlie in Year 1 and Hugo in Year 2 competed at Easton & Otley College in Norwich on Sunday and won their class. The chlidren were placed third, fifth and sixth respectively as individuals in the 40cm class.  They all went clear and the class was judged on style and performance.  Well done, Emily, Charlie and Hugo!

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A Message from the Parents’ Association

There will be a Parents’ Association meeting at school on Thursday 18th January at 8.40am. Everyone is very welcome to attend.

There are currently a number of committee positions open including Chair and Secretary and we are looking for volunteers for the Parents’ Association. We are also looking for a Form Rep for Year 3.

If you interested in helping in any way then please get in touch with the Office or your form rep. Roles can be shared between two people so you don’t have to come to every meeting. It really is a lot of fun and very rewarding being involved in the PA.

We are very fortunate to have such an active Parents’ Association at Fairstead. The PA not only puts on fabulous events for everybody such as the Autumn Glow, the Christmas Fayre and Film Night; they also raise extra funds for the school.  This has recently included funding the fabulous new curtains in the PA building, play equipment and the table tennis table.

Please do get in touch with the School Office or your Form Rep for more information or come along to the meeting next week to find out more.  Everyone is very welcome!

Computer Games

It has come to my attention that some children at school have access to and are discussing such computer games as ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘Grand Theft Auto’.  Both of these games have an 18 certificate and the content of these games is therefore completely inappropriate for primary school children.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Napkins

A huge thank-you to Mr & Mrs King, Fleur’s parents, for their very generous donation of a term’s worth of napkins for the children to use at lunchtime.  We are encouraging the children to use them correctly and I am sure that their uniforms will be much smarter as a result!

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Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were awarded to Julian in Year 2 and Madoc in Year 5.

Congratulations

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Our congratulations to the Grewal family on the safe arrival of Milan just before Christmas.  I am sure that Tara is enjoying being a wonderful big sister!

Birthdays

This week we wish a happy birthday to Jack, Lucy and Octavia in the Nursery and to Junior in Year 5.

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

Lynda Brereton