Dear Parents

I am sure that I am not the only one who is amazed at how quickly this term is flying by as we race towards half term next Friday.  The weather has become decidedly autumnal and it is prudent for me to remind you that the children now need their outdoor footwear and coats in school at all times in addition to their blazers.

Nursery

This week, Nursery children have been testing their balancing skills!  They designed an obstacle course themselves and then had great fun trying to complete it.  Inside, the children have been enjoying working on their Numeracy.

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Reception

The children created numbers everywhere in Forest School this week. They used numbers to hang on the entrance to the dens they made last week so the postman knew where to deliver the post. The children also worked as a team to make a forest number line.

In school, the children had to stop work and go outside to have a closer look at an exciting piece of machinery that arrived on site this week!  It was very clever at moving the very heavy bricks up to the first floor of the new building.  Another exciting event was the arrival in Reception of Year 6 children, who came to speak to Reception about important school issues. Toys and food were top of the discussion topics! The children enjoyed showing off the Reception resources.

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Year 1

The children have been looking at different ways of working out numbers, primarily different ways of reaching 10.  The children have focused on subtraction method using the interactive whiteboard.

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Year 2

In their Hide and Seek topic, Year 2 have looked at the objects and artefacts from the museum exhibition and then sorted them into chronological order, using their partitioning skills to sort the 4 digit numbers dates. Year 2 then also placed other significant moments in British and World history into a timeline from the Dinosaurs, to the first Olympics, the birth of Jesus and up to their first day in the Coach House!

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Year 3

The Year 3 children are spending some time looking at the works of Roal Dahl in this, his 100th anniversary year. For the last two weeks they have been studying some of the poems associated with The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me. On Friday the two groups performed a poem each, deciding how to share out the lines, and which might be spoken solo or in chorus. The children’s reading was fluent, with some lovely expression, and a couple of them felt brave enough to work without the words. Well done!

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Year 4

In Science this week, Year 4 have been investigating different habitats enjoyed by small invertebrates such as worms and woodlice. The children created and decorated their own ‘bug hotel’ which contained the following four different habitats: pebbles, soil, cotton wool and one of their own choosing. After an exciting session of bug hunting in the school grounds, the children carefully captured their own invertebrate and released it into their hotel. Predications were made as to which habitat they would choose and the children observed the outcome.

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Year 5

This week, Year 5 have been learning about units of measure and converting their values into different units of distance. As part of this, the children enjoyed a practical session outside measuring the perimeter of areas in the school grounds!

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Year 6

As the first School Council meeting will be taking place after Half Term, Year 6 visited different classes to assist the class councils in putting forward suggestions and thoughts for the school.  The children had lots of varied and interesting ideas, which were carefully noted by Year 6.

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Sports Matches

U9 and U11 Girls Netball Vs St Mary’s Cambridge
On Wednesday 12th October, the U9 and U11 girls played netball against St Mary’s Cambridge. The U11 girls reported:  “St Mary’s girls had a very strong team with quick passes but we fought hard to defend and intercept the ball. Our grit and determination did not waver and we put up a good fight.”   Player of the Match was Samantha.

The U9s had learnt a lot from their last couple of matches and were very pleased with their performance:
“We worked well as a team and our passing and defending had improved a lot. Our confidence grew throughout the game resulting in a triumphant 2-0 win for us” – Jeanne (Player of the Match) and the U9 team

Well done to all of the girls who took part, you all played incredibly well and were a pleasure to take to another school.

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U11 Rugby Festival at Culford

Culford School held an U11 Rugby Festival for boys in the East Anglia region.  Fairstead Boys played well, increasing in confidence and stength as the matches progressed.  They lost their first match to Finborough School and their second match to St Joseph’s; however, when they played Culford Beta they were victorious.  Following the group stages, the last match of the day was against Culford Alpha, which was closely contested but the tiredness of the boys showed and resulted in a loss.  A fantastic effort from all the boys and well done!

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 Music

In the Year 1 music, the project for this term is all about Pitch and Rhythm with Pictures. They enjoyed adding musical patterns to the Zambian tale of The Awongalema Tree.

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 Art

Years 5 and 6 have been using drawing skills to represent light and dark tones in still life objects. Here are some of the wonderful pieces they have produced!

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Late Returns

If children are late in returning from matches or trips, the School Office will advise you via text message from School Post.  Please therefore ensure that we have your correct mobile telephone number on file.

Harvest Festival

Just a reminder that our Harvest Festival, led by Rev. John Hardy, will take place on Wednesday 19th October at 9.00am in the Performing Arts Centre.  All parents are warmly invited to come and watch their children (from Nursery to Year 6) taking part.  Coffee will be served in the foyer from 8.40am.  The children are invited to bring in a non-perishable donation for the Open Door charity in Newmarket.  I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

Car Park

A reminder to parents dropping off their children that the area in front of the school should in the main be kept for parents of the youngest children in school.

Tea Time Informal Concerts

Concerts will be held for parents whose children receive individual music tuition in school.  These concerts will take place at 4.15pm on Thursday 10th November and Thursday 24th November.  Further details to follow.

Birthdays

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This week we wish a happy birthday to Izzy in Year 3, Luc in Year 5 and Samantha in Year 6.  We also hope that Florrie in Reception, Luca in Year 1 and Mooie in Year 5 enjoyed their recent birthdays.

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

Lynda Brereton