Dear Parents

Another exciting week has flown past as we race toward the end of term.  I am sure I am not the only one amazed at how quickly this term is passing!  For me, a particular delight this week was watching Year 2 perform their class assembly on Wednesday morning.  The children had written the assembly themselves and clearly enjoyed sharing their learning with us all.

Nursery and Reception

It has been a busy and exciting week for Nursery and Reception children!  They were delighted by a visit from ‘The Animal Experience’ who brought various reptiles such as snakes and a tortoise for the children to look at.

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Today, Nursery and Reception children visited Tesco in Newmarket . The children had a look at lots of different foods that are for sale and how Tesco label their ‘Fair Trade’ and ‘Sustainable’ foods. They also saw all the different ways that Tesco try to be ‘environmentally friendly’. Our guide also talked to the children about the importance of healthy eating.   Each child has been given a gift bag to bring home, including a healthy eating wall chart. Please encourage your child to monitor the fruit and vegetables that they eat over the weekend by putting the appropriate stickers in the correct place.

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In Forest School this week, Reception made some picture frames from things that they could find in the woods. The children decided they would try and make the frames square which meant we needed to find sticks that were the same length. Some of the frames turned into rectangles!

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Year 1

Year 1 children also enjoyed the visit by Rainforest creatures.  In Art this week, we have been looking at leaf printing with our polystyrene images, proved very interesting and some green hands!

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Next week, Year 1 are having a picnic lunch at Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, followed by a guided tour with a Park Ranger. They will look at different types of trees and plants. On Friday, we will be having another excursion but this time it will be the turn of Years 1 and 2 to visit to Tesco, Newmarket, as part of their ‘Farm to Fork’ sustainability studies.

Please note that Year 1’s assembly will take place on Tuesday 28th June at 9.00 am with coffee and refreshments in the foyer from 8.40 am.

Year 2

Year 2 enjoyed performing their class assembly this week. It was called ‘The Queen and Mr Brown in The Mystery Of Easter Island’ and told the story of how Her Majesty and her favourite corgi came to Fairstead House. The Queen wanted to find out the answers to her questions about the deforestation and habitat destruction on Easter Island from her letter that she sent at the beginning of term. Year 2 wrote script themselves and relished acting out the story. Everyone delivered their self-written lines with aplomb!

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Year 3

In Literacy, Year 3 are currently studying poetry. The children have read poems about cats, identified elements that appear in poetry and, having chosen a favourite, discussed why they liked it. Over the next couple of weeks they are going to collect favourite poems and write a couple of their own to build into an anthology and have made books to keep their collections in.

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Year 4

Year 4 have started their History topic of Castles and the Normans. Last week they learned about the Battle of Hastings and William the Conqueror. Here they are studying sections from The Bayeux Tapestry and sequencing the events of the Norman Conquest.

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Year 5

In DT this week, Year 5 have worked hard to finish off their toys with cam mechanisms. Through imaginative designs, the children have developed their understanding of the cam mechanism and evaluated the success of their design throughout. The finished products look great!

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As part of our geographical study of South America, the children also enjoyed researching a South American country of their choice. Each child has created their own unique piece of art work to demonstrate an important aspect of their country, which was then shared with the rest of the class.  Do come and admire them!

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Year 6

Since Half Term, the connected curriculum has focused on a study of South America.  This display was created by the class, showing a range of learning outcomes.  Each pupil chose a country and explored the physical and human geography, climate, statistical information and the unique characteristics.  The learning has included various subjects and allowed the children to share their work in a variety of ways.

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Ancient Greek

As the children learn about Classical Greek language and culture, they have been using The Olympics as a mini-topic. In this week’s activity, the class have ‘excavated’ vase fragments painted with an athlete and with Greek text written on it. They also found pieces of brick, Greek coins and stones. They have re-assembled the vase to read and translate the Greek text. The image is inspired by an exciting project animating vase paintings. I urge you to explore panoply.org.uk to see a variety of the delightful animations, and this week’s inspiration, The Cheat!

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Years 1 and 2 Trip to Tesco for Farm to Fork Experience

Years 1 and 2 are visiting Tesco on Friday 24th June for the morning.  They will have a guided tour of Tesco and a talk about sustainability, Fair Trade foods and healthy eating.

Day At the Races

On Thursday, Years 5 and 6 enjoy an exciting day at the races in Newmarket.  Please provide a packed lunch for your child.  We hope to be back at school for 4.15 pm.

Newmarket Primary Games

Years 3 and 4 will be taking part in a Primary Games event with all the Newmarket primary schools.  Six teams will compete in a series of challenges and will be judged not only on their achievements but also on how they conduct themselves, encourage and respect each other following the Olympic values.  Please could all children arrive in their PE kits with sun cream applied, wearing school hats and carrying water bottles.

Bikeability

Next week is Bikeability for Years 5 and 6.  Please make sure all bikes meet the requirements that were sent out earlier in the term.  We can store bicycles overnight in the PA or they can be locked in the bike shelter.  Bikeability will be on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Years 1 and 2 Swimming

Would parents of Years 1 and 2 children please bring their children directly to Newmarket Swimming Pool at 8.45am on Thursday 23rd June.  Parents are warmly invited to stay to watch this lesson.

The Parents’ Association Disco

The end of term Parents’ Association Disco will be held on Friday 24th June.

Nursery, Reception, Years 1 and 2 will be from 4.00 pm until 5.00pm.   If your  Nursery or Reception child would like to change into party clothes, then please come to school at 3.30 pm to help them get ready.,

Years 3-6 disco is from 5.30 pm until 6.30 pm.  If you would like your child to stay for After School Club before the disco, please book in via the School Office so that we can provide adequate staffing and catering.  Please do pack up a change of clothes for the disco!

Please note that there will be no RugbyTots on Friday afternoon.

Parents’ Evening

Just a reminder to book your appointment for Parents’ Evening via the School Office.  Refreshments will be available in my office for you to take with you to your child’s classroom.  Please note that there will be no Lego or Textiles Clubs that evening.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

A selection of second hand, good quality uniform is currently on sale in the School Office. Please do drop in and have a look.  Prices available on request.

Holiday Club

Please could we remind you to return your Holiday Club booking forms to the School Office so that we can be sure we have adequate staffing.  Please find the booking form below.

Summer Holiday Club 2016 Booking Form

Birthdays

This week we wish a happy birthday to Paul in Year 5.

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Congratulations!

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Our congratulations to Mr & Mrs Casey on the safe arrival of Catherine Vivien, a little sister for Finlay.

Next week we look forward to ‘move up morning’ on Wednesday, when your child will have the morning with their teacher for next year.

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

Lynda Brereton