Dear Parents,

This morning, Fairstead House’s ‘Take a  Fresh Look’ open event was a huge success!  We welcomed over 40 parents and visitors to the school and were wowed by performances from Year 3 and 4 taking on musical numbers from Matilda, and Reception to Year 2 performing a short introduction to their creepy crawly production.  The school looks bright and colourful both inside and out, with new plants and planters, and our thanks to the King’s Ely estate team for all their hard work.  The event explained a number of new exciting plans over the summer and we look forward to sharing more information about them in due course.

Also today, the children in Years 5 and 6 returned from their glorious fun-packed week in Derbyshire, where they have been caving, climbing, walking and canoeing.  The photos have been an incredible record of the amazing opportunities and memories they will cherish.

Class Photos

A polite reminder that we have arranged class photos for Friday morning next week.  Please make sure children have the correct uniform, including blazers.

Nursery

Foals 2 have been having lots of fun in the sun! We’ve been splashing in our paddling pools to cool down, and enjoying our new water wall – testing our ideas and doing lots of filling and emptying of containers! We’ve also been playing in the sandpit and exploring our new tents and tunnels.

Reception

Visiting the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton this week was a wonderful way to bring our ‘Under the Sea’ topic to life! The children had an amazing day and loved being able to get close to all the special creatures they had been learning about. They were very respectful when touching the rock pool creatures and showed care and compassion when visiting the Seal Hospital. Eating lunch whilst looking out to sea was a real treat, as was the delicious ice lolly at the end of the day!

The children also enjoyed learning all about Miss Bryan’s very special underwater pets before creating their own using papier-mâché. We look forward to sharing them with you at the Art Exhibition soon! Thank you for visiting us, Miss Bryan. We would also like to thank the Parents’ Association, for providing such a wonderful selection of succulent plants for the children to choose from, all ready for a very special day on Sunday! Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Year 1

We enjoyed the most wonderful trip to Great Yarmouth’s Tide and Time Museum and the ‘Golden Mile’ beach on Tuesday. Lots of us said that it was the best day ever!

In our first activity we learned all about the Mods and Rockers from the 1960’s. We learned their catchphrases and really enjoyed shouting them at the opposing group. The Mods cried, ‘We are ace face,’ and the Rockers shouted, ‘We are the boss!’ We learned how the Mods and Rockers dressed before having our very own ‘dance-off’ in the ‘Battle of the Beach.’

Then we met a Victorian lady who was shocked to learn that it was 2022 and not 1872! She taught us all about what a beach trip looked like 150 years ago. Some of us got to try on some Victorian swimwear and we soon found that swimming would be incredibly difficult wearing the full-length costumes! We also found out about the ‘penny lick’ ice cream (not as nice as it sounds) and how ‘taking the water’ was believed to have various health benefits.

The traditional seaside Punch and Judy show was a particular highlight and had us all roaring with laughter!

Playing on the beach and having a delicious ice cream was a great way to end a wonderful day!

Year 2

Year 2 have had an amazing week! We have created sunflower pictures using PVA as our drawing tool and chalk pastels for the colouring. Be sure to come along to the Art Show next week and see the wonderful final product! In maths we have been working on statistics and interpreting information from our graphs. On Friday we graphed a tube of Smarties and found out all sorts of information. Without a doubt, the best bit was eating them! We have also been learning about using an apostrophe to form a contraction. This culminated in dressing as surgeons to ‘stick’ the two words together, removing the letters as needed. A lovely activity!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Years 3 and 4

Years 3 and 4 had a super time exploring coastal erosion this week. The children donned their summer wear ready for an afternoon ‘at the beach’. After a delicious traditional seaside meal of fish and chips, they worked in small groups to follow instructions of how to build a beach. They collected all the required resources and began construction. Using water bottles, they were able to create waves and observe beach erosion firsthand. They were then challenged to prevent further erosion by designing and constructing sea defences. As you can see from the photos, a range of different methods were tried and tested, from sea walls made from stones to wooden groynes and revetments. The children were delighted with their successes. Finally, the afternoon ended with ice creams drizzled with a variety of toppings!

Years 5 and 6

The children have returned from their residential in Derbyshire, having had an incredible week of amazing activities.  Parents have been updated daily with WhatsApp images, videos and messages.  There are far too many images to share here, but just a few highlights are below.  Huge thanks to Mr Peace, Mr Everitt and Mrs Sherry for taking the children on a trip to create a lifetime of memories!

Informal Tea Time Concert

On Tuesday 14th June we had another Informal Tea Time Concert in the Performing Arts Centre. The concert was filled with a variety of piano solos and string duets from beginners to Grade 2. Congratulations everyone for performing so well. Our last Informal Concert for this term will be on Tuesday 5th July.

Drama

Hello Everyone,
Only 4 places left for September for Drama or Public Speaking Tuition.
  • Half hour slots each Wednesday weekly.
  • Exam certificates and medals.
  • Interview technique particularly for Years 5 and 6
  • Regular feedback
Simply contact me on: jonathanwoolfdrama01954@gmail.com
Best wishes,
Jonathan
Have a lovely weekend!

Michael Radford