A highlight of the week was the triumph of the U10 netball team, who took part in a tournament at South Lee School with seven other schools. The girls came home victorious after several hard fought matches – please see Katie’s match report below for the exciting details!
We also welcomed a number of prospective parents to school on Tuesday. The school looked glorious in the Spring sunshine. Our Year 6 pupils made excellent tour guides and were greatly complimented upon for their manners and enthusiasm for their school!
This week in Nursery, the Yearlings had great fun making their own pizzas! They carefully chose their own toppings and then waited impatiently for their pizzas to cook. As you can see, their wait was well rewarded! Meanwhile in the Foals room, our smallest children have been enjoying lots of different activities, including very messy painting and mark making!
In Forest School this week, the children found this fabulous dinosaur skin! They were amazed that the texture was exactly the same as tree bark! In Maths, the children have been learning the complexities of telling the time. The children demonstrated their learning by building and enormous clock in the forest and using themselves as hands!
In Numeracy this week, Year 1 have been learning about doubling numbers. Using dice, they have been working in pairs and have practising their doubling skills.
In their Science unit Materials Around Us, Year 2 are learning about materials, their uses in our local environment and why the materials’ properties make them useful. This week, Year 2 have conducted an investigation into liquids, having previously conducted an investigation solid materials. They have explored, observed, sorted and classified the liquids by investigating whether the liquids taste, feel and look different to each other. Their final investigation into gases will complete their study of the different states of materials.
Year 3 have been writing a seven day diary for a pet. They described their animals so they could think about how their characters might react in different situations. Plans were drawn up so Happy Hounds, Pouncing Puppies and Wrecking Rabbits could live through some ordinary days, some exciting days, meet new people (or animals) and suffer bathtimes. After spending two days writing their diaries, the children proof read and edited their work. They corrected spellings, expanded descriptions and added more interesting vocabulary. They then read their stories to a partner.
Year 4 have been impressive in their knowledge of their times tables this week. The children have also been playing some fun games to build their confidence in using inverses.
In Numeracy this week, Year 5 have been focused on formal methods of calculation for addition and subtraction. As part of this, they carried out an investigation working out the total length of the class if they were all head to toe in a line.
Inspired by the novel, ‘The Secret Garden’, Year 6 have painted beautiful large flowers. They used their knowledge of texture, tone and 3D techniques to create these lovely works of art. The pictures are all in the inner hall; do make a point of seeing them!
Sports Matches & Tournaments
U10 Netball Tournament
‘On Tuesday 14th of March, Fairstead House girls under 10s played a netball tournament at South Lee. We played five matches very well with lots of enthusiasm. The first three matches were against Sebert wood, South Lee B-team, and Westley A-team. We won all of them and that took us to the semi-finals.
We were all very excited to play Horringer in the semi-final as Phoebe M. was in the team. It was a very close game and as well as the excitement, we were all very nervous. But we won 4-3 with excellent attacking and defending. We were then through to the final and we were raging with excitement.
The final was against South Lee A-team and again we were all very nervous. It was a very tense match. We were very good at passing and defending and worked together very well but it was a draw at the final whistle. So we had to play Golden Goal – we were all under lots of pressure but we continued to work hard. The ball went backwards and forwards between the teams many times but thanks to our defenders they didn’t score. Finally the ball went down to our end and with great teamwork from the attackers we managed to bring the ball into the D and finally Francesca scored the winning goal. Well done, Francesca!
It was fun to play with the year four girls as we haven’t played with them for a while and they played brilliantly and it looks like we will have a great under 11 team next year. Well done to Elizabeth for playing in the final even though she had hurt her hand.We won the tournament with not a single loss and were proud to accept the trophies, medals and certificates. We went home happily and excitedly. I hope when we play again we will do just as well. Well done, team, keep up the excellent work.’
By Katie (Year 5)
U9 Netball v Riddlesworth Hall (Away)
The U9 girls played against Riddlesworth Hall. They played competently and confidently against very strong opposition. The final score was 5-3 to Fairstead and the player of the match was Izzy in Year 3. Well done to all the girls!
Miss Chloe Price, Director of Sport & SENCO
U10 Hockey v Riddlesworth Hall
The U10 girls also visited Riddlesworth Hall for a hockey match. They were also triumphant, with a 7-0 win over Riddlesworth Hall. The girls played together extremely well, with strong passing and convincing finishes. I was very proud of them all.
Miss Chloe Price, Director of Sport & SENCO
Grandparents’ Afternoon – Friday 24th March
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are looking forward to welcoming their grandparents to school on Friday afternoon, from 1.30pm – 3.30pm. To help us with catering, please let the Office know on Monday if your child’s grandparents (or great grandparents) will be attending. All are welcome!
Parents’ Evening – Tuesday 21st March
A reminder that Parents’ Evening is on Tuesday 21st March. Please contact the Office for your appointment if you have not aleady done so. Refreshments will be served in my office. Please collect on your way in and take to your child’s classroom. Please also note that there will be no Textiles or Board Games Clubs that evening. If you need your child to be booked into After School Club, please advise the Office by 9.00am on Tuesday.
Please may I remind you to check your child’s uniform regularly to ensure that they have not mistakenly picked up another child’s uniform.
The Parents Association would like me to remind you that orders for Mothering Sunday flowers should be returned to the School Office as soon as possible. Please click here for an order form.
The National Horse Racing Museum – British Science Week
From 10th to 19th March, British Science Week will be celebrated at the National Heritage Centre at Palace House. Visitors are encouraged to explore the new science galleries in more depth with a special trail ‘The Wow, the Weird and the Wonderful’ and, on completion, there will be a special discount of 20% on all science gifts in the Palace House Shop! The Trail will be available during opening hours (10am – 5pm daily) and is included in admission price.
This will be followed by a FREE forensic workshop; ‘Who Stole Pot8os?! Can you Solve the Crime?’ on Sunday 26th March from 10.30am – 3.00pm. The workshop will take place in The Mews and will be open for anyone to take part in. Run by Kinetic Adventure – the idea will be to transform yourself into a forensic scientist and solve the crime of who stole resident skeleton Pot8os. With a number of CSI style activities to match the clues up this is guaranteed to be a fun activity for the all the family! This will be one of a number of free family activities that will be held at the National Heritage Centre. Please click here for further details.
Props for the School Production
Does anyone have an old shopping trolley in their garage or attic? We are on the lookout for one for our school production this term. If you do have an old shopping trolley that you would be prepared to lend us then we would be very grateful!
This week we wish a happy birthday to Charlotte in the Nursery, Ben in Year 4 and Francesca in Year 5.
With my best wishes for a lovely weekend with your children,