Dear Parents,

As we hurtle towards the festive season, I feel it prudent to draw your attention to the exciting events we have ahead:

Wednesday 22nd November – Years 3 and 4 are looking forward to returning to the National Horseracing Museum for their next Local History study.
Thursday 23rd November – U11 Forest Heath Indoor Athletics at Newmarket Leisure Centre from 12.30pm to 3.00pm.  A match list will follow.
Thursday 30th November – Fairstead House Annual General Meeting.  I am delighted that to let you know we will be holding an exhibition of all children’s art work in the Performing Arts Centre prior to the meeting.  Drinks will be served from 6.00pm for you to enjoy whilst you admire all the artwork.  Every child’s artwork will feature in the exhibition.
Friday 8th December – The Nursery and Reception Nativity will take place at 9.30am in the Performing Arts Centre.  There will also be a Film Night after school, hosted by the Parents’ Association.  Further details to follow.
Tuesday 12th December – The Racing Welfare Concert at Tattersalls will begin at 7.15pm for Years 3 – 6.
Friday 15th December – The end of term Carol Concert will take place at St Mary’s Church at 11am for Ponies through to Year 6.  School will finish at the end of the service.

A final reminder that all bookings for Holiday Club, at the significantly reduced rate of £25 per day, need to be in the School Office by Monday 20th November.  As mentioned before, if we do not have the minimum number of children on any given day then Holiday Club will not run on that day.

Nursery

Nursery children, along with the rest of the school, embraced Children in Need today and spots were everywhere!  The children enjoyed playing outside, wrapped up warmly against the cold weather and had extra special fun playing with torches in the afternoon when the light is fading!

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Reception

We have had a very Royal week in Reception!
We began the week by reading the story ‘The Queen’s Hat.’ We discovered that the Queen’s hat had been blown off by a strong gust of wind and then had encountered a marvellous journey all around London. We have enjoyed thinking of messages to write to the Queen and we even designed her a new hat!
We were very lucky, as the Queen had sent us one of her other hats to use in our Maths lesson, and she had kindly sent us some Royal numbers and feathers too! We decided it would be nice to create some portraits of her on the laptops, as a way to say thank you!
We have also built some wonderful London landmarks. Thank you to everyone who brought in boxes for our construction work this week.

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Year 1 & Year 2

Today, Years 1 and 2 were invited to Wildawood Forest School in Chippenham for another exciting Great Fire of London event.  For their Home Learning, the children made 17th Century model houses and we used the fire pit to demonstrate, in complete safety, how the materials used to construct the houses and the close proximity of the buildings caused the Great Fire to spread so quickly.  The children also enjoyed toasting marshmallows, making pumpkin soup, climbing trees and making dens.  Thank you once again to Wildawood for hosting us!  A truly wonderful experience.

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Year 3

In Maths this week, Year 3 have been problem solving using money. They have been working out the possible combinations of silver coins to make £1; some of the children challenged others to make different amounts using just three coins and others were working out the fewest number of coins needed to make a given amount.

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Year 4

In Art this week, Year 4 have been using their designing skills to create their own jockey silks.  They used a pattern to cut out their chosen fabrics.  Next lesson, the sewing will begin!

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Years 5

In Science this week, Year 5 has been learning about ‘day and night’ in their space topic this half-term. The children questioned the apparent movement of the sun across the sky; discussing and sharing ideas with each other. Lights were turned off as they investigated the Earth’s rotation to explain how we get ‘day and night’; drawing upon scientific evidence to support their findings.

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Year 6

Year 6 have been assiduously applying themselves to exam techniques and broader study skills in English and Maths this week. In Classical Greek, they have enjoyed exploring The Oxford Classical Dictionary. They used their English skills to scan for information and then summarise the long entries.

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Sports Reports

This week, the U9 girls played Netball at home against Brookes Cambridge.  It was a fantastic opportunity for the girls to demonstrate how much they have learnt this term, with some great passing and teamwork from all players.  Well done to Eleanor for her excellent shooting and Darcy, who was voted Player of the Match by Brookes Cambridge.  Most Improved Player was Luana.  Well done, girls!  Chloe Price, Director of Sport

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A squad of 14 children attended the Newmarket Quicksticks Hockey Tournament, with two teams.  One of the teams managed to win all of their group matches and went through to the quarterfinal play offs, which they won on penalties.  They then progressed to the semi-finals against St Louis, where they lost 1-0 from a lost minute goal.  The children therefore had to have a third place playoff, which was a draw after full time.  The ‘golden goal’ rule was applied and, unfortunately, we lost.  However, fourth place out of 25 teams is most commendable and I was very proud of all the children.  Well done, everyone!  Michael Radford, Deputy Head

Display Boards – Can You Help?!

We are looking to borrow or hire a number of display boards for our exciting forthcoming art exhibition.  Should you, or anyone you know, have any that we could use then I would be very grateful if you could let me know.

Kindness Cups

Kindness Cups this week we were won by Emily in Year 1 and Georgina in Year 6.  Well done, both!

Birthdays

This week, we wish a happy birthday to Toby in Year 2.

With my best wishes for a lovely weekend with your children and looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow evening for our Autumn Glow festival.  The Parents’ Association have worked tirelessly to ensure a wonderful evening for all.  Fingers crossed that the weather is kind to us! ,

Lynda Brereton