It was lovely to welcome the whole school into assembly on Monday morning. They looked ever so smart in their blazers and enjoyed hearing the story about all the jigsaw friends who will help them in their PSHE learning. On Wednesday, the children gathered in their House groups and elected House Captains, who will encourage them to earn as many house points as possible. This week ended with a wonderful celebration of all the achievements of the children when merit certificates were given out in a celebration assembly. To be able to meet as a whole school is such an important part of the Fairstead family ethos and we look forward to updating you with all the themes and events taking place.
As you will see from the report below, there has been much excited learning. I hope you enjoy reading!
It has been another wonderful week in Reception and the children have thoroughly enjoyed experiencing all their new specialist lessons, as well as their first whole school assembly and their first House assembly. They have taken everything in their stride and embraced all the new experiences with lots of smiles and enthusiasm. In Spanish and Mandarin, the children have been learning different greetings and have enjoyed taking part in many different action songs. In P.E, there was much excitement when the children shared their hopping, skipping and jumping skills with their teachers and friends. Singing and dancing in the Performing Arts Centre and creating some super pictures in the ICT suite was a wonderful way to end the week.
In Literacy, the children have enjoyed beginning to form the letters in their name correctly and in maths, it has been great fun counting all the different superheroes who kept flying into the classroom and landing on the table! We are very much looking forward to more superhero fun in Reception next week!
After travelling to South America last week, Year 1 have been learning all about the Amazon Rainforest in their topic lessons. They learned all about the different layers, or strata, of the rainforest, and the animals that are likely to live in each layer. The children also learned why rainforests around the world should be preserved as they produce oxygen to help us breathe. In Art, the children have been developing their fine motor skills by decorating and then cutting out spiral snakes to hang from the ceiling. Year 1 are really enjoying their weekly swimming lessons and have already grown in confidence.
Year 2 have had another fantastic week! We have been looking at place value and partitioning numbers up to 50 (and 100) using tens and ones charts and part-part-whole models. We have discovered that you cannot have more than 9 counters in one area and have explored the concept of ‘exchange’ with a great deal of success! We have also looked at counting on and back from any given number between 0 and 50 (ie. count back from 38 to 26). Crossing over the tens is tricky, so please do keep working on it. In Literacy, we have been exploring nouns and have discovered that you can usually take a photo of a noun (a thing, place or person). We had a wonderful session ‘photographing’ the playground and listing all of the nouns. We then explored how to make a simple sentence into a descriptive sentence using adjectives. We spent a lovely session describing a monster, one just like we found at the end of our model text ‘The Deep Dark Wood’. In science, we have sorted foods into ‘eat often/eat sometimes/eat as a treat’. In PSHE we have read ‘The Huge Bag of Worries’ and read about all of Jigsaw Jo’s worries in her basket. We agreed that talking about worries with a safe adult is the best way to deal with feeling worried or upset. Our swimming session was a great success and the children all had a wonderful time! Have a wonderful weekend.
What a fantastic week of learning we have had in Year Three! In English, our focus has been on identifying and using different word classes. We have been identifying nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs. It was particularly fun to try different combinations of adjectives in our expanded noun phrases. Our aim was to choose complementary adjectives to create a clearer image for our audience. In maths, we continued our unit of place value and explored numbers up to 1000. We used the dienes blocks and the place value grid to represent our numbers physically and then pictorially. We challenged ourselves to represent numbers in different ways and really deepen our understanding.
In science, we started our new unit of ‘Animals including Humans’. We identified different food groups and found out why we need to include each food group in our diet. Our favourite part of the week was starting our new topic – ‘The Ancient Egyptians and the River Nile’. Here, we started to examine artefacts and ask questions about where they came from and what they were. This sparked our curiosity and we could feel the excitement building in the room as each artefact was revealed. We now cannot wait for our topic lesson next week…
Year 4 have had a busy week! In English, they have written diary entries from the view points of a variety of animals, using the past tense, first person and time conjunctions. In science, they learned the scientific names and functions of each part of the digestive system. In history, they looked at Ancient Egyptian artefacts and developed enquiry skills by considering what the artefacts teach us about life in Ancient Egypt and raising questions to learn more.
In religious studies, they learned that Buddhists believe that nothing in life is perfect and that everything is always changing. They learned the five morals: do not lie, do not steal, do not drink alcohol, be faithful and do not take the life of any living thing. Year 4 then designed board games with the object being to reach Nirvana, which Buddhists believe is the end of life’s cycle where all is peaceful and without suffering.
Our first full week has passed and, with it, our first away fixture where the class started to put into play their newly acquired skills. Another skill they are continuing to develop is their listening, folding and presentation skills through origami. After the butterfly of last week, we made a boat this week. I have added the instructions to Google Classroom in case they want to share it with you.
We have also selected our class representatives for the School Council. After writing and practising their speeches, explaining why they would be a good class rep, they presented them to the class to vote. Today, they had their first meeting with Mrs. Varma who will be helping the School Council. Well done to Charlotte and Lottie for winning the election.
This term has got off to a flying start in the Music Department with pupils attending their first individual instrumental and vocal lessons of the new term. Our visiting music teachers have started signing up their pupils to perform in the up and coming Informal Teatime Concerts (more details to follow) and the year group choirs have started rehearsing for our Harvest Assembly.
If you would like your child to start instrumental or vocal lessons please contact Mrs Karina Warburton, Director of Music.
Newmarket Open Weekend
This weekend is The Henry Cecil Open Weekend where many yards are open to the public along with various events. Entry for children is free and further details can be found at thehenrycecilopenweekend.co.uk
Have a lovely weekend!