Dear Parents

On Monday I had the pleasure of taking Year 5 girls to Old Buckenham Hall School for a day of Science and Technology.  Our girls were split into two teams and enjoyed four different activities; one of our teams was delighted to win the Physics challenge, which was to create an aerodynamically sound vehicle.  Over 12 schools took part in the day so they had every reason to be very pleased with this result. I was very proud of all the girls.

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Reception

Forest Schools was wet and windy this week but it didn’t stop us from having fun. Coats with hoods up and lots of layers underneath!!

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Year 1

Measuring and magnetism were among the highlights of life in Year 1 this week!

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Year 2

Year 2 have been independently choosing and using the appropriate standard units to measure lengths and heights in any direction in their classroom this week. They have chosen between different rulers and measuring equipment to ensure the most accurate length and height of classroom furniture and objects.

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Year 3

Year 3 have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali.  They designed and created their own Diwali cards.

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Year 4

In Science this week, Year 4 reinforced their understanding of the human digestive system by creating one of their own. The children thoroughly enjoyed watching the journey of food pass through a very creative use of a funnel, hosepipe and tights!

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Years 3 & 4 visit to Hatfield Forest

A chilly but sunny day was enjoyed today by Years 3 and 4 at Hatfield Forest. The day began with the children being challenged by a number of team building tasks including ‘save the duck’, ‘guide the blind folded person’ and ‘tangram puzzles’.  A welcome lunch was then enjoyed in a warm classroom before we started the afternoon activity of den building. The children were very impressive in their teamwork, building creative and individual den structures.

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Year 5

In Science this week, the children explored the topic of light.  The children considered how light travels and the use of lenses to redirect or focus light.  They then made their own pin hole cameras and were impressed with the results!

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Year 6

This morning in Assembly our Head Boy and Girl, Luie and Adele, representing the School Council, gave two excellent PowerPoint presentations about the two charities, MacMillan and Guide Dogs for the Blind, to the children.  All the children in school will now vote to decide which charity we will be supporting this year.

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Sports Matches

This week, the U9 boys played their second football match of the term away to Moreton Hall.  It was a fantastic match, with both sides competing for possession and goal scoring opportunities.  Fairstead’s teamwork and enthusiasm was outstanding and result in a victorious and hard fought 3-2 score.

Meanwhile, U9 girls played High Five Netball away also against Moreton Hall.  Despite some good play by the girls and fantastic teamwork, Moreton Hall claimed victory.  The girls all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and gained valuable experience.

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Sports Kit

Please could we remind parents that all children must have a pair of plimsolls for PE in school at all times. They will not be able to take part in PE lessons unless they have them as it is too dangerous to wear wet and slippery outdoor shoes.
Although the wintry weather is now setting in, the children will continue to be outside for Games as much as possible. Please can you ensure all children have waterproof coats in school, as well as a full tracksuit. KS2 children may also wear skins / under-armour layers under their school tops (preferably black, white or school colours, especially for matches). The children may wear gloves but please ensure that the gloves have grip so that the children still catch a ball.

Mathletics

Another brilliant week on Mathletics last week!  The children did tremendously well, achieving a fantastic haul of 54 bronze certificates (38 of those were first time certificate winners).  We now have downloaded the free app onto the school iPads so that children can access Mathletics during Breakfast Club and After School Club.

We have entered the Mathletics November Numeracy Challenge (21st November – 4th December), which is a global interschool competition. Prizes will be awarded to schools with the “highest average participation points”. All children will get to participate in Mathletics at school during this competition period but please keep up the hard work and let’s aim for all children achieving a certificate next week. #numeracychallenge #mathletics

It is easy to get involved and stay informed of your child’s progress on Mathletics. To recieve a free weekly report on your child’s progress, please visit www.mathletics.co.uk/parent then complete and submit the form and look out for an email every Monday.

Fairstead House Nursery

The building work for the new Nursery is progressing well and we are on course to open on Monday 16th January 2017.  Please note that the new ‘Ponies’ room for 3-4 year old children will be open at the beginning of term on 10th January.

Please do visit the new Nursery section of our website for further details.

Autumn Glow

The weather forecast looks promising for tomorrow so the Parents’ Association and I very much look forward to seeing you all here.  Any offers of help to set up on the day will be much appreciated.  The PA will be in school from 9.30am tomorrow.  Bacon rolls and coffee will be served!

Tea-time Concerts

The next Tea-time Concert will be on Thursday at 4.15pm.  The last concert was a huge success so I am sure that this week’s concert will be very well attended.  Parents of children taking part have been informed; however, everyone is welcome to attend.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Fairstead House School Trust AGM

I hope to see as many of you as possible at next Thursday’s AGM, which will beheld in the PA at 7pm.  Refreshments will be served.  Your attendance and support at this event is greatly appreciated.

Foreign Currency Collection

Thanks to the initiative and hard work by Mrs Farris-Miller, the PA have raised an astonished £461.50 from the collection of unwanted foreign notes and coins.  This is certainly something that we must do again!

Remembrance Sunday

We were very proud to hear that two of our children who belong to a local Rainbows group took part in the Remembrance Sunday parade and Perdie laid a wreath on behalf of the Girl Guide Movement.

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Birthdays

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This week we wish a happy birthday to Isabella and Toby in Year 1.

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

Lynda Brereton