Dear Parents

After six months of building work, it was with much excitement that we welcomed little ones to our delightful new Nursery building on Monday.  The Nursery was formally opened by Ryan Moore, champion jockey and father in school.  We have been overwhelmed with the response to the Nursery and are already fully booked on several days!

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Reception

In Numeracy, Reception have been looking closely at sequences and made their own patterns with shapes and numbers.  The children then used wooden blocks to predict which numbers would come next in a sequence.  At Forest School, the children were intrigued to notice that some of the trees in the forest had bark that looked a bit like dinosaur skin. They made some rubbings to use for the classroom display.  The children have also been talking about fossils and where they are found. They made their own fossils out of salt dough. Come and have a look at them in the classroom!

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Year 1

In Literacy, Year 1 have been enjoying reading the “Mixed Up Chameleon” by Eric Carle.  They children have leant about adjectives and had to think of as many as they could – they came up with an exhaustive list!  The children then made “adjective snakes” to show their understanding.

In Gymnastics this week, the children had great fun practising their balancing skills!

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Year 2

Year 2’s  topic this term is Our Local Area: Then and Now and, in Science, they are learning about the materials around their local area, their purposes, properties and their uses. As Year 2 were so keen to investigate the new Nursery buildings and meet the new younger pupils, they have explored and explained the materials used inside and outside the new rooms to satisfy their curiosity, as well meeting the Science skills and knowledge we require them to attain!

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Year 3

In History, Year 3 have started to study The Tudors, hearing how the War of the Roses ended at the Battle of Bosworth Field with the victory of Henry VII.  The focus for the rest of the term will be on his son, Henry VIII and his wives. The children were tasked with identifying portraits of Henry and while the traditional image was easy to spot, pictures of him as a child and as a younger or older man were harder to pick out from other pictures of Tudor statesmen.

Year 4

Year 4 have started a new Science topic this term which is investigating ‘States of Matter’. This week, the children identified that all materials are a solid, liquid or gas. They learned that all materials are made up of particles. The children had great fun re-enacting the particle formation for a solid, liquid or gas in the playground.

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Year 5

In their cross curricular work linked to their Literacy topic of “The Secret Garden”, Year 5 are continuing their papier mache artwork.

 

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Year 6

In Science, Year 6 are investigating the components of an electrical circuit and the flow of the electrical current.

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Sports

The U9 boys played football at home against Brookes Cambridge this week.  Both teams played well but the Fairstead boys made the most of tackling opportunities and the match ended with a well deserved 4-3 win for Fairstead. Well done, boys!

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Coding Club

We are delighted to announce that our new Coding Club, led by Mr Matthew Stannard, will begin on Monday.   There are a whole host of incredible resources available for the children to enjoy and explore.

Cupcake Sale and P.A. Meeting

Nursery & Reception will be hosting a cupcake sale on Friday 27th January after school so please bring your spare change with you!

The next P.A. meeting will be on Thursday 2nd February at 8.45am.  Everyone is welcome so please do come along!

P.A. Ball

We are delighted to announce that this year’s P.A. ball will be held on Friday 5th May at Rosewood Stud.  More details will follow but please do save the date.

School Production Rehearsal

This Friday, please could all Years 5 and 6 be available for rehearsal. Thank you.

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

Lynda Brereton