Dear Parents

I hope that you had a lovely Easter holiday.  It has been a delight to see the children return to school refreshed and ready for the exciting term ahead.  Already the holidays seem a distant memory!

Nursery

The children have this week been discovering the letter “d” as part of their phonics learning.  They have also been busy making leaves for their rainforest and collecting twigs and sticks for their rain forest animals.  The room has been transformed into a rainforest and it changes daily.

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Reception

In Maths, the children have been counting backwards from 20. They have also been looking at 100 squares and trying to find patterns in the numbers.  This term, Reception are going to be learning about the Rainforest. We used our bark rubbings to create trees and leaves to decorate our classroom.

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This week in Forest School, the children made some animals using clay and natural materials from the forest floor. They searched around the forest for things they could use to decorate them. Back in the classroom, the children have been writing some descriptions about their animals using their best handwriting.  Do visit the classroom to admire their work!

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Year 1

This week Year 1 has begun their rainforest topic with flourish and enthusiasm!  The children have been focusing on some of the flora found in the rainforest and have painted a tree trunk and leaves to build up the wall display.

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Year 1 has also been looking at the growth of plants and the children have planted chive and coriander in pots.  This has extended into the eco-garden where they have planted, as a group, six courgette plants.  The children all have a super understanding of what plants need in order to survive and are very keen to care for their plants and record the growth of the plants over the forthcoming weeks.

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Just a reminder to the parents about our visit to the Botanical Gardens in Cambridge on Wednesday 27th April.  This promises to be a fun and informative morning and the children are looking forward to a picnic lunch.  Let’s hope for good weather!

Year 2

Year 2 was astonished to find a small citrus tree and a letter from HM Queen Elizabeth II and her favourite Corgi, Mr Brown, on their first morning back from the Easter break. Her Majesty requested that the class look after and study the citrus tree, whilst she travels to celebrate her 90th Birthday, as well as investigate why Rapa Nui (Easter Island) has no citrus trees or indigenous people left now. Year 2 have been using their Literacy, History, Geography and Computing Skills to find out why!

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Year 3

Year 3 had to do some detective work to find out the theme that will connect a lot of their subjects this term. During a scavenger hunt, they found and scanned QR codes which opened an assortment of photographs – exotic animals, jungle, athletes and Rio de Janeiro.  Putting it all together, they made the connections between the Brazilian rainforest and this year’s Olympics – Rio 2016. It’s going to be a fun term!

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Year 4

As part of their Art studies this week, Year 4 began work on some of their rainforest animals to hang in the classroom. Here are some examples of paperchain snakes.

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Year 5

Year 5 has taken the week by storm! The children have come back from the Easter break feeling refreshed and raring to go. They have worked very hard in both Literacy and Numeracy revising key concepts.  In Science, the children had great fun exploring ‘air resistance’, taking the parachute outside to feel it as well as carrying out their own investigation.

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Year 6

It has been a busy week back for Year 6 with revision and preparation for summer exams, which will take place before Half Term.  However, time has also been spent in the ICT suite looking at how websites are designed.  The children were introduced to HTML and used this basic code to create a simple webpage.  The aim is to create a more complex website as the term progresses.

Games & Matches

Cricket and rounders have started for Key Stage 2 and the weather has been wonderful.  Throwing and catching has been the aim for all children and we look forward to the first set of fixtures next Wednesday against Friends at home.

Key Stage 2 – PE Kit

All Key Stage 2 children will need their PE and Games kit in school every day during the Summer Day.

Fairstead House Parents’ Association Ball

The much anticipated Parents’ Association Ball is fast approaching!  This year the Parents’ Association will be holding an auction during the Ball.  There are many fantastic lots to bid for, including

  • 2 tickets for a Manchester Utd game
  • 1 weeks accommodation at The Atlantis Bahamas
  • A table of 8 hospitality package at the Bedford Blues rugby
  • 4 tickets, including pit passes to any race in the 2016 UK Fun Cup series or at the Spa or Nogaro races courtesy of the Viking Self Storage Fun Cup team.
  • Signed Michael Vaughan items

Please see Mrs Daubeney, Alexander in Nursery’s Mummy, if you are able to offer any exciting items or events for this auction.

Please click here for further details on how to purchase ball tickets: Parents Ball 2016

Please also note that the Parents Association will be meeting on Thursday 28th April at 8.45am.  Please do come along!

Girls’ Summer Uniform

Whilst summer dresses will remain optional until Half Term, if they are worn then they must be worn with white socks (either long or short) and not red or green tights.

Sailing

A gentle reminder to parents of children in Years 5 and 6 who would like their children to take part in the Royal Yachting Association Introductory Sailing Course at Lackford Lakes to please return their forms to the School Office as soon as possible.

Year 3 Assembly

All Year 3 parents are invited to watch the Assembly on Wednesday 27th April.  Please meet for coffee in the foyer of the P.A. from 8.45am with the Assembly starting at 9.00am.

Staff News

I am delighted to announce that Ben Hewitt, Year 2 and Classical Greek teacher, has been appointed to the new position of Director of Learning.  This is combined with exciting new initiatives in Key Stage 2 which we will share with you in due course.

Congratulations

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Our congratulations go to the Means family on the safe arrival of baby Evie over the Easter Holiday.  A sister for Isabella and Lottie.

Birthdays

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This week we wish a happy birthday to James (Nursery) and Adele (Year 5)

Finally, we wish all our parents who are taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday every success.  I am in awe of you all!

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

Lynda Brereton