I hope that you all had a lovely half term week with your children. As ever, it is a delight to hear of their adventures during the holiday.
We continue to welcome new friends into the Nursery and are already full on several days. As you can see below, slime and bubbles have been a particular hit this week with the little ones. Every day brings new experiences and fun! Please could we ask that all children bring their favourite book into Nursery on Thursday to help them celebrate World Book Day.
This week, the children were not able to go to Forest School as the wind was too strong so they decided to make some kites! Unfortunately, the wind was so strong that their kites didn’t last very long but the children had a lot of fun testing them. Today, the children created a class volcano and thoroughly enjoyed watching it erupt. Do ask them about it!
This week, Year 1 have been working hard at counting in 10s, 5s and 2s. In their Literacy work, the children have been reading the book ‘Chopsticks’. Next week, they will be focusing on Africa and the book they will be studying will be ‘Elmer’. Please could your child bring in their favourite book to help us celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Book Day on Thursday.
As part of their topic, Our Local Area: Then and Now, Year 2 have been learning about their local area’s Geography and History. They are also studying Quest Stories in their Literacy, homophones in their Phonics sessions and direct speech in their Grammar lessons this week. They have been using ‘On The Way Home’ by Jill Murphy to connect their local area subject learning with their Literacy, Phonics and Grammar. Year 2 have really enjoyed role-playing their own versions of scenes from ‘On The Way Home’.
In History the children have been studying Henry VIII and his many marriages. By 1537 Henry was looking for his fourth wife, but his reputation as a husband was not good, and one European princess said that she would marry Henry, if she had two heads! The class have been considering the different reasons Henry had for needing new wives and why Henry agreed to marry Anne of Cleves even though he hadn’t met her. Holbein’s painting of Anne was one reason, and the children tried to find their inner Anne, to look like her portrait, or what they thought she might have really looked like!
Year 4 had finished their ‘Scratch’ programming topic, which involved creating, designing and making a game. During this lesson, the children were able to play each others’ games and evaluate them.
Year 5 have been studying classification in Science this week. They are pictured below classifying different zoo animals.
This week, Year 6 have been tasked with writing a short story for Key Stage 1 children. Year 6 visited all Key Stage 1 classes to ask the children about what kind of stories they enjoy reading.
The U11 football were very proud to don their new sports kit to play against Moreton Hall. Although we were confident and enthusiastic, our strength in passing and attacking was not to our usual standard. Unfortunately, Moreton Hall were victorious but well done, nonetheless boys!
Michael Radford, Deputy Head
The U11 girls played Netball against Moreton Hall and Glebe House. As always, they worked really well together as a team, passing accurately and moving into spaces. Despite the first game being very close, they were up against a very tall and good defence and ended up losing 6-3. In the second match, however, the girls excelled on a very wet and slippery court and won 7-1. Fern was voted player of the match but well done to the whole team.
Chloe Price – SENCO & Director of Sport
Wednesday 1st March – U10 boys football v Walden Prep and U10 girls hockey v Walden Prep and Brookes Cambridge. All games are at home and start at 2.00pm.
Wednesday 8th March – U11 girls hockey and boys football v Walden Prep at home, beginning at 2.15pm.
Tuesday 14th March – U10 Netball tournament at South Lee beginning at 3.30pm until 6.00pm.
Wednesday 15th March – U10 hockey and U9 netball at Riddlesworth away. There is also an U10 mini soccer tournament, from 3.00pm until 5.30pm. Details are to be confirmed and will follow.
Guide Dog Visit
On Friday 10th February, the School Council organised a “Bring Your Dog to School Day” in aid of Guide Dogs. The School Council is made up of two children from each year and the children selected Guide Dogs as their chosen charity. The Head Boy, Luie Hall and Head Girl, Adele Shaw, worked very hard in organising the day and encouraging all children to bring a fluffy dog or similar into school, together with a donation. Dr. Brereton and Miss Price even brought in Percy and Ted! The children raised £170. The children greatly enjoyed a visit from Sarah Lowther, a Guide Dog trainer. She came with Kasper to collect a cheque from Luie and Adele. The children asked her lots of interesting questions!
Elite Swimming Academy
On Tuesday, local Channel swimmer Ed Williams from Elite Swimming Academy came to speak with the children during Assembly on the importance of resilience and perseverance. Ed spoke about his recent 12 mile swim between Ireland and Scotland which took place this summer. He first attempted the swim in 2014 but was unsuccessful due to taking hundreds of jellyfish stings, in particular from Lion’s Mane jellyfish. His message to the children was to never give up if you fail first time!
Ed is head coach at Elite Swimming Academy, who teach many of our pupils to swim in and around Newmarket. They are opening a new site in April at the newly renovated Arran House Stud in Kennett and can be contacted on 01638 465 699 should you wish your children to swim with them. Please visit www.eliteswimmingacademy.co.uk for full details.
Year 5 Visit to Thetford Grammar School on Tuesday 28th February
To celebrate World Book Day, Year 5 have been invited to Thetford Grammar School on Tuesday 28th February. They will be listening to Caroline Lawrence, author of “The Roman Mysteries” amongst other books, talk about her writing. If the children have a book by Caroline Lawrence which they would like signed, they may bring this along to the talk. The visit will take place during the school day and we shall be travelling by minibus.
Parents Association Dates for your Diary
Film Night: Friday 10th March 5pm – 7pm
The PA are delighted to announce that the film shown will be Moana. This evening is open to children in Reception to Year 6 and tickets will be available from Monday from the School Office. Please let us know if you would like your child to stay to After School Club before the film.
Summer Ball: Friday 5th May at Rosewood Stud, Chippenham
Following last year’s very successful evening, it has been decided to make the ball an annual occasion. Tickets will be available shortly and will be £70.00 per ticket, with an early bird discounted price of £65.00. Watch this space for further details!
Cupcake Sale: The next cupcake sale will be on Friday 3rd March, hosted by Years 3 and 4.
Parents v Pupils Fixtures
We would like to invite you to take part in our first Pupils vs Parents matches on Wednesday 29th March from 2pm.
This term, the U11 girls will be playing Netball against their parents and the U11 boys will be playing Football, followed by a match tea in the Hall. We would love to see mixed teams, with mums and dads taking part in both matches.
Please can you let me know as soon as possible if you are interested and would be able to take part so that I can ensure that we have enough players. If we can’t get a team from the U11 parents then we will open it up to other parents across the school. If it is a success, then we would also like to have Rounders and Cricket matches in the Summer Term.
Please could parents of children in Key Stage 2, who take their stationery to school in pencil cases, ensure that their pens and pencils are suitable for school. This week, I have seen a variety of unsuitable pencils, pens, rubbers and pencil toppers and teachers will not allow these to be used.
Tuesday 28th February at 6.30pm – Hilltop and Snowdonia Information Evening for Years 5 & 6 Parents
We warmly invite parents of Years 5 and 6 children to an information evening about the residential trips in the summer term, where you will have the opportunity to see the variety of activities on offer to the children and ask any questions that you may have. Drinks will be served in the Performing Arts Centre from 6.15pm.
This week we wish a happy birthday to Emily and Erin in Reception.
We send many congratulations to the Waterhouse family on the safe arrival of Jude Thomas Arthur, a brother for Esme and Beau.
With my best wishes for a lovely weekend with your children,