Dear Parents,

This week the sun has brought plenty of warmth and many smiles.  At Fairstead House we have had visits from a zoo, visits to the forest to create birds’ nests and a number of scientific investigations and ‘digs’.  In addition the FHPA have been working with the children this morning to create some beautiful posies ready for a very special day on Sunday.  A big thank you to all the members of the FHPA who helped out today.

A reminder that next week is the last week of the Lent term and finishes on Friday at 12pm midday for all children from Reception to Year 6.  Pick up is from School and there is no after school care on that day.

Reception

It has been a super, sunny week in Reception and the children made the most of the sunshine at the beginning of the week, with a PE lesson outside which focused on agility, balance and co-ordination. Fun in the sun continued, and the children were excellent ‘Exploradactyls’, when looking for signs of spring. They heard the birds sing, discovered blossom on the trees, and spotted daffodils growing whilst at Forest School. They decided they would like to assist the birds with their nest building and worked well as part of a team to build a home for them.
The children have loved watching their bean plants grow whilst on display in the classroom and had great fun measuring them. They were very excited to take them home! Thank you to Mr Parsons for being the children’s ‘Surprise Reader’ on Wednesday and for sharing a rhyming story which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

Year 1

In English, we have been continuing to focus on The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We made changes to the story by choosing our own foods for the caterpillar to eat. We used adjectives to describe the food and then rewrote the story incorporating our changes.
In RE, we have been learning about the events in Holy Week that led up to Easter Sunday. We learned all about Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday and thought about why each day is important to Christians. It was interesting linking Easter traditions, such as eating Easter eggs and hot cross buns, to the events of Holy Week.
We absolutely loved celebrating the end of our topic with a ‘Megabeast and Minibeast’ day on Friday. As well as decorating dinosaur biscuits and enjoying a minibeast treasure hunt, we were also visited by a travelling zoo. It was so exciting meeting, holding and petting a variety of animals including a bearded dragon, a giant millipede and a snake!

Year 2

This week has been full to the brim with activities! We have learned about the features of non-chronological reports and hunted for the features in an Australian animal report. Next, we researched and gathered information about a famous Australian landmark. Next week we will be making posters and will present our reports to the class. We have taken part in lots of spelling, maths and reading checks this week! On Friday we made monochromatic patterned bunnies for our spring display, created wonderful Mother’s day cards and posies and began our Easter discussions.
Have a great weekend!

Year 3

This week, in Year 3, we have been busy exploring fractions, apostrophes, magnetic poles and the emergency services. In English, we have been investigating and applying our knowledge of apostrophes for omission and possession. Using contractions, we have been writing varied sentences and discussing formality. In maths, we have been exploring equivalence and comparing unit to non-unit fractions. In science, we made predictions as to whether the magnets would attract or repel and then explored the different magnetic poles. We also tested the force strength through paper and wood with paper clips and a magnet. A real highlight of the week was exploring the magnetic field using iron filings and different magnets. We couldn’t believe our eyes! In PSHE, we discussed safety and identified hazards and dangers in different scenarios. Looking closer at the emergency services, we found out what they all do and how they make our lives safer each and every day.

Year 4

In science this week, Year 4 explored water in its three states. They identified, named and described the processes that took place in three different experiments and observed melting and freezing. They were surprised that salt made the ice melt more quickly!
In English, Year 4 began planning and writing their time travel stories and some excellent examples of similes, personification and metaphors have been used so far.
In art, they explored Andy Warhol’s pop art and experimented with brightly coloured paper when printing their royal portraits.

Year 5

Having finally managed to return from Covid, I was very impressed with the work the year 5 pupils had completed in my absence. Today, they had the wonderful opportunity to make a posy of flowers to take home with support from the Parents’ Association. They were able to choose their combination and how to arrange the display before wrapping it to bring home. With next week being the last before Easter, we will have a lot to cover and therefore far more to report!

Year 6

You may recall that, last week, Year 6 worked in groups to recreate a section of the Jurassic Coast in a box. They couldn’t wait to start digging and recording their finds! Carefully placing their pit frame and relocating the cress seedlings that had grown over the weekend, they used a variety of tools to remove the soil and reveal the buried fossils – plus a golden nugget or two! Mr Peace became the official photographer of finds as well as site inspector, giving permission for pits to be extended where necessary and grading each excavation from ‘Satisfactory’ to ‘Outstanding’. ‘Dino Dig Diaries’ were written, including 1:25 scale diagrams and the aforementioned photos, and golden nuggets were weighed on digital scales (borrowed from Chef!) at the going rate of £100 per gram. It is always lovely to see children engage in practical and imaginative activities with such enthusiasm, even wanting to give themselves a team name and to create a company logo. One member of the class, using a toothbrush to clean her fossil in gloved hands, remarked, ‘This is surprisingly satisfying!’ A future palaeontologist or archaeologist in the making!? Next week, Year 6’s challenge is to display their finds in a ‘Museum in a box’, accompanied by information about the Jurassic Coast and interesting facts about dinosaurs, pterosaurs and plesiosaurs. Well done for working hard, Year 6! Wonderful teamwork all round!

Music

This week in Class Music and Drama, we enjoyed learning songs and dances about mini-beasts and creepy crawlies! We created our own version of a spiderweb in the Performing Arts Centre and outside we enjoyed working in the sunshine and fresh air. Look out for the giant millipede in the bark area and lots of different insects.

Drama from Reception to Year 6

Another full and successful term with students improving their conversation, self confidence and expression, memory, ability to speak publicly, take pride in their exam achievements and so much more.

The uptake from Reception has been wonderful to see this term (currently 4 of my students are in Reception) and I am providing a link to Introductory Exams.

introductory

It sounds strange to assess young children and I only enter children if they want to “have a go”.  These exams are INTRODUCTORY and in three stages. If you don’t wish to look at the detailed syllabus the highlights are these:

  • A certificate to detail their success with either Pass, Merit or Distinction
  • Length of each exam – 10 minutes
  • Stage One – Learn a poem and then have a conversation about a toy or object the child brings to show the examiner. In addition they should talk to the examiner about how to play a game they enjoy.
  • Stage Two – Learn a poem and bring a picture, photograph, drawing or postcard of
    • Family or
    • Favourite place or
    • Memorable event or
    • Favourite animal

In addition they need to describe a favourite activity.

  • Stage Three – Learn a poem and then a conversation about a favourite book which they bring with them – they should be able to talk about their favourite part and their favourite character.
  • Each exam is 10 minutes and students can start at any “stage”.
  • They don’t have to take all 3 exams in Reception or Year One but they may wish to.
  • Each exam is given a certificate.
  • Sometimes students find learning two acting pieces for GRADE ONE  challenging at such an early age so this is an option that parents may wish to entertain.

I am highlighting these introductory exams as you may be unaware of them.

In addition to the ACTING exams from GRADE 1 to 8 many students wish to take

  • PUBLIC SPEAKING EXAMS
  • EXAMS IN PROSE AND VERSE
  • SHAKESPEARE EXAMS
  • MUSICAL THEATRE EXAMS
  • EXAMS IN MIME
  • EXAMS IN DEVISING DRAMA

Links to all these exams can be found here:

our-exams

Have a terrific Easter break and good luck to all those students taking exams over this weekend.

Jonathan Woolf

jonathanwoolfdrama01954@gmail.com

Mobile – 07377536476

Home – 01954 200975

 

Have a lovely weekend in the sunshine!

Michael Radford