Fairstead House


An independent day school and nursery for boys and girls
from three months to eleven years

Dear Parents,

The highlight of my week was undoubtedly seeing all the children come to school today in wonderful costumes representing countries from all over the world.  It was significant to note how many children were representing countries from where their parents or grandparents came from, highlighting what a truly global community we are.  Many thanks to our Modern Foreign Languages teacher, Miss Kathryn Bryan, for organising such a special day and to you for helping the children create such super costumes!

 

Reception

This week in Reception, the children have visited the ‘Dough Disco’ and the ‘Finger Gym!’
They have been finding out how important it is to have strong fingers to help them with lots of different activities, and they have had a great time completing some energetic work outs.
In Literacy, a giraffe named, ‘Gerald’ has taught everyone the importance of believing in themselves. The children have enjoyed learning a special saying to help them to persevere when things get tricky. In Maths, the children have been encouraged to use language such as ‘more’ and ‘fewer’ when comparing different groups.
Celebrating ‘Languages Day’ today, was a wonderful way to end a wonderful week!  Thank you for all the super costumes.

Year 1

Year 1 travelled north to North America this week. In English, they read a story called ‘Oliver finds his way’ by Phyllis Root. Oliver lives in America and the story is set in Autumn, or Fall as Oliver calls it. The children worked together to spot the adjectives in the story and then had a go at writing lists of adjectives to describe various autumn objects. They have really enjoyed creating collages of their own autumn leaves this week as well as exploring lots of signs of autumn.

 

Year 2

Year 2 have been very busy learning about Australian animals!  They have been using their understanding to begin innovating our story map of ‘Wombat Stew’. When we ‘innovate’ a text, we change elements of the story such as the setting, the characters or the familiar refrains to create a new story while still using the format of the text as a
writing frame. We have also been learning about nouns and using our camera to take a photo of people, places and things, which we then recorded in a list.

In Maths, the children have been using our place value understanding to explore the signs of inequality (< > =) and applying this to problem solving questions.

In Science, the children have been learning about healthy eating and sorting foods into the food groups.

 

Year 3

This week, Year 3 have been writing their own stories in English based on Michael Foreman’s ‘I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole’. They have had fun inventing their own characters and settings. They have been learning to use adjectives, conjunctions and speech marks accurately in their work.

In Science, the children have continued to look at the theme of diet and nutrition as part of their ‘Animals Including Humans’ topic. This week the children learned about the main food groups and worked together to sort food into groups and to find out why living things need certain types of nutrients. Every lunch time they are now keen to discuss which foods on their plate contain carbohydrates, protein and fat.

We finished the week by celebrating ‘Languages Day’ with an exciting scavenger hunt led by Miss Bryan our languages teacher. The children have dressed up in some fantastic outfits to represent a whole range of European and other countries. In Year 3, we have been learning about Denmark in particular and have been learning some words and phrases in Danish.

Year 4

In Religious Studies this half term, Year 4 are learning about Buddhism. The children read the story of Siddhartha and how he reached enlightenment and founded Buddhism. They then looked in detail at the key beliefs, which led to thoughtful discussions and comparisons to other religions. Buddhists believe in Karma and that their past actions will affect who or what they are in the next life. Year 4 shared what behaviours they thought would lead a person to enlightenment and enable them to break the cycle, Nirvana. The children created board games where players move forward for good behaviour and acts of kindness and backward for selfish and unkind behaviour. They thoroughly enjoyed trying to reach Nirvana.

Year 5

In Art this week, Year 5 created their ‘Sumerian pottery’. In previous lessons, the children looked at examples of Sumerian jugs, dishes and pots and designed their very own vessels. Year 5 displayed excellent listening skills and great care and precision when using clay techniques. They further developed their skills in joining, using cross hatching and slip and coil pot making, by using coils of varying lengths to create wonderfully unique pieces. Super work, Year 5.

 

Year 6

Year 6 have responded to the call for more historical artefacts from the early 20th Century! This week, Oliver shared the story of his step grandfather, Reverend G H Wooley, who received the V.C. for bravery in World War I. The photo shows Oliver (with help from classmates) holding a photo of his impressive collection of medals, and Dylan is showing a picture of a painting of G H Wooley, leading his men in the trenches. Oliver and his family continue to attend V.C. events and are understandably proud of their heritage. Thank you, too, to Perdie who brought in a fascinating collection of pre-decimal coins – including pennies minted in the reigns of Victoria and George III! The children learned that finding a thr’penny bit in a Christmas pudding is still considered lucky and that pictures of a wren and the Golden Hind can be found on the less valuable (but equally interesting!) farthing and ha’penny coins.

 

Collecting Your Children

A reminder that for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, the school day finishes at 3.30pm; however, should you have children in KS2, you are very welcome both/all children at 4.00pm.  Please may I also take this opportunity to remind you to remain inside your car until your child/children are brought out to you.  Thank you.

Medical Tracker

We have started using an electronic means of recording any accidents in school.  Should your child hurt themselves in any way during the school day, you will be informed by e-mail rather than by an accident form.  This ensures that there is no chance of forms being lost or mislaid.  Please be assured that if we believe your child needs to be collected, we will of course contact you by telephone right away.

Missing Uniform

Please may I ask that you check that your child has brought home their own blazer, as we are already missing a blazer from KS2, which is clearly named.  Thank you.

Art Aprons

Just a reminder that children need an art apron, clearly named, in school at all times. Thank you.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Liliana in Reception and Charlotte in Year 5. Well done, girls!

Birthdays

This week, we wished a happy birthday to Myles, Sophia, Romy and Hugo in the Nursery and to Dylan in Year 6.

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

Lynda Brereton