Dear Parents

We were overwhelmed and delighted by the turnout to our baby group this week! Word must be getting around about the fun music and activities led by our Director of Music, Mrs Karina Warburton.  Do let any of your friends with little ones know that they are very welcome to come and join us on Friday afternoons in term time from 2.30pm until 3.30pm in the new Nursery.

 

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Nursery

It is hard to believe that our youngest children in school have only been with us for two weeks! They are all very settled and thoroughly enjoying our new building and facilities, both inside and outside.  The ‘Yearlings’ have enjoyed exploring the school grounds and I was amused to see them peeking in my window and waving happily!

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Reception

As ever, Reception’s visit to Forest School is a highlight of everyone’s week.  Yesterday’s trip saw the children measuring dinosaur footprints on the forest floor using a measuring stick they discovered in the forest!

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Year 1

This week in Year 1, the children have been focusing on 3D shapes.  They enjoyed a ‘shape hunt’ in the bark area of the playground and have been able to sort the shapes according to their properties using the mathematical language of faces, vertices, edges and curved and flat.  In our Literacy work this week, we have been reading the story of ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes in connection to last weeks work on toys.  They worked in groups to sequence  the story and retell the story in their own words.  They understood the terms beginning, middle and end of the story and have been writing this in their own words.

Next Tuesday, the children will be walking to visit a local optician, ‘Spectacular’, on the High Street.

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Year 2

As part of their Lent term topic, Our Local Area: Then and Now, Year 2 are learning about the history and geography of our local area and, in Science, they are investigating the materials around us. Year 2 visited the local History and Geography galleries of Palace House, the National Horse Racing Heritage Centre, and their Science exhibition and carousel learning workshop, Marvellous Materials. Year 2 enjoyed discovering the variety of materials used in horse racing, with some of them familiar and some of them surprising! They also relished investigating the different properties of those materials which make them suitable for their specific uses, as well as exploring the galleries and riding on the equiciser!

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Year 3

This week, Year 3 have been tackling fractions in Numeracy. The counterintuitive idea that an eight in 1/8 means a smaller number than the three in 1/3 has been investigated. As too has the possibility that having two slices of pizza maybe better than having three slices (if the two slices are 1/3 of a pizza each, and the three slices were only 1/6 each). The fairness of sharing with siblings was considered, but whether this will be remembered on their next visit to a favoured pizza restaurant remains to be seen!

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Year 4

This week, Year 4 have been learning about the differences between solids, liquids and gases.  As part of their studies, they investigated whether gases have mass and, if so, how to calculate it.

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Year 5

In their Literacy lesson, Year 5 are discussing the play Macbeth.  Each group examined one of the main characters and considered why they thought that that person could be responsible for King Duncan’s death. The children then reported their findings back to the class and wrote a discussion piece explaining each group’s view.

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Year 6

Rehearsals for this year’s production are off to a flying start!  The children have been humming and singing songs as they move throughout the school and have thrown themselves into their parts with gusto.

Match Report

On Wednesday, the U11 girls had their first hockey match of the term against Walden Prep. Despite the freezing weather conditions that we had to face, we won 6 -2. It was a brilliant opportunity for us to learn and develop as a team and by the end we were not only passing and defending well, but we were really working well as a team.
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All of the girls played incredibly well but Player of the Match goes to Katie Barrett for her relentless defending and brilliant hitting skills. Well done, girls!

Miss Chloe Price, Director of Sport

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Ancient Greek

This year in their Classical Greek lessons, Beta will be engaging in a cross-curricular interdisciplinary project called The Arts Award, in partnership with Palace House, the National Horse racing Heritage Centre, using the British Museum’s amphora vase in the museum. The Arts Award will employ their skills in Greek language, Historical analysis, Reading comprehension, Art History investigation, Computing animation, Literacy performance and presentation, and Art and DT craft and composition. At the end of the project, each child will receive an Entry Level Qualification in Art History. In this week’s activity, Beta class have been ‘excavating’ as archaeologists and have found replica Greek coins, the rubble of Greek civil life and the broken pieces of a pot decorated with the same picture of horse racing as shown on the British Museum’s amphora. Next week, they will visit Palace House to study the original amphora up close!

Car Park

May I take this opportunity to remind you of our car park etiquette.  In the morning, please show consideration for the horses and traffic on the Fordham Road by not blocking the horse walk or waiting on Fordham road, in either direction, to turn into school.  At pick up time, please remember that the middle gate is exit only.  Please let grandparents, nannies, etc, know how the car parking system works.

Speech & Drama Lessons

These lessons, with Mr Joshua Schumann, are starting on Monday 6th February.  Please contact the School Office for further details.

Grandparents’ Afternoon –  Friday 24th March

On Friday 24th March, all Grandparents of children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 are invited to spend the afternoon with their grandchild in school.  More details to follow but we thought you may like to save and share the date!  We are looking forward to seeing as many grandparents as possible and I am sure that this will be a lovely occasion for all.

Future Schools Information Evening – 6.30pm on 7th February

Parents of children in Years 4 and 5 are warmly invited to an informal evening where we will be explaining the choice of future senior schools after Year 6.  We will discuss the transition to senior school after Year 6, how we assist in the choice of the school and how, in partnership with you, we prepare your child for their continued learning journey.

Uniform

Please remember that all children must have a school coat, in addition to their blazer, in school at all times.  Hats and scarves should be those obtained from Mr Cricket in Burwell only.

Please remember that all children must have PE socks in their PE bags at all times.

Fairstead House Equestrian Team

The children from Fairstead are competing in Hickstead Qualifier at the Jays Stud, outside Bury St Edmunds, this Saturday starting at 9am. Do come along and support!

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Birthdays

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This week, we wish a very happy birthday to Theo in Year 2.

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

Lynda Brereton