Dear Parents

After an extremely varied week weather wise, it is lovely to break up for the long weekend in glorious April sunshine.  As you will see below, all the children have had a very busy week.  the younger children are relishing their topic of the Rainforest, which certainly came to life for Years 1 and 2 when they visited the Cambridge University Botanical Gardens.

Nursery

This week in Nursery the children have been busy painting rainforest leaves for their display.  The children took a summer walk and were astounded to find a parrot in his crate in a tree in the grounds!   The children enjoyed discussing where the parrot had come from!

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Reception

In Reception this week the children were entranced to receive a surprise delivery. Another mysterious Blue Parrot! The children have named him Rio because that is where they think he has flown in from. They have made a rainforest in their classroom for him to live in. The children have been busy finding out what he should eat and drink and how they can take care of him. Next week they are going to try and teach him how to fly!

In Forest School this week, Reception continued their Maths work on shapes. The children had to make as many different shapes as they could from things they could find in the forest.  Here, Hugo proudly displays his triangle.

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Year 1 and Year 2

Year 1 and Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Cambridge Botanical Gardens this week.  They were lucky to enjoy super weather before the snow fell in the afternoon!  The children took part in an observational exploration outside and went inside the Desert, Rainforest and Alpine Glasshouses. They were very surprised by the humid heat of the Rainforest Glasshouse compared to the dry heat of the Desert.  The children have been looking at Adaptation in Science, so they studied how the different plants had adapted for the very different habitats.

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Year 3

This week the entire Year 3 starred in their Class Assembly. They used the opportunity to dispel some of the myths around the Vikings and introduce some of the interesting facts they learnt about last term. All the children excelled themselves learning their lines and even our new friend, Sam, took to the stage with aplomb (and the understudy managed not to fluff her lines!).

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Year 4

As part of their Geography and English studies, Year 4 have been researching information about the Amazon Rainforest. They were surprised and fascinated to find out: it is twice the size of India; one fifth of the world’s bird species lives there and it is being destroyed daily by cattle farming, timber factories and by the landless people of Brazil trying to build a home for themselves.

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Year 5

Year 5 has been learning about the School Computer Network and how information is stored and accessed on the school server. The children enjoyed their behind the scenes look at the server and were amazed by the extent of the wires!

In PSHE, the children in both Years 4 and 5 have been exploring the concept of ‘mindfulness’. They thoroughly enjoyed creating their own ‘Mind Jar’ which symbolise the need to settle one’s mind for clearer and more positive thinking.

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Year 6

Year 6 is very proud to have completed their film music projects. They composed music for an excerpt from Wallace and Gromit’s ‘The Wrong Trousers’ and used musical devices such as minor chords, melody, riff and the chromatic scale to match the mood of the action. They composed using Garage Band on iPads. You can watch and listen to all the completed projects by logging in to DB Primary and visiting the Music Page.

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The DT project this term is a challenge Top Gear enthusiasts would love – to design a car!  Obviously with thought about the environment, they have opted for the eco friendly electric version using batteries.  This project will involve skills from Science (electricity) and their past wood work skills to create a frame.  So far the class has chosen a body for the vehicle, designed the paintwork and begun to create a wooden frame to support axles and battery pack.

Match Reports

The first cricket match of the season was an away fixture at Friends’ School.  The weather was most strange with sun and hail at the same time.  Fairstead won the toss and decided to field first.  The team’s bowling was accurate and our fielding was strong.  However, their opening batsmen were confident and punished any balls off target.  After 20 overs their total was 109.  Their batting was also confident and although runs were achieved, our rate was much slower.  Eventually we took chances and tried to increase our score more rapidly.  Fairstead’s total after 20 overs was 89.  The match was very close and the boys played well and showed that they are ready for more fixtures.  Thank you to Friends’ and we look forward to a return fixture.

Michael Radford

The U11 girls played their first rounders match of the term on Wednesday against Friends’ School. Fairstead started fielding first and Phoebe’s bowling was consistent enough to not give away too many half rounders. Friends’ were unable to connect well with the ball so were only scoring the occasional half rounder. Samantha’s fielding at backstop was strong.  After their 3 innings, Friends’ finished with 12 and a half rounders. When Fairstead went into bat we connected with the ball but did not put enough ‘welly’ into it and quite often the ball went straight back to the bowler. In the coming lessons, we will be working on using the whole body and directing the ball into space. We did score the occasional full rounder from good hits and some fielding errors from Friends. We finished our 3 innings with 11 and a half rounders. It was a good close match to begin the term. Well done to Fern and Phoebe who were awarded Players of the Match. Next match we will aim to work on our running between the posts!

Next Wednesday the U11 girls play a rounders match against St Mary’s, Cambridge (2pm start) and the U9 boys play a Kwik Cricket match against Felsted (2:30pm start). These matches are both away.

Shahn Woodyatt

Years 3 and 4 – PE Lessons

This term, Years 3 and 4 are swapping their Monday morning PE times.  Therefore, Year 4 need to now come in their PE kit on Mondays and bring their uniform and Year 3 need to come in uniform and bring their PE kit with them.

Year 5 and 6 Residential Trip to Hilltop, Norfolk

Please could parents ensure that all medical information forms have been completed and returned to the School Office.  If any parents require kit lists, please contact the School Office.

‘Rio Film Night’

Our Parents’ Association are hosting a Rio Movie Night for all children on Friday 20th May from 5pm – 7pm.  The children may come in their pyjamas to watch a film in the Performing Arts Centre.  Tickets are £5 per child, including a drink and popcorn!  Please see the below link for details.

Rio Movie Night

Birthdays

Birthday Cake

This week we wish a very happy birthday to Gabriella (Reception), Molly (Year 2) and Fern (Year 5).

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

Lynda Brereton