Dear Parents,

Although the week has been one day shorter, it has still been filled with the most amazing experiences for the children.  One key theme this week in early years, has been fitness and keeping healthy, with children taking part in yoga, physical activities and many fun learning experiences about food groups and eating a healthy range of foods.  Today Years 1 to 6 went to the Forest where they completed team building challenges and collaborative tasks.  It was wonderful to see the joy and enthusiasm from outdoor learning and I am sure the children will enjoy sharing their week with you.

Nursery and Reception

This week has been ‘Healthy Me’ week in Reception and Nursery and what a wonderful week it has been! Both in school and at home, the children have thoroughly enjoyed making healthy choices for their bodies and minds.

There have been many fun, cross-curricular learning experiences throughout the week, including; daily fitness challenges with Mrs Toynbee and Mr Salt, making fruit kebabs with Chef and unusual fruit and vegetable tasting, ‘Bear Hunt’ themed yoga at school and in the forest, and also a very active Spanish lesson, to name but a few! The children also discovered how to relax their bodies and minds by engaging with a range of calming mindfulness activities. Blowing bubbles to concentrate on breathing was a particular favourite in Reception.

Also in Reception, the children were very keen to share their knowledge with the rest of the school and made some super posters to put on display. Make sure to look out for them soon! Even though it has been a short, fun packed week, there was still the opportunity to learn all about vowels and consonants, build numbers beyond ten and twenty, and hear some wonderful stories from our surprise reader. A big thank you to Penelope’s mum for coming in to visit this week and to all staff in school who have helped to make this week such a success.

Year 1

We have had a super start to our new topic, ‘Time Travellers’. Not only have we enjoyed bringing our favourite toys into class to show our friends, we have also been exploring toys from the past that have been loaned to us by Suffolk Archives.

It has been great fun exploring and playing with the toys our parents, grandparents or even great-grandparents may have played with.

A huge thank you to Shaheen, Aadam’s mummy, for coming into school to teach us all about Eid on Thursday. Both Aadam and Shaheen shared lots of information about Ramadan and the festival Eid al-Fitr. Aadam impressed us all by reciting a prayer and showing us how he prays on his prayer mat. Shaheen brought dates (which are used for breaking the fast) in for the children to try and read a lovely book called Mr Men and Little Miss Happy Eid. Aadam also gave a special Eid gift to each of the children – how kind!

Year 2

Welcome back! What an amazing start to the term we have had. We have started our topic ‘The Great Fire of London’, learning about Tudor houses and creating some wonderful line drawings. We have also experimented with pastels to create a fire scene that we collaged a row of Tudor houses onto. Watch this space for the completed display!

On Thursday, Dr Haque Hussain came to talk to us about Ramadan and Eid. We loved tasting the dates that Muslims break their fast with (iftar) and learning about prayer mats, prayer beads, mendi and acts of kindness and charity. On Friday we were at the Jarman Centre for our Forest day! We had a wonderful time exploring microhabitats and looking for minibeasts.
Eid Mubarak! Have a wonderful long weekend.

Years 3 and 4

This week, Years 3 and 4 began their new art topic on seascapes. They were introduced to the impressionist works of Claude Monet and the post-impressionist works of Vincent van Gogh. The children identified the artists’ use of vibrant colours to create light and movement, along with the obvious brush marks and thickly applied paint in their seascapes. They were surprised by their use of oranges, yellows and purples. Using acrylics, they practised applying paint thickly showing obvious brush marks. ‘Quick and thick’ was the technique for the lesson, as the children learned how to apply paint as they represented the sea, in an impressionistic style.

Years 3 and 4 had a fantastic day at the Forest this Friday. Starting with a walk to the Jarman Centre, the children enjoyed a well-deserved s’more around the camp fire once we arrived. Years 3 and 4 joined Years 5 and 6 and took part in a carousel of activities in their house teams. One of the activities was nature weaving. Here, the children scavenged the forest for suitable sticks of the required shape and size. Next, they bound them together in a well thought out structure. Some were triangular, square and others more original in style. It was then time to weave a cobweb style layer around the sticks to create the weaving opportunities. Some children chose more natural colour schemes, some warm and some cool colours were used to complement or contrast. The final step was to explore the forest for natural resources to weave through our structures. These natural resources included leaves, flowers and grass. Each weaving piece looked so different and it was great to see the children being creative in a natural environment outdoors. Other activities also included a treasure trail and practical problem solving. Chef organised a yummy picnic lunch that was enjoyed by all. In the afternoon, we sang songs around the campfire and played games in our house teams. What a brilliant way to end the first week back of the summer term! We are looking forward to our trip to the coast next week to kickstart our new topic, ‘Captivating Coastlines’…

Year 6

It was lovely to see Year 6 return to school and hear tales of their Easter holiday adventures. The children have started their model museums, discussed the key features of information leaflets ahead of the next writing topic and ‘Matilda’ rehearsals have continued – keep practising those lines, Year 6! The week ended with a whole day at the Jarman Centre which included making s’mores for a mid-morning snack (Thank you Mr Ward and Mr Rix!), house activities with Mr Everitt, Mrs Newman, Miss Hunt and Mr Peace, singing around the campfire with Mrs Warburton, team games with Mr Salt and a lovely outdoor picnic, courtesy of Chef and her team. In Mr Peace’s group, the children sorted themselves into teams and made treasure trails for each other. The photos below show the some of the children with the little golden trophy that they had to hide, then find. Have a restful bank holiday weekend, Year 6!

Drama Tuition

Now is the time to book if you want your son/daughter to have one of the (6) half hour sessions that still remain for September at Fairstead on a Wednesday.  Sadly, I cannot commit to more than one day per week as my work takes me to other schools, colleges and adult education.  However if you do not manage to get one of my (in school) slots then many students see me on Zoom and in some cases now at home.  If you wish to book for September, now is the time to consider as places tend to go quickly.  Some students take exams ( some even get to Grade 5 by Year 6) – some learn about Shakespeare and theatre and pantomime  – others about self confidence in public speaking and interview technique – ALL HAVE FUN
Feel free to contact me with any questions or to make a booking on


This week we had another great rehearsal of ‘Matilda the Musical’ – only a few weeks until we will be performing it. Keep working on your song lyrics and scripts!

Have a lovely long weekend, and we’ll see you on Tuesday!

Michael Radford