Dear Parents

Excitement mounts in school as we all prepare for Tuesday’s Summer Gala Concert Celebration.  All children from Reception to Year 6 will be taking part in the afternoon which consists of 3 ‘Pocket’ Concerts.  Please find the Summer Gala Concert Programme here.  In addition to the Pocket Concerts, which can be enjoyed over a glass of Prosecco in the Performing Arts Centre, afternoon tea will be served throughout the afternoon in the Old Hall.  You will also find wonderful art work on display there!  Furthermore, we have created a medley of memorabilia, stretching back to the school’s foundation in 1950.  We are hoping to be joined by many Old Fairsteadians, including a founder member.  The afternoon will finish with a rounders match between current pupils and parents/alumni.

Please note that there will be no parking in school on Tuesday afternoon.  Pedestrian access will be via Gate 3.

Reception

We have had such an exciting week and have been counting down the ‘sleeps’ to visiting the ‘Sea Life Centre,’ today!
The children have had a wonderful day and have been a real credit to Fairstead House.The special ice lolly treat during their visit was very well deserved! Please ask them all about the sea creatures they have seen and the fun they have had!
The story of ‘Harry by the Seaside’ helped everyone to consider how to keep safe in the sunshine, this week, and also inspired some super, independent writing all about Harry’s next adventure!
In Maths, the children enjoyed becoming ‘Designers’ and have created some wonderful sandcastles. They enjoyed making a design using 2D shapes and then had to solve the problem of which 3D shapes they could choose to print with to replicate their 2D shape pattern. It was fantastic to hear the children naming all of the shapes and discussing their properties.
In Spanish, the children learned how to sing ‘Happy Birthday,’ and also revisited saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ for yet another ice lolly treat! It was a very welcome surprise, after such a busy and hot day.
Please remember to send the children into school with their clean P.E. kits and school sports caps on Monday, in preparation for Sports Afternoon. If you would like suncream to be applied to your child prior to the afternoon, then please ensure that you have completed the necessary consent form. If not, then please ensure an all day suncream has been applied. Many thanks.

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Year 1

In Year 1 this week, we have continued with rhyming poetry. We have read poetry, written poetry and generally been very poetic!
In Numeracy we have been coming to grips with division and really enjoying seeing how things add up!
In our topic on plants, we have been deeply rooted in looking at what is below the soil and examining the internal structure of seeds.

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Year 2

The children in Year 2 have been working hard this week to create posters about their favourite domestic animals.  They look fantastic and are very informative!

In Science, the children have been learning the difference between evergreen and deciduous trees. They went on a tree hunt around the school, collecting and studying the different leaves carefully.

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Years 3 and 4

Years 3 and 4 had a wonderful morning taking part in the annual Primary School Games event, at Newmarket Academy. It took place on the all-weather pitch – in brilliant weather! There were ten different activities that the children took part in, including: vortex howler, baton relay, push and go, racquet relay and speed bounce. Ten different schools took part and Fairstead House were pleased to win two of the events: push and go, involving hockey sticks and racquet relay with the tennis racquets. The children had a great time and displayed excellent sporting and team skills.

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Years 5 and 6

Year 5 and Year 6  enjoyed a day out at the races as the last activity in the ‘Under Starter Orders’ programme. They wore jockey silks, had a racecard explained to them, saw the runners and riders in the parade ring and then cheered the horses and jockeys home, including a winner for Toby’s father! After watching two races, Year 5 and Year 6 had another chance to ride the equiciser and imitate the winning riders. Both classes have been thoroughly engaged by all three parts of the ‘Under Starter Orders’ programme, from seeing the stallions at Dalham Hall Stud, learning about the history and science behind horse-racing at Palace House and the culmination today’s race meeting in the splendid setting of Newmarket’s July course.  We are very grateful to Godolophin for their generous hospitality.

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Chess Tournament

This week, we held our annual Chess Tournament.  All the children played well but Finlay in Year 6 was the winner for the third year running.  Well done, Finlay!

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Birds, Bees and Butter

On Tuesday, we were all treated to a fascinating talk by Ms Marshall (Finlay and Kitty’s mother) on her research and work in Burkina Faso.  We were all very interested and the children in school, via the School Council, are looking forward to supporting the project, Global Shea Alliance Sustainable Working Group, by encouraging bees to facilitate pollination of the shea tree.

After School Clubs Next Week

Please note that there will be no After School Clubs (including Prep Club) next week.   After School Care will still be available until 6.00pm.

Kindness Cup

This week, Kindness Cups were won by James in Year 1 and Cecilia in Year 4.  Well done, children!

Birthdays

This week, we wish a happy birthday to Edmund, Charles, Layla and Florence in the Nursery, Jamie in Reception and Georgia in Year 5.

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

Lynda Brereton