Dear Parents,

This week has all been about a celebration of snow and World Book Day!  It was wonderful seeing the children make the very most of the snow in the grounds and on the Severals.  In particular, seeing rows of tights, socks and gloves drying on the radiators around school took me straight back to my childhood!  My thanks and appreciation to all the staff for coming in to school irrespective of the weather and making sure that we were, in fact, the only school open in Newmarket.

Furthermore, I was delighted to see everyone fully embrace World Book Day yesterday.  There was a wonderful atmosphere in school, as we celebrated all things literary.  Many thanks for all your hard work in helping your children come to school in such imaginative and varied costumes.

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Reception

This week in Reception, we wrapped up warm and continued our adventures with The Gruffalo.  We started the week by designing ‘terrible creatures’ for our own books. We then looked carefully at our illustrations and used them to create our own clay creatures! This developed further into some wonderful descriptive writing.  In Maths, we have been writing our own addition sums and focusing on number bonds to 10.  The Gruffalo’s purple prickles have been very useful in helping us to solve our number bond challenges!  In P.E., we discussed the importance of exercise and loved playing lots of Gruffalo related games. We also could not wait to explore outside in the snow. Unfortunately, the arrival of the snow did mean that our visit to the Library had to be postponed; however, we still had an amazing World Book Day! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed coming into school in their costumes and sharing their favourite stories with their friends. We even had a super surprise when a rocket landed in our classroom! We transformed it into a ‘rhyming rocket’ and wrote some fabulous rhyming strings to decorate it. We think it might now be travelling to see Julia Donaldson to share the rhyming strings with her!

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Years 1 and 2

On Monday, Year 1 and 2 ventured to Colchester Castle to learn about ‘Life in a Castle’. They had a guided tour, looked at the features of a Castle, took part in a carousel of activities and explored the museum. The most exciting activity for all children was the Chariot Racing, where they had to steer their Chariot to the winning post.  The children behaved extremely well and were a real credit to our school; this was commented on by teachers from other schools.

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Year 2

In Maths, the children have been using arrays to to help them understand and solve some really challenging multiplication questions. In English, they have continued to improve is the story of George and the Dragon, using awesome alliteration, violent verbs and detailed descriptive phrases. Please come along to our classroom to read some of our fantastic writing up on our display!

Year 3

This week, Year 3 have been investigating magnetic fields in Science. They began by working out how they could ‘see’ a magnetic field. Magnets were put underneath paper and iron fillings poured on top. The direction of the magnetic field for each one soon became apparent.
The children have also been trying to predict which magnets were strongest. They tested a selection of magnets to see which could hold the longest chain of paper clips and were quite surprised to find that the smallest magnets were not necessarily the weakest.

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Year 4

In Geography this week, Year 4 children studied local Ordinance Survey maps to identify the origin of place names. The children had to find different places and identify the place name origin and then decide if it was a good place to settle or not.

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Years 5 and 6

This week, Years 5 and 6 concluded our Science topic, ‘materials and their properties’ by carrying out an investigation into separating different mixtures.  The children discussed and used a variety of processes to separate mixtures of: flour and raisins; sand and water; rice and paper clips and a salt solution. Magnetic attraction, filtration, sieving and evaporation were successful techniques used.  There were no sports matches this week due to the weather but the children had enormous fun playing ‘snow football’ and other games in the snow!

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School Visits – Monday 5th March

Year 6 will be attending the Crucial Crew workshop on Monday 5th March. A reminder that the children should come to school in their school games kit as there will be some outdoor activities. Please can this include layers of warm clothing and their school outdoor coat.

School Visits – Friday 9th March

Reception are very excited about their visit to the Owl Sanctuary in Stonham Barns

On the same day, Year 2 are visiting Palace House Museum for a workshop on marvellous materials, whilst Years 5 and 6 are visiting the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge.

Year 6 Parents – Snowdonia Information Evening, Tuesday 6th March

We look forward to seeing all Year 6 parents on Tuesday evening at 6.00pm in the Performing Arts Centre to share information and answer any questions on the children’s exciting residential trip to Snowdonia next term.

Parents’ Evening – Tuesday 13th March

Please contact the School Office to make your ten minute appointment with your child’s teacher.  Refreshments will be served in my office for you to take to your appointment.

Parents’ Association

Please see the following note from the Parents’ Association:

Lent Term Activities

The next Cupcake sale will be on Friday 9th March and hosted by Years 5 & 6.   All donations baked or bought are most welcome and don’t forget to send your children in with 50p!  Please do remember that we are a nut free school when baking.

Mothers’ Day Flowers – Friday 9th March – Arrangements will be available to purchase after school or to pre-order. Please email: sherine@nadadesignsltd.com

Film Night – Friday 16th March at 4.30pm – Showing Paddington 2
Open to Reception – Year 6. Tickets are £5 and are now on sale from the school office.

Summer Ball – Friday 11th May
This will be held at Bedford Lodge Hotel and you will have received your official invitation in the post!  Please purchase your tickets via www.summerball-fhs.co.uk or send a cheque (payable to FHPA) into the school office. The deadline for ticket purchase is 27th April.

Three Peaks challenge
It has been decided that this challenge will take place in Summer 2019 since it requires careful planning and a lot of training for those wishing to take part. More information will follow soon…

The next Parents’ Association meeting will be on Thursday 8th March, after drop off, in the Science Lab.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Holiday Club

A reminder that the School Office are taking bookings for holiday this Easter,  Please advise the Office as early as possible so that we can arrange staffing and catering.  Thank you.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were awarded to Charlie in Reception and Georgia in Year 5.  Well done, children!

Birthdays

This week, we wish a happy birthday to Lucy and Molly in the Nursery.  We also wish special belated happy birthday wishes to Fleur in Year 3 and Jessie in the Nursery, whose birthdays were in first week back after half term.

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

Lynda Brereton