Fairstead House


An independent day school and nursery for boys and girls
from three months to eleven years

Dear Parents,

We are all delighted that we are able to safely host an ‘Open Morning’, whilst adhering to all Government guidelines.  This will take place on Friday 23rd October.  As you can imagine, this will be rather different from a normal ‘drop-in’ morning; rather, parents who would like to visit or prospective parents are required to make an appointment for a socially distanced tour.  If you would like to book a tour, please contact Saskia Ouwendijk.  Thank you.

Reception

This week, the children in Reception have thoroughly enjoyed celebrating ‘National Poetry Day.’  The theme this year was, ‘Vision’ and so the children created some wonderful group poems which focused on what they see and feel in Autumn. Beautiful leaves, foggy mornings, speedy squirrels, and hibernating hedgehogs were just some of their super ideas!
In Maths, the children have loved copying, continuing, and creating repeating patterns both inside and outside. They have also enjoyed spotting the ‘odd one out’ and have worked hard to explain their reasoning when studying a variety of different patterns.
Great work, Team Reception!

 

Year 1

This week, Year 1 have travelled to the coldest continent on Earth, Antarctica! They enjoyed learning about the fifth largest continent and the different species of penguin that inhabit it. In English, they have been learning to recognise the features of instructional texts. The children learned, through a variety of different activities, that instructions use ‘bossy doing words’ called imperative verbs, and that instructions should be clear, simple and easy to follow. Next week they will be writing their own instructions.

Year 2

Year 2 have continued to explore Australia, this time focusing on the native animals. First we read a non-fiction report about an animal and then we wrote our own fact file to share with the class in our display.
We have also begun learning about the Dreamtime stories of the Aborigines.
In Maths, we have been counting in 2s, 5s, 10s and 3s and using our knowledge to begin problem solving.
Our Art lesson has continued to focus on colour. We reviewed primary and secondary colours and then chose one to create a monochromatic painting using tone (adding white) for the sky and shade (adding black) for the land. Next week we will complete them by adding silhouettes!

Year 3

Year 3 are thoroughly enjoying embracing the Key Stage 2 Games curriculum, starting with cross country and tag rugby.  Mr Salt, our new specialist KS2 Games teacher, and Mr Radford are extremely impressed at their enthusiasm and resilience.  We are all eagerly awaiting Government guidelines changing to allow us to take part in the numerous fixtures we have booked.

Year 4

In Science this term, Year 4 are learning about states of matter. Last lesson, they explored which materials would melt at room temperature (25 degrees Celsius) and were surprised that chocolate and butter remained solid! This week, Year 4 predicted how long it would take a small bowl of ice cubes to melt at room temperature. I was pleased to see them drawing on last lesson’s experiment to inform their predictions. In groups, the children then compared the melting points of materials including sugar, polythene, and chocolate and completed bar charts to show this information. I was very impressed by their co-operation and collaboration in the group task. Well done, Year 4!

 

Year 5

We were fortunate with the weather this week. Whist there was rain, we made good use of a break in it to go outside and study rivers without getting wet.  We made a novel use of the field – that of recreating erosion by a river. The children took on the role of the river and moved along the river bed, ‘eroding and depositing’ as they went. By the end, they could tell each other how a river forms, meanders and even all about ox bow lakes.

Year 6

Olly brought in a very detailed family history folder, tracing his ancestors back to the 17th century on his Mum’s side. Year 6 were very interested in the stories that Olly read aloud and the range of documents that he shared with the class – including census data from the mid-19th century. Thank you, Olly, for contributing to the wonderful historical discussions that are happening in Year 6!

 

French & Spanish

‘It was another tough decision for the MFL Stars of the Week as there were so many to choose from! In Spanish, the Estrellas de la Semana were Isabella in Year 3 and Charlie in Year 4. In French, the Étoiles de la Semaine were Ashera in Year 5 and Finlay in Year 6. Well done for your hard work!’

MIss Kathryn Bryan, Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages 

Speech & Drama Examination Results

Over the Summer, several pupils of Mr Jonathan Woolf, our Speech & Drama teacher, took LAMDA examinations in solo acting.  These examinations took place using Zoom and the children coped wonderfully well, as the results below testify:

Zara F. – Grade 5 with Merit
Eleanor S. – Grade 5 with Merit
Abiram A. – Grade 3 with Merit
Perdita C. – Grade 3 with Merit
Annabelle H. – Grade 2 with Merit
Gabriella J. – Grade 2 with Merit
Ashera S. – Grade 2 with Merit

Our thanks, as always, to Mr Woolf for his inspiring teaching and well done to all!

School Coats

As the rainy weather is now upon us, please ensure that your child has their waterproof school coat and sports uniform with them in school at all time as we do go outside in all weather.  Thank you.

Young Minds’ – World Mental Health Day

On Friday 9th October, Fairstead House will be marking World Mental Health Day by supporting the Children’s Charity ‘Young Minds’. ‘Young Minds’ is a national charity whose main aim is to support children, young people and their families with advice, support and information about emotional wellbeing and mental health. On Friday, please could the children wear a yellow accessory with their school uniform and bring in a donation on the day.
Thank you in advance for your support.

End of the School Day

A reminder that the school day for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 finishes at 3.30pm.  If your child does not have an older sibling in school, please ensure that you either collect your child at 3.30pm or book them into After-school Care.  If you do not collect your child at 3.30pm, we will take your child to After-school Care until 4.00pm and the usual fees for this Club will apply.

After-school Care

If you would like your child to attend After-school Care, then please do book them in on SchoolBase.  Thank you.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Felix in Reception and OIlly in Year 6.  Well done, boys!

Birthdays

This week, we wished a happy birthday to Lucca and Alice in the Nursery.

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

Lynda Brereton