Dear Parents

A highlight of this week for the children was undoubtedly the eagerly awaited arrival of the new P.E. kit.  Years 3 and 4 were presented with their new kit today and years 5 and 6 will receive theirs next week. Year 3 and 4 children have been sent home wearing their P.E. kit – please ensure that you label the tracksuit bottoms, skorts and shorts before returning them to school on Monday,  I am sure you will agree that they look very smart and I hear that the children raised their game this afternoon to match their new kit!  Many thanks to our sponsors, Physio-Force, ADS Groundworks and Carsafe for making this happen.

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Year 6

This week in History the children have been considering the deprivation that was rationing in World War II. They started by writing a weekly typical menu of foods they currently eat; this included fancy bread products (brioche, croissants), lots of pasta dishes, coffee shop snacks, and exotic fruit. Next they thought about why rationing was brought in and which products were affected. Using a booklet of wartime recipes, they tried to put together a balanced menu for a wartime week. That some foods were not rationed, including bread, cereals, fruit and vegetables gave them hope, but availability might have caused problems with some menus.
The photo below shows an adult’s weekly rations (plus 1 egg and 3 pints of milk), and a month’s supply of jam, marmalade and sweets. Most of these were halved, or even quartered as the war drew on; and the children found the idea of only an ounce of cheese per week almost too much to bear.

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Year 5

In Science this week, Year 5 have been investigating different variables on the components of a circuit.  The children tested the length of the wire and found that it did make a difference – the longer the wire, the more slowly the motor turned or the quieter the sound from the buzzer.

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Classical Greek

As ‘Beta Class’ learn the Classical Greek language, they are using The Palace House British Museum Panathenaic Amphora vase as a year long topic. This week, the class have observed Side A and Side B of the vase in the museum and written their observations in their Arts Award Log. After half term, Beta class will return to Palace House to make their own vases and then observe the retired racehorses, before sketching them, as the other activities towards their Arts Award qualification!

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Year 4

This week, Year 4 have continued their ‘States of Matter’ topic by carrying out an investigation comparing the amount of carbon dioxide among five different fizzy drinks. The children designed a fair test to answer their question and predicted which drink, from sparkling water to lemonade, would contain the most carbon dioxide. Careful measuring and timing took place; the children recorded their results with some surprise!

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Year 3

This week, Year 3 and 4 have been learning and practising the songs and choreography for this year’s school production, The Amazing Adventures of Superstan.  It is particularly lovely seeing the children practise in their break times with such gusto!

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Year 2

This week, Year 2 have continued with their Poetry unit and written their own poems about Fairstead House, using the school based poem collection, ‘Please Mrs Butler’, as their creative model. In this week’s activity, we have read ‘As I Was Coming To School’ which is a boy’s tall tale explaining why he is late.  Kitty and Isabella particularly enjoyed imagining what the boy was really up to!

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Year 1

It has been a very busy week in Year 1!  All the children thoroughly enjoyed their visit to a local optician on Tuesday.  The chidren were extremely well behaved, looked very smart and received many complimentary comments from the public!  As part of the Literacy learning this week, the children all wrote thank you letters to the optician.

The children have also been investigating human skeletons and working out how the bones of the skeleton piece together using teamwork!

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Reception

Music making in Reception class this week was centred on the story of “the Three Little Pigs”.  Meanwhile in Forest School, the children were busy creating forest creatures to feature in next week’s story writing!

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Nursery

Many new friends were welcomed into the Nursery this week and it is lovely to see so much activity and action in the three rooms; Foals, Yearlings and Ponies!  The green spaghetti was a particular hit in the Yearlings’ room, whilst the lavender rice proved popular with the Foals.

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Sports Matches

On Tuesday, the U9 girls played Netball against Dame Bradbury’s.  The girls won 6-2 with very impressive team work and movement of the ball.  Player of the Match was Lucy, in Year 4.

The U9 boys played Football against Dame Bradbury’s and was a match which highlighted the skills and spatial awareness needed to attack effectively.  Although we defended well, we were unable to slow their pace.  Player of the Match was Sam in Year 4.

On Wednesday, the U11 girls played Netball against Barnardiston, who fielded a very strong and tall opposition and Sammy was sorely missed!  Great effort from all of the team but Player of the Match was Charlotte for her determination and effort in defence.

The U9 boys played Rugby against Moreton Hall.  It was a closely contested match; both teams tackled and passed effectively.  Moreton Hall were able to score a few more tries in the first half – a lead which they maintained throughout the first half.  Fairstead fought back in the second half to draw level but their efforts were sadly in vain and the match resulted in a loss of 18-14.  Player of the Match was Declan in Year 4.

Next Week:
U11 Swimming Gala on Monday 3:30pm at the leisure centre
U9 Hockey and Rugby away against Barnardiston at 2:30pm

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Fairstead House Equestrian Club

Well done to all our riders who competed and came second at Jays Stud, near Bury St Edmunds in the Hickstead Qualifier on Saturday.  This is an incredible achievement as our children were competing against much older children in senior schools.  We look forward to their continued success.

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Coding Club

Coding Club has been running on Mondays after school for the last two weeks and helps children to understand that code is very much part of everyday life. The first week was spent discovering the different things code could power so we looked at Google Glass, Raspberry Pis, Web Applications and Amazon Echo – each uses code in a slightly different way. We decided that it would be good to use something with Raspberry Pis as they let us interact with the real world in a digital world. Python is a programming language used by a Raspberry Pi and so last week was an introduction to Python where children wrote a “Hello World” program and then quickly adapted this to help with their times tables – the machines did struggle with the 2,147,000 times table! Next week, we will learning about input from the user.

Mr Matthew Stannard (4Ps Marketing) – Coding Club Leader

Future Schools Information Evening – Tuesday 7th February

We look forward to seeing parents of children in Years 4 and 5 on Tuesday at 6.30pm for an informal evening discussing the process of selection and admission for future schools after Year 6.

Internet Safety Week

Next week is E-Safety Week across the country and we will be reminding and reinforcing the importance of e-safety to the children in school.  We will be sending out a recently produced document from IAPS entitled “The Digital Generation” which I strongly recommend that you all read.

Sickness

A gentle reminder children need to be kept at home for 48 hours after their last bout of sickness or diarrhoea to prevent the spread of infection.  Thank you.

Tea-time Concert

We are all looking forward to our next Tea-time Concert.  Please join us at 4.00pm on Thursday in the P.A.  Refreshments will be served.

Birthdays

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This week, we wish a happy birthday to Nicole in Reception, William in Year 4 and Isabella in Year 5.

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

Lynda Brereton