Fairstead House


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

Dear Parents,

The last week of the Summer Term has absolutely flown by.  This week, we were thrilled to welcome Year 5 back on Monday and Tuesday, and Year 2 back on Thursday and Friday.  As always, it is wonderful to see the children’s excitement as they rejoin their friends and meet with their teacher again.  This week, school has again been packed with fun and laughter – beach days, pirate days and parties have punctuated the week.

Today, we said goodbye to Mrs Bid Scott, who has been with us for three years and to Miss Tracy Hodgkinson, who has dedicated an incredible sixteen years of her teaching life to Fairstead.  Both Mrs Scott and Miss Hodgkinson are looking forward to the travel and adventures which lie ahead of them and we all look forward to hearing their tales!

Yesterday, Year 1 children said goodbye to Mrs Scott over a wonderful, traditional afternoon tea, whilst today Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed a barbeque, giving them the chance to say goodbye and thank you to Miss Hodgkinson.

Reception

The children had lots of fun this week, celebrating their super year in Reception.
They enjoyed participating in many different activities which ranged from walking the plank to becoming super chefs!  With a different theme to enjoy every day, it was a wonderful way to end the year.
The children also enjoyed sharing their most memorable moments in Reception and they were delighted to receive their medals, in celebration of all their hard work and achievements.
Well done, Team Reception, have an amazing summer!

 

Year 1

In Year 1 they have finished with the most wonderful week. They started at the seaside, then went on to Rome, Italy and the flight was very exciting as well as learning lots of new words in Italian and even made their own lunch of pizzas. They had a fun ‘Pirate Day’ where they found treasure! They had an exhausting sports day which ended with the most delicious afternoon tea.

Year 2

Year 2 had a wonderful time reconnecting with each other and their teachers, this week. They enjoyed a fun filled 2 days taking part in quizzes, having a class sport’s day and taking part in some exciting science experiments. What a fabulous way to end such a lovely year!

 

Year 3

This week Year 3 have had a ‘minibeast’ themed week. During the mornings, the children have been learning about these tiny invertebrates and in the afternoons they have been completing their House Challenges. The week started off with a minibeast hunt in the children’s gardens. The children completed some follow-up activities on minibeast habitats and analysed the data they had collected. The children each chose a minibeast to research and present information on. They did an absolutely fantastic job and wowed us all with the facts they found on their chosen creature! The children built homes for the minibeasts in their gardens and conducted a minibeast habitat experiment to see which habitat a minibeast preferred. They also wrote some lovely minibeast acrostic poems, created their own minibeast top trumps, made a minibeast description matching game and did some work on minibeast classification and food chains. The week was rounded off by the children creating their own new species of minibeast. We had some very interesting (and dangerous-looking) creations!

The children had a lot of fun participating in the 10 House Challenges set this week. A lot of imagination and hard work had gone into some of the entries and it was very hard to pick the winners for each category.

Thank you to everyone in Year 3 for all your hard work this term. Have a wonderful summer break!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 5

What an end to a term.  Year 5 managed to return to school for two days of learning.  Since we could finally be hands on, I started by introducing them to coding Micro:bits.  These clever devices can detect inputs, create outputs and even sense movement.  We had great fun finding out how step counters worked before making our own.  Over the following breaks, they tested them extensively and found that they work but not as well as some well-known brands.  They also discovered how to programme LEDs to flash, rotate the order and change colour.  Finally, they used prototype boards and started to see how they could create and control their own circuits.  Great work by everyone and they learnt the skills very quickly.
In addition, we also designed, built and fired rockets.  We had to use the Severals to fire them on as they travelled such a long way.
Impressively, all of the rockets survived the firings which was a testament to their build quality.  I have often seen rockets disintegrate under force of firing.  Another feature they all shared was that they all flew straight, which showed they were well balanced.  A credit to the children.
On Tuesday morning, they were able to see Mrs Bryan who ran a languages lesson over Zoom.  A great game of Jeopardy that covered their learning of French and Spanish.  The children showed how much they enjoyed it and threw themselves into finding the ideal translations.  Two languages at once was not an easy task but they rose to the challenge.
It was great to see the children back in and to be able to teach them face to face.  Clearly, they enjoyed being together again and we made sure that there was a lot of time for them to play.  I regret that I have not been able to give a personal farewell on this last day of term but I am sure that they will be ready to return in September and work hard as they have for me.  I hope they have a wonderful summer holiday.

 

Year 6

I was very sad to say goodbye to Year 6 today. They have been a fantastic class and I have had the pleasure of teaching them in Year 4 and in Year 6. I have wonderful memories of my time with them and they have been one of the best Year 6 classes this school has seen. Their mature attitude and determination to enjoy their last weeks of school, despite losing so many of the Year 6 normal activities, is an example to all of us.

During the week, they enjoyed a mini sport’s and house activity day; they were given their prizes in a special prize giving assembly just for them. This was zoomed to parents and a shorter recording was also made of it. On Thursday, they came dressed as pirates and enjoyed a piratical day, including games such as cannon ball catch and walking the plank.

Finally, their week ended with a special goodbye barbeque, many thanks to Chef for a wonderful spread!

 

Informal Tea-time Concert

We were delighted to hold a virtual Informal Tea-time Concert this week!  Please find the link to the video here: https://youtu.be/CycdrjCjdwY

Prize-giving Service

On Wednesday morning, we held the traditional end of term Prize-giving Service for Year 6, which we shared with their families through Zoom.  This is obviously not the way we would have chosen to celebrate the children’s success; however, like every other school in the country, we have had no choice.  Regardless, the children rose to the occasion and read their leavers’ speeches with dignity and poise.  It was lovely to be able to share the occasion with parents.

Prizes have been given to the children in their Year groups and full details of this year’s prize winners can be in found in this morning’s second assembly on DB Primary.

 

My colleagues join me in sharing our Prime Minister, Mr Boris Johnson’s, optimism that we will be allowed to open as normal in September.  We will of course keep you up-to-date if there are any changes but we remain hopeful that we will be able to fully open our doors to all the children in September.

With my best wishes for a wonderful summer with your children,

Lynda Brereton