Dear Parents,

A very Happy New Year to you all!  It has been lovely to welcome the children back to school and they have been energetic and enthused in their learning.  The highlight of the week was a trip to the Jarman Centre where the children took part in a whole host of activities.  The children in Years 3 and 4 even had enough energy to play fixtures in the afternoon!

Instrumental and Vocal Lessons

Lessons start on Monday 10th January. All the Form Tutors have been given copies of the timetables which are now on display in their classrooms. The children should check the timetable with the Form Tutor’s help and make a note of the day they have their lesson. It is so important to bring music and instruments to each lesson.

  • Mrs Warburton teaches piano, violin, singing and recorder on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Mr Holmes teaches guitar, ukulele, drum kit and banjo on Tuesdays.
  • Mrs Burke teaches piano & flute on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Mrs Cocks teaches singing on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Mrs Mulholland teaches violin, cello and piano on Fridays.

Informal Teatime Concerts

This term, I am looking forward to hearing your children perform in the concerts and I would also like to invite you to play in a duet, trio or even quartet with your child. I will be sending out a list of dates next week and I look forward to hearing from you!

Karina Warburton, Director of Music and Performing Arts

Clubs

After school activities and clubs start on Monday.  You will need to log in to SchoolBase to access the list of clubs and activities, as well as to book places for your children.

COVID-19 Update

Could we please remind you that it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.
The Government Guidelines require that anyone with potential COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible, even if you’ve had one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Lateral Flow Tests are only for use when asymptomatic.

Close contacts of positive cases should take daily lateral flow tests for 7 days, including children aged 5 and over. Children under 5 are exempt from the daily testing requirement but are advised to seek a PCR test if the positive case is in their household. So that we can monitor the children more closely, we would be very grateful if you could inform the School if a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19.

From 11 January, if you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result, most people will not need to take a PCR test to confirm the result. You must self-isolate immediately if you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result.

Reception

It has been wonderful to see everyone’s smiling faces again in Reception this week.
The children have settled back into the school routine with ease and have enjoyed sharing all their Christmas news with their friends and teachers.
In literacy, the children created their own ‘thank you’ cards and discussed in small groups some of the things they were thankful for during the festive period. It was wonderful to hear so many thoughtful suggestions. Celebrating our new year in a range of different ways was great fun and the children were excited to discover how this special time is celebrated around the world. Making some resolutions for the year ahead was a super way to end the week.

Year 1

A very Happy New Year to you all! We were very excited to start our new topic, ‘Megabeasts and Minibeasts,’ on Wednesday. We have already learned lots of exciting facts about dinosaurs. In maths we have started to learn about 2D and 3D shapes. We designed our own 2D shape dinosaurs. Can you guess what they are? Our morning at the Jarman Centre was so much fun! We made magic wands, animal habitats and, our favourite – s’mores!

Year 2

Welcome back! Year 2 have had a wonderful time back in the classroom and a huge welcome to our new friend, Naomi. We have been learning about New Year celebrations and traditions, cutting and making 2022 glasses and writing reflections and resolutions for the new year. This has slotted beautifully into our PSHE topic ‘Dreams and Goals’ where we have been thinking about taking small steps towards achieving big goals. We have also been learning about 2 elements of art – Colour and Value. We have used our understanding to learn about the colour wheel, primary, secondary and tertiary colours, warm and cool colours, tone and shade. We have created amazing monochromatic paintings using tone and shade to create a night time forest scene. On Friday, we had a magnificent morning at the Jarman Centre. We made magic wands, dens for hibernating animals, went for a long walk, ate s’mores and sang wonderful campfire songs. Have a lovely weekend!

Years 3 and 4

Happy New Year! It was a pleasure to welcome Years 3 and 4 back to school this week. They made an enthusiastic start to the new term and to their new topic, ‘Riotous Royalty’. In preparation for their artwork based on royal portraiture, the children designed and made frames fit for kings and queens. They began by looking closely at the intricate details on some regal gilt frames, noting features such as crowns, wings and lions. They then created their own intricate details using card and string and will soon paint their frames gold for the finishing touch. On Friday morning, we all had a great time at the forest. Highlights included: making s’mores, knot tying, wool winding, shelter building and singing around the campfire. What a fantastic start to the new year for Years 3 and 4!

Year 5

The children enjoyed a wonderful morning at the Jarman Centre learning semaphore and how to tie knots.  Images will be shared on the School Instagram account soon!

Year 6

It has only been three days since the start of term but Year 6 have done so much! As well as squeezing in a final revision unit on data handling (graphs and timetables), Year 6 have started their new English topic on contrasting diary entries, enjoyed the new ‘Cool Calculation’ and ‘Love to Read’ sessions, finished and presented their latest independent research topic to the class, shared with Mrs Warburton their thoughts on roles that they would like in the next drama production (‘Matilda’) and participated in woodland activities at the Jarman Centre on Friday morning! Phew! It is fair to say that life at Fairstead is always busy and exciting! Good luck with forthcoming entrance tests, Year 6, especially for those of you spending this Saturday at The Leys and Monday at King’s Ely!

Fixtures v South Lee

In our first week back, we were able to start our competition calendar. After a long break, it is always interesting to see how pupils return. Clearly, our girls had been keeping themselves active over the holidays as they were able to demonstrate many of the skills they had developed last term as well as keep their work rate up. From passing to tackling and scoring, they made the school proud! With two matches played, we ended with scores of 7-1 and 6-0. Lefkianna, Anna, Jess and Lily helped those scores grow but they were by no means the only scorers. It was wonderful to watch them and I look forward to seeing how they use their tactical skills as we play more netball this term.

Our U9 boys also came out victorious in their first tag rugby fixture this Friday. The boys worked hard to execute their skills with accuracy, making some excellent passes and tackles. The highlight of the game was some outstanding running from Otis and Jamie. This running was backed up by some excellent support play leading to lots of tries. I was delighted with the boys’ ability to position themselves correctly. They moved forward effectively with ball in hand and applied quick pressure in defence. Well done to all those that took part! Final score 16-12.

Have a lovely weekend!

Michael Radford