It has been a pleasure welcoming all the children back after their two week half term, refreshed and ready for the exciting weeks ahead. The children have thoroughly enjoyed making the very most of the autumnal weather and it has been a delight to watch their creativity and joy whilst playing with the crisp autumn leaves; indeed, some children created artwork in the style of Andy Goldsworthy, completely unprompted! The result was greatly admired by all.
It has been a very exciting first week back in Reception. The children have found out all about their new topic, ‘Dark Nights and Special Lights.’
Learning all about Bonfire Night was a super way to begin the new topic. The children enjoyed learning all about Guy Fawkes, London and the Houses of Parliament. They were also eager to step into the Prime Minister’s shoes and decide upon some new laws for our country!
Fireworks and flames have also been useful resources in Maths this week, as the children have been eagerly ordering by length and by height!
The class have also been getting ready for their first visit to the forest – playing games, getting dressed in their outdoor clothing, exploring the minibus and thinking about a new forest school identity! Only four sleeps to go!
Year 1 have returned to school with gusto! They have had a very busy week looking at 3D shapes and their properties, they enjoyed having a go at making some of the shapes out of marshmallows and cocktail sticks.
They have also been writing some lovely acrostic poems about Bonfire Night. The children ended the week with a ‘Goldilocks’ inspired porridge tasting science experiment. The children had to taste differently flavoured porridge and choose their favourite!
Year 2 were very excited to share the family trees that they had created over half term. Some children looked over 400 years into their past! Ben was excited to learn that one of his ancestors fought in The Battle of Waterloo and Bert was shocked to find that one of his ancestors was called Elizabeth Drayton! As part of their ‘Famous Faces’ topic, the children have been learning about The British Royal Family and enjoyed creating their family tree. They then went on to learn about the line of succession to the British throne.
Year 3 have also started this half term with gusto! In English, our creative writing is focussed on ‘myths and legends’. This week, we have enjoyed reading a number of myths and identified the ingredients that make up a myth. In Maths, we have worked very hard on reinforcing our understanding of partitioning to aid with doubling and halving. In Science, we have begun our topic on ‘Light and Shadow’, with identifying objects that provide a light source. In Humanities, the children thoroughly enjoyed ordering a timeline of the notable events within the Viking era. Finally, the children enjoyed working in groups with Year 4 in PSHEE, discussing and evaluating what is important about friendship and what we look for in a friend.
In Maths this week, Year 4 have been busy matching fractions with tenths, hundredths and thousandths to equivalent decimals. They have divided whole numbers by 10 and 100 to give decimal answers and multiplied decimals by 10 and 100, to give whole numbers. They then used these skills to read scales and convert grams to kilograms and vice versa. Using scales, they enjoyed estimating weights of everyday items to see how accurate they were.
Year 5 have swiftly got back into their English and Maths learning flow, with English performances of poetry learning by Darcey, Claudia and Jasim. We were also treated to an ultimate world quiz by Kitty. In Maths, Year 5 were all very excited to use a pair of compasses for the first time to draw circles!
Year 6 have started their new scientific topic on electricity. They will be investigating different circuits, voltage and symbols. Here they are revising their knowledge of circuits and their components.
U11 Boys’ Rugby v Brookes UK
‘On Wednesday the 6th of November, U11 boys played a rugby match against Brookes UK and Old Buckenham Hall. Firstly, we played Brooks in a thrilling match. They started with the ball and scored a try, despite excellent tackling by Finlay. We then started quickly and instantly and Olly scored a try. We had very good running and tackling and, by the end of the game, it was 2-2.
Next, we played Old Buckenham Hall. They started again with the ball but then immediately, Finlay made a superb tackle, winning the ball. James, Theo and I scored some tries at the end of the match, the score was 6-1 to us. I was chosen as man of the match.
Well done team, keep up the good work!’
Abiram A., Boys’ Sports Captain
U11 Girls Netball v Brookes UK
‘On Wednesday 6th November U11 girls played a netball match against Brookes. They won the toss and started with the ball, but we quickly intercepted and passed it down to the other end to score a brilliant goal. Isabella did some marvellous shooting, linking with Zara who did some excellent passes, finding space well. Molly did some great defending keeping them out of the D. Claudia was good at moving and passing the ball quickly, then having the vision to follow this up. Ella worked well with the team, moving into space with good communication. Kitty was great at catching the ball quickly. The final score was 7-2 to us. Isabella was voted a deserved player of the match.
Well done team keep up the good work!’
Ava W., Girls’ Sports Captain
U9 Girls Netball v Brookes UK
‘On Wednesday 6th November Fairstead House Under 9 netball team played Brookes. We started with the first centre and quickly got going. We scored first made possible by some excellent passing by Sophie and Giselle. Next Annabelle and Bella passed the ball down the centre quickly which allowed another shot at goal, which made the score 2 – 0. Bella did some great attacking, along with the rest of the team, and scored a goal. Sophie then had the centre making sharp and swift passes. She linked well with Annabelle enabling Bella and I to shoot some more goals. The final score was 9 – 0 to us.
Annabelle was voted Player of the Match.
Well done team keep up the good work.’
Ella W., U9 Netball Captain
Year 5 – Monday 11th November
Year 5 girls are very much looking forwards to their annual visit to Old Buckenhall Hall for their STEM day. Old Buckenham Hall will be providing lunch and and all dietary needs will be catered for. Please ensure that your child comes wearing her school coat as Old Buckenham Hall will be observing the two minute silence in an outside ceremony. Thank you.
Fairstead House School Trust AGM – Tuesday 19th November
You will have received a letter informing you about our AGM. To elaborate, this is an evening which gives you the opportunity to meet all of the School Governors over a glass of wine and Chef’s delicious canapés. The Chair of Governors and I reflect upon the school year, and you have the opportunity to ask the Governors any questions you may have regarding the school and its future. Your attendance is greatly appreciated.
We will holding a two minutes’ silence on Monday 11th November. Poppies are still being sold in school and we hope that all children will wear their poppy on Monday.
Festive Dates for your Diary
Friday 22nd November – I am thrilled to announce that we have been invited to sing at the annual, exciting, Presents Galore weekend. Years 4 and 6 will be singing carols just inside the Rowley Mile racecourse between 5.30pm and 6.00pm. Families of the children who are singing will be given complimentary tickets for the evening. This is a real honour and I, for one, am very much looking forward to hearing our children sing in this spectacular, iconic setting, More details will follow.
Thursday 5th December – the Reception Nativity performance will take place at school at 2.30pm. More details will follow for what promises to be a very memorable occasion.
Friday 6th December – Years 1 and 2 will perform their Nativity play in St Agnes church, Newmarket, at 3.00pm: such a beautiful setting for this wonderful, festive event.
Wednesday 11th December – all children in Years 3-6 will be performing at the annual Tattersalls Carol Concert in aid of Racing Welfare. Tickets for this event may be purchased here. Last year, this event sold out quickly so please do buy your tickets soon!
Friday 13th December – the end of year Carol Service at St Mary’s Church at 11.00am. All children from Reception to Year 6 will take part in this service, which marks the end of term.
This term, Parents’ Evenings will take place on Tuesday 26th and Thursday 28th November. Please book your appointment online via SchoolBase. You will be able to make your online booking from Monday 11th November and bookings will close on Friday 22nd November, so please do make sure that you have made your appointment online before then. Thank you.
School Car Park
A polite reminder that if you are dropping off or collecting your children by car, please could you not park anywhere other than a designated space in the car park. In particular, please do not park and leave your car in the drive-way from Gate 1 leading to the car park. Thank you.
After many years of service, Ms Debra Meyer and Mr Ben Hewitt will be leaving at the end of this term, nine and six years respectively. I am sure that you will join with me in wishing them the very best for the future.
I am delighted to announce that we have secured the services of Miss Katrina White, who will teach Year 3 and Mr Simon Everitt, who will teach Year 5. Both come with a wealth of experience and we look forward to welcoming them to Fairstead. We will of course arrange a social event to enable you to meet your child’s new teacher. More details to follow!
I am also delighted to announce that Year 1 will be joined by their new Teaching Assistant, Ms Rachel Coleman on Monday. Ms Coleman is very excited to be joining us and we also look forward to welcoming her to Fairstead House.
Children in Need 2019
On Friday 15th November, all children are invited to come into school wearing a spotty accessory to take part in this annual event. Please may your child bring a donation to the school for the privilege of wearing their spotty embellishment! Many thanks.
As I write, our dedicated Parents’ Association are actively preparing for our annual Autumn Glow tomorrow. I look forwards to seeing you tomorrow for what promises to be a wonderful and seasonal evening. A polite request from the Parents’ Association for you to bring your spare change with you!
This week, Kindness Cups were won by Isla in Year 1 and Isabella in Year 6. Well done, children!
This week, we wish a happy birthday to Harry, Jack and Mila in the Nursery, Emily in Reception, Otis in Year 3, Prince and George in Year 4 and Alexander in Year 5.
With my best wishes,