Dear Parents

What a busy and successful first week back for all the children!  I am particularly delighted that all of our new children have settled in so well and we hope that all our new families feel very much at home.  We are all looking forward to an action packed term ahead, full of exciting new challenges and experiences.

Reception

What a fantastic start to the year we have had in Reception. The children have settled in so quickly and have been wonderful at adapting to the new class rules and routines. They have particularly enjoyed putting our school rules into practise and getting their names moved onto our class rainbow.
We have had lots of fun getting to know one another indoors and outdoors and have been very busy reading stories, writing our names, painting, learning new songs, recognising numbers and creating a wonderful ‘Marvellous Me’ self-portrait display. What a busy, fun week we have all had. We look forward to beginning Spanish, ICT, Music and PE next week!

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Year 1

Year 1 have settled into the class routine very well.  This week we have been looking at the text, ‘Kipper’s Toy Box’ and they have enjoyed using the toys they brought in and discussing their favourite toys.  In Science, they have been looking closely at the school and the materials used for the construction of the different areas.  Swimming proved an enjoyable experience for all and they were extremely excited!

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Year 2

In Year 2, the children have been honing their place value skills, using Diennes apparatus.  The children’s weekend homework will be supporting their learning so please ask your children to explain, hundreds, tens and units and even thousands!

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Year 3

A particular highlight for Year 3 was their first African Drumming session in the Performing Arts Centre.

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Year 4

Year 4 have started their Science topic, on the study of plants. They examined a plant carefully with a magnifying glass, and then drew and labelled  it, concentrating on accuracy.

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Year 5

Years 5 and 6 enjoyed their first PSHEE lesson of the term. This term’s PSHEE topic for the whole school will be ‘Myself and Relationships’. The children enjoyed working in mixed age groups to discuss and then mind-map their rights as children, citizens and students. They then matched up the responsibility that comes with that right.

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Year 6

In Science this week, Years 5 and 6 started this term’s topic of ‘Life Processes and Life Cycles’ by looking closely at the life cycles of different living things. The children had great fun ordering replica models of a stag beetle, an ant, a honey bee, a lady bird and a turtle; showing interest at the transformation which takes place from egg to adult.

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Sports Matches

On Wednesday 13th September, the U11 Girls will play hockey and the U11 boys will play rugby away at Moreton Hall.  These will be triangular fixtures together with Finborough School.  The first game will start at 2.15pm and we aim to be back by approximately 5.00pm.  Please do come along and support the children!

Piano For Sale

We have a piano in school for sale – The Claremont, Murdoch, Murdoch & Co. London – £100. It is fairly old and will need tuning and servicing (one or two notes keep sticking). However, it has been well loved and needs a new home before 19th September 2017. Please contact the Director of Music, Karina Warburton for further details karina.warburton@fairsteadhouse.co.uk

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Aikido Club

Unfortunately, we have been let down at the last minute by the Aikido Coach and we do not have an instructor available to lead Aikido Club this term.  We hope to be able to run this club again next term.

Parents’ Information Evening

A reminder that we have Parents’ Information Evening on Tuesday 12th September from 6.00pm in the Performing Arts Centre.  Please note that the curriculum for each Year Group changes annually, so we really hope that you will be able to join us and find out about your child’s learning for the year ahead.

With my best wishes for a lovely weekend with your children; I know that they all deserve a restful weekend after their busy start to term!

Lynda Brereton