The week began with the arrival of thirty excited mini-Vikings, ready to immerse themselves in a day of historical adventure with Thorulf Hammersonn. It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm and delight of the children and to see history being brought to life in front of them.
We ended this half term in Reception by taking a trip to the moon! William’s Mummy, Dr. Watts, brought William’s telescope into school and we all enjoyed looking through it. We thoroughly enjoyed reading the story ‘Whatever Next’ and loved climbing aboard our own cardboard box rockets to travel through space.
In English, we wrote an extensive list of all the things we would need to take on our journey, and in Maths, we enjoyed exploring the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes when building our own rockets. Making ‘Moon Paint’ was a real highlight this week! We spent time closely looking at photographs of the moon and learned some interesting facts. We then discussed what features we would include and for our own very special moons!
In other lessons this week, we learned about the importance of staying safe online, we learned different ways to greet people in Spanish and loved not being able to touch the floor in P.E, which meant using some fabulous climbing, balancing and manoeuvring skills.
We would also like to say a big thank you to our surprise reader this week, who told us some wonderful Scottish stories and a huge well done to Bob, who has achieved the first gold Mathletics certificate in Reception! Wow!!
In Year 1 this week, the children made a range of shapes from cubes to triangular prisms. In ICT, we took our learning a step further by exploring 2D shapes on the computer and designing vehicles. We then printed them out and made them into 3D models. In Music, the children have been enjoying learning about dalcroze eurhythmics, a process for awakening, developing and refining innate musicality through rhythmic movement, ear-training and improvisation
In Maths this week, Year 2 have also been exploring shapes. They enjoyed making their own 3D shapes using mini-mashmallows to replicate the vertices and cocktail sticks to replicate the edges. They also used penguin themed nets to reinforce their understanding of the different faces used to make up each of the 3D shapes.
In their topic work, they have continued to explore how polar animals have been adapted to their environments and were very excited about sharing their expertise with Year 6. Today, they attempted to hold their breath for as long as a penguin and carried out an experiment to see how blubber prevents animals from feeling the cold. The children were quite amazed that, with a bare hand, they could only last an average of 36 seconds in a bowl of icey water, but with a glove filled with Trex (vegetable fat), they could last in excess of 15 minutes.
Years 3 & 4
On Monday, Years 3 and 4 finished their History topic for this term by playing host to a Viking visitor. Thorulf Hammersonn spent the day with the children and gave them deeper insight into what they have been learning over the past few weeks. He talked about what great explorers the Vikings were, showed them how they lived and told them Viking names for many things. He taught them a Viking board game called Tafl, a game that requires strategic skills. The children saw how coins were struck, while he also explained that, assuming the weight could be checked, any piece of silver jewellery could be used as money. Thorulf explained how all his clothes were designed to show how rich he was and demonstrated the weapons he had brought with him.
Year 5 continued with their learning focused on Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief; they have written about experiencing a sudden storm disaster in English and they have completed their vases with Mrs Newman in Art. Please come and see the display in the Year 5 classroom.
This week, Year 6 has been learning about solubility. The children tested different substances to find out if they were soluble or insoluble. The children discussed the difference between melting and dissolving, as well as recognising that substances that are soluble dissolve in a liquid to form a solution.
U9 Girls Hockey v Old Buckenham Hall (OBH)
On Tuesday afternoon the U9 girls hockey team travelled to Old OBH for a triangular match with OBH and Moreton Hall. It was very cold and, whilst there was no snow on the ground, there were several flurries of snowflakes while the girls were playing.
The first match was against OBH. The girls were determined when getting control of the ball and had most of the possession and several shots on goal. Their usual shyness when it came to tackling wasn’t evident, but tough refereeing did mean they were penalised for kicking the ball and tackling from behind. A goal from Ella made the score of 0-1 to Fairstead a fair result. Evie was our Player of the Match.
The second game against Moreton Hall was harder, and the other team spent most of their time in Fairstead’s half. Perhaps the girls had taken to heart the advice to be more careful about tackling, but they were not as tenacious as they had been in the first game. Moreton scored twice, but with one goal disallowed, Ava scored to give us a 1-1 draw. Zara was our player of the match, having worked hard in defence and saving one goal.
U9 Rugby against Old Buckenham Hall
The boys had a training match where they moved from touch tackling into full contact tackling. The game was very fluid, with both teams moving well with the ball and a number of tries were scored.
U11 Boys Football Quadrangular
The U11 Football played 15 minute matches against the hosts, Moreton Hall, together with St Joseph’s, Ipswich and Dame Bradbury’s School. Their first match was against Dame Bradbury’s and the boys scored 2 goals, fighting off the opposition’s attacks. The final score was 2-1 to us. In their second match the boys played Moreton Hall. This was a stronger test of our defence and the team defended heavily, with a 0-0 draw result. The final match was against St Joseph’s and we attacked effectively and led 2-0 for the majority of the match. Some unfortunate errors on our part resulted in 2 last minute goals for the opposition; however, the boys played superbly. Well done, boys.
Today, the U9 girls took part in a Netball festival at The Leys, Cambridge. It was organised and officiated by very friendly and enthusiastic Year 8 and 9 Sports Leaders. Following a delicious lunch, the children were given a guided tour of the school. In the afternoon, they took part in a variety of Netball skills sessions, followed by a tournament. The girls all played exceptionally well, coming 3rd over all and were great advocates for Fairstead. Player of the Match went to Ella! Well done, girls!
On Monday, the U11 swimmers took part in the Forest Heath Swimming Gala. 15 schools were represented and the children all thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a different sporting event. There was a lot of tough competition, with most of the children being regular swimmers and competitors for Newmarket Swimming Club. There were individual races and relays involving breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle. Despite the technical glitch of the timing boards, we came 10th overall and had some fantastic efforts with individuals and teams winning or coming 2nd in their heats. It was great fun and I hope to see more children taking part next year!
I was delighted to watch the children in our extra-curricular Dance Club practising their dance routine tonight. The children had worked very hard on their routine and their enjoyment was evident! If your child would like to take part in the Dance Club then please contact the School Office
Blue Peter Badges
This half-term, the children have been thinking about ways that we can reduce the amount of plastic used here at school, and how it can be recycled. The children have been presenting their ideas to each other during assembly and sharing their thoughts in class. The children have been set a challenge by Mrs Mallen, to see if they can use their fabulous ideas, to earn a ‘Blue Peter Badge’.
If your child would like to take part in this challenge, the details can be found on-line by following this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/findoutmore/apply-for-a-blue-peter-badge
Speech & Drama Lessons
We are delighted that Speech & Drama lessons are once more available at Fairstead House, after the appointment of the extremely popular and highly recommended Mr Woolf. We are getting regular updates on the progress of the pupils and it is lovely to see their enthusiasm and enjoyment in this extra-curricular area. Should you wish your child to begin lessons, please contact the School Office as more spaces will be available after half-term.
Parents’ Association Cupcake Sale
Last week’s Cupcake Sale raised a magnificent £73.10. Thank you very much to everyone who contributed! A reminder that we do have a child in school with a severe nut allergy and that we are strictly a nut free school. Please ensure that your child does not bring any products to school containing nuts, including cake sales. Thank you for your co-operation.
World Book Day – Thursday 1st March
To help us celebrate this special day, please could all children come to school dressed as their favourite character from a book and, ideally, bring in a copy of the book to share with their friends. We look forward to seeing a huge variety of characters!
Please could all parents check that all your child’s uniform is clearly named. Thank you.
This week, Kindness Cups were won by Jack in Reception and Eleanor in Year 4. Well done, children!
This week, we wish a happy birthday to William in Reception, Alexander and Charlie in Year 1 and Julian in Year 2.
With my best wishes for a lovely weekend and half-term with your children,