Dear Parents

This week has been an amazing celebration of Fairstead!  In my speech at prizegiving, I spoke about all the celebrations this term and how many wonderful memories the children will be taking with them over the summer.  They should all be very proud of their achievements this year and I wish all of them, and their families, a wonderful summer break.  We look forward to welcoming the children back in September!

Reception

It has been a wonderful week to end a wonderful year in Reception.

The children have had a super week celebrating all their very hard work and achievements.

Medals were worn with pride after they were awarded at Speech Day and the children thoroughly enjoyed sharing all their super physical skills with their families during Sports Day.

Making flags to support the children’s favourite football teams this week was also great fun, as was predicting the score between England and Denmark in the Euros. We had some very accurate predictions!

Ending the week by saying ‘farewell’ to Fairstead Fred at his picnic and playing lots of teddy themed games was enjoyed by all. We even built a home in the woods for the bears to live in!

Wishing you all a wonderful summer and thank you for a super year!

 

Year 1

What a wonderful final week we have had together in Year One! On Tuesday we felt really proud watching Year Six and other prize winners collect their trophies during Speech Day at St. Mary’s Church, and then we enjoyed showing our competitive spirit at Sports Day. On Thursday KS1 celebrated the end of the year with a Circus Day. ‘Jolly Mess’ and ‘Amelia Sparkles’ demonstrated and then taught a variety of circus skills to the children, including plate spinning, juggling and the aerial hoop. The children thoroughly enjoyed practising all of these skills before watching the experts perform an unforgettable show!

Year One should be delighted with the wonderful progress they have made this year. Have a wonderful summer and see you in September!

 

Year 2

What a phenomenal year we have had! It has been new and exciting, challenging (we are looking at you lockdown) and full of wonderful memories! The children have risen to every challenge with grace and determination and have found so many successes to be celebrated. Thank you for welcoming me into the Fairstead Family so readily, I could not have asked for a better class to begin my journey with.

This week we have celebrated wonderful achievements at Prize Giving, many congratulations to the children who earned cups and to all of the children for each and every one of their achievements. We ran our socks off at Sports Day and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of cheering on our teams – and eating ice cream! Wednesday we took the next step in our learning and moved into Year 3 for the morning. The children were buzzing with excitement when they returned, already looking forward to the new and exciting lessons Miss Hunt has ready. Wednesday afternoon we watched ‘Planes: Fire and Rescue’, which was enjoyed by everyone!

Thursday’s Circus Extravaganza was an outstanding success! The children learned so many new skills and had a wonderful time trying their hand at the aerial hoop – they are so strong!! In the afternoon we tested ourselves with general knowledge quizzes and had a great laugh trying to puzzle out the mystery pictures. Friday has been a morning to enjoy everyone’s company for the last time as Year 2 students.

We wish all of our friends who are off on new adventures next year the best of luck – they will be amazing!

Have a wonderful summer holiday everyone!

Years 3 & 4

Years 3 and 4 began the week with a day of team building and problem solving. Ninjas stole Miss Kenworthy’s sunglasses, therefore the children became detectives and had to track and solve clues to find the secret code, to crack the ninja’s safe. This challenge took us on a trail through the town and required the children to use their close observation skills to read clues carefully and to locate them to find the correct information. Fortunately, the correct code was found and the sunglasses were retrieved! The children enjoyed their break time on the play equipment in the Memorial Park.

They then took part in a general knowledge quiz and demonstrated their knowledge in categories including science, history, healthy eating and words. The ‘Braniacs’ team were victorious, however, all teams did incredibly well.

We then took to the Severals in the afternoon for some blind-folded assault courses, drawing without looking and team games. The children demonstrated excellent listening skills and gave clear instructions to their partners to guide them. The day ended with a much deserved ice lolly!

Please click here to watch the children’s activities!

Year 4

Year 4 have certainly enjoyed the final week of term. They finally got the chance to use Zu3D to create short stop motion clips of how we hear sounds. Their ear sculptures literally came to life showing how the particles in the air vibrate until the sound waves reach the ear. I was particularly impressed by their creativity and teamwork in constructing the models, including the cochlea, stirrup and ear drum, and in using the iPads to take the frames. Super work, Year 4!

I would like to take this opportunity to say goodbye and good luck to those in Year 4 that are leaving Fairstead House and to wish everyone a relaxing summer break.

Year 5

What an end to a year and what a year! I have enjoyed teaching year 5 so much this year and it has left me permanently happy. I could talk about how well they have done – the progress they have made and skills they have developed. I could mention how their debating skills have improved. I could talk about what a kind class they are. However, instead, I will just say how proud I am of them all.

This final week showed them at their best. Whether it was Hilltop, Sports Day, house rounders or Hunstanton, they all did their best and kept focus to the end. I know that they will all have a great year next year, whether here or elsewhere and I wish them the best for whatever comes next. The last thing is to wish them, and you, a well-deserved break. I have loved teaching your children this year so thank you.

Year 6

What a final week for Year 6! Climbing, Power Fan and Air Jump at Hilltop Outdoor Centre on Monday morning; picnic lunch and scavenger hunt in the grounds of Felbrigg Hall on Monday afternoon; Year 6 speeches and prizegiving on Tuesday morning (Well done everyone!); sport on the Severals on Tuesday afternoon (Another triumph, Taylor!); trip to Cambridge with Miss Kenworthy and her dogs on Wednesday morning; an amazing banquet for Year 6’s final lunch – sausages, corn on the cob, roast potatoes and the biggest Yorkshire puddings I have ever seen (Thank you so much, Chef!); house rounders on Wednesday afternoon and a super day out at Old Hunstanton on Thursday where Year 6 buried each other in the sand and ‘paddled’ in the sea! So much fun with the happiest of memories made! Year 6 said their farewells on Friday morning and we all wish them the very best as they move on to King’s Ely, Soham, Finborough, Stour Valley, Newmarket Academy and Bottisham in September.

Goodbye and good luck, Year 6!

Chess Tournament

After a competition involving four rounds, 27 pupils were whittled down to the last two.  Julian and Giselle. They started to play the final but, due to the depth of concentration, they had still not finished after an hour.  Fortunately, after trips and other activities, there was still time for them to finish their match.  After much tactical play on both sides, Julian finally emerged the winner and claimed the chess trophy for this year.  Now the question is, will anyone take it from him next year?

Sports Day

The rain stayed away and the children thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon of sport.  The track and field events went extremely well with some strong athletes showing their talents, all in the pursuit of House Points.  It was lovely to hear the support and cheering for each other and a huge thank you to the parents for their support and their participation!

Years 3-6 Trip to Old Hunstanton

On Thursday, Years 3-6 visited Old Hunstanton for a day at the beach.  The weather was superb and the children loved playing in the sand.  It was a delightful way to end the week and celebrate with the children.

Holiday Club

Just a reminder that the School Office is now closed until Monday 6th September.  If you need to contact Holiday Club during this time to make or amend a booking, please call the Holiday Club directly on 0752 635 2010.  Thank you.

Birthdays

This week, we wished a happy birthday to Jamie in Year 3 and Charlotte in Year 4.

Have a wonderful summer!

Michael Radford