Dear Parents

I hope that you had a lovely half term holiday and, to help with your planning for busy four weeks ahead, I am highlighting the main events, which I am sure you do not want to miss.

Friday 16th June, 2.30pm – Picnic Concert (Years 1 and 2)

Pimms will be served from 2.15pm in the foyer of the PA for a 2.30pm start.  All children in Years 1 and 2 are taking part in this exciting new event.  You are all invited to bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn with your child after the concert.

Friday 23rd June, 1.30pm – Grandparents Afternoon (Years 3 – 6)

All grandparents and great grandparents of children in Years 3 -6 are invited to join us for the afternoon.  They will experience a lesson in their grandchild’s class, a tour of the school by their grandchild and a musical recital followed by an afternoon tea in the Hall.  This was a great success with the younger children’s grandparents and I am sure that this will prove to be equally enjoyable!

Monday 26th June, 1.30pm – Nursery & Reception Sports Afternoon

All children in Yearlings, Ponies and Reception are invited to take part in a variety of races including the sprint, sack race and fancy dress race!  Races will start at 1.30pm but please do come along from 1.00pm with a picnic and a rug.

Wednesday 28th June, 3.00pm – Summer Concert (Years 3 – 6)

Drinks will be served from 2.45pm on the foyer of the PA for a 3.00pm start.  Every child in Years 3 -6 will be participating in what promises to be a very joyous occasion.

Friday 30th June, 2.00pm – Speech Day and Prizegiving (Reception – Year 6)

All children from Reception to Year 6 will be participating in this end of year celebration.  We are looking forward to welcoming Goldie Sayers, a former Fairstead House pupil and Olympian, as our Guest Speaker.  This event will take place at St Mary’s Church in Newmarket.

Monday 3rd July, 2.00pm – Sports Afternoon (Years 1 – 6)

The children are already enjoying practising for this occasion and we look forward to seeing you all on the Severals.  You are very welcome to bring a picnic from 1.00pm.  Hopefully the sun will shine for us and Pimms and strawberries will be served in the school playground after the event.

Nursery

This week, children in Yearlings have been making shapes and practising their fine motor skills using shaving foam.  Meanwhile, the Ponies have been busily practising for Sports Afternoon!

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Reception

Reception threw themselves into the General Election fever yesterday by organising their own school election.  They made sure that everyone from the very youngest children right up to all the staff voted.  Reception then carefully counted out all the results.  For interest and comparision with this morning’s far less straightforward results, please see the school’s election results below!

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Year 1

In Literacy this week, we have been focusing on using the past tense of a variety of verbs.  We have enjoyed reading the ‘Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson and have all written a postcard from the snail in the story about his adventures on his journey. In Numeracy this week, we have been honing our halving skills and have had fun halving the largest numbers we could find!

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Year 2

In their Connected Curriculum Topic, Year 2 have been using their Science and Literacy skills to draft, redraft and edit their non-chronological reports about harsh habitats based on animals from the poetry collection by Marilyn Singer, A Strange Place to Call Home. They have been creating their own success criteria after analysing non-chronological report texts in the classroom. The Humboldt Penguins, who live on South American beaches, and Macaque monkeys, who live on a snowy Japanese island, are proving to be the most popular choices for their writing.

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Year 3

The children have been practising hard for the pupil/parents match next week. The bowlers are finding their length, the fielders are strengthening their throwing arms and the batters are attacking the ball in a very determined fashion. They are looking forward to the competition.

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Year 4

Year 4 have been using Kodu to improve their coding skills. The visual software makes creating games and activities simple and easy. Today the class made mazes and puzzles.

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Year 5

Year 5 are developing their Science skills by investigating the question, ‘What makes the best bubbles?’.  The children had to measure, accurately and systematically, the ratio of fairy liquid to water to discover which mixture made either the most bubbles or the bubble which lasted the longest.

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 Year 6

Yesterday, I was visited by all the Year 6 girls who explained in great detail their idea for fundraising for a grand piano for school.  They have made a wide variety of loom band bracelets and explained how they would like to market them to all children and staff in school. The girls are away next week but upon their return from Snowdonia will be selling the loom bands, which range from 10p to £1 in morning and afternoon breaks.  I was very impressed with the girls’ initiative and I am already wearing my bracelet with pride!

Sports Matches

U11 Cricket v Moreton Hall School (Home)

‘The U11 boys played a hard ball cricket match against Moreton Hall.  We tossed up and they won and decided to field.

Luie and I opened the batting.  We were doing some great batting and running when Luie smashed the ball up and somebody caught it.  Next Nathan was in and we were hitting quite a few 4s.  We stayed in for quite a long time until Nathan got bowled out.

We got to about 20 runs when Nathan got out but we had plenty of batters left and we all did very well.  I would like to highlight Luc for some great batting skills and running.  I stayed in for 102 balls and got 36 runs. All of us did some great batting.

Next it was our turn to bowl.  Luie and Nathan opened the first four overs and did brilliantly.  Paul and I then bowled and did an excellent job.  Ryan, Luc and Jack were next in and I am so proud of Jack because he kept trying and in the end did fantastically. Luc also did a respectable job and Ryan got our only bowled wicket. We were so happy – well done!  In the last over I was bowling and Moreton Hall needed 6 off 6 balls.  It went right down to the wire and they needed 1 off 1 ball.  I bowled the final ball – one batter ran but the other didn’t.  Luie grabbed the ball, threw it to me and I stumped him out.

The end score was Fairstead – 98 and Moreton Hall – 98.  All of us played really well and were very happy it was a draw.  Special thanks to Ben and Jack in Year 4 for helping us out.  Well done boys, really well played.’

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Athletics

On Thurday, U11 children competed in Quad Kids Athletics.  All children had to participate in 4 events: Sprint, Long Distance, Standing Long Jump and Howler followed by a mixed shuttle relay. The children all did fantastically and came 4th out of 15 schools but special metnions must go to William for coming 5th out of 75 children and Sammy for coming 9th.

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U9 Parents v Pupils Mixed Rounders Matches – Wednesday 14th June

I am delighted that the U9 Parents v Pupils matches will now be going ahead as originally planned on Wednesday.  The games will start at 2.00pm on the Severals.  If you would like to take part then please let Miss Chloe Price know by Monday.  Match teas will be served in the Hall afterwards.

Swimming Lessons

A request from Newmarket Leisure Centre – if you child has a verruca then please ensure that they bring flipflops with them to wear pool side during their swimming lesson.  Thank you.

Year 3 – Extra P.E. Lesson

Please note that Year 3 will have an extra P.E. lesson on Tuesday in preparation for Sports Day so please make sure your Year 3 child has their sports kit in school on Tuesday.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Jack in Year 4 and Charlie in Reception.  Well done, boys!

Birthdays

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This week we wish a happy birthday to Ava and Stirling in the Ponies Room and Elloise in Year 5.

With my best wishes for a lovely weekend with your children,

Lynda Brereton