Many thanks to everyone who came to school today wearing a yellow accessory and contributed to our collection for ‘Young Minds’. I am delighted to announce that we have currently raised £243.70 and donations are still coming in!
This week in Reception, the class celebrated a very special bear’s birthday. The children thoroughly enjoyed making cards for Fairstead Fred and sharing his delicious birthday cake.
They also enjoyed being super listeners and sat in small groups to hear their friends’ birthday stories and experiences.
In Maths, the focus has been on naming 2D and 3D shapes. The children had lots of fun creating their own individual shape pictures and building their own unique structures. I hope everyone enjoys becoming ‘Shape Detectives’ this weekend.
Year 1 are continuing to enjoy their stay in Antarctica and have produced some beautiful penguin art using wax crayons in contrasting colours. In PSHE they have been thinking about who, at school, they could go to if they had a problem or were worried about something. They decorated their own ’Helping Hand’ with the names of their trusted adults and friends.
Year 2 have been working hard in Maths to develop a strong understanding of part-whole models, bar models and fact families. We have used a variety of equipment to support our learning. Continuing our exploration of Australia, we have learned ‘The Rainbow Serpent’ story, which is an Aboriginal Creation story from ‘The Dreamtime’. We have wrapped up the story with the creation of our own Rainbow Serpent! In Art, we are continuing our look at colour. We have looked closely at the art of Sonia Delauny and then used her geometric art as inspiration for our own piece of art. In Literacy, we have been exploring noun phrases using seek-and-find books to describe an item very clearly for our partner to find.
This week in English Year 3 have been looking at instructions. The children watched part of the programme ‘Countdown’ and wrote their own instructions for how to play the letters round. They were very keen on trying to beat the contestants and make the longest words they could!
In Science, we have been learning about animal skeletons and movement.
The children have been sorting animals according to what type of skeleton they have. This week they looked in detail at the human skeleton and have started to learn the common and scientific names for the bones in our bodies. Next, we will be making our own skeleton drawings and models.
As part of our history topic on the ancient Maya, we have been discussing how we know about the Maya and have thought about different historical sources of evidence. The children examined images of Mayan artefacts and were able to draw conclusions about the Maya using these primary sources of evidence.
Years 3 and 4 – Games
Years 3 and 4 continue to wholeheartedly embrace our Games curriculum. Tag rugby is proving a particular hit for both boys and girls!
In History this week, Year 4 used their independent research skills to find out more about every day Maya life. The children posed thoughtful and interesting questions including ‘How did the Maya make their tools?’, ‘What clothes did the Maya wear?’ and ‘How did the Maya keep themselves clean?’. The children thoroughly enjoyed researching aspects of their choosing and sharing their favourite facts with the class.
Years 3 & 4 – Drama
Years 3 and 4 came together for a drama lesson this week, based on their class reader ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. The children worked in groups to perform short scenes from the story read so far. They portrayed the characters effectively through actions, expression and body language. We were impressed by the children’s teamwork and enthusiasm towards their performances. Well done!
In Art this week, Year 5 completed their Sumerian pottery to a particularly high standard. They added the finer details including Sumerian hieroglyphs, with excellent brush control. The class should be extremely proud of their clay creations and the effort they showed towards their artwork. I will shortly be displaying this work in school, before the children bring them home to celebrate them with their families. Super work, Year 5!
Year 5 were able to continue their tennis lessons this week and we were all glad it was inside the bubble as the rain fell outside. The session was full of games which made them learn as they played. Over the course of the lesson, they improved the control of their ground strokes. As the session drew to an end and they practised against each other; it was great to see them applying what they had learnt. They all enjoyed themselves and I can see that there is a lot of talent in the class.
Year 6 had an actioned packed tennis session covering volleys, forehand, backhand and smashes. They threw themselves into each of the tasks with no hesitation and you could see their confidence increasing. Clearly, the tennis they did last year has prepared them for the increased challenges this year. To end with, they had a wonderful game of ‘2 on 1’ which was carried out in a great spirit and laughter as the pupils swapped from end to end.
In Art this half term, Year 6 have been studying the works of Henry Moore. Over the past weeks, they have created graphite, chalk and charcoal sketches using the directional lines that Henry Moore used in his drawings of people sheltering from air raids during World War II. They also took turns to ‘sit’ for each other, thinking carefully about how their position could reflect the mood, while their peers drew a series of 4 minute sketches using loose marks. Finally, this week, Year 6 sculpted clay figures that really do capture the moods and feelings of those that took shelter in the underground stations. Well done.
Sports and House Captains
I am delighted to announce that the Girls’ Sports Captain for this year is Claudia Mallan-Stoute. The Boys’ Sports Captain is Finlay Casey. Well done to both of you and we share your hopes and enthusiasm that fixtures will resume as soon as possible.
House Captains are as follows:
Captain: Claudia M-S.
Vice Captain: Bella D.
Captain: Oliver B.
Vice Captain: Gabriella W.
Captain: Alexander H.
Vice Captain Giselle G.
Well done to all of you. These positions are awarded following a whole school (secret) vote.
We are mindful that now is the time that many of you may be thinking about your child’s senior school and, usually, we would at this time be inviting you in to school for a relaxed evening to discuss the process of choosing and applying to senior school. Sadly, we are unable to host such an evening at the moment but I am able to invite you in for a personal meeting to discuss this. Please contact the School Office to arrange a convenient time.
Please be aware that the Tik Tok app requires users to be at least 13 years old to access its platform; however, if you do allow your child to access this app, I must insist that your child does not post videos featuring any other child from Fairstead House regardless of whether that child gives their permission.
Courtesy on the Fordham Road
Please may I remind you that, if you are able unable to turn into school from the Fordham Road (from the left or the right) either in the morning or the afternoon, please do not hold the traffic up by waiting in the road. Please drive to either roundabout, turn around and re-try.
This week, Kindness Cups were won by Lola in Year 2 and Louis in Year 4. Well done, children!
This week, we wished a happy birthday to Oliver and Benjamin in the Nursery, Amelia in Year 2 and Sophie in Year 5.
With my best wishes for a lovely weekend with your children,