Dear Parents

A very warm welcome back to you all and I hope that you had a lovely summer holiday with your children.  We are still enjoying hearing about the children’s holiday adventures!

We are all very excited about our new Science Lab!  Please call in and see it if you have not already done so.  Over in the Coach House, the children are enjoying the new facilities and are having great fun watching the building work take place.  Our Adventure Playground is now complete and, after the arrival of the bark on Tuesday, it will be ready for use.  The children have loved watching it take place over the week, despite my initial disappointment at it not being ready for the start of term.

In the classroom, our new subject of Spanish has been introduced and Mandarin lessons will begin on Monday.

Nursery

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Nursery are fully embracing the building work happening on site and are excited about the term’s topic based on their friend, ‘Bob the Builder’.  I think that we will be seeing lots of hard hats and construction work going on in the Nursery playground!

Reception

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Luckily, there were no tears when the Reception children started on Tuesday and no time has been wasted in getting started with their exciting curriculum.  Next week will see their first visit to our Forest School, which I know the children will enjoy.

 

Year 1

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Year 1 are enjoying their lovely new classroom!  The children have been sorting and exploring different materials.  They have been looking at the different parts of a house and exploring materials used for this.  In Numeracy, the children have been using ordinal numbers.  The children were very excited to be swimming for the first time and the Year 2s happily showed them the ropes!

 

Year 2

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Year 2 have been using their Numeracy, Literacy and Geography skills and knowledge to make ‘Happy Maps’ of school. They investigated using their impressive compass knowledge to navigate around the school site to find all the exciting new resources and buildings, like the new Science Lab, as well as helping our new class member, Luana, get to know her way around.

 

Year 3

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Year 3 have had a great week, starting to settle into the new regime of Key Stage 2 and making sense of all the other changes around the school. Well done!
Today saw them have their first Critical Thinking lesson. The areas covered by these lessons will be many and varied. Some weeks might be spent looking at a national or international anniversary or celebration, some playing strategic board games. There will be time spent on Philosophy for Children, debating or study skills.
Today’s lesson was prompted by it being William the Conqueror’s birthday. One of the children had asked “How did kings and queens start?” After discussing the fact that there used to be lots of kings, queens, tribal and clan leaders in Great Britain, the children thought of the different ways those leaders had got the job. These ranged from ‘being nice’ and ‘letting their people do what they wanted’, through the more conventional ‘family’ (hereditary) and ‘marry’, to the downright brutal ‘conquering’, ‘being a good warrior’ and ‘murder’! A classful of monarchs was slowly whittled down, by fair means of foul, ’til we were left with just one. A lovely, lively lesson.

 

Year 4

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Year 4 have come back to school with energy and enthusiasm. The children were particularly excited at being the first class to inhabit the new Science Lab!  This week, as part of our Science topic ‘life processes and their habitats’, the children thoroughly enjoyed exploring the Science Lab and the Eco-Garden.  The children were most excited to discover a grasshopper in the garden trying to join their class!

 

 

Year 5

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Year 5 are quietly delighted at being in the same classroom as last year and are excited to see it turning into the Literacy hub of Fairstead!

 

Year 6

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Year 6 enjoyed using the facilities in our new Science Lab to find out about cell structure.

In House Assemblies this morning, Year 6 children presented their manifestos to the school for the children to elect their House Captains.  We will be announcing the holders of all positions of responsibility next week.

 

Match Fixtures

U11 and U9 boys play Rugby away against Felsted School on Wednesday.  Team members will be notified on Monday.  Please note that in addition to the uniform list, boys may wear under armour to encourage more confident tackling.

Parents’ Information Evening

A Parents’ Information Evening will take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday 13th September in the Performing Arts Centre.  Wine and nibbles will be served before moving to your child’s classroom, where your child’s Form Teacher will talk you through the term and year ahead.

After School Clubs Reminder

There are still some spaces left in clubs.  Please return all your forms first thing on Monday.  Thank you.

Fairstead Foals

Our new Director of Music, Mrs Warburton, will now be running a baby & toddler music afternoon at Foals.  She is very much looking forward to seeing as many little ones as possible.  Please tell your friends!

 Parents Association Meeting – Thursday 15th September

The next Parents’ Association meeting will be in the library at 8.40am.  All are welcome to attend.

Macmillan Coffee Afternoon

Our Parents’ Association, assisted by Marie, are hosting a coffee afternoon in the dining room to raise funds for Macmillan on Friday 16th September from 2.30pm until 4.30pm.  The Parents’ Association would be very grateful if anyone would like to help by donating a cake.

All children are invited to decorate a sponge cake with the theme “Back to School”.  The cost to enter will be £2 and there will be a prize for the most imaginatively decorated cake in Key Stage 1 and 2.  Please bring your decorated cakes to school on Friday morning so that they may be displayed and judged during the coffee afternoon. We look forward to seeing you there.

‘Currency Challenge’

The Parents’ Association have arranged this exciting inter-house challenge which, apart from raising money for the Parents’ Association funds, will also help you clear out any foreign coins left from your summer holidays.  In the entrance to the Performing Arts Centre, the children will find three large bottles marked for each of the three Houses.  If your child could bring any foreign coins that you are happy to spare, they will be able to put them in their House’s bottle before Assembly over the next two weeks.

Car Park

To ease congestion in the mornings we would be very appreciative if you could drop your children by the new bicycle shed gate, where I will be waiting.  This should allow parents of the youngest children in school to use the car park.

Newmarket Racing – Saturday 24th September

To celebrate 350 years of racing in Newmarket, there will be an exhibition of life size horses painted by children at local schools.  We have been lucky enough to have been given two of these horses and the designs of Emma-Louise Barrett, Adam Foster and Josh Hanagan are being painted on these horses.  All parents are entitled to two Grandstand and Paddock tickets to see the horses and to enjoy a day’s racing in Newmarket on that day.  To obtain your tickets, please call 01638 675500, option 4 and quote “Shadwell350”.  It should be quite a spectacle!

Birthdays

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This week we wish a happy birthday to Matilda in Nursery and William and Luie in Year 6.

It has been a busy week for the children and I know that they are in need of a relaxing weekend!

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

Lynda Brereton