Dear Parents

This week the children have enjoyed taking their learning outdoors, with Reception exploring water at the Forest; Year 1 growing plants and Year 4 travelling to explore habitats for their writing.  Also this week, Premier Sport introduced a Speed Kick event, which will be taking place on 13th May.

Food Tasting Opportunity

Holroyd Howe have enjoyed creating new menus for the children, and the choices available provide a superb array of meals.  Our new catering team are keen to meet parents and share some tasty samples.  The first event will take place on Monday 13th May, with very limited availability.  Details will be sent out next week and future dates will also be offered.

Assembly

In Celebration Assembly this morning, the certificates illustrated just how hard the children have been working and developing their knowledge.  House Point badges were also awarded, with Year 6 achieving the rare platinum badges for collecting over 400 house points.

Drama

LAMDA Students have been thoroughly enjoying their lessons, focusing on posture, articulation, breathing, and the diaphragm. They’ve also been learning relaxation techniques to boost their confidence. Parents have received resources to support their children’s learning at home, and it’s heartening to hear that the children are now teaching their parents. Every day is indeed a learning day! If you’re interested in learning more about Mr. Jones and the LAMDA exams, or if you’d like to register your child, please visit: www.creativeindustriesacademy.com.

COMPETITION TIME: Mr. Jones has launched a performance competition for all students at Fairstead House School. Regardless of your experience or expertise, this competition provides a platform to showcase your talent and creativity. Get ready with your pens and cameras! We’re inviting students to write and record an original one-minute monologue or poem for a chance to win one of three prizes! To register your child for the Performance Competition, please visit: www.creativeindustriesacademy.com.

Sport

The U11 A girls had an excellent match against South Lee on Wednesday. Batting first, Fairstead set a total 95-4 from their 16 overs. Isabella and Mia putting on 41 in their 4 overs, Anabelle and Fenella putting on 48 over their 4 overs including a big 6. In reply South Lee were up with the rate for the first half of the innings but an excellent catch from Mia and some tight bowling from Laila and Lola ensured we won by 6 runs. We done girls a good start to the season!

Nursery

Ponies 1 have been exploring the interactive whiteboard in order to enhance their learning and work on their fine motor skills recently. During one activity, the children showed great observational skills when following the patterns by ensuring they were moving in the correct direction and you could see the logical side of the activity whirring through their brains! It could get a little tricky at times, but with a little perseverance and great determination, they each completed their tasks. What fantastic skills Ponies, well done!

Reception

Water has been the focus in Reception, this week! 

The children have created mind maps linked to this topic, alongside becoming super scientists, and conducting a waterproof experiment. They predicted if Winter Bear was going to stay dry, or get wet, when he sat under varied materials in the rain! 

The Little Raindrop journeyed into Reception too this week and the children loved hearing his story, both in the classroom, and during their music lesson. The story explains the water cycle using rhyming verses and beautiful illustrations. The children were then able to demonstrate their understanding of this when participating in a range of different experiments. Going outside to explore evaporation with paintbrushes and buckets of water was a particular favourite, alongside lots of child-led learning in the forest!  

The children have quickly mastered the vocabulary linked to their new topic and it has been a joy to hear them discussing evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. Wow!  

What a very special week. Thank you so much to our surprise reader too, for making it extra special!  

Year 1

This week, we started our experiment to find the optimal growing conditions for plants. We started with three healthy runner bean plants. We decided to put one on a sunny windowsill and water it every day, put one on the same windowsill but stop watering it and put the third one in a dark cupboard but water it every day. We made predictions about what we thought each bean plant would look like after three weeks. We will let you know the results of our experiment in three weeks’ time!

In our topic lesson, we learned about the history of the teddy bear. We worked together to create a teddy bear timeline and were lucky enough to have real teddy bears from various decades to explore and compare. We used phrases such as ‘in the past,’ ‘before I was born,’ and ‘when my grandparents were children’ to compare and sequence the bears.

Year 2

This week in Maths, we have started our new topic on ‘Fractions’. The children have worked incredibly hard and have started well. We have learnt that a fraction is an equal part of a whole and begun to recognise and understand unit fractions of a half and a third.

We started our Geography topic this week which is on ‘Sensational Safari’! Our focus this week has been on the country of Kenya, where the children used their map and atlas skills to locate Kenya on the world map and begin to identify some geographical features.

Year 2 have been transported back to 1666 – it is the day before the Great Fire of London. What are the streets like? Why are there so many black and white houses? It is an interesting time in the ‘tinderbox’ of London! We have been learning all about Tudor houses: the materials, the construction, the interesting lay out and the fact that some houses leaned so far over the street, people could talk to their neighbours across the street from their top floor windows! We have discovered that there was a 3 month drought and the weather was unseasonably hot for a September as well. All of these factors pointed to a fire spreading quickly! We have been designing and collaging our version of Pudding Lane, have sequenced the events of the fateful event and have been answering lots of comprehension questions about ‘Toby and the Great Fire of London’. We have also discovered the difference between historical evidence and historical interpretation. It has been a wonderful week filled with amazing questions!

Year 3

It has been a busy week in Year 3. Maths has been full of bar modelling and finding fractions of amounts. Word problems have been solved using a range of methods and pictorial representations. We also started our new unit of money where we have been making different amounts using coins and notes. In English, Year 3 have written superb setting descriptions to create mood and atmosphere. In topic, we were fascinated to find out how different the city-states of Athens and Sparta were in Ancient Greece. The differences in how boys and girls were treated then and the purposes of school caused a lot of discussion and debate in our classroom! In PSHE, we looked at different friendship scenarios and shared the feelings involved and the solutions to the problems as a class.

Year 4

We have had a real focus on learning through the outside.  We started this week by using Venn diagrams and Carrol diagrams to categorise and group leaves from different plants.  The class looked for different types of leaves and then decided on the categories to use for grouping them.  It was wonderful to see how varied their categories were.  They really thought about what features the different leaves had and how to group them.

Then, on Thursday, we headed off to Devil’s Dyke to both look at the different habitats that were available and also to gain inspiration for our stories extracts.   For English, we created a word bank of ideas and senses that we could use in our writing.  As we walked, we listened to the surroundings and also thought about how what we saw could inspire us.  In addition, we also looked at the surrounding area and discussed the biology of plants, ecology, different footprints and even the cry of the tawny owl that two girls saw sleeping in a tree.  A great bit of observation.

Year 5

Year 5 have been busily typing away whilst they try to learn a new style of writing: the descriptive essay, where you take something and describe it in as interesting a way as possible to make it seem just fabulous.  In this case, the ‘it’ was a ‘who’ and we were writing about people we admire.  Here are a few samples from those who agreed to have theirs in the newsletter-they are great for a first attempt at a descriptive essay.

We continued on with descriptive essays this week and next, trying to put in much more figurative language.  It’s probably the hardest style of writing and they are all doing really well.

In Maths, we have continued investigating angles.  Although these agonising angles have caused considerable consternation at times, the children have persevered with the perplexing protractor to solve problems and have all improved over the week.

Pictured are the children’s attempts to grow plants asexually and special thanks to Matilda for the wonderful glasses and plants.  They are sprouting roots already!

Year 6

Year 6 really enjoyed sharing their persuasive writing (advert for a new toy) this week. Thank you, Miss Drayton and Year 1, for being a fantastic audience and wanting to buy all of Year 6’s amazing inventions! In science lessons, Year 6 learned about ‘the fossil record’ and, using their ICT skills, explained the formation of fossils in their own words by clipping images from a super BBC Bitesize video (https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z2ym2p3). Talking of ICT, Year 6 have been learning about ‘data packets’ in this week’s lesson and enjoyed sending messages to each other’s IP addresses. In art lessons, the children have continued their study of Chinese paintings and sculpture and practised their drawing skills with the use of a view finder. Well done to the children who received certificates and badges in this morning’s assembly and to the Year 6 children who have volunteered to read aloud the weekly prayer. Another busy week! Enjoy the bank holiday weekend!

Years 5 and 6 Class Music

In our class music lessons this term, we are learning about the 12-Bar Blues. Pupils have learnt what the three primary chords are and can play them in the key of C Major. They have learnt how to play a 12 bar chord sequence, how to ‘swing’ on the root of the chord, how the play a broken chord and how to play a ‘Boogie Woogie’ pattern. This week, pupils worked in groups to perform these techniques within the 12-Bar Blues structure. Well done to everyone for working so hard and supporting each other in the group activity.

Have a lovely long weekend!

Michael Radford