Dear Parents

This week has been one of the busiest of the year so far, with such a variety of exciting events and activities.  On Monday, Years 3 and 4 went on their residential trip to Thorpe Woodlands, where they took part in challenges, activities and team building games.  As you will see below, they had a fantastic time!

Also this week, Reception have celebrated Careers Week with many parents visiting the class to share their jobs.  It has been wonderful to have such knowledge and expertise shared with the class and I am sure many of the children will have new aspirations for when they grow up and find jobs of their own!

Finally this week, World Book Day has been celebrated throughout the school and nursery, including a prose competition.  There are numerous photographs of the children in their amazing outfits, and thank you to the parents for their imagination and support.

It is incredible to see how much has been squeezed into one week at Fairstead.  I hope you enjoy reading.  We started the academic year with ‘What Makes Fairstead Special…?’ and I am sure you will agree the magic that the children experience in all they do, illustrates just how special the fantastic team Fairstead is.

Clubs

A reminder to parents that there will be no teacher led clubs the week beginning 18th March, due to the Lion King Jr production.  The clubs still running will be: yoga, football, archery, multi-sports, dance, art, prep and after school care.

Mother’s Day

A huge thank you to the FHPA, for their help and support with the children to create beautiful posies for Mother’s Day.

Fixtures

In an impressive display, our football team secured victory against Downham Prep. Goals from Harry, Jacob, Isaac, Aadam, Jack (in his first game for the school, playing up a year), and Toby showcased our players’ talent. Man of the Match Mac led with exceptional performance, supported by Oskar’s crucial saves and Aadam C’s defensive prowess and strategic playmaking.

Nursery

The nursery had the most amazing day celebrating World Book Day. Across all five rooms of the nursery, children and adults dressed up and shared their favourite books. We enjoyed story-related mark-making, Supertato playdough creations, face painting, acting out the stories, a Jack and the Beanstalk music session with Mrs Warburton, and a Very Hungry Caterpillar storyboard. The Ponies 2 staff entertained us as Oompa Loompas, Ponies 1 recreated ‘Supertato’, Shetlands were characters from the Gingerbread Man, Yearlings were Paper Dolls, in Foals there were (fewer than) 101 Dalmations with Cruella DeVille, and Mrs Melen was the Singing Mermaid. Thank you SO MUCH to all the parents, other family members and staff for your time, creativity, energy and enthusiasm to make this one of our favourite days in the nursery calendar, sharing the joy of reading.

The ‘best-dressed’ prizes (with thanks to the PA) are awarded to:

Foals: Emilia, as Dear Zoo

Yearlings: Laurie, as Paddington Bear

Shetlands: Marnie, as the monster from Pip and Posy

Ponies 1: Isabelle, as the whole book of ‘On the Way Home’

Ponies 2: Isla, as a Very Clever Cat.

Highly commended mentions go to Arlo, Ralph R, Maddie,  Yusuf, Otis and Emmy!

Reception

Reception have had the most wonderful week celebrating ‘National Careers Week’ and ‘International Women’s Day’, alongside their families. 

Dreams and Goals has been the theme of the week and the children have been joined by some truly inspirational people who have helped them to explore a range of careers. 

The children have been fortunate to have been joined by a Logistics Manager, a Firefighter, a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, a Police Officer, an Archivist, a Rural Practice Surveyor, and a Lead Scientist!  

On World Book Day, as an extra special treat, the children were joined by multi-award-winning playwright, novelist and writer, Gytha Lodge. They had a wonderful time becoming authors (whilst dressed as their favourite story characters) and enjoyed inventing their own story characters alongside her. 

A huge thank you to everyone who has visited Reception this week. It has been amazing! 

What a fabulous community we have at Fairstead. 

Year 1

In DT, we have been learning to make moving pictures using different mechanisms, including the lever, the slider and the wheel. After exploring all 3 mechanisms, we chose one and incorporated it into our designs for our Mother’s Day cards. We hope that you enjoy your cards and making them move. We would like to say a big thank you to the PA for providing us with some incredibly beautiful flowers to make Mother’s Day posies too!

We thoroughly enjoyed World Book Day today. It was great fun dressing up and dedicating the day to one of our favourite pastimes- reading! Thank you to Mr Peace for organising such a lovely day and to the parents for providing such imaginative costumes!

Year 3 and 4

Excitement, challenge, perseverance, achievement, exhaustion…  These are but a few of the words that describe this week’s residential trip to Thorpe Woodlands.  By now, all the children will have shared their best moments with their parents and this will have added even further colour to the images shared in our parent group.  Whether it is the rock climbing that grasped your child’s imagination, the caving which inspired their imagination, the zip wire that allowed their adrenalin to flow or listening to instructions whilst canoeing down the idyllic stream with their friends, there were learning experiences everywhere.

These residentials are such a wonderful way for children to learn those skills that are harder to teach in the classroom.  Physicality, teamwork and communication are all skills that are developed on residential.  And for some children, this is the moment they show their real talents.  It is by allowing the children here to experience such a wide range of experiences that we manage to achieve the best from all pupils and challenge them in a variety of ways.  This is only possible when children fully embrace and engage in the activities – something they did with alacrity.

We were so proud of how they behaved and tried everything throughout the week. Their energy and determination led inextricably to success.  We are sure that they slept well that first night back and they deserved the rest.  They really gave us something to be proud of. You achieved so much – canoeing, rock climbing, zip wire, archery, caving, tree climbing, crate stacking, night walks and bed making! A big thank you to the PA for our special FHS bobble hats, treats for our film night and glow sticks for our night walk – these extra touches made our trip all the more special. A huge well done, Years 3 and 4, for your perseverance,  positive attitude and kindness!

Year 5

Year 5 celebrated World Book Day by writing book reviews and inspiring each other to read by reading a passage in a lively way.

The two winners, as voted for by the other members of the class, went on to represent Year 5 in assembly and did really well.  So congratulations to David and Laila, who both read so clearly and with expression.

In other news, Year 5 have been looking at how to stay healthy as part of their PSHE lessons.  They have already done work on the dangers of smoking and vaping, as well as alcohol.  This week, they investigated what they would do in emergency situations and how they would react in an emergency.  They practised putting each other into the recovery position and had a lot of fun doing it.

Here’s what they said about the ‘Healthy Me’ topic so far.

It’s definitely something we should learn to save someone’s life if needed in the future.

I’m really glad to have this lesson because one day it might save someone’s life one day.

It’s very good for in the future if we have to help someone-it’s a life skill.

If you smoke it can lead to cancer.

It’s very important to resist pressure to smoke or drink.

We learned about the different strengths of alcohol and how dangerous it could be.

Year 6

Huge thanks to everyone who supported this year’s World book Day! The children looked amazing and so many took part in the prose competition! Well done to those who were chosen to represent their class, including Annabelle, Mina and Isabella for Year 6. There are many adults who would have been daunted by the prospect of reading aloud to the whole school! Our Year 1-6 readers did so well and thoroughly deserved the house point tokens that Mr Radford awarded. Year 6 impressed me with their choice of characters: Awful Auntie , Skellig, The BFG, Darth Vader, Hermione Granger , Space Boy/Girl, Rowley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid , Sophie from The BFG and Gangsta Granny. Courtesy of our wonderful PA, we will find out at Monday’s assembly who has won the prize for best costume!

Have a lovely weekend!

Michael Radford