10 July 2022

Image of Another wonderful week at Fairfield...

Another wonderful week at Fairfield...

As well as enjoying a fun and active sports day, Nursery have been making use of their fabulous outdoor classroom this week by completing construction challenges, art work and some very creative examples of using nature to inspire their Design and Technology projects. Meanwhile, in Reception, the children have also had a truly spectacular sports day, where the children demonstrated superb resilience and determination on the sporting field. It's been a very active week for Reception as they also enjoyed their first Grand Day Out! I'm sure they enjoyed the walk as much as the play park at the end of their Whinlatter walk.

In Key Stage 1, Year 1 have been learning a nonsense poem called ‘On the Ning Nang Nong’. This forms part of their reading curriculum. They've enjoyed a week exploring the poem and naturally, performing it with splendid actions! As well as this, Year 1 have been continuing to enjoy their Forest School sessions. Last week, the children enjoyed a walk through the forest to look for birds. They could certainly hear lots of birds and they even managed to see some baby newts in a pond too! In Year 2, during their PE lessons this week, the children have continued to enhance their skills related to athletics: they've been learning how to correctly throw the javelin, discus and shot put. Meanwhile, in Maths, the children have been learning how to measure weight using scales. To do this, they enjoyed an active session where they weighed classroom objects and estimated their weight first. The children demonstrated excellent mathematical knowledge and collaboration skills.

In Key Stage 2, Year 3 have been perfecting their times table knowledge and putting it to the test in a TT Rock Stars' competition, class vs. class style! It was a very closely fought contest. Meanwhile, in Computing, Year 3 turned into mini-animators, this week. They have been using the app Imotion to create their own short animations. They used the tool onion skinning to help them move the objects. Disney Pixar awaits you, Year 3! In Year 4, as part of their Science and Geography curriculum, the pupils have been studying the effects of climate change on living things and their environments. Earlier this week, they set up ‘ice caps and living things’ to monitor what happens over the course of the day(s) as the ice melts. The children could see the impact for themselves and learnt lots of impacts as a result of this very creative experiment. In Maths, Year 4 have worked hard to consolidate their addition and subtraction of numbers with up to 4 digits (including decimals). They had a great time working with their friends outdoors solving money problems, making totals and finding differences.

In Year 5, in Science, the children have enjoyed learning about air resistance. They have worked in groups to make three parachutes, they then tested them to see how long it took for them to reach the ground. The children discovered that the parachutes with the best air resistance, had a large surface area or could trap air like an upside-down bag. Fantastic investigating Year 5! Sticking with the scientific investigation theme, Year 5 had a competition to see who could make the most streamlined boat. To do this, they had great fun designing, making and testing boats to see which one could move through the water with the least amount of water resistance. Lots of new vocabulary and skills were learnt along this voyage of discovery! As part of our transition work with Cockermouth School, Year 5 and 6 had a lovely afternoon on Thursday participating in a rounders competition at Cockermouth School. In Year 6 this week, the pupils have enjoyed finding out about the Earth’s Biomes and how they are being threatened as part of their Geography curriculum. They created incredible websites, conducted research and produced beautifully presented information pages. The topic has certainly proven to be a hit with our students! In Science, the pupils concluded their light topic and have now moved on to studying electricity. They started their new topic by making circuits and learning all about circuit symbols. In PE, the children had a lovely cricket session on Friday morning, accompanied by an impromptu musical performance emanating from Sainsbury’s carpark... it would have been rude not to have a dance!

Finally, a HUGE thank you to everyone who came along to our splendid summer fayre on Friday evening. The turn-out was incredible and we are so grateful for the amazing support. We hope you all had a truly fabulous evening.

Tags: Forest School Year 5 Year 6 Year 2 EYFS Year 3 Year 4 Reading Geography computing Reception Nursery Science Maths Year 1 Cockermouth School grand day out Poetry KS2 KS1 PE D&T