Weekly Update 21 9.2.24
9 February 2024 (by admin)
Dear Fairfields Community,
It has been a wonderful half term in school which has ended with our lovely Lunar New Year celebrations this week, and our Children’s Mental Health Week work. We had a great turn out today at our mental health activity and workshop. We hope all those parents who attended enjoyed the session and found it useful to support your child.
The children have worked so hard this half term and we are very proud of them all. Thank you to all the staff too- they are a great team, and to our parents and carers for all their support.
On Monday 19th February, our booking system for Parent’s Evenings will go live on Arbor at 6.00pm. Parents Evenings will be held on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th February. We would encourage all parents to book in and speak to your child’s class teacher if possible so that we can share their successes with you, and work together to help their continued progress.
Please can children not bring into school watches which can take pictures or video footage. These are a safeguarding risk as some of our children, for child protection purposes, can not have images taken and shared of themselves. These watches can also cause a distraction in classrooms. We understand that these watches are popular, but please can they be kept at home unless the photo/video function can be fully disabled.
Safety on the roads- important information
We have been made aware of a number of incidents this week around road safety. Please can I remind parents to park courtesy in the local area and to stop cars in a safe place. There have been concerns raised about cars stopping on the yellow zig zag lines to pick up and drop off children, and of cars parking on the corners of Beaconsfield Road, and directly outside the gates on the path by the bottom playground. We understand that parking can be tricky at certain times. We do have an agreement for pick up and drop off only to park in Caston’s Car Park if you need- just put a note in your car to explain you are dropping/picking up at Fairfields.
There have also been concerns raised about children on scooters going at speed through the Caston’s car park between cars, rather than using the designated path. One incident resulted in a near miss with a moving car. Please be vigilant so that our whole school community stays safe.
SEND challenge update:
Thank you to our wonderful SEND ambassadors for leading our finger spelling challenge this half term. We had so many children take part with over 400 entries across the school with some children entering multiple times! Each SEND ambassador chose a winner from key stage 1 and 2 at random so we have 10 in total. Each winner will receive 10 house points and a prize chosen by the SEND ambassadors. These will be given out on the first Monday back.
Our winners are:
Elizabeth: New Delhi
Thank you to all the children who took part! We will announce our next competition in the first few weeks of Spring 2.
Understanding and Responding to Anxiety- parent workshop with the Primary Behaviour Service
On Monday 25th March, the Primary Behaviour Service (PBS) will be running a session in the school hall from 6.00pm-8.00pm on anxiety in children, an area which we have experienced becoming a more significant issue in recent years. Please come and join us for this session where the team from PBS will focus on understanding anxiety, as well as offering support about how to respond to it effectively to support your child. We are unfortunately unable to accommodate children at this session.
NHS Parent Information Portal (PIP)
We have been made aware of the NHS Parent Information Portal (PIP), which allows you to access information and helpful resources for your child(ren) including routine health appointment letters for our services, your child’s immunisations and newborn screening history. PIP also gives you the opportunity to reschedule your child’s health review if the appointment offered is not convenient.
Please see the website below for more details:
If you wish to sign up, email:
Updates from year groups
Foundation Stage have had a great Children's Mental Health week. They have enjoyed practising brain gym activities after lunch, thinking about how a familiar song makes them feel and how it is important to stay connected. Thank you to everybody that came in to complete some art with us today! Well done, Foundation Stage and have a lovely half term break!
Year 1 have been learning to count in 5s and 2s this week and have really impressed their teachers. Please could all completed forms for our Marwell trip on March 13th be returned as soon as possible. Enjoy half term!
Well done children on another brilliant week in school. We have had a few children mention to us that they aren't coming on the London trip for various reasons. If this is the case, please speak to your child's teacher. As mentioned previously, please speak to Mrs Thompson via the office or admin email if paying for the trip is a problem. Have a wonderful half term!
Well done year 3 on a fantastic term of learning! We have really enjoyed working on The Iron Man with you and hope you have told your parents about the Space-Bat-Angel-Dragon. Please make sure you rest and look after yourself before returning for another term of learning.
Year 4 have had a super week. We had our poetry slam, which the children enjoyed writing and performing. This week the children have also enjoyed the children's mental healthy activities and the drama in RE.
On Monday the 19th, could you please bring in any carboard you may have at home. Thank you for all your support this half term. Have a great break.
To mark the end of our current learning about Ancient Egypt, we have written biographies about famous Ancient Egyptians. We have learnt about the Creation and Stewardship from an Islamic point of view and debated “There is no point in looking after the World, we won’t be here in 100 years.” In addition, we have enjoyed all the Mental Health week activities.
Year 6 have done brilliantly this week multiplying and dividing fractions using their knowledge of times tables really fluently. They have also had the opportunity to do some creative writing, which has shown how confident they are becoming as independent writers. Parents, do remember that you can order SATs CGP revision guides on Arbor to help your child revise at home if you wish, which will be delivered to you after half-term. There will also be a parent online meeting about SATs in Spring 2 to get more information about the exams in May.
We are delighted to tell you that next half term’s guest in our Sunflower Café is the Mental Health Support Team who work with children with anxiety, low mood, OCD, phobias, behaviour and trauma. They will be at the café for an informal chat if you want to pop in on Monday 26th February from 8.40am until 9.45am. Please do come along for a hot drink and a chat.
The café is open to come and meet other parents and to chat to our Home/School Link Worker, Tracey, every Monday from 8.40am, and on a Friday from 2.50pm until 3.10pm.
Other Information (attachments may not be able to be viewed on some devices through the Jotter app, but can be seen on Arbor)
Please find attached the calendar for the academic year dates for 2024-25.
Attached is a flyer for the after school Bootcamp sessions which are run by Sarah and Steve after school on a Wednesday. Please open for more details of how to book your child’s place.
Details of the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra Open Day are attached with details of how to get involved if you are interested.
Thursday 22nd February: Cairo class parents and carers school library visit (2.30pm- 3.00pm)
Monday 26th February: Mental Health Team parent drop in at the Sunflower Café (8.40am-9.45am)
Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th February: Parent Evening dates
Monday 25th March: ‘Understanding and Responding to Anxiety’ parent workshop with PBS in the school hall (6.00pm-8.00pm)
For other key days, please look at the calendar on the website or the School Jotter.
PE Days are as follows (please note some changes):
FS: PE to start in summer term
Year 1: Tuesday (outdoor PE)
Year 2: Tuesday (indoor PE)
Year 3: Monday (outdoor) and Thursday (indoor PE)
Year 4: Wednesday (indoor PE)
Year 5: Wednesday (indoor PE)
Year 6: Monday (indoor) and Friday (outdoor PE)
Start and finish times are as follows:
Foundation Stage, Year 1 and 2: 8.40am- 3.10pm
Years 3- 6: 8.45am- 3.15pm
We hope you have an enjoyable half term and we look forward to seeing you back on Monday 19th February.
Mrs Vicky Hopkins