Return of the King
Key Stage 1 have been learning all about Diwali. We had a party to celebrate our learning. We learned some new dance moves and tried some Indian food.
The 100th anniversary Remembrance Day was very well supported by the whole school community. The children learnt that poppies were the only flowers tough enough to survive in the mud of the space between the trenches known as No Man’s land and so they became a symbol for the British Legion when Remembrance day was first observed in the 1920’s. For our marking of the anniversary each class was involved in making poppies using a variety of 3D art styles. Mrs Harrison then led the staff in making a display of these at the main gates to the school opposite the home of one of the soldiers who went to war and never returned.
To our surprise the display made a great impression on drivers using Rochdale Old Road and the school office received phone calls and e mails from drivers thanking children for remembering the soldiers and their families from so long ago. The Bury Times came up to school and included a picture of the display in their November 8th issue.
Back in the classroom children learnt about the conditions endured by the soldiers and with the help of St John the Baptist church in Bircle, learnt about soldiers who had lived in the streets around where our school now stands and who lost their lives between 1914 and 1918. The experience along with watching snippets of newly restored film, brought the horrors of the war to life for the children.
Our main school assembly took place on 12th November. At the assembly, parents and governors listened to the children’s work and a special piece of personal research from Harrison, a Y6 boy, whose great, great uncle had left a diary of daily events on the Western Front which had been copied out by hand by Harrison’s grandfather and which is now stored in the Bury Museum archives. The last seconds of gunfire from the last day of the war on 11.11.18 were then listened to before the school marched up to Rochdale Old Road singing “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”.
A list of the names of local soldiers who had died in the First World war and some since was then read out before a verse of the prayer “For the Fallen” was read and a minute’s silence observed.
The children’s behaviour was extremely respectful and all adults present joined in the hope that not only would those who have died in conflict be remembered, but that our Fairfield children would never have to face the prospect of war.
An example of e mails received:
Dear Headteacher, teachers and pupils,
I drive past your school to and from work every day. This morning I noticed your fantastic remembrance display of poppies on the railings outside school.
I noted from your website that the school’s aim is for happiness and High Standards. Your display is certainly of the highest standard and those involved should be congratulated.
I hope the pupils learn from and enjoy the Remembrance Assembly.
Lest We Forget,
P S B.
The display will become permanent in the Spring Term when the gardening club will be creating a small flower bed and plant poppy seed. Our artwork poppies will be displayed on the wall above it. Alongside the display will be the names of the local soldiers who gave up their lives for our country.
Black History Month
Foundation Stage children showed the rest of the school what they had been learning about Harvest. All the donations received were given to the Porch Project in Bury.
On the final Wednesday of Spring half term we had our annual event of EASTER BINGO. A favourite of the school calendar with tickets had sold out. There was silence across the hall as people carefully crossed off their numbers and won the prize egg hampers. Below are a selection of the winners - congratulations and enjoy!
The goats have arrived!!
On the 3rd of January, four very nervous new arrivals joined Fairfield as their new home. Two boys (rams) and two girls (does), arrived all about 12 weeks old. The pygmy goes are living in a purpose build goat shed houses within the same enclosure as the chickens. All children will be involved in the Fairfield Farm and every class is on a weekly rota to tend to the animals to ensure that they are always happy and healthy. The farm will link to our topics and enrich school life.
A 'Name the Goats' competition will raise money which will be used to purchase feed for the chickens and goats. 30p for one name or four for £1. The names will be drawn on Wednesday 17th January and will be announced in the newsletter. Thank you for your help and support.
In September 1964 a nervous young girl started in the Reception Class at Fairfield County Primary School. She met the awesome Mr Chandler, the first Head teacher of the school, sang, danced, got up to mischief and learned to love learning. She especially learned to love Fairfield School. In fact, she loved it so much that after taking her 11+ and going to Bury Church High School and then college, she came back to Fairfield to work as a Teaching Assistant and later as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. Now, 53 years after walking down the same steps that many of us do today through the old front door, Karen Tweedy (now Karen Heyes) is retiring and leaving us to be able to support her mum and dad in their retirement years.
Karen has Fairfield in her blood and through good and very difficult times has been our longest serving member of staff. She has worked in every department in the school from Nursery to year 6; has led the whole staff as ICT co-ordinator and has been highly effective in providing individual support to children who need a kind but firm helping hand. Through her personal involvement, Karen was able to provide particular comfort for the family of Jake following their tragedy two years ago and I know how much they appreciated it.
It is the good fun that we all remember from school and Karen has always led the way with the happiness and high standards. Her contribution to our production every year has been great support to me in one of our great traditions and whether sewing costumes, making props or choreographing dances Karen has always been there to make sure our shows are never ordinary! It is fitting then that we will be saying goodbye to Karen on the last day of term at our Christmas musical “Extravaganza”. We will award her with the Bury Long Service award, raise a glass of Diet coke and make sure that she leaves us with huge thanks and a recognition of our affection towards somebody for whom Fairfield is much more than a job.
Thank you Karen!!
Anybody who would like to contribute to a leaving gift from the children can do so using an envelope with Mrs Heyes’ Retirement written on it. Thank you
For anti-bullying week we wore our odd socks to school. We are celebrating diversity. That means we are all different. For example, different eye colour, different skin colour or disability. We celebrate all these differences to show we are also the same. Check out our feet that represent this!
Written by Brianna
Each class was asked to work and learn about online safety which is very important in all our learning.
Asia took pictures of themselves and edited them on Photo Booth.
Antarctica and Africa wrote emails on Purple Mash about the dangers of sharing pictures online.
North America used a safe search engine called Kidrex to find media.
Oceania wanted to warn kids of the dangers with being online with a video.
South America completed data research of how many children have been hurt online and presented this in a video
Europe warned children of the dangerous things online using iMovie .
We were all interested to see what every class did for the online safety assembly and now we know how to stay safe online.
Written by Olivia and Emelia
Welcome to the school!
Did you know that Fairfield has three chickens? They are all grown up now. We have three girls; Henrietta, Rosie and Rainbow. Did you know that the chickens have started to lay eggs? Each class takes turns to look after the chickens weekly and we use the eggs for baking. The chickens are having some new arrivals soon - keep an eye out!
Written by Libby and Olivia
At the beginning of the term, a Fairfield radio station was announced. Pupils from Year 5 and 6 volunteered to rehearse a script and audition for the role of DJ. On the 8th November the DJs were chosen and their first practice was the following afternoon. Congratulations to the seven DJs chosen; Olivia, Daisy, Megan, Wareen, Isabelle, Libby and Isabelle.
Written by Libby
Jeans for Genes
In Fairfield, an array of skilled students shared their talents with the whole school to raise money for the charity, Jeans for Genes. Everyone who participated in the talent show earned a sticker to show their donation to the cause. Some of the acts included; singing, dancing, magic tricks, jokes and poem recitals. I myself participated in the fundraiser and sang a song with a group of classmates. The experience allowed me to make new friends and overcome my lack of confidence. The ability to show off our talents gave us a taste of recognition and we would do it again in a heartbeat. To sponsor Jeans for Genes, one of our staff, Mr Cawood, even shaved of his beard which took him an astonishing three years to grow!
Written by Edie
In Arctic Bears and Arctic Foxes we are learning all about Spring. As part of this topic, we have got some eggs that have begun to hatch into chicks. Watch the video below to see them hatching.
World Book Day - Fairfield Style!
As a part of our Book Week celebrations, on Friday the 17th March, we enjoyed sharing our favourite books and stories that we have written ourselves to children of a different class. We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are already looking forward to repeating it in the future! The top 3 books as voted for by the children were The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, The Twits by Roald Dahl and Harry Potter by JK Rowling. What is your favourite book?
Choir Shine - Even Gary Barlow is impressed!
Looking every inch professionals in new shirts and ties, the Fairfield School choir sang like professionals too and helped make a wonderful occasion at the Children of Bury Sing concert at Bury Leisure Centre last Saturday.
The children all know that our school development target is SWERVE (Stamina; Writing; Explaining; Recalling; Vocabulary and Extending). The Children of Bury Sing event certainly hit three of these targets. The children showed great stamina with a three hour rehearsal followed by a more than two hour in concert. They had to remember twenty two songs. And they were certainly extended by two top conductors and the pressure of performing with a full orchestra of professional musicians.
In a great example of school to school collaboration, our children joined choirs from twelve other schools to sing in front of more than a thousand people. The audience stood to cheer and applaud a musical treat which was a reward for our children’s year of breakfast time rehearsals with Miss Caine and Miss Berry. Exemplary behaviour also meant that the children were a credit and to their parents and to the school.
A DVD of the occasion will soon be available but in the meantime a clip of Take That’s “Sing” was sent to Gary Barlow and he was so impressed that he tweeted “Incredible”.
Well done and thankyou to all involved (The Bury Music Service and its leader Tim Power; Choir Leaders Miss Caine and Miss Berry and on the day, Mrs Sibbald).
Next stop the Party in the Park on May 23rd and then if Gary is that impressed, Judges Houses!!
We Love Reading Gladiators!
Reading Gladiators is a special opportunity for a group of dedicated readers in Year 4. Their challenge is to read 8 novels in 8 months to become true Gladiators.
What do the children think?
Being in reading gladiators is AMAZING!!! So far the books are challenging, interesting and altogether fantastic. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity . That’s why we made a recreation of the cover!
The sun'll come out, tomorrow!
This year our production for Key Stage 2 saw Annie take to the stage. A fantastic performance by all actors, dancers and singers.
It wouldn't be Christmas at Fairfield without an extravaganza. This year was extra special with performances from each class and even a surprise song from the staff!
Diwali - Festival of Light
To celebrate Diwali this year, Key Stage 1 had a party with delicious food, dancing, dressing up and of course lights!