Rochdale Old Road, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 7SD

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Fairfield Community Primary School

Happiness and High Standards

Autumn News

Friday 17th December

And just like that, my first term as Headteacher of Fairfield is completed.  It certainly did not end the way I wanted, being stuck at home away from the children.  I just want to say thank you to all the Fairfield  Community for welcoming me in and for supporting the school in all that you do.  To all the staff at Fairfield, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for ensuring that our children have the best possible school experiences ever!   Everyone deserves a well deserved rest and much happiness this festive season.  I hope events do not prevent you from spending time with loved ones and we look forward to a positive 2022!

Christmas Hamper Raffle

Congratulations to Harrison in Year 1 who won the Hamper. I am sure that the treats for the little and big kids will go down a treat! Thank you to all those who purchased tickets too.

Bury Hospice donations

We raised £129 for Bury Hospice with our Christmas jumper day today, so thank you for all the donations to such a worthwhile cause.

Events next half term…lots more will be added, but here is a start!             

Wednesday 5th January- Back to school at 8:45am

Friday 7th January- Visiting Panto in school

Friday 21st January- Parent Forum at 1.30pm

Saturday 22nd January-Fairfield’s first Active Families event-watch this space for more info!

Week beginning 7th February- Children’s mental health week (events in school)

Friday 11th February- Finish for half term 3pm

Covid updates

I am sat listening to news updates about the daily rate of infections increasing and speculation about school closures in January.  Like, last year, if this were to happen (which we definitely do not want!), you will likely find out at the same time that schools are notified!  Please just ensure that you have Parent Hub installed and we will update you on there if needed.

Clubs

There are still places available on the yoga and dance club for after Christmas.  They will run on a Thursday from 6th January until 10th February inclusive. Yoga is 3-4pm (open to Years 1-6) and dance is 4-5pm (for Years 3-6). Year reception, Year 1 and 2 will be offered street dance after February half term.   Bookings can be made via Scopay and the cost is £12 for the 6 weeks course.   Places are limited though so please book early.

We will also hopefully be offering a range of other extra-curricular sessions too (covid allowing!) and curriculum booster lessons. More details of these will follow in January.

Changes to online Payments

A reminder that payments will now be made via ScoPay rather than Bury Council website for Owl Club/After school clubs/Trips.

Bagels for morning snack is now payable on ScoPay too and you can pay for the half term.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@FairfieldPrim) or check out our Twitter feed on the website to see what is happening in school!

Please ensure that you are have the ParentHub app. There is a main Fairfield Channel to follow but please also follow your child’s class too as some messages which are class specific will be posted there.

Friday 10th December
Covid updates
As shared earlier this week, it is with a heavy heart that we have to withdraw some of the Christmas events we were hoping to host and
celebrate with the community. Unfortunately, I am now stuck at home too awaiting a PCR test result ☹ I am praying it will be negative and
that I can be back in school on Monday to celebrate Christmas week at Fairfield with the children…fingers crossed!
Changes to Online Payments
A reminder that we will be moving to payments via ScoPay rather than Bury Council website for Owl Club/After school clubs. Please ensure
your account is not in arrears before 14th December or you will be frozen on the app and unable to book sessions.
Christmas Hamper Raffle
Tickets came home this week for the Christmas Hamper raffle. They are 25p each or 6 for £1. Please return the money and tickets to
school by Friday 17th December at 9am so we can draw the winner on the final day. There are some fabulous goodies in the
hamper…for both big and little kids!
Trackers
On Wednesday next week, you will be receiving an attainment report to update you on where your child is working in reading,
writing and maths. This is following our November assessments. All the children have worked really hard this term and deserve a
good rest to do it all again in the spring term!
Giving to others
We have certainly demonstrated this step to well being at Fairfield recently. We raised an impressive £204.96 for the British Legion Poppy
Appeal. Thank you to everyone who donated!
We also have a very selfless child in Polar Bears class. Viktoria has had quite a lot of hair cut off and has donated it to Little Princess Trust,
who make hair/wigs for children who have cancer. So kind and thoughtful of you Viktoria….a true Fairfield Star!
Events next week
Monday 13th December-Christmas hot dinner.
Non uniform for our winning pride and an extra playtime. Well done Panthers!
Tuesday 14th December-EYFS nativity to be recorded and sent to parents
KS2 party day (please ensure warm coat and sensible shoes on all party days to allow safe break times too!)
Wednesday 15th December- EYFS party day
Thursday 16th December-KS1 party day
Headteachers tea party (or it might be Assistant Headteacher Tea party) if I am still stuck at home for green award raffle winners.
Friday 17th December-Non uniform Christmas Jumper Day-£1 donation for Bury Hospice
Christmas party lunch –please ensure you have chosen a sandwich filling if you have not already using the following link tinyurl.com/4j25zpb2
Finish for Christmas Holidays. Owl Club will close at 5pm-please note earlier time.
Restart on Wednesday 5th January at 8:45am
Events next half term
Next week I will be sharing with you some dates for the spring term to put in your diaries!

Friday 3rd December

Changes to online Payments

As shared via Parent Hub yesterday, we will be moving to payments via ScoPay rather than Bury Council website for Owl Club/After school clubs.  Please ensure your account is not in arrears before 14th December or you will be frozen on the app and unable to book sessions.

Covid updates

We do have cases of Covid across the school at the current time.  I have asked staff to wear face coverings in communal areas again and be mindful of social distancing etc. We want to keep everyone as safe as possible and try and ensure we are all healthy and well for Christmas. Please can we ask for your ongoing support by not sending children into school with any symptoms of Covid;

  • New and persistent cough
  • High Temperature
  • Loss of smell or taste

However, Symptoms of Covid are not always those above. If your child is unwell it is wise to do a lateral flow test anyway. We have had children with sickness who have tested positive this week and they have not had the ‘classic’ symptoms.

Please take lateral flow tests several times a week anyway.  This is to identify any asymptomatic children. Again we have had several of those too this week .

The new tests (in green boxes) only need to go up the nose ..not the throat…much better for everyone and especially children!

If a member of the household is awaiting a test result  – even if your child is negative – it would be wise to keep them off until the result is received. If it is a positive result and your child then has to go or a PCR..at lease they haven’t been in school spreading Covid in the meantime .

I thank everyone for all your support.  NONE of us want this to be happening as it feels like we cannot remember life before Covid. What we do want is to keep learning going and have Christmas activities for the children.  I will update you more next week about whether these activities can involve parents.

Events next week

Tuesday 7th December -Year 2 visiting St John’s Birtle-please ensure warm coats and sensible shoes

Events this half term-fingers crossed they can all go ahead

Monday 13th December-Christmas hot dinner. 

Tuesday 14th December-EYFS nativity 9.30am.  2 tickets per child.

                                  KS2 party day

Wednesday 15th December-KS1 Carols around the Tree-9:30AM

                                      EYFS party day

Thursday 16th December-KS2 Carols around the Tree-9:30AM

                                    KS1 party day

Friday 17th December-Non uniform Christmas Jumper Day-£1 donation for Bury Hospice

                              Christmas party lunch

                             Finish for Christmas Holidays.  Owl Club will close at 5pm-please note earlier time.

                            Restart on Wednesday 5th January at 8:45am

 

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@FairfieldPrim) or check out our Twitter feed on the website to see what is happening in school!

Award winners

No awards today as we have not had a celebration assembly. 

I would like to praise our Year 6 children for their attitudes and behaviour and Mrs. Goff and Miss. Woods for their amazingness at Robinwood. It was a great success and well done to you all!  Please check out lots of photos on our website/Twitter feed if you have not already seen them.

Friday 26th November
Reception place 2022
Just a reminder that if you have a child who will have turned 4 before August 31st 2022 or know friends etc that do, the portal to
apply for a Reception class place is now open. If you would like a visit to see our EYFS provision, please contact school.
Before and after school
Please ensure that you are still supervising your children before and after school. They should not be using the play equipment or
climbing on the steps near the KS1 entrance. Lets keep everyone safe! Thank you for your support with this.
Clubs
Next week (week commencing 29.11.21) will be the final week for the following clubs:
Computing Club Wellbeing Club Story Club Netball Choir Cookery Club
Catch up classes will also finish next week. The groups will be reviewed based on recent assessments and a new invitation sent out
to those children who need to attend our next group of sessions after Christmas.
Yoga, Dance, Football will continue.
There is no film night next Friday due to Christmas Disco in the hall.
Illness
We have a lot of illness and absence at the moment with staff and children. The seasonal colds and sickness are doing the rounds in
full force. Please remember that if your child is off school you should contact the school office EVERY day to update us, not just on
their first day of absence.
Christmas cards
We have had a few queries already about Christmas cards…where is the year going! Children can send cards in for their friends if
they wish to. We will not be providing class lists though. We will have a central post box that the children can put them in, so
please make sure your child puts the class/year group as well as the person’s name on the envelope and then I have some willing
helpers who will distribute them. Please do not send them before 6TH December.
Homework
Reminder that online homework is set each Friday to be completed by the following Friday. Thank you to all those families that are
supporting your child with this. We are starting to see a pattern with some children though not completing it. Homework is vital to
help consolidate learning from school. Please let us know if there is a reason your child is not completing their online homework or
reading frequently each week.
Events next week
Monday 29th-Wednesday 1st December-Year 6 Robinwood residential-pray for dry weather for us! (No Year 6 booster on Wednesday)
Thursday 2nd December 1.30pm. Thank you to all who signed up. We have the items and gift wrap ready to go. Please just come to
the main office at 1.30pm
Friday 3rd December-Christmas disco after school (parent helpers welcome)
Events this half term-fingers crossed they can all go ahead
Monday 13th December-Christmas hot dinner.
Tuesday 14th December-EYFS nativity 10 AM (Come into school for a minced pie and brew at 9.30am if you would like)
KS2 party day Wednesday 15th
December-KS1 Carols around the Tree-9:30AM
EYFS party day
Thursday 16th December-KS2 Carols around the Tree-9:30AM
KS1 party day
Friday 17th December-Non uniform Christmas Jumper Day-£1 donation for Bury Hospice
Christmas party lunch
Finish for Christmas Holidays. Owl Club will close at 5pm-please note earlier time.
Restart on Wednesday 5th January at 8:45am
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@FairfieldPrim) or check out our Twitter feed on the
website to see what is happening in school!

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Friday 19th November

 We have all been thinking this week about friendships and being kind as the focus of anti bullying week. Our odd socks day helped us celebrate how we are all different and unique as well.  We had a visit from the Bury School Sports Partnership this week to train some of our Year 6 children to be Playleaders and Friendship Ambassadors at break times. Watch this space for more info on this new initiative. We are also excited about our new play structure but just need the flooring finishing off before we can start using it!   

Clubs

Just a reminder that all clubs, apart from Owl Club are now being released from the main office door, not the car park door. If your child is in Year 6 and is attending an after school club we request that they are collected until the nights get a bit lighter.

Friday-Film night. £6 until 5.30pm.  Next week’s film is Sonic the Hedgehog (PG)

Upcoming Events

Today I have sent out a link via Parents Hub to register interest in some events that we are planning.  They include a Saturday morning Active Families event, proposed dance club and a top secret event to wrap a lot of Christmas gifts for our children.  Please complete the link so that we can gauge interest and plan accordingly.  Many thanks in advance for your support.

Events next week

WB 22nd November-Assessment week across the school

Friday 26th November –Parent Forum at 1.30pm. Chance for a brew, a biscuit and a chat about school life with Mrs. Gilkey

Events this half term-fingers crossed they can all go ahead

Monday 29th-Wednesday 1st December-Year 6 Robinwood residential

Friday 3rd December-Christmas disco after school (parent helpers welcome). Flyer with info sent today.

Monday 13th December-Christmas hot dinner.  Information about the offer for this meal and party lunch on 17th December was

                                 sent earlier this week

Tuesday 14th December-EYFS nativity AM

                                  KS2 party day

Wednesday 15th December-KS1 Carols around the Tree-AM

                                      EYFS party day

Thursday 16th December-KS2 Carols around the Tree-AM

                                    KS1 party day

Friday 17th December-Christmas Jumper Day (£1 donation for Bury Hospice)

                             Finish for Christmas Holidays.  Owl Club will close at 5pm-please note earlier time.

                            Restart on Wednesday 5th January at 8:45am

 

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@FairfieldPrim) or check out our Twitter feed on the website to see what is happening in school!

Friday 12th November
We had a very respectful and thoughtful two minute silence yesterday to remember all the fallen military. We also have some new
additions to our Remembrance display at the front of school. We have a little bit more to add to it but it is a nice way to remember
those who lost their lives from the Fairfield Community.
Clubs
Just a reminder that all clubs, apart from Owl Club are now being released from the main office door, not the car park door.
Friday-Film night. £6 until 5.30pm. Next week’s film is Frozen 2.
5 Steps to Wellbeing
We are working as a school and community to really embed the 5 steps to wellbeing. At the moment we are thinking about ‘give’
as a way of promoting our own and others wellbeing. I have seen some lovely examples this week of random acts of kindness of
children giving to others. Please have a chat to your child about the 5 steps and see what they can tell you about them.
Morning snack
Another quick reminder. If you wish your child to have a bagel as morning snack from school, please remember to send 50p on a
Monday morning. Alternatively, please send a healthy snack from home such as fruit, bread sticks, crackers etc.
Events next week
Tuesday 16th November-Flu vaccine day
Events next half term-fingers crossed they can all go ahead
Friday 26th November –Parent Forum at 1.30pm. Chance for a brew, a biscuit and a chat about school life with Mrs. Gilkey
Monday 29th-Wednesday 1st December-Year 6 Robinwood residential
Friday 3rd December-Christmas disco after school (parent helpers welcome)
Monday 13th December-Christmas hot dinner. Information about the offer for this meal and party lunch on 17th December was
sent earlier this week
Tuesday 14th December-EYFS nativity AM
KS2 party day Wednesday 15th December-KS1 Carols around the Tree-AM
EYFS party day
Thursday 16th December-KS2 Carols around the Tree-AM
KS1 party day
Friday 17th December-Christmas Jumper Day
Finish for Christmas Holidays. Owl Club will close at 5pm-please note earlier time.
Restart on Wednesday 5th January at 8:45am

Friday 5th November

I hope you all had a wonderful half term break. Some of the children looked a little bleary eyed on Tuesday when they came back
to school but were quickly back in the swing ready for another busy half term.
Thank you for your support with the new morning and end of day arrangements. Like with anything new, there were a few issues
to iron out but ultimately the arrangement is much safer for everyone. Please can I just remind you that the children do need to be
supervised before and after school and are not allowed to use the play equipment that is on the playground.
Clubs
We are excited that there is a range of after school activities now being offered. Information about the ones that can be booked
through Owl Club were sent out earlier this week. They can be booked through our online pay through Scopay at a cost of £3 and
finish at 4.30pm, apart from film night.

They are:
Monday-craft club
Tuesday-Year 1, 2 and 3 homework club
Wednesday-Multisports
Thursday –Y4, 5, 6 homework club
Friday-Film night. £6 until 5.30pm. Next week’s film is A Shaun the Sheep Movie Farmageddon
Parent Forum
We held our first parent forum on the final day before the holidays. It was a useful and informal chance to discuss school life since
our return in September. Items such as the range of clubs, reading in school, birthday treats etc were discussed. We will be holding
the next one on Friday 26th November at 1.30pm. Please pop the date in your diaries now!


Events next half term-fingers crossed they can all go ahead
Tuesday 16th November-Flu vaccine day
Friday 26th November –Parent Forum at 1.30pm. Chance for a brew, a biscuit and a chat about school life with Mrs. Gilkey
Monday 29th-Wednesday 1st December-Year 6 Robinwood residential
Friday 3rd December-Christmas disco after school (parent helpers welcome)
Monday 13th December-Christmas hot dinner. Information about the offer for this meal and party lunch on 17th December was
sent earlier this week
Tuesday 14th December-EYFS nativity AM KS2 party day
Wednesday 15th December-KS1 Carols around the Tree-AM EYFS party day
Thursday 16th December-KS2 Carols around the Tree-AM KS1 party day
Friday 17th December-Christmas Jumper Day


Finish for Christmas Holidays. Owl Club will close at 5pm-please note earlier time.
Restart on Wednesday 5th January at 8:45am

Friday 22nd October

Well what a busy half term it has been!  I have loved it all and am excited to do it all again after half term!

 Behaviour policy

This morning I sent out our school behaviour policy with a few amendments such as needing to do homework at break if it is not completed on time but also the introduction of a Headteacher’s Tea Party!  Please take the time to have a read over it so that we can all be working on the same page as we promote our happiness and high standards!

Events next half term-fingers crossed they can all go ahead

Tuesday 2nd November-8:45am-school restarts for the second half of the autumn term

Monday 29th-Wednesday 1st December-Year 6 Robinwood residential

Friday 3rd December-Christmas disco after school (parent helpers welcome)

Tuesday 14th December-EYFS nativity AM

                                         KS2 party day

Wednesday 15th December-KS1 Carols around the Tree-AM

                                                EYFS party day

Thursday 16th December-KS2 Carols around the Tree-AM

                                           KS1 party day

Friday 17th December-Christmas Jumper Day

                                    Finish for Christmas Holidays-restart on Wednesday 5th January at 8:45am

Friday 15th October

 Fairfield Young Leaders

We had a wonderful day on Tuesday with some impressive speeches and potential future politicians in our midst!  The Mayor of Bury visited and loved his tour of our lovely school and seeing democracy in action at Fairfield!  Please look on our website and Twitter feed for lots more photos of the event.  The votes have been counted and independently verified and the results are in!  The new young leaders for the coming year are:

Year 1 –Parrots Gabriel             Year 2 Jaguars  Grace                   Year  3 Orangutans Amelia W                   Year 3 and 4-Orcas: Darcey

Year 4 and 5 Penguins  Bianka                 Year 5 and 6 Narwhals      Nadia              Year 6 Polar Bears Ali M

Harvest Donations

Narwhal class did a super job on Monday of launching our Harvest appeal for Porch foodboxes.  The collection point is in the main entrance until next Friday so please come and drop off any donations there.  We have challenged ourselves to see how many boxes we can fill!  We have already made a great start so thank you!

Parents meetings

Appointments available 1.30-3pm and 3.30-6.30pm-to be booked online through the

ScoPay app.   A crèche will be available for school age children for the afternoon sessions.

Children will remain in school until 3pm if you have an afternoon appointment so there is

 no disruption to their learning in class.

 Plea for help!

Are you a builder, joiner or just quite handy with DIY and are willing to volunteer a little bit of time for a very good cause!  We would love some help to improve our outdoor areas for our goats and hens.  This could be after school or on a weekend. Please get in touch if you think you could help our animals out…thank you!

Snacks

Just a reminder that if your child wishes to have a bagel snack at morning break, please send 50p on a Monday for the week.  If you are not sending the 50p, please remember to send your child with a healthy snack from home that they can have.

Covid updates

Please find attached some further updated information that we have been sent from Bury Council following an increase in Covid cases across the borough. Bury are advising that children in Year 3-6 who live with someone who has tested positive for Covid, to do daily lateral flow tests before coming into school, for the full 10 days of the isolation of the positive case. As long as their LFT is negative they can continue to come into school.   If your child is a close contact of a positive case in school, we will notify you so that you can organise a PCR test.

Events next week

Monday 18th October-Balance bikes session for Reception

                                    Y6 Robinwood meeting in the school hall at 3pm

Tuesday 19th October-Balance bikes session for Year 1

Thursday 21st October- Parents meetings.

Friday 22nd October-First ‘Parent Forum’ 1.30pm                               

                              Family assembly 2:30pm 

Finish for half term at 3pm.  School reopens on Tuesday 2nd November for the children as there is a staff training day on Monday 1st November.

Friday 8th October

Wear Yellow Day!

Thank you for your support and donations for today’s event. Young Minds will appreciate the funds as raised £204. It was lovely to see everyone in some sunny yellow colours on a sunny day!

Planners and learning time

Please can we ask that your child brings their planner every day into school.  Although they might not need to change their reading book, we need them incase your child is heard read by staff/volunteers, they need their log on details or we may want to send a message via the planner.  Quick reminder too that the doors open at 8:45am and the children get straight into learning.  Whilst the doors are open until 9am, the child who arrive at 8:45am each day would do an extra 47.5 hours of learning over the year, compared to the child who is here on the minutes at 9am. That is a significant amount of time, especially with the impact of the last 18 months to address.

Governors

This week I held my first full governors meeting.  We now have a new chair and vice chair of governors, elected at the meeting.

Sally McGill who is a parent of a child in Year 6 is now in office as Chair and Joanne Atkins is vice chair.  Welcome also to Helen O’Hanlon as a new parent governor.  We still have a vacancy for one more parent governor.  If you are interested, please contact school to have a chat.  We can put you in touch with a current governor to discuss the role.  It is a great role to be part of the school development

Harvest Donations

On Monday, we will be launching our Harvest collection in our assembly.  The children will learn about what harvest is and how giving to others is important for wellbeing.  We will place a donation drop off point in the front foyer from Monday until we finish on 22nd October.  Any donations for the Porch-Bury Foodbank project who we are supporting are gratefully received. I have attached a flyer of the types of food items that they need.

Fairfield Young Leaders

Children in Year 1-6 may have brought home some information this week about the relaunch of our school council.  Please encourage and support them with their speech if they wish to apply.  On Tuesday they will stand for election in front of their peers. In the afternoon they will go to the polls!  The Mayor of Bury is coming to visit to see democracy in action at Fairfield.  Good luck to all the candidates.  I will let you know next week who the successful winners are!

Raring to go booklet

https://magazines.raring2go.co.uk/bury/autumn/

Here is a link to the digital copy of the Raring to Go Autumn magazine, to help with ideas of things that are available locally to you – it’s full of clickable content that I hope you will find useful as well as supporting our local community.  

 

Money arrears

A plea from the office to pay all monies owed in the week they occur as chasing payments after the Thursday of that week adds a huge amount of admin time. Thank you for your support with this!

Events next week

Monday 11th October- Year 6 Bikeability all week

Friday 15th October- Halloween Disco (EYFS/KS1 3:45-5pm and KS2 (5:15-6:30pm)

                              Family assembly 2:30pm

 

Events coming up this half term

Monday 18th October at 3pm-Year 6 Robinwood information meeting in the school hall

Thursday 21st October-Parent meetings with your child’s class teacher-booking details to follow

Friday 22nd October-First ‘Parent Forum’ 1.30pm. Come into school for a brew and biscuit and a chance to meet with me and

                             discuss areas that we are doing well and the areas we could work together on to improve.

Friday 1st October

Fairfield meets Dougie!

Dougie was certainly a hit with the children when he came for his first visit this week.  He will be a regular visitor at Fairfield going forwards and encourage the children to read and be a good friend. It was lovely to see him enjoying a story with his new Fairfield family…although he was certainly exhausted from it!

Parent Hub

Please ensure that you have downloaded the Parent Hub App if you haven’t already.  More and more information will come from school electronically as we move forward and we don’t want you to miss out on key messages.  I am attaching a flyer to explain how to add the Fairfield Channel.  It is important that you also add your child’s class too so that you see all messages from school.

Twitter

We are now going into the 21st century with our very own school Twitter account!  Embedded on our school website is a Twitter feed so you can see photos of the latest events at school.  If you already have Twitter, please follow us @FairfieldPrim

Meal patterns

Please can we ask that if your child wishes to change meal patterns that we are giving a full week’s notice.  The kitchen places the order for food delivery for the following week.  If people are chopping and changing, this does have an impact on the kitchen.  Thank you for your support with this!

Wear Yellow Day!

Just a reminder that we are asking everyone to come to school next Friday, wearing something yellow. It can be as little as a hair clip or some socks all the way to a full yellow outfit.  This is to support World Mental Health Day which is on Sunday 10th October.  We are all aware that everyone’s mental health has been impacted over the last 18 months. On Friday in school we will be relaunching our ‘5 steps to well being’ with the children.  To support Young Minds, who work with children on mental health, we ask if you could send in a voluntary suggested £1 donation that we can send to the charity.  Many thanks.

Events next week

Monday 4th October-Meet the teacher drop in at the end of the day. Come and see your child’s classroom and have an informal chat

                              with their teacher.

Friday 8th October- Wear Yellow Day!

                            Family assembly 2:30pm-please note the change of time-last time change…I promise!

Events coming up this half term

Monday 11th October –Year 6 Bikeability all week (letters and information were sent out this week)

Wednesday 13th October at 3pm-Year 6 Robinwood information meeting in the school hall

Friday 15th October-Halloween disco-see flyer for information(sent on Wednesday 29th September

Thursday 21st October-Parent meetings with your child’s class teacher-booking details to follow next week

 

Friday Newsletter 24th September

Well what an exciting week we have had! The Queen came for a visit this week into school for our Year 1 children. I cannot believe I
did not get an invite to the Royal Tea Party though!
Homework
As stated last week, homework will resume today. Please see log on details in your child’s planner. We are not setting Maths on
Active Learn/Abacus as we are re-looking at this resource to ensure we have the best resource to engage the children and have the
most impact. Please ensure that all the other homework is completed though. Reminder below of what will be set.
READING
Children are expected to read 3+ times per week at home, regardless of year group. Even our older children need to practise the skill of reading
aloud. All children have access to “Reading Eggs” for extra online reading practice at home. This is a great resource that the children love so
please take advantage of it.
SPELLING
Spelling Shed – 2 x lists per week (1 from current band and 1 from previous band as part of recovery plan). Expectation is 5 games of each list
played each week.
MATHS
Times Table Rockstars – 15 games per week
EYFS – Busy Things and Phonics Shed activities.


New intake for Reception 2022
Do you have a child that will turn 4 before August 31st 2022? If so the window to apply for their primary school place is now open.
The deadline is 14th January 2022. Please contact us if you would like to come for an informal tour of our wonderful school and
reminder friends and family, not linked to Fairfield that they are welcome to come for a tour as well!
Events next week
Tuesday 28th
September-individual/sibling photos (please send PE kit in a bag for this day only if it PE day)
Friday 1st
October-Family assembly 2:15pm

 

An exciting new addition to Fairfield!

Friday Newsletter

17.09.21

Good afternoon to you all. Below is this week's newsletter. Have a lovely weekend and I hope this brighter weather lasts for us all! See you on Monday.

Kind regards

Mrs Gilkey

Homework

From next Friday, 24th September, all of our homework systems will be back up and running. Your child’s log-ons for the online resources are in their planner. Homework will be set on a Friday, to be completed by the following Friday. Any children who have not completed it all, will need to miss the Friday afternoon treat or break times to complete it. The children will be expected to complete the following homework each week.

READING

Children are expected to read 3+ times per week at home, regardless of year group. Even our older children need to practise the skill of reading aloud. All children have access to “Reading Eggs” for extra online reading practice at home. This is a great resource that the children love so please take advantage of it.

SPELLING

Spelling Shed – 2 x lists per week (1 from current band and 1 from previous band as part of recovery plan). Expectation is 5 games of each list played each week.

MATHS

Times Table Rockstars – 15 games per week

Abacus – 1 x game per week

EYFS

Busy Things and Phonics Shed activities. More details will be shared in next week’s reading meeting. (Thursday at 9am in the school hall)

We have looked long and hard at homework and the best way to provide it. The massive benefit of the online systems are that they are often graduated and perfectly tailored to what your child needs. I know there is an argument for encouraging them away from technology but these resources are loved by the children and help them engage with their learning. We are seeing the impact of the pandemic on the levels that some children are working at. There is a strong, proven correlation between the children that make good progress in school with the children that are well supported at home. We appreciate in advance all your help and support with homework.

Friday celebration assembly

It was lovely to see lots of our parents in the assembly today. This is something we want to encourage. To enable best use of the teaching time, we are going to move the Friday assembly to 2.15pm. We hope that some families will be able to come and celebrate all of the amazing achievements we celebrate each week!

 

Future dates for your diary

Monday 4th October

‘Meet the teacher’. An opportunity to come in after school and visit your child’s classroom and chat to their new teacher.

Friday 8th October

‘Wear something yellow to school’ to support Young Minds Mental Health Day. It can be as small as a yellow bobble/socks to full yellow non uniform. Anything yellow goes!

Friday 15th October

Halloween disco.3.45-5:00pm for EYFS and KS1. 5:15-6:30pm-KS2. More info about tickets etc to follow soon!

Thursday 21st October

Parent meetings-afternoon and evening slots will be available. More info to follow nearer the time.

 

Friday Newsletter
10.09.21

Good afternoon,
Well we have made it to the end of our first full week back! I think there are some tired children, and staff, who are ready for their weekend! I am very impressed with the behaviour of the children so far. There is a very happy, calm feeling in school as we all settle back into the routines of school life.

I apologise that this week’s newsletter is filled with a LOT of important information and updates so please take time to read it carefully. Going forward, I will try to make them briefer!

I am slowly starting to learn the names of the children and am loving being met with such lovely smiles every day. My next challenge will be to learn which parents are linked to which child…you might need to bear with me on this one!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and see you all on Monday for another week filled with happiness, high standards and success.
Kind regards,
Mrs. Gilkey

 

Covid updates

There is a sense of normality around school life now, which was much needed. However, it is clear that Covid is still prevalent in society. Within school we are maintaining the good hand hygiene, catch it/bin it/kill it with coughs and sneezes etc. To be fair, these practices should have all been in place prior to Covid but it has helped us reinforce these messages. 

In terms of isolation, the guidance for schools now is that unless we have a cluster outbreak in a class, we will not be closing classes. Therefore, we will not be informing parents of isolated cases.  This is obviously a huge shift from the last 18 months.  If your child displays any symptoms of Covid, please do a lateral flow test/take them for a PCR test. If the result is negative, the child can return to school. If positive, it will be a 10 day isolation for your child.  The rest of the class can remain in school.   We now need to move forward and as much as possible keep our children attending school in person!

 

Extra holiday

You may have heard on the news about the extra bank holiday that has been allocated next year for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Friday 3rd June 2022.  Fairfield, like most Bury schools, are already on half term on this date.  Therefore, the Local Authority have asked us to assign this extra date elsewhere in the school holiday pattern so that the children will attend school for 189 days this academic year, not the standard 190 days.

At Fairfield, we have allocated Monday 6th June as our extra day. School will therefore close on Friday 27th May for half term and reopen on Tuesday 7th June.

 

Lunchboxes

I have loved sitting with the children this week and having my lunch in the hall with them.  I have noticed a few lunch boxes that are very full though and are quite on the heavy side with sweet treats!  Please can I ask you to ensure that the lunch you send is a balanced meal, maybe with just one sweet treat for their dessert.    The children have 45 minutes for lunch and this is their time to eat and play outside with their friends.  I know as a parent, we all want to make sure that our child is not hungry but a child can often worry that they need to eat all their food and miss out on outdoor time as a result. 

The NHS change for life website below gives some great inspiration for lunches:

Lunchbox Ideas | Recipes | Change4Life (www.nhs.uk)

 

Multisports after school club

From Wednesday 15th September, we will be offering a multisports session on a Wednesday after school from 3pm until 4pm. It is open to all children from Reception upwards and can be booked on through the Owl Club booking system for a cost of £3. Children will be released from the main office door at 4pm.  It is so exciting to be able to start offering extra-curricular activities again!

 

Music service taster session

We were treated on Thursday morning to a wonderful showcase of music from Bury music service.  The children thoroughly enjoyed it and should have brought home a leaflet about music tuition.  If your child is interested in having a taster session on one of the instruments that Bury offer, please let the class teacher know on Monday 13th September, so that we can organise it for next week.

 

Release time and permission to collect

I feel that we are getting into the flow of the routines for the start and end of the day. Thank you for your support and understanding as we ironed out any initial teething problems.  Today, your child has brought home a letter about who has permission to collect them from school at the end of the day. Please can you return this by Wednesday 15th September at the latest. 

 

Data collection form

Thank you to everyone who has already returned their data collection form to confirm/update your contact information etc.  Reminder to return these asap but no later than 20th September

 

Celebration assembly

Today was our first whole school celebration assembly and it was lovely to hear about all the hard work that has been happening over the last week across school. Below are the names of our award winners-congratulations to you all!

 From next Friday, we are going to open up the doors of Fairfield again…hooray!  We are inviting parents in to attend our Friday assembly at 9:05am.  If you would like to come and celebrate the achievements with us, please just wait on the path by the main office gate at 9:00am and you will be invited in once the children are in their classes.  It should be finished by 9:30am. We would love to see you there!

Welcome back!

03.09.21

Good afternoon to you all,
I hope that you all had a wonderful summer break and that you are all excited that the children are back in school :-)

I will strive to send a newsletter/update each Friday with key dates, award winners and events in school etc.

This will start from next week but today I thought I would send over some background to who I am. Thank you for taking the time to read it.

Have a wonderful weekend and lets see if the hot weather they are forecasting arrives!

Kind regards,
Mrs. Gilkey

Owl Club

01.09.21

Owl Club will be open from tomorrow. Opening hours will be 7.30am until 5.30pm. The booking system is not online until later this week. You can arrive at club tomorrow morning without a booking and then email school (fairfield@bury.gov.uk) or speak to Owl Club staff to book in for the rest of the week. Thanks.

PE

01.09.21

There will be no PE sessions this week. Children will need to come to school wearing uniform this week. Polar Bears (Y6) PE sessions are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

September Arrangements

27.08.21

Good afternoon to you all.
I hope you have had a wonderful summer break, even if the weather has been confused as to what season we are in!
Please find below a letter with arrangements and details about the children starting school next Thursday, 2nd September.
Have a great bank holiday weekend and see you all soon!
Kind regards,
Mrs. Gilkey