Fairstead House

An independent day school and nursery for boys and girls
from three months to eleven years

Dear Parents

As I write, children in Year 5 have just returned after a enjoying a thrilling and exciting residential trip to Hilltop Outdoor Centre in Sheringham this week.  They took part in a wide variety of challenging activities, ranging from zip wires to mountain biking and archery.  The motto was ‘challenge my choice’ and each child set themselves personal challenges for every activity they took part in.  The children also visited Overstrand beach as part of their studies into coastal erosion.  A particular highlight was a boat trip to Blakeney Point (with Tide the Dog), when the children enjoyed searching for seals.  It was a fantastic and memorable trip for the children and their enthusiasm and teamwork was wonderful to see.








This week in Reception, the children have loved reading a wonderful story all about an extremely talented artist, a kind little boy called Camille, and some very special flowers!
The class were so interested in Van Gogh’s work that they all became budding artists themselves and painted their own sunflower still life paintings. Please do come and see them on display.
In P.E., the children continued developing their ball skills and persevered with their throwing, catching and kicking skills.
Following on from some super bug hunting in the forest, the children loved discovering more minibeast facts and then created some super mini-beasts using clay! They decided that, as Van Gogh enjoyed outdoor art, that is where they would create their clay mini-beasts!
Excitement is building in anticipation for visiting Lakenheath Fen on Tuesday. Please ensure all consent forms are returned to school by Monday. Many thanks.




Year 1

Year 1 are really enjoying all aspects of their new topic: ‘The Seaside Then and Now’.
The children have been looking at old photographs and film footage from over one hundred years ago and studying the similarities and differences; specifically, the details such as clothes, hairstyles, transport and activities. This has led them to doing some lovely writing.


Year 2

Mr Sprat, the lighthouse inspector, wrote back to Year 2 on Tuesday in response to their persuasive letters. He agreed that Mr Grinling could keep his job if he had an assistant. Mr Sprat asked the children to help by writing a job advert to go in The Newmarket Journal. They wrote excellent job descriptions (now on display in the classroom), and quickly received three letters of application! After reading the letters, the children worked in small groups to make lists of the pros and cons for each applicant before deciding who they would hire, and why. The best bit, however, was interviewing the chosen candidate. The whole process was so much fun!



Year 3

Year 3 have enjoyed the beginning of their new Science topic, ‘Forces and Magnets’, and have noticed that some forces need contact between two objects by identifying the different types of forces acting on objects, such as magnetism and gravity. They have physically acted out pushes and pulls that they identified from daily life, including pushing a supermarket trolley, catching a rugby ball or pulling up vegetables.


Year 4

In Art this week, Year 4 returned their wonderful boot designs. Matilda and Luana were delighted that theirs were selected to be displayed in Newmarket! Congratulations, girls! The class have begun sourcing the materials they need to recreate their designs on wellington boots. Thank you very much to those that brought boots into school.
Year 4’s class assembly on electricity was a huge success on Wednesday.   The children acted out giant ‘living electrical circuits’ and demonstrated clearly the purpose of switches and cells. All the children loved seeing a complete circuit and the giant bub lighting up!  Well done!


Year 6

Year 6 have been studying the circulatory system in Science. Last week, they discovered how the heart has four chambers and how blood travels around the body. This week they had to design an experiment to discover what happened to their heart rates after exercise. First they took their resting pulse rate (which was more difficult than it sounds) and then they devised two types of exercise. Next, they took their pulse rates again after the exercise. They were interested to learn how much their heart rate had risen and why.


Bikeability Training Next Week

Please note that, due to Bikeability training take place next week, the car park will be out of action between 10.00am and 3.00pm next week.  If you need to come to school during the day, then please use Gate 2 (pedestrian access only).  Thank you for your understanding.

Children taking part in Bikeability may leave their bicycles at school overnight.

Reception’s Trip to RSPB Lakenheath

Reception children are very excited about their trip to RSPB Lakenheath on Tuesday next week.  They will be pond dipping and searching for mini-beasts amongst many other fun activities.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Sophia in Reception and Olly in Year 4.

Please could we gently remind parents that if you child does win a Kindness Cup, please could you ensure that it is brought back to school the following Friday.  Thank you very much.


This week, we wish a happy birthday to Henry, Mortimer, Benjamin, Edie and Molly in the Nursery, Jessica and Charlie in Year 1 and Cecilia in Year 5.

I am sure that, like me, you are eagerly awaiting the Fairstead House Summer Ball next Friday and I look forward to seeing you there.  Tickets are still available from the School Office.  In case you are not aware, this is open to all friends and family.    With my best wishes for a lovely weekend with your children,

Lynda Brereton