Fairstead House

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

Dear Parents,

Firstly, my apologies again that so many of you did not receive last week’s Newsletter.  It was definitely sent on Friday at the usual time; however, it appears, for some unknown reason, to have landed in your Junk mailboxes.  Hopefully, having accepted that these e-mails are not junk, this will not happen again.

All the children have thoroughly enjoyed making the most of the September sunshine and we all hope that it continues into the weekend!


It has been another wonderful week in Reception and the children have taken their new specialist lessons in their stride.
They have been very excited to find out about their new topic; ‘I’ve Got the Power’ and have found it very interesting that not all superheroes wear capes!
The class have produced some lovely artwork of their own ‘super selves’ and have loved completing daily ‘rainbow challenges’ both indoors and out.
Fairstead Fred has also returned after his first holiday. He looks forward to visiting more of you soon and we look forward to hearing about all of his adventures!

What a super week!



Year 1

Year 1 started the week off with independent writing.  They sent Mrs Scott a postcard telling her all the exciting things they did in their holidays.
They have also been learning all about portrait artists and attempted to do their own portrait in the style of Vincent van Gogh with beautiful results.  Do come in and see the stunning display!
They were put into teams in Maths and Mrs Scott set challenges as to how many addition sentences they could come up with and she was very impressed.  Well done, all!


Year 2

Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed learning about another famous artist this week; Andy Warhol. They carefully examined some of his most popular prints, paintings and photography before using brightly coloured pencil crayons to replicate his ‘Pop Art’ style. The children’s attempts look very effective, don’t you think?



Year 3

Another busy week for Year 3! In Maths, we have been using our number bonds to recognise patterns when adding and subtracting single digit numbers. We have also been reinforcing our place value understanding, partitioning 2 and 3 digit numbers. In English, the children have continued to look at the punctuation and structure of a sentence. Our writing has been focused on reading and analysing a variety of shape poems. The children thoroughly enjoyed performing a given shape poem to the rest of the class. We are now busy planning our own shape poems and finished the week by developing our thesaurus skills to improve our vocabulary!


Year 4

In PSHEE this week, Year 4 explored their differences and similarities. They shared aspects of themselves such as: places they like; things they are looking forward to; favourite animals and people they like to spend time with. The children have been given the opportunity to have a ‘soap box’ slot to share something about themselves in more detail. Luca was the first to share his passion for skiing and he provided film footage and photographs of his latest trip. A thoroughly entertaining ‘soap box’ slot, followed by questions from the class.


Year 5

Year 5 have been ‘keeping cool’ in the Science Lab this week, as they designed the perfect school trip lunch box material. Continuing with their Science topic, ‘Properties and Changes of Materials’, they have created an investigation for thermal conductors and insulators to see which material would keep the ice cold longest. Having identified materials that are thermal conductors and insulators, the children investigated then explained what thermal conductors and insulators are. Year 5 could give reasons for the uses of thermal conductors and insulators in protecting their sandwiches!


Year 6

Year 6 are settling well into their shiny new classroom and have already started to make excellent progress in their preparation for a wide variety of senior schools.  Many of the children will be visiting senior schools this term and will be sitting entrance examinations from January.

Year 6 are very much looking forwards to their Choral Day at King’s Ely on Tuesday 17th September.  The day finishes with a short concert in the magnificent cathedral at 4.00pm, to which you are all very welcome to attend. I strongly recommend that you do!


Match Reports

U11 Girls Hockey v Moreton Hall School

‘On Wednesday 11th September, the U11 girls played their first hockey match of the season against Moreton Hall School.  We won the toss and had the first push back.  Although Moreton Hall began attacking hard, Zara and Molly defended strongly and Eleanor made some great saves.  In the second third, we began to tire and Moreton Hall were able to score quite a few goals.  In the final third, we improved in confidence, with Isabella and Perdi passing well to Fleur and Darcey.  I was able to score but sadly we lost the match.

I was voted Player of the Match.  We were proud of our efforts for our first match together.  Well done, team!’

Ava W., Girls’ Sports Captain


U11 Boys Rugby v Moreton Hall

‘On Wednesday 11th September, the U11 boys played rugby against Moreton Hall.  Moreton Hall won the toss and decided to start with the ball.  We were off to a strong start and within the opening minutes I scored a try!  There was some really good running by James and Dylan but Moreton Hall scored two tries.  We had strong tackling by Olly, Alex, Finlay, Theo and Jos.  James made a brilliant run and scored a brilliant try! Again Richard and Finlay made some strong tackles but Moreton Hall scored another two tries.  The score was 4-2 to Moreton Hall.  We started strongly in the second half with even harder tackling and better running by the whole team.  Finlay scored a spectacular try.  Moreton Hall scored another two tries.  The final score was 6-3 to Moreton Hall.

Well done, team, better luck next time.’

Abiram A., Boys’ Sports Captain

Cup-cake Friday and Secondhand Uniform Sale

Our first Cup-cake Friday Sale of the term will be held on Friday 27th September and hosted by Years 1 and 2.  At the same, the Parents’ Association will be holding secondhand uniform sale in the School Hall.

Newmarket Hockey Club Open Day

Newmarket Hockey Club is holding an Open Day on Saturday 14th September at the Abbeycroft Leisure Centre, in Newmarket.  Everyone is welcome to come along!  Please click here for more information.

School Coats

Please make sure that your child has a green waterproof school coat in school at all times.  Thank you.

Car Park

Following a complaint from a local resident, please may we politely request and remind you that, if you find when turning into school that gates are blocked, please do not stop on Fordham Road or straddle the horsewalk.  Rather, please drive on to either the Clocktower or Tesco roundabouts and try again!  Please do not use the Cadogan Hotel to turn around in.

Years 3 and 4 Trip on Monday 16th September

Years 3 and 4 are very much looking forwards to their trip to West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village on Monday, where their studies of Anglo-Saxon history will be magically brought to life. T he trip is within the normal school day and the children will be back by 4pm.

Children should come to school in their school uniform as normal. In addition, a school coat is required and outdoor shoes, as the children will be working outside for part of the trip. A packed lunch will be provided. Please ensure that your child has a water bottle for the day.  It really is a very special place and I know that the children will have a wonderful day.


Due to the low uptake last year, we have decided not to continue with Mathletics.  However, children may access online Maths activities using Purple Mash, DB Primary and Active Learn.  Children will be shown how to access these sites in class and you may request your child’s log-in details if you would like to use these useful learning tools at home to support their Maths learning.


Unfortunately, but rather typically at the start of term, we have fallen victim to a number of bugs, including sickness.  A gentle reminder that children need to be kept off school for a minimum of 48 hours following their last bout of illness.

Visiting School During the Day

Should you need to visit the school during the day for any reason, please ensure that you come to the front door and not your child’s classroom.  Thank you.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were awarded to Rosalind in Reception and Pearl in Year 3. Well done, children!


This week, we wish a happy birthday to Virginia in Year 2 and Dylan in Year 5.

With my best wishes for a lovely weekend with your children,

Lynda Brereton