Fairstead House

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

Dear Parents

It has been a joy watching the children take part in so many exciting scientific experiments as part of Science Week.  In particular, observing the curiosity and awe of even the youngest children in the school was extremely impressive.


Reception have thoroughly enjoyed celebrating ‘British Science Week,’ this week. The theme this year is ‘Journeys’ and the class have enjoyed different adventures every day!

The week began by discussing the Eurostar, and, in English, the children thought of some wonderful places they would like to travel to in their tunnels! There have been experiments galore, as well as writing special books to place into a time capsule!

Thank you to Mr Daubeney, for joining us at the end of the week and being our ‘Surprise Reader.’ The children joined in with a super story all about a special trip to London!

Continuing with the theme of travel, the children in Reception will find out on Monday that Miss Wakefield is embarking on her own exciting journey. She has an amazing opportunity to move to South Africa and will be leaving us at the end of this term. She will be greatly missed by us all, but I am sure you will join us in wishing her the very best for her new adventure!

The topic for the summer term in Reception will be,’ What a Wonderful World!’ Please could we ask each child to bring in one child-sized wellington boot (which they have grown out of) between now and the end of term which will be transformed into quite a unique plant pot and create a, hopefully, bright display for our outside area! Many thanks.


Year 1

Year 1 have had an exciting time celebrating British Science Week.
They have been doing experiments every day and learning wonderful scientific
facts that have led them to do their own research. The highlight of the experiments was the jumping raisins that made everyone laugh!

Year 2

Year 2 had a wonderful time taking part in a variety of experiments and investigations to celebrate British Science Week. They made raisins dance, just by putting them in fizzy lemonade, watched kitchen roll absorb the liquids in mix two primary colours together.  They also designed and created their very own bridges made from spaghetti. The bridges had to be strong enough to hold a 2kg bag of flour!

Miss Drayton was incredibly impressed with the children’s designs and how they collaborated as a team. The children confidently used their prior knowledge to make sensible predictions and they used a wide range of scientific vocabulary when making their observations. Well done, Year 2!



Year 3

To celebrate British Science Week and Women’s History Month, Year 3 have continued their curriculum learning into Rocks and Fossils by learning about the famous palaeontologist, Mary Anning. Written out of history for generations, Year 3 have discovered how much Mary Anning learnt by independently exploring and making observations herself. Year 3 have learnt how fossils are created, handled fossils from Mr Hewitt’s extensive collection that he found himself, and learnt how to use scientific evidence to ask scientific questions.

Year 4

In English this week, Year 4 have planned robot stories, in connection with our topic, Machines. They have shared some very imaginative ideas and problems for their characters to solve. They look forward to writing their stories next week.


Year 5

This week, Year 5 continued using their DT skills to construct their sun dials. Measuring precisely has been paramount to the effectiveness of their designs, in particular, the accurate use of protractors. The class have developed careful cutting skills, using hack saws and craft knives and are adding finer details with acrylics and modelling wire. Hopefully, the sun will be shining when they are complete and ready to tell the time!


Year 6

Year 6 practised their conversation skills in Spanish this week. First they revisited the adjectives and language used in the previous week. They have also begun to learn and explain the rules for gender and relate this to adjective endings. Here they are asking each other questions with particular focus on the words: me gusta, mi pueblo, porque es viejo.


Sports Matches

U11 Boys Football Triangular v Brookes Cambridge and Finborough School

‘On Wednesday 13th March, the U11 boys played a football triangular at Brookes Cambridge against Brookes Cambridge and Finborough School.  Our first match was against Brookes Cambridge.  Madoc and I made some good passes and there was some brilliant attacking from James and Toby, together with some great defending by Ben, Richard and Abiram.  Toby scored a goal.  

In the second half, there was some good defending by Jack, Harry and Ben and some incredible attacking from Colin, Madoc, Toby, James and me.  Sam was outstanding in goal and the end result was 1-0 to us. 

We played Finborough next.  We created a lot of opportunities and there was some outstanding skill and defending and top notch goalkeeping from Sam.  It was a superb team effort and James manged to score an amazing hat trick.  The end score was 3-0 to us.

Well done, team and keep up the good work!’

Junior V., Captain

U11 Girls Netball v Finborough

‘On Wednesday 13th March, the U11 Girls A Team played netball against Finborough School.  Finborough won the toss and chose to have first centre pass.  Both teams quickly got stuck in and, within minutes, Lara had scored a goal.  

Georgia was great at getting into spaces and Lyla made some fantastic interception.  By half-time, the score was 6-4 to Finborough.

Abisha was outstanding at marking her player and Cecilia was fabulous in defence.  Ava scored some incredible goals but, unfortunately, the final score was 10-6 to Finborough.  Ava was Player of the Match.  Well done, team and don’t give up!’

Lucy T., Captain 

U10 Girls Netball v Finborough School

‘On Wednesday 13th March, the U10 girls played netball against Finborough School.  They had the first centre pass and managed quickly to score a goal.  We did not give up and, with the help of the team, I scored three goals, which lifted our spirits.  

Evie, Molly and Zara did some amazing passing and at the end of the quarter is was 3-3.  In the next quarter, Isabella was ready for the ball at any moment whilst Darcey was defending well.  We did not give up and the score at the end of that quarter was 6-4 to Finborough.

In the next quarter we tried our best but, unfortunately, Finborough managed to score three more goals.  In the final quarter, we made some amazing passes but at the finish the final score was 10-5 to Finborough.  Eleanor was Player of the Match. Well done, team and better luck next time!’

Ella S., Team Captain


We had our last Informal Tea Time Concert in the Spring Series on Tuesday 12th March. Fourteen soloists performed on various instruments including piano, cello, violin and drum kit. Congratulations to everyone who played, particularly to those who performed for the first time in front of an audience. Thank you to friends and family for supporting these lovely occasions. A special mention must be made to our wonderful Music Prefects who always help set up the performing area and for serving refreshments before the concert.

We have a Recital Concert on Tuesday 19th March at 4:10pm in the Performing Arts Centre. All pupils taking an ABRSM exam this term (Tuesday 26th March) have been invited to perform all or some of their pieces. Friends and family are warmly invited and refreshments will be served.

Class Music

Year 1 pupils have enjoyed learning about musical notation. They have drawn treble clefs, crotchets, minims and named all the note names in the treble clef.

School Musical – ‘Olivia’

Rehearsals continue and we were delighted to have Mrs Cocks, singer and dance choreographer back in school working on two more dances.
Please remember to bring in costumes on Monday 18th March. Items must be labelled, in a bag and on a named hanger.


Year 1 and Year 2 Trip to Stansted Airport – Friday 22nd March

Year 1 and Year 2 will be visiting The Aerozone at Stansted Airport next Friday as a fantastic finish to their Around the World topic. Whilst there, the children will learn how the airport is run, meet some of the staff members and hear more about their job role and watch some planes take off and land from their very own viewing platform!

The coach will leave school promptly at 9.10am and will return to school before the end of the school day.  Lunch and a snack will be provided by the school but the children will need to take their school water bottle with them.

The children will wear their school uniform and blazers. They will also need to take their school coats as it will be very chilly on the viewing platform!


Writing Competition – A Message from Newmarket Town Council

‘To celebrate the official opening of the renovated and redesigned Memorial Gardens in Newmarket, young writers are being presented with an exciting opportunity to showcase their talent. Newmarket Town Council is launching a competition!

We are inviting you to put pen to paper and produce up to 500 words with the title: ‘WHAT MY COMMUNITY MEANS TO ME’.

Get creative, because entries can be fictional or anecdotal, and as weird and wacky as your imagination can conjure!

The winner will be invited to join The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP in opening the Memorial Gardens and, along with five runners-up, enjoy afternoon tea afterwards with the project team.  We are delighted to offer up an additional fantastic prize of 4 hospitality tickets to see the stunning Disney on Ice at the O2 venue in December 2019!

Entries must be original and the work of the named individual. Open to budding writers aged 16 and under. Entries must be submitted to Newmarket Town Council by hand or via email at tcm@newmarket.gov.uk by 31st March 2019.

The winner will be announced on Thursday 4th April on Newmarket Town Council’s Facebook page.

Thank you to our two local judges Emma Berry and Alison Hayes and we are thrilled to announce that renowned crime novelist William Ryan will be offering feedback on the shortlisted entries.’

Roberta Bennett, Town Council Manager

Parents’ Association Newsletter

Please click here to read the Parents’ Association Newsletter for this term.  It is full of information about upcoming events so please do have a read!

Kindness Cup

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Jessica in Reception and Evie in Year 5.  Well done, girls!


This week we wish a happy birthday to Imogen in the Nursery and Madoc in Year 6.

I hope that everyone going to the Parents’ Association Bingo evening tonight has a fun and enjoyable time.  My sincere thanks, as ever, to our extremely active and supportive parents.  You will have, today, received your invitation to the Summer Ball, which I am eagerly anticipating!

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

Lynda Brereton