Fairstead House

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

Dear Parents

It is hard to believe that today marks the third anniversary of the opening of the new Nursery.  Incredibly, our first cohort of children will be starting Reception this September, which may explain why we are full already and with a sizeable waiting list!  It is particularly heartening to see the school and grounds being fully utilised and enjoyed all year round.


This week, the children have enjoyed reading and re-enacting the Chinese story of ‘The Great Race’!  In English, the children thoroughly enjoyed predicting which animal they thought would win the race and why. They then devised some super plans to help the rat win the race!
In Maths, the children eagerly sorted all animals from the story into groups and then spent time comparing the different quantities and solving word problems. They also enjoyed using the animals to begin exploring the concept of estimation.
A big thank you to Mrs Heath for being our ‘Surprise Reader’ and transporting us all to the magical Land of Oz!



Year 1

This week, Year 1 have enjoyed researching their topic, the Queens of England, and have found out so many interesting facts.
In English, they have done some superb work on the past tense and, in Maths, they have been continuing their work on measurement.
In Art, the children designed a new handbag for Her Majesty the Queen and have written a letter to Her Majesty inviting her to come and visit us the next time she is in Newmarket seeing her racehorses!  Year 1 would very much like Her Majesty to see the classroom displays and to meet our class dragon, who now has the name Dudley! Fingers crossed!



Year 2

Year 2 had great fun attending ‘Forest School’ this week. After spending some time exploring the woods, climbing trees and jumping in muddy puddles, the children then had a campfire. They really enjoyed experiencing fire first hand and will use all of the adjectives that they came up with to describe the fire in their ‘senses poetry’. The best bit of all, though, was making and eating delicious s’mores and drinking hot chocolate made by Chef.





Year 3

On Tuesday afternoon, Years 3 and 4 received a visit from Alexander’s grandmother, Mrs Leggett, who talked to them about their current topic, World War II. Mrs Leggett’s mother (Alexander’s great grandmother) was a child in occupied Holland during the war. Mrs Leggett told the children what life was like for her mother and her family living under Nazi rule. The family faced many hardships during the war, such as being forced to each whatever they could find as food was scarce, which included tulip bulbs! The children were able to look at and handle, various artefacts brought in by Mrs Leggett, which they really enjoyed. The talk was thought-provoking and has sparked lots of questions from the children about their new topic. A huge thank you to Mrs Leggett for taking the time to talk to the children; it was greatly appreciated!


Year 4

In English this week, Year 4 have been learning how to spell homophones and to use them correctly in sentences.  Firstly, they matched homophones with the correct definitions, then they tested each other by dictating a sentence for their peers to spell correctly. Lastly, they took the role of the teacher and corrected a text with incorrectly spelt homophones.


Year 5

In order to start understanding our place in the world, we looked at how trade affects our life. By discovering where food comes from, we realised that all countries depend on each other. Whether it’s your morning coffee or grapefruit, trade is key. The children used atlases and identified the sources of different food items, plotted them and looked at the distance they travelled to reach us.

In English, we started to look at how we could improve our writing by using characterisation through speech. It was fun to compare the language of a teenager to a grandfather and the children will be creating their own expanded paragraphs around their own conversations.


Year 6

Year 6 are investigating the Titanic as their topic this term. This week, they are studying primary and secondary historical sources about the disaster to try to evaluate their accuracy. With a partner, they deduced facts from each historical source and assessed how true these facts were.
Finally, they put forward questions that they wanted to investigate further, such as, Why did a  ship only nineteen miles away not come to the Titanic’s rescue? How many first class passengers survived? Were the doors to the third class passenger quarters really locked?



Match Reports

U11 Girls’ Netball v Riddlesworth Hall

‘On Wednesday 15th January, the U11 girls played their first netball match of the season.
We won the toss and chose to have first centre pass. Unfortunately, Riddlesworth intercepted and scored a goal, quickly followed by another. However, we were not giving up and our accurate passing meant we soon clawed a goal back, which was well shot by Fleur. We continued to be the stronger team, despite decisions going against us and Isabella scored an amazing goal. Sadly Riddlesworth scored a final goal to end the game 3-2 but we were very proud of our strong performance and have learnt a lot about fair play.”

Ava W.,  Girls’ Sports Captain


U11 Boys’ Football v Riddlesworth Hall

‘On Wednesday 15th January, the U11 boys played a football match against Riddlesworth Hall. We started very strong with lots of high-quality passing by Jos, James, Alex and Theo and with some extremely good tackling in defence by Theo, Finley and Dylan. Richard made a brilliant save, diving to his left to stop a goal curling into the bottom corner. At the end of half-time, the score was 6-0 to us. In the second half, more accurate passes were executed and we had lots of shots on goal. James performed an extraordinary bicycle kick and scored. Altogether, James scored seven goals!
The final score was 10-1 to us. Well done team, keep up the good work!’

Abiram A., Boys’ Sports Captain

Modern Foreign Languages

‘I was so impressed with the languages work this week that I have awarded two ‘stars of the week’  for each language!  The Estrellas de la semana are Fleur in Year 5 and James in Year 6 and the Etoiles de la semaine are Brennan in Year 3 and Harley in Year 4.  Well done, children!’

Miss Katherine Bryan, Teacher of French & Spanish 

Head’s Open Office

The first ‘Open Office’ for 2020 will be Thursday 30th January after drop off and the last Thursday of every month thereafter.  Coffee and pastries will be served in my office and I look forward to seeing you then. Please take this as an open invitation to pop in and chat with me about any aspect of school life.  I look forward to seeing you!

Parents’ Information Evenings About Forthcoming Residential Trips.

27th February  – Burwell House Information Evening for parents of children in Years 3 and 4.  Refreshments will be served from 5.45pm and the presentation will begin at 6.00pm.

5th March – Hilltop Information Evening for parents of children in Year 5.  Refreshments will be served from 5.,45pm and the presentation will begin at 6.00pm.

12th March – Hollowford Information Evening for parents of children in Year 6.  Refreshments will be served from 5.45pm and the presentation will begin at 6.00pm.

Minibus Drivers

Do you know anyone who would be interested in driving our children to matches and games lessons?  We are looking for someone who would like a part time position as a minibus driver.  The hours of work would usually be Monday and Friday afternoons, with the possibility of extra hours.  Please do contact the School Office for further details.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Ava in Year 2 and Ashera in Year 4.  Well done, girls!


This week, we wish a happy birthday to Matilda and Ernest in the Nursery and to Vishhmaya in Year 2.

We are all looking forward to celebrating Chinese New Year on Tuesday.  I know that Chef has an exciting menu and surprises planned for the children!  With my best wishes for a lovely weekend with your children,

Lynda Brereton