Fairstead House


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

Dear Parents

I am sure that I am not alone in being amazed at how quickly the past seven weeks have gone.  They have certainly been action packed, full of learning, adventure and excitement.  All the children have certainly worked extremely hard and are ready for their two week break.

Reception

It has been a super week in Reception and the children have loved continuing with the Harvest theme. They sang beautifully at our Harvest Festival Service and did a fantastic job of remembering the actions to accompany the songs.
There was real excitement when a letter arrived addressed to the class this week. The children took the letter straight to Head Chef, Ms Bilner who happily joined the class and assisted them in making some delicious vegetable soup and bread rolls, as requested by the Little Red Hen!
In Art, the children enjoyed looking at the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo and were eager to create their own portraits using fruit and vegetables.

 

 

Year 1

This week in Year 1, the children have been revisiting all of the different Maths skills they have learnt so far.
The consensus has been that Maths is fun!  All the children are looking forwards to a very well-deserved break.

Year 2

In English this week, Year 2 wrote non-chronological reports about their favourite inventions. They used the research they had carried out at home and, together with relevant fact sheets, the children wrote about their chosen inventions.  These included the plane, the microscope and crisps. They included diagrams, pictures, sub-headings and labels in their reports to provide plenty of information for the reader. Well done, Year 2!

 

Years 3 & 4

Years 3 & 4 spent a very enjoyable and informative day at Sutton Hoo this week.
The children began by being ‘archeological detectives’, where they asked questions about artefacts to learn more about the Anglo-Saxons. They also learned that even the position of where an artefact is found tells us a lot about its use and about its owner.
Next, the children explored the museum, looking at both replica and original artefacts and seeing the changes that have occurred over time. The decoration on the shield and horse harness were quite impressive!
Finally, the children viewed the burial mounds and were told the story of King Raedwald.
A wonderful day was had by all. Thank you to the staff and volunteers that worked with us.

 

Year 5

This week in Science, Year 5 have used their previous knowledge from this topic of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating by separating different mixtures of materials. In the fictional set up, a local supermarket had a disaster! Year 5 were tasked with devising an investigation for separating the mixtures of materials as lots of the supermarket’s goods had been mixed up after a delivery truck was loaded up incorrectly. Year 5 demonstrated that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes by separating different mixtures and described how to recover a substance from a solution by separating different mixtures too. They particularly enjoyed seeing the Bunsen burners in operation and are looking forwards to using the burners themselves!

 

Year 6

In Art this half term, Year 6 have developed their carving and cutting skills. Influenced by the Aztec Sun Stone, which was carved in the early 1500s from solidified lava, they have created sun designs of their own. Using lino cutting tools, they are in the process of carefully cutting their designs into Lino tiles and using these to print their artwork. Over the weeks, the children have developed steady hands and accurate cutting skills, using a range of tools.

 

 

 

Match Reports

U9 Boys Rugby v Riddlesworth Hall

‘On Wednesday 16th October, we played an U9 Rugby match against Riddlesworth Hall.  They started with the ball.  I made some excellent runs with Luca and Prince and we scored a try.  There was some good tackling from Toby, Archie and Luke.  Harry, Alexander and Charlie did some good positioning but, despite this, they broke through our defence a few times.  At half time, the score was 5-3 to us.  In the second half, Luca scored another try to make it his third.  Unfortunately, every time we scored, Riddlesworth somehow broke through  our defence and equalised.  At full time, the score was 9-9.  We will continue to work on spreading out more across the pitch. Luca was Player of the Match for scoring 3 tries, passing fluently and being a good team player.  Keep up the good work, team!’

George C., Captain

U11 Girls Hockey v Riddlesworth Hall

‘On Wednesday 16th October, the U11 girls played hockey against Riddlesworth.
We had first pushback and began attacking well. We scored first, which made the score 1-0 to us. In defence, Zara and Isabella made some hard hits out wide, with Molly and Eleanor making some exceptional saves in goal. By the end of the first half it was 2-2. Darcey and Claudia were great in mid-field, fighting for every ball. Fleur and I got the ball into the ‘D’ a lot but we did not quite manage to score again, whereas they were able to sneak in a few goals.
Unfortunately, by the end of the game it was 6-2.
Claudia was player of the match, she deserved it as she played strongly!
Well done team, better luck next time!!!’

Ava W., Girls’ Sports Captain

Holiday Club

This year’s Christmas Holiday Club will be running for the week commencing Monday 16th December.  Booking forms will be available when we return from half-term.

Uniform

After the half-term holiday, please may all girls come into school in their pinafores or kilts, wearing red or green socks or tights.  Boy may wear either shorts or trousers, according to their personal preference.

Parents’ Association

Parents’ Association Meeting 

Many thanks, as ever, to the Parents’ Association for today’s Cupcake Sale and Uniform Sale.  The next Parents’ Association meeting will be on Wednesday 6th November.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Autumn Glow

Tickets are on sale in the School Office for our very popular Autumn Glow evening on Saturday 9th November.

Fairstead House School Trust AGM – Tuesday 19th November

You will be receiving a letter informing you about our AGM.  To elaborate, this is an evening which gives you the opportunity to meet all of the School Governors over a glass of wine and Chef’s delicious canapes.  The Chair of Governors and I reflect upon the school year, and you have the opportunity to ask the Governors any questions you may have regarding the school and its future.  Your attendance is greatly appreciated.

Harvest Festival

Thank you for coming to take part in our Harvest Festival service on Tuesday, where all of our children sang and performed beautifully.  Your presence was greatly appreciated and added to the occasion.  Many thanks also for your generous and thoughtful gifts, which have been collected and are greatly appreciated by the Open Door charity.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by William in Year 2 and Lottie in Year 3.  Well done, children!

Birthdays

This week, we wish a happy birthday to Emma, Sophia and Margot in the Nursery, Fenella in Year 2 and Harley in Year 4.

And Goodbye…

Finally, today we say goodbye to our wonderful Teaching Assistant, Sue Blazey, who has been part of the Fairstead family for over ten years.  We worked out that Sue has supported and encouraged every class in school, whether in the classroom, playground, on trips or as an extremely competent minibus driver!  We wish Sue the happiest and healthiest of retirements and hope that she will still pop in to see us in between her travels!

With my best wishes for a wonderfully relaxing and refreshing half-term holiday with your children.  I look forwards to seeing you on Monday 4th November.  We have a vast number of seasonal performance and productions to enjoy!

Lynda Brereton