Fairstead House

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

Dear Parents

The undoubted highlight of the week for all at Fairstead House was our celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat, on Tuesday.  Our Chef excelled herself and delighted all children with their own individual take-away style box of chicken chow mein with vegetables.  These were devoured using chopsticks, albeit a little messily in some cases but with plenty of enthusiasm and joy!  We welcomed Mrs Zhao and Mrs Li, Harry and Yuru’s mummies, who helped Reception and Year 1 to celebrate in style.  Mrs Zhao demonstrated to Reception the making of authentic Chinese pork won-tons.  All the children then made some and, despite having had a very large lunch, found plenty more space in their tummies for these!  Child-friendly fortune cookies were enjoyed by all the children and much fun was had sharing the jokes inside them!



It has been a fun filled week in Reception; everyone has thoroughly enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year. It was a real treat when Harry’s Mummy joined the class on Tuesday and helped to celebrate this special day. Making dumplings and using chopsticks to eat lunch was a real highlight too!
The children were excited to discover which animal the year of their birthday relates to. They were very keen to make their own lucky red envelopes and write a wish for the class ‘Wishing Tree.’
In Maths, the children enjoyed finding themselves a ‘ten partner’ for the special ‘ten dance!’ It was a great way to explore number bonds to ten.
Thank you to Siena’s Mummy for reading us two of her favourite stories this week. Please speak to Mrs Sanders if you would like to be a ‘Surprise Reader.’


Year 1

This week, Year 1 celebrated Chinese New Year.   Yuru gave a little talk to the children and then they all dressed up as a dragon and entered the dining hall to start the celebration of a wonderful Chinese meal.

The children have also made Grenadier guards to go on our castle frieze, which showed skill and patience.  Do come in and admire their work!




Year 2

Year 2 enjoyed a visit from ‘History off the Page’ this week and got to travel back in time to 1666 and experience what life was like during the Great Fire. The children become leather workers, seamstresses, bakers, metal workers and medical professionals who got to administer weird and wonderful treatments for lots of common ailments. It really was a wonderful day with lots of livelong memories made!  Thank you for enabling the children to come in appropriate costume; it really added to the day!




Year 3

Year 3 have been exploring the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8 times tables this week.
One of the activities was playing a game in pairs to practise the children’s recognition of different multiples. The children really enjoyed the game and were quick to get into the competitive spirit!
The children have been continuing to conduct experiments on different rocks in Science in order to work out which of the three rock groups they belong to. They were able to work out whether their rocks were igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic through investigating how hard their rocks were, whether they were permeable or not and whether they reacted with acid or not.
Finally, the children have been learning about The Blitz in their World War II topic lessons. The children worked in groups to explore, through drama, what it was like to live during The Blitz. The children were excellent at working together and getting into role!


Year 4

In DT this week, Year 4 continued to make their gas masks, following their designs from the planning lesson. They considered materials, size, shape, comfort, appearance and the most effective methods of attaching materials. The children showed their evaluation skills throughout, by making adjustments and improvements to their work.


Year 5

Year 5 have continued with their investigation of forces – this time they looked at air resistance. The pupils applied the practical skills learnt last time to carry out this investigation in a safe and sensible manner. They then went on to calculate the mean averages accurately.

Our RE topic has continued with looking at how music can be used in worship. By listening to music from different religions, they were able to discuss which they preferred and their reasons. Interestingly, they did not agree which shows that their responses were their own, not what they felt was expected. Well done to them all for independent thought.




Year 6

Year 6 continued examining light this week by first investigating different shaped mirrors, including plane, convex and concave. They found convex mirrors gave the wider field of view and were therefore used in every day life such as wing mirrors on cars and in in shops as security mirrors. Finally, they moved onto to look at the law of reflection by measuring angles of incidence and the angles of refraction.
This needed accurate measurements with rulers and protractors and they were very proud to find they had drawn and created perfect angles.


Match Reports

U11 Netball v Moreton Hall and Ipswich High School

‘On Wednesday 22nd January, the U11 girls played a triangular match against Moreton Hall and Ipswich High.  In our first match against Moreton Hall, we won the toss and chose to have first centre pass. Unfortunately, Moreton Hall speedily intercepted and scored a goal. However, we were not giving up and our accurate passing meant we soon got a goal back, which was well shot by Isabella. We soon scored another goal with an accurate shot by Fleur. Unfortunately, Moreton Hall scored two more goals toward the end and they won the game 4-2.  Well done, team, better luck next time!

Our next game was against Ipswich High School. We soon scored a goal, quickly followed by another. However, Ipswich High were able to equalise but we didn’t give up! Although Ipswich scored another goal we were strong in defence with Perdy intercepting the ball. Darcey made some excellent passes down the line and we were able to score again. The final score was 4-4 which we were very proud of, particularly as the other girls were so much taller than us!

Well done team, great effort!’

Ava W., Girls. Sports Captain


U11 Football v Brookes Cambridge

‘On Wednesday the 23 January, U11 boys played a football match vs Brookes Cambridge. They started with the ball. They had good attacking, nonetheless, we had strong defence and soon the score was 3-0 to us. We all made great passes and runs but, unluckily, there was a mistimed tackle and it was a penalty. At the end of half time, the score was 3-1 to us. We started the second half with much more possession and more accurate passes. By the end of the match, the score was 5-1 to us.
Man of the match was Theo.
Well done team, keep up the good work!’

Abiram A., Boys’ Sports Captain

French & Spanish

Another hard-working week in languages sees the French ‘Etoile de la Semaine’ awarded to Lottie in Year 3 and Michaela in Year 4, whilst the Spanish ‘Estrella de la Semana’ goes to Finlay in Year 5 and Alex in Year 6.  Well done, children!’

Miss Kathryn Bryan, Teacher of French & Spanish


In the Music Department there are violins, cellos, flutes and clarinets for children wishing to have lessons in school. Please email Mrs Karina Warburton, Director of Music, for further details.

School Musical Production

Rehearsals for our school musical play have started! Please make a note of the performance days and times. If your child is unable to perform, please let the school know as soon as possible.

Performances will be held at:

2.00pm on Tuesday 24th March
7.00pm on Wednesday 25th March
7.00pm on Thursday 26th March

Please note that the matinee performance is to allow pre-school age children the chance to see the play.  Pre-school age children (including babies and toddlers) will not be able to attend the evening performances.

Tuesday 28th January – Year 1 Trip to Colchester Castle

Year 1 are very excited about their visit to Colcester Castle on Tuesday.  They will be travelling by school minibus and a packed lunch will be provided to all.  This should be a wonderful way to bring the topic of ‘Turrets and Tiaras’ to life.  I look forward to sharing photographs of their visit on next week’s Newsletter.

After-School Clubs

Dance Club

A reminder that there will be no Dance Club on Thursday 30th January.  Many apologies from Ms Peachey and she looks forward to seeing everyone the week after.

Boot Camp

We are pleased to announce that Boot Camp will now be taking place on Tuesdays.

Future Schools Evening – Date for Your Diary

Parents of children in Years 4 and 5 are warmly invited to attend a Future Schools Evening, held on Thursday 13th February in our Performing Arts Centre, when we will share with you the range of schools on offer to your children from Year 7 and the different admission processes.  You will also have opportunities to ask any questions you may have.  Starting this process early will help the transition to go as smoothly as possible.  Refreshments will be served from 5.45pm and the evening will begin at 6.00pm.  I look forward to seeing you all there.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Lara in Year 1 and Finlay in Year 5.  Well done, children!


This week, we wish a happy birthday to Jasper in Year 2 and Giselle in Year 4.

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

Lynda Brereton