Fairstead House

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

Dear Parents

What a wonderful week this has been at Fairstead House!  Staff and children alike thoroughly enjoyed celebrating the European Day of Languages and there were a magnificent array of costumes representing a wide range of different countries.  Our thanks to our specialist teacher of Modern Foreign Languages, Miss Kathryn Bryan, for organising such an outstanding event.  It was also a week of great sporting success for Fairstead, with cross country triumphs and victories at Brookes Cambridge.  Do read on to find out more!


This week, the children in Reception have all been given ‘The Power!’
The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning an inspirational song to help strengthen their characteristics of effective learning. Please do ask them to share it with you, if they haven’t already!
The children have also loved taking part in Languages Week and have made some super flags and passports. They were also very keen to learn about traditional games played by their counterparts around the world. The Chilean game of ‘Corre, Corre la Guaraca’ was very popular.
It was also wonderful to welcome Oskar’s Mummy into school and the children very much enjoyed learning all about Poland. They had fun learning a Polish song, listened to some wonderful stories and were very excited to try some Polish snacks.


Year 1

Year 1 thoroughly enjoyed European International Languages day this week!
So much thought had been put into their costumes and all of the children could say “hello” in the country they came dressed in.
Mrs Scott came as a lady from India and thought them how to say “hello” and “my name is” in Hindi.  She was very impressed when they were able to show their new skills to Miss Bryan in the afternoon.
The children then spent the day looking at the world and where they fit in, looking at their town, where they go to school, their country and their continent.


Year 2

Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed European Languages Day on Tuesday. Their costumes were outstanding and the children loved talking about their heritage and sharing what they know about other languages with the rest of the class; Virginia taking the class morning exercises in Italian was a particular delight! The children also learned about the life of the Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo and enjoyed replicating her self-portraits using oil pastels.


Year 3

This week, Year 3 have focused on using their senses to describe a setting. The children worked collaboratively to share ideas and create descriptive sentences. It was wonderful to hear the children voice their
ideas and equally respond positively to one another. Next week, we will look to improve our description by varying our sentence starters and adding adjectives. In Maths, we have worked really hard on consolidating our times tables knowledge and their inverses. The children also thoroughly enjoyed the international language day and clearly enjoyed experiencing cultures from around the world.


Year 4

In Art, Year 4 are making Anglo-Saxon inspired bags. The children began this topic by making simple bags from paper to decide which shape they would like their bag to be. They then practised threading needles and sewing using running stitch. Last lesson, they carefully made patterns for cutting their fabric. This week, Year 4 selected their fabric and thread colours and used their patterns to cut the fabric to the desired shape. The children are becoming much more independent at threading needles and their running stitch is quite impressive!


Year 5

Year 5 have continued their Properties & Changes of Materials topic in the Science Lab, this week, by investigating materials which will dissolve. Through their testing of different materials, Year 5 described dissolving, explained the difference between melting and dissolving, identified the materials which will dissolve in water and investigated factors which affect the speed of dissolving. I would expect that Year 5 can all make an excellent cup of tea or coffee now!


Year 6

Year 6 have been studying Evolution in Science and this week learnt about Darwin’s discovery of the adaptations in the finches on The Galapagos Islands. They are seen here investigating different bird beaks and the type of food they are suited for.

International Languages Day

This week, Fairstead House celebrated European Day of Languages. The children and staff dressed up in their best costumes to represent different countries from around the world. At lunchtime, the children enjoyed an authentic Thai meal, which they ordered in Thai with the help of key vocabulary signs.

In Reception, the children read the story ‘I can Count Ten Toes’ and learnt how to count to ten in ten different languages (Japanese, Russian, Korean, Zulu, French, Hindi, Tagalog, Hebrew, Spanish and Mandarin).  In Year 1, the children learnt all about the BusyBee who likes to travel all around the world meeting new people, learning about other cultures and speaking lots of languages. The children in Year 1 designed their own BusyBees.

The children in Year 2 thought about what languages mean to them and designed their own t-shirts to celebrate European Day of Languages.  In Year 3, the children became detectives and went on a scavenger hunt in the Science Lab to find the answers to a series of questions about different languages around the world.  Year children in Year 4 also learnt about ‘BusyBee’ and wrote their own BusyBee comic strips.

The children in Year 5 and 6 joined forces this week to work on a group research project in the computer room. Each group chose a country to research and put the information into PowerPoint presentations to share their findings with the rest of the children.

MIss Kathryn Bryan, Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages


Match Reports

U11 Girls Netball v Brookes Cambridge

‘On Wednesday 25th September, the U11 girls played netball against Brookes Cambridge.
Although Brookes had the first centre pass, we got off to a strong start, winning the ball and getting several shots at the goal. Fleur got us off the mark with some great shooting, quickly followed by Isabella. Darcey was able to make some fantastic passes to the shooters and Perdi’s catching improved throughout the game. Zara made some accurate centre passes. In defence, Molly made some great interceptions and Brookes were only able to score one goal. The final score was 11-1 to us!

Darcey was voted player of the match. Well done team, keep up the good work!’

Ava W., Girls’ Sports Captain


U9 Girls Netball v Brookes Cambridge

‘We started off well and there was some amazing shooting by Bella and Ella, who scored two great goals.  In he second quarter, Brookes came back, scoring an amazing goal.  There were some great passes by Sophie and Ashera, and Harley worked hard to keep the ball out of the ‘D’.  We scored another two goals.  In the third quarter, Brookes scored another goal but, with some incredible passes by Annabelle and great defending by Michaela, we scored a goal.  In the last quarter, we all played really hard and the last score was 5-2 to Fairstead.  Well done, team, keep up the good work.’

Giselle G., Team Captain


U11 Boys Rugby v Brookes Cambridge

On Wednesday 25th September, the U11 boys played Brookes Cambridge in a rugby match.  We started with the ball and instantly Finlay scored a straightforward try.  There was some very good tackling by Finlay, James, Richard and I but they broke through our defence and scored two tries.  This motivated us and James scored a fantastic try to make the score level.  There was some exceptional running and defending by Finlay and the score was 3-3 by the end of the first half.

The second half started full of energy; however, Brookes scored two tries to make the score 5-3.  Then Theo scored a wonderful try and the score was 5-4.  Brookes sadly scored two more tries in the last five minutes but our hopes were not over.  Theo scored another brilliant try which made the score 6-5.  The full time whistle blew and it was the end of the game – but let’s not look back to the past but look forward to the future!

Player of the Match was Jos.  Well done, team and better luck next time’.

Abiram A., Boys’ Sport Captain


Newmarket ‘Run the Walks’ Cross Country Event

Many congratulations to all the children who took part in the ‘Run the Walks’ cross country competition in Newmarket on Tuesday.  Everyone ran extremely well and there were some fabulous personal best run times. Special congratulations must go to our Girls’ Sports Captain, Ava, who won the U11 girls’ race, to her sister Ella who won the U9 girls’ race and to Sophie, who came 3rd in the U9 girls’ race.  Well done, everyone, and our thanks as always to parents who came to watch and provided such wonderful support for the children.




Gresham’s Cross Country Competition – Friday 4th October

The final time trial for the Gresham’s Cross Country selection will take place on Monday during Games. A number of children have been training exceptionally hard and we want to make sure that we take the strongest team possible. A final list of those who have been selected will be e-mailed to parents on Monday.

School Photographs

Gillman & Soame Photographers will be in school on Wednesday 2nd October to take individual and sibling group photographs of the children.  It goes without saying for you to please make sure that your children come to school looking their very smartest!

After-school Club and Prep Club

If you would like to book your child into After-school Club or Prep Club then please do so using the booking system on SchoolBase. There is a number of children left after school every afternoon who have not been booked in to a club. We need notice in order to ensure adequate staffing and catering. Thank you.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Jessica Headland in Year 1 and Perdita Champion in Year 5.  Well done, girls!


This week, we wish a happy birthday to Lucca in the Nursery.

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

Lynda Brereton