Fairstead House

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

Dear Parents

As I write, we have more than forty children ensconced in the Performing Arts Centre and clearly thoroughly enjoying the screening of Toy Story 4, having had a delicious pizza supper beforehand.  I have never seen so much pizza devoured so quickly!  My thanks to the Parents’ Association for arranging this event – it is particularly lovely watching children from all the year groups mixing so well together.


This week in Reception, the children have ventured into space!  ‘Plop’ the barn owl discovered how wonderful the dark can be and the children in Reception would have to concur.  Indeed, Emily was so captivated by the barn owls that she returned to Suffolk Owl Sanctuary with her family and is now the adoptive mother of a barn owl called Cobweb!

The class joyfully created their own space scene on the forest floor using natural materials and even made their very own space rockets. They enjoyed exploring the telescope and wrote about what they thought they might discover in the night sky.
The children have researched some super facts, learnt some great songs and enjoyed turning the classroom into a planetarium. Thank you, Roan, for sharing your projector with us!



Year 1

Year 1 have delighted Mrs Scott with their wonderful independent writing this week and were encouraged to read their stories to the class.
Lucy brought in her grandmother’s dolls from around the world and they enjoyed trying to work out which country they came from.
Today, they were all delighted by Lola reading the afternoon story to the class.



Year 2

In Maths this week, Year 2 enjoyed spotting arrays in their classroom and making arrays out of everyday objects as part of their multiplication unit. After using objects such as dice and counters to create practical arrays, they then went onto work pictorially in their books.


Year 3

In our humanities topic, ‘The Vikings’, the children have been learning about how the Vikings built longships for raiding and war. This week, the children have enjoyed building their own longship; recognising the properties of the longship that made the Vikings so successful. In Maths, the children have had fun measuring accurately, using cm and mm.
Finally, in Science, the children continued with their investigation into light, finding out which materials block light, creating shadows.




Year 4

In Art this week, Year 4 have completed their Anglo-Saxon inspired bags. They worked with huge enthusiasm on this project and developed their independence with threading needles and unthreading tangles! Each bag is unique and has two straps to attach it to a belt and a fastener to keep the contents secure. Some children plaited wool to make belts and tried them out for size! The bags are proudly on display in the classroom. Well done, Year 4.


Years 5 and 6

Linked to their class text, ‘Holes’, Years 5 and 6 have been using digital maps on iPads and atlases to locate countries and describe their features in order to identify the countries of North and South America and their capitals. Years 5 and 6 also identified the position and significance of latitude, longitude and time zones in the context of identifying and describing these range of places across the Americas.


Year 6

Whilst in my office today, the excitement from the Science Lab was so palpable that I had to investigate!  The children were working in pairs on the benches and even on the floor, creating ever bigger and more complex circuits involving bulbs, buzzers and switches.  It is always lovely seeing the Science Lab used so productively and we are, indeed, fortunate to have such a wonderful facility.

Gosfield School Cross Country Event

Six boys and six girls took part in the U11 Cross County event.  It was extremely muddy and the 1200m cross country route weaved through the woods and grounds.   It was a team event and, therefore, all placings were combined.  All the children ran well, particularly Ava W. and James N., who both finished in the top ten. Special mention must go to Sophie M for stepping into the breach as, without her, the girls would not have been able to compete.

The best of luck to Ava, who will compete tomorrow in the regional Cross Country Championships at Ipswich High School.


Years 3 & 5 Visit to Soham Lodge Care Home

The residents of Soham Lodge Care Home were delighted when Years 3 and 5 visited them this week to sing Christmas carols.  Our children were particularly thrilled to see many of the residents tapping their feet and clapping their hands in time to the music!

Presents Galore

It was a pleasure and privilege to sing at the entrance to Newmarket’s annual ‘Presents Galore’ shopping extravaganza!  The children’s rendition of carols was greatly appreciated by all as they walked past.  This is the first time we have performed at the Rowley Mile Racecourse and we hoping to be invited again next year!  Many thanks to all the parents who came to support us.

Speech & Drama

‘Fairstead is a highlight of my working week and I am lucky enough to have nearly 30 students taking individual drama lessons.
I have had many students asking for sessions but I am currently full with no space at all on a Tuesday.  I am delighted the children love the sessions and so (if there is enough interest), I am willing to give more time to Fairstead but I need to know by Tuesday 10th December.
I teach students from Year 1 through to Year 6 and sessions are 20 minutes.
If you would like me to see if I can make more time possible then please e mail me on jwoolf2019@gmail.com at your earliest opportunity and let me know the name and year of your child.  I shall then get back to you to see if it is possible.
In conclusion, thank you to all parents and children who support drama and very good luck to all the children who will be taking exams this December.’

Jonathan Woolf, Speech & Drama Teacher

School Blazers

Please ensure that your child comes to school wearing their school blazer each day.  Thank you.

The Start of School

A reminder that all children must be in school and ready to begin the school day by 8.40am at the latest.  Children arriving after 8.40am are recorded as arriving late.

Swimming Lessons

Parents of children in Years 3 and 4 are invited to watch the children’s final swimming lesson of the term.  Year 4 swim first at 2.00pm, followed by Year 3 at 2.30pm.

Newmarket Town Council Christmas Event

The Newmarket Town Council has organised a wonderful Christmas family event on Saturday 14th December in the Memorial Gardens. There will be a free carousel, photo opportunities with Father Christmas on his magic sleigh, music, carols, a fire show and a traditional Christmas market. Please find more details here.

Tea Towels

A reminder from the Parents’ Association that the tea towels are now ready to be purchased! All children from Reception to Year 6 drew a self-portrait, which is printed on to the tea towels. These can be bought for £5.00 each or £13.00 for three. Please pop into the School Office to buy one before they go!

Christmas Countdown

Wednesday 4th December – Christmas Lunch for the whole school.

Thursday 5th December – Year 1 are looking forward to re-visiting Risby Park Care Home, who are hosting a Winter Wonderland event for all children who have entertained the residents this year.

Thursday 5th December –  Reception will be hosting their Nativity play at 2.30pm in the Performing Arts Centre.  Refreshments will be served in the foyer from 2.00pm.

Friday 6th December –  Years 1 and 2 will present their Carol Concert at 3.00pm in the Performing Arts Centre.  Refreshments will be served in the foyer from 2.30pm.

Friday 6th December – There will be a Cup-cake Sale after school hosted by Years 5 and 6.  Tea towels will also be available.

Wednesday 11th December – Racing Welfare Carol Concert at 7.00pm in Tattersalls for all children from Years 3 to 6.  Tickets may be purchased here.  Please could you bring your child to the ‘bar area’ of Tattersalls at 6.45pm.

Thursday 12th December – Christmas parties for all children from Reception to Year 6.  Children are invited to bring in their party clothes in a clearly labelled bag.

Friday 13th December – At 11.00am, all children from Reception to Year 6 are participating in our end of term Christmas Carol Service at St Mary’s Church in Newmarket.  I look forward to seeing you all at this joyous occasion!  Term will finish after the service.

Christmas Holiday Club

Our popular Holiday Club will run from Monday 16th – Friday 20th December and Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd January.  Please find a booking form here.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Ben in Year 2 and Eleanor in Year 6.  Well done, children!


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

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

Lynda Brereton