Fairstead House

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

Dear Parents

What a wonderfully joyous, festive week we have all enjoyed at Fairstead House!  I have had the pleasure and privilege of watching four Nativity plays this week!  It was particularly delightful to watch the progression from our youngest children performing at the beginning of the week to the confident and polished performances from our Years 1 and 2 this afternoon.  Year 1 have been thinking about gifts which you ‘can’t wrap up’.  Memories of these Nativity plays are surely such gifts!



It has been a fantastic week in Reception, as the countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun.
The children wowed audiences this week with their amazing performance of ‘Whoops-A-Daisy Angel.’ They should all be very proud of themselves, and it was a super way to put everyone in the festive spirit. Thank you to all parents for providing such wonderful costumes!
There was great excitement to find out what happened to ‘Plop,’ as the children finished reading ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’ and the final chapter inspired some beautiful artwork. The children were introduced to the work of Vincent van Gogh and they thoroughly enjoyed replicating their own ‘Starry Night’ paintings. Please do come and see them on display.



Year 1

Year 1 have had a super busy week. They started with Catherine sharing how to make a Christingle and she could tell the children what all the different components  represented.

Anna delighted the class when she read their afternoon story.

The children enjoyed a visit back to Risby Park Nursing home but this time it was all about Christmas. What fun they all had!  Artificial snow, festive face painting and a wonderful, traditional carousel were highlights for the children!

They ended their week off being super stars in the KS1 Christmas production of The Little Angel.  Mrs Scott was so super proud of all Year 1 and Year 2; time for a very well-deserved rest!




Year 2

In Science, Year 2 were challenged to try to make a working electrical circuit using two wires, a bulb and two batteries. The children had great fun experimenting with the equipment before going onto investigate which materials are conductors and which are insulators by adding different objects, such as a spoon and a jumper, to see if they allowed electricity to flow through them or not. Much fun was had by all!



Year 3

Our PSHEE topic, ‘Friendship and Family’, concluded this week with the children discussing different strategies that could be used to help to resolve difficult situations with friends. The children offered some very thoughtful comments and were keen to present their views to the whole class. In Maths, we found ourselves in the science lab to carry out a number of measuring activities relating to capacity. The children demonstrated that one litre is the same as 1000ml by carefully measuring ten 100ml amounts from a 1 litre bottle. In English, the children worked collaboratively to identify the features of a non-chronological report and have started to research the Vikings for their own non-chronological report.



Year 4

In History this week, Year 4 enjoyed using the iPads for independent research, to learn about Viking life. They researched a range of areas such as: clothes, food, gods, homes and jobs. They were intrigued by how Viking children had no schooling and learnt through stories.

For the past three weeks, Year 4 have been learning about salsa dancing in their Spanish lessons. After learning about the musical instruments used in salsa music, the children learnt how to do the salsa basic step, with instructions for directions and the counts needed given in Spanish! In this week’s lesson, the children learnt a simple salsa routine, which they performed to our very special panel of Strictly judges, with the children earning a very respectable 33 out of 40! Well done, Year 4 – that’s even better than Kelvin and Oti’s first week score!



Year 5

In Humanities this week, Year 5 have been using the iPads and the Koppen-Geiger Classification system to describe how latitude influences the climate of an area. They are now able to explain the difference between climate and weather and can tell you about the climate, biome and likely weather conditions of many different areas of the Americas.

In Maths this week, inspired by the Rainforest ‘Swimathon’, Year 5 have been working collaboratively to investigate and solve a word problem about the fundraising feat! Here is the problem: The Rainforest Swimathon team of 7 need to swim 2,273 lengths. Casper is younger so he can swim nearly half as many laps as the rest of the Year 5 swimmers but not more than half. How many lengths do the Year 5 swimmers have to swim each?

Answers to benjamin.hewitt@fairsteadhouse.co.uk with many House points up for grabs!


Year 6

Year 6 have been discussing Maths problems this week and how to solve them.  They then had to explain their reasoning to the rest of the class.

In their French lessons this term, the children have been studying the topic of school – subjects, places in school and uniforms. The children are bringing all this learning together in a final project, working together in groups of three to create their own ideal schools. They must design the layout of the buildings, plan a timetable and put together their ideal uinform. This week, the children were finishing their plans and started making the final work, which they will present next week. It’s great to see not only their knowledge and understanding of French improving but also our budding young designers and architects at work!



Christmas Lunch

On Wednesday we were all completely spoilt with our delicious, traditional Christmas lunch prepared by Chef Charlie and her team.  All the children looked very festive and everyone entered into the spirit of the occasion! The Head Boy & Girl, Richard and Zara, thanked the kitchen staff and congratulated them on their wonderful lunches all year round, and finished with a rousing three cheers for the kitchen staff!







Christmas Competition

Dear Parents,

Year 6 are arranging a Christmas fund raising day for the Salvation Army.  We would love it if your child could wear a Christmassy accessory on Wednesday 11th December and bring in a donation of at least £1.00.  Please do not wear more than one item with your school uniform. Some Christmas accessories you can wear are: a Christmas jumper or t-shirt, socks, headband, tights/leggings, hair bobbles or ribbons, tie, shirt etc. Don’t worry if you don’t have anything – you can wear some tinsel or other Christmas decoration with your uniform. We don’t want you to buy anything – rather, please donate to our chosen charity. 

Thank you for your generosity.

Abiram, Alex, Ava, Eleanor, Isabella, James, Molly, Richard and Zara

Dance Assembly

The children who attend Dance Club on Thursdays will be putting on a performance for the whole school on Monday morning during Assembly.  If you child attends Dance Club, please could they come to school wearing black leggings and a brightly coloured (but unpatterned) t-shirt.  Thank you!

No Clubs or Swimming

Just a reminder that the after school clubs (except for Prep Club) have now finished for this term.  After-school Care will still be available everyday until 6.00pm.

Swimming lessons have also now ended for this term and will begin for Years 1 and 2 during the first week back.

Speech & Drama Lessons

A reminder from our Speech & Drama teacher, Mr Jonathan Woolf, to let him know as soon as possible if you would like your child to take Speech & Drama lessons next term.  Please contact Mr Woolf on jwoolf2019@gmail.com and let him know the name and year group of your child.  Please do not hesitate to contact Mr Woolf directly if you have any queries regarding Speech & Drama lessons.

The Week Ahead

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 Post Box

The Christmas Post Box will be out from Monday.  Please ensure that, if you child is bringing in Christmas cards, the recipient’s name and year group are clearly displayed on the envelope for our Year 6 elves to deliver!

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Sophia in Year 1 and Prince in Year 4.

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

Lynda Brereton