Fairstead House


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

Dear Parents

It was an absolute pleasure and delight to welcome you and your children back to school on Monday.  Everyone looked refreshed after their summer holiday and it was lovely to hear of all the children’s adventures.  The children have all had a busy and exciting week getting to know their new teacher and friends and I am sure are very ready for the weekend!

We have been very busy in school all summer and I am delighted to let you know that, in the main school building, the hall landing and stairs have been redecorated and it all looks fresh and bright.  In addition, the Years 3 and 4 changing rooms (both girls and boys) have been extended, redecorated and refurbished.  They look much more inviting and the increased space will ensure that the children are able to take full responsibility of their possessions.  Furthermore, we have created a new form room which will be used this year and next for Year 6.  This was the old staff room but it is now a modern, fresh new classroom, much to the delight of the children and their teacher!  We are all enjoying the fruits of our hard work over the summer!

At Fairstead House Trust’s AGM in November, our Chair of Governors will be setting out our vision to create a masterplan for building works ready for September 2021.

This morning, in Assembly, it was my privilege to announce roles and responsibilities for the Year 6 children in the year ahead.  Do read Year 6’s section of this Newsletter for all the information!

Reception

What a fantastic start to the year it has been in Reception. The children have settled in so quickly and have been wonderful at adapting to the new class rules and routines.

Everyone has had lots of fun getting to know one another indoors and outdoors and everyone has been super busy; reading stories, learning new songs, recognising and ordering numbers and creating a wonderful ‘Busy Bees’ display. What a busy, fun week it has been. The class are very much looking forward to beginning Spanish, Mandarin, ICT, Music and PE next week!

A gentle reminder: please could all children bring trainers to leave at school for playtimes and spare underwear (in their PE bags) in case of any accidents. Many thanks.

 

Year 1

Year 1 have settled beautifully into their new classroom and are adapting quickly into their new routine. They have loved starting their topic, ‘Getting to know me” and have all enjoyed hearing of each other’s aspirations for the year ahead.

 

 

Year 2

Year 2 have had a fantastic first week back at school and have enjoyed starting their new topic, ‘Famous Faces.’ In Art, they have been studying the work of Paul Klee who compared drawing to taking a line for a walk. The children had great fun replicating his colourful style by taking their own line for a walk!  They have also loved creating these wise old owls whose passion for learning the children will replicate!

 

Year 3

It has been a very exciting start to the year. Year 3 arrived to a newly decorated classroom and purpose built changing rooms. Despite moving buildings, I have been extremely impressed with how the children have adapted and enjoyed their new surroundings. It has been a pleasure to get to know the children and we have been very busy familiarising ourselves to a new school routine! In Maths, we have been focussed on number bonds to 100. In English, we have been revising common and proper nouns as well as the use of adjectives. Our topic for this term is ‘Anglo-Saxons and Vikings’. This week, the children thoroughly enjoyed thinking about, and ordering, historic events to build a timeline.

 

 

Year 4

The children have begun Year 4 with focus and enthusiasm. Well done!
They started their English lessons by identifying the author’s use of language in both fiction and non-fiction texts. In groups, they used their speaking and listening skills to perform the fiction passage to the class. An extremely entertaining lesson!
Our topic this term is the Anglo-Saxons and the children are looking forward to our educational visits to West Stow and Sutton Hoo.

 

 

 

 

Year 5

Year 5 have enjoyed beginning their new topic, ‘Properties and Changes of Materials’ and using the Science Lab this week. They chose how to test different materials, in order to compare and then classify them, according to the materials’ properties. Year 5 were accurate and thoroughly methodical in their investigations!

 

Year 6

It was an important and exciting morning for Year 6 children as all the positions of responsibility for the year ahead were announced in Assembly.  The roles awarded are as follows:

House Captain of Buckenham – Alexander
Vice Captain – Molly

House Captain of Taylor  – James
Vice Captain – Richard

Captain of Wedgwood House – Eleanor
Vice Captain – Zara

Boys’ Sports Captain – Abiram
Vice Captain – James

Girls’ Sports Captain – Ava
Vice Captain – Isabella

Head Boy – Richard
Head Girl – Zara

Congratulations to all the children on their new school roles and we are sure that they will all fulfil their responsibilities magnificently!

 

Speech & Drama Success

Many congratulation to Luca in Year 4, who was awarded a distinction for his LAMDA Grade 2 examination in Acting.  Well done, Luca!

If your child would like to take individual Speech & Drama lessons this term then please do contact the School Office for further information.

School Pick-Up

To ease congestion at the end of the school day and to allow for the safe collection of your children, please note that Years 1 and 2 children will be released from the front door of the Coach House.  May I request that you let grandparents, nannies or anyone who may collect your child be aware of this.  Thank you for your understanding.

Swimming

In order to ensure that swimming coaching is focused to each child’s individual requirements, this term Years 3 and 4 will be swimming and Years 1 and 2 will swim in the Lent term.  The first lesson was yesterday and Years 3 and 4 thoroughly enjoyed their time in the pool.

Curriculum Evening for Reception to Year 6 – Tuesday 10th September

All parents from Reception to Year 6 are warmly invited to come to school on Tuesday evening to meet other parents in their class and, most importantly, to meet your child’s class teacher and to find out all about the new school year, including the curriculum and its delivery, timetables, trips and visits as well as the new expectations and aims for the year ahead.  Every school year is different and the curriculum is continuously evolving so even if you have had a child in this year group before, you will still find the evening both informative and worthwhile.  Refreshments will be served from 5.45pm in the Performing Arts Centre and the evening will start at 6.00pm.

Please note that this event is for parents only.  Thank you.

Uniform

Please ensure that your child has the complete, correct and labelled uniform in school at all times.  Please click here for a complete uniform and stationery list.  On the days when your child comes into school wearing PE kit (Reception on Tuesdays and Years 5-6 on Thursdays) please ensure that your child brings their full uniform, including their blazer and school shoes, to school to change into.  Thank you.

Napkins

A reminder that all children should have a cloth napkin in school at all times.  This will be sent home on Fridays to be laundered, or earlier if necessary!

Join us for Lunch!

Lunch is a very important part of the school day and to share this special experience, you are all warmly invited to join your child for lunch.  To book in, please telephone the School Office.  In order to make your child’s table a very special one, we are only able to have one parent per lunch.   Please also note that younger siblings cannot, unfortunately, be accommodated.

After-school Clubs

After-school Clubs start next week.  To book your child into the clubs of their choice, please access the Parent Portal.  This includes Prep Club and Tea Club to ensure adequate staffing and catering.

International Language Week

Under the direction of our Modern Foreign Languages teacher, Miss Kathryn Bryan, we will be celebrating International Languages Week on the week commencing 23rd September.  The children will be learning a wide variety of languages, trying a new range of international cuisine and many other exciting activities.  On Tuesday 24th September, the children are invited to wear home clothes, based on the flag or national costume of the country of their choice.  The more knowledge that your child has of the country they are representing and its language, the better!  Thank you for your support in helping us to celebrate this special week.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Yuru in Year 1 and Eleanor in Year 6.  Well done, girls!

Birthdays

This week, we wish a happy birthday to Curtis in the Nursery and to Oskar in Reception and Matilda in Year 1.

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

Lynda Brereton