Fairstead House

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

Dear Parents

There was great excitement in school this week as we celebrated World Book Day.  Children (and staff) from Foals upwards made a huge effort and came to school dressed as a character from a much-loved book.  We were thrilled to see such a wide variety of books represented and some wonderfully original ideas.  World Book Day really highlights the love of reading which is instilled in our children from such an early age remains with us for life.  Many thanks for all of your help in creating your children’s costumes.

Earlier on in the week, we all enjoyed delicious, homemade pancakes, thanks to Chef, and learnt about the traditions of Shrove Tuesday as marked throughout world.  On the morning of Ash Wednesday, we were delighted to welcome Rev. Max Drinkwater from St Mary’s Church, who led a service for the children.  He was very impressed at the children’s knowledge of these two very important dates in the Christian calendar.



This week in Reception, the children received a letter from Mr Wolf who needed help to make pancakes, as unfortunately, none of his friends were kind enough to help him. Thankfully, the children and Chef came to his rescue and made some delicious pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. They found out all about how Pancake Day is celebrated around the world and even took part in some traditional pancake races!
In Maths, Mr Wolf asked for more help, this time with his shopping and the children enjoyed exploring how many ways they could make 10p using 1p coins.
World Book Day was celebrated in style and the children had great fun guessing different story characters and sharing all their wonderful stories. The day ended with a special surprise for the class. Thank you, Mrs Toynbee, for being our first ‘Surprise Reader’ this term and sharing such a memorable story.





Year 1

Year 1 started this week off by visiting Australia; they had a fun packed few days as they visited Ayres Rock and the Sydney Opera house and are now ‘chilling out’ on Bondi beach until next week when they will meet some Aborigines who will be sharing their stories with the class next week. In the meantime, their last Maths lesson of the week went from fractions into telling the time!
A lot of enjoyment was had on World Book Day!  The children had a scavenger hunt in the library and discovered some lovely new books and enjoyed sharing and reading stories.


Year 2

In Science this week, Year 2 have been learning about the human life cycle.
They started by sorting statements such as ‘I sleep in a cot,’ ‘I ride a bike’ and ‘I can get married,’ into things a baby, child or adult would do. They then worked in small groups to discuss where they thought the statements should be placed.

Then the children got to play the highly anticipated Baby Quiz; it was so much fun guessing who was who! Finally, they used pictures from the quiz to create their own life-cycles. The children thought carefully about how they have changed over the years and made predictions about how they might look in the future!


Year 3

Year 3 have been using the first signs of Spring and the highly changeable weather, as inspiration in their creative writing this week. They have then been exploring the thesauri to expand and enrich their vocabulary, and, therefore, their setting description.


Year 4

In Art, Year 4 are nearing the completion of their kinetic art models. These will make a wonderfully interactive display; please do come to see them in the following weeks.
In Maths this week, the class have been deciding which addition and subtraction problems they could solve mentally and which they should solve using a written method.
On World Book Day, it was a delight to see the class in all their wonderful costumes!

Year 5

In Maths this week, Year 5 has been developing their numeracy skills using a variety of written methods for multiplication, including the grid method’ and ‘long multiplication’. In English, we have been developing our grammar and punctuation skills by using conjunctions to link our sentences together as well as using possessive apostrophes accurately. The highlight of the week was undoubtedly ‘World Book Day’. The children were most excited and proud to share their favourite book character with the rest of the class and school.

Year 6

As part of their space topic, Year 6 have been researching the shape of a given star constellation and transferring it with silver pen and small stars to a piece of black card. They then used the ICT suite to research important facts about their constellation, and wrote a paragraph about it. Here we have Harry with Gemini, Lucy with Leo and Lyla with Hercules.  Do come into the classroom to admire their work.



Sports Matches

U11 Girls Netball v The Stephen Perse Foundation

‘On Wednesday 6th March, the U11 girls played a netball match against The Stephen Perse Foundation.  We won the toss and chose to have first centre pass.  

We were off to a good start with lots of energy and excitement,  Lyla was great at getting into spaces and Cecilia was fantastic at sticking close to her player.

Georgia made some strong passes across the pitch and Abisha made some incredible interceptions.  By half-time, the score was 6-4 to the Stephen Perse.

We came back with new determination.  Ella was amazing at dodging her player and passing it into the ‘D’ where Lara and Ava scored some incredible goals. 

The end score was 10-6 to the Stephen Perse.  We all played amazingly well and should be very proud of our efforts.  Ava was Player of the Match.  Well done, team!’

Lucy T., Captain

U11 Boys Hockey v The Stephen Perse Foundation

‘The U11 boys travelled to the Stephen Perse Foundation to play hockey.  Fairstead had push-back and the boys passed the ball with growing confidence; however, Stephen Perse were very quick to attack and their impressive stick skills resulted in an early goal.  A few changes to our defence prevented further attacks; however, Stephen Perse’s persistence paid off and they were victorious.  

The boys learnt a lot from this match.  Better luck next time, boys!’

Michael Radford, Deputy Head 


Rehearsals for ‘Olivia!’

Rehearsals for our school musical, ‘Olivia’ are well underway and everyone should have memorised their lines in the script and the lyrics to the songs. On Thursday morning, Mrs Cocks, our singing teacher came into school to choreograph dance movements to three of the songs. Mrs Cocks is a professional singer and experienced dance choreographer and she regularly performs and coaches in musical theatre. The children had an intensive rehearsal and everyone responded well and enjoyed singing and dancing together.


Informal Tea-time Concerts

On Tuesday 5th March, we had our second Informal Tea Time Concert this Term. Over seventeen pupils performed on various instruments including violin, piano, treble and descant recorder, flute, clarinet and electric guitar. Special mention must be made to the Windband who gave a very confident and expressive performance of Mozart’s ‘Minuet.’ Congratulations to all the instrumentalists for performing so well and many thanks to our Music Prefects who are always so very helpful when setting up the performance area and serving refreshments before the concert.

Our next Informal Tea Time Concert will be next week, on Tuesday 12th March, a week earlier than advertised.

On Tuesday 19th March we have a Recital Concert for all pupils taking an ABRSM exam this term.


Parents’ Association Events

Ponies 2 and Reception Cupcake Sale – Friday 15th March

Ponies 2 and Reception will be hosting a Cupcake Sale after school next Friday.  Cupcakes will cost £1 each so please do bring your spare change!

Family Bingo Night – Friday 15th March

This will take place at 6.30pm in the School Hall and promises to be a very exciting and fun family evening. Pizza and soft drinks will be on sale; however, you are very welcome to bring your own bottle of choice. Please book your family in at the School Office or play and pay on the night. A family ticket costing £10 includes four cards. Additional cards will be available on the evening and children of all ages are very welcome but please note that you will be responsible for your own children.

Film Night – Friday 22nd March

The children are very excited to learn that the next film will be The Incredibles 2.  The cost of this evening is £10, which includes pizza, salad and pudding.  In addition, the Parents’ Association provide a snack and drink during the Interval.  Tickets will be on sale next week from the School Office.

Summer Ball – Friday 17th May

This year, the Parents’ Association have booked Tattersalls for this memorable and enjoyable event. Please do invite all your friends to make a table!  More details will be e-mailed out to parents this week.

Afternoon Snacks

As you are probably aware, apples are now available to the children during their afternoon break.  This is proving very popular!  However, if you feel your child still needs an additional snack before their After School Club, please ensure that it is either fruit or a small sandwich.  Thank you.

Birthday Cakes

If it is your child’s birthday then you are most welcome to bring in a birthday cake (nut free) for your child to celebrate with their class.  Please could we request, however, that you only give the birthday child a cake to bring in for their own birthday and not their siblings or other family members!  Thank you for your co-operation.

Mobile Telephones

Just a reminder to parents that children are not allowed mobile telephones in school at any time.  If a mobile telephone is found, it will be confiscated and returned to the child’s parents at the end of the day.  I appreciate your help in this matter.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Hugo in Year 3 and Abisha in Year 6.  Well done, children!


This week, we wish a happy birthday to Monty in the Nursery, Lilly in Year 1 and Zara in Year 5.

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

Lynda Brereton