Dear Parents,

It has been lovely to welcome the children back after half term and what a fantastic week it has been!  Reception visited the forest for the start of their outdoor learning; Years 1 and 2 were treated to an indoor climbing wall visit, Year 3 used their language skills at a local Mexican restaurant and Years 3 and 4 ended the week with fixtures.  In addition, the children in Key Stage 2 visited the Newmarket War Memorial on Thursday to observe a two minute silence and lay a wreath for Remembrance.

Flu Immunisation Update

We have now had confirmation that the Immunisation Team will be visiting School on the afternoon of Wednesday 24th November.

As the Year 3 & 4 children will be coming back to School from Burwell House at approximately 2.30 p.m. on this day we will be able to take them to have their vaccination as soon as they arrive back.  If you then wish to collect your child after 3.00 p.m., please feel free to do so.

Any children selected for matches on the day will be given their immunisation before they leave.

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Appeal

Just a reminder that any shoe boxes need to be back in School by Wednesday 17th November at the latest, please.

Autumn Glow Festival

The Fairstead Tradition of the Autumn Glow Festival is just over a week away on Saturday 20th November, between 5pm and 7pm.

Don’t forget to get your tickets now on Classlist ( or in the school office.

There will be marshmallows around the campfire, traditional games, a bouncy castle, stalls and refreshments.

Come and join us for a fun-filled autumnal evening in the grounds of the school.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Many thanks from the FHPA

Newmarket Rugby Club

Please see the attached flyer encouraging children to play rugby


It has been an exciting week in Reception! The children have been busy learning all about why November 5th is a significant date in history. They created some super firework art and enjoyed discovering lots of facts relating to Guy Fawkes and London. Building the Houses of Parliament was a wonderful way to consolidate learning and the children were very excited to receive a special gift of some wonderful new bricks to build with! Today, some biscuits were delivered and the children were able to decorate them with their best firework designs. They were delicious! Mrs Sanders was extremely proud of the children on Thursday, during their first visit to the forest. Not only did the children create a super poppy memorial, they acted with maturity and respect during the minute’s silence. Meeting some cuddly new woodland friends and using mathematical language whilst exploring in the autumn leaves was also great fun!

Please could all children in Reception have some spare underwear and tights/socks at school, just in case of any accidents.
If your child has borrowed some spare clothing from Reception, please could this be returned as soon as possible.

Year 1

We flew to China this week!

We learned how to write Chinese symbols and created our own Chinese fans, and we learned about China’s endangered animals.

We also practised using chopsticks in our own Chinese restaurant and created models of The Great Wall of China. Finally, we practised the Chinese martial art of Tai Chi. It really helped to calm our minds and set us up for the day!

Year 2

What an exciting first week back! Year 2 have been learning about onomatopoeia and calligrams. We have then used these wonderfully expressive words to create concrete poems in the shapes of fireworks. The children were very excited to create these wonderful poems! On Wednesday we learned the true story of ‘The Gunpowder Plot’ which was the precursor for fireworks/bonfire night. We have learned about the clothing of the day, how different living conditions were and how bold the gunpowder plot really was. On Thursday, the children learned about the reason we commemorate Remembrance Day. We learned about why the poppy is the symbol of Remembrance and made some wonderful art to support our learning. On Friday we spent the morning at ‘Clip ‘n Climb’ in Cambridge. WOW!! What an amazing group of climbers we have! The children tried their very best and achieved more than they had thought possible. It was wonderful to see all of the children challenging their bodies and their bravery. A special thank you to Mrs Toynbee for setting this up for us.
Have a lovely weekend.

Year 1 and 2 Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge

On Friday morning years 1 and 2 travelled to Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge for an action packed hour of climbing fun. After some initial nerves, all of the children embraced the challenge and climbed the variety of walls available at the centre. Some were even brave enough to take on the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ challenge! The children should be extremely proud of their hard work and achievements today. They certainly put their fitness and bravery to the test! A big thank you to Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge and all accompanying staff for making the trip a success.

Year 3

Year 3 have come back from half term with such enthusiasm and commitment to do well in all lessons. They have been introduced to adverbials in English and have started to learn how to exchange using the column addition method in maths. The children have been representing the exchange using dienes equipment, drawing the exchange pictorially and calculating using the formal written method. In topic, they have continued learning about the ancient Egyptians and this week found out about the different gods and goddesses. Did you know that they had over 2,000? Year 3 loved finding out what they looked like and what was special about each one. Ask Year 3 who their favourite ancient Egyptian god or goddess was if you get the chance! The highlight of our week was definitely our Spanish trip out to a Mexican restaurant. The children ordered their food in Spanish and sampled traditional dishes. They found out about the Day of the Dead and had a special treat afternoon. Year 3 behaved impeccably and were a real credit to the school out in the community. A special thanks to Miss Bryan for organising such a fantastic trip. Take a look at the photos of us in action…

Year 4

It was such a pleasure welcoming Year 4 back to school this week. They were all keen to hand in the hanging food chains that they made during half term. These have made a wonderful splash of colour to our classroom. Well done to those children that included the arrows, names of the animal or plants, and labelled which part of the food chain they are.
This half term’s science topic is electricity. We began by learning where electricity comes from and identifying possible everyday hazards. I was pleased to hear that Year 4 know why they need to behave sensibly around electricity.
Year 4 also had their first swimming lesson this week and were asked to show the swimming instructor how they swim a width. I look forward to seeing their progress as the term moves on. To ensure a swift and seamless change, please may all children bring goggles set to the correct size and named towels. Thank you.

Year 5

It is wonderful to have the children back after their holiday. We have hit the ground running and have already produced our first Big Write. Over the holidays, they had to decide which book I would love to read, and what a great selection the class has come up with. Some old favourites, some classics from past years and a few that I have never heard of and am intrigued by. My Christmas list is filling up! Their explanations as to why the book would suit me are well written and clear, referring to the interview notes they made before the holiday.

In addition, we have also started our sport again and I can see they have not lost any of their skill. Both in tennis and hockey, they demonstrated good coordination and positioning. From next week, we have a fixture every Wednesday and so they will be able to show their skills to us, their classmates and other schools. As you can see from the photo, they are working well in class. This photo was taken in French – ask them what they were doing because Mrs. Bryant was very pleased with them!

Year 6

It has been a busy first week back after the half-term holiday. Year 6 are very aware that some of them will be sitting entrance tests for senior schools in January and February so the focus is now on writing, comprehension, maths and reasoning skills! Lots of timed essays and papers to look forward to! On Thursday morning, staff were very proud of our Key Stage 2 children’s excellent behaviour and thoughtful questions at the war memorial. As Head Boy and Girl, Julian and Giselle were given the responsibility of laying a wreath and reading aloud the famous war poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae. This week’s English lessons have focussed on persuasive writing and Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed writing adverts for new toys. They came up with some wonderful ideas for Christmas best-sellers including ‘Curve Ball’ (Prince), ‘Bubble Gun Bubble Gum’ (Bella), ‘Ultimate Speed Cube’ (Giselle), ‘Super Simulator’ (Julian), ‘Glowy Step Count Elastic’ (Michaela), ‘Hoverfold’ (Ella) and ‘Robo Pets’ (Ashera). Following on from Year 6’s conker competition, Michaela spent part of her half-term holiday learning how to twist a single rubber band around her fingers to make some amazing shapes which she shared with her classmates on Friday afternoon. She made it look so easy!

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

Performance Exams

What week we have had in the music department! Ten vocalists and instrumentalists performed 40 different songs and pieces, ranging from Grade 1 to 3. Each candidate performed four songs or pieces which were filmed, uploaded and sent to the ABRSM to assess and mark. Well done to all the candidates for working so hard in preparing for these exams and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed accompanying you all on the piano. We hope to receive the results at some point next week.

Karina Warburton
Director of Music


The much anticipated fight scene in our Year 3 & 4 production of Narnia was rehearsed this week. It was an action packed scene and carefully choreographed. Every pupil has had a copy of the script for 3 weeks now and we expect lines from memory by Thursday please. The costume list will be emailed to parents by Tuesday next week.

Rehearsals for the Year 5 & 6 Nativity are in full swing and much fun has been had in our Drama lessons. Costumes have been provided by our resourceful drama wardrobe. However, pupils have had their scripts for 3 weeks and we expect lines to have been memorised by Thursday.

U9 Fixtures

Our girls from Years 3 and 4 took part in a netball triangular at Barnardiston Hall this Friday. Having played hockey for most of the term it was a chance for the girls to progress their netball skills. They took the opportunity to improve and grew with confidence throughout the matches. I am really looking forward to the girls’ continued improvements.

The U9 boys had two wonderful hockey matches on Friday. The first was against Barnadiston before they played South Lee. In both matches, Fairstead dominated, with their goalie never having to move. We changed goalie between matches to give him a run around. The centre of the field was dominated by Jamie, Otis, Charlie and Christian who ran the other teams off their feet. Accurate passing, strong tackling and great positioning was apparent throughout both matches. The first match was won 1-0 after a great finish by Otis. The second match stayed 0-0 due to some great work by their goalie. The boys can certainly be proud of what they achieved today. We certainly are.

Term Dates 2022/2023

Please see below the term dates for 2022/2023 for your information.

MICHAELMAS 2022                                                                     

Term begins            Thursday 01 September

Half-term                  24 October – 04 November

Term ends                Friday 09 December

LENT 2023

Term begins             Wednesday 04 January

Half-term                  13 – 17 February

Term ends                Friday 24 March


Term begins            Monday 17 April

Half-term                  29 May – 02 June

Term ends                Friday 07 July


Have a lovely weekend!

Michael Radford