Dear Parents

A particular delight for me this week was watching our Cross Country runners return jubilantly from the Royal Hospital School in Ipswich.  Toby, Ella and Ava had all qualified for this event and were representing the Forest Heath district.  All children were racing against children in Years 5, 6 and 7, so clearly a very tough ask!  With nearly 200 runners in each of the boys’ and girls’ races, we were extremely thrilled and proud that Ella and Ava finished 21st and 22nd respectively in the Girls’ U12 and Toby finished 51st in the Boys’ U12.  Both Ella and Ava now go forward to represent the district in the County Championships in December. Toby missed out by the narrowest of margins as only the first 50 children go through.  Well done, all, and I look forward to reporting back in December!


This week, all learning in Reception has been focused around the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’.  The children were amazing at initiating actions to add life to the story. They were so wonderful at storytelling that Mrs Sanders asked them to go and share their story with the Nursery children. It was such a lovely experience for all.  In Maths, the children have enjoyed using different strategies to find a number ‘one more than’ a given number. They have also undertaken some super work using ‘Numicon’, to recall number bonds to 6.
There was real excitement when Head Chef, Ms Bilner joined the class at the end of the week. She brought the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ to life by helping the children to make some delicious vegetable soup.  The children chopped, sliced and tasted leeks, red onions, carrots and parsnips.  This was then enjoyed during snack time this morning – Dr. Brereton particularly relished her morning snack!  This afternoon, the children all made bread rolls and the wonderful smell of baking bread pervaded the school!   Do enjoy the soup and bread this evening. It has been another week of adventure in Reception!

Please could the children come into school in school uniform on Tuesday ready for our Harvest Festival celebration?  The children should bring their PE kits with them to change into later.  Thank you.

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Year 1

Year 1 have had another busy week.
They became ‘living sounds’ in their phonics lessons and put themselves together and made some words.
Because of the beautiful weather, we took this week’s History lesson outside, where they looked at children’s clothing and how it has changed over the decades.  In Maths, the children all worked with a friend counting in 10s and looking at teen numbers.

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Year 2

Year 2 have been practising their debating skills this week! After hearing some facts, they were asked whether they thought animals should be allowed to perform in circuses. They made their decision based on the facts that they had heard, and their own beliefs. The children then wrote three points to support their arguments.
They flipped a coin to determine which side would present first. The children presented their views confidently and calmly, making sure that they didn’t talk over each other!  Miss Drayton commented that there are definitely some future politicians in Year 2!

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Year 3

In Maths, Year 3 used their knowledge of three-digit numbers, rounding, and properties of numbers to work out mystery numbers. They then wrote a set of clues which made it possible for a friend to work out their mystery number. Year 3 enjoyed challenging their friends to solve each other’s mystery number clues.

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Year 4

This week in English, Year 4 have developed their persuasive writing skills.  They have written letters using facts and evidence to support their opinions on matters they feel quite strongly about!  In Art, the children’s Mayan death and celebration masks are nearing completion!

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Year 5

This half-term, Year 5 have been learning about the ‘Changing Role of Women’ throughout British History. This week, it culminated in the children learning about, and understanding, the final events which led to British Women finally gaining the right to vote. The children learned about and grouped the different occupations which had to be filled by women during the First World War. They are all thoroughly looking forward to their trip to the Houses of Parliament next week.

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Year 6

In Science this week, Year 6 have been examining Darwin’s views on the evidence that fossil records provide for the theory of evolution. They also discussed why some living things have more fossil records than others. Following this, they experimented by making their own fossils.

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Sports Matches

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“On Wednesday 10 October 2018, Fairstead U11 girls played in a hockey tournament at Culford.
Each team was put into a group and played all the other teams in their group. We were with South Lee and Norwich School.
Our first match was against South Lee. They were a very good and challenging team. We made some great passes and tackles, but they sadly broke through our defence, with the score 3-0 to them.
Our second match was against Norwich School. It was another long and hard match and we lost 2-0.
Our final match was against Culford.  We all felt that this was our best match and Ella scored an outstanding goal but sadly, despite our best efforts, we lost 3-1.  South Lee were the tournament winners.
I was very proud of how we all played really well together as a team and, in our next match, we need to work on using the space and making stronger passes.”

Lucy T., Captain

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Fairstead House U11 Boys Rugby Tournament at Culford School

“Fairstead House U11 boys took part in a rugby tournament at Culford School with five other teams.
Our first match was against Ipswich School and they were a good side.  Unfortunately, we lost our first match.  Our second match was against St Felix.  They weren’t as strong as our previous opponents but they were quick runners and they made some great passes.  We tried our best but sadly we lost.  Our third match was against Culford and they were a decent side.  We didn’t have the best start but we had a good ending although, despite our best efforts, we lost the match.  Our fourth match was against South Lee, who were an excellent team.  We managed to get a try but we lost in the end.  Our last match was against Dame Bradbury’s and they were very good opponents and won the match.
That’s in the past now and we will learn from our mistakes and try and get better.  The team put in a good effort and well done to Harry for scoring a few good tries.  Well done, team and better luck next time!”

Junior V., Captain

Informal Tea-time Concert

On Tuesday, we had our second Informal Tea Time Concert of the Michaelmas Term in our wonderful Performing Arts Centre. I must congratulate our musicians for performing so confidently and with musical style.
Our next Informal Tea Time Concert is on Tuesday 16th October at 4:05pm.

Years 5 and 6 Trip to the Houses of Parliament – Monday 15th October

On Monday, Years 5 and 6 will be visiting the Houses of Parliament in London.  Please could all children be at school, in their school uniforms and blazers, by 7.15am and the minibuses will leave at 7.30am promptly.  Please could your child bring a small backpack with them, in which they can carry their packed lunch.  The school will supply the children with a packed lunch and extra water bottles.  The children should not bring any pocket money.  The children may bring electronic devices to use during the journey but we will ensure that Internet access is disabled.  We aim to be back at school by 6.00pm but we will inform you as soon as possible if we are running late.

Car Park

It has been brought to my attention that, sadly, not everyone is being as patient, understanding and courteous in the car park as we would expect and hope.  Please ensure you park within the white lines and, furthermore, that the staff car park is not blocked!  If the car park is full in the morning or drop-off, then please exit the drive and try again.  Thank you for your understanding.

Harvest Festival – Tuesday 16th October

All children from Reception to Year 6 will be taking part in our annual celebration of the Harvest.  Please join us in the P.A. on Tuesday 16th October.  Refreshments will be served in the foyer from 8.45am.  Please could your child bring in a non-perishable donation for Newmarket’s Open Door Charity.  Thank you.

Dates for your Diary

With half term arriving soon, it won’t be long before December is here! Please could you note the following dates in your diaries:

• Reception Nativity ‘The Grumpy Sheep’ – 9:15am on Thursday 6th December in the Performing Arts Centre
• Foals and Yearlings Nativity – 9:30am on Friday 7th December in the Performing Arts Centre
• Years 1 and 2 Carol Service and Nativity – 2pm on Monday 10th December at St. Agnes Church, Newmarket (in addition to the Calendar)
• Years 3 – 6 Racing Welfare Christmas Concert – 7pm on Wednesday 12th December at Tattersalls, Newmarket (this is part of the School’s Calendar and not optional)
• Reception – Year 6 End of Term Service – 10:30am on Friday 14th December at St Mary’s Church, Newmarket (Term finishes after the church service at St Mary’s and the children will leave from the church.  All children will be participating.)

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Charlie in Year 2 and Richard in Year 5.  Well done, children!


This week, we wish a happy birthday to Lottie in Year 2 and Harry in the Ponies Room.

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

Lynda Brereton