Fairstead House

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

Dear Parents

As I write, there is great excitement in the school as Year 6 have just returned from a wonderful residential trip to Hollowford Centre in the Peak District  Children and staff declared it the ‘best trip ever’, despite the inclement weather.  I am sure that you have all enjoyed reading the daily blog from the trip and all the many photographs which have been posted on it (a selection is below).  I am certain that everyone will sleep well tonight!




It has been great fun in Reception this week, as the children continue to watch the tadpoles and caterpillars grow.
In PE, the class were excited to become butterflies and work with a partner to create a symmetrical balancing sequence. They also enjoyed working independently to make their own ‘looping caterpillars’ related to the story of ‘Caterpillar Dreams.’ After reading this story, the children were keen to share their dreams for the future.
We would like to thank Matilda’s Daddy for joining us earlier in the week and bringing in Clarence, the tortoise, for a visit. The children loved finding out all about him and particularly enjoyed feeding him! The children were also very lucky to have two ‘Surprise Readers’ this week. Thank you very much to Catherine’s brother for coming in and sharing a story with us and to Aria’s Mummy for visiting us today.


Year 1

In English, Year 1 have continued to focus on writing about the seaside.  They have been inspired by looking at old photographs and pretending they were the people in those photograph!   They all empathised with a character and considered what life was like at that time.
They have also been experimenting with edible art. The children made a seaside scene with food and then enjoyed eating it!




Year 2

Year 2 were absolutely thrilled with their finished information leaflets about Great Yarmouth, this week. They worked hard to write informative and useful sentences and create an eye-catching design that would hook the reader in.





Year 3

In Art this week, Year 3 worked hard to complete their boot designs. They have improved their controlled mixing skills and brush control. Ashera, Luca and Matilda were pleased with their finished pieces and are looking forward to seeing them displayed in town. Look out for the other works of art displayed around town.

Year 4

Year 4 were extremely lucky this week, to have a visit from Mrs Coggins, a dental specialist. The class compared the teeth of different animals, learned what is inside our teeth and were shocked to find out exactly how much sugar is in some of their favourite snacks and drinks! The class are looking forward to our next visit, when they will be cleaning their teeth and checking how clean they really are!


Year 5

This week, Year 5 has been developing their map skills.  They have been learning how to use an atlas accurately and have used grid references and recognising keys and symbols. In English, the children have been busy exploring the features of a play script and writing a play script of their own. In Maths, the children demonstrated their patience while creating 3D shapes from nets allowing them to revisit their knowledge of 3D shapes and their properties.


Informal Tea-time Concerts

Today we had our third Informal Tea Time Concert in the Summer Series. We heard a variety of instruments, including piano, guitar, electric guitar, ukulele, violin and cello as well as several children performing songs from musicals with movement and actions. Seventeen pupils performed solos and duets and over half were from Years 1 and 2.  Well done, all.
Congratulations to everyone on making this concert a very special occasion and many thanks to our Year 5 children, including Zara, Isabella, Alexander, Abiram and Evie for offering to help collect pupils and serve refreshments to parents and guests.

Our last Informal Tea Time Concert for this term is on Friday 21st June in the Performing Arts Centre.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Next Year’s Classes

I am pleased to let you know that the form teachers for next year are as follows~:

Reception  –  Mrs Katie Sanders
Year 1  –  Mrs Bid Scott
Year 2  –  Miss Sian Drayton
Year 3  –   Ms Debra Meyer
Year 4  –   Mrs Keily Newman
Year 5  –  Mr Ben Hewitt
Year 6  –  Miss Tracy Hodgkinson


The Week Ahead

Monday – Years 5 and 6 are visiting the Assault Course at ‘The Playground‘ in Barrow.

Tuesday – Year 6 are looking forward to spending the morning at our Forest School in Worlington.

Wednesday-  All children in school will be spending the morning with their new class teacher and in their new classroom.

Thursday – Year 5 are taking part in a ‘Bushcraft Challenge Day’ at The Leys School in Cambridge.

Friday – Year 5 are visiting the National Heritage Centre at Palace House, in continuation of their studies of the evolution of the horse.  They will tour the historic Rothschild Yard and find out more about the connection of the Stuarts with Newmarket’s history.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Fenella in Year 1 and Bella in Year 3.  Well done, children!


This week, we wish a happy birthday to Catherine, Sarah and Athena in the Nursery.

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

Lynda Brereton