Fairstead House

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

Dear Parents,

How delightful to end the second week of Michaelmas term in such glorious Autumn sunshine. How it lifts everyone’s spirits!  Already, all the children appear extremely well settled and happy in their new classrooms.  It is hard, indeed, to believe that they have only been back for ten days!


This week in Reception, the children have thoroughly enjoyed participating in their first specialist lessons of the year. ‘Happiness’ has been the theme of the week in class and the children have loved sharing all the things which make them feel happy. They have produced some super artwork to represent their ideas which are already on display!
Sorting and grouping objects in Maths has been great fun and the children were very excited to explain their reasoning behind the ‘odd one out!’

Year 1

It has been a busy but fun-filled week in Year 1! The children made passports and jetted off to South America to start their trip around the world. On the plane, they listened carefully to the safety advice before looking out of the window at some of South America’s greatest landmarks. On arrival, they had their passports checked and stamped! The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the rainforest strata and making their very own rain sticks; now they can simulate the rainforest in their own home!

Year 2

Year 2 have begun an in-depth look at the book, ‘Wombat Stew’.  They have identified the elements of a story and mapped them on a ‘story mountain’.
Next, they will create a story map of the characters and the events with a view to embellishing the text with the addition of our own characters!
In Maths, they have continued to explore place value and how to represent 2 digit numbers with a variety of maths equipment. Our art session on Friday has centred around the Herve Tullet book, ‘Mix It Up’, which explores colour mixing for primary and secondary colours, light and dark and tint and shade.
The children have created beautiful colour wheels to support their learning.

Year 3

As part of their Science topic, ‘Animals Including Humans’, the children have been considering the importance of diet and nutrition in keeping healthy. They are pretending to be personal trainers and have each been given a ‘client’ to advise over the coming weeks. This week they analysed their clients’ food diaries, paying particular attention to the number of portions of fruit and vegetables eaten and the number of teaspoons of sugar consumed. There was definitely room for improvement in some diets! We were rather surprised to learn how many teaspoons of sugar there are ‘hidden’ in some popular foods. In Maths, we have been looking at addition and subtraction this week. The children particularly enjoyed playing an addition board game at the end of the week. In English, the children have been looking at books by the author, Michael Foreman. We have read several of his illustrated stories and are going to write our own next week. The grammar focus this week has been verbs and conjunctions. The children had great fun thinking of their own humorous sentences with conjunctions in!

Year 4

There was much excitement in the Year 4 classroom this week, as the children anticipated making their Maya Event and Death masks in Art. During the lesson, I was impressed by how they used papier-mâché techniques to create a smooth surface and how they structured additions such as ears, snouts and horns by building layers of tissue paper.
In English, we have read two Maya myths; The Maya Creation story and The Hero Twins. The children have compared and summarised these stories in preparation for writing their own myths.


Year 5

Our study of the Sumer civilisation has continued this week as we have started looking at what it was like to live there. Already, we have discovered that the humble brick that we all take for granted was invented by them.
In addition, we have decided that it was better to be a free person in Sumer as no-one wanted to be a slave. The children created a wonderful collection of facts about life in the city states and also how the city states were formed.

Having studied magnetism as a property last week, we went on to look at the ability of different objects to conduct electricity. With a simple circuit, the children were able to find out how metal objects conduct electricity. We also discussed the fact that paint over a metal surface prevented this. The children worked extremely well, testing objects both inside and outside school.

Year 6

Year 6 have been finding out about money and shopping in the 1930s.
They couldn’t believe it when they learnt that Mr Hodgkins (one of the characters in the historical series that we have been watching) earned just £3 per week! Jos kindly brought in a wonderful selection of coins from the Bahamas to share with the class and Perdie showed us a wonderful photo of her great grandfather, standing in front of his sweet-making factory. Keep the artefacts coming, Year 6!

French and Spanish

This week, our language stars were chosen for their fantastic written work on what they did over the summer holidays. In Spanish, the Estrellas de la Semana are William from Year 3 and Elsie from Year 4. In French, the Etoiles de la Semaine are Ella from Year 5 and Perdita from Year 6.

Mandarin Club

Our Mandarin teacher, Mrs Haiqi Li, is delighted to be able to continue her lunchtime Mandarin Club, open to all children in Key Stage 2, as of next week.

European Day of Languages

On Friday 25th September, the school will be celebrating European Day of Languages! All children from Reception up to Year 6 are encouraged to come to school in clothing that represents a different country or culture. This could be wearing the colours of a flag or if you happen to have any national dress at home, from your own culture or one your child is interested in! Children are allowed to come in with face paint on if it is part of their outfit. There will be awards on the day for the best costumes (for the children and the teachers!) and for the children who can share something about the country they have chosen to represent.

As Miss Bryan will be coming in on Friday to spend the whole day with the children in their fantastic costumes, there will be no Russian club after school on Tuesday next week. There will be a shorter lunchtime session for children who wish to attend on Friday (there is no need to book this through the after school booking system).

Uniform Delivery to School – Monday 6th October

Our uniform supplier, ‘Mr Cricket’ of Burwell, will be delivering uniform orders to school on Monday 6th October.  If you would like to order any uniform to be included in this delivery, please visit their website here: http://www.fairsteadhouseuniformshop.co.uk/ 

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Charlotte in Year 1 and Dylan in Year 6.  Well done, children!


This week, we wished a happy birthday to Matilda in Year 2 and Virginia in Year 3.

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

Lynda Brereton