Dear Parents

On Wednesday,  the School celebrated Harvest with a service in the Performing Arts Centre. All four choirs performed songs, some with actions and some in two parts. The Reverend John Hardy led us in a thought provoking story about taking care of each other and all the living creatures in our world. The service concluded with everyone singing ‘The Earth is Yours, O God’ and prayers.  Many thanks for all of your generous donations which have been collected by Newmarket Open Door for local distribution.

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We have had a fabulous first half term in Reception and loved ending it with a performance on the stage for our Harvest Festival.
As Harvest has been at the forefront of our minds, we decided this week to embark on lots of different, Harvest related activities.
We had to ‘beat the timer’ to see how many conkers we could collect with tweezers; we made our own paper plate scarecrows and we used vegetables to find 1 fewer than a given number!
Our highlight of the week, however, had to be making our very own soup. In Literacy, we wrote a shopping list of ingredients required for our vegetable soup. Mrs Sanders then went shopping and bought everything on our list. We then practised our cutting skills and chopped up many different vegetables to add to our ‘Scarecrow Soup’. We observed how it had changed from a solid state to a liquid state and then got to taste it – it was super yummy!
Maybe you could try making your own Scarecrow Soup during the holidays?

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Year 1

This week in Science, Year 1 have been focusing on Harvest.  We were able to sort a range of different vegetables as to whether they are grown above or below the ground.  We extended this into our English work where we read and retold the story of the ‘Little Red Hen’  and made sandwiches using a variety of vegetables!

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Year 2

It has been a very busy week for Year 2. In Maths, they have continued their hard work on Mathletics, resulting in them being the top point scoring class every week so far this term. They have also begun to use some rewritten versions of popular songs to help learn their times tables. The lyrics are quite challenging at  times but the children are very enthusiastic and are really enjoying learning them. This week we have been learning:
2 x – I Knew You Were Trouble (Taylor Swift)
3x – We Are The Champions (Queen)
4x What Does The Fox Say (Ylvis)
Please have a look at the website  and encourage the children to sing-along with you in the holidays.

On Thursday, the children were invited to Wildawood (Ms Murfet’s Forest School) to continue to their learning about habitats. The children all thoroughly enjoyed exploring the woods, finding and identifying different insects and creating their own habitats. They also learnt about different survival strategies in the woods such as making and putting out fire, whittling wood and even roasting marshmallows and popcorn. It was a fantastic morning and the children were all incredibly well behaved. Thank you once again for inviting us.

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Year 3

In Science, as part of their Animals topic, Year 3 have been considering the fitness of six ‘clients’; all with different lives, sporting hobbies and demands on their health. The children have considered their diets, skeletons and muscles. After Half Term, they will be giving advice as to how their clients can improve their fitness.
Today the children handled a skeleton leg, and could see how a ball and socket joint worked, how the knee cap sits over the front of the knee joint, and they counted the bones in the foot (26!).

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Year 4

Year 4 have been exploring power point in their IT lessons this week.  They were investigating how to add pictures to Powerpoint pages.


Years 5 & 6

The trip to RSPB Minsmere was postponed today due to unforeseen traffic conditions on the A14. As both classes were ready and dressed for a day of adventure and exploration, the children enjoyed an outdoor experience at High Lodge in Thetford Forest. They used teamwork effectively to create impressive dens as well as using their senses exploring some of the trails and paths. Much fun was had by all!

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Sports Matches

On  Wednesday, the U9 Netball team played against Barnardiston. Cecilia was great at defending and intercepting the passes. Because it was raining, it was very slippery but we kept fighting for the ball. Evie was great at catching the ball and marking. Izzy and Ella were impressive at shooting. The Most Improved Player was Darcey for her enthusiasm and determination to fight for the ball. The Player of the Match (decided by the opposition) was Ella. It was a very close match but the final score was 7-4 to them. Well done, team and better luck next time.   Isabella M. (Captain) and Izzy M.

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The U9 boys played Hockey away against Barnadiston School.  It was a very wet afternoon but the boys’ spirits were undampened by the weather. Their passing has improved so much and they were able to move the ball around the pitch with growing confidence.  Their defensive play stopped a large number of attempts by the opposition and, although we had several goal scoring opportunities we were unfortunately unable to convert them.  However, Barnadiston persisted and won the match 2-0.  Well tried, boys and better luck next time.  M. Radford, Deputy Head

Informal Tea-time Concert

On Tuesday, we had our third Informal Tea Time Concert this term, in the Performing Arts Centre. Pupils from Years 1 to 6 performed to an appreciative audience. Most of the players were violinists including Fiddlesticks who gave a confident and entertaining performance. Many thanks must be given to our wonderful Music Prefects for helping throughout the concert.


The Parents’ Association Autumn Glow Festival

Please see below for details of this year’s popular Autumn Glow Festival!


Parents’ Association Christmas Party – A Message from the PA

Please could parents attending the PA’s Christmas Party give their £40 remaining balances to the School Office by Thursday 9th November. Please place payment inside an envelope with your name and menu choices clearly written on the outside.  Please find the menu choices here.

Activities at the National Horse Racing Museum over Half Term

There are lots of exciting activities for children at the National Horse Racing Museum over Half Term!

’21st – 22nd October
‘Have a go Grooming a pony
11am – 4pm in the Rothschild Yard
Join us over the half term for a chance to ‘have a go grooming’ a pony. You will be able to brush and cuddle our friendly inhabitants and learn more about their welfare and nutrition. Included in the general admission price, and no need to book – just turn up and enjoy the day!

21st October – 29th October
Half term family activities
10am – 5pm in the Picnic Room, Rothschild Yard
October half term is full of fun activities. Enter our colouring and crafts competition for the chance of winning some wonderful prizes – you can pick up the colouring sheets from Palace House Shop. Our science curator will select items from the stores to hold a pop-up discovery pod – here you will discover the hidden science behind the objects and have the chance to get up close to some of our weird and wonderful collection! Session times: Monday 23rd Oct 11:30 (to follow on from RoR demo), Tuesday 24th Oct 15:00 (to follow on from RoR demo)These activities are included in general admission.

25th October
Show and Tell – Side Saddle Saddlery
11am – 4pm in the Picnic Room, Rothschild Yard
Come and meet Coralie, a traditional saddler- who will explain her unique craft throughout the day. Here you will learn about the work and materials involved in the construction and repair of side saddles. This workshop is included in general admission.

27th October
Learn to Work with Cameras
11am – 4pm in the Alborada Education Centre
Bring your cameras along and spend the day learning the art of photography with photographer Joanna Hudson. Here you will spend the day developing the skill of photographing live horses in our very own Rothschild Yard. Work with our beautiful equine residents and discover the beauty of the thoroughbred horse through the lens.  All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Some cameras will be available book to ensure your place 01638 667314.
Admission to workshop £5.00* payable on the day. *Includes annual ticket holders

28th October
Museums at Night: Edwardian Halloween Family Fun
5pm – 8pm Packard Galleries and Palace House Garden
Come and explore the Packard Galleries in our special Museums at Night event. Meet the servants preparing for the Rothschild family Halloween festivities,   Get hands on with some Edwardian games such as apple-bobbing! Crafts and stories will take place throughout the evening in The Mews so come down and join in the fun! All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Make sure you book into The Tack Room for a spooky supper!
Admission to Museums at Night: £5.00* *Includes annual ticket holders.

28th – 29th October
Have a go Grooming a pony
11am – 4pm in the Rothschild Yard
Join us over the half term for a chance to ‘have a go grooming’ a pony. You will be able to brush and cuddle our friendly inhabitants and learn more about their welfare and nutrition. Included in the general admission price, and no need to book – just turn up and enjoy the day! Halloween crafts will be available.

Sir Alfred Munnings: Painting Winners (temporary exhibition)
On Your Bike: The Art of Cycling

Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm daily
General Admission: £12.00
Children (5-16 years): £7.00
Family (2 adults and 4 children): £35.00
All tickets can be upgraded to an annual pass for a small additional fee.

Christmas Holiday Club

We are now accepting bookings for our Christmas Holiday Club.  This year, the Club will be open from Monday 18th December until Friday 22nd December and from Monday 2nd January to Friday 5th January from 8.00am until 6.00pm.  There is a new flat rate of £25,00 per day and parents are asked to provide their child with a packed lunch (breakfast and a light tea will be provided).  Please find a booking form here. All bookings must be made by Friday 17th November so that we can ensure that each day in Holiday Club is sufficiently staffed.  If there are not enough bookings for a particular day then Holiday Club will be not run on that day and you will be advised of any closures in the week beginning 20th November.

Fairstead House Nursery Christmas Opening Times

For those parents with children in the Nursery (Foals, Yearlings and Ponies), Fairstead House Nursery will close for the Christmas break on Friday 22nd December and re-open on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Christmas Card Challenge

We have been invited by the Rt Hon Matt Hancock, MP to take part in a competition to design a Christmas Card for his constituency Christmas card this year.  This card will go to over 1000 people, including the Prime Minister! All children are invited to design a Christmas card on a white, unfolded piece of A4 paper which is to be returned to school after Half Term on Monday 6th November   Please make sure that you put your child’s name, age and school on the back of their design.

Remembrance Day

Poppies will be on sale in school from Monday 6th November and we will hold a two minute silence on Friday 10th November.


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Our congratulations to the Tilbrook family on the safe arrival of their daughter today , a sister for Lucy and Toby.  Baby Tilbrook’s grandfather was one of the first five children on roll in Fairstead House so it is particularly lovely for me to welcome another Tilbrook to the Fairstead family!

With my best wishes for a lovely half term with your children,

Lynda Brereton