Fairstead House

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

Dear Parents

What an incredibly busy week at Fairstead House!  It is hard to believe that we only have two weeks of term left; however, we have a huge amount to pack in to such a short time and we are greatly looking forward to the upcoming events.  As you will read, there have been many trips this week and Reception and Year 5 are looking forward to even further excursions next week!


It has been another exciting week in Reception!
The children have been eagerly preparing for their visit to Banham Zoo on Tuesday and have written their own versions of the story, ‘Dear Zoo.’ They have also shown a real passion for helping endangered animals and created some super posters which they are hoping to take to the zoo to put on display! Thank you to Mr Headland for being our ‘Surprise Reader’ this week and sharing a wonderful story all about zoo animals!
The children were excited to explore Forest School this week and discovered a tractor and a campfire! Much fun was had sitting in the tractor and toasting marshmallows on the fire. Many thanks to Mrs Tilbrook for this wonderful opportunity.


Year 1

In Maths, Year 1 have been playing lots of games and working in teams to learn the vocabulary of position to help them learn about direction. They have discovered that using the correct language is very important if you are to reach the right destination!

The children have also continued their edible art theme and the smells that have been coming from the classroom have been very tempting.


Year 2

In Science this week, Year 2 concluded their investigation into the optimum growing conditions for plants. They really enjoyed tracking the progress of the plants and observing the changes that have taken place. They plotted their measurements from the last five weeks on bar graphs and wrote a conclusion based on their results. The plant that grew in the dark cupboard has now been put on a sunny windowsill; already they have seen its little
leaves change from yellow to green! The children are most relieved!

In Art this week, Year 2 were extremely pleased with the final results of their papier mache ice creams which were linked to their Seaside topic. They worked hard to sculpt these works of art, and added finishing touches of sauce and sprinkles. As you can see, they look good enough to eat!




Year 3

In Art, Year 3 have continued their topic, ‘Our Local Area’ and have been making locally inspired maps full of their own happy places, actual and fantastical. There was a lot of alliteration involved with names such as ‘Hugo’s Happy Hamburgers’, ‘The Talking Tower’ and ‘Bottle-flip Bus Station’!






Year 4

In Science this week, Year 4 set up an experiment to investigate how different liquids affect our teeth. They placed hard boiled eggs with shells, into orange juice, Coca Cola, milk and water and will be making observations throughout the week. The controlled variable is an egg with no liquid. The children made predictions based on how much sugar is in each liquid. In their first observations, they were surprised to see that the orange juice had caused a fine layer of the egg shell to peel off, and the Coca Cola had darkened the shell. They are keen to see if their predictions are correct.


Year 5

What a busy week Year 5 has had! On Monday, we joined with Year 6 to enjoy the challenges which ‘The Playground’ offered. Everyone pushed themselves beyond their limits; achieving personal goals, both physical and mental. I was super proud of everyone! On Tuesday, we were all very excited to welcome three of Evie’s puppies into our class.  The puppies were very well behaved and so adorable! On Wednesday, the children had a wonderful time on their Move Up Morning; designing and creating boats to demonstrate ‘surface tension’. The results were amazing and so creative! On Thursday, the children visited the Leys School in Cambridge for a ‘Bush Craft Day’. We had a wonderful time, learning how to start and build a fire. In addition, the children partook in a climbing wall activity, which they thoroughly enjoyed. Finally, today, we enjoyed an interesting trip to Palace House Museum, where we were told stories about the horse racing world and learned about the heritage of the pedigree. We also explored the museum looking at the anatomy of a horse, as well as discovering the great debate about how horses were, historically, painted incorrectly.

Year 5 spent the morning enjoying being in their new classroom. They were keen to discuss their personal strengths and weaknesses….ahead of the up and coming possible responsibilities/roles that they may be given in September (Head Boy/Girl, House/sports captains etc). We also discussed what it means to be a ‘good role model’.  The children were asked to build a boat that was capable of keeping a full tin of baked beans afloat. They had limited materials: cardboard; silver foil; sellotape; lolly sticks; brown paper and elastic bands.

The children thoroughly enjoyed demonstrating their teamwork, creativity and scientific thinking skills.  They had great fun testing them in the water!!





Year 6

On Tuesday morning, Year 6 visited Forest School.  The class explored the woodland and then used their fire lighting skills, honed in Derbyshire, to light a fire in which they toasted marshmallows.
Afterwards, the children were given a farm visit and learnt about the different crops and the processes involved to ensure they are harvested on time and sent to the appropriate stores. The children learned about the importance of buying from British farms and also the significance of Silver Spoon sugar. The children were also allowed to climb aboard an enormous green tractor! Mrs Tilbrook treated the class to an ice lolly before returning to school.  Many thanks as ever to the Tilbrook family.

The Year 6 children had a morning of sport during Move Up Morning with football, cricket and ‘capture the flag’. The girls also enjoyed playing netball. However, the Stetchworth Ladies were playing on a nearby court. It was time for a challenge! The teams arranged positions and a full match took place. The girls marked each other in opposite positions and the adults marked their opposite position. The girls were amazing! Their speed, agility and determination to win the ball was very much admired by the adults, who were very complimentary of the children.
The match was a great way for the ladies to warm up before their fixture later that evening and we hope they played well.

Match Reports

U11 Girls’ Kwik Cricket Tournament

On Tuesday afternoon, eight Year 5 and 6 girls made up the U11 Girl’s Kwik Cricket team. They travelled to Chippenham Cricket club and joined nine other schools for a pairs competition. The first match was against Paddocks and the bowling and batting from Fairstead was superb. It was a very strong victory and spirits were high. The next match was much tougher, playing Exning Primary. Both teams played extremely well, but after the eight overs for each team, we agreed on the score – a tie! The following two matches, against St Mary’s B and Great Heath were confident victories too. In the second pool, St Louis scored the highest number of combined runs. In our pool, the results meant that we were at the top with Exning – we referred to the rules and, in the event of a tie, the team that took the most wickets in that match were awarded the win. That was us!  We were in the final against St Louis. They batted first and scored 39 runs in total; we started well but they were still ahead. By the last two overs  we were trailing by 13 runs; however, the last pair, Ella and Ava, made the most of slower bowling and achieved a huge total, resulting in a win with 63 runs. The girls all played so well in their batting, bowling and fielding. It was a pleasure to take them to the event and to be awarded champions was a reward for their efforts and performances.  Well done, girls!

Michael Radford, Deputy Head


Informal Tea-time Concert

Over the term, it has been wonderful to hear over 72 pupils from Years 1 to 6 performing on various instruments including piano, violin, cello, clarinet, flute, guitar, ukulele, banjo and recorder as well as a growing number of young singers.

Today, we had our last Informal Tea Time Concert in the Summer Series.  The concerts have proved invaluable to all our instrumentalists and singers giving everyone, of all levels, the opportunity to perform to each other. I must thank parents and staff for their support and a special thanks must be made to our wonderful Music Prefects.

Speech & Drama Lessons

‘Owing to changes in timetabling from September 2019, Year 1 and 2 children will not receive formal drama classes with me; however, they will continue to have Drama lessons with Mrs Warburton.  Therefore, there are now more slots to teach children either individually or in pairs for LAMDA exams and for personal tuition in language, speech, literature, drama, Shakespeare, public speaking, interview technique all suited to parents’ and children’s requirements.

Lessons are available for teaching on Tuesdays from September – the cost is £16 per 20 minute session and I offer a minimum of 30 sessions per year.  Most weeks, children and parents receive short e-mail feedback.

Students can either work towards exams or not – I do not want to put excessive pressure on children but, however, purely want to build their confidence.

Lessons are open to all year groups but I wanted to prioritise the Year 1 and 2 pupils as I have loved teaching them and see them blossom these past two terms.

My e mail address is jwoolf2019@gmail.com’

Jonathan Woolf, Speech & Drama Tutor

Parents’ Evening

A reminder to please use the online booking system (SchoolBase) for your Parents’ Evening appointment next week.  Thank you.

Next Week

Wednesday 26th June – U11 Boys will be playing a cricket match against Orwell Park School.  The venue will be confirmed on Monday and we look forward to having your support. Our Chef is looking forward to making another spectacular match tea!

Thursday 27th June – A reminder that parents of children in Years 1 – 4 are invited to watch their child’s swimming lesson this week.  Years 1 – 2 swim from 2.00pm – 2.30pm and Years 3 – 4 from 2.30pm – 3.00pm.

Thursday 27th June – Year 5 are spending an afternoon at the races as part of the ‘Racing to School’ initiative.  They will return to school for the normal end of school time.

Friday 28th June  – The Parents’ Association End of Year Discos will be held this evening.  Reception and Key Stage 1 will be from 4.00pm – 5.15pm and Key Stage 2 will be from 5.30pm to 7.00pm.  Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 are invited to bring their party clothes to school in a named carrier bag.  Key Stage 2 children should return to school at 5.30pm in their party clothes.  There will be a limited number of places available in Prep Club on that night.  Please book early if you require this service.  Thank you.

Important Dates for your Diary

Monday 1st July – Sports Afternoon  This will take place on the Severals from 1.30pm.  Please join us after the occasion for Pimms and ice-cream.

Tuesday 2nd July – Summer Music & Drama Concert  You are all warmly invited to join us for our Summer Music & Drama Concert which will take place at 2.30pm in the Performing Arts Centre.

Thursday 4th July – Nursery Sports Afternoon All Nursery parents are invited to our Nursery Sports Afternoon which will take place at 2.30pm in the school grounds.

Friday 5th July – End of Term Service This will be held at 11.00am in St Mary’s Church in Newmarket.  Term will finish at the end of the service from the church.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Jamie in Year 1 and Flynn in Year 4.  Well done, boys!


This week, we wish a happy birthday to

Claudia, Leonardo, Beatrix, Archie and Athena in the Nursery, Jack in Year 1 and Louis in Year 2.

With my best wishes for a lovely weekend with  your children and looking forward to the busy weeks ahead,

Lynda Brereton