Dear Parents

I have been delighted this week by the sporting successes of children at Fairstead House!  At the Newmarket Open Weekend, all who attended the showjumping event were impressed with the equestrian skills displayed by our children.  Later in the week, our children excelled in the Newmarket Primary Cross Country Competition and both our Netball and Rugby teams were victorious against other local Prep schools.  Please do read the details of their triumphs below!


This week, the children in Reception have all been given ‘The Power’!
The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning an inspirational song to help strengthen the characteristics of effective learning.  Please do ask the children to share it with you. The children were so enthusiastic about the song that Mrs Sanders decided to turn everyone into ‘Superheroes’ –  please look out for them ‘flying’ around the school corridors!
The children have also loved reading about ‘Gerald, The Giraffe Who Couldn’t Dance.’ Everyone decided that if he just kept trying then he could achieve his goals. In the end, he was a super dancer! This was the message that the children have carried forward with them over the week and we have seen some super hopping, skipping, and balancing in P.E. and some great problem solving skills in Maths.
The children have also painted their own giraffes and recalled some really amazing facts.
Fairstead Fred has also begun his travels again this week. He is looking forward to sharing a weekend with you soon!
A polite reminder to all parents and children: please do not enter the Reception outdoor learning area at the beginning or the end of the school day. Thank you for your co-operation.

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Year 1

This week in Year 1S, the children have been looking at different decades of architecture in History and how homes have changed.
The children were very surprised that it wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t have electricity and inside toilets.
They all agreed they much prefer the homes they live in now!
The children have also practised their numeracy skills this week, with the help of some seasonal conkers!

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The children in Year 1L have been working very hard this week on their addition and subtraction.  They have used lots of apparatus to help them solve problems and have recorded what they have done in number sentences.
In Geography, the children created books to help the children understand their place in the world.  They then talked about our planet, continent, country, town, and ourselves.




Year 2

Year 2 took part in a very exciting science experiment this week! Bobbins the Clown contacted them to say that a huge hole had appeared in his big top after last week’s storm. All of his audience were getting wet! He asked Year 2 to find a waterproof material suitable for patching up the hole. The children closely examined six different materials and made predictions about which one they thought might be waterproof. They decided what they had to keep the same to ensure that it was a fair test. The children then tested the materials to see if they were waterproof. Year 2’s recommendation to Bobbins the Clown was to use plastic to patch up his hole!

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Year 3

In Geography and History, as part of their curriculum topic, Chocolate, Year 3 are enjoying their learning about the great Mayan Civilisation. This week, Year 3 combined Maths and Humanities in their investigation of the Mayan number system. They were surprised to discover that the Mayans had a zero that looked like a cocoa pod! Year 3 were amused to find out how different Mayan Maths was as they calculated in units of twenty and partitioned their numbers vertically instead of horizontally. Luca and George enjoyed this calculation method so much that they have taken their learning home and set their families Mayan Maths problems!

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Year 4

In Maths this week, Year 4 have been learning about measurements, including measuring time, length and distance.  Today, the children converted centimetres into millimetres and have been recording these to two decimal places.

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Year 5

This week Year 5 has continued to work hard. In English, the children are developing  ‘persuasive writing’ techniques, in preparation for next week’s writing activity. In Maths, they have been focused on developing mental strategies as well as calculating ‘intervals of time’. In PSHEE, the children also enjoyed speaking to an audience about their interests, developing their presentation skills and confidence.


Year 6

Year 6 have managed to keep a smile on their faces, despite tackling long multiplication and long division this week! Well done for all their hard work.


Sports Matches

U11 Boys Rugby Triangular v Brookes Cambridge and Moreton Hall School

On Wednesday 26th September, the Fairstead U11 boys participated in a rugby triangular against Brookes Cambridge and Moreton Hall School.  Our first match was against Moreton Hall.  It was a very tight and close game and everyone got stuck in.  Moreton Hall managed to score a try later on in the first half but then Harry made a tremendous run and got us a try.  The first match ended 1-1. Then we played Brookes Cambridge.  We got the ball straightaway and Ben was able to make a fabulous run and score a try.  Immediately afterwards, Harry scored a try as well.  Brookes later got past our defences and succeeded in scoring a try to make the score 2-2.  However, Madoc then used some wonderful dodging skills and scored a try and in the last minute Abdullah ran right through their defence and scored a try for Fairstead.  The end score was 4-2 to Fairstead.  Well done, team!

Junior V., U11 Boys’ Captain



U9 Girls Netball v Brookes Cambridge

On Wednesday 26th September we played netball against Brookes Cambridge.  In the first half we scored 4 goals.  Fleur was amazing at shooting and she scored a couple of goals for us.  In the second half we scored another goal and Perdi did some great defending.  Brookes also defended well and they scored 2 goals.  In the final half we scored one goal and the final score was 6-2 to us.  Well done, team – keep up the good work!

Darcey H., Captain

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Forest Heath District Council Cross Country Primary Competition

On Tuesday, a team of children from Fairstead House took part in the annual Forest Heath District Council Cross Country Primary Competition at Newmarket Academy.  In the U9 team event, Fairstead House came 8th and 11th out of 37 teams.  The U11 team came 1st and 8th – the second year that we have won the U11 race.  In addition, in the U9 race, we had individual girls results with Darcey H. 2nd and Ella W. 3rd.  In the U11 race, Ella S. came 1st – a wonderful achievement!  Well done to all the children.

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Showjumping Success at Newmarket Open Weekend

As part of the Newmarket Open Weekend, an equestrian team from Fairstead House took part in the ‘Jockeys & Trainers’ showjumping event held on the Severals on Sunday.  Representing Fairstead House were Emily A., Charlie S., Ella S., Toby and Sophie M. and Hugo and Lara B.  All the children rode extremely well; indeed Amy Starkey, Director of Newmarket Racecourses, described the children as the  ‘highlight of the afternoon’.  Well done, everyone and my sincere thanks to all involved with the equestrian team for their hard work and to those who came to watch and support.

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Gresham’s Cross Country

The final time trial for the Gresham’s Cross Country selection will take place on Monday during Games.  A number of children have been training exceptionally hard and we want to make sure that we take the strongest team possible.  A final list of those who have been selected will be e-mailed to parents on Monday.

Informal Tea-time Concert – Tuesday 2nd October

We will be holding one of our popular Informal Tea-time Concerts on Tuesday.   The doors will open at 3.45pm and refreshments will be served.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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.  Thank you.

‘Head at Home’ – Wednesday 3rd October

This Wednesday, I will be hosting the first ‘Head’s at Home’ afternoon tea.  This will take place from 3.00pm in the Performing Arts Centre and will give you an opportunity to ask any questions or raise any concerns that you may have, however small.  Please do just pop in and I look forward to seeing you there!

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Louis in Year 2 and Toby in Year 6.  Well done, boys!


This week, we wish a happy birthday to Alice in the Nursery and Luca in Year 3.

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

Lynda Brereton