Fairstead House

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

Dear Parents

The highlight of the week was, undoubtedly, the success of our Cross-Country runners at Gresham’s School in Holt.  All children approached the event extremely seriously and competitively and all should be delighted with their achievements.  Of particular note, our U9 girls’ team performed remarkably well and finished second overall out of 36 schools – an incredible achievement. Special congratulations must go to Ella W., who was third in the U9 race and was followed shortly behind by Sophie M., in fifth place out of 250 children.  In the U11 girls’ team, Ava led the way for Fairstead and finished seventh overall.  Huge thanks to the many parents and grandparents who came to support and cheer on the children.


It has been a wonderful week in Reception.  It was great fun celebrating ‘National Poetry Day,’ yesterday, with some very excited children. It was fabulous to have a lesson outside which inspired two thoughtful poems about Autumn. Playing amongst the leaves was also a real highlight.
In Maths, the children have enjoyed creating their own repeating patterns both indoors and out and they have also explored positional language. Visiting the ‘Finger Gym’ was very popular this week and similarly in P.E. where the children demonstrated some superb balancing skills.


Year 1

Year 1 have had a very busy week. In Maths they were measuring different parts of themselves and a lot of fun was had by all. They even worked out that someone was 1,844 days old!

In English, they showed off their talents as they retold the story of ‘Goldilocks Eat Your Greens’ in small groups.

On Thursday, the children were given a treat as one of their classmates read them their afternoon story instead of Mrs Scott!

They also gave Mrs DiPatri a lovely send off today as she starts her maternity leave.  We look forwards to hearing happy news from her in due course!


Year 2

This week Year 2 have enjoyed writing recounts of their trip to see Tabby McTat at The Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds. They had a wonderful time and were thrilled to discover (after the show had finished) that the sun had come out and their planned picnic in the Abbey Gardens could go ahead. Miss Drayton was particularly proud of the class as she received lots of positive comments about the children’s behaviour from passers-by! It was an excellent ending to their Julia Donaldson unit.







Year 3

This week, Year 3 have been working hard on learning to tell the time to the nearest five minutes.  In English, the children have continued to study the structure of a sentence, culminating in forming descriptive paragraphs of a setting.  In Science, the children have been learning about the form and functions of the human skeleton and have enjoyed making a replica skeleton and deciding which bones connect to one another.


Year 4

In History this week, Year 4 used their inquiry skills to learn more about the Anglo-Saxons from a selection of artefacts. They focused on the materials the items were made from, their purpose, who may have owned them and what they tell us about the Anglo-Saxons. The game pieces proved a challenge to identify their purpose and the children were quite repulsed to learn that Anglo-Saxons coated their leather shoes in animal dung to strengthen the leather!


Year 5

Year 5 have been honing their public speaking skills in their English and PSHEE lessons this week. All of the children spoke on the PA stage, for 30 seconds, without hesitation, repetition or deviation, about a subject close to their hearts. In English this term, all of the class are learning poetry and traditional stories by heart to retell; this week, Olly, Alex, Perdita and Claudia performed thoroughly engagingly to their peers.


Year 6

In PHSEE, Years 5 and 6 are practising techniques to help them with their interviews for their next schools. This week, Year 6 have been developing their speaking voices and self-confidence, by giving speeches to the rest of the class and Year 5.


Match Reports

Tuesday 1st October

U11 Boys Football Tournament

‘The U11 boys played in a football tournament.  The first team we played was Cheveley.  There was some brilliant attacking by Richard, James and me and also outstanding tackling by Theo, Finlay and Alex.  We were running down the wing making accurate passes and within three minutes James scored a goal. We were on the counter attack and there was strong defending by Oliver and Alex and the ball was cleared well away from danger.  We won the game 3-1.  Next we played Ditton Lodge, who were a fantastic side.  They had just thrashed the other team 8-0 so we knew it was going to be a hard game.  James made wonderful running down the left and the right wing.  There was also really good passing by Richard and then I made a run down the left, shot, hit the player and it deflected in.  It was not an own goal because it was already going in.  At the end, RIchard was like Kevin de Bruyne but the score was 3-1 at full time.  Dylan had made some very good saves.  Our last match was against All Saints.  We had some good chances but missed them.  They were on the attack in the last minute and, sadly for us, scored.  We dominated but they had two shots and scored two.  We had seven shots and scored one so the full time score was 2-1 to them.

Well done team, keep up the good work!’

Abiram A., and James N., Boys’ Sports Captain and Vice-Captain.  

Wednesday 2nd October

U11 Girls Hockey v Riddlesworth Hall

‘We had first pushback and began attacking well with Fleur working hard and passing well out wide. Darcey consistently fought well for the ball throughout the match. Perdi was great and made some strong passes into spaces. By this point it was the end of the first half and only 1-0 to Riddlesworth. There were some good tackles from Kitty and, although we managed to get the ball into the D a lot, we were not able to score. Riddlesworth then snuck in a couple of goals. Isabella was great in defence keeping the ball away from the danger zone and tackled well. Molly made some strong saves kicking the ball away from the goal, with Zara supporting her.
I was voted Player of the Match. Well done team, keep on working hard!’

Ava W., Girls’ Sports Captain

U11 Boys Rugby v Riddlesworth Hall

We started with the ball.  Riddlesworth Hall had some great runners but our defence coped with it very well.  FInlay got the ball and made a brilliant run but the players tackled him in the end and our hopes of scoring a try were broken. They tackled well and ran through our defence, scoring a try.  There was very good tackling by Richard, Finlay and James and exceptional running by James.  At the end of the first half, the score was 4-0.  We didn’t give up in the second half but when the full time whistle blew the score was 6-1.  Player of the Match was Finlay.  Well done, team, better luck next time’

Abiram A., and James N., Boys’ Sports Captain and Vice-Captain.  

Also at Riddlesworth Hall, two teams of U9 Girls played 5-aside matches.

U9 Girls Netball v  Riddlesworth Hall

‘Riddlesworth won the toss but we got off to a strong start despite that.  There was some great centre passing by Giselle and great shooting and catching by Ella, Bella and Gabby.  In the second quarter, Ella scored two goals.  In the third quarter, Ella scored another three.  The final score was 5-4 to us and we had won the match.  Player of the Match was Giselle.  Well done, team, keep up the excellent work!’

Ashera S., Year 4

U9 Girls Netball v  Riddlesworth Hall

We won the toss and started very well.  Michaela and I did some great passing in the third quarter and Harley scored our first goal.  In the second quarter, our strong passing continued and Annabelle scored another goal.  Ashleigh did some great defending and marking and Riddlesworth were unable to get any nets.  The total score was 2-0 to us.  Well done team and keep up the good work!’

Sophie M., Year 4


Informal Tea-time Concerts

This term, we have enjoyed two out of six Informal Tea Time Concerts.
Pupils from Years 1 to Year 6 have performed on various instruments and sung solos to an audience of parents, family and friends. Over 80% of our pupils here at Fairstead have instrumental lessons and it is a pleasure to hear them perform in our wonderful Performing Arts Centre.
Our next Informal Concert is on Friday 11th October at 4:10pm.


Autumn Glow

The Parents’ Association are delighted to announce that this year’s Autumn Glow will take place on Saturday 9th November from 5.30pm to 7.00pm.  Tickets will be available shortly – more details to follow!


After listening to your comments regarding the service and availability of stock at Mr Cricket, we are in the process of moving to a new uniform supplier, which we hope will make the whole purchasing of uniform an easier and more pleasant experience.  We will involve you in the process and keep you updated.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Isabella in Year 2 and Nicole in Year 3.  Well done, children!


This week, we wish a happy birthday to Lucca, Othelia, Freya and Benjamin in the Nursery, Amelia in Year 1, Luca and Sophie in Year 4 and Ava in Year 6.

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

Lynda Brereton