Dear Parents,

The highlight of the week has been the stunning production of Lion King Jr!  What an incredible cast and thank you to all the parents and staff who made such a spectacular show possible!

Lion King Jr

We could not be prouder of our talented pupils in Key Stage 2 who performed to an extraordinarily high standard in all three shows this week! Our school production of The Lion King Jr was undoubtedly an outstanding success: the acting, choreography, singing, make-up, costumes and creative use of the stage were all stunning. The principal roles were played by Years 5 and 6 and everyone was delighted by the high level of confidence and exceptional acting skills (rarely seen by pupils of this age). The children in Years 3 and 4 were a joy to watch and listen to with their enthusiastic and engaging singing, dancing and acting. One of Fairstead’s many strengths is to nurture and develop the inner talent of all children and the performances this week really demonstrated this. Well done to each and every pupil in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 for your truly memorable performances.

We have a school Instagram and Facebook account so, if you follow these accounts, it would be amazing to get over 100 likes and comments from you! Please see the links below.

Virtual Book Fair

To promote reading for pleasure, and to encourage our pupils to read more widely, there will be a virtual school book fair from Friday 26th April 2024 until Sunday 5th May 2024.

The book fair is being organised in conjunction with our Usborne Partner, Jenny Fox, and every book purchased will go towards brand new, FREE books for our school.

Usborne will donate up to 60% of the total book fair sales value raised in FREE BOOKS to our school. So, for every £600 of books purchased, we will get £360 in FREE Usborne books to share with our pupils!

Did you know, Usborne have a wide range of books which are matched to Accelerated Reader book levels? If you are looking for books at a particular book level, or would like tailored recommendations for your child based on particular interests or books that they have previously enjoyed, please get in touch using the contact details below.

Jenny Fox

Phone/WhatsApp: 07745 533 053


Facebook: Jenny’s Little Bookshop

During the event, books can be order using the following event link:

We hope that you discover many new books for your child to read and enjoy and thank you for supporting us to receive new books for our school.


Celebration assembly congratulated many children on their efforts this week.


This week the babies have been very creative doing a range of different spring activities. We’ve been making blossom trees using different resources including paint brushes, cotton wool buds and their fingertips for a sensory experience. We have used these to start a new seasonal display on the noticeboard, which will be added to with further mark-making. They have also been making some lovely spring collages for the windows: a bumble bee and a colourful butterfly.


Spring has most definitely arrived in Reception this week!

The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about this very special season and were excited to be joined by George’s mummy who read a wonderful story all about the spring adventures of some wonderful little mice. Thank you for being this week’s ‘Surprise Reader’ and linking your story to our topic. It was also a lovely surprise when Mr. Cater joined everyone at the library to share his special book all about the seasons too! If you haven’t already been a ‘Surprise Reader’ and you would like to come in during the summer term, please do get in touch with Mrs Sanders to arrange a visit.

Linked to our ‘Time to Grow’ topic, the children have also been busy planting pansies, alongside considering how to care for them successfully. The wellington boot plant pots have really brightened up the outdoor area and have been making everyone smile as they walk past! Thank you so much to you all for all the welly boot donations.

Visiting the Jarman Centre and searching for more signs of spring was a super way to consolidate this week’s learning. Discovering some special Easter treats hidden amongst the trees, also inspired the children to learn all about Easter and its traditions, once they returned to school.

Year 1

On Monday, a lovely man called Mick came to visit Year 1 with his dog, Usher, to show us all the ways a guide dog can assist someone who is partially sighted or blind. We learned how Usher helps Mick to live an independent life, including helping him navigate round the house and town and alerting him to danger. Mick and his wife, Chris, also told us how they help to care for Usher. We loved helping to brush Usher’s fur and teeth. We were so lucky to have met such inspirational people and such a clever dog!

Year 2

Year 2 have had an exciting week learning all about how to keep their bodies healthy! We have learned all about the food groups and why we need to eat from all of the food groups- even the treats! We have talked at length about the value of each food group and what effect the foods have on our growing bodies and have talked about eating lots of foods that are very helpful to our growing bodies. We have explored the effect that exercise has on our bodies and why it is important to move and be active. We have also touched on the importance of rest on our growing bodies. We will look closely at this next week. We have begun our mass, capacity and temperatures maths unit. Please do spend time with measuring cups over the coming weeks- practical applications of these topics are so important. In RE we have learned the Christian Easter Story. We have made strong links to spring (new life) and the Easter story. Our art has focused on collage. Creating an ocean picture with our version of the Nimord (Shackleton’s ship). The results are outstanding! The children have worked incredibly hard this week and were very excited to ‘tuck’ into the ‘tuck shop’ at break on Friday!

Have a lovely weekend.

Year 3

This week has been very busy with the Lion King performances. There was a mixture of nerves and excitement as Year 3 stepped on the stage for their first KS2 production. I’m sure you’ll all agree that they did a brilliant job and we are so proud of each and everyone of you! In science, Year 3 conducted an investigation to sort magnetic and non-magnetic materials. They worked together to draw a conclusion regarding the different types of magnetic metals. In maths, the focus has been on scales and number lines in relation to fractions. Finding equivalent fractions on number lines and proving their equality with bar models has been another challenge. In English, the plans have begun for our non-chronological reports. The children are looking forward to writing their non-chronological reports next week.

Art Club

We would like to thank Mr Ducker for his time this half term in continuing an art activity after school.  I am sure you will agree the artwork looks excellent!

School Council

Tuck Shop

The Fairstead House School Council held their first tuck shop sale today.

It was a lovely end to a very busy week for Key Stage 2 and the Lent Term for all.  Many of the pupils have given their teachers very positive feedback and thank you parents for the support.

Charity Football

Just a reminder that The Fairstead House School Council Charity football match is due to take place on Wednesday 27th March.

THANK YOU SO MUCH to those who have donated.

At time of writing, we have raised £85 and are looking to reach our target of £500 to support the NHS, as chosen by School Council.

If you haven’t done so yet and would like to, please visit our Just Giving page.

Thank you again for your support.

Mr. Cater, on behalf of FHS School Council


Have a lovely weekend!

Michael Radford