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Weekly Update 1 2023/24

4 September 2023 (by admin)

Dear Fairfields Community

I hope you have had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to the return to school!  The last two training days have been used to update ourselves on the latest changes in relation to safeguarding as well as thinking about the future of Fairfields.  We will be holding two sessions to share with parents the School Development Plan for this year.  Please do come along to either the face-to-face meeting on Friday 29th September between 9 – 10am or email the school to attend the online meeting on Wednesday 4th October 6-7pm via Microsoft Teams. 

We are excited to have launched our new approach for teaching mathematics and look forward to sharing this with you this term.  From next week we will begin our journey using Ark Mastery Mathematics approach.   If you would like to read more about this, please visit: https://www.arkcurriculumplus.org.uk/impact/mathematics-mastery-primary.  We will soon be putting together a series of workshops for parents to attend to learn more about this. 

Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC)


You may have seen recent media coverage regarding Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) and its use in educational settings. RAAC is a lightweight form of concrete; because it is weaker than regular concrete, concerns have been raised about its long-term durability. Department for Education (DfE) has recently changed its guidance to education settings on the management of RAAC to take a more precautionary approach and as a result areas in affected spaces will be vacated.

We wanted to inform you that we are not affected by this decision as we do not have RAAC in any of our buildings and therefore they will continue to function as normal. We understand that parents may want to understand more about the support to educational settings to manage RAAC safely. You can read more through the article published by the DfE on the Education Hub.

Updates from Year Groups

Foundation Stage

The FS teachers are really looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. Please remember to bring a named water bottle and book bag.

Year 1

Hello year 1, we can't wait to see you all tomorrow. We hope you have had an amazing break and are ready to take part in all the exciting things we have planned. 

Year 2

Year 2 will be visiting the top of town on a field trip on Wednesday 20th September as part of our local area study. We are looking for parent volunteers to enable us to do this trip. You would need to be available from 9.00-11.45 in the morning. If you can help, please let the Year 2 team know as soon as possible. 

Year 3

We are looking forward to our Stone Age Day tomorrow!  Miss Rees will be covering for Mrs. Raggett due to a swap in days.  Mrs. Cairley will take over teaching in a Tuesday in October. 

Year 4

We are really looking forward to seeing you in school tomorrow.  Please wear PE kit and bring your water bottles as it is our PE day.

Year 5

Reminder about our River Study trip on Thursday 21st September. If you haven't yet paid for the trip, please do so on Arbor by Friday 15th September. Reminder letters with forms will be sent out this week to those who haven't returned them yet. Thank you.

Year 6

The Y6 residential trip will be leaving at 10am on Monday 11th September and returning by 3pm on Wednesday 13th September. Pupils to arrive normal time with their luggage. Those pupils not attending will need to come in PE kits for bootcamp on Monday 11th and also on Tuesday 12th for a Forest Schools day. Please ensure permission slips and payments for this have been returned to us as soon as possible. 

If you have ordered and paid for your Y6 residential jumper, or T-shirt then they will be handed out to pupils this week. 

Please do wave at your child’s teacher when dropping off so that they can recognise you at collection times.  Please let the office know if you give permission for anyone else to collect your child and be patient with us if not all of the information from last year has filtered through. 

Dates for next week

Year 6 residential – Monday 11th – Wednesday 13th September

Year 6 Forest Schools Day – Tuesday 12th September

For other key dates – please look at the calendar on the website or School Jotter.

PE days


Due to start PE lessons in the Summer Term

Year 1


Year 2


Year 3

Friday and every other Wednesday (Children can wear PE uniform on both days if easier to remember)

Year 4


Year 5

Monday and Thursday (Children can wear PE uniform on both days if easier to remember)

Year 6

Monday and Wednesday (Children can wear PE uniform on both days if easier to remember)


Finally, we look forward to welcoming you all back to school tomorrow morning and especially our new Foundation Stage pupils.  Please do come and say hello to Tracey and also Collins who will be working to support both you and your children.  Coffee and Tea will be available in the top playground by the trees. 

Start and finishing times are as follows:

Foundation Stage, year 1 and Year 2: 8:45am – 3:10pm (Foundation Stage have a staggered start at the beginning of the year and so please collect at the times you have been given).

Years 3- 6: 8:50am – 3:15pm

Have a great final few hour of your holidays!

Miss Kelly Dillon