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Weekly Update 12 2023/4

24 November 2023 (by admin)


Dear Fairfields Community

We have really enjoyed this week on the lead up to Christmas preparations.  Year 4 had a fantastic time at Butser Farm, where they made their own Anglo-Saxon quill pen and became archaeologists to dig for significant artefacts. 

As part of our working on keeping children safe, we have a duty to practice an evacuation of the building each half term.  When reviewing the critical incident plan for the school, we booked a planned lockdown to ensure that we can secure the building with the children inside. Well done to the whole school for their work in response to the practice lockdown that took place on Tuesday afternoon. 

Children In Need

School Council are pleased to announce that they raised £201.17 for Children in Need.  Thank you to everyone who donated money towards this cause. 

Parent Workshop on Mental Health

Please see attached (not School Jotter) information on the Mental Health Support Teams December parent workshop which is accessible to any parents and carers who may find it useful. The focus of the session is to support how to recognise distress, how it may present in young people and how to respond in the moment. Please see the attached flyer for more details about how to access the session. 

Free activities for parents and children

Please find attached (not School Jotter) a poster for the free Christmas activities we have available at Basingstoke Discovery Centre for children in receipt of free school meals.

Please also find attached (not School Jotter) information for parents with regards to a budgeting Christmas dinner workshop.

Netball Update

 The netball team played their second league match at the end of last week against St. Johns. Despite St. Johns winning, we scored our first league match goal (well done Eymen) and the team, and Mrs Hopkins, were very proud! The resilience the team showed throughout the whole match was incredible and each quarter, they improved more. Well done Fairfields! Great teamwork. 

Boot Camp sessions for children

Please find attached (not School Jotter)  information about a bootcamp session with Sarah and Steve.

Guitar and Ukulele Lessons

We have a few spaces that have become available for children to learn to play the guitar or ukulele.  Please find attached (not School Jotter) information about the lessons.

PTA Updates

Christmas Fair - Thursday 14 December

The Christmas Fair is now only 3 weeks away and we still very much need your support so if you're able to volunteer (or perhaps even have an older child that can help on a stall) then please sign-up here: https://fairfieldspta.uk/christmas-fair-volunteer-signup/

Tickets for Santa's grotto and hotdogs (including vegan) need to be purchased ahead of the event so that we know numbers. You can either purchase online or wait for future playground ticket sales. The early-bird offer for activity tokens is also in place until the end of November so why not take advantage of this. Please click here if you would like to make on-line purchases: https://fairfieldspta.uk/product-category/christmas-fair/

There will also be a raffle, with some great prizes already donated and a top prize of £100. For anyone who would like some more raffle tickets, these can either be collected from the school office, a member of the PTA or at one of our playground ticket sale days, else drop us an email and we can get some to you. Please remember to return your unused tickets or the stubs and cash in an envelope and post in the school black post boxes.

If you can help with anything or just want to find out more without committing then please email us directly at fairfieldspta@gmail.com.


Updates from Year Groups

Foundation Stage

No updates this week

Year 1

No updates this week

Year 2

We are very excited about our trip to SeaCity Museum in Southampton on Wednesday 29th November! We will need children to be in school promptly at 8.40 that morning to ensure we are able to leave on time. Please could you ensure that your child comes into school wearing school uniform and a coat in case of poor weather. Your child will also need a water bottle. If you have not requested a packed lunch from school please also ensure that your child brings lunch in a named packed lunch box. 

Year 3

No updates this week

Year 4

The children were so well-behaved on the trip on Monday!  We are so proud of them. 


Miss Rees will be teaching New Delhi next week. 

Year 5

No updates this week

Year 6

Year 6 Bikeability letters have gone home. Please complete the reply slip and return it to class teachers by Monday 4th December. Year 6 would like to invite parents in to classrooms on Tuesday 5th December at 2:15pm-2:45pm to see the pupil's learning linked to contrasts and the book 'Hugo'. We look forward to seeing you then if you able to make it. 


Footballers – we unfortunately have had to cancel the football match against St. Johns for next Wednesday.  We will still be holding a training session until 4:15pm. 

Dates for next week

Wednesday 29th November – Deadline for ordering photographs for free delivery to school. 

Wednesday 29th November – Year 2 SeaCity Museum trip

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)


Start and finishing times are as follows:

Foundation Stage, year 1 and Year 2: 8:40am – 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: 8:45am – 3:15pm

Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Kelly Dillon