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An exceptional independent day school and nursery for boys and girls from 2 to 11 years of age. Where no child goes unnoticed

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Infants / Key Stage 1

Children move into our Infant Department (Key Stage 1) at the end of their Reception year and spend a year in Year 1 (aged 5 turning 6) and a year in Year 2 (aged 6 turning 7) before moving on to our Junior Department (Key Stage 2).

The school day runs from 8.30am to 3.20pm. The Key Stage 1 curriculum includes the following subjects:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • PE including swimming
  • RE
  • Music
  • Spanish
  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • Computing and ICT
  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Relationships Education (RsE).

The curriculum is approached through whole school themes and a cross-curricular approach is adopted as much as possible. Examples of themes include:

  • Air and Water
  • Ice and Fire
  • Built to Last
  • The Dynamic Earth
  • Journeys

Our Infants perform a Nativity at Christmas and take part in the whole school Carol Service. They also take a class assembly each term.

Swimming is a weekly activity and there is an increased choice of extra-curricular activities, mainly offered at lunchtime.

The Reading Buddy system continues throughout the school and the children forge strong friendships across year groups, which are further enhanced by the House system. We have 3 Houses: Brunel, Cabot and Hannah More—and all children are allocated a House when they start in Nursery. Competitions take place throughout the year, including Sports Day in the summer term.

Our classes are small, offering the opportunity to ensure that our children receive individual attention and teachers are able to structure their planning and delivery of the curriculum to ensure that every child has areas of focus and development which are specific to their needs. Communication between home and school is open, regular and timely.

The curriculum is enhanced by an extensive programme of trips and visiting speakers and drama groups; we welcome the Bristol Old Vic each year, for example, to perform their version of the Nativity.

Key Stage 1 Assessment

A combination of regular formative and summative assessment is used to track children's progress throughout the school. 

"Fairfield builds friendships that last a lifetime."

"I enjoy music - it's great."

"There are lots of chances to represent the school in sports events."

"Pre-School Morning Care is fun!"


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Rated 'Best Independent Prep School in Bristol and the Wider South West Area'

November 2016



Fairfield School

Fairfield Way


Bristol BS48 3PD

Fairfield is accredited by the Independent Schools Council, affiliated to the Independent Schools Association and the Association of PNEU Schools.

Fairfield PNEU School (Backwell) Limited is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No. 814684. The company is established for charitable purposes. Charity No. 310215.

Classroom, class and staff photographs reproduced with permission from Dave Pratt Photography; Whole school and individual staff photographs reproduced with permission from Colorfoto Ltd.

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