Year 3 – Silver Birch

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June 2021

Over the past half term, the children have been thoroughly enjoying their Titanic topic! As part of this topic, we have explored reasons for the sinking of the Titanic, how the sinking of the ship impacted sea travel in history and the different events which happened leading up to the sinking of the Titanic. The children have produced a number of very thoughtful pieces of work including writing as a person boarding the Titanic- to show how incredible the event was. Also the children have explored how the Titanic sank, which led to them writing an explanation text of how the famous ship sank. When we learnt our recent art topic we applied our knowledge of blending watercolour paints and using different brushes to create a painting of the Titanic in perilous seas. Our inspiration was a number of seascapes painted by JW Turner. They turned out superbly and are now in pride of place on our classroom wall. In DT we made 3D models using different techniques for cutting, joining and using the card to create our ships. In maths we have been measuring length, volume and mass. This week we used our great measuring skills to create our own cheesecakes. Then we compared the weights of our cakes to each other. It has been a wonderful effort by all and a fun-packed half term.

April 2021

Year 2 have come back from a lovely Easter break raring to go and brimming with positive attitudes to their work! Very well done Year 2! Our topic this term is Titanic. The children have explored the different features of adverts this week and we are writing our own adverts to encourage people what an incredible cruise liner the Titanic is. We have used a range of persuasive language and rhetorical questions to encourage the reader to want to buy their tickets to America. Our history topic will underpin many of our different curriculum subjects this half term. For example in our Design Technology we are going to build a 3D card Titanic which uses a simple electrical circuit to light it up. In Art we will create a watercolour seascape with a ship detailed in pen or chalk. In our Mathematics we have just learnt about 3D shapes, their properties and how to sort them according to their properties. Our next topic is to revisit multiplication and division for our times tables (2x, 5x and 10x). The children have been working really hard to develop their mental maths skills and playing lots of fun games to get quicker at our recall of maths facts! As part of our computing work, we will be exploring how to create tree diagrams and search databases. In PE we are currently learning to play hockey in our class. The children really enjoyed their first session this week, in which we learned to hold the hockey stick, control the ball and change direction with the hockey stick as well as pass a hockey ball to a partner. We look forward to sharing more of our work as the term progresses!


January 2021

Over the past few weeks Year 2 have been reading our new text ‘The Queen’s Nose’. We have made our own clues for a treasure hunt, like the one the main character Harmony went on, to discover her magical fifty pence piece. We have been learning about fractions and many of us at home and at school have made pizzas. We have learnt how to put ingredients on 1/3, 2/3 and 3/3 as well as on different amounts of quarters. We are currently designing healthy snacks as part of our Design Technology topic. Many of us have ideas about how to create fun but healthy snacks using ingredients such as fruit, vegetables, cheese and other ingredients. Our maths focus has been to develop our times tables knowledge for 2x, 5x and 10x. It has been a good start to the Spring Term. The children at home have been incredible with their learning as have the children in class!

January 2021 Remote Learning

Oak Class have live, interactive and compulsory daily registration at 10:00. In addition children are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes per day at least 5 days a week. Click the Teams link below to join your lesson.

Digital copies of work will be uploaded on Tapestry. Paper copies can be picked up from the school or downloaded here.

You can submit your work on Tapestry or e-mail to or drop paper copies off at school when picking up your work for the following day.

Your daily phonic lessons available on the RWI picture/link below. You should have been informed by the Class Teacher which lesson your child should be doing.

In addition to the schools core offer (outlined above) there are some fantastic free digital resources to support home learning. As a school we strongly recommend BBC Bitesize and Oak National Academy to families wishing additional resources.

January 2021 Hampshire Schools Games Daily Challenge

Now, more than ever, it is important that pupils are physically active to support both their physical and mental well-being and the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines are for all children to be active for 60 minutes each day, 30 minutes of which is supported by schools.

As such, the Hampshire Schools Games Daily Challenge will begin on Monday 11th January and will initially run until February Half Term. Every Newlands pupil is invited to take part and each week we will email out the following week’s challenges.

The main aim of our campaign is to get and keep pupils (and adults if they wish) moving whilst trying to have some fun! The challenges will include some Well Being and Dance activities so should fit all tastes and preferences and participation certificates will be issued to those who take the challenge. The first week’s  challenges are attached and all that is required at the end of each week is to email  Mr Neighbour to inform him that you have completed the weekly challenges.

This is purely voluntary and not something you are expected or mandated to take part in but we hope you will find it of value and assistance during the latest lockdown situation.

HSG Week ONE Challenges (1)

Merry Christmas from Oak

It has continued to be a busy term in Oak class. In computing we have using our newly acquired skills to put together a part of Christmas film. In between all our learning we have been having fun as well!

Year 2 have been working extremely hard on writing their stories the Ice Palace. More recently we have been rewriting our own versions of Little Red Riding Hood. In mathematics we have been finding out about fractions. In order to understand what ¼, 2/4, ¾ and 4/4 means we created our own fraction pizzas from scratch. We have also been solving tricky problems. In our Art we have been developing our own Banksy works of art with paint. It has been really interesting finding out how to use our art to create messages.

Meet The Teacher  2020

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 restrictions we have been unable to host our popular Meet The Teacher sessions in school. Instead click on the links below to reader a letter of introduction from the class teacher and an expanded copy of our class presentation. If you could e-mail any questions you have to so that in the coming days we can make an FAQs page.

Year 2 parent letter

Welcome to the Year 2 Curriculum Evening 2020


“We have loved reading ‘How to wash a woolly mammoth’ and ‘The lonely Beast’” – Alexia

“We have been learning to write instructions, that’s why we made chocolate cakes” – Lyla

“We have been learning to count in 5’s and 10’s” – Annabelle

“We have been learning about cold snowy mountains and icebergs in Antarctica” – Isla

Year 1 have worked very hard over the last few weeks and we are very proud of them.

We have been partitioning ‘teen’ numbers into tens and ones, counting in tens and looking at number lines practically and thinking where the numbers go.

In English have been following the story of ‘Halibut Jackson’ by David Lucas.  He is a very shy character and the children have been writing descriptions and letters about him.

In art, we have been creating portraits with pencil and paint.  The children have thought very carefully about where the different features are on faces with great results.

Wow! Well Done Year 1 for a great start to the year! We have completed so much learning in the last two weeks and you have all been amazing. We have been doing Phonics, Maths and English everyday as well as learning about our topic in the afternoons.

A copy of the September 2019 Curriculum Presentation can be found here