Year 6 – Rowan Class

The Pirates of the Curry Bean 2022

Rowan Class have had an incredibly busy few weeks as we lead up to the end of our time at Newlands.  The highlight has to have been performing our production, ‘The Pirates of the Curry Bean’ to packed out audiences.  We had the show professionally filmed for DVD and digital download, performed to the whole school and staff and then performed two shows to packed audiences on two nights.  We loved that everyone had a role to play and everyone had a chance to contribute and be on stage – it is something we will never forget!

Photos can be found here.

Calshot 2022

Rowan Class had an incredible week at Calshot – these photos show just a snapshot of the fun that we had!  The activities really stretched us all to overcome our fears and embrace a challenge.  I was so impressed with the teamwork and maturity that all the children showed during our residential.  We laughed a lot, enjoyed our time together and the children made some lasting memories to take with them as they prepare to leave Newlands. There are some photos in the gallery below and more can be found here.

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October 2021

We have had a really busy half-term!  We started with a trip to The Gordon Brown Centre, which helped us gain confidence and learn more about our teachers.  We have learnt new mathematical skills including how to divide with a decimal remainder, using BODMAS for the correct order of operations and calculating missing angles.  We are enjoying reading Goodnight Mister Tom in English and learning about D-Day in history – we have been discussing why D-Day was a turning point in history and evaluating primary and secondary sources. In science, we explored light and enjoyed learning about refraction and exploring what happens when light travels from one medium to another.  This week we earned out class treat and we decorated biscuits with lots of icing, chocolate drops, marshmallows and sprinkles.  We have had an amazing start to Year 6 and have gained lots of skills and made lots of progress!

Samuel, Jake and Koray

September 2021

Rowan Class had a fantastic time at The Gordon Brown Centre on Tuesday 7th September.  The children took part in den-building, archery and low-ropes and also learnt a new skill called cordage.  All these activities were a fantastic way for me and Mrs Kelly to get to know the children and see them in action outside of the classroom.  It was also a great way for them to develop their team-building skills and develop their confidence.  We were spoilt with beautiful weather and blue skies and the children behaved wonderfully.  We are both really excited to see what this school year has in store!

May 2021

Year 5 have had a very busy half term! They have worked incredibly hard and made great progress.

They have finished Holes, their class text and next week they are going to compare the film to the book. They have been practising their stitching techniques to create pencil cases. They have recently worked on converting between metric and imperial units and had several practical lessons on measuring various body parts and weighing different items and converting to inches and lbs and ounces. They have become geographical experts in reading 4 and 6 figure grid references and becoming familiar with various Ordnance Survey symbols.  In Science, they have investigated different forces and gained experience in writing a method, conducting an experiment and writing a conclusion.

May 2021

This term we have started our new topic learning about the Mayans. We have been studying their beautiful artwork and all about their history and culture. We have created our own databases of information about the Mayans during computing. Some of our databases include Mayan Gods and Goddesses and countries. We have learnt a lot through doing this already! In Maths we have been working hard to measure angles using protractors accurately, we’ve also been solving problems involving calculating missing angles on a point, straight line and in triangles. Our class text for this term is ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar. We have been exploring a variety of writing styles from letter writing, descriptive writing, character analysis and writing flashbacks.


February 2021

Year 5 have had a great half term focusing on the Ancient Greeks. In English, we have been writing Horrible Histories extracts on some cracking ideas about Greek pots and producing front covers. In Maths, we are focusing on 3D shapes and their properties, we have been exploring making 3D shapes out of art straws. We have been using clay to research, design, make and evaluate our wonderful Greek pots.

January 2021 Remote Learning

Beech Class have live, interactive and compulsory daily lessons at 9:00, 10:30 and 13:00. Teachers will input to the children for approximately 15 minutes before the children complete approximately an hour of independent tasks offline. 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 your work for today can be found here, paper copies can be picked up from the school. 

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

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 Beech Class

December 2020

We have been working incredibly hard in Year 5 this half term, we have continued our space topic and conducted some practical experiments about various spherical bodies within our Solar System. In Maths, we have learnt some new formal methods and enjoyed conducting our own research to collect data for a bar graph and a line graph. In English, we have looked at newspaper and play script features and applied these to our writing tasks. We have thoroughly enjoyed participating in Ukulele lessons with Mr Jones from HMS and have most recently learnt to play the tune to some Christmas songs.

October 2020

This half term we have been working incredibly hard to get as much learning done as possible. In English, we have been writing a biography on Major Tim Peake using our knowledge of adverbials of time and place. In Maths, we have focused on the four main operations, angles and area/perimeter. In Science, we have conducted many experiments to show how states of matter change due to a change in temperature. In PE, we have been learning the skills and techniques used in Hi5 netball, such as pivoting and different passes and gaining lots of game time.  By Ava and Teddie

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.

05 Year 5 Beech Class Letter Mrs Harris

05 Year 5 Beech Class Letter Mrs Richardson

Welcome to the Year 5 meet the teacher September 2020 


Minstead Wednesday 9th October 2019

18:55 – We have just finished dinner, sausages and crumble. Yummy! Already today we have walked the Ditch of Doom, picked our creature teachers and got stuck in the mud.

20:35 – An evening of journal writing, followed by a campfire with songs and stories in an Iron Age Round House. 25 minutes from lights out and a good nights sleep?

Minstead Thursday 10th October 2019

1:34 – Question from the boys dorm “is it morning” it would appear that after two hours sleep the boys a suitably refreshed and are ready to start the day. However Mr Neighbour insists on at least a few more hours.

6:38 – The boys have been awake for at least an hour. They are now showered and ready for the day. The girls are still asleep.

13:20 – After a hearty breakfast we have spent the morning immersed in Viking farming. We started by feeding the chickens while we thought about the similarities and differences between chicken farming today and in Viking times. Next was a trip to the top field to meet the Scandinavian sheep. After a quick break we made natural dyes and experimented with colouring wool.

19:47 – We started the afternoon writing the runes, then we learned about wattle and daub and built mini Viking longhouses. This involved digging for clay which resulted in some messy children. After a short break we leaned about Viking cooking and herbal potions before toasting our bread on a camp fire. Dinner was pizza followed by birthday cake. In the evening was a Viking story around the campfire with toasted marshmallows.

Minstead Friday 11th October

7:24 – The boys were again first awake but they did let Mr Neighbour sleep until 6:22 at which point we discovered a Hornet in the boys bathroom. In a heroic/Herculean attempt to remove the visitor Mr Neighbour managed to shriek, loose a mug out the window and at one point double the hornet population. After a epic 10 minute encounter the bathroom was declared Hornet free. As this is being written we await a room inspection, the boys currently lead but anything could happen.

16:14 – Back at school. Last of the photos have been uploaded. I have had a wonderful 3 days with a wonderful class but it’s time to head home.

Thank you to all who attended, a copy of the Y4 Curriculum Evening presentation can be found here