Year 6 – Rowan

Class Presentation

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Meet the Teacher Rowan Class 2022-2023

Calshot, September 2022,

Last week, Rowan Class spent a fabulous week at Calshot Activities Centre, in the New Forest with Mrs Sealey, Mrs Morley and Miss Lapper.  The centre is set on Calshot Spit and surrounded on all sides by the waters of the Solent with sea-views from lots of the rooms and plenty of time to play on the beach.  We had so many activities to take part in, including: skiing, snow-boarding, high-ropes, orienteering, kayaking, donutting and climbing.  It was a fantastic way for us to work together and build our confidence ready to face the challenges that Year 6 will bring this year.  We’d definitely recommend this trip!

Click on the Calshot logo for pictures from our September 2022 visit

Minstead, January 2022,

Day 1: We have been getting acquainted with the New Forest wildlife.

Day 2: The children managed to get some sleep last night! It’s been another busy day. We learnt about the water cycle and did some stream dipping finding lots of aquatic wildlife which we identified under the microscope. Then after lunch we set camera traps and built shelters, testing these out by eating a snack in them. All are in good spirits and keeping warm.


October 2021

Year 5 have had an incredibly busy half term. We have applied our measuring, cutting and joining skills to build a space buggy out of wood. The space buggies moved due to a motor in a working circuit being attached. In Maths, we have looked at measuring angles using a protractor and applying year 4 skills of finding area and perimeter to find the area and perimeter of composite shapes.

To round off our Earth and Space topic, this week we visited Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium. A fun day out was had by all – we explored the exhibits, watched a planetarium show and took part in a robot workshop. We have also enjoyed our first ‘tally treat’ this half term and made delicious (and not remotely healthy) biscuits!

June 2021

Maple Class has continued to work incredibly hard this term. In our geography lessons, we have learnt about land use and then wrote balanced arguments about Yateley’s classification as a town or village. This investigation then extended into our history lessons where we have investigated how Yateley has changed over time. In our music lessons, we think our neighbours have enjoyed listening to our samba drumming (we couldn’t hear what they were shouting at us…) and in art we have learnt how to use the coil technique to strengthen our products. We were really using this technique when we made our clocks backgrounds. We still have woodwork, RE and more wonderful Anthony Browne books to enjoy before the summer break – it really is all systems go in year 4!

May 2021

Maple Class have been having a brilliant time working with Miss Anson and Miss Benfield this term. They have used laptops to research Nelson Mandela, investigated the concept of divinity in RE and developed their netball skills in PE. Since returning from lockdown, the children have revised lots of the maths and grammar that they had covered during home learning and the class have done brilliantly! The children have worked outside and the playground (and walls!) have nearly recovered from one very colourful grammar lesson. Mr Gray is looking forward to returning to the class full-time next week – the children are going to be in for a shock! Well done Maple Class; you are all superstars!

February 2021

Maple Class have adapted brilliantly to home learning and achieved so much this term! The children have written amazing poems, diaries and persuasive letters, created art in the style of Steve Brown, written computer codes that would flummox the FBI and learned about the concept of ‘freedom’. The children have been brilliant supported at home by their families (and pets!) and Mr Gray thanks them all for putting up with him!

January 2021 Remote Learning

Maple Class have live, interactive and compulsory daily lessons at 9:15, 11:15 and 13:45. 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 Maple

Christmas Rap 2020

Hey, everybody, here’s our Christmas rap.

First there’s a rhythm that you’ll need to clap.

Keep that rhythm and stay in time,

‘cause our rap needs a rhythm and a good strong rhyme.


Silent Night and We Three Kings

They’re the carols that we’d like to sing.

We’re not in church ‘cause Covid’s here

So here’s our show to bring you festive cheer.


O Come oh ye faithful It’s a famous hymn

It’s almost as good as Hark the Herald Angels sing.

The Holly and the Ivy sounds pretty mad

But falling in a bush would make us pretty sad.

Away in a manger no crib for a bed

He was born in a stable the angel said.

We’re walking in the air was by Aled Jones

And every time we hear it we have to groan.


Singing carols sweetly really isn’t our style

So we’re gona’ do a rap then run a country mile

But what will you rap Mr Neighbour will say

You can’t rap about Christmas it’s a very special day.


We could rap about the sprouts that are rolling round the floor,

we could rap about the wreaths that are hanging on the door.

We could rap about things that are mean or pleasant,

we could rap about wrapping up a Christmas present.


We could rap about our dinner, the food and drink,

we could rap about those puzzles that really make you think.

We could rap about learning and work we’ve done,

we could rap about our teacher going on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on


But who cares ‘cause Christmas is nearly here

It’s going to be great but very different this year

We’ll still watch TV and play with our toys

and love every minute ‘cause it’s full of joy.


Stay safe, have fun and follow the rules,

We want to see everyone back to school.

We’ve had a great term and we can’t wait for more

We’d like to know what Mr Gray has in store!


So a happy Christmas and a bright New Year

To everyone we know and all we hold dear.

This message comes to you from all of Year 4

See you in 21’ it’s time we head out the door!

December 2020

Maple Class have had another wonderful (and busy!) half term in school. Designing and making Viking helmets has certainly been a highlight and it was lovely to see the children enjoying the creative process so much – the staff are expected to make a full recovery! In addition to their DT lessons, the children have enjoyed learning and performing various poems, using coordinates and creating musical masterpieces in their computing lessons. Well done Year 4 – everybody at Newlands is really proud of you!

October 2020

Year 4 have been working incredibly hard since the start of the term. They have been making electrical circuits in science, creating wonderful Viking shields in art and making a lot of noise (music!) on the African drums. They have also worked as a team to develop their apostrophe usage and created a huge human timeline to help the class see how the Viking period of history relates to what they already know.

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.

04 Year 4 Maple Class Parent Letter Mr Gray

04 Curric Evening Sept 2020 Maple Class


Our topic this term is Beautiful Britain and we have been finding out about famous British composers in Music as well as famous British artists in Art. My personal favourite was re-creating a Gainsborough picture as a class. In English we are reading Enid Blyton’s “Enchanted Wood” and we have acted out one of the chapters as well as writing our own setting descriptions. I enjoyed learning about the Union flag and creating our own flag in Geography, while in Maths we have learned to tell the time and work out unit fractions with pizza slices!


This term’s highlight for Year 3 has been our wonderful visit to Butser Ancient Farm where our Topic of the Stone Age and Iron Age came to life. We were able to experience what it was like to live in an Iron Age house and we sat round an open fire. We made copper jewellery, built fences using the ancient technique of wattling and made bookmarks from strands of thread (cordage). Our guide was impressed with our knowledge of the period and we learnt so much about life in prehistoric times.

We have also been creating our own Just So Stories and leaning about measurement in maths. We are now preparing for Christmas.

This half term in Silver Birch class we have been learning about life in the Stone Age. We made our own spears, flint axes and cave paintings. Also, in English we have been reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes while in PE we have practised our Netball skills. My favourite lessons have been French and Maths where we have been partitioning numbers.

Eleanor Leadley


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