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25th February 2020

Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed a calm and restful half term...shame about the weather! Fingers crossed for Easter!


We have come back with lots on enthusiasm and have already taken part in an exciting event...pancake flipping! The children did really well and I have added photos below for you to enjoy.


We are moving on to our topic of Australia this half term and we have already spent time looking at the map and learning about the physical features.

We will be continuing with out work on the operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) in maths and challenging ourselves to learn our times tables more securely.

We have been reading Roald Dahl stories as a class and the children have enjoyed them so much, we are working on writing our own chapter for 'The Twits'! We are developing our own pranks to play on the characters and writing our own version.


We have our class assembly coming up next Friday, which will be about The Great Fire of London and we look forward to welcoming you at 9:15am.


Miss Newns

Thursday 13th February 2020


I have finally completed my new years resolution and managed to organise the photos for you all! My apologies for the delay in uploading them but it would seem my camera fancied a holiday and went elsewhere in the school!

Below should be a collection of photos from our forest trips and from other visitors and events for you to peruse!


It's been quite a half term, with lots of exiting learning about the Great Fire of London. The children have been keen to learn more and have asked lots of interesting questions relating to what they have seen around them.

Our class assembly will detail all our learning on this topic and we would love to welcome you on Friday 6th March at 9:15am to watch!


We have had an amazing Science Week and really enjoyed our session with Professor Bubbleworks today! We learnt about wind power and how to generate energy to power a rocket! In Year 2 we have been focusing on 'water' as part of our science week theme of 'Our Diverse Planet'. The children have though carefully about how to conserve our precious resource and have also conducted a couple of experiments to highlight how important clean water is.

We look forward to welcoming you tomorrow (Friday 14th February 2020) to come and see our exhibition of learning.


I hope you all have a peaceful half term and I look forward to seeing all the children back soon!


Miss Newns



Ashdown Forest 7th February 2020

Ashdown Forest 13th December 2019


Happy New Year!

Welcome back, it is lovely to see you all (feeling a bit more healthy compared to before!) and I hope you had a lovely Christmas and enjoyable new year.


The children have come back today with the most amazing attitude for learning and I can see already some children trying really hard with their choices to start the term as we mean to go on!


Last term was rather chaotic and jam packed, so I am sorry that I am only now managing to update the class page. There were lots of exciting events from last term that I have details and photos of, so my new years resolution is to get those uploaded for you!


However, this term we start our Great Fire of London topic! I have attached the topic web and home learning grid as usual, however I have also uploaded the spellings for each week this term. I am hoping this way everybody will get the spellings and they will not be lost in books or bags! Please continue to learn them week by week and complete the challenges in the purple books, which can be handed in on Mondays as before. I have also stuck them in the purple books for you.

Finally, I have also stuck a new set of reading stars in the reading diaries. When your child competes one, please sign it and I will tick it off too. They will then receive a raffle ticket and at the end of the term, they will be selected at random and a book token can be won!



Welcome back!


Welcome back everyone, I hope you had a lovely half term break!

Just a quick message to let you know that after reviewing the first half term's spelling arrangements, I have decided to change them slightly in order to make it more manageable for everyone.


Spellings will now be handed out on a Monday in the purple spelling books and need to be handed back in by Friday.

I will then mark them and stick in new spellings ready for Monday.

The children will also be tested on Monday.


I have put a new sticker in the books for your reference.


I hope this works better and I will review how it all goes this half term!


Miss Newns

Monday 21st October 2019


We had a fantastic time at the forest on Friday, particularly as the rain seemed to hold off! We enjoyed looking at the beautiful Autumn scenery and looking for chestnuts on the floor. We hid them and challenged ourselves to find them later in the day! We had a long "stomp" through the forest and had a real sense of achievement when we reached the top of the really steep hill! Finally, we made some little hedgehogs out of clay found in the forest.

I have attached a few pictures of our day below.


Year 2 have been working really hard this half term and have really enjoyed their topic of space. I have been really impressed with all the additional investigating they have done to learn more and the pieces of home learning that have come in too.

This week, we are going to be writing our own version of 'The First Hippo on the Moon', which has been our book in English. We will also be testing ourselves to see how we are doing with our place value and times tables.


The children have also been working very hard learning some songs and poems for our Harvest celebration, which will be at the Baptist Church at 9:30am on Wednesday. We look forward to seeing you there.


Finally, I also look forward to meeting as many of you as I can at parents evening on Wednesday or Thursday this week. I really have been very impressed with all of Year 2 so far this half term and I look forward to sharing their achievements with you and setting some challenges for them to work on!


Miss Newns


Ashdown Forest

Thursday 26th September 2019


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The children have been working hard this week and we are getting used to life in Year 2!

We have been very excited by the alien space ship crash landing in our outdoor area and we have received two letters from him! The children were all keen to help him rebuild his spaceship to get him home to his home planet! So that is what we are going to do next week!


Please may I ask that the children bring in a cardboard tube for next Tuesday 1st October. This could be a Pringles tube (or equivalent crisp brand!), a kitchen roll or wrapping paper roll cut down to a smaller size. The children will be following instructions to make the alien a new space rocket and then learning how to write instructions afterwards.


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Thank you for your help.


Miss Newns

Thursday 19th September 2019

Thank you to those who were able to attend our Year 1/2 coffee morning yesterday, it was lovely to meet you.

Hopefully, you can now access the PowerPoint presentation that was used yesterday via this web page. There were a couple of questions at the coffee morning regarding spellings so I thought I would just put the information on here for clarity.

Spellings will be handed out on a Friday and stuck in to the purple home learning book. These can then be learnt at home and returned to school by the following Wednesday. This gives me enough time to stick in the new spellings and mark the previous ones. The children will then be tested on the Friday and new spellings handed out for the process to repeat.


I was also made aware that the maths website on the home learning grid requires you to subscribe after answering a certain number of questions. This has been introduced since we discovered the website and so I would advise another good website to use is this one:




Miss Carter has asked in her capacity as English coordinator, that I upload a useful website and document for recommendations for reading books. The website is as follows and the document has been uploaded below:




These first couple of weeks in Year 2 are a big transition for the children so it is my aim to get these procedures set up but please don't worry at the moment if things are forgotten as we are all still getting used to our new routines...including me! There is a little more ownership and responsibility assigned to the children in Year 2 but it will take time for this to become secure, so please don't worry. Should there be any further queries of concerns do feel free to contact me via the email link.


Having said that, so far the children have shown an amazing approach to their learning and a generally keen attitude in all areas. 

This week in particular has been rather exciting and unusual due to the alien crash landing in our outside area! The children were very keen to investigate the scene and help the alien who might be scared and alone on a strange planet! Today, we received a letter from him and have written him a reply to reassure him!


Please find below the coffee morning PowerPoint, the reading book recommendations document and our crash landing photos.


Miss Newns



Power point from year 1/2 coffee morning

Reading List

Alien Crash Landing!

Parent Letter, Home Learning and Topic Web



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Hello and welcome back!

It seems like it was only yesterday I was waving everybody off on their summer holidays...and now we are back! I hope you have all had an enjoyable break, whether it was fun filled or relaxing and peaceful.

I am really excited to be in Year 2 this year and have lots of creative and fun ideas, which I hope the children enjoy and benefit from. The first day of term has been fantastic and the children have shown how keen they are to learn and share their ideas! It has been a lovely first day for me in Year 2 and I look forward to the rest of the year.


There will be a letter coming home next week with further housekeeping details for you information, a home learning sheet for the children to work through and a topic web (which outlines what curriculum areas we will be covering). Finally, there will be an opportunity for you to come in and meet the teachers for a coffee morning in a few weeks time.


If there is anything you wish to discuss, please feel free to email me using the form below or pop in to the office to arrange a meeting face to face.


Many thanks


Miss Newns



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