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w/c 16/03/20

We had a fantastic time on Tuesday when we went to Brackenhurst. Our guide was very impressed with the children's knowledge about plants, growth and recycling - have a look at the great photos on the school Facebook page.

With schools now closing, I have already sent out lots of booklets for your child to work on. I will keep updating work and emailing out more activities during the next few weeks. The year 2 curriculum, at this time of year, does involve lots of recapping and revision to prepare the children for their SATS assessments. As this won't now happen, the children will have, at some point, activities for them to help them apply all their knowledge since September, and  this will help prepare them for the next stage of their education in Key Stage 2.

Lots of different and exciting website have been emailed out to you and there may be more included later. If you wish to have some sort of school like structure to the day, we tend to do phonics, grammar and literacy first in a morning and then number second. The afternoons are when we would do our topic work and activities like art and crafts, music and PE. I will continue to post next terms spellings on the homework site for you to work on.

If we do remain closed until September, I would like to say how amazing the class have been this year, we have had a great time together in year 2 and it's been great to see the progress of the children since when we were together in the Reception class and how our new children have settled well and made great friends too. I wish all the children good luck in year 3. Thank you too for all your help and support with all the various activities. It's been very much appreciated.

Finally, I hope everyone remains safe and well.

Kindest regards

Mrs Stacey



w/c 09/03/20

As part of our topic work this week, the children enjoyed planting some flower bulbs and sowed some salad seeds, they also looked at the differences between seeds and bulbs and the different types of seeds. The beans and peas in our mini greenhouses have started to grow well now.

We finished our fraction block of work by looking at how to find different fractions and counting in fractions. The class are now thinking about different tenses in our grammar work and the Working Together activity is to change words in sentences to a different tense. Please return books by Wednesday 18th. The spellings for next week are based on adding -ing, -ed, -er or -est to words of more than one syllable ending in a single consonant after a single vowel ie patting, dropped or runner.

In English, the children have been sequencing the story of The Black Hat and then used this work to help them write a recount of the story. The class also used their imagination to create some of the creatures that came out of the hat for our display. 

Thank you. 

Mrs Stacey.



w/c 02/03/20

Newstead class have had another busy, but enjoyable week. We have continued looking at our main literacy text by writing a diary entry and then looked at improving it by making sure adjectives and adverbs have been used. We are still looking at fractions and the homework activity will help reinforce this concept. Please return books by Wednesday 11th. 

In our topic work, the children made their own greenhouses and choose which seeds they would like to grow. We also looked at the conditions needed for good growth. We have started working on our tennis skills in PE and on Monday 23rd March, we have a tennis coach coming into school, so please send PE kits in that day.

The children looked great in their World Book Day costumes and enjoyed listening to the stories that were read to them. 

Please continue to listen to the children read and asking them questions to help reinforce their understanding of the text.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey.


w/c 24/02/20

Welcome back, and I hope you all had a good half term break. The topic for this half term is, 'The Enchanted Forest' and we will be focusing on plants and growth in our topic work. Our main literacy focus will be based on the text 'The Black Hat' by Maia Walczak and this week, we have been using adjectives to describe characters and different settings. In number we are starting a block of work on fractions. The spellings for next week are based on adding '-ing' to a word ending with a 'y' with a consonant before it, such as 'crying' and ' flying'. 

The Working Together activity is based on recapping our grammar work by re-writing sentences using the correct punctuation. Please return books by Wednesday 4th March.

To reinforce our topic work, we have a trip booked for Tuesday 17th March to Brackenhurst. The children are looking forward to dressing up on World Book Day on Thursday and to share their favourite books with you in the afternoon.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey


w/c 10/02/20

This week, we finished looking at our space topic by writing a newspaper article based on the first moon landing and then by writing a space poem. We also finished our work on shape by concentrating on sorting and making patterns with 3D shapes. We also looked at the artist Van Gogh and the children enjoyed painting their own version of  his 'The Starry Night' picture.

The children now have a log in for Spelling Shed which will help reinforce the year 2 spellings in a fun way. As mentioned at our parent's meeting, there is a reading booklet for the children to have a go at over half term. Please encourage your child to read the text and questions as independently as they can. Please return the books by Wednesday 26th. Thank you for your support this half term and I hope you all enjoy the break. I will see you all on Monday 24th February.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey.




w/c 03/02/20

The children are enjoying using Times Tables Rock Stars and also our Reading Challenge, thank you for your support with this. We have finished looking at apostrophes now and are recapping different types of sentences. We have also started to look at the features of a newspaper to help with our writing next week. In number, we are now looking at the properties of 3D shapes. The Working Together activity is based on applying our 2D shape knowledge to 3D shapes. Please return books by Wednesday 12th. The spellings next week are based on the Year 2 Common Exception words. The class also enjoyed investigating the best surface for a space buggy to travel on. The children also enjoyed working on a space themed dance activity.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey.



w/c 27/01/20

This week, the children have finished their work on using apostrophes for contractions and to reinforce this concept, The Working Together activity this week is based on this work. Please fill in the sheet and then write some sentences using the appropriate contraction. Please return books by Wednesday 5th February. We are now looking at apostrophes for possession.

We have also been concentrating on how stories are structured, leading up to writing a sequel to 'The Man On The Moon'. 

In our number work, we have started our work on shape by looking at the properties of regular and irregular 2D shapes. The children enjoyed looking at the work of Henri Matisse this week, and producing their own versions of his collage work. We also investigated a selection of musical instruments to make our own 'space music'.

The spelling pattern next week is based on adding 'ies' to nouns and verbs ending in 'y' as in 'tries' and 'babies'.

The children are very excited about our school reading challenge and are looking forward to reading every day in February, please remember to fill the sheet in, not the reading diary. All the children have Times Tables Rock Stars log ins glued in the front of their reading diaries. It's a great, fun way to reinforce times tables and division facts.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey.



w/c 20/01/20

We have finished our grammar work on adverbs and are starting to look at using apostrophes for simple contractions such as can't and didn't. In our English work, the children have been editing sentences using adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions to make them more interesting. In number, we have looked at interpreting information in different ways including using block diagrams.

In our topic work, the children have been looking at the different food groups to help them plan a healthy meal for an astronaut. We even tried some real astronaut pre-packed space food - it was very tasty!

The spelling pattern next week is  based on the 'igh' sound spelt with a 'y' at the end of the word , as in 'dry' and 'sky'. The Working Together activity is based on our statistic work, please encourage your child to read the questions to you and explain what they have to do and how they get to the correct answer. Please return books by Wednesday 29th. When you hear your child read, please encourage them to talk about what they have read to aid their understanding of the text.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey.





w/c 13/01/20

This week, the children have continued to look at adverbs, looked at the features of a poster and used this information to make their own posters to advertise trips to the moon. In number, we have started to look at statistics including tally charts. The children also made their own fact files based on the life of Neil Armstrong.The spellings for next week are based on the 'l' sound at the end of words, spelt 'il' or 'al' as in 'pencil' and 'capital'.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey.



w/c 06/01/20

Welcome back and I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and have great a 2020. The children have settled quickly back into all their school routines. Just to remind you, P.E. kits will be needed on Tuesdays and Fridays, spellings assessment is still on a Wednesday and Mr Borman will teach the class on Thursday afternoons.

We have started our new topic on space this week by looking at the life of Neil Armstrong and understanding why he is important. We are looking at the story, 'The Man in The Moon' and have been role-playing being a space tourist and then writing a post-card home. In our grammar work, we have started looking at verbs and adverbs and in Phonics we are consolidating our Autumn work.

In number, we have started to look at division. To help with this, the Working Together activity is to work on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables using the activity sheets. Knowing these facts, helps with understanding division and please work on the instant recall of these times tables facts too. If the children want to write some division number sentences in their books, that would be great. Please note that due to courses and training, I am only in school Monday and Tuesday next week, so there will be no Working Together activity. Please return books by Wednesday 22nd. The spellings next week are based on the 'l' sound spelt 'el' at the end of words like 'camel' and 'vowel'. Also, please here your child read 4 times a week, using the book mark questions to  help reinforce your child's understanding of what they have read.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey.




w/c 16/12/19

Sorry for not updating the site last week, I had computer/internet problems.

We finished our number work by looking at the 2xs, 5xs and 10xs tables, in English the children learnt about Mary Anning and we finished our grammar work by looking at questions and commands.

Thank you to coach Ollie for his P.E. sessions this term and to Martin, the cricket coach for his sessions this half term.  Also, thank you to Mr Borman for his computing lessons. There are no Working Together activities over the holidays, but please keep hearing your child read.

The last few weeks were full of Christmas activities and rehearsals. The children enjoyed the Panto and were very well behaved, enjoyed the disco and their visit from Santa. Thank you for helping the children learn their lines for the Christingle and for their costumes. Everyone sang and spoke well and were amazing!

I would like to thank you for your support with all the different activities over this term and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you on Monday 6th January 2020.

Mrs Stacey.



w/c 02/12/19

This week has been assessment week and everyone has coped well with all the different questions. We have talked through lots of the different type of questions together and we now have a good idea of what to work on next year. For the Working Together activity this week, the children have a sheet and will need a dice. Whatever number they land on, links to a word or picture. The children then write an interesting sentence with something from each of the different areas included. If your child wants to write a story, that would be great.

Please return books by Wednesday 11th.

In our topic work this week, we investigated some 'dinosaur poo' to work out what kind of dinosaur it came from, by seeing what it had eaten. The children loved this activity and have a good understanding of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. In our cricket coaching, we focused on striking and hitting the ball at the wickets. We are continuing working on our Christmas play, learning lines and the songs well. The children need to be dropped off at the Church next Thursday morning (12th). Please feel free to send in costumes when you have them.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey.





w/c 25/11/19

In English this week, we have looking at the features of fiction and non-fiction books, as well as recapping plurals. We have now finished our money work in number, by looking at finding change and working on problems. The Working Together activity is a money game, based on finding change, to help reinforce this work. Please return books by Wednesday 4th December. The children also have a sheet with some fun ideas to help with different ways to learn spellings.

The children are enjoying P.E. with coach Ollie and their cricket lessons, where this week the focus was on striking a ball.

Everyone has enjoyed learning all the songs for the Christmas play and they are now learning their lines well. Thank you for your support with this.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey.




w/c 18/11/19

We had a very exciting start to the week when we joined in with the rest of the school for 2 D.T. days. First, the children investigated the properties of lots of different materials and then how they could be changed to make them stronger. The children were then challenged to make a dinosaur nest for some T-Rex eggs. At the end of the project, we found out which was the warmest and the strongest nest.

We are continuing to look at money in number, especially finding the totals of different amounts using notes and coins. In English, we are looking at when to use the different conjunctions that we now know and using the suffix 'est'. The Working Together activity is a sheet to help understand when to use the comparative adjective 'er' and the superlative adjective 'est' - we have talked about this lots and how the ending of words are altered - see if your child can explain it to you. ( comparative compares one person or object, superlative compares more than one person or object). Please return books by Wednesday 27th. 

Thank you

Mrs Stacey.





w/c 11/11/19

Newstead have been involved in lots of different activities this week. We remembered everyone who fought in wars on Monday, wore odd socks on Tuesday for anti-bullying week and on Friday we will be wearing brightly coloured clothes for Children in Need. We managed to have cricket outside this week when we focused on aiming and bowling. 

The children researched their dinosaurs well, we had some good models and drawings and all the children could talk about their dinosaur with great enthusiasm too. We have started looking at money in number now and the Working Together activity this week is to complete some money sheets to help with this concept. Please return books by Wednesday 20th. In English we have been looking at some different conjunctions and have been thinking how to write a letter.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey.





w/c 04/11/19

I hope you all had a lovely half term holiday and welcome back to a busy second half of our Autumn term. The children have quickly settled back to school life and routines.

This half term, our topic is 'Dinosaurs' and for the Working Together activity this week, I would like the children to find some facts out about a dinosaur of their choice, a model, drawing or painting could be made too. Then, the children are going to talk to the rest of the class about their dinosaur. Please return books by Wednesday 13th but if books are returned earlier, we can then start the talks straight away.

In Phonics, we are continuing our work on Phase 6, looking at different conjunctions in our grammar work and in English, our work is based on the short film clip, 'Once in a Lifetime'. In number, we have been looking at addition and subtraction of 2-digit numbers.

The children enjoyed their first cricket session where they worked on their throwing and catching skills. P.E. kits are still needed on a Friday. Please try and hear your child read 4 times a week, using the book marks will help deepen understanding of what has been read. 

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey.





w/c 14/10/19

The children finished our topic work this week by painting their clay Australian animal and saying if it looked like their plan or if it could have been improved and then writing any Australian facts that they remembered. In number, we have continued with our work on addition and subtraction and in literacy, we have been looking at adjectives before and after nouns.

The Working Together activity for over the break is a sheet to fill in when the children have seen something interesting in their reading books such as a great opening sentence or a particular adjective the author has used. This can then be used to help the children with their writing. Please return books by Wednesday 6th November. There is also a letter formation strip and a Year 1 Common Exception Word sheet just as an aid to help remind the children of some of the basic spellings and how to from certain letters. 

Spellings will now be assessed on a Wednesday, the first set of spellings are based on words with the 'u' sound spelt with the letter 'o' as in 'other' and 'Monday'. On Thursday afternoons, Mr Borman will be teaching the children some computing skills - the children are very excited about this! I will be going swimming with KS2. We are also very lucky as we will have some cricket coaching on Tuesdays in our P.E. lesson. 

Newstead class would like to say a big thank you to the P.T.F.A. for our lovely new maths resources and reading books. 

The children were great at our Harvest Festival, remembering and saying their poem well. The children have had a super half term, settling into the new school year and coping well with the challenges of year 2. Thank you for supporting your child with all the activities, spellings and reading. I hope you all have a lovely break and I will see when we come back to school on Monday 4th November.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey.






w/c 07/10/19

The children have been learning about adjectives this week and using them in their writing. We have also continued our work in addition and subtraction by thinking about adding and subtracting 1s and then 10s from a number. In our topic work, we recapped the continents and then looked at the world's oceans. The children enjoyed using clay to make a model of an Australian animal.

The spellings next week are based on some of the year 2 common exception words, words that can't be sounded out. Please note that after half term, the spellings will be assessed on a Wednesday.

The Working Together activity this week is based on our work on conjunctions. The parts of the sentence can be cut up and re-arranged to see which of the conjunctions makes the sentence correct. The children can then write them in their books. Please return books by Wednesday 16th.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey.




w/c 30/09/19

This week, we have started to look at Australia in more detail. In English, we are looking at traditional Aboriginal stories as well as looking at adding the suffix -ing to words and using commas in lists. We have now started to look at addition and subtraction in number and have been thinking about how we can check calculations and use our knowledge of related facts to work out problems. In our topic work, we are looking at Australia and the world's continents. The Working Together activity will help the children to understand the continents and which countries are where. Please return books by Wednesday 9th, the activity doesn't need to be returned. 

The spellings next week are based on the 'j' sound often spelt with a 'g' which comes before 'e', 'i' and 'y' ie gem and giant.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey.




w/c 23/09/19

The children are coping well with the weekly spellings, this week they are based on the sound 'j' spelt  -dge and -ge at the end of words ie badge and huge. Thank you for your support in learning these. In English, we have been looking at using conjunctions in our writing by using words like 'and', 'so', 'or' or 'but'. We finished looking at 'Not Now Bernard', with the children writing their own versions, using different characters and settings.

In number this week, we have been counting in groups of 2s, 5s, 10s and 3s. The Working Together activity is a Snakes and Ladders game to play to help reinforce this concept. Please return books by Wednesday 2nd October.

We have been mapping our school playground and thinking about the directions North, South, East and West. The children enjoyed decorating buns for the Macmillan coffee morning on Friday - and one for themselves to eat too!

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey.



w/c 16/09/19

The children have been working hard this week on all their activities. We have continued looking at past and present tenses, looking at nouns and verbs and thinking about how sentences are constructed. The Working Together activity this week is a sheet linked to our work on the tenses. Please return by Wednesday 25th. I have included a sheet to help with all the terms we use in our Literacy work. The children have also been given a book mark with lots of ideas and prompts that can be used to help with developing their reading skills. We have also been continuing with our Place Value work, please keep working on the writing of numbers as words.

The spellings this week are based on the 's' sound spelt 'c' which is before the  vowel letters e, i and y such as bicycle, city and face.

The class have enjoyed looking at examples of Aboriginal art work and the work of Georges Seurat and his Pointillism paintings. The children were then challenged to choose an East Markham landmark, such as the Church, and to recreate it in his style. We had some great pieces of work.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey





w/c 09/09/19

This week, we have been recapping some of the sounds in Phase 5 phonics and have been thinking about past and present tenses in our Phase 6 work. We have been looking at the story, 'Not Now Bernard', and the class have enjoyed role-playing the story, sequencing it and making a list of past and present sentences linked to the story. 

We have started our topic by walking around the village looking at all the different features, both natural and physical. Afterwards, the children drew some great maps of the route we took. We have also looked at the United Kingdom, naming the countries, capital cities and seas.

In maths, we have been concentrating on Place Value. As one of the objectives in year 2 is to be able to write numerals as words to at least 100, there are 2 sheets based on this for the Working Together activity. This objective is something that can be continually worked on over the next few weeks too. Please return books and sheets by Wednesday 18th.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey




w/c 02/09/19

Welcome back. I hope you all had a good summer holiday and that the children are looking forward to being in year 2.

We have had a great start to the new school year, with the children quickly settling back into school life and routines.

This half term, our topic is looking at East Markham and then comparing it to Australia - we will be going on a walk around the village next week to help start this work. This week, the children have been recapping some Year 1 concepts in both number and English.

 P.E. will be on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please send in named water bottles everyday and please let me know if someone different is picking up after school. Could all uniform and P.E. kit be named.

The children will still need to read 4 times a week and will have a piece of homework on a Thursday to be returned the following Wednesday. There is an East Markham fact finding sheet to fill in this week.

The children will also need to work on a set of weekly spellings - please see the homework section. These will be assessed every Thursday. The first set are based on the 'n' sound which can be spelt 'kn' and sometimes 'gn' at the beginning of words ie 'knee', 'gnat'. Please explain the meanings of any words and when your child is confident with the spelling of the word, try writing it in sentences. This set will be assessed on Thursday 12th.

Please note that we are still waiting for reading diaries to be delivered so reading books will be given out when they arrive.

If you have any concerns or queries, please feel free to speak to me either before or after school.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Stacey