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Week beginning 07/09/2020

Welcome back!


After a long break it was fantastic to welcome the children back to school. It has been wonderful to see how easy the children have settled back into class and we have had an amazing week. 


Our new topic is called ‘Walking with our Ancestors’ and we are starting with the Old Stone Age. We created some Cave Art from charcoal and berries which we collected from the field. In Science we have started to look into Genes and how they affect the way we look.


We would like to give a massive welcome to our new students, Ruby and Kaizen, to Newstead class.


Newstead Class Team

Amazing Africa!


In the last few weeks we have started our new topic, Amazing Africa!

In English we started by looking into the book Lila and The Secret of Rain, we looked into the different types of weather Africa has compared to us and African homes. In Science we looked into how to grow our own plants and we each planted one each! After this, we read the story Handa's suprise and we discussed the different type of animals and fruits that are in the story. 

In art, we have created our own African masks and have painted them. In music, we have created instruments to sound like the animals in the jungle!


A big welcome to a new addition to the class - Ashton! Welcome to Newstead!


I am super proud of the last couple of weeks with Newstead class, they have tried incredibly hard with their work and the changes that has happened around school. Well done and keep up the good work!



Home Learning

It has been a very strange time recently and I would just like to say a big well done to all of the Newstead class for continuing to work hard and a huge thank you to all of the Newstead parents for staying so positive and just being amazing through such challenging times. 


It it has been great to see pictures of what the children have been getting up to at home and it has been lovely to work with some children again in school recently. I have selected some of our best pictures to share on here that show just how amazing you all are! 


World Book Day


Bracken Hill school celebrated World Book Day on Friday 6th March. There was some fantastic costumes around school and all the children loved reading their favourite books. 📚

Newstead World Book Day

Week commencing 2nd March 2020


This week the children have been enjoying their new topic about magic and mystery. This children will be studying this topic in all their lessons from Maths to Art.



Newstead have been learning about time in Maths. The have played What time is it Mr Wolf and Time Bingo. They have been learning about analog clocks and discovering what numbers are on a clock and what the different hands mean.



This week the children have been making potions to help them learn about time connective like after, next, finally and imperative verbs like add, mix and pour. The children love the different concoctions that they create but aren’t fond of the smells!!!

Half term holidays


We've made it through another half term and it seems this year is flying by. The children have really enjoyed their topic work about conflict. All the children loved learning about Anne Frank and the second world war especially when we had the VE Day party.


We break up this Friday 14th February and are back on 24th February. Also another date for your diaries is Monday 16th March which will be an Inset day and the school will be closed to all students.


Hope you all have a fantastic week off.

Week Commencing 10th February



This week some of Newstead children have been learning about 3D shapes. They have been describing the shapes and investigating whether they roll or not.



In English this week all the children at Bracken Hill have been focussing of Phonics. They have been learning the initial sounds of words and matching the letters of the alphabet to pictures.



In topic we had a little VE Day party to finish of our Conflict topic. The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the first and second world war and where fascinated about Anne Frank and her diary. The topic for the next half term will be Magic and Mystery.


Week commencing 27th January



This week Newstead have been learning about Ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc). The children loved playing games in the hall and saying who came 1st, 2nd or 3rd.



In topic we have been learning about Anne Frank's diary. The children have wrote about the emotions that Anne would have been going through and they also had a go at role playing where the pretended to be either Anne and he family or German soldiers.



In Art we have been been making War art by using materials that we have found in the garden. In DT we have been making masks using recycled materials.



Week Commencing 13th January 2020 




In computing lessons this week, Newstead class have been exploring Algorithms. 

An Algorithm is a set of instructions designed to perform a specific task.

Newstead class created an Algorithm on how to make a jam sandwich!








Week Commencing 16th December

What a fantastic term we have had in Newstead. The children have really enjoyed learning about the First World War in our English and topic lessons. 


We have visited the trenches at Sherwood pines and thoroughly enjoyed out visits to Morrisons Cafe. We got to visit Santa at MacArthur Glen where the children got to give Santa their toy lists.


Hopefully we will have and equally fantastic term next year when we are planning more trips out and some exciting work.


Hope you all have a great Christmas and we all look forward to seeing you in the new year.

​​​​​​Week Commencing 9th December


Newstead have had a great week learning about rhyming words in English and Eat Well plate in Science. We have been practising for our Christmas Concert and we hope to see some of you next Monday at the Ashwood Centre. 

Just a quick reminder that the school's Christmas dinner is next Wednesday 18th December where the children can wear their Christmas jumpers and next Friday is none school uniform day.


Luckily we have managed to escape the flu that has swept through the school as it has only effected one of the students. If any of the children show any signs of the flu please keep them at home until they have fully recovered.

Week commencing 2nd December 


Using ordinal numbers in Maths

This morning in Maths the children have been learning about Ordinal numbers. The children got to race cars in the corridor and they had to label which car came 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th. All the children enjoyed this activity with a little bit of ‘discussion’ to find out who was the winner.

Week commencing 25th November 2019


War Horse

In English we have been learning about the story of War Horse. The children have been creating their own stories about a soldier and his pet and writing about their adventures.

Week commencing 11th November 2019


Newstead class have started a new book in English which is the story War Horse and will run alongside our topic which is about Conflict. As part of our topic and English lessons we visited the Trenches at Sherwood Pines where the children got to walk through the Trenches and learn about some of the Soldiers that fought in the 1st World War. The pupils have been making poppies out of card, felt and clay and have been talking about how they would feel if they went to war.

Visiting the WW1 Trenches at Sherwood Pines

Half term


We have had a fantastic start to the new academic year with 2 new students joining us who have settled in really well. We have been learning about different countries from around the world including India, China and Spain and we have been learning about the Solar System in Science and have made some fantastic puppets that the children got to take home.


I hope you all have a safe and great holiday and we all look forward to seeing the children again when they come back on Monday 4th November.

Week commencing 17th October 2019


This week Newstead have been learning about estimation in maths and have been writing a non-fiction book about a farm. The children have really enjoyed writing facts about the different animals that are found on a farm.

In Topic we have been learning about Spain and we have learnt the colours of the Spanish flag and we did some Spanish dancing,

In science we have been learning about Space and the different planets and we finished our model of the Solar System that we made out of balloons and paper. 

Week commencing 30th September 


This week in our 'Where in the world?' topic, we have been learning about India. 

First, we looked on Google Earth and looked at how far away India is to the United Kingdom and decided what transport we would take to get there. 

We looked and created our own Indian flag and looked into India's only active volcano, on Barron Island. 

Newstead class then created their own active volcano!

We finished the week by looking at the story of Rama and Sita  - were we created our own puppets for the story. 

Week commencing 16th September 2019

Global Day of Action!

On Friday we were learning about our environment. We have been learning about plastics in our classroom and around the school and how much better reusable plastic is. Newstead class decided to create our own reusable, biodegradable plastic. We went for more of a plant pot/bowl shape so we can grow something in there in the near future!




Class timetable 2019-2020

Week commencing 9th September 2019


Hello and welcome back!

We are so excited to see everyone again and hear about what everyone has been up to in the holidays. 

Above is a Timetable for Newstead class for 2019/2020.

We are starting the year with our 'Where In The World' topic by looking at a variety of countries and seeing how they are similar or different to England. 


Miss Jones 

Topic: Map Reading

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