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A New Year of Learning in 2020 - 2021!





This term our main aim is to settle back into school, spend time with our friends and concentrate on being safe and happy at school. Before jumping into new Year 2 and 3 Curriculum objectives, we will be focussing on parts of our learning that we may be a bit rusty with and building  up our confidence. The children have been fantastic, settling back into routines, working hard and most of all having fun with friends, new and old!


Our topics for this autumn term 2020 include: Animals from around the World in Art, Continents and Oceans in Geography, Animals including Humans in Science, Online Safety in Computing, Creation in RE, 'Don't Forget to Let Love In!' in PSHE, Songs from South Africa in Music amd Dance and Outdoor Fitness skills in PE. Phew! PE is on Monday and Thursday and the children are asked to come into school wearing their PE kits on these days please.

For more detail and a structured overview of learning this term and throughout the year, please see our Yearly Overview tab on the class webpage.


In Maths, we shall be following 'The White Rose Maths Scheme' to help see where our gaps in learning are due to Covid-19! This will mean covering Place Value and Number Facts with a focus on developing Arithmetic and Reasoning Skills. Times Tables will be practiced each week and we will start having Times Tables quizzes in Term 2. Please make use of the Times Table Rockstars website and your child's TT Rockstars account to help you practice Times Tables at home! The children have made a great, enthusiastic start with this!


In English, we shall be reading Traditional Stories and Poems from Around the World. Our key texts will be The Crow's Tale by Naomi Howarth (a Native American Myth), and The Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson (a Chinese traditional fable-like story). We will be basing our writing on these texts and focussing on key spelling, grammar and punctuation  elements. Spellings will be given out weekly, consisting of revision words from the previous year and new words. Please see our Spellings Tab on Rowan's webpage to view a breakdown of our weekly spellings words.


While it is trickier than usual at the moment to talk with you all properly before and after school, please know that I am still here! If you have any concerns or questions regarding school life please contact school or my work email and I will get back to you as soon as I can. My email is:


 Thank you

Miss Darby

Happy Holidays!


Happy Holidays to Rowan Class children and parents! I am wishing you all a very well deserved break from home schooling and hope that you have a happy and healthy summer holiday with family and friends. It has been a pleasure to teach and get to know you all this year and I'd like to say a huge thank you for all of the lovely gifts and cards I have received. It was  lovely to read your kind words and I am certainly not short on bubbly this summer for the BBQ! A warm welcome to Oak Class children and parents who will be joining us next year and I'd also like to welcome Charles, George, Joseph  and our new TA Miss Hart who will be joining us in September.


Next year we will kick start with an English, Reading and Maths focus to build on the children's current starting points before we move forward into new Year 2 and 3 learning. When we return to school our main focus will be on wellbeing, settling back in and having fun with old and new friends. Our topic will be based around Traditional Tales and Poems from around the world and we will be getting creative with lots of different animal art, as well as planting herbs, flowers and veg in our recently cleared outside area. A long term plan of this years learning will be posted on this page closer to September.


 Please email me if you want to ask or send me anything. My Email is 


Best wishes to you all,

Miss Darby smiley


Class of 2019 - 2020 

Zoom Meeting 3 - Animal BINGO


Thank you to those children and parents who joined us for today's (15/06/2020) zoom meeting. It was lovely to see you all and sing Happy Birthday to Jacob. What a lovely surprise it was to see Rocket the tortoise, Rosie the dog and see Brooke's bracelet and art. Well done to Eden and Jacob, our joint winners of our Animal BINGO game! I will get busy thinking about what we could play next, but if you have any ideas or suggestions for what you'd like to do I would love to hear them! A Parent Mail will be sent out on Thursday or Friday this week for next week's zoom. I hope to see some of you there :).


Take care everyone,

Miss Darby


Welcome back!

Here we are now on our last term of this academic year, Summer Term 2! I hope you all had a lovely half term and have been enjoying the sun and time together. I miss you Rowan class! Over half term I have been enjoying picnics by the lake, BBQs (basically anything involving eating food) and nice early runs in the forest. What have you all enjoyed doing recently?


Home Learning will continue for all Year 2 children who are staying at home. The work set should also be used to supplement work done in school for those children who are coming into school on our rota system. Below I have made new pages (find the paint splats!) with the weekly activities and resources for this term. Each week's work will be uploaded by 9am on Monday mornings ready for the new week ahead. Please be aware that I will be teaching in school on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and I will phone and check in with you all each week on one of these days.


Please email me on if you need anything or wish to send in work.


Miss D x


Zoom and Happy Half Term!

Happy half term everybody! I hope you enjoy a break from school work and have a chance to get outside in the sunshine and get up to lots of fun activities. Thank you to all of you for joining in with our second zoom calls today. It was lovely to speak to you all and hear about what you have been up to. I loved our Scavenger Hunt and seeing your pets, cuddly toys, art, achievements, games, bikes and photos! I will arrange another Zoom meeting for after half term where I think we will have a game of Animal BINGO!


I am still here on email, Purple Mash or Zoom so if you need anything just get in touch :). I am also collecting any books that are left in the 'Home Learning Box' at school on Monday (24/5/2020) to mark. So, if you would like me to mark your work please leave it in the red box at the front door of school by Monday lunchtime for me to collect. I will return the books back to the box for you to pick up ready for next term.


Sending lots of best wishes to you all.

Take care and enjoy!


Miss Darby :)



Summer Term 2020

Hi Rowan Class Children and Parents!


Welcome to a slightly different start to this Summer Term! I am missing you all and hope that you are staying happy and healthy. I just wanted to say THANK YOU for the work that you are doing at home. I know that this is a very difficult and strange situation with lots of pressure placed on parents. Please remember that the children are in the same situation as each other and no one is 'falling behind'. Please just do what you can, work in a way that suits you and your family and stay safe :).


Here on our Class page is where you will find resources and activities for learning at home. Each Friday, I will upload a new activity grid including Maths, Literacy and Topic activities and matching resources that you can choose from to continue your learning. Below, you will also find useful links to videos, games and other websites to give you inspiration and ideas for things to do at home. I will also be setting the children quizzes, games and other computing activities to try on Purple Mash, so make sure to log in regularly and check out your TO DO list. Finally, don't forget that you can use you Purple Mash 2Email account to keep in contact with me and your friends in Rowan class.


It would be fantastic to hear and see all the different things you have been up to at home, whether this is school work related or fun times at home - Please send in any photos or examples of work so I can share it on our class page! I am very proud of you all.


Take care and stay postive,

Miss Darby :)



Zoom Class Chat

Thank you everyone for joining in with today’s zoom meeting! It was great to say hello to you all and hear what you've all been up to. I loved seeing your cheeky faces and hearing your clever guesses with our picture quiz! Next time I think we may try a boy and girl chat separately and have a Scavenger Hunt, so keep your eyes out for another Zoom ParentMail! Take care everyone, stay safe and enjoy the rest of VE Day.


Miss Darby :)

Rowans Class Assembly

A big Thank you to everyone who came to watch our class assembly on Friday. It was short but sweet and the children were wonderful with their lovely loud voices, their Neil Armstrong facts, a cool space dance and of course their brilliant artwork! The children have all taken their dragon eye clay peices home with them and their castle pictures will follow shortly. I am a very proud teacher Rowan class!


Enjoy the weekend,

Miss Darby :)

Autumn, Term 2 Update!


We have really enjoyed our topic called 'Fire and Flames' this term. At the beginning of the term, the children produced some fantastic shape poetry based around Bonfire Night traditions. Miss Darby was impressed by how the children could explain the history of the Gunpowder Plot and how they could recount this in their writing. From here, our learning focus changed direction and we began to look at exciting stories about dragons! We read 'George and the Dragon' and snippets from the books 'How to Train your Dragon' and 'Tell me a Dragon' to write some detailed descriptions and instructions for our very own dragons. It seems that the Christmas advert involving Excitable Edgar came just in time for our topic too! The children have written letters, diary entries and storyboards to tell Edgar the dragon's story of Christmas chaos and fun.


Check out the dragon eyes that the Year 2 children have produced using clay, paint and different tools to add details and pattern. We love how different and unique each dragon eye is and enhoyed getting our hands messy!


Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year with your families.


Miss Darby :)

Autumn Term Art

Hampshire Fire Service Visit

On Tuesday 15th of October Oak and Rowan class had a special visitor from Hampshire Fire Service! This linked in with the Topic 'People who Help Us' that Oak class have been following this term.

The children had a great time learning about what household items are safe to play with and which items are best to avoid. They also learnt that it is important for families to test their smoke alarms each week and how to respond in case there's a fire inside:           1. Get out, 2. Stay out, 3. Call 999 .

The children discussed which people and emergency service would come to help in different emergency situations and enjoyed looking at a Firefighters clothing and equipment. Miss Darby and Oscar had great fun trying on the heavy firemen boots and helmet although the gloves were a tiny bit big for Oscar!  Our visitor was very impressed with the children's sensible responses and fantastic behaviour. Well done Oak and Rowans!




Welcome to Rowan class in September 2019!


Hello and welcome to our class page.This year we are a small class of eight Year Two children and our teacher is Miss Darby.


In Autumn Term 1 our Literacy lessons focus on the Traditional Tales of The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Here we will be writing our very own stories by creating new, interesting characters, describing different settings and learning key elements that make a great story.

So far, the children have enjoyed participating in Invasion games in PE and have spent time outside searching for signs of Autumn in Science. We are using our developing computing skills to code and create animations showing how the seasons change throughout the year. In Geography the children have been learning about the 7 continents and 5 oceans of the world and have started plotting these on a world map. A firm favourite is 'The Continent Song' on Youtube which I'm sure parents may have heard a few times at home (sorry!). We have been getting messy in Art by creating our own masks in preparation for Diwali and can't wait to show you our finished pieces!

For an overview of our learning this year,  please scroll to the bottom of our class page to see Roman Class Long Term Plan.


Long Term Plan and Topic Overview



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Binsted C of E Primary

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