We received some lovely comments from parents, carers and pupils on May 20th which was Thank a Teacher Day - "Thank you to all the staff at Niton Primary, but especially Mr Woodhouse, Mrs Tapper, Mrs Reddecliff and Mrs B. Ellen and Polly are missing school so much." - "A huge thanks to everyone working so hard at Niton. A special shout out to Mr Woodhouse who has been there constantly on google classroom to help when needed and for setting such brilliant and fun lessons! The phone call home too was really appreciated and made M’s day to speak with him! It’s really lovely to be part of such a caring school." - "Thank you to all the staff who are working hard to keep our kids safe and for providing work and support during this tough time. A special thanks to Mrs Martin, Noah’s teacher." - "A massive thank you to all the staff at Niton who make life so special and memorable for all children. Thank you also for your support during the current period, you're all doing a fantastic job in difficult circumstances. On a personal note, a big thanks to Mrs Patching. Jack says- "Thank you Mrs Patching for all you've done and for setting us some really nice work" " - "Thank you to Mrs Martin and Mrs Glover for their continued support. “I miss my friends, Mrs Martin and Mr Wheeler” from Dan." - "Thank you to everybody at Niton Primary who help and support our family. "Mrs Patching will always be my favourite teacher, but Mr Woodhouse is pretty cool too! Mrs Turner is always really smiley and I miss seeing her" from Bea. "I want to say thank you to Mrs Patching, love Annie" and finally "Mrs Wall was a brilliant teacher and always so kind to me" from an ex pupil." - "Thank you Mrs Patching for your continued support, encouragement and hard work, not only at this time but from September. Noah has benefitted hugely from your guidance, as I’m sure many others have and for this we will always be grateful. Keep smiling." - "We’re lucky with such fab teachers and support staff at our lovely school - thank you all." - "Thank you to all at Niton Primary School, especially Mrs Patching and Miss Burton for their hard work and support. The kids miss you lots!" - "Every teacher - past and present, for both of my children have been brilliant, and I’m grateful to them all. However Mrs Glover still holds the record for James’ favourite teacher EVER!" - "Thank you to Mr Woodhouse and Mrs Fuller for your great support & resources for Kai and Zac during this difficult time." - "Thank you to all the teachers and support staff." - "Thank you Mrs Martin, Mrs Patching, all teachers and all Niton Primary amazing caring staff for looking after our learning and wellbeing from Matteo and Marco." - "Thanks to all the staff at Niton Primary, especially Miss Burton for keeping the class busy during lockdown."

2021- 22 Class names are based on inspirational people (current or historical) who link to and are an inspiration to our school values.

Please click on the class names below to find out more about these inspirational individuals and to find out what’s been going on in the class groups.




Year 1

The Queen

Year 2


Year 3


Year 4


Year 5


Year 6


Welcome to The Queen Class – Year 2.

Named after HM Elizabeth II, The Queen (and exploring the values of respect and tolerance) The Commonwealth.

From Australia to Antigua, Canada to Cameroon, the Commonwealth is a remarkable international organisation, spanning every geographical region, religion and culture. It exists to foster international cooperation and trade links between people all over the world. After 70 years of its existence, the Commonwealth is a remarkable organisation which remains a major force for change in the world today. The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent countries, almost all of which were formerly under British rule.

Mrs Annabelle Patching – Teacher

Miss Lynne Stotesbury – Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Debbie Bartholomew – SEN 1:1 LSA







The Commonwealth opposes “all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds’’.


Welcome to Year 2: The Queen Class

Autumn Term 2021

We hope you have had an enjoyable summer and that we will all have great fun together through our learning this academic year. We will all be working hard, catching up on what we have missed out on over the past couple of academic years. 

We will, also, be encouraging the children to become increasingly independent in Year 2 but do, please, support them to bring in all that they need on the correct day, initially.  Arrival time is from 8.40 am.

Please be aware that the children will be undertaking KS1 SATs in May, so we would ask you not to take any holidays during this month. As a school and staff, we do everything we can to keep the stress levels down and often the children will not know that they are taking part in this national requirement. 

Learning Experience

This first half term’s topic is about explorers especially Sir Ernest Shackleton and his exploration of Antarctica. I am hoping that we will be able to have a real –life Antarctic traveller in soon to talk to us about what it is like there.


 The end of year expectations for reading are quite challenging in the areas of pace of reading, comprehension and quantity of text. Therefore, to support your child please make sure you hear her/him read at least 5 times a week.

We will be writing letters and postcards using the exciting book ‘Dear Teacher’ as our hook. This book is about a boy who does not want to return to school after the holidays and so he invents some strange excuses!  We will also be looking at other texts that describe journeys.

For your attention: After half term, the children will be asked to take part in the Phonics Screening Assessment. We have already started revising the sounds needed and the children will be engaged in Phonics lessons and small group work between now and then. 


The Maths curriculum will be divided into units of work that will cover place value, addition and subtraction strategies, shape and space and statistics. We plan to make this as practical and meaningful as possible to make the learning fun, recognising that there may be a need to cover some of the Year 1 curriculum to fill any gaps in learning due to the previous school closures. Children often find telling the time quite challenging and we have found it more effective to apply the ‘little and often’ approach to telling the time. Practising counting in 2, 3, 5 and 10s will also help your child learn their tables. TTRS site is a useful and fun way to practice these skills. They will also need to learn the inverse facts (i.e. division e.g. 10÷2 = 5)


This term’s topic is ‘Animals including humans’. We will be finding out about how animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults. We will also be finding out about and describing the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air) and their habitats. We will be thinking about the importance to humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.


We will be using a range of materials to explore the work of artists who have created their own images of Antarctica. We will also focus on the use of paint, mixing colours and the use of shades and line widths. 


Following the Hampshire curriculum, we will be looking at the concept of Family and Community, with specific reference to Sukkot. 


Mr. Mulhern will be teaching Music to the children. These lessons will take place on Tuesday morning.  


We will be having two sessions a week, one on Thursday and the other on Friday. Please make sure your child comes into school in their kit on those days.

Long hair must be tied back and earrings removed, alternatively please make sure that your child has a roll of micropore tape (cheaply available from the chemist) in school at all times, too.

Homework: Homework will consist of daily reading, spellings and a combination of times tables and a piece of work linked to their Maths, English or topic learning. The homework will be posted on Seesaw and sent home in a Homework book. Please make sure the week’s homework is completed by Thursday and returned to school on this day so that the work can be reviewed and the homework book can be sent home again on Friday with any new work in it.  Spelling tests will take place on Fridays, with the spellings being written in the back of the book so you will be able to see the results.  

If any of you have any ideas to support our learning, have any talents that could help us with our topic work or would like to hear readers, we are always very appreciative of this support. Please contact me through the office, and I will get back to you as soon as I can. 

Voluntary Contributions.

Providing quality resources for topic work can become expensive. Occasionally, we would like to be able to ask for a voluntary contribution towards topic resources. This will not always be monetary but perhaps the contribution of a bag of flour or sugar for cooking etc.

Please also be aware of the school Amazon wishlist, as we try to develop and update our class libraries. More information on this can be found on the school newsletter and the link can be found on our school Facebook page.

A final note to remind you that, as the children are beginning to move more freely around the school it is easy for them to misplace their belongings. Please ensure jumpers, water bottles etc. are clearly named or we cannot guarantee we will be able to relocate these for you.

We are always available if you wish to speak to any of us. You could catch me at the end of the day or as above, please contact the office by telephone or email so that we can arrange a time to talk to you.

Year 2 Team, 

Annabelle Patching & Lynne Stotesbury, Debbie Bartholomew, Jo Wickens (Thurs) and Melanie James (Fri)


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