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Parley First School

Glenmoor Road, Ferndown, Dorset. BH22 8QE

01202 874400

book9Welcome to our Year 2 Page!book9

You will find all letters, important dates, topic
information and photos for Year 2 classes here.
Image result for noteboard pin clipart Reminders Timetable Year 2 - Curriculum Map
Year 2 - Modern Foreign Languages
     Key Dates (Click on icon for full calendar)

Arts Week

Visit from Mr Tovey

Year Three were really lucky today as they had a visit from Bartholomew Weaver who was from 1666! He told us all about the great fire, life in London at the time and even let us watch him pack his trunk as he was leaving. Amy said ‘I really enjoyed the morning because I got to see what fashion was like in 1666’. Joshua said ‘I learnt that you clean silver with a cabbage leaf and there were different foods in 1666’.

Fire pit

To help us to imagine what life would have been like during the fire of London we had a fire in a fire pit. We thought about materials that are flammable and used our senses to describe what the fire was like.

Scratch Jr

As part of our work in computing we have been debugging algorithms using Scratch Jr. We found out that debugging means fixing and solving problems. We also found out that algorithms are a set of instructions for the programme to work. We moved a car across the screen, made animals have a running race and even made the sun set!

Fire Brigade Visit

We were really lucky to have a visit from the Fire Brigade. They brought their fire engine to show us and taught us all about how to stay safe from fire.

They had lots of top tips for keeping us safe. We learnt that we need to check our smoke alarms every Tuesday. We also learnt that as a family we should have an escape plan if there were a fire and to make sure that the route is clear. You should also have a family meeting point.

We learnt that we should shout, get out, stay out and call 999.

Making Houses

As part of our learning about the Great Fire of London we have been finding out facts about the buildings. We have learnt that they were mostly made of wood with thatch rooves. We read some information and looked at paintings from the past. Then we made our own houses out of cereal boxes using what we had learnt.

Thirty-Seven Café Competition

Mrs Woodward came to give us the opportunity to win a prize from the café. We had to design our own milkshake or smoothie, thinking carefully about the ingredients. There was a winner from each class and their designs might actually be sold.

Poetry Telling

We read lots of different types of poems. We really liked the ones that made us laugh. Then we performed out poems to other members of the class. We used what we had learnt about poems to write our own summer acrostic poem.

Drinks tasting

As the final part of our topic on healthy eating we were really lucky to have a visit from Mrs Woodward who runs the coffee shop 37 near to our school. She brought some delicious smoothies and milkshakes for us to taste. We tried to work out which ingredients they had in them and which was the healthiest. We really enjoyed all of the tasting. Now we have to design our own smoothie or milkshake as a competition for the coffee shop. We are very excited to see who wins the prize!

Making sandwiches

As part of our topic on healthy eating we designed, made and evaluated our own sandwich trying to make sure we included some ingredients from each of the different food groups. We created our own sandwich packaging to advertise our sandwiches and then ate them for our lunch.

Our version of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’

The year one teachers asked the children in year two to write a different version of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We wrote our stories about different characters and magic jelly beanstalks. Then we went to read them to year one. Here are some photographs of us sharing our stories.

Year 2 SATS Information

Please click on the following link for more information regarding the KS1 test for Year 2 pupils.

Information for Parents KS1 SATS

Video explaining National Curriculum KS1 SATS

Marwell Zoo Trip

As part of our science learning we went on a visit to Marwell Zoo. We looked at lots of different animals, thought about what they eat and where they live. We had a great time!

Our trip to the pond

During our work in science we have been learning about different habitats. We went down to the pond to see which animals we could find and talked about how they are adapted to living in water and on the land.

Habitat Boxes

We all chose a habitat that we would like to make and thought of the different animals that lived there. We also thought about what the land would be like and which trees and plants we might find there. Then we made our designs out of shoe boxes. Have a look at the results!

Bug Hunting

As part of our work on minibeasts we went hunting for insects in the school grounds. Then we sorted them according to their features.

Visit from an Explorer!

We had a visit from Mr King who is a real life explorer. He has travelled all around the world and told us lots of different facts about places. He is also a diver and showed us all of the equipment he uses. We really enjoyed listening to him and asking him lots of questions.

Explorer day

As part of our work on explorers we have had an explorer day. We went on an orienteering hunt around the school grounds, found out about some famous explorers, made our own binoculars and had a good at building some dens to keep us warm and safe.


Bug Homes

We are starting our new topic all about habitats so we have made our very own bug homes. We have left them in different places around the school and are going to see who decides to move in!

Alien sandwiches

We have been busy making alien sandwiches after we read ‘The Man on the Moon’.  We put all sorts of strange things into them! After that we wrote a set of instructions to explain to someone else how to make an alien sandwich.

Telling the Time

We have been working on telling the time to o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. Some of us have been working on reading and telling the time to the nearest five minutes.


Year 2 Home Learning

Next week we are learning about timelines as part of our history work. We would like to make a timeline of your child’s life so far! Please send into school any photographs by Wednesday 31st January so that we can stick these into your child’s book for our work. This may include when they were a baby, starting school, school performances or any relevant milestones e.g. learning to walk. They will also need to know how old they were when these events took place.

Thank you for your continued support

Mrs Dunn and Miss Brumpton

Measuring Volume

During our work on measures, we estimated the amount of water that different containers would hold. We then measured this using a measuring cylinder. We worked really hard on reading the scale accurately.


As part of our work in Literacy we have been learning about explanation texts. We have learnt an example about a ‘Teacher Pleaser Machine’. Today we made our own machines that could do different things and then we are going to write to explain how they work.

Living Things

As part of our science learning, we were thinking about the features of living things. We sorted objects and animals into living, dead and never alive. We thought about MRS GREN to help us.

Ukulele Concert

The children in year two who have been learning the ukulele performed a concert to the whole school to show us everything that they have learnt.

Christmas Table Decorations

As part of our Christmas art activities we made table decorations for our families. We used different plants that are in our school grounds and decorated them with pine cones and trees.

Castle Printing

As part of our work on castles we have made print blocks. We used polystyrene and then drew in our design with pencil. After that we used special paint which we rolled onto our tiles. Then we peeled off the paper to reveal our design.


As part of our learning about castles we have been looking at defence systems. We planned and made our very own catapult using different materials.

Birds of Prey Visit

To help us with our science learning and as part of our hook for our castle topic, we had a visit from Liberty’s Owl and Raptor Centre. Maxine brought a Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, Little Owl and a Tawny Owl to show us. She told us lots of amazing facts about these birds of prey. We even had chance to stroke the Tawny Owl and couldn’t believe how soft it was.

Year 2 Home Learning

For our home learning we completed projects about pirates and going on an autumn walk.

Visit to Reception to share our puppets

We went to visit Reception with our puppets and our writing. We have written stories about our pirate puppet characters and wrote a set of instructions for how to make one which we shared with the children in Reception. The children really enjoyed reading the stories and acting out with their puppets.

Pirate Puppets

As part of our learning we designed, made and evaluated pirate puppets. We used felt and sewed them together.

AARRR Pirate Day

We enjoyed our day dressed up as pirates and taking part in lots of different activities. We made pirate treasure chests and pet parrots to keep on our arms. We learnt how to speak like a pirate and followed different pirate commands.

We also shared a few pirate jokes. Some of our favourites are:

What’s a pirate’s favourite food?
A bbaarrrrr-b-q

What’s a pirate’s favourite letter?

Why can a pirate never learn the alphabet?
Because he always gets stuck at c!

Treasure Maps

As part of our outdoor curriculum, we discussed how pirates know how to find treasure using maps. We discussed the compass directions and how important it is to have and X to mark the spot! Then we used the resources outside to make our very own treasure maps.

Letter from a pirate!

Mrs Brooks was busy cleaning out the boat outside the year two classrooms when she came across a message in a bottle! It was from Pirate Marcus who was asking us to find a material to make his boat out of. We have been busy reading letters so that we can write one in reply.

Materials investigation

We looked at lots of different materials and investigated whether they were waterproof. We found that plastic was waterproof but newspaper definitely wasn’t as it went all soggy.


Please keep coming back to this page as photos of the children and their learning will be posted from time to time!

Welcome to Year 2!

Welcome back to the new academic year. We are looking forward to working with you and your children in Year 2. Please remember the school day starts at 8:30am when children have learning tasks to complete and may be involved in a range of intervention groups.

We encourage the pupils to be as independent at school as possible, especially when organising their own belongings. Please help us and them to achieve this goal by ensuring everything you send to school is clearly named.

Just a few reminders of the things your child needs to have in school every day:-

· Book bag, with both reading and library books and the green reading record book inside.

· A clearly named healthy snack of fruit or vegetables, with a drink of water in a named bottle. Please keep fruit juice and squash for lunch boxes only.

· A full P.E. kit for both indoor and outdoor activities, to include trainers and socks and a plastic bag for muddy items! Please make sure everything is named.

· Wellington boots for outdoor learning.

· Wet weather packs for use in school during wet playtimes.

· Fruit will be provided by the school in the afternoon; this may be eaten at the end of the day or sometimes may be sent home.


Children are encouraged to change their reading books as often as they need to and are given the opportunity during early bird sessions when they can choose their own books to take home. Children are also welcome to choose a book from the library which offers a wide range of texts. It is important for children to read regularly both to continue to build on their sight vocabulary whilst also fostering a love for reading. When helping your child to read, it is vital that you spend time discussing the book, asking a range of questions in order to deepen their understanding. For example:

- How is the character feeling? How do you know? What clues are there in the text?

- What might happen next? Why do you think that?

We are sending home a list of the common exception words which the children need to be able to read, on sight, by the end of year two. Please also work on these with your child at home.


This year we are trialling a new approach to spelling practice with an emphasis on the common exception words and words regularly used in writing (see list on website). We are sending home a list of the common exception words which the children need to be able to spell by the end of year two. Please work on these with your child at home and record their spellings in their home learning books.

Home Learning

In Year 2 home learning is given over a half term. We provide a list of activities under the headings ‘Literacy’, ‘Maths,’ ‘Creative’ & ‘Outdoors’ from which the children are asked to choose one activity from each section, you can do more if you wish. These can be completed in a variety of ways, including practically with photos sent in to show the learning. A home learning book will be sent home for you to use but parents are welcome to be more creative if you wish. Children are asked to bring in their home learning to share during our year group presentation afternoon. Don’t forget to visit the ‘Learning Zone’ section of our website for lots of useful websites and fun games to enhance learning.


Our first topic for this term is ‘Pirates’ which will see us explore a range of writing styles whilst learning about our world including naming oceans and continents, comparing countries and creating simple maps. As part of our learning we are planning a Pirate Activity Day where we would like children to dress up as a pirate, which will be taking place on Thursday 5th October. We will also develop our mathematical strategies including number bonds to 10, using place value and the formal and informal methods for addition and subtraction. After half term we will be learning about ‘Castles’ and writing our instructions for trapping a dragon. We are also going to have an art and design technology focus. More details about our curriculum please see the link at the top of this page. We will try to update the page throughout the year so look out for photos, key dates and activities.

We value our partnership with you very much. If you have any queries or worries, please do come and see us at the end of the day.

Thank you for your continued support,

Yours sincerely

Mrs Dunn                                Miss Brumpton