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Parley First School

Glenmoor Road, Ferndown, Dorset. BH22 8QE

01202 874400


Welcome to our Year 2 Page ! 

Class of 2019/20

A Message for Year 2!

Miss Brumpton reading 'The snail and the whale'

How to make butter

Miss Brumpton reading 'The disgusting sandwich'

Miss Wickenden reading


Lockdown Gallery

We would like to share with you some photos and pictures from our wonderful children of what they have been getting up to during lockdown. Many children will be missing their friends but have been busy with lots of activities. If you have a photo you would like to share on this page, details of where to send them have been put on your Google classroom.     

Here’s a few pictures of the activities that Alarna has been doing during her time at home.

Willow's butter making experiment.

Ariya learning lots of things at home.

During lockdown Anna has been.......getting messy with cornflour & water......enjoying reading her favourite book...playing games........painting with her brother...playing with her new lego set and planting her sunflower seeds.

Amelia has been on lots of bike rides to Poor Common and even to see the aeroplanes at the airport! 
She has helped with some baking, planting and has done lots of creating. Amelia made thinking of you pictures which she sent to our family and friends.
Amelia has kept busy every week doing virtual ballet and Acro lessons which she absolutely loves!!

The Year 2 children wanted to thank Miss Brumpton and Miss Wickenden for all their hard work in supporting our children's learning during this crazy time in our lives, so they made this picture for them.

Chloe went for a walk around Poor Common today and found 103 fairy doors including these Parley First school and VE day one's. She also saw 4 horses, 4 squirrels and 2 ducks. She came across this underground bunker too! She came home and had a picnic in her garden with sandwiches and chocolate flapjack that she made yesterday.

Oscar's lockdown fun!


Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve Trip

World Book Day

We celebrated World Book Day by coming to school dressed as our favourite book characters. We had a book swap where we could choose a new book for our home library collection.

Fire of London Museum

To celebrate all of our work during our Fire of London topic we held a museum for our grown ups. On display was all of our pottery and pop up fact pages. We had a quiz for the parents to answer and even the bakery role play!

Great Fire of London houses 

As part of our art day we created buildings using cereal boxes. We researched what the houses looked like and what they were made of. We then used different materials to create our own city. 

Pop up Fact Sheets

We created a fact sheet using all the facts we have learnt about the Great Fire of London. We used our DT Skills to create sliders, flaps and springs to make our fact sheets exciting!

Bread Making

We followed a recipe to create bread buns just like they would have made in 1666. We learnt how to knead dough to help it rise into fully buns and how yeast worked. We then wrote some Instructions for you if you would like to make your own!

Click HERE for the recipe and instructions.

1666 Pottery

We used clay to make vessels for drinking out of. We used a pinch pot design to create our pots and then decorated them in the style of 1666 using cocktail sticks. We are going to display them in our museum to our parents.

News reporters from the Great Fire of London

We interviewed Samuel Pepys as part of our Literacy project on writing diaries. We worked in pairs one person was a news reporter asking questions and the other person was imagining to be Samuel Pepys in the Great Fire of London. We asked some fantastic questions and loved being in role as Samuel Pepys!

Researching the Great Fire of London

We used a range of historical sources to find out information on the Great Fire of London in 1666. The children all found some interesting facts and used these to write a non-chronological report on the event.

Useful Website Links

There are lots of resources available online with a pirate theme, below are a few suggestions to get you started:

Bee bot Challenge

We have been learning to create algorithms for a bee bot to get successfully around a track. We also learnt how to debug an algorithm if it didn’t successful completely the route. It was great learning to program the bee bot and checking our left and right turns carefully.

Great Fire of London Silhouette Art

We looked closely at painting of the Great Fire of London look at the shape and colour of the flames. We used these ideas in our painting using different shapes and colours. We mixed different shades of yellow and red, we even mixed an orange. Finally, we used black paper to make a cityscape in the foreground to create a silhouette effect.

Fire Brigade Visit

We had a visit from Ferndown Fire Brigade to show us the fire engine and talk to us about how to stay safe from fire. We looked at the different equipment that the fire engine has and even let us go inside the Fire engine! During their visit we also learnt about how to stay safe at home. We learnt that we need to get out, stay out and call 999 if there is ever a fire. We also talked about making our own safety route at home and thinking about where our meeting point at our homes would be.

Sharing of Home Learning

We had a lovely sharing session of our home learning that we had completed. Miss. Wickenden and Miss. Brumpton were very impressed with the children’s home learning and thank parents for their continued support. The children completed a range of activities at home which we all enjoyed looking at. Well Done!

Alfred Wallis Paintings

As part of our work on pirates, we have been learning about an artist called Alfred Wallis. Alfred Wallis was a Cornish fisherman and painter. He did not have much money so used cardboard to paint on to and mixed his colours to get more exciting shades.

Pet Parrots

In Design and Technology we made our very own pet parrot using different materials and tools to create the perfect pet parrot.

Sea Shanties

We have been learning some sea shanties which we sang together and added musical instruments to accompany the singing. We then even composed our own version of the songs.  

AARR Pirate Day

We had lots of fun on Pirate Day. We made our own treasure chests and started to make our ships portholes. We sang pirate songs and spoke a lot of pirate! We really enjoyed dressing up and pretending to be real pirates. We also did a real treasure hunt following clues which lead us to a treasure chest full of goodies!

Facts about Harry Paye

We have been learning some facts about Harry Paye who was a local pirate in Poole, we sorted them into true and false. Did you know that Harry Paye used to steal exotic fruits, wine and gold from France and Spain.

Pirate Marcus

We found a treasure chest in our year 2 boat and when we looked inside there were all sorts of treasures! There was even a message in a bottle asking us to write a letter back! After we found the letter we were so excited, we learnt all the key features of a letter and how to write a letter.

Materials Investigation

We investigated different materials and their properties to find out which one would be the best to make a boat from. We used pipettes to test them by adding water and watching what happened. We decided that these materials would have to be waterproof.

Making Boats

We decided that we would make our own boats. When we were thinking about boats we said that one of the most important features is that they float and were waterproof. We tested all the boats to see if they floated!

Treasure Maps

As part of our topic and outdoor learning we discussed how pirates know how to find treasure using maps. We looked at different treasure maps to decide what they needed to include. We also talked about compass directions and how important it is to have an X to mark the spot! Then we went into the school grounds to make our own treasure maps to show each other where the treasure had been hidden. 

Pirate Faces

Our first topic is all about pirates so we decided to make pirate faces using paint, paper and glue. We think they look mARRRRvellous!!

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 blue 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. Please make sure everything is named.

- Wellington boots for outdoor learning.

- Wet weather packs for use in school during wet playtimes – please ensure it can all fit in a plastic A4 zip lock wallet (due to storage space)

- 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 regularly and are given the opportunity during early bird sessions when they can choose their own books to take home. We also visit the school library where the children can choose a book from 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, if you can, 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?


Weekly spellings will be sent out every Friday using the Spelling Shed app and in their reading logs. Spellings will be tested the following Friday.

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 creating simple maps, learning about local pirate and the life of a pirate. 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 10th October. We will also develop our mathematical strategies including number bonds to 20, using place value and the formal and informal methods for addition and subtraction.

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

Miss.Wickenden                                Miss Brumpton