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Parley First School

Glenmoor Road, Ferndown, Dorset. BH22 8QE

01202 874400


Welcome to our Year 2 Page ! 

You will find all letters, important dates, topic information and photos for Year 2 classes here.

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

Useful Website Links

There are lots of resources available online with a pirate theme, below are a few suggestions to get you started:  - sign up for free it has lovely e-books on this website. – sign up for free a fun way to learn phonics

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