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Year 2 – Kestrels

Welcome to Kestrel Class!

Year 2


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Hello everyone, 

Welcome to the Kestrel Class. On this page you will find our weekly class newsletters, curriculum information for this half term and general information about our class. You will also find information about the opportunities we have for parents to come and help in our class, whether it is on a single occasion or on a regular basis.  The teacher in Kestrel class is Mrs Anthony and Mr Ansell is our teaching assistant who is with us all day every day.

Weekly class newsletter
Curriculum information for this half term
Click on the curriculum overview below to find out more information about what we are learning this half term.
Year 2 curriculum overview Autumn 1 2017
Information about our class
  • We open the classroom door at 8:45am every day and the register is taken at 9am.
  • Homework is given out on a Friday and it is due in on the following Wednesday.
  • Spellings are given out on a Friday and they are tested on the following Friday.
  • A reading book is sent home every night – please write down the pages that you have read in the pink home-school diary.
  • Every child can choose a library book to bring home – these are changed on Fridays.
  • we do PE twice a week and this is done outdoors whenever possible. Every child needs a full P.E. kit in school and a pair of plimsolls.
Our school P.E. kit includes:
Picture 1 a green drawstring P.E. bag
Picture 2 green or black shorts
Picture 3 a Hillshott P.E. t-shirt
Picture 4 a plain, dark jumper
Picture 5 plain, dark jogging bottoms
Picture 6 plain trainers
Photos of our classroom
Picture 1 Our carpet area
Picture 2 Our computer area
Picture 3 The cloakroom
Picture 4 Boris our class pet
Picture 5 Our cosy book corner
Picture 6 We love to share work that we are proud of!
Parent helpers
We always welcome parents and family members to support in class. Please speak to a member of staff if you can offer help. Thanks in advance!

The children had a great time preparing healthy food for our class picnic and sharing it with the parents and carers who came to share it with us. It was a great opportunity for the children to talk about their healthy food choices and share their learning. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us!


We would like to say a big 'Thank you!' to our parents who came to help with cooking during Roald Dahl week. The children really enjoyed making Rocky Road cake and we all enjoyed eating it! it was delicious!!


We would also like to say a big 'Thank you!' to our parents who came with us on our trip to Morrison's supermarket. The children had a great time finding out where different foods come from.

Celebrating our learning!
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We listened to the story of the Nutcracker and enjoyed watching the Royal Ballet perform the story accompanied by music composed by Tchaikovsky. We then wrote an extract from the story using our best handwriting!

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We enjoyed learning about the Chinese story 'The Willow Pattern'. We looked carefully at the Willow Pattern plate and drew our own versions in a similar style using pen and a paper plate.
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We had a lovely time at Cinderella's Ball celebrating the end of our Big Idea 'Happily Ever After'! The children learned how to waltz and dance with a partner. It was wonderful to watch the children treat each other so kindly, bowing and curtseying to each other before twirling and swirling around the ballroom!
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We found out about different habitats around the world and the animals that live there. We then used shoe boxes to make models of the habitats and added small world animal toys.
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A calligram is a word or a piece of text that is designed to create an image of its meaning. We chose an adjective and thought about how we could write it and decorate it to show its meaning.
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We chose a paint colour and changed its tone by adding white. We then named the shade of the colour we had mixed and typed a label for it using Word on the computer.
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We researched information about kestrels and wrote our own fact files. We also looked carefully at pictures of kestrels and used coloured pencils to draw them.
Online activities

Have you visited the 'Kids' Zone' yet? There are lots of cool games and activities to try - you can even vote for your favourite ones! Click on the links below to complete activities linked to 'Down in the Woods'.