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Year 2 – Kestrels

Welcome to the Kestrels Class


Hello Everyone,

Mrs Pring (Mon, Tues and Weds AM) and Mrs Farr (Weds PM, Thurs and Fri) are our class teachers. Mrs Matthews (Mon-Thurs) and Mrs Mayhew (Fri) are our class TAs. Mrs Lalite and Mrs Padgett work with us throughout the week either 1:1, in small groups or as a whole class. 



On this page you will find information about what we are learning, photos and other useful information about the Kestrels class.


  • Our start time is 8.40 and we finish at 3.10
  • Everyday you will take your reading book home to read to a grown up. It will be changed on Mondays and you can choose a library book on Thursdays.
  • Homework is given out on a Friday and is due on the following Wednesday.
  • Spellings are given out on a Friday too but don't have to be returned until Wednesday to give you time to learn. They will be tested on Friday.
  • Kestrels have PE every Monday and Wednesday

New to Year 2 Workshop - 15th September 2023

This half term our topic is 'Pirates'. We will be using this theme to learn about famous pirates from history and to learn about maps in our geography learning. We have lots of exciting events this term including One World Week, Swimming, Trip to Hertfordshire Zoo, Olympics morning and our leavers assembly, see the newsletter for more information and dates of these events. 

See our medium term plan above for more information about our learning!

Kestrel's Classroom

Useful websites for home learning

Literacy Shed -


Online books -


Numbots -


Alphablocks -


Number blocks -


BBC Bitesize -


Maths Whizz -


Resources for everything -


Times tables rockstars -


Maths games -


Phonics games -


Joe Wicks -  5 Minute Home workout - Youtube


Science Max -  Science experiments for kids - Youtube





At Hillshott Infant School and Nursery we follow the Penpals handwriting scheme. Our younger children are introduced to four main characters which help them to memorise the sequence for writing each letter correctly. The key thing to remember is that all letters start from the top apart - from d and e.

Pattern practice and play writing are an important part of handwriting development. Your child will be practising letter formation in a number of exciting ways: in sand, using paint, in the air, on the interactive screens and I pads, as well as on paper using a pencil!