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Year 2 – Kestrels

Welcome to the Kestrels Class


Hello Everyone,

Welcome to your class page. Mrs Phillips and Miss Smythe are your class teachers and our teaching assistant is Mrs McFarlane-Cushing. We are also helped by Mrs Rankin and Mrs Carter.


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 8.50 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 Monday and Thursday
  • You can read books on your Bug Club account
  • 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 Tuesday and Friday 

SATs Workshop 23/03/22

Kestrels Adults

Our Classroom

Scootability - take two

Tasting the Pirate Tack and Pirate Grog We Made

Jubilee Week - Making Sandwiches for Garden Party (including special guest)

Jubilee Week - Decorating our Platinum Jubilee Commemorative Plates

Making Bug Hotels

Well-Being Week - 14th-18th March

As part of our well-being week the children had lots of fun. We "sang a mile", did some cooking and put the finishing touches to our Willy Wonka Chocolate dance.

Short-Listed Writers for the North Herts Writing Project February

The Great Fire of London - Nov 21

Music - Beginning to learn our Christmas songs

Outdoor Maths - Nov 21

New Topic Fire and Ice - Visit from Fire Fighters Nov 21

Autumn Art Using Natural Resources

Science - Butterfly Lifecycle

We enjoyed looking after our caterpillars and seeing their metamorphosis into Painted Lady butterflies. We fed them a sugary drink and fruit. We looked closely at them and painted them. We released them into our wild area.

Outdoor Maths - September 2021

Letchworth Walk as part of our "Lovely Letchworth" Topic - September 2021

New To Year Two Meeting

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!