Year 2 Noticeboard


Croeso i Bwrdd Neges Y2

 Welcome to the YEAR 2 Noticeboard.

Updated by sdk – 19.11.17

Dear All,

Thank you to all of you for sending bags of toys and books to sell for Children in Need. The whole school had an amazing time buying items from the stalls and entering competitions.

The week ahead is as follows:

On Monday it is Universal Children’s Day – we are carrying out the following activities through out the day linked to Article 24 : 

Activity 1 – Poster designing linked to clean water/ brushing teeth as part of general health care and well being. 

Activity 2 – Looking at Wants and Needs and getting the children to discuss things that are essential as part of everyday life and things that we may just want to have. This activity allows the children to discuss with each other and make informed decisions.

Activity 3 – Children will be looking at what a healthy food plate should consist of and then create a 3 D food plate in a group using a variety of materials such as tissues paper/ card / glue etc…

Activity 4 – Final activity is outdoors linked to having a  clean environment. We have recently been working with the R.S.P.B.  and therefore our follow up work will be to make fat balls for our bird life in school and talking about the nature and creating a balanced living environment and the impact we as humans have. Numeracy and Oracy skills will be being assessed through out these activities. 

The rest of the week we will continue in language with writing diaries in the first person as if we are Samuel Pepys and recounting the event of the day on the 2nd of September 1666!

Maths – We are looking at number crosses and where numbers sit on a hundred square and carrying out practical activities with number cards to consolidate greater than > and less than using symbols.

Please note that for this term we have now moved Games to a Thursday afternoon. Children need warm clothes – joggers/ warm tops and proper trainers. They will be outside as well as in the hall depending on the weather. Children are also doing Forest schools during this afternoon sessions with Mrs Cartwright.

If there is anyone one who has a bird table they no longer want of need please could the Year 2 children have it for the outdoor area. We are developing our outdoor area further and it seemed better to reuse and recycle rather than buy. If any parent feels they can make us one that would obviously be even better!

Thank you for all your continued support,

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Mrs K Palmer.


Updated 16.11.17 – sdk

Dear All,

Thank you to all of you for coming to the parents meetings these last couple of days. It has been lovely to talk to all of you. Thank you for all your support and we are looking forward to seeing you all for our open day at the end of term.

Mrs De-Kayne/ Mrs K Palmer


Updated by sdk – 12.11.17

Dear All,

We hope you have now all had your parent appointments back to see us on Wednesday/ Thursday. Appointments are 10 mins long just to touch base with any concerns you may have and for us to share how your child has settled into Year 2.

The week ahead is as follows :-

Language – We are starting Diary writing. The children will take on the role of Samuel Pepys and write the diary as if they are in Sep 1666. Features you can be talking to the children about are as follows :

  1. Write in the 1st Person.
  2. Use Time Connectives.
  3. Write in the past tense.
  4. Include emotions in the diary.
  5. Include appropriate punctuation.

In Active Learn – children will be given the opportunity on the writing table to make fact files as they wish using the data they have been researching for the last couple of weeks from the Topic Books about the Great Fire Of London. They will also be Sketching Artefacts from the Stuart Times. Outdoor learning will be to design a new storage area for the ‘Mud Kitchen’ and ‘Graffiti Wall ‘ is going to be painted.

ICT – Children will be using the data we gathered about naming our class rooms to make a graph/ pie chart using ‘Jit’.

Maths – Children will be marking on numbers on a number line –   applying 1 /10 more / 10 less using a hundred square. Lines will be from 1 -100 . We will be introducing the following symbols > ( greater than ) and < (less than) .

Spellings – On Wednesday  we will be giving out 5 spelling words. The children will have a journal they will bring home. Please keep it in the reading folder. Testing will be every Wednesday. The children will be in ability groups for this session.

Games – This term we are having a sports coach for Year 2. He will be in every Thursday PM – please make sure your child has joggers/ warm top and trainers as they will be outside if the weather is dry! 

We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at parents meetings.

Thank you for all your continued support,

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Mrs K Palmer.


Updated  by sdk – 9.11.17

Dear All,

Just a reminder that we have not had all parent letters back for next week. Also please note we will not be sharing the children’s work at the parents meetings but on our open day at the end of the term when you will all be invited in for our Great Fire of London burning session! 

Sorry for the confusion,

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Mrs K Palmer


Updated by sdk – 5/11/17

Dear All,

Hope you have all had a restful holiday with the children and that they are ready and refreshed to start the rest of the Autumn Term!

Please note that the parents meetings are planned for the 15th November/ 16th November starting at 3.30- 6.00 pm.  There is a 10 minute slot for each parent and if you feel you need a longer session we can reschedule for a follow up appointment. This will be an opportunity for you to see your child’s work and we can discuss as to how they are settling down in Year 2.  A letter will be coming out to you this week – please indicate preference of times giving 3 alternative times so that we can accommodate everyone. We look forward to seeing you all at these meetings.

For your diary – Christmas concerts for year 2 will be as follows:-

Dress Rehearsal – 18th December during the day – time to be confirmed

Concert – 19th December at 5 pm. 

These dates are for both classes as we do a joint performance.

Thank you

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Mrs K Palmer.



Updated by sdk – 23.10.17

Dear Parents,

Just a quick message to outline the homework for the half term and if you are away don’t worry but please ensure your child does it at some point.

  1. We will be sending out Hwb passwords to every child. Please show your child how to log on and in their personal log in you can use the Jit programme to carry out some work. There are 2 things we would like them to do. Firstly, learn to log on themselves but do not save the password so that they learn how to log on each time and Secondly could they write a list of Do’s and Do not on the Internet. eg Not to give out personal details etc…..
  2. The second homework is to keep a Diary in the half term – on paper please.  The children can design it as a Diary and write it in  the past tense. We will be teaching Diary writing after half term linked to ‘The Great Fire Of London’.
  3. Parents have been asking for Active Learn Maths and Book Club so we will put some homework on Active learn  for all the children.

Hope this all makes sense?

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Mrs K Palmer


Updated by sdk – 22.10.17

Dear All,

Last week to half term and the children have worked so hard this first term. You should all be very proud of them and please have a relaxing break next week!

Language- We have been redrafting Harvest prayers and Symbol work for a display we will be setting up in S.t Pauls Church along with some harvest Art work we have been busy doing. The children have enjoyed learning how to use oil pastels to enhance their art work linked to fruits/ vegetables. Thank you to all of you that sent in a variety of things to allow us to do this. We have also been busy doing Leaf Art to go with our display. The children will be able to select their best piece of Art work to go with their work for the exhibition. We will be sending out invitations for this display work for you to go and enjoy during half-term. We shall continue with this work this week .

Maths- We are going to consolidate our work on doubling/ halving this week. I have introduced Chilli Challenges to the class and we shall be doing one inked to Money. This will allow us to assess their money skills linked to solving real life problems and will inform our future planning during half term.

Science –We are going to complete our Science write up and deepen the children’s understanding about their Science Investigation they carried out. Vocabulary to re enforce at home please :-

Investigation, Method and Conclusion.

Reading – please can I remind you all that we do R.W.I. 3 times a week and therefore your child is being heard most days. We don’t stamp their books each time during these sessions but some parents are concerned about reading. We do try and have reading sessions every day so that the children can change reading books regularly. It has been a hectic time for us these last few weeks and we hope you will be patient with us!

Out door learning takes place most days and your child needs to have coats and wellies in school please. We want all the children to access the outdoor learning as its fun and exciting despite the weather! 

Thank you all for your support this first half term and we hope you are pleased with how well your child has settled into class.If You have any concerns have a chat with us.

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Mrs K Palmer


updated 16.10.17 – by sdk

Forgot to mention that we are doing Fruit/vegetable drawings this week . If any one has an allotment and can spare a few bits for us to use for Art work could you please send it in with your child this week eg carrots/ runner beans/ Toms/ parsnips etc….anything you feel you cant use or don’t mind sending in for the children to have a go at doing observational Art.

Thank you!

Mrs De-Kayne

Updated by sdk – 15.10.17

Dear All,

We have had a busy but exciting week in Year 2. We have been experimenting with making boats float and challenging the children to think about floating and sinking. The children enjoyed calculating how many people they could get across the river before the boat sank using their numeracy skills!

The week ahead is as follow:

Language – We are looking to write some Harvest poems/ prayers this week. It is a lovely time of the year where the leaves are changing colour and nature is coming into its own. We thought we would take this opportunity to do some creative writing.

Maths – We are looking at doubling and halving this week. Our mental maths warm ups will be linked to our times tables 10/5/2 to encourage the children to develop their mental recall of number facts.

Please go over their times tables with them as they need your support! 

Science – Last group to carry out their investigation this week and then we plan on carrying out a simple write up in the form of a comic strip.

Please note we will be sending out Hwb passwords out for your child this week. The purpose of this is to teach them how to log onto it and to access their own folders that we have created for them. They can then actually do homework on the Heb and save it in their files. A note will come out explaining it all …….please do not worry!

Thank you for all your support,

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Mrs K Palmer.


Updated – sdk 11.10.17

Dear All,

Just to let you know that the children have completed their Christmas cards today……..they look wonderful and I know you will be wanting to buy them to give out to friends and family. The children have all worked so hard to make them creative and imaginative. We hope you will celebrate by buying them.

Please could you send in some eggs boxes – especially the half dozen boxes for our mud kitchens. If you have anything you no longer need which you feel we could use please send them in for recycling. We are looking for the following things :-

  1. Cake tins/ baking trays/ silicon cake cups/ scoops.
  2.  Bags of flour that may be out of date/ old pulses / old pasta etc

Thank you all for all your support,

Mrs S De-kayne/ Mrs K Palmer


Updated by sdk – 8.10.17

Dear All,

The week ahead is busy and yes…….we are a little mad about about Science! ( See the heads blog if you are wondering what we are talking about?)

Science – Our focus teaching is linked to our Topic on ‘The Great Fire Of London’.  The children have been researching key facts about the events and know that the people had to escape on the River Thames using boats. Our Science this week is Why and How  do boats float? We shall investigate and carry out experiments on floating and sinking and the children will get back to you with their findings!

Maths – We are looking at using rulers and measuring accurately. We are linking this to designing and making our Christmas cards which I know you will all want to buy as your children are going to be busy creating them for your during our Maths sessions. We are looking at scale / proportion / size/ large/ small / medium / central. These are just some of the words your children will be using and discussing with their partners as they create their cards. Happy card designing to Year 2!

P.E. / Games and Outdoors – Just a gentle reminder to you all that some children still do not have proper kits in school. Please note the following 

P.E. – White T shirt and Black shorts.

Games – Joggers/ warm top and trainers.

Outdoors / Kerb craft – Wellies/ Coats in school every day please .

Autumn is finally here and it is an exciting opportunity for us to do  great deal of work outdoor could we therefore ask you please to collect the following and bring them into school for using outdoors:-

Leaves – different shapes and colours

Twigs/ sticks – variety of sizes from the woods or the beach

Pine cones/ cob nuts/ conkers etc….. for our Art table.

Shells/ pebbles/ stones of interest  and anything else for use in the outdoor areas.

Thank you to all our parents that helped with Kerb craft on Friday. Also to one of my lovely mums who came and stuck/cut/ glued a great deal of the children’s work for us. We could do with one more helper for Friday afternoon if you are able to support Year 2.


Mrs S De-Kayne/ Mrs K Palmer


Updated – sdk 1.10.17

Dear Parents,

The week ahead is as follows :-

Language – We are going to recount the Historical events of the Great Fire Of London using picture stimulus to support our recount of events. The children have already shared what they know and we have been watching video clips to support our understanding of the events of 1666.

Maths –  We are carrying out a fruit survey this week as part of Fruit Tuck shop launching its fruit taster sessions on Monday. This data will be used to support the teaching of tally counts/ drawing tables/ making simple graphs using ‘Jit’ during our Maths sessions. A reminder that we do speed tests every Friday – please support your children to learn their times tables for these sessions.

Forest Schools/ outdoor learning has now started – please make sure your child has wellies in school as they will be in the woodland where it is currently damp and very wet.

P.E / Games – please make sure your child has their kit in school fully labelled. White T-shirt/ Black shorts and trainers with joggers and a warm top for games. Mrs Palmer will be doing P.E on a Tuesday whilst I am doing Philosophy Frog with both classes that afternoon.

Kerb Craft started last Friday – sorry about the confusion about parent support. A timetable has been drawn up and we shall put it onto the windows. Thank you for all your support and we do appreciate it . Without your support we can not run these sessions.

Mrs S De-Kayne/  Mrs K Palmer


Updated – sdk 24.9.17

Dear Parents,

The children have settled very well into Year 2 routines. Thank you for all your support in relation to this. Some of the children in my class on Friday were putting their faces onto sad at the end of the day and when asked why ……they replied because we are not in school for 2 days! How lovely to see that as their class teacher!

The week ahead is a short week as we have Inset on Friday and are involved in training in relation to’ Growth Mind Set’. I have been involved in the training before and I am very excited about putting some of this innovative training into practise.

Language- We are looking at generating a vocabulary bank linked to FIRE.  Children will be recording individually.

Science- We are carry out some pre investigate before our full science lesson on why boats float? Children will be using their Numeracy skills by looking at different materials that float/ sink. We have been grouping and sorting and recording in the form of a Venn Diagram.

Maths- We are revising number bonds to 10 but looking at addition facts and subtraction to create an answer to 10. The children will also be suing their literacy skills in Maths to create stories about the number 10.

R.E – As part of cultural diversity we are looking at Symbols and their meanings this week. The children will be creating their own symbol that depict them.

Philosophy Frog- If you have had the frog this week please send it back by Tuesday as we are doing another session this Tuesday and look out for the BIG QUESTION IN THE FROGS MOUTH! 

Kerb craft will commence this Friday. Please send all consent forms back as soon as possible.

Thank you for all your continued support.

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Mrs K Palmer


Updated – by sdk 19.9.17

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all of you that attended our parents meetings last night. Sorry I could not be with you! Just a reminder that we are looking for parents/ grandparents please to support us for our ‘Kerbcraft’ project on Road safety. We need adults to take the children out to teach them how to cross the road safely. If you can support us please let us know. we need support either on Thursday morning/ Friday morning from 9.00-10.30 am. We can draw up a rota so that it is not too heavy a burden on the same helpers each week.

Thank you for all your support.

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Mrs K Palmer.



Updated – by  sdk 17.9.17

Dear Parents,

A reminder that we have parents meeting to welcome you all tomorrow at 5.00 pm in the Year 2 classrooms. Looking forward to meeting you all and outlining the year ahead for you all.

The week ahead looks as follows:

Language- continue with Fire Poems this week as a Focus. Active Learn will be taking part during this time so please keep sending in the wellies for the children to use in the mud kitchen etc….

Reading Books need to be sent in every day as we change our books regularly and also we listen to the children read as often as we can. We can’t give set days for the reading as we are trying to look at the children’s needs and therefore please support us by placing their books into their bags every day!

Maths – This week we will be looking at placing numbers between 10 -90 onto number lines. The children will also be filling in the missing numbers on 100 squares with missing numbers as a challenge. The children will also be grouping and sorting Man-made  and natural  materials outdoors. Please send cats in for all the children as we do work outdoors even if it is wet.

Personal and Social Skills – We will be introducing our ‘Philosophy Frog’ to the class on Tuesday. The children will be picked randomly out of a pot of names and they have a week to answer the question in the Frogs mouth with the parents. This is to develop the children’s social and thinking skills and to discuss how they feel when they come back to class. Each Tuesday a new question will be put into the frogs mouth so please have a look and complete the written task with your child. Please let the children write in their section and you complete the parent section. All will become clear when the frog comes home to you!

P.E/ Games  – P.E will be on a Tuesday white T shirt/ and black shorts. Games on Friday afternoon. Joggers will be needed along with trainers please for the children as it will be in the yard.

Thank you for being prompt in the morning and getting the children to line up on time. it makes a big difference to how our day starts and routines are important at this early stage in Year 2.

KERB CRAFT will be starting soon in Year 2. The children will be taught how to cross the roads safely. We need parent volunteers to carry out this programme with the County. If you are free to support us on a Rota basis on a Thursday morning/ Friday morning please can you let us know at the  Parent meetings.

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Mrs K Palmer



Updated – 10.9.17 by sdk

Dear Parents,

The children had a wonderful first week and they are beginning to settle into a routine in the mornings. Thank-you for all your support this week. The week ahead is as follows:-

Language – Fire Poetry. The children will be encouraged to be creative and think of words that describe various aspects of fire linked to their senses. We are also going to start Active Learn this week and there are a variety of outdoor activities outside. The children will start cleaning and preparing to use the Mud Kitchen this year. Please send in Wellies for every child with their names on the inside.

Reading – We will listen to individual readers as often as we can but at least once a week and books can be changed regularly. Please send reading books and records in for everyday of the week. 

Maths- We are starting with estimations to 100. Children will learn how to count by grouping into 5/10’s . If you wish to carry out a similar activity at  home you can use a variety of things such as pasta / pebbles/ buttons/ seeds etc…. put them into different size containers and have fun estimating and counting out accurately by grouping.

P.E/ Games – This is every Tuesday – please send in your children P.E/ Games Kits into school as soon as possible. Clearly labelled and marked with their names. It will be taking part in both the hall and outdoors.

Homework – For the first week please listen to your child read with you for at least 10 mins each day. Thank you!

Welcome to Year 2 and please note that there will be a parents meeting on the 18th September at 5.00pm. We would like to meet and greet as many parents as possible. 

 Mrs S de-Kayne/ Mrs K Palmer

Updated – 7.9.17 – by sdk

Dear Parents,

We have started listening to readers and all the children have been given new reading books and reading records for this year. Please can you all ensure that you send these in daily as we listen to readers every day and we can give you some feedback as to how your child is doing on a regular basis. I have ordered some reading wallets for each of the children to ensure that the red book and reading books are kept safe and can be placed with ease into the school bags. We shall distribute these once they arrive.

We hope that the children have had a good few day and if you have any concerns please have a chat in the mornings. We would like the children from Monday please to arrive by 8.40 and ready to line up as a class by 8.45. These routines are important for us and we hope you will support us by getting the children to school on time for this to take place.

Thank you for all your support,

Mrs S De-kayne/ Mrs K Palmer.


Updated – 6.9.17 by sdk

Dear All,

The children had a lovely first day and were very keen and settled down quickly to thinking about our topic ahead. We have a History based Topic which is very exciting – based on The Great Fire Of London. We have lots of new ideas for various activities and we shall keep you informed and involved.

Please can we ask that all your children’s jumpers be labelled with their names as we are having a big push on the children taking responsibilty of their belongings and taking care of them. Everything needs labelling please especially when we start P.E.

Thank you for all your support,

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Mrs K Palmer


Updated – 3/9/17 by sdk

Dear All,

Welcome to Year 2. We hope you have had a relaxing holiday and no doubt the children will have mixed emotions about starting back to school. We hope that they will settle down well into a routine and we shall do our utmost to support any one having difficulties for the first few days. As you know we open our doors at 8.45 am to meet and greet the children at the door and should you wish to have a chat you will have an opportunity to do this also. The children line up outside the classrooms near our Year 2 gardens and you are welcome to stay and wave them off as they enter into class.

We will be having a parents meeting once the children are settled and we can can outline the year ahead for you all.

I will be posting messages on this noticeboard every Sunday.

Best Wishes,

Mrs S De-kayne/ Mrs K Palmer

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