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Hello and welcome to the Yellowhammer class page. My name is Mrs Lilley and I am really excited about teaching Year 2 this year. I am currently in my 5th year of teaching and have taught in Year 1 and I have taught Year 2 for four years. I am the Maths, Science and PSHE leader in School this year.


I am particularly interested travelling to new and exciting places. This year I have visited New York City at during winter, and it reached as cold as -23c! I have also travelled to Norway to visit different forest schools and nurseries. In my spare time I enjoy reading (especially Harry Potter!), going out for afternoon tea and cake, and spending time with my family and friends.


I cannot wait to meet you all in September and begin teaching you some exciting topics this year.



Autumn Term 1:- Help! The Aliens are coming! 

Autumn Term 2:- Celebrate good times!

Spring Term 1:- Superheroes

Spring Term 2:- Pride of Britain

Summer Term 1:- Once upon a time

Summer Term 2:- The Seaside



Science Afternoon 


On Tuesday Yellowhammers had a visit from Stibbington and they completed a Habitat Workshop. The children found mini beasts with view finders, pretended to be birds and hunt for caterpillars, used colour charts to find natural colours in the environment and listened to the nature around us. 



A Letter from the Queen


Year 2 were very excited this morning when a special letter arrived in the post at Coates Primary. A little while back, Yellowhammers learned about London and the Queen. Mrs Clarke helped write a letter to the Queen explaining all the things we had been learning about. Today, we received a letter thanking us.

It was very exciting!


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Once Upon a Time


As part of our Traditional Tales topic the children have been writing their own stories. This week the children discovered a text message from a Traditional Tales character, Goldilocks! She has asked  the children to help her write a letter to the Three Bears to apologise for her terrible behaviour at the Three Bear's Cottage. 



Science Day and Cool Science Workshops


At the end of last half term, we celebrated the subject Science with our own Science Day. The topic was based around Change and the children completed some experiments linked to seasons, life cycles and chemical reactions. The children also had the opportunity to have a Science workshop with Pete. He came in and showed the children lots of different chemical reactions: he used helium, changed gas into ice and showed the children how to freeze fruit with dry ice! The children came away really enthused. 


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Teach your Monster to Read! 


We have a fab new platform for the children to practise their phonics skills at home and at school. It is called  Teach your Monster to Read. The children will be bringing home their passwords before the Easter holidays.  It is free to use on an internet browser. The children have been shown how to use it and are very excited to get started! 


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Please see the link below. 

Spaghetti and Marshmallows!

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This week Yellowhammers learned the properties of 3D shapes. They were set a challenge to construct a 3D shape using spaghetti and marshmallows. Once they were finished constructing their 3D shape, they had to explain how many edges, faces and vertices each shape had. They all embraced this challenge well! 

Brushing our Teeth!

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Today Yellowhammers were very excited because we learned how to brush our teeth! As part of our Science topic, we have been learning to look after our bodies and keep them healthy. 

We looked at how to brush our teeth, what movements to use with our brush and how long we needed to brush our teeth for. 

The children loved the experience and we are now going to learn to write a set of instructions using bossy verbs and time connectives. 


Supertato Map Scavenger Hunt

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As part of our Superheroes topic we have been learning about the text Supertato. Today we found out that Evil Pea had stolen some of the vegetables and trapped them in different places around school. 

Yellowhammers had to use their Geography skills to find and locate them on the map. They thoroughly enjoyed this!! They even had to use some Maths data skills, to tally up the total of vegetables they found around the school grounds. 

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Just a reminder! I would love the children to use Bug Club at home to help them with their reading skills. There are lots of fabulous texts: comics, stories, plays, information texts and poems. Please encourage your child to read at home using Bug Club. It can be found following the link below. I will be sending home the children's log-in with the school code- wklh. 

All of the reading stages have been updated there are lots of books to discover! 

Happy Reading! 

Mrs Lilley smiley


Firework Night Chocolate Apples

The children have been learning about the Gunpowder Plot and how to celebrate Firework Night in the UK. 

We have been learning to write information texts and discovered lots of interesting facts about Guy Fawkes. Please ask your child about the facts they have learned. no

As part of this topic, we have watched different firework displays and the children made Chocolate Apples following a recipe. The children loved it!

I hope they enjoyed tasting them as much as they did making them. 

Mrs Lilley and Mrs Norris.


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Roald Dahl Day

Today in Yellowhammer class we have been celebrating Roald Dahl's birthday. We have learned about the BFG and we created our own dream jars. Some had a sprinkle of fairy wings, a spoonful of superpowers and some children even mixed in dinosaurs. With the beautiful sunshine out today, we finished off our afternoon with the beginning of the BFG novel under the shade of a tree.

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An Alien Landing at Coates School!


This morning outside the  Yellowhammer's class a mysterious space ship landed and left some strange objects. The children and teachers were very excited and puzzled at the objects that were left. The children did some investigating and decided that they were the aliens from the story "Aliens love Underpants". The children used the evidence (alien notes and some left over underpants) as clues to their investigation. Here are some photos of the alien landing evidence.

Useful information



  • Weekly homework challenges include: spellings, reading, Mathletics and Bug Club.

  • Children are expected to read at home regularly and bring their reading book to school every day.

  • Half Termly homework projects: these are set at the start of every half term. Children are to choose at least 3 of the activities to complete at home. Completed homework is to be handed in on the Monday of the last full week of each half term.

  • PE will be on Tuesday PM and Thursday AM. Could you please send your child into school in their PE kit on Thursday mornings, so that the children can get the most time out of their PE session first thing.

  • If your child is having a school dinner then please share the different options available with them so that they know whether they are having the meat, vegetarian or salad option.

  • During the Summer term the children will complete their SATs. These are National tests which all children in Year 2 are required to complete. We will be working towards these throughout the year.



Many thanks,

Mrs Lilley