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YEAR 2 - Hazel and Lime


Friday 17th July 2020

Hello Year 2 - When we found out we were closing that Friday, I didn’t realise we wouldn’t be coming back into Year 2 together. If I had I would have hugged you all bye and given you all a much BIGGER smile.

It’s been lovely to have the opportunity to write to you all each week, and receiving all your emails has made me very happy.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this time with your family as much as you could have and maybe even have learnt some new skills.

I’m very proud of you all and although I’m very sad we couldn’t end Year 2 together, I know you will all shine in Year 3.

Don’t worry or feel nervous about coming back to school because we are all in this together and we will all support each other.

Have the best summer and see you in September.

Love Mrs McNeil x


Hello Hazel Class!

As of September I will be starting my training to become a teacher, so this very sadly means I won’t be working at Pilgrims’ Cross anymore. I have really enjoyed my time at Pilgrims and I have learnt a lot from working with so many of you and certainly learnt a lot more about dinosaurs!

I know however, you will all do an amazing job in Year 3; that you will have fun with your new adventurous topics, you will make new friends and meet up with old ones after this long lockdown.

It has been wonderful to work with you all, and of course our amazing Mrs Carter.


Mr Stott


Hello Year 2 – What a few months it has been for us all. The summer holidays have finally arrived so hopefully you and your families can find time to relax away from home schooling! Thank you for all of the effort you (and your parents!) have put into your learning. We are incredibly proud and thankful. We feel very sad that we haven’t seen the year out together but we are very much looking forward to see you in September when you will be settling with your new teacher in your new year group. It has been a pleasure to teach you this year and we will miss you. It will definitely be a memorable year for us all! Have a wonderful summer and see you soon. Mrs Carter x


Hi Year 2 🙂

What a wonderful year it has been getting to know each and every one of you! I know I am not alone in saying how proud I am to have seen how much you have all grown - guided by our Pilgrims' Cross values of love, courage and trust!

I also know that all of you will be more than fine moving into KS2 and in Year 3 in September. I am very excited to be teaching Lime class again and I will only be a door away from Hazel Class! 🙂

I hope you all have the most wonderful summer and I'm very excited to see you all in September for our first, very exciting learning adventure.

Love Miss Longley x


Dear Lime Class – What a funny year we have had but what a brilliant time we had together. I really enjoyed getting to know you all, seeing you get more confident as the year went on. I wish you lots of luck moving into Year 3 with Miss Longley. I will miss you all but will see you around for sure. Best wishes, Miss Casey x


Friday 10th July 2020

Hello Year 2

We hope that you have had a good week and have enjoyed the learning about Amelia Earheart. We have a new learning pack starting next week and this will be the final part of our Amelia Earheart adventure.

We hope that you are enjoying practising for Sports Day next week (Tuesday 14th July). We hope you have watched the Vimeo videos on the website for the games and how to play them as well as everything you need to know about the day! Good luck!

We are are looking forward to see you on Zoom in the next couple of weeks to hand you over to your new Year 3 teacher. I think there will be a few tears from us!

It has been a challenging few months and we feel very sad about not being able to say a proper farewell to you. We are incredibly proud of each and every one of you and we long to see you in September even if from afar.

Mrs Carter, Mrs McNeil & Miss Longley


Friday 3rd July 2020

Hi Year 2,

It was so lovely to see some of your faces on zoom yesterday - it really put a big smile on my face!

It also looks like the sun will be making a return next week which we will all be looking forward to!

We hope you and your families are all well. With only 2 and a half weeks to go until the summer holidays, we can’t believe how fast this year has gone! It has definitely been quite a surreal few months but we are all so proud of you as we have seen so much love, courage and trust from just talking to you and receiving some of your wonderful home learning.

At the end of the Zoom calls we also asked you if you would like to create something about yourself to share with your teacher in September. This could be a letter, a picture or just some exciting and interesting facts about yourself! If you would like to send us these using the class email that would be wonderful!

Take care,

We all miss you very much.

Love Miss Longley, Mrs Caster and Mrs McNeil xxx


Friday 26th June 2020

Hi Year 2

It was so lovely to see some of your faces on Zoom this week. Mrs McNeil and I felt quite emotional. Miss Longley is also really excited to see Lime Class’ faces next Thursday on zoom, it has been a long time! We are delighted that the sun is back out. We hope that you are able to get outside, maybe enjoy a paddling pool but please remember to stay safe in the sun especially using sun cream! We also shared some learning on water safety last week so please bear this in mind if you go to rivers, streams and lakes.

Some new home learning will be with you next week. We hope that you have enjoyed learning about Amelia Earhart. It is a shame that we can't be learning about her together in the classroom. Remember we only suggest some ideas so please feel free to create your own learning if you would like. Don't forget to send it to us as we enjoy reading your emails and seeing photographs of your work.

The news this week has proved that we are starting to get back to 'normal' ever so slightly. We hope that you are able to enjoy seeing family and friends at a safe distance. We definitely can't wait to see our families!

Take care and look after yourselves.

Your Year 2 teachers x


Friday 19th June 2020

Hi Year 2

We still hope you are all well and keeping yourselves and your family as safe as you can. It is lovely that changes to the lockdown have been made, but please make sure you keep that 2metre distance if you see anybody. We want to see you fit and healthy when it is safe for us to be reunited.

Walks have been wet and soggy this week but I hear that the sun is due to come back week, so let’s hope that it true. I for one am missing my ice creams to cool down.

We hope that you will be available to join us in a class zoom meeting next week. We cannot tell you how happy and excited we are to be able to see your faces. If you are available to join us, make sure you have a pencil and paper at the ready, and of course the biggest smile.

If you haven’t seen Mr LeFevre’s weekly message, it tells you about the virtual sports day that you can take part in. What he would like you do for this week’s challenge is to think about some activities/games that we can all do at home. For example, roll a pair of socks up and see how many ‘keepie uppies’ you can do. Please do send all your ideas up as Mr Dockree will be collating them all and then organising the event. So get thinking!

Myself, Mrs Carter and Miss Longley are spending a few days a week at school, looking after the key worker children. It definitely feels weird without you all there and the children miss you all too. However, it just makes us all look forward to the day where the classrooms are busy and the playground is buzzing with noise again.

Hope to see you all next week. Keep safe and we miss you lots.


Love Mrs McNeil, Mrs Carter and Miss Longley x


 Friday 12thJune 2020

Hello Year 2

Another week has passed and we still miss you lots. The weather hasn’t come back for us yet, so you all need to do a little sun dance everyday J

We hope you are still enjoying our new adventure. You will be receiving another set of activities next week so make sure you watch out for that. Remember if you have any of your own idea or you adapt one of our tasks that is absolutely fine. We would love to see your own ideas so send them to us.

This week Mrs McNeil and her son Milo made a very large lemon cake, which the McNeil household devoured very quickly. Mrs Carter has been finding a few minutes here and there to do some reading as she loves a good book. Miss Longley once again found a new wonderful walking trail and had a social distance walk with Mrs Stock.

We can’t quite believe how long it has been since we have seen you all. We wonder if your appearance has changed or if we will look different to you? We will have to discuss this when we finally meet again.

Big hugs and well wishes to you all.

Love Mrs McNeil,  Mrs Carter & Miss Longley x


Friday 5th June 2020

Hello Year 2


We hope you are all enjoying our new adventure and finding out new interesting facts. We are very impressed with the work you are doing at home and how creative you are being. Big thumbs up!

A huge change to the weather this week, but we are also enjoying colder evenings. Let’s just hope it’s a little break and the sunshine comes back soon. Make sure you all go out and do some sunshine dancing.

This week has been another busy one for us too. Mrs McNeil took her boys to the beach. It was Rex’s first trip to the seaside so she spent most of the day stopping him from eating the sand. Mrs Carter has been having virtual meals with her family and friends on zoom. It’s lovely to be able to see people that we miss. Miss Longley is enjoying getting stuck into a good book and going on some very long walks to new places.

Don’t let the weather stop you from having fun with your family, keep smiling and being your awesome selves.

All our love

Mrs McNeil, Mrs Carter & Miss Longley x


Friday 29th May 2020

Hello Year 2,

We hope you have all been enjoying this beautiful sunny weather whilst staying safe this half term.

You will shortly be able access our new adventure pack, filled with exciting activities. Please do continue to share all your wonderful learning with us through our class email accounts as hearing from you really does brighten up our day! J

This half term, Miss Longley has baked brownies (which were delicious!) Mrs McNeil and her boys have been having breakfast picnics and spending lots of time in the garden and Mrs Carter and Wilbur have been exploring new locations for their daily walks.

We miss you and hope to see you when it is all safe to do so.

Take care,

Love from Miss Longley, Mrs McNeil and Mrs Carter.


Friday 22nd May 2020

Bonjour Year 2,

We can’t believe how fast the time is passing. As always we hope you and your families are well and staying safe.

We have now come to the end of our adventure, we hope you enjoyed this and thank you for all the wonderful word we have received. As we can’t celebrate as a class, if you have your own celebrations at home please make sure you take a picture to send to us, we would love to see them.

As next week is half term, we have not set any learning tasks, so this is your chance to show your creative skills. Anything that you do complete we would still love to see it so please continue to email us. As well as work, make sure you are taking photos of your time with your family to celebrate what you are doing.

This week has been a busy one in the McNeil household, with painting, cooking, gardening and trips to see the ducks. Miss Longley has been finding new walking routes in her local area and enjoying the sunshine. Mrs Carter and Wilbur have been watching the diggers outside their house and enjoying family walks in the woods.

Keep smiling everybody and we look forward to seeing you all when the time is right.

Miss you lots

Mrs McNeil, Miss Longley & Mrs Carter x


Friday 15th May 2020

Hello Year 2

We hope that you and your families are safe and well.

You will soon have access to the final part of our ‘Poles Apart’ learning adventure. We have also included some RE learning opportunities, which focuses on forgiveness. Self-forgiveness during lockdown is particularly important as some of us may feel pressured to do certain things or be a certain way but the very best thing that we can all do is to be kind to ourselves and know that there is no right way of getting through this strange and surreal time. As well as RE there are also some ideas for half term to celebrate the learning that you have been doing. Please continue to share your work with us as we really do love hearing from you all!

This week Miss Longley has been baking cookies (rather unsuccessfully!) Mrs McNeil has been visiting the ducks with her two boys, Milo and Rex and Mrs Carter has been going running for her daily exercise.

We all miss you and hope that you and your families are all safe and well.

Love Miss Longley, Mrs Carter and Mrs McNeil.


Friday 8th May 2020

Hello Year 2 - How are you all? It seems such a long time since we have seen each other. Time is going very quickly. We are enjoying seeing a few of you in school but we are looking forward to see you ALL again soon.

We hope that you are enjoying some of the home learning we have been adding to the website. Don't forget that Mr Le Fevre and Mr Osmond have challenges on their weekly messages.

This week in school we have been doing Mr Osmond's challenge and bird spotting in the garden/playground to create pictograms. We have seen pigeons, robins and sparrows. What birds have you seen?

This week Mr Le Fevre has sent the teachers mini projects to do so we have been busy reading!

Remember to keep logging onto the website as there are things being uploaded all of the time and Mr Le Fevre's emails are also very informative.

Sending lots of love to you all. Keep sending emails to us, we are really enjoying seeing what you are up to at home.

Mrs Carter, Mrs McNeil and Miss Longley x


Friday 1st May 2020

Hello Year 2

Another week has passed and we miss you all very much. I’m sure you will join me in hoping that the sun comes back out to play soon, but in the meantime enjoy some cosy time inside. At least all the seeds and plants are getting some water.

I hope you have all had the chance to watch and enjoy the teacher video. We are now all taping ourselves reading some stories for you to enjoy too. There are lots already uploaded and more to come so keep an eye out for us.

Another BIG THANK YOU for sending your wonderful work for us to see, it really does make us very proud. I have also been ‘magpied’ a few of your own ideas to do myself as they looked like a lot of fun. Please keep them coming and we will respond to you as soon as we can.

The change of the weather has meant we also have been inside more but we are still finding lots of ways to keep busy. Mrs McNeil has been painting and making playdough with her boys, then enjoys cleaning it all up and making ‘Hinching’ lists. Mrs Carter has been enjoying the left-over birthday cake and watching Pepper Pig. Miss Longley has been reading non-fiction books and learning new and interesting facts.

Can’t wait until we see you all again and we can hear all your exciting stories.

Love, Mrs McNeil, Mrs Carter and Miss Longley xx


Friday 24th April 2020

Hello Year 2

I hope you are all well and continuing to enjoy the glorious sunshine. I hope you have all been able to do spend time outside and maybe complete your learning in the sunshine. What a lovely treat!

If you have not seen it already, Mr Le Fevre put together a little video of all the teachers passing on messages. It is on the website so please take a look! We are just wanted you all to know that we miss you and can’t wait till we can all be together again.

You should have all received your new learning packs with activities based on our new adventure. We hope that you enjoy them and are excited to learn something new. Please continue to send us any work that you complete as we love to see what you have been up to. Any emails that are sent to us we will reply to as soon as we can.

This week has been a busy one for us too. Mrs McNeil has bought a new paddling pool with a slide, which she is enjoying more than her children. Mrs Carter has been busy planning and celebrating her son’s 2nd birthday….. I’m sure you will join me in saying…HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILBUR FROM ALL OF US IN YEAR 2. Miss Longley has been showing ‘love’ to her elderly neighbours by getting to know them by chatting over the fence.

We miss you all very much. Stay safe and enjoy time with your family.

Love, Mrs McNeil, Mrs Carter and Miss Longley xx


Friday 17th April 2020

Hello Year 2

We hope that you and your families have enjoyed the Easter weekend whilst staying safe at home.

We would all like to thank you again for the wonderful home learning that you are sending us – it really is heart-warming to see how much love and courage you are showing by continuing your exciting learning adventures, whilst at home.

You will soon have access to your new learning adventure pack filled with fun adventurous challenges – we hope you enjoy them!

This week Miss Longley has been reconnecting with old school friends over the phone. Mrs McNeil has been planting seeds in her garden with her son Milo and Mrs Carter and her son Wilbur have been drawing pictures for family members that they can’t see at the moment.

We miss you and hope you are all safe and well.

Love Miss Longley, Mrs Carter and Mrs McNeil


Friday 10th April 2020


Hello Year 2,

We hope you have been enjoying time with your family and are looking forward to the Easter weekend.

Us teachers have been enjoying receiving your work on our class emails and have been impressed with the activities you’ve been completing. I’ve ‘magpied’ a few to do with my own little boy J

Please keep sending them as we love to see your hard work.

Your new learning pack will be sent after Easter, which will include exciting activities based on our new adventure. I won’t reveal it now, you’ll have to wait and see!!

This week we have all been enjoying the sunshine and trying to do as much outside as we can. Mrs McNeil has been set the challenge by husband to learn to bake, so she is currently being a resilient rhino despite all the burnt attempts. Miss Longley has taken up running and is setting herself timed challenges. Mrs Carter has been playing and exploring with her son in the garden.

We miss you all and hope you are staying safe whilst showing Love, Courage and Trust to everyone around you.

Love Mrs  McNeil, Mrs Carter and Miss Longley x  


Friday 3rd April 2020


Hello Year 2

We hope that you have had an enjoyable week and are starting to get used to being at home. Together we are making a BIG difference.

Hopefully you have managed to do some of the learning that we sent home. Now that we have a class email address you can send us photos/examples of some of the things you have been doing. We would love to see them! 

We are currently preparing new learning for after the Easter break.

This week we have all been trying to do more exercise. When the sun is out it is lovely to be outside if we can! Miss Longley has also been reading and Mrs McNeil and Mrs Carter have been doing jobs they have been putting off for some time like cleaning the oven!

We miss you and hope to see you very soon.

Love, Mrs Carter, Mrs McNeil and Miss Longley


Friday 27th March 2020 


Hello Year 2

Your teachers here! We hope that you are getting used to your new routine. It is a bit strange for us all but we need to show lots of courage to get through it. We are sure the days will pick up speed and we will be back to school in no time.

We are all trying to keep busy and do things that we don't normally have time to do. Mrs Carter has been baking cakes with Wilbur, Mrs McNeil has been painting and reading with her boys and Miss Longley has been tidying her garden.

Make sure you use the 1 hour exercise a day to get outside and breathe in some fresh air. We all feel better when we have done some exercise.

Don't forget to show lots of love and respect to the adults at home too. Remember it is difficult for everyone so we have to help and support each other.

Take care and speak soon. We miss you.

Mrs Carter, Mrs McNeil and Miss Longley 

PS Keep reading!


Spring 2 Newsletter (Iceberg right ahead!)

Spring 1 Newsletter ( A Twist in a Tale)

Autumn 2 - London's Burning



Autumn 2 Year 2 – London’s burning!


Our adventure started with the delivery of some random objects! In close inspection we discovered they were items from 1666 for the Great Fire of London! We then played a team game against the other Year 2 class. We had to see who could empty a bucket of water from one end of the line and fill up the bucket at the other end of the line by passing water in cups. Lime class were the winners!


We then ordered the events of the fire, learnt about why the fire happened and how it spread as well as learning about how houses had changed since the Great Fire. We enjoyed having the parents in to help us make our Tudor Houses, thank you. We also enjoyed a Great Fire of London theatre workshop where we all took part in the event back in 1666.


In English Mr Le Fevre and Mr White wanted us to write instructions for what to do in case of a fire. We did a practice fire drill and wrote some fantastic instructions. We also pretended we were at the Great Fire and wrote diary entries using some exciting adjectives.


In maths we learned to multiply so that we could help the baker organise the bread and cakes in his new bakery. We showed our understanding of multiplication in different ways; practical resources, arrays, repeated addition and multiplication sentences.


In science we have been investigating what it means to have a healthy heart. We have discussed why it is important for humans to exercise, of eating the right amount of different types of food and why good hygiene is so important, especially at this time of the year!


We have enjoyed the first part of the Autumn term and we are excited for our next adventure in the New Year!


Mrs Carter and Miss Longley


Autumn 2 Newsletter (London's Burning)

Autumn 1 - Crazy Claude


Autumn 1 Year 2 – Crazy Claude!


Year 2 have had a fantastic start to the year! Our adventure started when we had a visit from a French dog called Claude who told us we would be going on lots of adventures with him as part of a geography themes adventure.


We looked at maps, discussed what they are for and even created some of our own. We looked at map symbols to help us understand maps in more detail and we created our own compasses to give directions to Claude. We walked around our local area and talked about why Claude should visit Picket Twenty.


In English we delved straight into the exciting story of ‘Claude in the City’. A fictional tale of a dog who leads an extraordinary life by travelling to different places in search of excitement and adventure! We wrote information sheets to help Claude get to know us and we wrote a recount of Claude’s trip to the City. We ended the adventure by writing our own Claude adventure stories!


In maths we built upon our knowledge of how to add and subtract to help Claude and his friends. We applied our knowledge of number to create a Claude board game. Claude opened a café so we had to help him add things together and give change. By using take away, we helped Claude understand what ‘less’ meant so that he would eat fewer bones and not be sick!


In Science we investigated materials to find and make Claude a new rain jacket. We learnt about where our food comes from and how to use food safely when we made dog biscuits.


We have enjoyed the first part of the Autumn term and we are excited for our next adventure after half term.


Autumn 1 Newsletter (Crazy Claude)