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Woodlands Primary School

Woodlands Primary School

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grow together

Year 2

Welcome to the class page of Year 2

2 Cedar,  2 Elm and  2 Palm

2 Cedar are taught by Mrs E Challis and Mrs J Howe, supported by Mrs Makey, Mrs Saunders and Ms Savidge. 

2 Elm are taught by Mrs S Buxton and Mrs L Stokes, supported by Mrs Spurle.

2 Palm are taught by Miss M Littlejohn, supported by Mrs Hobden and Ms Hards.


All homework  will be handed out on a Friday and is due back by Tuesday. 

Spellings will go out on a Friday and be tested on the following Friday.  Your children should have their spelling words in their homework folders. We will try to update the weekly spelling lists on here too. Please see below.

The rota for Speaking and Listening should have arrived home via book bags but we have also  attached it below.

General Information

Uniform  - Please make sure that all school uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled as it helps the children to identify their own belongings. PE kit should be supplemented by warm joggers and sweatshirts in colder months. Please remind your child to bring a coat every day in the winter months and also please encourage your child to bring a named water bottle to school every day. 

Medication - Please let the school and your child's class teacher know if your child has any condition requiring medication, including allergies or asthma. If your child needs to be on a course of medication then please complete the relevant form which is kept in the school office.

Meet the Teacher evening

Thank you for coming to our 'Meet the Teacher' evening. We hope you found the information useful. The powerpoint that we used has been uploaded below. By the end of the year we aim for all children ot be able to read, write and spell the common exception words (also uploaded below). If you have any questions your child's class teacher will be happy to help.

Update from the classrooms

Term Three

Happy New Year! We are all settling back well into school routines after our exciting Christmas holidays. We are enjoying finding out interesting facts about the night time. We have recently used our amazing art skills to produce silhouettes of night time animals. This week we are writing riddles about night time animals.

My babies are called hatchlings.

What a great pet I can be!

Sometimes I live in the desert.

Don't pick me up.

What am I?


I have orange fur.

What a  swishy and bushy tail I have!

I have a long pointy nose.

I like to eat your rubbish.

What am I?


I have tiny ears.

I have a thick stripy tail.

IWhat a bright pink nose I have!

I love cheese.

What am I?

Can guess the animals that we are thinking of?

In Maths we have been reminding ourselves about coin values and which coins we might need to pay for different objects. Some of us found it a bit tricky to remember which coins we have. Although we are fast becoming a 'plastic payment' culture it is really important that children know what coins are and their values. If you have time please can you show your child some coins at home and let them use coins to buy something in a shop? Thank you.

We have been learning about growth mindset, thinking about what we think intelligence is and how we can become more intelligent. The children's ideas are amazing. Do ask them about it!

Term Two


Wow! What an exciting few weeks we have had! We hope that you enjoyed our Christmas production as much as we did, we loved bringing you 'The Tale of Two Birthdays'.

We have been finishing off our learning about life in the rainforest. We have been thinking about the rainforest layers and what might be found there. In Art we have been looking at our Rousseau pictures and deciding what we might do differently if we did them again. Our teachers have been thinking about how they might do them differently another time too! We have been learning about algorithms in Computing and giving instructions in English and now know that these are the same thing. We are looking forward to learning more about algorithms next term. In Maths we have been reminding ourselves about the bar method for adding and subtracting and have been using it to help us solve word problems. We have also been weighing objects and working out the difference in the mass.  

Our holiday homework - to go on a night time walk - has been sent home in our homework folders. We have attached a copy below. We have also attached the Speaking and Listening letter for this term. We are all looking forward to our new topic of 'The Night Time'.

We wish you all a very happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2019.


Thank you for coming to see our learning at consultations. We hope you enjoyed what you saw. We have been working very hard since we started in year two. 

As you probably know, rehearsals are well under way for our Christmas play, The Tale of Two Birthdays. We have been learning words, songs, signs and dances to share with you on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th December.  We are having a dress rehearsal for our school friends on Friday 7th December. Please could all our costumes be in school by Thursday 6th December at the latest? Thank you - it stops our teachers worrying about what we are going to wear. If you have any problems about costumes please speak to our teachers. 

As well as becoming budding thespians we have been continuing to learn about the rainforest. We are creating some amazing Tiger pictures in the style of Rousseau. The original is in the National Gallery but ours are truly unique! We are now experts on the 'Monkey see, Monkey do' story. If you ask we may be able to tell it to you complete with actions. We have been using it to help us get even better at writing. In our Maths lessons we have been thinking about where to place numbers on a number line. We have learned that knowing the value of each digit is really important to decide if a number is 26 or 62. We are also spotting 2D shapes around us and on the faces of 3D shapes. Life in year two is very busy at the moment!


This week we have been getting funky with fractions. We have learned what fractions are and how to find a fraction of a number. In our English lessons we have been remembering where to put capital letters and thinking about changing objects in a story that we know well. In our Art lessons we have been experimenting with colour wash in preparation for creating our own masterpieces in the coming weeks. Science has seen us learning about parent and baby animals. 

We have also completed our Rainforest pop-up books. They look amazing. Do try to have a peek at consultations next week. We are all really looking forward to sharing your child's amazing learning and progress with you. If you haven't booked an appointment yet please do so. If parentmail is not 'playing ball' our lovely office team will be happy to help you.


Wow, what an amazing day we had at Drusilla's yesterday. We loved seeing the sloths hanging around. It was very exciting to see the penguins being fed - we were amazed at how many fish they were able to eat. The train was great fun and we saw camels and llamas.  After we visiting the flamingos we tried to stand on one leg like they do - we definitely needed some practise. The meerkats were so cheeky - making new meerkat friends was super.  We all had an amazing day and are looking forward to making our animal fact books in the coming weeks. The trip really helped us to understand more about Rainforest animals. Please do ask your child what their highlights were.

Term One


What excitement we have had over the past few weeks! We were challenged to make an umbrella fit for the Queen. We spent time looking at umbrellas and identifying how they work. Then we experimented with what sort of material might be good for an umbrella. We decided that it probably needed to be waterproof. We designed our umbrellas and this week we have made and tested them. Some children may have come home slightly soggy as a result but thanks to the splendid weather most of us have steamed off gently!

We have been handling data in Maths and discovered about tally charts, pictograms and bar charts. In English we have been celebrating national poetry day by writing cycling poems. Some of us were even able to make our poems rhyme. In Science we have been planting bulbs. Nothing has happened to them yet even though we have watered them and talked to them. Our teachers have said that we may have to be very patient! We enjoyed our visit to the church on Tuesday morning to celebrate Harvest festival. 



Here are some of our portraits of the Queen. Do pop in to our classrooms to see more of them! We have also thought about questions we would like to ask the Queen.  Then we decided to write letters to the Queen and ask our questions. We are hoping for a reply. We will let you know what happens!

In Maths we have been adding and subtracting two digit numbers, using our knowledge of place value to help us. We have also been adding three numbers together. We have had our Times Table Rockstars log in details and some of us have started practising our ten times table.

In Science we are very excited about planting bulbs this week. We can't wait to see what they will grow in to although our teachers say that we will have to wait quite a long time. We are beginning to practise our harvest songs and poem for the service in a  few weeks time. 


We have had a super start to year 2! In Maths we have been reminding ourselves about place value, how to add and subtract and how to use < and > signs.

In English we have been reminding ourselves how to use full stops and question marks. We have learnt about what an adjective is and how to use it. We have written a character profile of Mr Hoppy from Esio Trot and remembered to use amazing adjectives to both describe his appearance and his personality.

We have started learning about famous people and have created fabulous portraits of the Queen. It has been very interesting when our friends have found out about different famous people and we have enjoyed asking them questions.

We had a very exciting year group PE session when we practised multi-skills on the playground. We learnt how to stand to throw a javelin and vortex, how to dribble a ball, how to skip, how to score a goal, how to balance an egg on a spoon while we travelled over the adventure playground and lots of other fun things.