Year 2 2018-2019

Mr Barnes    Class 7

Mr Barnes Class 7

Mr Barnes has been working at the school for 11 years. He is part of the Maths Team and is the Art Co-ordinator. In his spare time he enjoys going to Old Trafford to watch the football and spending time with his family. He also loves running, reading and cycling.

Miss Skillen Class 8

Miss Skillen Class 8

Hi! I am Miss Skillen and this is my first year teaching at Woodlands School. I am particularly passionate about Science and I enjoy teaching lessons through drama. I also love teaching Art and DT because I like painting, sketching and making models. When I am not in school, I enjoy watching musicals and going to exercise classes. My favourite musical is ‘The Greatest Showman’.

Mrs Williams  Class 9

Mrs Williams Class 9

Hello, I am Mrs Williams. I have worked at Woodlands for 12 years, this will be my 13th year this year! I have worked across Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 before coming into the Nursery 2 years ago. I am extremely passionate about Early Years Education and believe that firm foundations and learning through play are the keys to instilling a life long love of learning in our youngest children.
I have 2 daughters aged 6 and 2 who constantly keep me busy! We love to spend time together as a family exploring in the Woods, going to the park or the beach or simply visiting Grandparents and Great-Grandparents. We also love reading, crafty activities (who doesn't love a bit of glitter?) and going shopping!

Welcome to Year 2!

'The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. The importantthing is to not stop questioning.'

Albert Einstein

A warm welcome back to the children in Year 2. We are really looking forward to an exciting term ahead. Spring is a wonderful time of the year and the Year 2 team are excited to continue our learning journey. 

Our work on the Victorians in spring term 1, was a great way to bring the past to life and help the children understand what life was like long ago. The children loved the book 'Major Glad,Major Dizzy' and it was a fantastic stimulus for finding out about past events, including  WW1 and the Blitz.

In Literacy this term we will be using a book called  'Lost and Found ' as a starting point for our work on Antarctica and the Artic. The story follows the journey of a penguin who turns up on the door step of a little boy one day.The boy thinks the penguin is lost and so embarks on a mission to find out who the penguin belongs to. Nobody seems to be missing a penguin, so the boy ends up taking the penguin back home to the South Pole. The boy leaves the penguin and sets sail for home. As he begins his epic jouney home, the boy realises that the penguin is actually not lost but lonely. He turns around and heads back to the South Pole. The boy and the penguin are reunited and so begins a wonderful friendship between the two. The book allows for fantastic cross curricular links, including work on climate change and the world we all share. It is a beautiful story written by a fantastic author called Oliver Jeffers.   

In Science we will be learning about animals and how they find their food. We will be looking at habitats and how a specific habitat provides for the basic needs of things living there. The main focus will be on penguins and polar bears.

In Maths the children will developing their number, problem solving and reasoning strategies through our work on Fractions. We will also be learning about the properties of both 2D and 3D shapes.

As part of our work this half term, we will be learning about the facilities that a village, town and city may need. The children will be learning to use geographical words to describe a place outside Europe and name world oceans. In Art we will be developing the children's painting and drawing techniques.The children will have the opportunity to use a variety of artistic materials, including inks and oil pastels.

During the spring term, we will continue to teach Read Write Inc. to develop the children’s reading skills as they learn their sounds, segmenting and blending whilst also developing their comprehension skills. If you would like to help your child to practise their phonic knowledge for reading at home, then click on the link below for a short video…

Please continue to help your child to practise their Maths with you at home with a particular focus on the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables. Below is a place value game that you can try at home - ‘Place the Penguin’ - using the following link…

There are such a variety of useful resources on the internet for teaching counting, shapes, measure and so on – all disguised as games! Here are some further links if you would like to help your child to practise at home...

http://www.mathszone.co.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=8

 

Some apps for tablet computers are:

King of maths, Doodle maths, Monster math, Conundra math and Penguin jump maths!

 

 

P.E Information!

Please make sure that you bring the following items in your P.E kits:

 

Indoor kit: a white t-shirt, black shorts, pumps and socks!

Outdoor kit: You will need plain, dark coloured jogging bottoms, a jumper or hoody and outdoor trainers, as our wonderful weather can be very unpredictable!

Please make sure all items are clearly labelled in a named sports bag to help children look after their clothes. 

Y2 Class 7 & 8 will be having PE on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Y2 Class 9 will be having PE on Monday and Wednesday afternoons.

 

 

We are full of enthusiasm for the term ahead and we are really excited about working with your amazing children! We continue to look forward to all of the fantastic learning opportunities that this will bring and we thank you for your continued support.

 

 

 

 

 

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