Year 2 2018-2019
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
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
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 important thing is to not stop questioning.'
A warm welcome back to the children in Year 2. We are really looking forward to an exciting half term ahead. The Year 2 team are excited to continue our learning journey.
The children loved the book 'The last Wolf ' and it was a fantastic stimulus for the work we did during the previous half term. It provided an excellent opportunity to continue the work we have been doing on the environment and the issues facing the world we live in, such as deforestation. It also helped link the work we will be doing during the final summer half term.
In Literacy this half term we will be using a beautiful book called 'Grandad’s secret Giant', by David Lichfield, as a starting point for our topic work. The book is visually stunning and the story takes the reader on a beautiful journey of both friendship and belonging. Grandad’s secret giant has “legs as long as drainpipes and feet as big as rowing boats.” Billy does not believe such a giant exists especially a giant living in his town doing good deeds for the people living there. However, as time goes by Billy learns that “some secrets are just too BIG to stay secret for long.” Billy eventually meets Grandad’s secret giant and finds out that all he ever wanted, was what we all want when we are upset, a friend!
In Science this half term we will be learning about the deforestation and destruction of habitats around the world as part of the work we are doing in partnership with Chester Zoo. In Year 2 we will focus our work on Sumatra and the critically endangered Sumatran tiger. We will be concentrating on the destruction of the forests in Sumatra due to the planting of palm oil plants. The children will explore the balance of the local inhabitant’s needs, including an ability to earn a living wage and those of the animals that rely on the forest for their habitats. We will find out about palm oil, where it is used and how by following Chester Zoo’s example, we can encourage the use of sustainable palm oil.
In Maths the children will continue developing their problem solving and reasoning strategies. They will also be revisiting addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to deepen their knowledge of these areas of Maths.
As part of our work this summer half term, we will be learning about endangered species and the changes to our environment, both good and bad. The children will continue to have opportunities to develop their painting and drawing techniques. The art will be link to the work we are doing on palm oil. The children in Year 2 will continue to use a variety of artistic materials, including inks and oil pastels. They will also be learning about the work of the famous French artist, Henri Rousseau.
During the summer 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...
Some apps for tablet computers are:
King of maths, Doodle maths, Monster math, Conundra math and Penguin jump maths!
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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