Year 2 2021 - 2022

Mr Barnes

Mr Barnes

Hello everyone! I am Mr Barnes and I have been working at Woodlands Primary School for 15 years across EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
I am passionate about the Arts and have led a number of whole school art projects since starting at Woodlands. One of the most successful projects was the one based on the impact of palm oil on animals in Sumatra. It was in association with Chester Zoo and the school looked amazing when completed. The children produced work of such a high standard and more importantly, understood how important it is to look out for products using sustainable palm oil ingredients.
Outside of school, I have two children, Mia, 16 and Charlie who is 14. I enjoy running, cycling, football and most of all, being with my family. I cannot wait to learn more about you, and discover what your passions, hopes and dreams are!
I am very excited to be your new teacher and I cannot wait to help you to be the best you can be!

Miss Skillen 2ES

Miss Skillen 2ES

Hello everyone! I am Miss Skillen, and I am the KS1 and EAL lead at Woodlands Primary School. In the seven years I have been a teacher, I have taught in EYFS, KS1, KS2, and I am thrilled to be continuing my journey as a Year 2 teacher. I am incredibly proud to lead the provision that supports EAL learners at Woodlands Primary School and KS2 phonics.

I have a real passion for the arts. I love designing, making, acting and singing- you will love hearing my angelic voice in class. Last year I was lucky enough to help design the art and DT curriculum for the whole school. You will love the fantastic activities we have planned for you in Year 2.

When I am not in school, I enjoy going to concerts, spending time with family and friends and going to see musicals. You will often find me in theatres singing my heart out to my favourite show tunes or belting out songs from ‘The Greatest Showman’ in my living room. If I am not singing, I am usually enjoying long walks in the woods in my sparkly, silver wellies.

Mrs Barrett 2LB

Mrs Barrett 2LB

Hi there, I am Mrs Barrett (formerly Miss Hallmark!). This is my third year at Woodlands and my third year in Year 2! This is my eighth year of teaching and prior to working here, I taught in Melbourne, Australia, which I loved, but there really is no place like home!
I enjoy teaching Literacy as I am passionate about creative writing and reading. I am always in the Story House searching for my next good book.
I am the music lead for Woodlands and enjoy creating opportunities for our children to express themselves through the arts.
Outside of school, I love floristry, learning new things, fitness and have completed 3 marathons, including London. I am looking forward to another year working closely with the team at Woodlands.

A huge welcome back to our new Year 2 children! We hope you have all had a restful break. 


Our literacy unit this half term sees us explore the story ‘Goldilocks And Just The One Bear’ by Leigh Hodgkinson. In this award-winning authorillustrator’s witty sequel to the traditional Goldilocks story, Little Bear is all grown up and Goldilocks is a distant memory. One day, Little Bear wanders out of the woods and finds himself lost in the Big City. Will he find the city too noisy? Too quiet? Or just right? And what are the chances of him bumping in to someone who remembers exactly how he likes his porridge?

We will be writing a new version of the story with a new character or new setting.

We will be working hard to:

  • Use present and past tenses correctly and consistently including the progressive form
  • Use subordination (using when, if, that, or because) and co-ordination (using or, and, or but)
  • Use expanded noun phrases to describe and specify
  • Add suffixes to spell longer words e.g -ment,- ful


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In Maths this half term, we will be using standard and non-standard units to measure order and compare length and height.

The children will learn how to:

  • compare lengths and heights
  • measure length using cm and m
  • compare and order lengths
  • problem solve using lengths 

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This term, we will also be exploring postition and direction

The children will learn how to:

describe position, movement and turns

make patterns with shapes

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Please continue counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 with your child.


In science this half term, we will be learning to identify and compare the suitability of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rubber, paper, fabric and cardboard for particular uses. The children will be learning how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. We will continue to work scientifically by carrying out scientific investigations as well as continuing to learn new scientific vocabulary.   

Primary school science: materials | Materials in KS1 and KS2   


Our topic this half term, is ‘Houses and Homes’. The children will be learning to use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) to describe the location of features and routes on a map. The children will use a map to find landmarks and buildings from the local area. They will further develop their awareness of the past by comparing homes from the Victorian period with homes we live in now, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. The children will also identify patterns found on buildings and create a clay tile for a school mural.




Monday: 1/2PB, 2ES and 2LB

Wednesday: 2ES 

Thursday: 1/2PB and 2LB






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