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Year 2 - Woodside

Welcome to Year 2


Our Teacher is Mrs. Funnell

Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs. Collier

On Friday 5th January the children will have a spelling test, using a selection of the words that have been sent home to learn this term. Please look back through your child's diary to help them to revise their spellings. Every week, the spelling lists are uploaded to this page so can be downloaded if you are missing any.

10th December 2017

The children have been very busy rehearsing for their Christmas production - 'Lights, Camel, Action!' and are looking forward to performing it for you! Check the newsletter for the performance times this coming week. 

As we will be at the pantomime on Thursday, the times tables test will be on Friday this week.


1st December 2017

Rehearsals are underway for our KS1 play, 'Lights, Camel, Action'! Please check the newsletter for the dates and times of the performances to parents. Your child has brought home a slip of paper to tell you what role they are playing and to let you know if they need to bring in a costume. Please ensure that all costumes are sent in (in a clearly named carrier bag) by Wednesday at the latest - thank you.


24th November 2017

This week we have been learning about how people from different countries celebrate their birthday, and we have been planning a birthday party for our class frog, Philbert.

Thank you to everyone who has helped their child to complete the homework task on celebrations and traditions. I would love to have a piece of work from every child so that we can discuss important events within our own families.

This weekend is the Christmas Fair and the children have been making reindeer food to sell. I hope to see you all there on Sunday!

As next Friday is an Occasional Day, the spelling test will take place on Thursday instead. The spellings have been uploaded into the homework section below.


10th November 2017

It was lovely to see so many of you at our Book at Bedtime evening this week. I was also delighted to see how many bedtime stories had been read at home and I've enjoyed hearing the children talking about all the different books.

The children have got their 380 test results in their bags. I was very pleased with the results they achieved and it sounds like they have been working hard to practise quick recall of basic maths facts at home.

Next week we will be starting a new topic called, Festivals and Celebrations. I am always keen to hear about how different families celebrate events that are important to them. If your child has any pictures, books or objects that they would like to bring in to school, that would enable to talk to the class about important festivals or celebrations for their family, that would be wonderful!


3rd November 2017

This week the children completed their second 380 test. I will be busy marking these over the next few days and the results will be sent home at the end of next week. Keep up the excellent work with supporting your children to develop quick recall of basic maths facts at home!

Today the children have designed their own firework safety posters and created a firework painting by making their own printing tools from art straws and pipe cleaners. Ask your child what they have learned about staying safe on Bonfire Night.

Next week is Book at Bedtime. The children are bringing home a 'cheque book' to record the bedtime stories they have listened to. Please read a bedtime story with your child every night, write the details on one of the cheques, and return to school to be entered into the prize draw.

The main event next week is on Wednesday evening at 6pm. Please come along to listen to some stories with your child and enjoy some delicious hot chocolate! There will be plenty of stories to choose from and the children are welcome to come in their pyjamas. This is always a lovely evening and a wonderful opportunity to share some stories.


20th October 2017

Today the children have been rewriting the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. They listened to the story being read, drew their own story map to remind themselves of all the things that happened and then wrote their own version of the story.

The children have brought home their PE Kits and pencil cases. Please check they still have everything they need and that their trainers fit comfortably. Pencil cases should contain: 2 good quality writing pencils; a green ballpoint pen; a ruler; a pencil sharpener and a glue stick.

The spellings for the week after half term are already uploaded to this page if you would like to get a head start. There will be another 380 test during the first week back so please support and encourage your child to practise over half term. 

I hope you all have a lovely, relaxing half term break.



13th October 2017


Earlier this week, the children created their own versions of Van Gogh's, Starry Night painting using pastels. We studied the painting first to identify the techniques that Van Gogh had used.


Today the children have been learning about Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins' moon landing in 1969. They wrote a recount, from Neil Armstrong's perspective, of what it was like to be the first man to walk on the moon.


I'm looking forward to meeting with you all next week for your Parent Consultations. If you are unable to make your appointment, please let me know so we can arrange another time.


Thank you to everyone that has returned something for our 'Where are Woodside from?' display. If you haven't yet done so, it isn't too late! It would be lovely to have something on display from every child.



8th October 2017


Thank you to everyone who has already returned their parent consultation slip. Your child will be bringing home a slip of paper at the beginning of this week to tell you when your appointment will be. I had an enormous demand for later appointments on Tuesday, and unfortunately have not been able to accommodate everybody at the time they requested. If you are unable to make the appointment you are given, please do come and see me so we can arrange a mutually convenient time on another day.


In Science this week, the children have been learning about the different ways seeds are dispersed by plants. Ask your children about this - how are dandelion seeds dispersed? Why do some seed cases have tiny 'hooks' on them? Why does a plant want to disperse the seeds away from the parent plant?


The year 2 children have brought home a note of their times table choice to learn for the first test on  Thursday. All details of the testing format can be found at the back of the Home Reading Diary.


29th September 2017

EXCITING NEWS!!! This week Woodside have been awarded both the C.O.W (Class of the Week) and The Golden Boot! I am very proud of how hard they have worked - Well done Wonderful Woodside!


We will be learning about seed dispersal in Science. It would be great if the children could bring in any seeds that they find in the garden or at the park, especially sycamore seeds or seeds with burrs (tiny hooks).


This week the children have designed their own Magical Wonderland and written a description of the setting based on what they could see, smell, hear, taste and feel.

At the end of next week, the children will be asked to start learning their first times table. The first times table test will be the following Thursday.

It's wonderful to see all the reading that is happening at home being recorded in the diaries. Remember to record the reading every day, even if they're reading the book for a second time. Also write in any additional books that the children read at home. Thank you.


22nd September 2017

What a wonderful day we had for our Autumn walk! The children enjoyed walking around the school grounds looking for signs of seasonal changes. They spotted different coloured leaves, conkers, berries, pine cones and some mushrooms growing in the damp grass.

I have told the children that there will be some mini merits on offer for anyone who creates an Autumn picture over the weekend and brings it in to show at the beginning of next week. They could make a collage, paint a picture or even do some leaf rubbing!

This week we held our Pupil Council elections. Sumedh has been elected, by the class, to represent Woodside on the Pupil Council. Congratulations Sumedh!

The children should all now have their Mathletics log-in details stuck inside the front cover of their reading diary. Mathletics is a very useful way of practising for the 380 Test. Please encourage your child to use the website to practise regularly.



16th September 2017

The children all looked fabulous in their Roald Dahl Day costumes. We are reading George's Marvellous Medicine in class, so yesterday we completed English and Maths activities related to the book.

In English, we wrote our own medicine recipes and the children thought of some truly disgusting ingredients! Ask your child what they included in their recipe.

In Maths, we followed recipes to create potions, focusing on measuring the different liquids accurately.

On Monday, the children will be writing their spelling score from Friday in their Reading Diary and sticking in their new spelling list. I have already uploaded the spelling lists at the bottom of this page if you would like to get a head-start on practising them!

Next Friday, we are planning to take the children on an Autumn walk, around the school grounds, looking for seasonal changes. Please send your child with wellies (old trainers will do if they don't have any wellies) in a clearly named carrier bag. Thank you.


10th September 2017

What a wonderful first few days we have had! The children have made an excellent start to Year 2 and are settling back into the school routine. This week the children took their first 380 test and the results from this will be sent home on Friday.

On Monday, the children will bring home their first set of spellings. I have also uploaded them to the Spellings and Homework section at the bottom of the page. The test will take place on Friday so please support your child with practising these at home.

The children will have their reading books changed twice a week. It's important to share a variety of books in addition to reading their school book. Please read with your child every day and sign their reading diary. 

Roald Dahl Day - as you have seen in the newsletter we are celebrating this wonderful day on Friday 15th September! The children are invited to dress up as a character from one of the many Roald Dahl books ready to show the rest of the school at an assembly. We have activities planned for the day and we ask for a donation for the Roald Dahl Children's Charity which supports sick children and their families.


5th September 2017

I hope you have all had a wonderful summer break. I'm very excited to begin the new school year and I hope that the children are feeling equally keen to start their learning!

Please make sure your child arrives at school tomorrow with their PE kit and pencil case, containing all the necessary equipment.

Our topic for this half term will be called, 'Magical Wonderlands'.

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