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Year 2 - Woodside

Welcome to Year 2


Our Teacher is Mrs. Funnell

Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs. Collier

15th July 2018

The Year 2 children will be having their final spelling test on Friday containing some words from the sheet they brought home last week. Please ensure that you keep revisiting them over the holidays. 

As part of our final topic - 'Where I live' - the children have designed a playground for a park. Any kitchen roll tubes, straws, netting from bags of oranges/onions will be really useful,  as will anything the children can use to create their model.

The children in Mrs Funnel's maths group will be designing and creating their own maths game this week. Please could you send in an empty cereal box if you have one please. Thank you.



6th July 2018

It was lovely to meet with you all this week at Parent Consultations to discuss your child's achievements throughout year 2.

I thought the children all did a marvellous job at Sports Day this week and I was very proud of the way they all participated and did their best.

Next week will be the last times table test for this year. It will take place on Friday due to Move Up Day on being on Thursday.

On Monday, the children will be bringing home a list of year 2 common exceptions words. These are words that are used frequently and are not spelt phonetically. The next spelling test will be on Friday 20th July (no test next week to allow extra time for practising). Please continue to practise these spellings with your child over the summer break to help them secure as many as possible ready for starting year 3.


23rd June 2018

This week the children have been busy practising Country Dancing ready for their performance at the Summer Fair next weekend. Thank you to those of you who have returned the slips to say whether or not your child can take part. If you haven't already done so, please send it back on Monday.

On Wednesday, it is our annual Celebration Evening from 6:30pm to 8pm. It is a lovely opportunity to see the work that is on display throughout the school.


15th June 2018

This week the children have been creating pieces of art based on the work of Roy Lichtenstein. You will be able to see the children's artwork on display at our Celebration Evening later this month.

Today, the children have brought home a letter about the country dancing performance at the summer fair. Please return the slip as soon as possible to let us know whether your child can take part or not. We will start practising the traditional dances next week.

The PTA would be very grateful for any help you can offer at the summer fair. Please get in touch with Connie or Caron if you are able to help out. Every little helps!


8th June 2018

This week the children have been exploring habitats as part of our new topic, Where I Live. They have been using nets and magnifiers to study and identify a variety of different creatures and discuss the features of the habitats they live in. We also went to the school pond to carry out some pond dipping and found several newts!

The children have all written a letter today which will be posted to their home address. After receiving and reading the letter, please send it back into school with the envelope. Thank you.

All the year 2 children will soon be starting to practise some traditional country dancing to perform at the summer fair on Sunday 1st July. A letter will be sent home soon asking you to confirm whether your child will be available to take part.


31st May 2018

Hope you are all enjoying the break - even with the rather erratic weather!

After half term our new topic is called - Where I live. The children will be learning about the local area as well as an in-depth look at habitats in our school grounds. We are lucky to have such a variety of habitats (pond, woods, meadow, hedgerow) without having to leave our school grounds! We will also be investigating which minibeasts live in each habitat and why they are found there.

Part of our work involves children knowing their address and postcode - please help your child to remember theirs and also ensure that the school records are up to date as the children will be writing a letter later this week and it will be posted to their home address.


18th May 2018

This week we have started our 'Secret Agent Training' (SATs). So far the children have completed two missions, with two more missions planned for next week!

Scooter training will now be taking place on Thursday morning. Please remember to bring your scooters to school that day. If your child doesn't have a scooter, I'm sure there will be plenty of children that are happy to share.

Next Friday is the year 6 Enterprise Fair. The children will be able to bring some money into school to spend at the fair. Please make sure that the money is in a clearly named purse or envelope as it's very difficult to keep track of loose change. Thank you.


11th May 2018

Yesterday, we enjoyed a fabulous trip to Warwick Castle. The highlights were watching the trebuchet being fired, seeing the Flight of the Eagles display and climbing the spiral staircases to walk around the castle walls.

Today the children have been writing a recount of their visit to the castle and discussing what their favourite part of the day was.

Your child should have brought home a letter about scooter training next week. This will be taking place on Thursday afternoon on the school playground. 

Over the next couple of weeks the children will be taking the end of Key Stage 1 SATs tests. We have decided that we will not do any more spelling or times tables tests until after half term so as not to overload the children. Please continue to read every day with your child, revise any spellings that they have found tricky over the last few weeks and practise quick recall of basic maths facts.


4th May 2018

This week the children have been making shields out of clay. They are now drying out ready to be painted next week.

Next Thursday is our trip to Warwick Castle. The children need to be in school for 8:15 am. Please make sure they bring a small rucksack to carry their lunch, water bottle, sun hat and waterproof jacket. The children need to wear school uniform with sensible shoes (sturdy school shoes or trainers). 

I hope you all enjoy the long weekend!


27th April 2018

This week the children enjoyed their first swimming lesson. We were very proud of the way they behaved at the pool!

Today, the children designed a shield and wrote a few sentences to explain their choice of design. Next week, they will be using clay to make the shield they have designed and learning techniques for manipulating and joining the clay.


20th April 2018

This week we introduced our new topic, I'm the King of the Castle. We started our topic by thinking about what we already know about castles and what we would like to find out. 

Next week we will be learning about the different parts of a castle and the jobs that people did.

On Tuesday the children will have their first swimming lesson. Please make sure that all items (towel, swimming costume/trunks, school uniform) are clearly named. 


23rd March 2018

The children have been busy practising for our class assembly next week. I hope you will all be able to come along and find out about what we have been learning this half term.

There will be no spelling or times table test next week. The children will bring home their next lot of spellings after the Easter break. 

Congratulations to Sam who was chosen as the overall winner for KS1 in the MPL Spring Writing Challenge! Well done to Tamar who was also chosen as a finalist. Both children produced an excellent piece of writing with some wonderful descriptive vocabulary.


16th March 2018

This week the children have carried out a scientific investigation to find out how quickly ice melts in different locations. They worked hard to ensure it was a fair test and made careful observations.

Later next week we will be starting to prepare for our class assembly. I hope you will be able to join us, on the last day of term at 9:15, to see what the children have been learning over the last few weeks.

There is a documentary about a polar bear cub that was born in Britain last year (the first one for 25 years) on Channel 4 this Sunday. I'm going to be tuning in and thought you might be interested in watching it with your children as it's connected to our topic. I haven't seen it yet, so please check the content before sharing with your child!


4th March 2018

The spellings will be carried over from last week and tested on Friday 9th March. 380 test letters will be sent home at the beginning of next week.

As part of our World Book Day celebrations last week, the children took part in some shared reading with the Year 6 children. They also wrote a book review about their favourite book from home.

Please practise telling the time, using an analogue clock, with your child at home. In year 2, the children start by learning to tell the time in 15 minute intervals (o'clock, half past, quarter past & quarter to) and then move on to 5 minute intervals. 

23rd February 2018

This week we started our new topic, 'Polar Bear, Polar Bear' and the children have shown a lot of interest in learning about the Arctic and the animals that live there. We have also been learning about continents and oceans and labelling them on a map of the world.

Thank you to those of you who have sent in shoe boxes. We still need a few more, so if anybody else has any empty ones at home, please send them in.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all next week at parent consultations.


12th February 2018

Last week the children designed and made hand puppets as the conclusion of our Toys topic - they all did really well and you will be able to see them at our Celebration Evening later in the school year.


After half term our topic will be 'Polar Bear, Polar Bear' where we will be learning about the animals and the landscape of the Arctic. The topic will encompass Geography, Science, Art and Design Technology. If you are looking for somewhere to go at half term, a visit to the Natural History Museum in Tring, where they have a polar bear, is a lovely place to visit.


If you have any empty shoe boxes at home, I would be very grateful if you could send them into school as we will be using them for a Design Technology project.


Please make sure that your child brings their PE kit back to school on Monday and that their pencil case is fully stocked. The pencil case should be plain, so as to avoid causing distraction, and contain good quality writing pencils, a pencil sharpener, a green pen, a ruler and a glue stick. Thank you.


Enjoy the break!


26th January 2018

This week the children have been making predictions and carrying out a scientific investigation to decide which material would be best for making an umbrella. Ask your child what they did to ensure it was a fair test.

Next week we will be learning about different types of puppets and starting to design and make our own hand puppets.

If you have any puppets at home, it would be wonderful if you could send them in for us to have a look at in class. Thank you.


19th January 2018

This week the children have been learning more about materials. They have explored our outdoor environment to investigate what material different objects are made from. They have also learned about the different properties of materials and their various uses.

Next week the children will be carrying out an investigation to find out which materials are the most waterproof. They will be developing scientific skills to help ensure the investigation is a fair test.


12th January 2018

On Monday, the children enjoyed taking part in the Nelly's Toybox workshop. They were able to play with toys from the past, such as a zoetrope, a Jack-in-the-box and spinning top. We talked about the materials the toys were made from and compared them to the toys we have now. 

As part of our writing task this morning, we compared 3 different teddies and created a time line to show when the bears were made.

Next week we will be learning more about different materials in our Science lessons.


2nd January 2018

Happy New Year! I hope you have all had a fun and relaxing break and I'm looking forward to welcoming the children back to school on Thursday.

Our topic for the first part of the Spring  term is called 'I've got no strings' and the children will be learning about toys from the past and comparing them to the toys we have now. On Friday 5th January the children can bring in a favourite toy from home to help us start our new topic. 

Thank you to those of you that have already sent in the £2.50 donation for the Nelly's Toy Box workshop that is taking place in school on Monday 8th January. If you haven't sent it in yet, please send it in on the first day back. Thank you.

The 380 test for this half term will take place during the first full week back (w/c 8-2-18). Please support your child to practise for this test. I have included a link to 'Hit the Button' which is a fun, interactive activity for practising quick recall of basic facts.

Please remember to send in PE Kits, pencil cases and reading packets on Thursday so that the children have everything they need - thank you!

I have uploaded a copy of the Woodside curriculum letter to the document section at the bottom of the page.



19th December 2017

I hope you all enjoyed the performances of 'Lights, camel, action!' last week - the children did really well and I was so proud of them! 

Our topic for the first part of the Spring  term is called 'I've got no strings' and the children will be learning about toys from the past and comparing them to the toys we have now. On Friday 5th January the children can bring in a favourite toy from home to help us start our new topic. 

Thank you to those of you that have already sent in the £2.50 donation for the Nelly's Toy Box workshop that is taking place in school on Monday 8th January. If you haven't sent it in yet, please send it in on the first day back. Thank you.

I hope you all have a fun and relaxing Christmas break. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mrs Funnell


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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