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 and are ready for our new term. 



Toys in Space: Grey, Mini: 9781849415613: Books

Our literacy unit this half term sees us explore the story ‘Toys In Space’ by Mini Grey. We will join the Cowboy, the WonderDoll, the Dinosaur and all the gang as they travel the stars and help out one lonely alien along the way.

We will be writing fantasy stories about toys who have been taken onto a spaceship.

We will be working hard to:

• Use subordination (if, that) 
• Add -er and -est to  adjectives
• Use homophones and near homophones
• Use punctuation correctly – apostrophes for contracted forms


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In Maths this half term, we will be developing our understanding of different measures using mass, capacity and temperature.

The children will learn how to:

compare the mass of different objects.

read scales in divisions of ones, twos, fives and tens

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This term, we will be exploring 2D and 3D shapes.

The children will learn how to:


This term, we will also be learning to tell the time.

The children will learn how to:

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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   


In history this half term, the children will be learning about toys from the past. We will be comparing favourite toys from previous generations with toys from the present day and talking to older generations about their favourite toys too. The children will learn to further develop their awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They will learn ways to find out about the past including using the internet, historical books and toys from the past.



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

Wednesday: 2ES 

Thursday: 1/2PB and 2LB






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