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This term we have been looking at weather. We designed our own symbols and used the internet to find out about weather in different places. We also looked at the countries of the UK and used a compass to describe a location as either North, South, East or West. We also learned that we live in south west England. To Finish our topic we drew our own weather maps and wrote a commentary for our own weather forecasts. Here is one for you to watch.

Welcome Back


Welcome to a new year at Woodford Primary school. Keep checking this page for information, photos and videos of some of the work we have been doing.

Healthy Week Timetable

Global Week

This week is our school's Global Week. Year 2 are looking at Scotland. Come back each day to see what we've been up to.

Global Week Day 1


Today we started by sharing our homework projects on Scottish animals and landmarks. They were amazing with lots of interesting facts. After break we started our new block of english looking at Non-Chron reports (information texts) about Scotland. We looked at a couple of texts and picked out the features. This afternoon we went to the ICT suite and did some research on Scotland for our reports and learned  scottish dance that we are going to show at our assembly on Friday.



Global Week - Day 2


The second day started with us writing our first sentences for our Scotland information report. We all wrote about the animal we researched for our homework. After break we helped Mrs Sprague make Porridgies (flapjacks) that Katie Morag likes to make in her stories. A link to the recipe is below. This afternoon we looked at where Scotland is and used grid references to locate the main towns and cities and important places like Loch Ness.


Global Week - Day 3


Today was a day of 2 halves. In the morning we finished writing our reports on Scotland ready to copy them up tomorrow. We wrote about making our porridgies and some of the facts we found out about Scotland on


Monday in computing. The afternoon we looked at tartan designs and designed our own using a black card


loom and coloured card, paper and materials woven into the loom.


Global Week - Day 4


Today we spent the morning copying up our non-chron reports into our best writing books. They all look fantastic! In the afternoon we learned some traditional Scottish songs.


Global Week - Day 5


Today was the last day off our Global Week. We have really enjoyed it. We spent the first part of the morning learning about a Scottish architect, painter and designer called Charles Rennie Mackintosh. We then watched a video that showed us how to draw a rose in the same style he used. Before break we had a special assembly where each year group in key stage 1 showed the rest what they had learned this week. After break we carries on with our roses and coloured in some Mindfulness pictures with a scottish theme. After lunch we learned about who St. Andrew is and why he is the patron saint of Scotland and why the national emblem is a thistle. The our parents came in so we could show them the work we had done in the week.




Dartmoor Zoo trip


We had a fantastic time at Dartmoor Zoo. We got to see lots of animals and we were able to use what we had learned about animals and their habitats during our science lessons. We also had a Bird of Prey display from Dave Buncle. We go to to see an adult and a baby Eagle owl and a Harris Hawk. One of us got to pretend to be a rat for the hawk to chase.



Year 2 End of Key stage assessments.


Here is a timetable for this weeks SAT's. 


Monday am: Reading paper 1

Monday pm: Grammar and punctuation. 


Tuesday am: Maths (Problem solving and reasoning)


Wednesday am: Maths (arithmetic)

Wednesday pm: spelling


Thursday am: Reading paper 2. 


Year 2 SATs parent meeting

15/3/2017 Picture taking and sketching in the woods

This afternoon we went into the woods to take some photos of flowers and plants to use in our ICT lessons. We also did some sketches of living things that we found on our adventure.

Practical maths

We used our knowledge of fractions to divide a banana equally before eating it! We were looking at 1/2, 1/4 and 1/3's.

World Book Week 2017

The children made models of their favourite book characters for homework during half term. Here are some pictures of some of these. Congratulations to Molly who received a voucher for the book fair as she was the overall winner in the whole school! On Wednesday, Pine class visited Plympton Library to see the wide range of children's books they had to offer. On World Book Day children and staff came to school dressed as book characters. Mr Burnett came as the wolf from Red Riding Hood! In the afternoon, parents were able to come in and read to the class.

Spring Term 2017


Pine Class enjoying their Christmas Party!

As part of our work on fire this term Pine class have been designing and building their own Fire Engines.

29/11/16. As part of our 'Fire' theme this term the children in Year 2 had a Fire Safety talk from The Devon and Somerset Fire Service. They learnt about many aspects of staying safe including smoke detectors, never playing with matches and how to call 999 in an emergency. They even tried getting dressed in a hurry and managed it in under 15 seconds, so no excuses in the mornings now!

21.11.16 Making felt Fire of London designs.

15.11.16. We have been writing our firework poems, we hope you enjoy them!


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Pine Class wearing their Children in Need mufti outfits with Pudsey biscuits!

After half term we will be learning about the Great Fire of London. This is a useful ebook for children to research.


Espresso Great Fire of London Ebook

14.10.16 Challenge Chair.

Congratulations to our first Challenge Chair heroes!

Molly, Charlie, James, Archie, Hannah, Marley, Evie, Lois, Riley, Isla and Nyah.

Well done to all of you for being the first to take on the Challenge Chair.

Keep watching for the next batch of heroes!

12.10.16 Maths.

Today we looked at using number lines to help us with addition and subtraction.

7.10.16 Art

Today we used paint, pastels and pencils to draw pictures of lions, linked with our English topic 'Lions, Tigers and Bears'. We have read 'The Lion In The Meadow' story, 'Goldilocks And The Three Bears' and 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea'. We have written our own stories about a creature who lives under the stairs, inspired by these stories. We hope you enjoy our art pictures of wonderful lions.

Lions in the Pine Classroom!

Finished work.

19.09.16 Geography.

We have been looking at the continents and oceans of the World.

Autumn 2016


Welcome to your new class, all the children have settled brilliantly and are working really hard!

Welcome to our new class page. This is replacing our old class blog and is much more tablet and smartphone friendly! We will be sharing our learning with you as the new school year begins.

Healthy Week Day 5


This morning we had a visit from Sam Stephens from Plymouth Golf Academy. We got to play games that involved chipping and putting the ball. This afternoon we had a visit from the Plymouth Faith Centre who talked to us about meditation and breathing exercises.

Healthy Week Day 4


This morning we had a visitor from Plymouth City Council to talk to us about road safety. We used the newly marked playground to learn how to cross the road safely. This afternoon we had our sports day. Luckily the weather was kind to us. We all had a great time. Well done to Jack, Oliver, Toby, Emily, Ruby, Sienna and Emily for winning their sprint races.



Healthy Week Day 3


This morning we went to Riverford Farm to pick fruit. There were lots and lots of strawberries, gooseberries and black currants. Unfortunately the raspberries weren't ready to pick. Well done to Gabe who picked the largest strawberry. It was nearly as large as an apple. Mr Wotton's group finished the trip by finding our way through the Maize Maze. This afternoon we took the fruit and made 'smoothies'.

Healthy week - day 2


Today we have taken part in ju-jitsu, learning how to "swim", roll and kick. We have talked about our" 5 a day to feel good"  and about how to look after pets properly. This afternoon we tested our dancing skills on the Ninetendo Wii. Well done to Francesco who was the Pine champion dancer.








Healthy Week - Day 1


The damp weather didn't put us off today. Unfortunately the slippery conditions meant we were unable to do archery so we moved the activities around so we could go out this afternoon to do hockey. Also this afternoon the children did some dance with a dance instructor from The Dance Shed. In the morning we started with some Mindfulness colouring in and looked at the importance of a healthy balanced diet.







Christopher Columbus

In computing this week we researched the explorer Christopher Columbus. On the website there were lots of interesting facts, a quiz and a game. Below is the link. However, to use it you need to copy and paste the web address into the address bar for it to work.


Babcock Visit


Today we had a visit from engineers and scientists (and James' mum) from Babcock International (Devonport). They showed us how to build our own motorised brushes and decorate them. We learnt about simple circuits and had to use our problem solving skills to solve the problem of them falling over. We finished by having a race.




Year 2 Easter break homework

Sorry about the typo in the homework this week, we decided save paper rather than photocopy again.

Here is an example of a book review to help you:

Title The Owl Babies

Author Martin Waddell/ Patrick Benson

What is the book about?

Sarah, Percy and Bill are three owl babies who live in a hole in a tree. One night they wake up and their mum is gone.

How does the story begin?

Once there were three baby owls: Sarah and Percy and Bill.

What is the problem in the story?

The owl babies don’t know where their mum has gone and they are scared.

How is the problem resolved?

They close their eyes and wish for her to return, and she does!

Is there any repetition in the story?

“I want my mummy!” said Bill.

The baby owls thought  (all owls think a lot.)

What was your favourite part?

I like it when the owl mother comes back and the babies dance up and down.


Times Tables Caps


Congratulations to Emmie, Jack W, James and  Emily Wills who successfully completed their Times Table Cap challenge with Mrs Johns (Chair of Governors/Maths Governor) and can now wear a red Times Table Cap around school. Well done!  

Challenge Chair


Congratulations to all the children who successfully completed a challenge chair target this week.

Special congratulations to Stephen, Blossom, Aisha, Noah, Sienna, Melissa and Ruby K who successfully completed their white star and move onto the gold star. Also to Emmie and Evie F who completed their end of star challenge and now move onto the silver star.

Year 2 Homework 12.2.16

Where does your reading take you? To celebrate World Book Day on 3rd March 2016, we would like you to  write a book review about a story book that you have enjoyed and found exciting.

You can be as creative as you like, by making a poster, booklet, leaflet, 3D display or digital presentation.

Think about these questions when you are planning your homework:

What is the title?

Who wrote the book?

Who was the main character?

Where was the story set?

Why was the book exciting and imaginative?

Were you happy with the ending, and why?

Your book review needs to be handed in on Monday 22nd February, and 2 winners from each key stage will receive a £5 voucher to spend at the book fair. Prizes will be awarded on Friday 26th February.

Good luck!


Challenge Chair


Congratulations to the following children who successfully completed a challenge chair target this week.



Evie F


Emily W





Charlie M

Charlie S


Ruby S


Special congratulations to Parya, Gabe and Ruby S who successfully completed their white star and now move onto the gold star.

Headteacher's Award


Congratulations to Emily who collected her Headteacher's Award for all her hard work during the autumn term. A much deserved award!

Challenge Chair


Congratulations to the following children who successfully completed a challenge chair target this week.


Evie F

Jack W




Ruby S





Special congratulations to Connie, Toby and Jack R who successfully completed their end of star challenge and now move onto the silver star.

Maths Homework


This term we have started using the Abacus scheme to teach maths. Part of the resources the scheme provides is homework activities in the form of maths games linked to the work they have been focusing on that week. To access the games the children will need to log-in to the Abacus website with their own unique username and password. With this homework the children will bring home a bookmark with all the details they need to log in. They have already had a go at logging in and playing a game during the ICT lessons and the response has been positive. If you have any difficulties accessing the games then please come and tell us.


Times Tables Caps


Congratulations to Connie and Jack R who successfully completed their Times Table Cap challenge with Mrs Johns (Chair of Governors/Maths Governor) and can now wear a red Times Table Cap around school. Well done on being the first children this year to have received your caps!  



Well done to the children for working really hard and putting on an amazing performance of Stargazing this week. They even carried on when the music stopped due to technical issues. Thank you to all the parents for providing all the costumes.


Fire Safety Visit


Today we had a visit from a fire officer from Plympton Fire Station who talked to us about how to call 999 and looking for dangers in the home. He explained how important it is to have a smoke alarm and what to do if your clothes catch on fire. We watched a video that showed what could happen if we played with matches and learned about what jobs the Fire Service do.





Challenge Chair


Congratulations to the following children who successfully completed a challenge chair target this week.


Charlie S

Charlie M


Jack R


Emily P

Evie R



Evie F


Emily W



Challenge Chair


Well done to the following children who successfully completed one of their Challenge Chair targets today:









Jack W

Jack R 

Reading week!


Pines have had a great time celebrating Julia Donaldson books this week. They have shared stories with year 1, painted “bog monster” pictures and created “magic” potions. Here are the Pine class dressed as their favourite book characters.


Plymouth Half Marathon Challenge - 24.10.15

Registration for the Plymouth Half-Marathon challenge will take place during the first week back after half-term.  Entry costs £10 for the event which will take place on Sunday 17th April 2016 and includes, race number, t-shirt, race goody-bag and a medal. 

Letters will go out to on the first Monday back and need to be returned by Friday 6th November.

Some of our former pupils appear on the official poster for this years' event.  Have a look on the half-marathon website for more info:

Plymouth Half Marathon




Year 2 Half-term homework 


Author Focus: Julia Donaldson


Our author focus for this half term is Julia Donaldson. For homework we would like you to:


Make a poster to tell other children about Julia Donaldson and her books.


Make a poster by drawing your favourite Julia Donaldson book character, and writing why you like him/her.


Your poster needs to be A4 size, no PowerPoints please this time as we want to put the posters on display. If you need paper, or have any questions, please ask! Please return your completed poster by

Monday 2nd November. You can also bring in a Julia Donaldson book to share during reading week (please make sure it has a name on)


Reading Week

On Friday 6th November 2015, we will be dressing up! Choose a

character from a Julia Donaldson book, there are lots to choose from: dragons, princesses, crocodiles, boys, witches etc.

Have a great half term!


Year 2 team



Year two demonstrated marvellous manners during their picnic lunch to launch the new “respect” cards. The new cards will be linked with our “Good to be Green” behaviour boards, and can be given by any member of staff for respectful behaviour around the school. A big thank you to Theresa King and the kitchen staff for providing such a lovely lunch.





Summer Reading Challenge


Well done to all the Pine children who received their certificates on Wednesday for completing the Summer Reading Challenge organised by Plymouth Library Service. 


Measuring in maths!

Next week, the year 2 classes will be using equipment to measure length, height and width in m and cm. Have a look around the house, can you find things that are:

· Less than 1 metre

· About a metre

· More than a metre

· If you like, you can take some photos of the things you have

       measured and bring them in to show.


Member of Parliament election. 















1. Interested candidates prepared a speech, poster or PowerPoint.

2. They talked to the class about why they would make a good class representative.



















3. We held a democratic vote. This means that all the children in the class could vote for one candidate.

4. Each child was given a ballot paper, and their name was crossed of the list so that they could only vote once.

5. They went into the polling booth, where they put a cross against their favourite candidate’s name.

6. They then folded the paper and placed it in the ballot box.

7. When everyone had voted, the votes were taken out and counted. An adult watched to make sure that it was fair.

8. When the votes were counted and checked, the candidates were told the result.







Gabe and Emmie are the new representatives for Pine class.









Welcome to year 2!

We are very happy with the way all the children are settling into their new classes and tackling new challenges.

Today, all children should have taken home information leaflets about year 2, and a maths information leaflet. Homework books have also gone home, and need to be handed back by next Wednesday. Next week, we will let the children know their challenge chair targets. When they are ready to try a target, they need to sign up in the classroom and we will challenge them when there is a suitable time slot. We will try our hardest to test them within a few days of signing up.

Have a great weekend,


Mrs Whish and Mr Wotton