Year 2

My name is Mrs. Burdon and I am the Year two class teacher. I have been teaching at Dame Dorothy for over 20 years and I am Assistant head teacher.



We have daily Literacy lessons. They consist of teaching spelling, grammar and punctuation. The objectives we learn in these SPAG lessons are used the following week in independent writing. We will be learning about different genres of writing across the year including extended story writing, recounts, diaries, letters and information writing. We will be learning new punctuation such as exclamation marks and commas in a list as well as learning to spell multi-syllable words.



We have very good key stage one results for Mathematics each year. Each morning the children have a mental maths task to complete. It is important that they are in school for 8:45 a.m. so that they do not miss out on this extra practice of core mental skills. Please encourage your children to read numbers up to and over 100 in the local environment as well as counting forwards and backwards in ones. You could even start learning the 10, 2 and 5 times tables!



We LOVE reading in Year 2! We encourage children to read anything and everything from posters on the wall to leaflets that come through the door. The emphasis is reading for enjoyment!!
Please read a story to your child EVERY night it will develop their love of stories and have a huge impact on their vocabulary!
This half terms novel is ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl.



We change reading and library books EVERY FRIDAY.
PLEASE try to remember books, as we are time tabled for the library on a Friday only.



This term, our topic is ‘Street Detectives’. The focus will be around the subject Geography and will involve using our local area to find out about maps, plans and features in our environment. We will also be learning new skills in other subjects such as in history, art and Design technology. We will be out and about doing fieldwork so if you see us give us a wave!



In Y2 the children have weekly music lessons with Mrs Ireland. We look every week at our ‘Music of the Month’. Each month they will learn about a different musician, a genre of music or an instrument group. Their music lessons are generally practical with emphasis on tempo, pulse and rhythm in the first term. They will have an opportunity to use the glockenspiels to play along with music tracks and create their own tunes. Following the Charanga online music scheme, they will learn to sing, play and improvise to a song called “I wanna play in a band!” Music should be fun!



We have a range of opportunities to use a range of ICT resources such as laptops and iPads. We ensure that the children are aware of how to keep safe online when using the internet.



PE lessons are on a WEDNESDAY.
Please make sure your child has the correct kit and can remove earrings before the lesson.
Please ensure your child has the correct footwear for PE as there are times when we will be outside for PE.
We will be doing football and multi sports this half term. After the half term holiday we will have a professional tennis coach teaching us tennis skills.



HOMEWORK is given out EVERY Friday and usually consists of things we have learnt during the week.
HOMEWORK is to be returned to school EVERY Wednesday.
Reading and Library book day is also FRIDAY.
If parents/carers have any concerns please try to catch me at home time or if I am unavailable speak to Miss. Baker and Mrs. Gordon who also work in Year two.


Some websites to support parents with children’s learning:-

BBC – KS1 Bitesize – HomeFun activities to help children at KS1 learn
more about Literacy, Maths and Science.Read more…
Phonics gamesLinks to the best free online phonics games which can
help your child to develop their phonics skills and knowledge of letter sounds.
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The School Run | Free English and maths worksheets and
SATs papers for KS1 and KS2Worksheets, activities and learning games for EYFS, KS1 and KS2, including English, maths and science advice for parents and SATs past papers.
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