Year 2

Year 2

Meet the teacher

My name is Mrs. Burdon and I am the Year Two class teacher and Assistant Head Teacher. I have been teaching at Dame Dorothy Primary since 1996 and have loved seeing new children arrive in nursery and then grow and mature. It is always emotional to see the children I have taught leave in Year six. This year Mrs Kirtley is also working with Year two which is great as she is already familiar with all of the children.


This term we will be going back to basics.

We are concentrating on spelling and sentence writing in order to fill any gaps the children have missed due to COVID.

We are looking at simple sentence writing and then moving to include joining words such as ‘and’, ‘or’ and ‘because. We will also focus on past and present tense and writing noun phrases.


In maths we will also be returning back to basics. We are concentrating on the 4 calculations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

We will also be looking at fractions which will help us to learn how to tell the time.


We are focusing our reading this term on the author ‘Nick Butterworth’. His stories about Percy the Park Keeper link with our topic work.


This term our topic is called ‘Percy the Park Keeper’ and is linked with our reading. Our topic covers a lot of science work. We are looking at habitats and how humans change over time. We will look at living and non-living things and life cycles of animals.

We will hopefully be able to get out about in our local environment to explore different habitats such as Roker Park and the beach.


We have plenty 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. PLEASE support your child to STAY SAFE when using the internet at home.

PE lessons are on Monday afternoons, children can come into school wearing PE kit – this consists of a navy school t-shirt, navy shorts or jogging bottoms and a navy school hoodie, trainers should also be worn. Please make sure any earrings are removed on PE day. We will be playing tennis for the first half term with Steve & Hannah from Boldon LTC, athletics with Donna after half term. PE kits can be purchased from Total Sport, should you require one.


HOMEWORK this term will be year 2 tricky words to learn how to spell. There will be a spelling test in school every Friday. PLEASE support your child by helping them to learn them at home.

Please email me at if you have any queries or concerns: I’m happy to help!

School branded water bottles to be used in school only. These will be sent home each Friday to get washed and should be returned to school the following Monday.

Please make sure that all items of uniform, PE kit and coats are clearly labelled to avoid any confusion should the children remove them.

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