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 6. This year Mrs Elliott, Miss Ward and Mrs Kirtley will be working with us at different times.


This term we will be focusing on writing and phonics.

We will be using new learning in spelling, punctuation and grammar in our writing in year two.

We will be learning about different genres of writing including retelling stories, writing recounts, diaries and instructions.

The focus this term is on writing sentences with ‘and’ in them.


Every morning the children have a mental maths task to complete. It is important that the children be in school on time so that they do not miss this extra practice of core mental skills.

At home, you can help by doing extra counting forwards and backwards to 100. You can also count in groups of 2, 5 and 10.


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 term our topic is called ‘Street Detectives’ and is all about our local area. We are focusing on history and geography and hopefully we will be getting out and about. We will link this with all areas of the curriculum. We will be looking at local landmarks and finding out about Roker in the past. We will be finding out about how the immediate area has changed over time.


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 a MONDAY.

Your child is allowed to come to school for the whole day in their P.E. kit.

New kits are available from Total Sport.

Please ensure your child has the correct footwear for PE as there are times when we will be outside for PE.

Please ensure all jewellery is removed.


HOMEWORK at the moment is limited.

Open homework has been given out for this half term.

In the future week’s homework such as spellings will be posted via Facebook. I will send a text to parents to let them know when the first week will be posted.

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

Water bottles can be brought into school – either a school one or a different one from home. Please ensure your child can identify their own bottle. They can access water from their bottles whenever they need to.

 Don’t forget we post regular updates on Facebook.