Year Two

Welcome to the Year 2 webpage. We will use this page to keep you informed about events and learning in Year 2!

  • Year 2 Football Festival

    date posted: 14/05/22

    On Tuesday this week, 10 of our Year 2 children went to play some friendly football against King's Oak School. All the children had a great time, scored lots of goals, and worked really well as a team.

    Well done for representing Burlington and trying your best!

  • Burlington Poetry Parade - May

    date posted: 07/05/22

    Every month every child in the school learns the same poem and recite it in class and in Assemblies, to build up a repertoire of poems they know by heart!

    This month our poem is 'Oh Dear!' by Michael Rosen. It would be fun to see videos of your child reciting it at home on Tapestry!



  • Year 2 Creative Writing Trip

    date posted: 01/05/22

    On Thursday, 6 of our year 2 children were invited to attend a creative writing session at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School.

    The children took part in a series of writing challenges with different themes. One of the topics was to write about a toy adventure, the children had to write a diary entry about their adventure using adjectives to make interesting sentences and time conjunctions such as 'before', 'after', 'until' and 'since'. They also wrote about a journey to space and read a book called Handa's Surprise. After reading the book, the children had to write their own version of the story. All the children who took part really enjoyed the experience and they should feel very proud of the work they produced.

  • Year 1 & Year 2 Optional Science Homework

    date posted: 01/05/22

    If your child would like to do additional homework activities for science, please click on the relevant links below. These are fun activities which will reinforce the children's learning that they have been doing in class. The activities are optional but do encourage your child to have a go! 

    Year 1 Optional Science Homework

    Year 2 Optional Science Homework


    date posted: 25/04/22

    The Kingston and Richmond SPARK Book awards celebrate and promote children's literature. Children in our school have been reading the shortlisted books and talking about which are their favourites in class. Now it's your chance to join in at home! Now it's your chance to join in at home! Please watch the videos of Mrs Davies reading the four shortlisted books and then vote for which is your favourite on the voting form below.  Please vote by Monday 16th May.

    Pirate Mums video reading

    A Mouse Called Julian video reading

    Tilda Tries Again video reading

    The Tale of the Whale video reading

    Voting Form - which is your favourite?

  • Summer 1 Term Newsletter for Year 2

    date posted: 20/04/22

    Please see below for the learning we will be doing this half term.

    Year 2 Summer 1 Term Newsletter

  • March Update for Year 2

    date posted: 01/04/22

    We have had another exciting half term!  We began with Book Week and read the book Albert Tolbert Master of Disguise.  We learnt lots of amazing new vocabulary which we are now trying to include in our writing.  We enjoyed dressing up at the end of the week and it was exciting joining the Y1 classes for a Parade in the hall to look at each others amazing costumes.

    The children were excited to realise that they had entered Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and were going to help him by taking part in a ‘Taste Test’.  After choosing their ingredients the children did a fantastic job of writing persuasive adverts for their sweet invention.

    To help persuade the Oompa Loompas to move to Brazil, the children researched the physical and human features of the country and compared them to England.  They wrote many facts and comparative sentences to persuade the Oompa Loompas.

    To complete our learning in English this half term, the children have written an acrostic poem about one of the topics we have covered this year.  The children could choose from habitats, chocolate, The Great Fire of London, Florence Nightingale and minibeasts and we have been very impressed by what they have remembered.  

    In maths we recapped our knowledge of place value and used this to complete addition number sentences.  We then applied this skill to solving chocolate themed word problems.  We also learnt how to use a thermometer, ruler and a measuring jug and know what we use to measure each one and their unit of measurement. We have also worked very hard to be able to read and make times on a clock.

    In PSHE we have been discovering some new snacks that are good for our bodies.  Awesome Avocado proved very popular!  The children also enjoyed the fruity scone, the veggie dips and tasting a variety of fruits including melon and mango.

    As part of our science ‘materials’ topic we have been exploring the different states of matter; the ways they typically behave and how they can change state from solid, to liquid, to gas and in some cases, back again.  We looked at how to change a solid chocolate button into liquid chocolate by applying heat from our hands.  The children then predicted what would happen when we put the liquid chocolate into the freezer.  The children were also posed the question ‘Can visitors to Wonka’s Chocolate Factory walk across the chocolate river (otherwise known as cornflour and water!)?’  The children predicted, observed and tested what happened when they poked, stroked, patted and cut the non-Newtonian fluid. We have also been sorting objects and pictures into living, has never lived and once living and explaining why.

    Our Computing learning this half term has been about Programming.  The children recapped how to create algorithms (a set of instructions) and how to debug them (correcting mistakes).  The children began by using the “advanced” setting on JiT Turtle to get used to moving the sprite on screen before drawing squares and rectangles.  Then the children learnt how to create algorithms using the repeat command and changing the variables.  The children used ‘j2code logo’ on level 3. They used the forward (FD), backward (BK), left (LT) and right (RT) buttons inside a repeat command to draw squares and rectangles.  We then transferred this learning to complete projects on ‘Scratch’.

    In music, the children have been focussing on the composer Aretha Franklin. They have also been learning how to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the chime bars, reading the pitch and the rhythm of the notes. Finally, the children have been learning a song all about chocolate in conjunction with our topic this half term.

    Our focus this half term in art has been printing.   To begin with we explored monoprint and block printing.  Then we carried out observational drawings of different sweet wrappers.  Following this we designed and made our own sweet wrappers using printing techniques and collage.

    In PE we have been focussing on yoga and athletics. We have been gaining confidence at throwing for distance and for accuracy.

    We enjoyed wearing our own clothes on Red Nose Day and taking part in ‘2s Day’.  Thank you for your generous donations.  We were also impressed by your creativity for the Easter Egg competition!  We were all very proud of Jupiter for speaking clearly and confidently to explain their learning at their class assembly.

    Thank you again for your continued support, we really appreciate it.  We hope you all have a lovely relaxing half term and we will see you back at school on Wednesday 20th April. 

  • Spring 2 Term Newsletter for Year 2

    date posted: 21/02/22

    Please see below for the learning we will be doing this half term.

    Year 2 Spring 2 Term Newsletter

  • February Update for Year 2

    date posted: 19/02/22

    It has been another busy, fun filled time in Year 2!

    We all love reading and we have really enjoyed the book Flat Stanley!  We wrote a character description about him and then we all brought in our favourite book characters and wrote a character description about them.

    In maths we continued to learn about multiplication and division.  We also enjoyed learning about fractions of a shape and of a number,  and all about 2D and 3D shapes.

    We have enjoyed our history topic this half term.  We have been learning about a nurse called Florence Nightingale, the Lady with the Lamp. Florence Nightingale lived in the Victorian era when the Queen was Queen Victoria. In our first lesson we looked at Victorian objects and compared them to modern day objects. Some of the objects were the chamber pot, iron, washboard, carbolic soap and kettle.  In 1853, when the Crimean War broke out, Sir Sidney Herbert asked Florence Nightingale to lead a team of 38 nurses in Scutari to care for the soldiers who were injured.  We found out that Florence wanted to go but she had to persuade her mum and dad first.  We also learnt about another famous nurse.  Her name is Mary Seacole. Mary Seacole also worked as a nurse during the Crimean War.  She nursed sick soldiers so kindly that they called her 'Mother Seacole'.  Using our science knowledge and what the nurses had taught us, we completed our learning by opening our own teddy bear hospital!

    Our art has been linked to Computing this half term.  We have learnt about Georges Seurat who is famous for Pointillism which is a type of painting that makes a picture using lots of colourful dots. We have learnt about Piet Mondrian who became famous for creating art on a white background with straight lines and blocks of primary colours (blue, red and yellow).   We have also learnt about Pablo Picasso who is famous for using a style of art called Cubism, which uses lots of shapes to create pictures and we have learnt about Claude Monet who is famous for his style of art called Impressionism.   Finally, we learnt about Andy Warhol who is famous for Pop Art where he created screen-prints using photo quality images and changed them using bright colours.

    Miss Holmes and Mrs Wiliamson taught us about Internet Safety Day. In music we learnt the song, ‘Be Safe‘. At our school we have a Staying Safe Online agreement.  It is in all of our classrooms. We must ask if we are allowed to go on the internet, we must keep our personal details safe, we must be kind and if we see anything that makes us have the ‘uh oh’ feeling, we must tell an adult.

    We have had lots of special events this half term.  We had a very egg-citing Science Day.  Mr Williams discovered a dinosaur egg in the Rainbow Garden!  Blood samples were taken from the egg and we had to keep them frozen by wrapping them in different materials.  We made predictions about the best material to keep the blood frozen. We used cotton wool, tin foil, bubble wrap, card and felt.  We practised drawing science diagrams to record our learning.  Afterwards we recorded our results and then ranked the materials from best to worst.  We found out that bubble wrap was the best material. The lab tested the dinosaur blood and discovered that the egg belonged to triceratops!

    We took part in an online Oral Health Workshop and learnt about the importance of looking after our teeth and we also took part in a workshop with Earthsong to learn about Chinese New Year. 

    The Y2 choir and dance groups performed at The Rose Theatre.  Saturn Class shared their learning with their parents at the end of the half term during their class assembly.  We were very proud of how confidently they performed.

    Finally, thank you to everyone who attended the SATS Information Meeting and Parents Consultations.  It was great to be able to carry out both of these face-to-face.

    We are excited about next half term which begins with our annual Book Week!  Please encourage your child to take part in the Sponsored Book Bingo and the Extreme Reading Competition.  We are also looking forward to cosying up for a bedtime story and Dress Up Day at the end of the week.

    We hope you all have a lovely week off!

  • Year 2 SATs Parent Workshop

    date posted: 17/02/22

    Thank you to everyone who attended the workshop yesterday. We hope you found it useful. If you were unable to attend please click below to see a copy of the presentation. If you have any questions regarding the tests, please do not hesitate to speak to your class teacher. 

    Year 2 SATs Parent Workshop slides

  • Spring 1 Term Newsletter for Year 2

    date posted: 05/01/22

    Please see below for the learning we will be doing this half term.

    Year 2 Spring 1 Term Newsletter

  • December Update for Year 2

    date posted: 16/12/21

    This half term we have been learning about The Great Fire of London.  We have been learning to write in the past tense and improve our sentences by using adjectives and a range of conjunctions.  We kept a diary about the main events, just like Samuel Pepysdid in 1666!  We learnt about where and how the fire started by taking on the role of Thomas Farriner.  The children followed instructions, measured ingredients and worked hard to knead the bread.


    They then realised how tired and hot he must have felt after working in his bakery.   We learnt about the different methods used to try to stop the fire and even recreated the bucket chain and also watched the effect of using a fire hook to pull down houses to create a fire break. 

    When The Great Fire of London ended, we became architects and designed a new London and wrote rules to prevent another fire happening e.g. houses not being built close together or not to be made of wood.  

    The children have been loving their new reading sessions. On the first day decoding is the focus, with prosody on the second day and comprehension on the third day.  We have also been following Little Wandle for our phonics sessions which the children are enjoying.

    We used our scale reading skills to measure the ingredients we needed to make our bread and we have also been learning about money.  We can make the same amount in at least three different ways and add different amounts of money and calculate change.  We ended the half term by learning about multiplication and how it links to repeated addition.

    In science we have been learning about materials and their properties.  We explored objects to investigate if they could change shape by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching, depending on the material they are made from.  We had fun debating whether it would be a good idea or a bad idea for all objects to be transparent and investigated which material would be the best for Santa’s elves parachutes!

    In art we have been learning about the artist Dennis Creffield who used charcoal to create his work.   The children investigated how to use charcoal and how it reacts on different types of paper.   Then the children completed an observational sketch of a tudor house using pencil before creating their own St Paul's Cathedral picture using charcoal.

    We have been continuing our learning about online safety.  The children learnt what ‘digital footprint’ means and how to use keywords to search efficiently for information online.  They also learnt how to recognise whether a website is appropriate for children and then rated different websites by explaining what they liked and disliked. They learnt about how to identify kind and unkind behaviour online and what to do if they think someone is being unkind online.

    PE is always a popular lesson and this half term we have been focussing on gymnastics and dance.  In gymnastics we have performed three gymnastic shapes as jumps and have travelled at different levels and inclines.  We have also been learning  about different rolls including an egg roll, a log roll and a forward roll.  In dance the children have had fun creating dance phrases to different feelings using music as stimuli.

    We completed the half term by learning the blanket sewing stitch to create our own Christmas decoration.  We are very proud of them!

    It has been really lovely to be able to invite parents back into school again.  We loved having you back in the classroom for your child to share their hard work with you. The children also enjoyed performing their Christmas Concert to you.

    Thank you as always for your continued support. We have appreciated all your donations on Mufti Days, Children in Need Day and at our School Fair. 

    We hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday, and wish you all the best for 2022!  

  • Year 2 Great Fire of London Workshop

    date posted: 13/12/21

    At the end of November, the children in Year 2 took part in a workshop about The Great Fire of London. The workshop helped the children to understand why the fire began, why the fire spread so quickly and what changes were made when London was rebuilt so that it would never happen again!

    The children loved taking part in many fun ways!  It was a fantastic workshop to support our learning about The Great Fire of London.

  • Reading and Phonics Workshop presentation

    date posted: 13/12/21

    Thank you to everyone who attended the new reading and phonics scheme workshop on Monday 6 December. If you were unable to attend, please click below to see a copy of the presentation. 

    New Reading and Phonics Scheme: Parents Workshop Slides

    Essential Information on Changes to Phonics and Reading Books - letter to all parents

    Video of Parent Workshop on Phonics and Early Reading Scheme

    Little Wandle Resources for Parents

  • Attendance and Punctuality Reminder for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

    date posted: 24/10/21

    Please find below a copy of the email sent to all parents in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 reminding them of our expectations and guidelines concerning Attendance and Punctuality.

    Attendance and Punctuality Email to all Parents in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

  • Autumn 2 Term Newsletter for Year 2

    date posted: 21/10/21

    Please see below for the learning we will be doing this half term.

    Year 2 Autumn 2 Term Newsletter

  • October update for Year 2

    date posted: 21/10/21

    What a busy and fun half term it has been!  

    In maths the children have been working hard to consolidate their place value knowledge.  They have used this knowledge to add and subtract and have been showing their thinking in different ways!

    We have had the opportunity to write for a range of purposes this half term. After reading  the story The Rainbow Fish, we wrote our own story for our Year 1 teacher about a Rainbow animal, we wrote instructions for Bird Pudding for Mrs Docwra who has many birds arriving in her garden and we wrote a poem! Our sentence construction is improving and our handwriting is getting neater! 

    Following our trip to the Wetland Centre we designed our own Bug Hotels using materials that would attract minibeasts.  We had a fun morning of sawing and hammering and worked together to create our Bug Hotels.  We evaluated our work and many children thought that to make them even better we should have plants therefore we will be planting bulbs around our Bug Hotels to attract bees and butterflies! 

    In art we have been developing our skill of colour mixing.  We have mixed primary colours to make secondary colours and used this to create habitat silhouette paintings.  We also explored how colour changes when adding white and black and used this to help us create pictures in the style of Alma Thomas.

    We have been learning about using the internet safely and we know what to do if we see something that we don't like. We used our ‘Staying Safe Online’ agreement to help us. We have been practising logging on and off the computer and using j2e to make a presentation.

    Mrs Williamson, our fantastic music teacher has helped each class to create a composition about sounds that we hear in the home.  Children in the class had great fun conducting their class and this was shared with parents on Tapestry.

    Thank you to all the parents for their continued support.  We hope everyone has a relaxing holiday!

  • Our trip to London Wetlands!

    date posted: 11/10/21

    Our Year 2 children had a lovely day yesterday at the London Wetland Centre. They spotted lots of different species of bird as well as other wildlife to complement the learning they have been doing in class this half term. The children and staff had a great time and we were so proud to hear that the organisers at the centre had commented on what a delight our children were and that we were one of the best school groups they have had visiting the centre. Well done Year 2!

  • New Phonics and Early Reading Scheme: PLEASE READ

    date posted: 11/10/21

    Essential Information - New Phonics and Early Reading Scheme

    We will very soon be starting an exciting new scheme and need your help. Please read attached letter and watch the video presentation below. Also attached are the slides to go with the presentation. 

    Essential Information on Changes to Phonics and Reading Books - letter to all parents

    Parent Workshop presentation on Phonics and Early Reading

    Video of presentation by Reading Coordinator

  • First few weeks in Year 2

    date posted: 25/09/21

    Welcome to Year 2! We are delighted to welcome the children back into school and pleased that they are settling in and enjoying their new classrooms.  They are all looking smart in their school uniforms.  We are looking forward to an exciting year! Our topic this half term is: Happy Homes We will find out which animals and plants are found in different habitats and why.  We will think about how we can look after nature in our local area by building a bug hotel for our school grounds and by making bird pudding for the birds as it gets harder for them to find food. We are feeling very excited about our trip to The Wetland Centre to learn about minibeasts.

  • Autumn 1 Term Newsletter for Year 2

    date posted: 06/09/21

    Please see below for the learning we will be doing this half term.

    Year 2 Autumn 2 Term Newsletter