Year 2: Browne and Fine

Year 2: Browne and Fine

Our Year 2 classes, situated alongside the Year 1 classes on the first floor of the main Victorian building, take their names from acclaimed authors Anthony Browne and Anne Fine.

In line with the requirements of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1, students in Year 2 are taught core subjects of English (Reading and Writing), Mathematics and Science as well as Foundation subjects of Art, ICT, Design and Technology, Music, History/Geography and PE.

Each half term or term, a new topic is introduced that is linked to the objectives of the National Curriculum allowing the children the opportunity to take part in lessons of different subjects within the framework of the topic. English and Maths are also often linked to learning in these topics in order to provide the children with a holistic and more meaningful curriculum.

Example topics:

  • The Great Fire of London
  • Florence Nightingale
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Local Londoners (Charles Dickens & Angela Burdett-Coutts)
  • Science: Grouping & Changing Materials; Plants & Animals; Electricity; Forces & Movements

Through the Read Write Inc phonics scheme, Year 2 children are taught individual letters and sounds and to blend the different letters together following on from what they’ve learnt in Year 1 and the Foundation Stage.

Activities ranging from learning single letter sounds and names, to blending letters to form a whole word, reading tricky words and then on to reading sentences with a combination of both phonetic and tricky key words, are differentiated in order to meet the children’s individual needs.

Every child in Year 2 reads one-to-one with an adult at least once every week, and reads in a group session at least once per week. In these sessions we focus on all aspects of reading: fluency, expression, and comprehension, as well as decoding skills.

We also send home reading books with reading journals which are chosen based on the reading ability of the child and are changed at least once a week.

Each week the children are given homework which will have an element of English or Maths as well as something related to their current topic. In line with national standards assessment expectations, the pupils will also be taught to develop their spelling, writing and Maths skills and build on the foundations established in Year 1.

The Year 2 team are always happy to speak to parents regarding any issues, concerns or queries. To apply for a Year 2 place at Burdett-Coutts school, please contact the school office or click here for more information about our Admissions criteria.

Year 2 Curriculum Information: Spring 2018

The topics that we will be covering in Year 2 this half-term link to our Continents and Oceans theme (Spring 1) and Animals theme (Spring 2). They include:

English: Non-fiction information texts and range of stories encouraging story telling skills
Maths: The four operations- addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
Science: Living things and their habitats
Topic: World Geography & Animals (local Geography)
I.C.T: We are Researchers
R.E: What does it mean to be a Sikh?
P.S.H.C.E: Health and Wellbeing
Music: Tempo
Art: Pointillism (George Seurat); Sculpture (Paul Carney)
D.T: Cooking
P.E: Indoor – gymnastics/dance Outdoor – throwing and catching

Our P.E. days are on: Tuesday and Wednesday

Year 2 Diary Dates: Spring 2018

Half-Term: Monday 12th February to Friday 16th February
Fine Class Assembly: Friday 12th February
World Book Day: Thursday 1st March
Parents Evening: Thursday 15th March

Year 2 team:

Class teacher:
  • Miss S. Henning
Support staff:
  • Ms. K. Costello
  • Ms E. Hall (SEN Support)

  • Ms. M. Schwartz (SEN Support)

Other key roles:

  • Mrs E. Camplin
Designated Child Protection & Safeguarding Officer:
  • Mrs R. Dyer
Deputy Designated Child Protection & Safeguarding Officer:
  • Mrs L. McMullan
Family Support Worker:
  • Mrs L. Deary