Year 2 Curriculum

Summer Term 2019

Topic – Global Gardens

Our final topic this year is all about plants. First the children will learn where different foods come from building on their ability to locate the continents and map skills. They will also make links with the QE chefs and gardening team to discuss food waste, recycling and maintaining a vegetable patch. They will plan a science investigation to find out what a sunflower seed needs to germinate. Our trip to Harlow Carr Gardens will help consolidate the science objectives with a ‘How your garden grows’ workshop. This work will then be followed by looking at the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh and recreating some of his most famous paintings. In design and technology, Year 2 will design and make a model wheelbarrow and they will evaluate their designs.


In literacy, the children will begin the term by identifying the key features of short stories and before writing in the style of Roald Dahl. They will then move on to fantasy settings drawing inspiration from a range of dragon stories. The final module will be recapping instruction writing and recounts linked to topic. The children will continue with weekly guided reading and handwriting practise as well as daily phonics. Spellings will continue to be tested each Friday.


This terms numeracy lessons will include; telling the time to 5 minutes, finding simple fraction of amounts, describing the properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes as well as consolidating formal methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division through word problems. We will continue to test times tables through the use of games and song and numeracy homework will be set each Friday.


This term in computing, the children will use Code to create simple codes to solve puzzles. They will make cross-curricular links to our ‘Global Gardens’ topic to create a Puppet Pal story as well as using iMovie to record their science investigation.

Personal Development

During our final term, the children will continue to share their learning logs and achievements during circle time. They will think carefully about friendship, feelings and choices as well as transition and change. We will also begin to look at different religious leaders in different faiths.


Spring term 2019 – first half
Topic – Polar Regions

Our work this term will involve learning about Antarctica. We will be using the atlases to locate the different continents and oceans, monitoring our weather and comparing it to the weather in Antarctica. In science we will be looking at food chains and the life cycle of Antarctic animals. The historical aspect of our topic will involve researching Earnest Shackleton and his expedition to the South Pole. Our weekly independent Learning Logs will be linked to our Polar Regions topic so that the children can explore and research their own interests and share any new ideas with their class.


We will be reading and writing non-fiction texts linked to Antarctic animals and writing diary entries based on Ernest Shackletons’ adventures. We will also explore the works of ‘Anthony Browne’ and produce written tasks inspired by the author. We will continue to explore different genres through our guided reading sessions and this term we will continue to develop our reading comprehension skills. Year 2 will continue with daily phonic sessions and weekly handwriting practice. Handwriting practice will be linked to the Year 2 high frequency and common exception words.


The children will be rounding numbers to the nearest multiple of 10 and comparing numbers using < and >. We will revisit multiplication and division as well as subtraction and addition in relation to simple problem solving. We will also be measuring mass, length and capacity and begin to explore time. We will continue to put our mathematical skills into practice by exploring word problems linked to the four operations. This term, we will complete a weekly times table test to ensure we are confident with our instant recall facts.

Spring term 2019 – second half
Topic – Scientists at Work

This term we will discover who the man is on a £10 note and why there is a bird and a sailing ship in the picture. We will use information books, maps and the internet to find out about the Galapagos Islands. The children will improve their observational drawing skills by making sketches of the famous animals that have evolved there. This work will then lead on to fieldwork involving food chains, life cycles and an investigation into the preferred habitat of a woodlouse.


In literacy, Year 2 will begin learning about riddles and then they will create their own riddles. They will be researching animals native to the Galapagos Islands and writing a non-chronological report. They will look closely at story settings and develop the use of descriptive tools such as; adjectives, adverbs and begin to develop their sentence openers to create interest. Year 2 will continue with daily phonic sessions and weekly handwriting practice. Handwriting practice will be linked to the Year 2 high frequency and common exception words.


In numeracy the children will be using their knowledge of place value to add and subtract single and two digit numbers. They will be revisiting subtracting by finding the difference. They will be extending their multiplication and division skills as well as using mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement. We will continue to complete a weekly times table test to ensure we are confident with our instant recall facts.

Autumn term 2018 – first half

Topic— Castles

Our topic work this term is based around castles. The children will learn about the Battle of Hastings, using an atlas to find the route William the Conqueror would have taken from France. The children will then move on to identifying UK countries and capital cities. They will be finding out about the different types of castles and weapons and this will lead on to science investigations involving materials and suitability for different purposes. The children will learn to draw a plan with a key and, following the Ripley Castle visit, will use printing techniques to recreate a picture of a castle. The children will design, make and evaluate a 3D castle with a moving drawbridge. Throughout the topic everyone will get a chance to help build a miniature brick and mortar class castle using TEFOC.


In literacy we will be reading stories with familiar settings; carrying out and writing instructions and looking for patterns on the page when reading poetry. The children will be increasing their phonics knowledge; practising their handwriting style and continuing to explore texts through their Literacy Circles and guided reading sessions.


In mathematics the children will practise counting to 100 in ones and tens from any number and locating two-digit numbers on a number line and number square. After revising place value they will be able to find 10 more/ less than any 2 digit number. They will revise their number pairs that make 10 and 20, using this knowledge to write the corresponding addition and subtraction facts.

Number patterns will be covered focusing on steps of 2 and 10. Problem solving using money as well as length and handling data will also be covered.

Educational Visits

Year 2 will attend a private tour at Ripley Castle. This will link to our topic and embed the humanities objectives for the term.


Autumn term 2018 – second half

Topic – Fire

This half term our topic is ‘Fire’. We will begin by celebrating ‘Bonfire Night’ through our art work and learning about the reason behind the event and why we should remember it as a part of our history. The children will be investigating ‘fire’ as a source for cooking by making shortbread. The Great Fire of London is a focus for this topic and the children will research and learn the historical facts about this significant event. In geography they will find London landmarks on a map and in science they will be investigating and comparing how a fire engine moves on different surfaces.


This half term the children will begin by focusing on story settings. This involves lots of speaking and listening activities such as hot seating and thought tracking. The children will work on using their senses and lots of adjectives to describe different settings, they will go on to write a story set on a beach. The children will also be reading information texts and creating their own information page about the Great Fire of London.


This half term Year 2 will revise their knowledge of 2d and 3d shapes, including symmetry and right angles. They will learn how to work out fractions of shapes and practise using coins to work out total amounts and change needed. There will be lots of practical activities involving measuring accurately using centimetres and millilitres.

Educational Visits

Year 2 will attend a EYFS and KS1 trip to the theatre.