Year Two gives our pupils their first steps into a more formal style of education and as such, we work to ensure that our curriculum is enriched with practical and hands-on activities, which meet the needs of the children. Our aim is to continue to develop the love of learning that has been enhanced through the play-based approaches of Reception and Year One.
Our Year Two curriculum covers a wide range of exciting topics, which are taught creatively through our key questions, driving learning and ensuring progress. The key questions develop an investigative and problem solving approach to learning in which the children master key knowledge and skills and make links with different subject areas, deepening their understanding.
Across the year, children will develop their historical interpretation skills through stimulating and exciting topics such as The Great Fire of London and Florence Nightingale as well as learn about significant artists from the past. This substantiates the art curriculum whereby children explore creating different tones and shades. Children will also learn geographical enquiry skills and will become confident in using maps and identifying the UK, continents and oceans.
Personal Development and Wellbeing (PDW) will be taught as a discrete subject and children will be able to recognise the similarities and differences between people, including their views, religion, culture and beliefs, and respect these. They will also be able to explain different ways that family and friends should care for one another.
Our pupils in Year Two are developing mastery in Maths. Using concrete and pictorial representations, they learn how to count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in tens from any number, forward and backward and recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number. Year Two pupils are expected to use this knowledge to compare and order numbers to 100, using >, < and = signs, explaining their reasoning. The children will also use their understanding of place value and number facts to solve problems. They will then continue to use concrete and pictorial representations to further develop their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills, until they are ready to use a range of written methods, such as the number lines and arrays. When learning about fractions, the children will recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity. They will work to recognise simple equivalent fractions. In Year Two, the children will choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length/height in any direction (m/cm); mass (kg/g); temperature (°C); capacity (litres/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit, using rulers, scales, thermometers and measuring vessels. They will compare and order lengths, mass, volume/capacity and record the results using >, < and =. When working with money, the pupils will recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p); combine amounts to make a particular value, find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money and will solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change. This also includes a visit to the local coffee shop! In each step of our mathematical curriculum, our aim is for children develop independence in articulating their learning, reasoning about numbers, calculations and shapes, developing fluency and solving problems.
Our English curriculum begins with a wealth of fabulous texts, which we link to our key questions. The Year Two texts include: Tinga Tales, The Sea Monster by Christopher Wormell, Coming Home by Michael Morpurgo and Blown Away by Rob Biddulph, inspired by the interests of the children. We start each English topic by immersing the children in the engaging and challenging texts so that they have a full awareness of its structure, the author’s language choices, the development of characters and settings, and the sentences structures used. Our texts inspire what we teach in Reading, SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) and Writing. In Year Two we focus on word reading and reading comprehension involving prediction, and making inferences. This immersion in reading provides the children with a secure scaffold on which they can build and develop their writing skills. The key skills taught in writing include different sentence types, expanded noun phrases, punctuation such as commas, apostrophes, exclamation marks and question marks, subordination and co-ordination. We cover a range of genres in our English lessons and we model high standards of writing to ensure that the children achieve their full potential.
Key Questions to drive learning and progress
- Can you paint with scissors?
- Where do footprints lead?
- Who was the woman with the lamp?
- Are you ready, steady, grow?
Exciting events in Year 2
- We perform the school’s annual Nativity.
- We undertake our KS1 SATs
- Fantastic visits to the Black Country Living Museum and Birmingham Hippodrome
Class Novels include
The Magic Far Away Tree by Enid Blyton, The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy, The Railway Children by E Nesbit, Matilda by Roald Dahl, Just so Stories by Rudyard Kipling, The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting