Year 2

In Year Two, our curriculum is enriched with practical and hands-on activities, which meet the needs of the children. Our aim is to continue to strengthen our children’s love of learning, that has been developed in Reception through our play-based, explorative approach and further enhanced in Year 1 by our nurturing environment that promotes independence and curiosity. We actively encourage our children to be curious, and support them to ask and answer questions in their learning through exploration, and well-planned lessons that develop their critical thinking and reasoning skills, and this, alongside our continued prioritisation of developing reading fluency, prosody and comprehension, ensures that all of our children have both a love of reading and are able to access the wider curriculum with ease.

Reading is our key priority. This year, due to COVID and the partial lockdown of schools, the Year 1 check in the Autumn term of Year 2 has meant that our Year 2 children continue to take part in the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised Programme, and take part in daily 30 minute reading lessons and daily 30 minute phonics lessons, which will ensure that their Phase 1 to 5 phonic knowledge, decoding skills, fluency, prosody and comprehension skills are embedded. Once this knowledge is consolidated the children will progress onto the No Nonsense spelling program, which will continue their development building on the phonics programme.

Our English curriculum includes 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.

Our Year Two curriculum covers a broad range of exciting topics, which are taught creatively through our key questions, driving learning and ensuring good or better progress is made by all. 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, thereby deepening their understanding by building well developed schema. 

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 learning about significant artists from the past.  This learning is interleaved with the Year 2 Art curriculum, in which children explore and create different tones and shades, through study of artwork from these periods in time.  Children will develop knowledge and understanding of appropriate geographical vocabulary, learn map and compass skills (identifying the UK, continents and oceans), begin to develop observational skills in fieldwork, explore weather and climates and how the weather impacts physical geography. 

Personal Development and Wellbeing (PDW) will be taught as a discrete subject and children will learn to recognise a range of feelings in themselves and others, along with strategies they can use to manage these, especially within friendships. They will explore the importance of positive behaviours for learning, particularly how their behaviour can impact upon themselves and others, both offline and online. They will consider 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 to stay safe, and how family and friends should care for one another, including understanding and promoting their own mental health. 

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.

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, Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl, Matilda by Roald Dahl, Stuart Little by E.B. White, Milton the Mighty by Emma Read

Termly Plans