Year 2

SpringTerm overview – Year 2

A brief overview of the curriculum areas


Year 2 children will look at a range of stories in familiar settings. The children will also study texts written by the same author. In non- fiction work the children will develop their knowledge of writing information texts about fire safety which will be linked to our topic of the Great Fire of London.  The children will continue to develop their Read, Write Inc skills and will focus more on Read, Write, Spell.  The children will be taught a range of spelling, grammar and punctuation skills which they will then use independently in their extended writing.




Year 2 children will count on in tens from any small number and read and write numbers up to 100 and beyond. They will continue their understanding of place value by partitioning 2 digit numbers. They will use knowledge of number bonds to solve addition and subtraction problems including using the commutative law and inverse to support missing number calculations. There will also be a focus on money. Children will be recognising coins and using money in word problems.They will be all expected to learn and apply their knowledge of the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables and some children will progress further to the 4 times tables. The children will also be looking at fractions of shapes, amounts and numbers as well as developing their knowledge of time with a focus on quarter past and quarter to.







Topic work


In our History work the children will study the famous event of ‘The Great Fire of London’. They will look at photographs to collect information and gather facts. They will learn about famous people during this time including Charles II and Samuel Pepys.


In our topic about Katie Morag the children will study what it may be like living on a small island. They will use maps to locate places and create their own picture maps of an island using a key. They will look at physical and human features of the island and understand the meaning of these terms. They will look at daily life on an island using photographs to collect information. They will begin to make comparisons to living in Cramlington.




This term the pupils will explore in more depth the topic of Materials.  They will extend their investigation skills through developing a line of inquiry, making observations and becoming familiar with Scientific vocabulary.  Later in the term, they will learn learn about ‘Growing things’.  The pupils will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants.




The children will be studying festivals and celebrations. They will be comparing different religious festivals as well as looking at the Christian festivals of Shrove Tuesday and Easter.

There will also be a focus on Judaism and the lifestyles and celebrations that are within the religion including special places of worship, important days and celebrations.


Design & Technology

The children will complete a textiles project where they will design and make their own puppet using felt and other materials. They will be focussing on how materials can be joined together in a reliable way.


The children will explore the use of collage, colour and shape inspired by a variety of artists work based on The Great Fire of London. Children will work independently to use a range of materials and explore different media. They will create a piece of work over a sequence of lessons to produce a dramatic fiery scene to depict the tragic event of The Great Fire of London.



The children will create computer programs using algorithms that will help them learn to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills and understand how to ‘de-bug’ an algorithm. By the end of this course, children will create their very own custom game or story that they can share.  The children will also use School360 to develop research skills as well as using their information technology understanding to create different documents to save and retrieve at school and at home.



This term Year 2 will focus on feelings, consequences and aspirations.  Within this, children will understand what causes different feelings and the positive and negative effects this can have on each other. They will also be learning about what consequences means and how they can be positive and negative. Children will also be looking towards the future and what aspirations they have as they are growing up through school and life.


PE and Games

Children will begin to master movement skills of balance and co-ordination within their gymnastics sessions.  Children will be expected to use their bodies in different ways to roll, balance and travel on and around apparatus. They will also focus on learning specific and controlled movements. 

In outdoor games sessions children will look at co-operation activites using different apparatus using large and small balls, quoits and beanbags. These games will be transferred into a games style situation where children will develop their own scoring system.

 All children will take part in indoor and outdoor lessons, therefore it is essential they have their full PE kit (PE T.Shirt, black shorts, black tracksuit bottoms), including trainers, in school for the full week.



Reading books will be changed three times a week in Year 2  

At Shanklea, we read primarily from the Oxford Reading Tree home reading scheme.  All children in KS1 read books from the Oxford Reading Tree programme but we recommend that children also read a variety and breadth of different text types at home in order to continue their learning.

English and Maths Homework in Year 2

Children will be receiving weekly English and Maths homework. This will consist of a written activity and an online activity. This will be alternated every week.

As part of this homework, children will sometimes be given the opportunity every fortnight to choose a book from their class’s reading area which they would like to read. There will be a selection of different homework related tasks that can be completed in their homework books for the book that they have chosen.


Children will receive weekly spellings every Wednesday based on their Read Write Inc phonics groups as well as looking at the different spelling rules that children in year 2 need to be aware of. They will also continue to learn the common frequency words for year 2. Children are expected to practise these words in preparation for a spelling test on the following Tuesday.

Number Facts

Year 2 will receive number facts on a weekly basis on a Friday. Children are expected to practice and learn these number facts and will be assessed on these during the week.