Year 2

Summer Term overview – Year 2

A brief overview of the curriculum areas


In Year 2 the children will be basing their learning around the traditionale tale of Jack and the Beanstalk.  They will be using the tale as a basis for developing their spelling, punctuation and grammar skills.  The children will be carefully analysing texts and identifying whether words are nouns, adjectives, verbs or adverbs.  At the end of the unit, the children will write their own traditional tale based upon Jack and the Beanstalk.  They will then create a explanation text about growing plants, including beans.

There will also be a cross curricular link with ‘Katie Morag’ stories where the children will be using this as a stimulus to create fictional pieces of writing.



In Year 2 the pupils will be developing their reasoning and arithmetic skills.  They wll practise quick recall of the 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables.  The children will be given the opportunity to use an empty numberline, partitioining and mental maths to perform addition and subtraction.  They will begin to develop an understanding of which method is most appropriate for solving particular problem types.  The children will learn how to apply their maths knowledge to a range of different contexts in order to prepare them for end of Year 2 statutory testing.



The pupils will be learning about Homes from the Past in their history lessons.  They will be making comparisons between household objects in the past and the present.  They will researching the topic of castle life using Computing and in-class reading so that they can create a information booklet about castles. The children will be visiting a local castle to explore what life was like in the past.


The children will  study what it is like to live 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. 



The children in Year 2 will continue to learn about ‘Growing things’.  This topic will link to the Literacy topic of Jack and the Beanstalk.  The pupils will investigate different growing conditions for cress seeds and make observations and suggestions as to why they grow well.  The children will also be learning about Animals including Humans and how animals can have offspring and that hey grow into adults. They will also learn about how to keep their bodies fit and healthy in order for them to grow and what humans need to survive.



Children will complete a study of Islam. Within this study, the children will learn about different celebrations that happen within this religion. They will also learn about the importance of the Qu’ran in this religion.


Design & Technology

The children will be using a variety of materials to design and make their own castle with a moving drawbridge.  They will pay close attention to the details on the outside of a castle and will use printing techniques to create en effective castle wall. 




The children in Year 2 will focus upon beach and coastal art.  They will use pastels and painting skills to create the effect of movement in their art. Children will use skills such as blending, colour mixing and shading to create different effects to show the different styles of movement.




The children will develop their skills in creating word and art publications using the ‘jit’ toolkit on School 360.  They will learn how to blog their work so that it can be published on School 360.  The children will continue to learn how to create strings of code in order to move a character about the screen.


This term Year 2 will focus on a healthy liestyle which will also be covered within our Science lessons. Children will look at the need for a healthy body as well as a healthy mind. The children will also look at the need for why we have to eat healthy to stay healthy.  

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 Friday 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 Friday.

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.