Year 2 Curriculum

Literacy

It is our aim that by the end of the year the children will:

Oral
  • Convey ideas, opinions and stories to others in a clear and concise manner, using relevant vocabulary
  • Question appropriately as well as answer questions comprehensively
  • Widen their vocabulary and be able to use new words appropriately
Writing
  • Join their handwriting correctly and fluently
  • Use a dictionary when necessary
  • Build up their knowledge of spelling rules and patterns through weekly spelling lists and tests
  • Apply knowledge of phonics and spelling rules to tackle the spelling of some unknown words
  • Use punctuation, including full stops, commas and capital letters
  • Write factually and imaginatively demonstrating a clear understanding of the sequential nature of stories and forms of poetry
Spelling

Spellings are given weekly, with a follow up test.

  • Learn the spelling of commonly used words
  • Recognise and learn spellings in word families e.g. er, ir, ur
Reading

Children will read every day, in some shape or form, in class work. Each child will have a personal reading book. These will either be selected by the teacher from a structured reading scheme or selected by themselves from the fiction library where there are carefully graded selections of books appropriate to their level of ability and understanding. We aim to hear children read from their book regularly in order to develop confidence, fluency and expression. They are encouraged to show awareness of, and use punctuation to enhance expression. When tackling unknown words, children will be encouraged to implement a range of strategies including whole word recognition, application of phonic skills to word build, visual and contextual clues to make informed guesses and understanding of sentence structure to make sense of text.


Mathematics

By the end of Year Two we aim for the majority of children to be able to:

Using and Applying Mathematics
  • Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication or division in contexts of numbers, measures or pounds and pence.
  • Identify and record the information or calculation needed to solve a problem.
  • Carry out the steps or calculations and check the solution in the context of the problem.
  • Follow a line of enquiry; answer questions by choosing and using suitable equipment and selecting, organising and presenting information in lists, tables and simple diagrams.
  • Describe patterns and relationships involving numbers or shapes, make predictions and test these with examples.
  • Present solutions to problems in an organised way.
  • Explain decisions and methods in written, spoken or pictorial form using mathematical language and number sentences
Counting and Understanding Number
  • Read and write two-digit and three-digit numbers in figures and words.
  • Describe and extend number sequences and recognise odd and even numbers.
  • Count up to 100 objects by grouping them and counting in tens, fives or twos.
  • Explain what each digit in a two-digit number represents, including numbers where 0 is a place holder; partition two-digit numbers in different ways including into multiples of 10 and 1.
  • Order two-digit numbers and position them on a number line; use the greater than and less than signs.
  • Estimate a number of objects.
  • Round two-digit numbers to the nearest
Knowing and Using Number Facts
  • Derive and recall all addition and subtraction facts for each number to at least 10; all pairs of numbers with totals to 20; all pairs of multiples of 10 with totals up to 100 (mentally).
  • Understand that halving is the inverse of doubling and derive and recall doubles of all numbers to 20 and the corresponding halves.
  • Derive and recall multiplication facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and the related division facts.
  • Recognise multiples of 2, 5 and 10.
  • Use knowledge of number facts and operations to estimate and check answers.
Calculating
  • Add or subtract mentally a one-digit number or a multiple of 10 to or from any two-digit number; use practical and informal written methods to add and subtract two-digit numbers.
  • Understand that subtraction is the inverse of addition and vice versa; use this to derive and record related addition and subtraction number sentences.
  • Represent repeated addition and arrays as multiplication, and sharing and repeated subtraction (grouping) as division.
  • Use practical and informal written methods and related vocabulary to support multiplication and division, including calculations with remainders.
  • Use the symbols +, -, x, ÷ and = to record and interpret number sentences involving all four operations.
  • Calculate the value of an unknown number in a number sentence
Understanding Shape
  • Use mathematical names for common 2-D and 3-D shapes including pyramid, cylinder, pentagon, hexagon, octagon.
  • Sort shapes and describe features such as number of sides/corners, symmetry(2-D shapes) or shape of faces and number of faces, edges and corners(3-D shapes).
  • Identify shapes in pictures in different positions and orientations.
  • Identify reflective symmetry in patterns and 2-D shapes and draw lines of symmetry in shapes.
  • Follow and give instructions involving position, direction and movement.
  • Recognise and use whole, half and quarter turns, both clockwise and anticlockwise; know that a right angle represents a quarter turn.
Measuring
  • Estimate, compare and measure lengths, weights and capacities, choosing and using standard units (metres, centimetres, kilograms, grams, litres, millilitres) and suitable measuring instruments.
  • Read the numbered divisions on a scale and interpret the divisions between them (e.g. on a scale from 0 to 25 with intervals of one shown but only the divisions 0, 5, 10, 15 and 20 numbered); use a ruler to draw and measure lines to the nearest centimetre.
  • Use units of time (seconds, minutes, hours, days) and know the relationships between them.
  • Read the time to the hour, half an hour and quarter hour on an analogue and 12 hour digital clock; understand digital notation.
  • Identify time intervals, including those that cross the hour.
Handling Data
  • Answer a question by collecting and recording data in lists and tables.
  • Represent the data as block graphs or pictograms to show results; use ICT to organise and present data.
  • Use lists, tables and diagrams to sort objects; explain choices using appropriate language, including ‘not'.

Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, Drama and Music are all covered through our creatively designed Topic Work. In Year 2 the children will be researching the following areas:-

Enchanted Woodlands | PDF
Rainforests of the World | PDF


During the week your child will continue to take Swimming, Spanish, Art, Music, P.E. and Games with specialist teachers. Individual music lessons also start in Year 2.

Extra swimming and tennis lessons are available after school if required through our Activities

More information may be found in the ‘Parents' Handbook’ available to download on the Parents & Pupils page.

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