Year 2 Curriculum



-Reads accurately by blending the sounds in words that contain the graphemes taught so far and start to recognise alternative sounds for graphemes.

-Read accurately words of two or more syllables that contain the same graphemes as above.

-Read aloud books closely matched to their improving phonic knowledge, sounding out unfamiliar words accurately.

-Re-read these books to build up their fluency and confidence in word reading.



Continued teaching of the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics document: supported by ‘Jolly Phonics’ and actions they have previously learnt for sounds.

-Recapping previous phase 5 sounds and introducing the new sounds: ‘ie,’ ‘oa,’ ‘ue,’ ‘k,’ ‘er’ and ‘oi’ sounds.



-Answer simple questions about familiar and unfamiliar books.

-Explain what has happened so far in what they have read.

-Start to make inferences based on what they have read.

-Make predictions about characters and story lines.



Following the Scholastic Handwriting scheme:

-Continue using new vocabulary – ‘ascenders and descenders.’

Writing Composition:

 Following ‘The Write Stuff’ approach:


-Story Writing – Stardust

      Writing for different purposes.

      Writing narratives about personal experiences and those of others (fictional)

      Planning or saying out loud what they are going to write about.

      Writing down ideas or key words including new vocabulary.


-Instruction Writing (linked to Design and Technology)

      Writing for different purposes.

      Use of year 2 punctuation: commas in a list, question marks.

      Use of different sentence structures.


Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling:

Following the Jolly Grammar Scheme -


-Verbs ‘to be’ present,

-Regular past tense,

-Practise using a dictionary,

-Proofreading sentences,

-Verb ‘to be’ past.



-Recap the 2D shapes and their properties including lines of symmetry.

-Identify and describe the properties of 3D shapes, including number of edges, vertices and faces.

-Identify 2D shapes on the surface of 3D shapes.

-Compare and sort common 2D and 3D shapes and everyday objects.


-Count in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10 from 0 and in tens from any number, forward or backward.

-Recall and use multiplication facts for 2, 5 and 10 times tables, recognising odd and even numbers.

-Solve one-step problems involving multiplication and division, by calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictorial representations and arrays with the support of the teacher.


-Recap previous skills learnt in Autumn term – addition and subtraction, measurement, time, place value and money.

Vocabulary: Faces, vertices, edges, sides, cuboid, pyramid, cube, prism, sphere, properties, operation, multiple, inverse, divide, array, share.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Following PATHS scheme of learning:

-Recap and explore previous reception and year 1 feelings.

-Continue exploring of comfortable; curious, interested, fine, hopeful, safe, surprised and uncomfortable; ashamed, bored, embarrassed, lonely, shy and surprised feelings.

-Sharing experiences and listening to others.

-Identifying examples of certain feelings and how we may deal with these.

-Coping strategies including the use of the traffic light system and turtle time.



The Old and New Testament:

-Recognise key people in the history of the People of God

-Recognise religious stories – New and Old Testament

-Recognise Religious beliefs

-Say what they wonder about and ask questions.


Testament, Bible, Chosen People, Good News, Moses, Abraham, Sarah, right, wrong, morality, decisions, kindness, behaviour, choices.

Linked Texts:

-The Good Samaritan

-Moses and the Story of Passover

-The Story of Abraham and Sarah


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Following the ‘Rising Stars’ PE Scheme:

Skip to the Beat:

-To perform skipping moves with agility, balance and co-ordination.

-Consolidate skipping techniques.

-Explore different ways of jumping/hopping with balance and accuracy.

-To skip with control and balance

-Demonstrate good technique which skipping and be able to observe and comment on others’ performances.

-To improve overall fitness levels.


Groovy Gymnastics:

-To remember and repeat simple gymnastic actions with control.

-Learn to perform balances and movements, and combine them into a routine.

-Recap travel, points and patches and shapes and travelling moves from Year 1.

-To balance on isolated parts of the body using the floor and hold balance.

-Safely use equipment – benches and mats to develop sequences.


Vocabulary: balance, co-ordination, movement, travelling, sequences, perform, evaluate, control, hopping, skipping, jumping, technique, points and patches.




Christopher Columbus/Neil Armstrong/Amelia Earhart/Ernest Shackleton/George Vancouver (local explorer)  -

-Study the lives of significant individuals in the past and present and compare and contrast aspects of their lives.

-Identify significant historical events, people and places. 

-Identify events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.

-Create a timeline of significant individuals and place their contributions to national and international achievements on it.

-Explore similarities and differences in the methodology of explorations.


 Vocabulary: Explorers, significant, timeline, past, present, methods of travel, exploration, adventures, achievements, local, events, countries, oceans, continents, space.



Locational Knowledge:

-Name and locate the world’s 7 continents and 5 oceans

-Understanding the terms ‘continent’ and ‘sea’.

-Understand that a world map shows all the countries in the world.

-Identify the UK and the countries where members of the class come from.


Human and Physical Geography:

-Identify the location of hot and cold areas in the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles.


Vocabulary: United Kingdom, oceans, seas, countries, capital cities, continents, world, map, atlas, equator, South Pole, North Pole, Wales, Scotland, Northern Island, features, land, water, hot and cold.



Effective Searching:

-To understand the terminology associated with searching.

-To gain better understanding of searching on the internet.

-To create a leaflet to help someone search for information on the internet.


Vocabulary: Internet, search engine, presentation, Google, effective searching.

Design & Technology


Smoothie Making:

-Understanding where food comes from.

-Identifying the different food groups and the importance of a balanced and varied diet.

-Using basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to make a drink.

-Plan, design and prepare fruit and vegetables to create a healthy smoothie.


Vocabulary: Carbohydrates, protein, fruit, vegetables, fats, dairy, nutrients, healthy, drink, smoothie, prepare, design, evaluate.



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Covered in Spring 2