Year 2 Curriculum





-Reads accurately by blending the sounds in words that contain the graphemes taught so far especially recognising alternative sounds for graphemes.

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

-Reads most words at an instructional level 93-95 per cent quickly and accurately without overt sounding and blending, when they have been frequently encountered.

-Reads aloud books closely matched to their improving phonic knowledge, sounding out unfamiliar words accurately, automatically and without undue hesitation.

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

Phonics: Continued teaching of how to read and write using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics document that is taught in reception and year 1. This is supported by the ‘Jolly Phonics’ and reinforcing the actions they have previously learnt for 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.


Composition: New Year’s Resolutions,newspaper articles and instruction writing.

Handwriting: Continued teaching of the lower and upper case letter formation using the scholastic handwriting scheme. Ensuring all letters and numbers are the correct way round. Starting to incorporate diagonal and horizontal flicks to letters in preparation for cursive handwriting in year 3.

Grammar, punctuation and vocabulary: Adverbs, verbs (present and past), regular past tense, using a dictionary, proof reading sentences and expanding sentences.

Spelling: Year 2 common exception words and sounds following the Jolly Phonics scheme: ie, oa, ue, k and er.



-Recap previous term’s learning: time, money, addition and subtraction, place value and problem solving.

Multiplication and Division:

-Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables.

-Identifying odd and even numbers.

-Calculate multiplication and division number sentences, using the correct signs.

-Show the multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order and division of one number by another cannot.

-Solve multiplication and division word problems, using arrays, mental methods and multiplication and division facts.


-Identify and describe the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

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

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



-Observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants.

-Find out and describe how plants need water, light and suitable temperatures to grow and stay healthy.

-Record results from a plant experiment in which different conditions have been set.


The Old and New Testament:

-Recognise religious stories

-Retell in any form a narrative that corresponds to the scriptures source used.

-Recognise key figures in the history of the People of God.

-Describe the life and work of some key figures in the history of the People of God.

-Recognise the difference between religious and non-religious stories.

-Talk about personal feelings and experiences.

-Respond to pictures and stories.

-Say what they wonder about.

-Ask questions and respond to them.




Groovy Gymnastics

-Remember and repeat simple gymnastic actions with control.

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

-Explore ways of travelling around on large apparatus.

-Choose and link together a variety of gymnastic actions to make a sequence.

Skip to the Beat

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

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

-Skip with control and balance.

Design &


Food Technology:

-Use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to design and make a healthy smoothie.

-Understand where food comes from.

-Explore and evaluate a range of ingredients and existing products.

-Explore equipment needed to make smoothie and know how to use these safely.



-How do colours change? Looking at primary and secondary colours – creating a colour wheel.

-Colours and moods – using different colours for warm and cool feelings and emotions.

-Observation walks around the school – what has changed? Create seasonal mood boards.

-Abstract artists – different styles of drawing/painting.

-Look into Jackson Pollock, Wassily Kandinsky and Robert Delaunay and how they use colour in their paintings.



-Following the Charanga primary music scheme for Year 2.

-Use adjectives to describe what they can hear about different musical elements e.g. tempo, instruments used.

-Understand the difference between rhythm and pulse and demonstrate this.

-Repeating simple rhythms over again.