Year 2 Curriculum Coverage
|Subject: Art and Design
We use a range of materials (pencils, paint, pastels) to develop our observational and imaginative drawing skills. We use Paper Mache, plasticine and clay to create 3d models and representations. Art and Design also gives us an opportunity to learn independently and collaborate with others. In Year 2 children are able to access drawing and painting materials as part of the continuous provision.
|Subject: Design and Technology
Design and technology offers us an opportunity to investigate materials and how to join them effectively. As part of our travel and transport topic we learn how to design and make moving vehicles. We begin to evaluate and think of ways we can improve our designs and models.
We learn about famous inventors and explorers (Isaambard Kingdom Brunel, Henry Ford, George Stephenson and real and fictional Pirates) through our travel and transport topics. Looking carefully at clues we explore how transport has changed over the years. We also learn about famous historical events like Bonfire night, Remembrance day, the Great Fire of London and the Plague. During our history topics we learn about when events took place to develop our understanding of time.
A range of resources are used to develop our geographical skills. We use a range of maps and develop our map skills and geographical vocabulary (North, South, East, West, hill, coastline). Our travel and transport topic gives us an opportunity to compare different countries to our own locality. We begin to develop our understanding of cultural diversity and what other places are like.
We learn to sing songs and use our voice as a musical instrument. The children also learn the importance of looking after their voices by warming up properly before singing. They sometimes perform learnt songs in front of an audience and sing well-known songs with their class teacher. Children sometimes use simple percussion instruments as accompaniments to a song or piece of music.
As part of keeping healthy PE allows children take part in a range of physical activities including; dance, gymnastics and games. In dance we explore how to move in time to a range of musical genres and link movements to create a performance. In gymnastics we learn how to travel and balance using our bodies safely. Games are regularly played both indoor and outdoor. We learn skills to play tennis, hockey and other ball games.
In Year 2 we follow the Sheffield agreed syllabus in RE. We begin to look at similarities between the main religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism) and learn about important festivals and celebrations.
|Subject: PSHE & Citizenship
Personal, social and health education (PSHE) develops children’s knowledge, skills and understanding about leading confident, healthy and independent lives. In Year 2 we encourage pupils to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community through school councils and fundraising events. Our pupils are given opportunities in PSHE and SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) lessons and assemblies to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our diverse society.
In computing we cover a range of units and develop a number of skills including word processing, using pictures, animation, finding information and inputting simple instructions to create movement. The children learn how to save and retrieve their work. E-safety (how to keep safe when using the internet) is also emphasised during computing lessons.
Science in Year 2 is practical and investigative. We build upon and develop topics from year 1 as we decide how to plan a fair test. We begin to understand the importance of science in our everyday lives. Field work helps us to understand the variation of animals and minibeasts in our local environment and we begin to learn about the life cycle of these. We also learn about the important role that plants have in our environment and how to care for them.
In Year 2 children develop their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills through daily English and Phonics lessons. We follow the Letters and Sounds Phonics programme in school. We also provide opportunities for children to develop these skills through continuous provision.
Speaking and Listening
Speaking and listening plays an important role in developing your child’s reading and writing skills. We encourage the children to speak in full sentences and begin to explain their answers to questions. Talk Partner opportunities are used in class to enable children to share and discuss ideas before a class discussion. In Year 2 we use story maps with actions to retell familiar stories.
The children are given opportunities to read a range of fiction and non-fiction books.
Word recognition skills are developed to encourage fluent, confident reading in Year 2. Small group guided reading sessions with a teacher give the children opportunities to discuss and understand a shared text.
How you can support your child’s reading: read regularly to your child and encourage them to read to you everyday. Ask your child questions about the book they have read, for example, who was your favourite character? Can you retell the story? What facts have you learnt from reading this book?
In Year 2 children continue to develop their understanding and use of punctuation when writing sentences. As the children’s awareness of the reader develops we encourage the children to write more complex sentences using adjectives and adverbs. We use a range of spelling strategies to ensure that spellings of high frequency words and de-codable words are spelt accurately.
In Year 2 your child will learn to write: simple stories, recounts, instructions, non-chronological reports, riddles and poems.
In Year 2 they learn how to punctuate their sentences correctly using full stops, exclamation marks and question marks. We also learn about the different types of sentences and how to use them in our writing. In Year 2 we learn the different word types like adverbs, adjectives, nouns, verbs and expanded noun phrases. We then use these in our writing.
Useful websites to help your child develop their skills and understanding:
This link is for a website where you can hear the sounds being made. The sounds are in the order that we teach them.
Phonics games (some free some subscription only).
Maths is taught in Year 2 on a daily basis. The lessons extend existing understanding and skills and introduce new concepts through out the year. The key learning objectives below are revisited regularly through out the year.
Numbers and the Number System
This area includes counting to 100 and beyond, reading and writing numbers, place value, ordering numbers, 1 more 1 less, 10 more 10 less, counting on and back in 1s, 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s starting from a range of numbers, odd and even numbers, doubling and halving, number bonds to 10, 20 and 100.
The children continue to develop their addition and subtraction skills working with 2-digit numbers. The children begin to develop their multiplication and division skills. The children use the different vocabulary for each operation for example:
addition – add, total, altogether, more than, plus
subtraction – take away, subtract, less than, minus, difference between
multiplication – lots of, times, repeated addition
division – shared by, how many in, repeated subtraction, divide
In Year 2 the children begin to show how they have found the answer by drawing their own number lines.
Shape, space and Measures
This area includes: time (analogue clock to five minute intervals), naming 2D and 3D shapes and their properties, finding half and one quarter of shapes, symmetry, using measuring equipment to compare capacity, length and weight (mass)
Through problem solving lessons and role play the children are also challenged to apply their skills to real life problems such as money; for example paying and giving change.
Useful websites to help your child develop their skills and understanding: