Year 2

Curriculum Overview for Year 2

 

Please click the button below for a termly overview of the curriculum topics that will be covered in Year 2.


 

Curriculum Information for Parents

The table below provides a more detailed overview of the curriculum, the specific topics to be covered, as well as practical ideas to help support your child’s learning at home.

SUBJECT OVERVIEW OF LEARNING IDEAS FOR LEARNING AT HOME
MATHS Place Value: Read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words; recognise place value of each digit in a two digit number; identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations including the number line; compare and order numbers 0 -100; use <, > and = signs.; use place value and number facts to solve problems; count in steps of 2, 3 and 5 from 0, and in tens from any number, forward and backward.

Addition & subtraction: Recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20, derive and use related facts up to 100; add and subtract numbers mentally and using objects/pictures; show that the addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot; solve problems with addition and subtraction using objects and pictures and apply their increasing knowledge of mental and written methods; recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.

Money: Recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p); combine amounts to make a particular value; find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money; solve simple problems including giving change.

Multiplication & division: Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, including recognising odd and even numbers; calculate within the times tables using the x, ÷ and = signs; show that the multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and division of one number by another cannot; solve problems using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods and multiplication and division facts,

Encourage your children to practise their times tables at home as this will significantly benefit their learning in various areas of Maths. Remember, your child has a login for Times Tables Rock Stars, which is a great online resource and app to help increase speed in answering multiplication questions.

 

Why not use some spare change to help your child to make different amounts of money, or make the same amount of money in lots of different ways.

ENGLISH Year 2 will be reading the book by A. A. Milne about the many adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh in the first half of this term, finding out about the world’s favourite bear. We will be reading stories in which Pooh gets into a tight place, nearly catches a woozle, and discovers the wrong sort of honey – amongst other things! The children will be discussing the characters and events and describing various characters from the book, learning the meaning of new words and improving their vocabulary. They will be retelling familiar stories from the book, practising writing in the first person, writing in character as Winnie-the-Pooh and learning to use exclamation sentences as well as including a range of conjunctions in their writing. Towards the end of the book, we will be writing a letter to Eeyore to try and cheer him up, and finally inventing our own adventure for Winnie-the-Pooh, with a new character who comes to the Hundred Acre Wood.

We will then make friends with another bear – this time one from Darkest Peru! The classic story by Michael Bond, A Bear Called Paddington, will inspire and extend our learning about story-telling and setting description, as well as linking with our history topic about The Great Fire of London, so we can compare the London Paddington knows with London in 1666. Who knows?! We may even receive a letter from Paddington asking us to write back and tell him about the history of London!

Other bear stories we love:

SCIENCE Healthy Me’ This term we will be thinking about how to keep our bodies and minds healthy. The children will learn more about what kinds of foods help us to stay healthy, why exercise is good for us, why personal hygiene is important to keep us healthy and how to keep ourselves safe and happy. They will be gathering and recording data about their favourite healthy snacks, writing instructions for a keep fit playground game and linking to art by creating their own self-portraits.

‘Materials Monster’ In this topic, the children will be identifying and comparing the suitability of a variety of everyday materials. They will look at materials in our environment and investigate the properties of everyday materials – are they squashable, bendable, twistable, stretchable, waterproof? They will use their observations and findings to compare the suitability of different materials for different purposes. They will also learn about basic recycling processes and how recycling can benefit our environment.

This is a great website for simple science experiments to do together at home:

http://www.sciencefun.org/kidszone/experiments

 

HISTORY ‘Children and Toys Past and Present’ The children will further develop their awareness and understanding of the past by investigating toys from different time periods within living memory. They will use a variety of sources to help them compare toys, thinking about the similarities and differences between them and what this tells us about how children lived and played in the past compared to the present day.

‘The Great Fire of London’ In this topic the children will be thinking about a significant event and person from beyond living memory. They will ask the question how do know about the great fire of London when it happened so long ago and use a variety of sources, including Samuel Pepys’ diary, to find out how and why the fire started and how it spread. They will investigate the way people lived at that time and be able to describe how London has changed, including its buildings, people and transport.

You could talk about the toys you played with when you were a child, as well as grandparents’ toys, thinking about the similarities and differences between them.
GEOGRAPHY

 

In our geography learning this term we will revisit our knowledge of the countries and capital cities of the UK and extend this to include other key locations and well-known physical and human landmarks, such as major cities, rivers, mountains coastal areas and islands. The children will continue to practise using an atlas effectively and the compass points to describe the location. They will also compare aerial and ground photographs of different places.
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY In conjunction with their history topic about toys, the children will be investigating, designing, creating and evaluating their own soft toy. This will take the form of either a hand puppet or a stuffed toy. The children will be developing their skills in using templates to cut fabric to the correct size, using a needle and thread to secure the fabric in position, and being creative with materials to make different features on their toy. Perhaps your child could practise the skills they have learnt at school to make a puppet or soft toy for a younger sibling or a friend for Christmas.
RE Firstly this term, the children will learn about Hinduism. They will find out where and when Hinduism was founded and learn about some of the main beliefs, including the different gods and goddesses Brahma, Vishnu, Parvati and Ganesha. They will also learn about the Hindu temple and holy books and will find out about different festivals such as Diwali and how Hindus celebrate these. As we approach Christmas, the children will learn about the symbols of light in the Christmas story (star, angels) and other ways in which light is used as a symbol at Christmas (halo, candles). They will learn about the Christingle symbol and its meaning and will be encouraged to reflect on their own feelings and experiences about light. There are some lovely videos and stories about Hinduism on the BBC Bitesize website.

Perhaps you could make Christingles together at home and ask your child to explain to you what the different parts of it symbolise. Details of Christingle services will be on your local church websites.

PE In our PE lessons the children will be exploring throwing and catching. They will learn how to throw a ball/beanbag with accuracy, how to catch a ball/beanbag with some control and develop their awareness of space. The children will also be observing, describing and copying what others are doing and will be learning how to work collaboratively with a partner.

The children will also be exploring creative play with an aim of creating their own outdoor games. The children will learn how to work collaboratively in a group. They will also develop their decision making, problem solving and thinking skills. With our gymnastics coach, the children will be practising controlling and performing a range of balances and jumps.

Please ensure that your child remembers to bring their PE kit every Monday. We will be outside in all weathers (within reason) so warm tracksuit, waterproof, hat and gloves are also needed as we head into winter.
PSHE

 

Linking with their science topic, the children will begin the term learning about how to keep their bodies healthy. This includes healthy eating and exercise as well as emotional wellbeing. This will include work around individuality as well as learning about the different emotions we might feel. This will lead on to learning techniques to manage our feelings and who we can talk to about these. Find out more about anti-bullying week at:

www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week

MUSIC The children will learn a range of songs, chants and rhymes – singing with confidence and enjoyment. They will practise being able to stand still and sing sensitively or sing louder and with movement when appropriate and to listen carefully to others when they perform, offering positive feedback on what they see/hear. All children will have the opportunity to sing on the microphone. After half term, the children will be working towards their nativity performance and the whole school Christmas carol service. The KS1 nativity for parents will be on 12th December at 2:15pm.

Our Christmas carol service at All Saint’s Church will be on 19th December at 10am.

Please come along to both if you can.

COMPUTING We will start the year thinking about how to keep ourselves safe online by understanding that being safe when they visit websites is similar to staying safe in real life; learning to recognize websites that are good for them to visit and recognising if they should ask an adult they trust before they visit a particular website. Over the term, the children will be practising and developing their key skills such as changing the font style, size and colour, using the cursor (arrow) keys for simple on screen editing and importing graphics. They will use also Powerpoint to present research linked to their history topic.

 

Please encourage your child to be safe when online and keep an eye on our facebook and twitter pages for advice to parents regarding online safety for children. Use apps that support their learning. There are lots of amazing free apps and websites!