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Year 2 - Curriculum

Dear Parents,

Below you will find the curriculum your child will be covering this Spring term (2023). Not all subjects are taught each term but are covered throughout the year. As a result of this planner, you may be able to discuss the areas with your child or do research together.

Spring Term


  • Christmas: I know the story of Christmas from the annunciation to the flight into Egypt. I will be able to trace the journey of Mary and Joseph on a map and understand some of the difficulties faced by Mary and Joseph. I understand why their journeys to Bethlehem and Egypt were important.
  • Parables and miracles: I know that Jesus was able to change things through miracles. I know how the Church carries on Jesus’ work of healing through the Sacrament of the sick. I know the parable of the talents and the message it gives. I know the parable of the Prodigal Son and the message it gives. I can write a simple parable of my own.
  • Lent and Holy Week: I know that Lent is a season of forgiveness. I know that Jesus taught his disciples to be forgiving. I begin to understand the meaning behind the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I know the story of Palm Sunday. I can recognise and link the words of Jesus at the Last Supper and the words used in Mass. I know the story of Good Friday.


  • Instructions
  • Longer narrative (extended stories/significant authors)
  • Poetry (Really looking)
  • Longer narrative 2 (extended stories/significant authors)
  • Information texts

On going

  • Phonics/Spellings, Guided Reading, Grammar, Handwriting


  • Multiplication and division: Calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (x), division (÷) and equals (=) sign.
    Solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods and multiplication and division facts, including problems in contexts.
  • Statistics: Interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables.
    Ask and answer simple questions by counting the number of objects in each category and sorting the categories by quantity.
    Ask and answer questions about totalling and comparing categorical data.
  • Geometry: Properties of Shape: Identify and describe the properties of 2D shapes, including the number of sides and line symmetry in a vertical line. Identify and describe the properties of 3D shapes, including the number of edges, vertices and faces. Identify 2D shapes on the surface of 3D shapes, [for example, a circle on a cylinder and a triangle on a pyramid]. Compare and sort common 2D and 3D shapes and everyday objects. Order and arrange combinations of mathematical objects.
  • Fractions: Recognise, find, name and write fractions, , and of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity. Write simple fractions for example, ½ of 6 = 3 Recognise the equivalence of different fractions.
    Time at the beginning or end of the term for consolidation, gap filling, seasonal activities, assessments, etc.


  • Electricity: We will describe how electricity is a form of energy and create our own circuits. Children will identify the dangers of electricity. 
  • Plants: Observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants and find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.


  • Team/ Invasion Games: improve and apply their basic skills in games, play games that demand simple choices and decisions on how to use space to avoid opponents, keep the ball and score points and think about how to use skills, strategies and tactics to outwit the opposition.

Thematic Curriculum

(includes: History, Geography, ICT, Music, Art, D+T and PSHE)

(includes: History, Geography, ICT, Music, Art, D+T and PSHE)

  • Art - Portraits: Describing and comparing portraits by Rembrandt Van Rijn and Picasso. Investigating the painting style of Cubism. Creating our own self-portraits based on styles and artists we have investigated.
  • Geography - Northern Europe: Locating the countries of Northern Europe on a map. Describing and comparing the physical and human features of Northern Europe. Investigating climate, migration and animals within Northern Europe.
  • History - The Romans:  Analysing the Romans and describing how the invasion affected Britain. Observing and sorting evidence into chronological order and comparing Britain before and after the Roman invasion.
  • PRE:
    Healthy Me
    Healthy eating, looking after my body, the importance of keeping clean and medicine safety.
    Dreams and Goals Positive me, setting dreams and goals, aiming high, the importance of keeping money safe and saving money


Reading practice
Maths missions / Timetables Rock Stars


Given out on a Monday and tested on the following Monday.

Autumn Term


Old Testament: Know a range of stories from the Old Testament including the story of Noah, Abraham and Isaac and Jonah and their important messages.
Advent: Describe the advent wreath and explain how it helps us prepare for Christmas, and know the story of John the Baptist.
Christmas and Special Celebrations: Sequence events in the Christmas story from The Annunciation to the Flight into Egypt, Know the ways in which the church celebrates the major seasons in the liturgical year, Know that baptism is the first of the seven sacraments and it is a welcoming celebration into the church, Know some of the rituals that take place in marriage.


  • Character description
  • Stories with familiar settings
  • Poems-patterns
  • Traditional stories
  • Non-chronological reports

On going

  • Phonics/Spellings
  • Guided Reading
  • Grammar and Handwriting.


Number: Count in steps of 2, 3 and 5 from 0 and in tens from any number, forward and backward.
Recognise the place value of each digit in a two digit number (tens, ones)
Compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs.

Addition and Subtraction: Recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100.
Solve problems with addition and subtraction: using concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measures; applying their increasing knowledge of mental and written methods.

Measurement-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 in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change.

Multiplication and division:Calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (x), division (÷) and equals (=) sign.
Solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods and multiplication and division facts, including problems in contexts.


The Human Body: Children will look at some systems that operate within our bodies including the skeletal system, the muscular system, the digestive system and the circulatory system. They will begin to understand the important scientific concept of interconnection and will recognise that a system is a group of parts that work together, in a connected way, to create a function. Children will learn that our skeletons give our body shape, protect vital organs and help us to move. They will look at the shape of different bones in our body and begin to recognise their function. Children will also recognise that muscles have many important roles within our body, helping us to move and holding our skeletons together.
Living Things and their environments: Children will explore and compare the differences between things that are living and dead. Children will know what a habitat is, identify different habitats and describe how different habitats provide for the needs of different kinds of animals and plants. Using scientific vocabulary children will describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.


Hit Catch Run

  • Children will develop their hitting skills using different equipment, such as bats.
  • They will practise their feeding and bowling skills, developing their confidence gradually and beginning to do so at varying distances.
  • They will also begin to look at hitting and running in order to score points in games.


  • Children will learn to become more confident at controlling their actions and become more consistent using basic movements, as well as working at different speeds and levels.
  • They will begin to challenge themselves, by creating and performing simple sequences while developing their strength and flexibility.
  • They will also begin to discuss performances, transitions and links in gymnastics, using some simple gymnastic scoring elements.

Thematic Curriculum

(includes: History, Geography, ICT, Music, Art, D+T and PSHE)


  • Ancient Egypt
  • History of world religions


  • Spatial Sense


  • Colour and Shape
  • Shape, Colour and Texture


  • Being in my world - British Value link- The Rule of Law, individual liberty and democracy
  • Celebrating difference - British Value link- Mutual respect and individual liberty


  • Reading
  • Maths missions


Spellings and Maths missions are given out on a Friday and are tested the following Friday.

Year 2 Class Blog

Hi! Welcome to Year 2’s ‘Twitter Takeover Thursday’.
We hope you enjoy seeing what we have been getting up to!

We have been busy taking part in the NCETM’s Mastering Number programme. We have been using the rekenreks to recap our number bonds up to 10. We use the rekenreks to help us see the number bonds.

In art, we have been studying the work of Paul Klee. Today, we focussed on the piece called ‘Three Houses’ and the use of geometric shapes. We were inspired! Check out our work!

We love to use technology! However, we understand that we must be safe when using it. In our computing sessions, we have been discussing who to talk to if we are ever unsure about anything.

We have loved celebrating The Season of Creation.

We hope you enjoyed year 2’s twitter takeover. See you soon!