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Year 2 - Curriculum

Dear Parents,

Below you will find the curriculum your child will be covering this Summer 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.

Summer Term


  • Easter and Pentecost - When the children return to school they will study the Easter unit of work. They will explore the resurrection of Jesus and what this meant for the world. The children will then hear about the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost
  • Our Church - The children will know that the church is a holy place of worship and they will identify holy objects found in a church.
  • The Mass - In this unit the children know the importance of Mass. They learn about each part and become familiar with the order of mass and know that it is a celebration of the Eucharist.



  • Fables - We will use the fable ‘The Hare and the Tortoise’ to plan and write our own fables.

  • Non-chronological reports - Children will be writing non-chronological reports linking to our science topic ‘astronomy’.

  • Recounts


  • Length and Height - The children will use a variety of medium to explore measurement. They will compare length and height along with measuring accurately in cm and metres. They will also compare, and order lengths and problem solve.

  • Geometry: Position and Direction - The children will investigate position. They will begin to describe movements and turns. They will then make patterns with shapes.

  • Time - The children will learn how to tell the time. They will practise telling the time to the hour, half hour, quarter hour and to the nearest 5 minutes. They will know hours, days and durations of time.

  • Mass, capacity and temperature - In this unit the children will measure and compare mass in grams and kilo grams. They will explore capacity and volume in litres and millilitres. They will understand temperature and know how it is recorded.


  • Materials and their matter - In this unit, pupils will study George de Mestral and will find out how he developed Velcro. Pupils will learn how he needed to test the properties of materials in order to find something suitable for his invention. They will look at images of Velcro under a microscope.
  • Astronomy - The children will be introduced to the planets of our solar system, and will begin to understand orbit and rotation. They will begin to understand why there is life on earth, but not similar life on other planets. Teachers will demonstrate how light from the sun gives us day, and how the rotation of the earth gives us night.


  • Send and Return - We are going to be working on our throwing and catching skills. We are going to be working on our fielding skills and working as a team.
  • Attack, Defend and Shoot - We are going to be focusing on our ball control. We are going to work on passing and target practice (attacking and defending).

Thematic Curriculum

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

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


  • Murals and Tapestries - We will explore the work of Michelangelo, Paula Rego and Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Medieval Art in England - We will look at Anglo-Saxon designs, illuminated manuscripts and The Bayeux Tapestry.


  • The British Isles - We will be building on our knowledge from year 1 and exploring the British Isles in depth. We are going to identify capital cities and flags. We are going to look at a range of maps and learn that different maps show us different things.


  • Anglo-Saxons and Vikings - We are going to investigate Anglo-Saxon England using different sources. We will understand that there are five main Anglo- Saxon kingdoms that often fought. We will learn about the way of life for the Anglo-Saxons. We will create a timeline to show the invasion of the Vikings.


  • Relationships - Families, friendships, conflicts with friends, trust and appreciation.

  • Changing me - Life cycles in nature, young to old and boys and girls bodies.


  • Reading
  • Maths Missions / Timetables Rock Stars
  • Spellings


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

Year 2 Class Blog

14th Jun

Hello and welcome to year 2’s Twitter takeover!

We love to read! We read everywhere! We have been enjoying the sun.


In DT we have been working on our sewing skills. Look at our concentrating faces!


We have been looking at solids and liquids in science. We completed an investigation about ice and how it changes from a solid to a liquid.


We love P.E! We’ve had so much fun doing our lessons outside.

Thank you for joining us! Year 4 will be here next to share their learning.



20th Apr

Hello and welcome to year 2’s takeover! We have already been very busy! Check out what we’ve been doing. 😊

We started our week off by changing our altar cloth to white. We explained that we are in a the season of celebration because it is Eastertide.


In English, we have been using Talk for Writing to learn our new text ‘The Hare and the Tortoise’. We used lots of actions and expression to make our storytelling exciting.


We love to read! Miss Ganley has a special basket with books she recommends, we can always help ourselves to a good book. Check out our reading display it includes some vocabulary that we have been learning. We have also started our new class text ‘The Folk of the Faraway Tree’.


In Geography we have been busy studying The British Isles. We have been using atlases to locate the countries and capitals within The British Isles.


In personal and relationships education we have been discussing families. We discussed why families are important and how our families support us. We drew our families and wrote down how they help us. ❤️


We wanted to share our beautiful display based on our last class book ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’. We did book reviews, poems and art work. We love to read!

Thank you for joining us today. Year 3 will be here next week for another fantastic takeover Thursday. 😊👍 



16th Feb

Hello! Welcome to Year 2’s Twitter Takeover! 

We have been super busy in computing learning how to log on and off the laptops. Next half term, we are looking forwards to doing some coding!

Today, we have been learning about The Holy Trinity. We used a shamrock to represent God as three in one. We have cut out our shamrocks ready to create a class display.

In science we have been learning about electricity. We have built circuits using wires, bulbs, batteries and switches.

Check out this independent writing! We have been writing diary entries. Look at the beautiful handwriting.

Year 2 have been busy planning and leading prayer and liturgy. Thank you children for being so considerate to those around the world.


Money is our current topic in maths. We have been adding coins and notes together to find a total. Check out the photos of some of the children who had ordered coins by their value.


Thank you for joining us for another takeover Thursday. We hope that you enjoyed looking at our fantastic learning.



8th Dec

Welcome to year 2’s ‘Twitter Takeover’! We are excited to show you how busy we have been.

We are enjoying preparing during the season of Advent. Dan and Emily are helping us prepare everyday for Jesus. Thank you


We have been busy in Design and Technology. We have designed and created a Christmas decoration and Christmas card for our families.


In maths, we have been using column method to add two 2-digit numbers. We love maths!


During our R.E lesson this week we acted our the story of ‘The Birth of John the Baptist’. We discussed the thoughts and feelings of Zechariah and used expression to tell the story to our friends.


This week we narrated the Key Stage One Nativity. We all spoke so confidently. All of our families and teachers were so proud of us.


We love reading! Check us out reading our class text ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’ by Jill Tomlinson.

Thank you for joining us for year 2’s ‘Twitter Takeover’. We hope you enjoyed seeing some photos of what we have been doing in school.



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!