Year 2 Curriculum

Welcome to year 2!

In year 2 we start every day with Guided reading. The children each get a chance to read in a small group with the class teacher an TA and then complete a range of other reading or SPaG activities.

We then complete English, maths and phonics lessons during the morning. With some of these lessons being streamed across the year group or the whole key stage so that the children can receive specific and tailored support. We then focus on handwriting, spelling, punctuation and grammar in the afternoons to help us prepare for our SATS!
As a school we follow a creative curriculum whereby all of our subjects intertwine to incorporate English, Geography, Science, History, Art, DT, RE and PSHCE. We now have a focus on create real life, practical and problems to solve in our maths to give the children a context and broader understanding.

During the afternoons some children will receive specific interventions programmes run for identified children to help maximise their learning and to help improve confidence.

At the beginning of the year we bring our attention to Beatrix potter. We will start by looking at her most famous character, ‘Peter Rabbit’ where we will write our own adventure stories and instructions. We will then be investigating the illustrations and using water colours to create our own characters and then use maps to investigate Littlemore!
Our next topic is ‘In a kingdom far, far away’ where we will learn the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. We will then work to create our own fairy tales and then, after a visit to the Oxford Castle, we will create booklets about life in Castles. We will even be creating our own castles in groups using anything we can, investigating different ways of attaching materials and looking at their properties in science.

In the new year we will begin our ‘London’ topic. We will investigate the Great fire of London and create fact files all about London. We will then be going on a trip all the way to London to check our facts and add to our bank of knowledge.

In term 4 we will have a focus on Animals, looking at life cycles, habitats where we will create chronological reports about them. We will then look at A tadpoles promise by Jeanne Willis and use this to create our own funny stories. This will also be our last term before completing our SATS so we will be working very hard so that we can do our very best!

In term 5 our topic is ‘Dirty beards and Whiz popping potions’ where we will be creating our own Roald Dahl marvellous medicines and planning sneaky pranks to play on The Twits! This will be our first foray into writing longer stories and even spend a few weeks writing our own chapter story! We will also be growing our own plants and drawing our own illustrations in the style of Quentin Blake for our stories. This will also be our SATS term where we be formally assessed in reading, maths, spelling, punctuation and Grammar. Our writing will be assessed by our teachers and moderated across the school.

In term 6 we will be learning all about pirates. We will speak to Captain Pugwash and write our own Pirate Shanties to keep his spirits up. We will also look at the diet of a pirate and compare that to our own diets. As a treat, we will also be going swimming as part of a healthy diet!