Year 2

Kestrel, Kingfisher and Kookaburra

Value of the Month


“Treat people the way you want to be treated. Talk to people the way that you want to be talked to. Respect is earned not given”



Spring Term Curriculum 2024


Week beginning:


Monday 8th January

TAD day


Tuesday 9th January – children return to school

In English, we will be looking at instructional writing, specifically linking to recipe writing. We will use the book Carla’s Sandwich to help us with this. We will be remembering how to use time connectives, exploring the use of imperatives and writing in chronological order. 

In Maths we will be starting a new unit of work – Money. Children will build upon their existing knowledge and learn to recognise coins based on their real-life experience. Children will build upon their previous knowledge from place value, and addition and subtraction, to find the total value of a set of coins up to £1. Children should continue to learn their 2, 5 and 10 times tables to help with this unit of work. 

In Science, the children will be reviewing what they already know about uses of everyday material. In addition to this, the children will be describing physical properties of a variety of everyday materials.

Monday 15th January 


Friday 19th January – first group of year 2 children to attend the Ragged Museum!

In English, we will start to read The Great Race, which details the story of the Luna New Year. We will be focusing on descriptive writing using a wide range of adjectives and how to build both simple and compound sentences.

In Maths, we will continue learning about Money. The children will learn to unpick 2-step word problems involving money, including how to calculate change from coins and notes. 

In Science the children will be identifying and describing the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including, wood, metal, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses.

In History we begin learning about famous people who have made an impact on the world. We will learn about individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements and have helped to make the world a better place.

Monday 22nd January 



Thursday 25th January – second group of year 2 children to attend the Ragged Museum!

In English, we will continue with The Great Race. This week the children will learn to innovate a part of the story.  We will encourage the children to write creatively to alter the story and use a wide range of descriptive writing techniques. 

In Maths, we will begin our next unit of work – Multiplication and Division. The children will begin to recognise equal groups and make the connection between multiplication and repeated addition. This will be followed by making equal groups and adding equal groups together. 

In History, we continue to explore a wide range of diverse male and female individuals, who have made an impact on the world. We will also learn about those individuals, who have made significant contributions to women’s rights. 

In Science the children will be finding out how the shapes of solid objects can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.


Monday 29th January



Wednesday 31st January – Year 2 Book Look at 3pm. 

In English, we move onto a text called Nen and the lonely Fisherman. The children will continue to build upon their descriptive writing and remember how to use techniques such as alliteration, similes and imagery. The story explores themes of hope, friendship and the important message of protecting our oceans. 

In Maths, we will continue with Multiplication and Division. Children will learn how multiplication is commutative and identify multiplication sentences, including the multiplication symbol.

In RWE, we will learn about customs and traditions around the Luna New Year and identify how people celebrate significant events in their lives. We will discuss similarities and differences that we share within our cultures and faiths. 

In Science the children will test the properties of materials for particular uses e.g., compare the stretchiness if fabrics to select the most appropriate for Elastigirl’s costume.

Monday 5th February 

Mental Health

Awareness Week

Friday 9th February – Valentines Disco!

Saturday 10th

February- the start of Luna New Year.

In the final week before half term, we continue with Nen and the lonely Fisherman in English.  

In Maths and in Multiplication and Division, the children will use arrays to calculate and represent multiplication. Children will begin exploring division through the concept of grouping, before moving onto sharing. 

In Science the children will test materials for waterproofness and select the most appropriate for a rain hat.

In DT we will be learning how to prepare fruit and vegetables to make a product. Children will design, make and evaluate a fruit salad.

Wider Curriculum 

In Reading (Guided Reading), The children will continue to read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts to help develop the reading skills of prediction, inference, questioning, clarifying, summarising and evaluating. 


In Music, the children will be learning Folksongs. Children will focus on staff notation, composition and instrumentation. 


In PE lessons with the class teacher, the children will be learning about Fitness and Circuits to develop strength, balance, coordination, teamwork and stamina.  With PE staff, the children will develop their control, flexibility, agility and coordination in gymnastics.


In Computing, we will be learning all about programming, including robot algorithms and designing algorithms.


In PSHE, we will be learning about our Dreams and Goals. 

The children will explore setting realistic goals and how they can achieve them. They will discuss perseverance when they find things difficult as well as recognising their strengths as a learner. The children will also consider group work and reflect on with whom they work well and with whom they don’t. They will reflect on sharing success with other people.  

Half Term

Monday 19th February


In English, we will be reading a story called The Water Princess. The story highlights the significance of water for people in other parts of the world and the journeys some individuals must take. Children will learn how to use subordination to create more complex sentences when writing about the story. 

 In Maths, we begin a new unit about Length and Height. Children will learn to measure in centimetres and metres, order and compare lengths and heights and solve problems with all four operations.

In Geography, we will be learning and understanding the main differences between our own lives and the lives of those in a small village in Sierra Leone, such as schools, climate and physical features.

In Science we move onto a new unit entitled: Living things and their habitats. Children will learn to describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, as well as identify and name a variety of plants and animals



Monday 26th  February

In English we will continue reading The Water Princess

In Maths, we continue to explore Length and Height.

In Science, the children will be exploring, comparing and classifying things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive.

In Geography, children will be able to explain the main differences between their own lives and a small village in Sierra Leone, specifically linking to rivers, drought and food.

Monday 4th March


Friday 8th March – World Book Day!

In English, we begin reading and learning the prominent themes in a new book called Seal Surfer. Children will learn to tell the story from different perspectives and generate different synonyms for the actions that take place in the story. On Friday 8th March we will be celebrating World Book Day with an exciting and immersive day of reading books!  

In Maths, we begin learning about Mass, Capacity and Temperature. Children will focus on comparing mass, measuring in grams and kilograms and looking at how to solve problems with mass, using the four operations. 

In Science the children will be identifying and naming different plant and animals and linking them to their habitats. They will look at two different habitats in our school grounds e.g., flower bed and under a rock and record, in a table, what they have found.

Monday 11th March


Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th March Parents Evening! 

In English, we continue our learning with the text, Seal Surfer.

In Maths the children will learn volume and capacity, how to measure in millilitres and litres and temperature. 

In Science the children will continue to explore micro-habitats on our school grounds. They will choose one and identify what animals are present there and how many of each.

In RWE, children will learn about Ramadan, which commences on the Sunday 10th March.  Children will learn why this is so important to many Muslims, the customs that Muslim people follow during this time and the celebrations that follow at the end.

Monday 18th March


Friday 22nd March – World Water Day!

In English, we will learn how to write a non-chronological report. This includes key features of a report, how to identify them and how they compare to other pieces of writing.

In Maths we begin looking at fractions. Children will learn to identify equal parts and how to make equal parts, as well as how to recognise a half. 

In Science the children will be exploring a range of habitats on the school grounds that they will study over the year. They will be using their senses to describe what each if the habitats are like e.g., damp/dry, light/dark, warm/cold and why certain animals are suited to that habitat.   


In Art, we will be learning about the artist Yayoi Kusama. We will be exploring how she uses colour, pattern and shape. The children will learn how to create a piece of art in response to this artist.

Monday 25th March

Tues 26th March  – OPAL Stay and Play for year 2 9:00-10:30am

In English the children will be reading and creating their own poetry.

In Maths, the children will learn how to find a half and recognise a quarter.

In Art, we continue our learning about Yayoi Kusama. 

In Science the children will be identifying that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other.

Wider Curriculum 

In Reading (Guided Reading), The children will continue to read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts to help develop the reading skills of prediction, inference, questioning, clarifying, summarising and evaluating.

In Music, the children will be learning a unit of work called Toys. Children will focus on staff notation, composition and instrumentation. 

In PE lessons with the class teacher, the children will be learning about Dodgeball. This will focus on the children’s throwing and catching skills, control, decision making and improve overall movement skills. With PE staff, children will be continuing with Gymnastics. 

In Computing, children will be learning about Pictograms. Children will learn how to collect data and to present this information on pictograms they make themselves. 

In PSHE this half term, the children will learn about healthy food; they will talk about having a healthy relationship with food and making healthy choices. The children will also consider what makes them feel relaxed and stressed. They will learn about medicines, how they work and how to use them safely. The children will make healthy snacks and discuss why they are good for their bodies.  

Supporting Learning at Home

Please make sure that you spend time reading with your child at home. As well as listening to your child read, we recommend reading aloud to your child as a regular story time session. Please help your child practise their weekly spellings and help them practise their number bonds and/or times tables. Homework is set on Fridays and is due on Wednesdays. You may wish to use this overview to see what your child is learning each week so that you can discuss this learning with your child at home. 

English Key Skills
Speaking and Listening

I can speak clearly and confidently using a range of vocabulary and appropriate intonation.

I can listen carefully, remembering important points.

I can listen to and follow several instructions.

I can ask a range of questions using question stems.

I can listen to the views of others.

I can contribute to a group discussion and be cooperative

I can act out/present parts of traditional tales as well as my own stories.

I can participate in discussions, presentations, performance and role play.

Reading (word/comprehension)

I can read independently and accurately all key words from R-Y2.

I can read non-fiction books, stories and poems (reciting some) accurately, taking note of punctuation.

I can use a range of strategies for decoding unknown words.

I can identify syllables, common prefixes and suffixes and regular verb endings.

I can self-correct when reading.

I can read with understanding and talk about themes, events, characters and feelings in books.

I can predict, infer and ask questions about a text (reciprocal reading)

I can answer questions about a text both orally and written.

I can give reasons for events in a book.

I can explain why I like or dislike a book.

I can explain the purpose of alphabetical order, layout, diagrams, captions, hyperlinks and bullet points in non-fiction texts.

I can use a dictionary to locate specific words.

I can use an index and a glossary to find information.

I can read independently and in silence for 20-30 minutes from a range of texts, familiar and unfamiliar.

Writing (composition/grammar)

I can write an A4 page of meaningful sentences in a particular genre.

I can use full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks and question marks.

I can use commas for lists and description (e.g. He had a long, hairy beard, two gigantic eyes and a bulbous nose)

I can use apostrophes for contraction and possession (I’ll, we’ll, can’t…).

I can use a range of connectives to join two sentences (coordination) (e.g. and, but, so, or, because)

I am beginning to include complex sentences in some of my writing (subordination) (e.g. who, which, what, while, when, where, because, then, so that, if, to, until)

I can start my sentences with different openers (e.g. connectives, adverbs…).

I can write simple texts such as lists, stories, instructions, poems, simple reports and explanations.

I can compose my sentences orally before I begin to write them.

I can use some adventurous vocabulary (e.g. 2A sentences – The boys peeped inside the dark, dank cave. Adverbs – Tom ran quickly down the hill.)

I can use past and present tense accurately.

I can use speech marks to mark direct speech.

I know and use some common prefixes and suffixes including those that create an antonym (opposite) such as ‘un’ and ‘dis’.

I know the term synonym and can locate and use synonyms in my writing.

I am beginning to group sentences with a similar theme together, ready to form paragraphs.

I recognise and am beginning to use high frequency homophones correctly (e.g. to, too, two, there, their, they’re…)

I can use my skills to write across the curriculum.


I can hold a pencil correctly, sit up correctly and steady my work.

I can use and form all letters and numbers correctly.

I can keep handwriting on the line.

I can show consistency in size of letters.

I can begin to join my handwriting.






I can recognise, read and spell all key words for Reception, year 1 and year 2.

I can read and spell all phonic sounds and blends. (Set 2 and 3 sound)

I can use spelling rules to correctly spell words containing the suffixes: –es, -ed, -ing, -er, -est

I can spell words with contractions (e.g. I’ll, we’ll, can’t…)

I can add suffixes including –ment, -ness, -ful, -less, -ly and understand how suffixes can change a root word.

I can write from memory sentences dictated to me by my teacher containing spellings and punctuation learnt.


Consolidate: finger spaces, letter, word, sentence, full stops, capital letter, question mark, exclamation mark, speech bubble, bullet points, singular/plural, adjective, verb,  connective, alliteration, simile –‘as/’like’

Introduce: apostrophe (contractions and singular possession, commas for description, speech marks, suffix, verb/adverb, statement, question, exclamation, command (bossy verbs), tense, adjective, noun, noun phrases.

Maths Key Skills

Number – number and place value

Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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);
  • identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, including the number line;
  • compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs;
  • read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words;
  • use place value and number facts to solve problems.

Number – addition and subtraction

Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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.
  • recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100;
  • add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including:

a two-digit number and ones;

a two-digit number and tens;

two two-digit numbers;

adding three one-digit numbers;

  • show that addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot;
  • recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.

Number – multiplication and division

Pupils should be taught to:

  • recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers;
  • calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (×), division (÷) and equals (=) signs;
  • show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and division of one number by another cannot;
  • solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts, including problems in contexts.



Number – fractions

  • recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3, 1/4, 2/4, and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity
  • write simple fractions for example, 1/2 6 = 3 and recognise the equivalence of ½ and 2/4


Pupils should be taught to:

  • choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length/height in any direction (m/cm); mass (kg/g); temperature (°C); capacity (litres/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit, using rulers, scales, thermometers and measuring vessels;
  • compare and order lengths, mass, volume/capacity and record the results using >, < and =;
  • 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;
  • compare and sequence intervals of time;
  • tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the
  • hands on a clock face to show these times;
  • know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day.


Geometry – properties of shapes

Pupils should be taught to:

  • identify and describe the properties of 2-D shapes, including the number of sides and line symmetry in a vertical line
  • identify and describe the properties of 3-D shapes, including the number of edges, vertices and faces
  • identify 2-D shapes on the surface of 3-D shapes [for example, a circle on a cylinder and a triangle on a pyramid]
  • compare and sort common 2-D and 3-D shapes and everyday objects.


Geometry – position and direction

Pupils should be taught to:

  • order and arrange combinations of mathematical objects in patterns and sequences
  • use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement, including movement in a straight line and distinguishing between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for quarter, half and three-quarter turns (clockwise and anti-clockwise).



Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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.
Letter-Join home access (Writing)

Miss Kemal

Year Team Leader

Ms Hughes

Class Teacher

Ms Bains

Class Teacher

Mrs Gabrielson

Teaching Assistant

Ms Drake

Teaching Assistant

Ms Moiseienko

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Barac

Teaching Assistant

Ms Palmer

Teaching Assistant