Year 2 Curriculum
More information regarding the core subjects taught in Year 2 is detailed below. To see an overview of the Year 2 curriculum covering every subject, please click here. You can also click on the following links to familiarise yourself with the National Curriculum objectives taught in English and Maths:
We have been working hard to develop our curriculum, to ensure that we are driving the key knowledge and skills to ensure progression through the national Curriculum. Please click here to view our Autumn medium term plan.
RE - In Year 2, the children continue to develop their faith and explore the centrality of it in their daily lives. At St Edmunds, it is important that this done not only through the RE curriculum but also the personal example of all staff members. In Year 2, the children start to develop a firm understanding of the Sacraments in preparation for the Juniors and their First Holy Communion. They further develop their knowledge of the Bible by reading scripture, retelling stories, and making links to their lives. The children begin to lead and deliver class collective worships.
In English, the children will continue to work on the phonics they started in Year 1, aiming to read words by sight without having to sound them out. They will learn further spelling patterns and rules, and begin to apply those in their writing. They will look at the possessive apostrophe, homophones, and near-homophones and suffixes.
There will be a more detailed focus on handwriting, with children encouraged to form their letters correctly, learn which letters are to be joined and make letters a consistent size. Children will learn to write for a range of purposes including stories, poetry and real events.
Grammar is a hot topic in Year 2! Children this age are expected to understand the following terms, to be able to spot them in their reading and apply them in their writing: Noun, adjective, verb, adverb, suffix, subordination, coordination, noun phrase, past tense, present tense, statement, question, exclamation, command, capital letter, full stop, question mark, exclamation mark, compound sentence, and expanded noun phrase.
Maths in Year 2 focuses on the 2, 5, and 10 number facts. They will learn multiplication and division facts for these. Children in Year 2 will also learn to add and subtract with two-digit and one-digit numbers.
In fractions, they will find ⅓, ¼, ½, 2/4 and ¾ of a shape or a quantity of objects. They will study measures, including weight, capacity, and length, and they will learn to tell the time to five minutes. They will also study properties of 2D and 3D shapes, as well as a range of data-handling methods such as bar charts and pictograms.
By the end of Year 2, pupils will be expected to know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using place value. The new curriculum ‘mastery’ style of teaching concentrates on breadth of knowledge, and children will be encouraged to use their understanding of the new concepts to solve challenges, to deepen their understanding.
To learn more about mastery in Maths, please click here.
Science in Year 2 is engaging and fun. Expect your child to learn about living things and their habitats, plants, animals (including humans), and uses of everyday materials. They will also learn how to work scientifically, asking simple questions and recognise how they can be answered in different ways, how to observe closely, perform simple tests, identify and classify and how to record their observations to answer questions being asked.