Curriculum Overview - Year 2
Across the school, each year group’s curriculum is based on the International Primary Curriculum, which focuses on a set of core values; communication, respect, co-operation, resilience, adaptability, morality and thoughtfulness. This helps us develop a more creative, meaningful and inspirational curriculum, as we know that children learn best from having exciting challenges that nurture their creative abilities, and we strive to provide them with such activities. Lessons allow for the children to develop as creative thinkers, speakers, readers and writers. Pupils are taught to: listen and respond to adults and peers, ask relevant questions and articulate and justify their own ideas and opinions, speak audibly and fluently in a wide range of settings and with an ever increasing command of Standard English.
Maths, English and Science all follow a specific curriculum to help children develop key foundational skills. Whenever possible, children are given opportunities to develop their investigative skills within these lessons.
- To develop phonics until decoding is secure.
- To read common suffixes.
- To read and re-read phonic-appropriate books.
- To discuss and express views about fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
- To read common ‘exception’ words.
- To become familiar with and retell stories.
- To ask and answer questions and make predictions.
- To begin to make inferences.
- To learn and recite a selection of poems.
- To read with expression demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the text.
- To read with or listen to a partner and provide support where possible.
- To use appropriate size letters and spaces.
- To develop a positive attitude and stamina for writing.
- To begin to plan ideas for writing.
- To record ideas for writing.
- To record ideas sentence by sentence.
- To make simple additions and changes after proof reading.
- To use adjectives in an expanded noun phrase e.g. The big blue butterfly.
- To write extended sentences using the conjunctions and, or, so, but and because.
Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling
- To use . ! ? and ‘
- To use the correct tense when writing in either the past or present.
- To use some features of Standard English.
- To spell by segmenting into phonemes.
- To learn to spell common ‘exception’ words.
- To spell most common sight words.
- To recognise a noun, an adjective, a verb and an adverb in a sentence.
Speaking and Listening
- To articulate and justify answers.
- To initiate and respond to comments.
- To use spoken language to develop understanding.
Using and Applying
- Use place value to help solve number problems. •
- 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.
- Know 2x, 5x, 10x tables.
- Compare and order numbers.
- Write and know numbers up to 1,000.
- Begin to use place value.
- Know number bonds to 10 and 20.
- Know number bonds to 100 in the context of multiples of 10.
Shape, Space and Measure
- Tell time to the nearest 5 minute intervals.
- Identify and sort 2D and 3D shapes.
- Discuss properties of shapes and compare them.
- Read scales to the nearest whole unit.
- Use correct terminology.
- Interpret simple tables and pictograms.
- Ask and answer comparison questions.
- Use tables and charts to find the total amount.
- Collect and sort data into a range of charts; for example, Venn diagrams.
The Earth: Our home
- To recognise the habitats of different animals.
- To understand how animals adapt to different habitats
- To understand what is needed for growth in living things.
Changing and grouping materials
- To be able to discuss the properties and characteristics of materials.
- To understand what materials are naturally formed and what are man-made.
- To understand how materials are changed through movement, heating and cooling.
Plants and animals in the local environment
- To understand the difference between plants and humans.
- To learn why different plants and animals are found in different habitats.
- To experiment with growing a healthy plant.
- To understand what is healthy and how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
- To understand what the 5 senses are and how they are used.
- To understand how the different parts of the body are connected by the brain.
- To know about different figures from history.
- To know about key inventions that have changed our lives today.
- To know about key achievements of famous people from the past.
- Develop knowledge about the world, the UK and our local area.
- Be able to name, locate and identify key characteristics of the UK.
- Understand geographical similarities and differences between our area and areas abroad.
- Use basic geographical vocabulary.
- Use atlases.
- Understand and use simple compass directions.
RE & PSHE
- Pupils learn about 3 religions in detail. These are Judaism, Hinduism and Islam.
- They will learn about the origins and beliefs of these religions.
- They will also discuss their physical well-being and health.
- Within these units the pupils will develop their understanding of moral values.
- Children will learn to move around a screen, beginning their understanding of algorithms. Children will learn how to test games and understand the algorithms that control the game. Children will then write and edit their own simple programme.
- Children will review photos online, practise using a digital camera, take photos to fit a given theme and then edit their photos.
- Children research a topic safely, using a structured approach. They share their findings with others using PowerPoint.
- Children are challenged to solve a mystery by reading, sending and replying to emails and by listening to a witness statement.
- Children will go on a bug hunt, recording and identifying the small animals they find. They then organise the data they have collected, recording using a graphing package and use it to answer questions.
- Exploring pitch – to imitate and respond to changes in pitch, to create melodic patterns, to relate sounds to symbols in order to record work.
- Exploring pulse and rhythm – to identify the pulse, to know the difference between pulse and rhythm, to read, perform and compose simple rhythmic notation.
- Exploring timbre, tempo and dynamics – carefully choose and order sounds to respond to a stimulus, compose lyrics, create sound pictures and graphic scores.
- Sing a variety of songs linked to curricular work, develop sense of pitch and awareness of performing with others.
- Use a range of materials.
- Use drawing, painting and sculpture.
- Develop techniques of colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
- Learn about a range of artists, craftsman and designers.
- Design purposeful, functional and appealing products.
- Generate, model and communicate ideas.
- Use a range of tools and materials to complete practical tasks.
- Evaluate existing products and own ideas.
- Build and improve structures and mechanisms.
- Understand the basic principles of a healthy diet and where food comes from.
- Team games will be encouraged through football and hockey.
- Development of pupils’ personal skills will be encouraged to enhance their performance.
- Pupils will also be focusing on multi-skills, gym and basketball.
- They will develop their ability to work as part of a team, follow rules and play fairly as well as developing the specific skills linked to these areas.
- Over the terms they will have opportunities to practise routines and reflect on their performances.