Year 2 Curriculum
In RE we follow the Curriculum strategy of the Archdiocese, ‘Learning and Growing as People of God.’ We start the year by looking at the different parts of the Bible and stories and prayers in the Old Testament. This is followed by exploring stories from the New Testament including parables and miracles and reflecting on how these help us to live our lives today. Pupils also discuss the special celebrations which take place during the church year and become familiar with different sacraments including marriage and the Sacrament of the Sick, as well as building on work from Year 1 about Baptism. During the year the special celebrations of the church including Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost are covered and the pupils hear stories and take part in activities to deepen their understanding of why these are key moments in the church’s year. We regularly attend Mass and pupils take part in leading the readings and prayers as a class. Throughout the year we try to reflect on what we have heard in the Bible and how this will help us with our day to day lives as Catholics. As part of our Multi-Faith week pupils also learn about Judaism and the special occasions which people of this faith celebrate.
In Year 2 the pupils take part in many different aspects of Literacy to enable them to develop their written, oral and comprehension skills. During the year our Literacy is usually linked into a text which pupils learn, re-tell, change and innovate to make their own. The focus of their written work each term begins with the ability to write imaginative stories and then develops into non-fiction genres where pupils write texts such as letters, instructions, reports and poetry which link to whatever text they are studying. Throughout the year we use both fiction and non-fiction texts with the pupils during their written lessons and group reading sessions to ensure they are familiar with a range of text types. In the Autumn term our focus text is ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’ by Julia Donaldson and a selection of non-fiction dinosaur books which links to our overall theme of ‘Daring Detectives’. ‘How Rabbit Stole the Fire,’ a North American folk tale is the main focus in the Spring term linked to our topic ‘Flashing Embers’ and during the Summer the pupils look at a Ghanaian story called ‘The Leopard’s Drum’ by Jessica Souhami.
Pupils will also have focussed phonics, handwriting and grammar lessons during the week to ensure they have chance to practise and improve elements of the writing.
In Year 2 the pupils continue to develop their understanding of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. We learn the 2, 5, 10, 3 and 4 times tables and pupils are tested on these daily to ensure rapid recall of their multiplication facts. Pupils begin to apply their knowledge of operations by answering word problems and investigations and explore how equipment and mental strategies can help them to solve these problems. Division is introduced as grouping objects and the relationship between multiply and divide, add and take away is explored. We continue to practise partitioning, ordering, sequencing and comparing numbers. During the course of the year we will also look at how to describe and group 2D and 3D shape in terms of their properties, use units such as cm and m to estimate and measure distance and begin to explore how to measure weight and liquids using grams and litres. The pupils will learn how to tell the time to the hour, half past the hour, quarter to and quarter past and will start to gather data and plot block graphs and pictograms. Throughout the year pupils will record their sums, ask and answer mathematical questions and will be taught a range of different methods to help them solve problems independently.
Throughout the year Science is taught, where possible, to link to the children’s theme in class and the pupils also have the opportunity to take part in different investigations. We start the year by looking at living things and their habitats, whereby the children go outside the classroom to investigate the different plants and mini-beasts which live in our local area. Later on in the Autumn term the children learn about ‘Plants’, where they will plant their own seeds and observe how they grow. In the spring term the pupils investigate ‘Materials’ where they will compare the suitability of everyday materials and find out how some shapes can be changed. Finally in the Summer term, the pupils look at ‘Animals including humans’. The children will look at their offspring, identify the basic needs of animals and humans and look at themselves and what it means to be healthy. They will take part in an investigation about exercise and discuss how we need to eat the right foods to stay healthy.
Throughout the year the pupils are encouraged to ask scientific questions and investigate their own answers. They learn how to record steps in a written investigation and draw conclusions from the results which they have gathered, discussing whether their predictions are correct.
In Computing lessons pupils develop different computer skills including word processing, animating, illustrating, e-mail programming and debugging. We use a range of different computer programmes to enable pupils to have a choice and a range of experience using different tools. Throughout the year the pupils use their skills to make a range of different final projects including a presentation on the Great Fire of London; a Christmas themed game; Data-tables to show how we can sort dinosaurs and photographs to promote their new food products.
As with our DT work, Art is also taught through the themes which the pupils study during the year. In the Autumn term pupils will explore clay and the work of Nick Mackman to make their own fossils and to design and make a model of a new dinosaur species linked to our theme ‘Daring Detectives’. In our ‘Flashing Embers’ theme during the Spring term pupils will work together to create a whole-class ‘fire’ collage. Finally as part of their Summer term ‘World Kitchen’ theme they will look at the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo to compose and paint their own ‘food’ picture. Here they will think about line, tone and colour mixing to create realistic ‘fruit faces’. Throughout the year the pupils also work on their sketching skills by doing a range of observational drawings and using shapes to compose pictures.
In Year 2 the pupils explore different instruments, sounds and symbols as part of their music lessons. We look at duration, pitch, timbre, tempo and dynamics and the pupils have opportunity to learn the recorder as a class. They will explore other un-tuned instruments and compose and evaluate work in groups and on their own. Weekly the pupils have singing tuition where they enjoy learning different songs and singing games.
As part of the pupil’s themes they explore the different areas of design technology. In the Autumn term as part of their ‘Daring Detectives’ theme they look at different types of bags and use these as a starting point to design and make their own fossil hunting bag. In their ‘Flashing Embers’ theme the pupils look at making winches and winding mechanisms for a fire engine and overcoming problem solving to attach their wheels whilst still making them move! In the Summer pupils design and make either a bread or a smoothie product using fruits or foods from around the world. Throughout all of these units the pupils are given the chance to develop their researching, designing, experimenting, making and evaluating skills.
During Year 2 the pupils’s main focus is on multi-skills in their PE lessons. They build on the work from Year 1 on throwing, catching, kicking, hitting, dribbling and rolling and move these skills forward by using them to invent their own games in groups. In dance pupils are encouraged to choreograph moves to express different genres or starting points and these are then put together as whole class performances. As part of their gym lessons the pupils use a mixture of floor and apparatus work to learn how to balance, travel, roll and jump safely and imaginatively.
As part of the pupils’s PSHE education we try to combine the different elements with the work through our themes and RE. Areas such as ‘Keeping Healthy’ and ‘Drug Use’ are taught along-side the Science ‘Animals including humans’ unit. ‘Dealing with bullying’ is also taught during anti-bullying week in the Autumn term. General emotional wellbeing and getting help topics are addressed through the classes day-to-day behaviour management strategies and are taught during the Autumn and Spring term. During the year we use the Cambridgeshire scheme of PSHCE to explore different situations which the pupils may encounter as they grow up.
Throughout all of these units pupils share experiences in circle time, discuss and give advice and explore issues using stories and role play.
Geography is taught linked to the themes which the pupils are studying. Firstly, during the Autumn term, the children look at the location of Lyme Regis on a map and identify human and physical features of this coastal town. In their ‘Flashing Embers’ theme pupils will look carefully at maps to locate where the Great Fire of London happened and how it spread. They will draw new maps of the re-built’ London and create and use keys. ‘Around the World in 80 Dishes’ is our Summer term theme and through this the pupils have the opportunity to look outside of the UK and discuss food from different countries. We learn about continents, use globes to locate different countries and think about the journey our food needs to go on to get to our plates. The pupils discuss why these foods may be grown in these places (climate) and we then compare life in Ghana to our own home. To end this theme the pupils think about opening a new food business in the locality where they make questionnaires to inform their choices and sample foods from existing businesses. Throughout the year the pupils are introduced to different Geographical vocabulary and are encouraged to use when discussing their ideas.
Throughout the year our history topics are linked to the themes which the pupils are studying. During the Autumn term we explore how we can find out about the past using fossils, archaeology and information sources. The pupils learn about Mary Anning, a significant person in History and why what she discovered was an important finding for scientists today. In the Spring term we study an important event in British History where the pupils look in detail at the Great Fire of London, the events which led to the fire, how it was dealt with and the impact it had on London as we know it today.