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Year 2 Curriculum

Please take a look at our Year 2 half-termly overviews (below) to see a snapshot of what children are learning in each curriculum area. If you would like to see our 'Whole School Curriculum Overview', click here. If you would like more information about our curriculum or require a paper copy, get in touch via our contacts page

Autumn 1


Place value

What is one more/one less?

Which number is tricky to write in words?

How can we use the whole and a part to work out the missing part?

Addition and subtraction

5 + 3 = 6 + ___

Which direction will your finger move on a hundred square if you are finding ten more/ten less?


Games Activities: Ball Skills - Football 
Gymnastics - Floorwork

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History Topic

Local history- Victorian Brighton

Key questions for topic

Who were the ‘Victorians?’

What was Brighton like in Victorian times?

What was life like in Victorian Brighton? 

What was it like to be a child living in Victorian Brighton? 

How is Victorian life the same and different to today?



Painting: Auguste Edouart silhouette portraits

Music - Exploring Simple Patterns

How does music help us to make friends?


Poetry: ‘The Magic Box’ by Kit Wright

Create shape poems and share them with the school as a class book.

Non-fiction: 'Our trip to Preston Manor'

Write a recount and share it on the school website.

Fiction: Whatever Wanda Wanted

Write an adventure story 


Online Safety - learning about staying safe online with characters Lee and Kim


New beginings:  Developing our class community

Mental Health and Well-being

Autumn 2

Music - Focus on Dynamics & Tempo

How does music teach us about the past?

Geography Curriculum Focus

Locational knowledge, map skills and fieldwork.
What are the 4 countries of the UK and the surrounding seas? What are some of the features, geographical features, and capital cities of the UK?

What are the names and locations of the seven continents  and five oceans of the world. 
How can I use a map to identify my local area (home, school).  
What are compass points?
What do the symbols on maps mean?
How can we create a map of our school and grounds?
Where is the best location in my school to put up a poster?
How do fieldwork skills help us to investigate our local area and gather data?

Design (DT)

Seasonal Whole School DT Project


Addition and subtraction

How can you partition a number to help you subtract?

Can you show me on a numberline?


Is the group with the most coins always the biggest amount? Why?

What different ways can you count the coins? What is the quickest way?


Growing Friendship skills & Anti-bullying Week
Keeping Healthy & Safe: staying safe around medicnes and in our local environment 

Why do we give and receive gifts at Christmas?

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Games Activities: Invasion Games  - Tag Rugby

Dance - Individual and group


Non-fiction (continued from previous half term): information poster, class trip

Create an information poster about a local tourist attraction and display it in public.

Poetry: ‘Playtime’ by Michael Lockwood

Create a poem to teach your parents about ‘Opal Play’.

Fiction: ‘Whatever Wanda Wanted’ by Jude Wisdom

Write a journey story and read it to a Year 1 audience.

Science curriculum focus

Are you attractive enough? (Magnets)

Key scientific questions

Can magnetic forces can be transmitted without direct contact?
Do magnets have poles ?
Can magnets attract or repel each other?
Do some materials are attract magnets?
Do magnets have different strengths and can we compare them? 
How are magnets used in everyday life?


We are online learners - learning how to log-on to and use the online learning services the school subscribes to.

Spring 1


Multiplication and division

Children will recap on making equal groups and adding equal groups.

Children connect equal groups to repeated addition.

Children are introduced to the multiplication symbol for the first time. Children start to learn the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.

Children explore doubling with numbers up to 20.


How would you show 6, 11, 18 as a tally?
Why do we draw tallies like this?
When do we use tallies?



Drawing: Animal Poetry Illustrations

Music - Exploring Feelings Through Music

How does music make the world a better place?


What do Jewish people think about each new year?
Mental Health & wellbeing: importance of sleep 
Careers & Gender


Poetry: ‘If I had wings’ by Pie Corbett

Write a  new verse for a poem to be performed by the class.

Fiction: ‘The Tear Thief’ by Carol A. Duffy

Write a modern fairy tale and read it to a reception child.

Non-fiction: ‘Wilderness’ by Mia Cassani

Write an information page for a class wiki about animal habitats.


Gymnastics- Big apparatus
Games Activities - 
Striking and Fielding - Cricket 


We are digital artists - reproducing works of art using a computer

Science curriculum focus

Who would live in a house like this?
We enter the world of animal adaption, variation, food chains and habitats to explore and answer this question.

Key scientific questions

Can they match certain living things to the habitats they are found in?
Can they explain the differences between living and non-living things?
Can they describe some of the life processes common to plants and animals, including humans?
Can they decide whether something is living, dead or non-living?
Can they describe how a habitat provides for the basic needs of things living there?
Can they describe a range of different habitats?
Can they name some characteristics of an animal that help it to live in a particular habitat?
Can they describe what animals need to survive and link this to their habitats?
Can they explain that animals reproduce in different ways?


Spring 2


Geometry: properties of shape

Can you see any pentagons?
Can you see any octagons?
Can you see any hexagons?


How can you use your answer to a half of 4 to help you work out a half of 40?

How many equal parts are there if you have split a whole into thirds?


Music - Inventing a Musical Story

How does music teach us about our neighbourhood?


Non-fiction (continued from previous half term): ‘Wilderness’ by Mia Cassani

Write an information page for a class wiki about animal habitats.

Poetry: ‘Rathers’ by Mary Hunter Austin 

Combine art and poetry to create a page for a class book.

Non-fiction: ‘Handa’s Surprise’ by Eileen Brown

Write a story with a cumulative pattern and publish it on the school website.


We are games testers - learn how games follow sets of instructions and improve simple games


Games Activities: Ball Skills - Basketball

Dance - Group and partner work

Art and Design (DT)

Painting and Sculpture: Whole School Art Project


Whole School Book Week Project



What symbols do Christians use at Easter? 
Good to Be Me: celebrating our unique selves

Global Citizenship

Summer 1


Length & Height

Can you count how many cm the ______ measures?
How does using a ruler help us to compare objects?

Goemetry: Position & Direction

Use the words ‘forwards’, ‘backwards’,
‘clockwise’, ‘anti-clockwise’ and ‘quarter turn’.


We are researchers - during this unit children retrieve digital content from the web with a particular purpose in mind. 


Games Activities: Striking and fielding games - Rounders

Athletics: running, jumping, throwing and skipping

Music - Music that Makes You Dance

How does music make us happy?


Poetry:  National competition - write a  poem and enter it into a competition.

Fiction:  ‘The disgusting sandwich’ by G. Edwards - write a ‘disgusting’ story and read it to a Y1 audience.

Non-fiction:  Recounts, letters and instructions - write a range of non-fiction work based on a trip and other real experiences.


Sculpture: Wire flowers/plants

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Science curriculum focus

How did that blossom become an apple?

Key scientific questions

What do plants need to grow and stay healthy?

How do plants start their lives?


How do Jewish people pray?

Loss of a pet- coping with big feelings

Feeling Good Feeling Safe; protective behaviours

Geography curriculum focus:

Cool Kenya

Key questions for geography
Where do we live? Do we live on the coast? What are the physical and human features of Brighton? What is the weather like in Brighton? Is Brighton a holiday destination? 

Where is Africa? Where is Kenya?
What is Kenya like?
What can you see in Kenya?
What will the weather be like in Kenya?
What is the capital city of Kenya. 
What are the human and physical features of Kenya.
What is life like in Kenya (urban and rural)
What animals live in Kenya?
Do people go on holiday to Kenya?
Where do they go? Who are the Massai?


Summer 2



Which is the hour hand? Which is the minute hand? How do you know?
Where does the minute hand point to at half past? Can you see that the minute hand has travelled halfway around the clock?
Can you show me _______?

Mass, Capacity & Temperature

What is the mass of the ______? What would two _______weigh? How could you tell is something was lighter or heavier than 10g? How much heavier is the ______ than the ______? How could
you work it out? 


We are astronauts - create backdrops and write simple algorithms

RE and PSHE 

Why do Christians pray?

Changes: moving up to KS2

RSE: What makes a friend?, celebrating my brilliant body and naming male and female body parts


Non-fiction:  Recounts, letters and instructions (continued from previous half term)

Write a range of non-fiction work based on a trip and other real experiences.

Poetry:  Becoming a summer 

Exlpore the poem ‘Becoming a winter’ by Pie Corbett and create a summer version. Perform your poem over images.

Non-fiction & Fiction: Insects matter (3 weeks)

‘Bug Hotel’ by Libby Waldon

Build understanding of how important insects are while honing our writing skills.

History Curriculum Focus

How did the ancient fishing village of Brighthelmstone become Brighton, our city by the sea?

Who was Magnus Volks?

How did the railways change Victorian life in Brighton and England?

What is their impact on Brighton today?



Athletics - Sports Day Practice

Music - Exploring Improvisation

How does music teach us about looking after our planet?

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