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Year 2 Curriculum

Please take a look at our half termly overviews to see a snapshot of what children are learning in each curriculum area.

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 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


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.

Non-fiction: information poster, class trip

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


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


Why is doing good deeds important to Jewish people?
New beginings:  Developing our class community

Nothing About Me Without Me: disability equality education 

Autumn 2


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?

Geography Focus
Locational knowledge and map skills

Key questions: 



3. How can we find out where places are located?

4. How are places represented on maps and plans?


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


We are online learners - learning how to log on to the school website to access home-school learning, the class blog and Sumdog


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?

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


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 have you split the whole in to if you have split it into thirds?



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

Global Citizenship


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 stes of instructions and improve simple games


Games Activities: Ball Skills - Basketball

Dance - Group and partner work


Painting and Sculpture: Whole School Art Project


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. 


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.

Fiction:  short film: ‘Bubbles’

Write a narrative that tells the story of a short film. Share your writing with your next teacher.


Sculpture: Wire flowers/plants

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How do Jewish people pray?

Loss of a pet- coping with big feelings

Feeling Good Feeling Safe; protective behaviours



Games Activities: Striking and fielding games - Rounders

Athletics: running, jumping, throwing and skipping

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?

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


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 child.

Non-fiction:  Recounts, letters and instructions

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

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



Athletics - Sports Day Practice

Geography– Let’s Go On Safari
Where would you rather live: Kenya or the UK?

Key questions for topic

What is a continent?
What are the names and locations of the 7 continents? 
Where is the UK on a world map?
What are the four countries of the UK?
How many capital cities of the UK can we name?
What are some of the features and characteristics of the UK?
Where is Brighton in the UK? 
Can you locate Brighton on a map?


Comparative geography study between Kenya and the UK

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