Year 2 Curriculum


Throughout the course of Year 2 the children explore a wide range of texts in both their writing and reading.They look at a mixture of both fiction and non-fiction styles in the forms of letters, poems, diaries, narratives, reports, recounts and dialogue.

The children learn to consider the composition and structure of their writing, selecting suitable vocabulary choices for their audience. The children develop their use of basic punctuation including full stops, capital letters, commas in lists, speech marks, exclamation marks and question marks. As the children develop their writing, they will begin to plan and draft their work checking for appropriate use of grammar and punctuation which they have learnt throughout the year. The children will be encouraged to join up their handwriting when their classteacher feels that it is appropriate.

The children consolidate their sight vocabulary and use of a wider range of strategies for decoding unfamiliar texts when reading, allowing them to become more independent readers.They develop their comprehension skills and make straightforward inferences based on the texts read. Within Year 2, the children take part in group reading sessions, working with children in a group to develop their understanding of a range of texts and styles. As part of the curriculum, the children will be encouraged to broaden their understanding by asking questions around the texts shared.

Across all learning the children are encouraged to share their ideas, ask and answer questions and develop their use of spoken Standard English. The children will also develop speaking and listening skills through imaginative role play, demonstrating different situations, characters and emotions.



Throughout Year 2, the children develop their confidence when working with two digit numbers. They sort, order, estimate and compare familiar numbers and use these when adding and subtracting. The children will develop recall of number bonds and use these to aid mental calculations along with developing a range of suitable calculation strategies when working with larger numbers. They use their knowledge of counting patterns to begin to solve multiplication and division calculations.The children will be expected to apply what they have learnt to worded problems and puzzles.

The children develop their understanding of patterns and properties of both 2D and 3D shapes. They broaden their vocabulary, recognise both regular and irregular shapes in a range of orientations and identify right angles within shapes. The children explore reflective symmetry in familiar shapes and patterns.

When learning about measurement the children will move from using non-standard to standard units of measure for length, mass, capacity and time. They will read simple scales and begin to use those with increments of 2, 5 and 10. The children will be given opportunities to estimate measure and compare different lengths, masses and capacities.

The children will sort objects and classify them using more than one criterion. They will gather information, record results in lists, tables and block graphs. The children will be encouraged to ask and answer questions about the data they have collected.

Religious Education

Throughout the year the children will:

  • learn about the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer
  • learn about the life and work of Saint Francis
  • share Parables such as The Mustard Seed and learn how these relate to their own life
  • identify the significance of Advent and Christmas
  • develop an understanding of key festivals and Saint feast days
  • develop an awareness of the different Holy Books and making comparisons
  • identify the signs and symbols of the associated with the Seven Sacraments
  • further develop their knowledge of the Bible and the different books contained within it
  • learn about the Early Church and significant individuals
  • build an understanding of the role of the priest and the vestments worn
  • explore the meaning of Salvation


Throughout the year the children will develop their scientific expertise in various areas including investigative, observational, data collecting, questioning, sorting and classifying skills. The children will experience the following learning in:

  • recognising a range of materials and their individual properties, making comparisons between different materials and identifying the suitability of a material for a given purpose
  • living things and the habitats they live in
  • identifying the conditions for life and growth
  • exploring and naming the plants in the local environment
  • recognising seasonal changes to plants and animals
  • developing their knowledge of healthy living for example the different types of food groups, exercise, medicines and healthy habits (links will be made with PSHE)
  • the lifecycles of different plants and animals including humans

Click here to access the Year 2 ScienceNational Curriculum Programs of Study.


Throughout the year the children will:

  • develop their touch-typing skills
  • work with a range of programmes such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft PowerPoint
  • develop their understanding of algorithms by writing, testing and debugging their own programs
  • use digital cameras to take photographs and mini movies which they will incorporate into Photo Stories using programmes such as Jellycam and Microsoft PowerPoint
  • create presentations using images, text, transitions and animations
  • developing their understanding of safe Internet use and building their confidence to deal with issues which may occur when online
  • use the Internet for research purposes, demonstrating how to both retrieve and present this information

Click here to access the Year 2 Computing National Curriculum Programs of Study.

Art and Design

Throughout the year the children will:

  • explore and apply their knowledge of line, tone, colour, shape and form
  • use paints, pastels and inks to explore colour mixing including how to create different tones and shades
  • develop their observational drawing skills
  • select materials and equipment suitable for a given purpose
  • learn about famous artists such as Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne and Jackson Pollock and share views based on their artwork
  • improvise when imitating the work of famous artists
  • use tools and sculpting techniques to create models from clay and junk modelling
  • evaluate their own work against a success criteria and identify future steps for improvement

Click here to access the Year 2 Art and Design National Curriculum Programs of Study.

Design and Technology

Throughout the year the children will:

  • design purposeful products such as a 3D minibeast, 3D High Street building, balloon-powered vehicles, puppets and 3D castles
  • generate their designs by modelling and communicating their ideas
  • test techniques, create templates and create simple mock-ups
  • select the appropriate tools and equipment to assemble the final product
  • evaluate against initial ideas and agreed design criteria, suggesting future improvements
  • explore how to strengthen structures and use a range of joining techniques and mechanisms

Click here to access the Year 2 Design and Technology National Curriculum Programs of Study.


Throughout the year the children will:

  •  develop their use and understanding of geographical vocabulary
  •  use world maps, atlases and globes to name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans
  •  name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas
  •  understand geographical similarities and differences between their class country and the United Kingdom
  •  create bird’s-eye-view maps ofthe locality which will include simple keys
  •  identify human and physical features of a place and use the related vocabulary
  •  understand and use simple compass directions
  •  use the school environment todevelop simple fieldwork and observational skills

Click here to access the Year 2 Geography National Curriculum Programs of Study:


Throughout the year the children will:

  • look at changes within living memory and sequence events in chronological order suchas the Paralympics, homes and Remembrance
  • explore events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally such as The Gunpowder Plot, castles and structures and dinosaur extinction
  • learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed tonational and International achievements such as Helen Keller, Pele, MaryAnning, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Guy Fawkes and make comparisons to modern day equivalents
  • further develop their knowledge of significant historical events, people and places intheir own locality such as Thomas Beckett, William Hunter and the importance of Brentwood.

Click here to access the Year 2 History National Curriculum Programs of Study.


Throughout the year the children will:

  • develop their singing voices by learning a range of songs and chants
  • play a range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments
  • develop their understanding of the musical elements such as pitch, dynamics, tempo,pulse, rhythm, timbre, duration and texture
  • listen to and appraise a wide range of musical styles
  • compose simple tunes and rhythms using long and short notes
  • learn at least five notes on the recorder and begin to read musical score
  • understand note names and lengths

Click here to access the Year 2 Music National Curriculum Programs of Study.


Throughout the year the children will:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns

Click here to access the Year 2PE National Curriculum Programs of Study:


Throughout the year the children will:

  • learn about the necessary skills to contribute to life in the classroom and identify responsibilities we have for others
  • explore how we have changed since starting school
  • learn how to manage feelings
  • develop ways to improve and learn from our experiences by recongising and celebrating what we are good at
  • explore how we can keep safe in different situations such as road and online safety and unfamiliar situations
  • identify what it means to behealthy — feelings, good choices, hygiene, exercise, feeling unwell and role of medicines (what they are, when we take them and who can give them to us)
  • explore different types of behaviour
  • develop healthy relationships —conflict resolution, keeping secrets, resisting bullying and learning aboutwhat is appropriate and inappropriate behaviour at home, school and wherever we are
  • learn about the impact of kindness and unkindness on ourselves and others