Year 2

The following is a summary of the Year 2 curriculum for 2017/18.

For more information, including overviews for subject areas, download the full Year 2 learning plan.

Term Titles and Featured Authors
Term Title Featured Authors
Autumn Changes Roger Hargreaves
Spring Animals and Environments Francesca Simon
Summer London Paul Geraghty/Roald Dahl
Year 2 Phonics and Spelling Rules
We continue to consolidate phonics using the Jolly Phonics scheme in Autumn 1 and we test the children termly to see what phase they are on in Reading and Writing. If a child has not achieved the Year 1 phonics screen check then they will continue to have phonic lessons twice a week. In Autumn 2 the focus moves from phonics to spellings rules. Children have two spelling lessons a week focusing on the spelling rules and one lesson using an online program.  
Writing Year Objectives
  • Segmenting spoken words into phonemes and representing these by graphemes, spelling many correctly
  • Learn new ways of spelling phonemes for which one + spellings are known; learn some words with each spelling, including common homophones
  • Learning to spell common exception words
  • Learning to spell more words with contracted forms
  • Learning the possessive apostrophe (singular) (for example, the girl’s book)
  • Distinguishing between homophones and near-homophones
  • Add suffixes to spell longer words, including –ment, –ness, –ful, –less, –ly
  • Apply spelling rules and guidance, as listed in English Appendix 1
  • Write from memory simple sentences dictated by the teacher that include words using the GPCs, common exception words and punctuation taught
  • Learn how to use both familiar and new punctuation correctly (see English Appendix 2), including: full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks, question marks, commas for lists and apostrophes for contracted forms and the possessive (singular)
  • Sentences with different forms: statement, question, exclamation, command
  • Expanded noun phrases to describe and specify (for example, the blue butterfly)
  • The present and past tenses correctly and consistently including the progressive form
  • Subordination (using when, if, that, or because) and co-ordination (using or, and, or but)
Year 2 Reading schemes
Year 2 children choose books to read at home that are age appropriate and not in a scheme. If the child is reading below Year 2 expectations then the majority of children will read from the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. However if a child has completed an Oxford Reading Tree stage but is not ready to progress then they read books either from the Dandelion scheme or the Longman scheme or the Songbirds scheme. Children may also read from one of these schemes if they are an additional reader. In the Year 2 timetable, children have a weekly guided reading session where children read books from a scheme called Planet X. This is a progressive scheme where children read about the same characters on different adventures. 
Reading Year Objectives
  • Continue to apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words until automatic decoding has become embedded and reading is fluent
  • Read accurately by blending the sounds in words that contain the graphemes taught so far, especially recognising alternative sounds for graphemes
  • Read accurately words of two or more syllables that contain the same graphemes as above
  • Read words containing common suffixes
  • Read further common exception words, noting unusual correspondences between spelling and sound and where these occur in the word
  • Read most words quickly and accurately, without overt sounding and blending, when they have been frequently encountered
  • Read aloud books matched to their improving phonic knowledge, sounding out unfamiliar words accurately, automatically and without hesitation
  • Re-read these books to build up their fluency and confidence in word reading
  • Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by:
    • listening to and discussing a wide range of poetry, stories and nonfiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently
  • Discussing the sequence of events in books and how items of information are related
  • Becoming increasingly familiar with and retelling a wider range of stories, fairy stories and traditional tales
  • Being introduced to nonfiction books that are structured in different ways
  • Recognising simple recurring literary language in stories and poetry
  • Discussing and clarifying the meanings of words, linking new meanings to known vocabulary
  • Discussing their favourite words and phrases
  • Continuing to build up a repertoire of poems learnt by heart, appreciating these and reciting some, with appropriate intonation for clear meaning
  • Understand both the books that they can already read accurately and fluently and those that they listen to by:
    • drawing on what they already know or on background information and vocabulary provided by the teacher
  • Checking that the text makes sense to them as they read and correcting inaccurate reading
  • Making inferences on the basis of what is being said and done
  • Answering and asking questions
  • Predicting what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far
  • Discuss books, poems and other works read to them and those they read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say
  • Explain and discuss their understanding of books, poems and other material, both those that they listen to and those that they read for themselves
Maths Year Objectives
  • Solve problems with addition and subtraction
  • Using concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measures
  • Applying their increasing knowledge of mental and written methods.
  • Recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100
    • Add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including:
    • a two-digit number and ones
    • a two-digit number and tens
    • two two-digit numbers
    • adding three one-digit numbers
  • Show that addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot
  • Recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems
  • Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the two, five and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers
  • Calculate mathematical statements for multiplication/division within the multiplication tables and use multiplication (×), division (÷) and equals (=) signs
  • Show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and division of one number by another cannot
  • Solve problems involving multiplication and division, and include problems in contexts, using:
    • materials
    • arrays
    • repeated addition
    • mental methods
    • multiplication and division facts
  • 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 for example, 1/2 of 6 = 3 and recognise the equivalence of 2/4 and 1/2
  • Use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure to the nearest appropriate unit, using rulers, scales, thermometers and measuring vessels:
    • length/height in any direction (m/cm)
    • mass (kg/g)
    • temperature (°C)
    • capacity (litres/ml)
  • Compare and order lengths, mass, volume/capacity and record the results using >, < and =
  • Recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p); combine amounts to make a particular value
  • Find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money
  • Solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change
  • Compare and sequence intervals of time
  • Tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times
  • Know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day
  • Identify and describe the properties of 2-D shapes, including the number of sides and line symmetry in a vertical line
  • Identify and describe the properties of 3-D shapes, including the number of edges, vertices and faces
  • Identify 2-D shapes on the surface of 3-D shapes, (for example, a circle on a cylinder and a triangle on a pyramid)
  • Compare and sort common 2-D and 3-D shapes and everyday objects