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Curriculum Overview for Year 2


  • Develop phonics until decoding secure
  • Read common suffixes
  • Read & re-read phonic appropriate books
  • Read common ‘exception’ words
  •  Discuss & express views about fiction, non-fiction & poetry
  • Become familiar with & retell stories
  • Ask & answer questions; make predictions
  • Begin to make inferences



  • Spell by segmenting into phonemes
  • Learn to spell common ‘exception’ words
  • Spell using common suffixes, etc
  • Use appropriate size letters & spaces
  • Develop positive attitude & stamina for writing
  • Begin to plan ideas for writing
  • Record ideas sentence-by-sentence
  • Make simple additions & changes after proof-reading


  • Use . ! ? , and ’
  • Use simple conjunctions
  • Begin to expand noun phrases
  • Use some features of standard English

Speaking & Listening

  • Articulate & Justify answers
  • Initiate & respond to comments
  • Use spoken language to develop understanding

Art & Design

  • Use a range of materials
  • Use drawing painting and sculpture
  • Develop techniques of colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
  • Learn about a range of artists and illustrators.


  • Use logical reasoning to make predictions.
  • Recognise uses of IT outside of school

Design & Technology

  • Use a range of tools and material to complete products.
  • Evaluate existing products and own ideas


  • Compare local area to a non-European country
  • Use basic vocabulary to describe a less familiar area.
  • Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the immediate environment.


  • Key individuals
  • Lives of significant historical figures, including comparisons of those from different periods.
  • Significant local people



  • Know 2, 5, 10x tables.
  • Begin to use place value (t/U)
  • Count in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s.
  • Identify, represent and estimate numbers.
  • Compare / order numbers inc. < > =
  • Write numbers to 100
  • Know number facts to 20 (+related to 100)
  • Use x and ÷ symbols
  • Recognise commutative property of multiplication.

Geometry and Measure

  • Know and use standard measures.
  • Read scales to nearest whole unit
  • Use symbols for £ and p and add/subtract simple sums of less than £1 or in pounds.
  • Tell time to nearest 5 minutes.
  • Identify and sort 2D and 3D shapes
  • Identify 2D shapes on 3D surfaces.
  • Order and arrange mathematical
  • Use terminology of position and movement.


  • Find and write simple fractions
  • Understand equivalence of e.g 2/4 = ½


  • Interpret simple tables and pictograms
  • Ask and answer comparison questions
  • Ask and answer questions about totalling.


  • Sings songs
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • Listen and understand live and recorded music.
  • Make and combine sounds musically.


  • Differentiate living, dead and non-living.
  • Growing plants (water, light, warmth)


  • Anti-bullying education
  • Rules and laws
  • Stereotyping
  • Challenging all ‘isms’
  • Media impact

Physical Education

  • Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching. As well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination
  • Participate in team games

Religious Education

  • Describe some of the teachings of a religion.
    Describe some of the main festivals or celebrations of a religion.
  • Recognise, name and describe some religious artefacts, places and practices.
  • Name some religious symbols.
  • Explain the meaning of some religious symbols.
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