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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

Spring Term 2021

Areas of study for Year 2*


Literacy  YR2


This term in literacy, the children will continue to develop their narrative/story telling skills by writing ‘through the wardrobe’ stories, based on C.S. Lewis’s ‘The lion, the witch and the wardrobe’. They will also be writing magical fantasy stories using the book ‘Sylvester and the magic pebble’.  The children will be creating real life narratives using ‘The Life of Grace Darling’ as their starting point and in our non-fiction book week this year, they will be writing non-chronological reports about animals.  They will be encouraged to develop their vocabulary by using scientific vocabulary in their science journals and geographical vocabulary in their leaflets about the city of London.  Our poetry writing this term will be based on riddles and the children will learn to write interesting and humorous animal riddles. 



This term the children will be developing their understanding of number and place value using number lines and moving on to the expanded column method to solve addition and subtraction problems. They will continue to develop their problem solving & reasoning skills in all areas of the curriculum. They will be consolidating their times tables skills in the 2s, 5s and 10 times tables and using bars and grouping to solve multiplication and division problems.  The children will be learning how to solve a variety of fraction problems including finding ½,  ¼, ¾ and 1/3 of shapes and numbers.  They will be learning how to interpret block graphs, pictograms and tallies, and find out how data can be represented in different ways. Their focus in money work will be on making the same amount in different ways and they will be learning about the purpose and importance of money skills in their daily lives during ‘My Money Week’.


In reading this term the children will be building their fluency and decoding skills by consolidating their blending skills and using strategies such as choral and echo reading.  They will be reading phonically linked texts until they are secure in their phonics and then reading a range of book band books.  They will develop their comprehension and understanding of texts by being encouraged to be ‘reading VIPERS’ and to focus on vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and sequencing skills.


In phonics this term the children will be reviewing and revising long vowel phonemes and the alternative ways of spelling these, including split digraphs. They will be introduced to silent letters and soft sounds for (c and g) as well as phase 6 suffixes and spelling patterns.


This term the children will be developing their knowledge of the main world religions. Through a question based approach, the children will be looking at how signs, symbols and stories play an important role in religion. The main religions we will be focusing on are Christianity, Judaism and Sikhism covering many religious stories including the story of Moses, David and Goliath, Abraham and the Easter story.


During PE this term the children will be investigating different dance skills. They will explore different ideas, moods and feelings and experiment with different actions, directions and levels to make short dance routines which they will perform to the class.  

They will also be working on fundamental movement skills, using their bodies to perform a range of tasks and actions in order to solve physical challenges involving agility, balance and coordination. There will be a focus on net and wall games so the children will get the opportunity to familiarise themselves with bats and rackets, and use them to move, manipulate and send a ball. 


In Biology this term the children will be using their investigative and observation skills to find out about the seven life processes (movement, respiration, sensitivity, nutrition, excretion, reproduction and growth). They will be studying the life-cycles of different animals, visiting the pond and discussing living things in their habitats.  They will be learning about how animals are adapted to their habitats and depend on them. They will also be studying food chains.


Our focus in History will be two important Queens in British History. We shall be learning about the monarchy and the role of a Monarch. We will start by finding out facts about our current queen (Queen Elizabeth II) and writing an information sheet about her. The children will then be researching Queen Victoria and finding out facts about her and her life. They will then compare and contrast the lives of both Queens, using their knowledge in cross-curricular writing tasks.


This term our focus will be on the United Kingdom. The children will be identifying the different countries which make up the United Kingdom and their capital cities. They will be comparing the capital cities and their human and physical features. The children will be focusing on London and its significant landmarks, this will be linked with their writing. The children will be using maps to locate the countries as well as learning about simple compass points and grid references.


In music this term the children will be using tuned percussion instruments such as handbells and boomwhackers to read and play colour coded music.  We will be developing our composition skills by inventing simple melodies using the colours of the bells.


This term in computing the children will continue to develop their understanding of how to use the internet and carry out research online, safely. We will also be looking at the different types and uses of technology in the home. The children will be continuing to develop their creative skills through photography, taking photos of the natural environment.

Art, Design & Technology

This term the children will be building on their sketching skills and learning different sketching techniques. They will then apply these skills to creating portraits of themselves. To develop these skills, the children will be looking at how to position facial features and the proportions of faces. They will then use these skills to sketch and paint a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II or Queen Victoria, linking their art work with their history.

In design and technology, the children will be learning about sewing, the uses of sewing and how to sew using a basic running stitch. They will then move on to using cross stitch and use these skills to design, make and evaluate a sock puppet.

* To teach phonics in Key Stage 1, we use 'Letters and Sounds' supplemented by 'Jolly Phonics'.

*To teach reading in Key Stage 1 we use real books to inspire a love of reading, texts linked to the child’s phonic stage and when they are securely decoding text, we move on other reading scheme books including the Oxford reading tree, Ginn and Collins.

*If you require additional information relating to our school curriculum, please ask at the school office or the class teacher.



Top Tips

  • Share books with your children- you read to them, they read to you.
  • Discuss books and stories — characters, events, endings etc.
  • Make suggestions for a different ending, new character etc
  • Join the local library & encourage your child to choose their books— this helps to develop preferences etc.
  • Don’t forget rhymes and poems – particularly good for improving fluency.
  • Encourage your child to write shopping lists, notes, postcards, diaries.
  • Encourage correct letter formation — this will help with cursive writing later.
  • Play I spy using phonic/sounds - don’t forget endings.
  • Practise reading and spelling keywords.
  • Watch, listen and discuss news (ideally CBBC Newsround).
  • Rewards them with educational games, programmes and web-games.
  • Devise a home timetable for your child to complete homework and read.

Educational websites

The following sites provide information relating to trips and studies...

Educational web-games

The following sites host links to relevant KS1 (Infant) web-games. You may wish to challenge your child to try some KS2 (Junior) web-games as the academic year progresses.