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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

Summer 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 short adventure stories based on familiar books and space adventure stories following up our work on Neil Armstrong. They will also be writing persuasive letters based on the book ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’. They will be encouraged to develop their vocabulary by using historical vocabulary creating reports about Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus.


This term the children continue to develop their understanding of place value and number by using known facts to gain fluency in arithmetic. They will continue to develop their problem solving & reasoning skills in all areas of the curriculum. They will be practising their times tables skills in the 2s, 5s, 10s and then 3 times tables.  They will be developing their knowledge of 2D and 3D shape by reasoning about shapes and learning their properties.  Money skills will focus on using different coins to make the same amount (e.g. how many ways can you make £1.00).  The children will be revisiting and developing their knowledge of measure using different units of measure including metres, centimetres, litres, millilitres, grams, kilograms and centigrade by reading scales in different divisions.


In reading this term the children will be consolidating their phonic skills and using strategies such as choral and echo reading to improve their fluency.  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.  They will also begin reading high quality texts as class readers. The children will have regular opportunities to read for their own pleasure and entertainment. They will also read widely for fact finding and discovery, across the curriculum.


In phonics this term the children will be consolidating Phase 5 alternative spellings and moving on to Phase 6 spelling patterns and rules.  Children who may still have gaps in their learning will be supported with targeted interventions and small group work.


This term the children will be using a question based approach in their investigation of what makes a good leader. They will study leaders they know and that are familiar to them (leaders in school, in the country, in sport etc) as well as leaders in different faiths.  They will have a visit from a leader of a local church and have the opportunity to ask questions about the skills a good leader needs.  They will develop their knowledge of Moses and Jesus by reading stories about them and find out more about the role of a Granthi in the Sikh faith.


During PE this term the children will continue working on their fundamental movement skills, both non-locomotor and locomotor, and also object manipulation. The lessons will be based around the Striking and Fielding games and the children will get the opportunity to use a bat to hit a static or moving ball, as well as exploring different ways to send a ball towards a target. The fielding skills are throwing, catching, receiving and retrieving. They will also continue to investigate 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.  


In Biology this term the children will be using their investigative and observation skills to find out about plants.  They will be carrying out experiments to discover what plants need to thrive and growing their own plants from seed.  They will be learning about the basic structure of some common plants, including trees and will also be recording comparisons of plants grown in different conditions.  They will be developing their knowledge of materials in their cross-curricular study of vehicles (in Design and Technology), finding out about the materials used to make motor cars as well as testing materials for different properties.


Our focus in History will be on two key explorers from different time periods – Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus.  Through the study of these individuals the children will discover more about their different time periods.  They will also develop the key skills of using secondary sources to discover key facts.  The children will be learning about key events in history including the moon landing. 


This term our focus will be on the wider world.  We will kick off our geographical studies with Geography Day and the children will have the opportunity to explore and experience the music, dance, art and culture of Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, France and Mexico!  Then they will consolidate key facts about the earth finding out about continents and countries, the world’s oceans and the equator.


In music this term the children will consolidate their practical skills in using tuned percussion instruments such as handbells and boomwhackers to read and play colour coded music. Then they will be developing their composition skills in groups, learning how to work together to create learned and invented musical pieces.  They will have opportunities to listen to and discuss music played by one another and different types of music to develop their appreciation skills. 


In computing this term the children will be learning how to code. They will be using Scratch Junior to create an algorithm and learn basic coding. The children will create an algorithm to race two ‘sprites’ using Scratch Junior.

The children will also be problem solving in a unit based on ‘Computational Thinking’. They will learn the four key techniques to computational thinking: decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction and algorithms. They will be using bee-bots to solve a problem and programme the bee-bot to carry out the correct instructions.

Art, Design & Technology

In design and technology this term the children will be studying the work of two great designers – Henry Ford and Karl Benz. They will then be designing and making their own vehicles using skills such as sawing, fixing, joining and cutting.  They will test their designs in ramp races and evaluate the effectiveness of their designs.   

In art the children will study the work of Andy Goldsworthy and experiment with creating art from found, natural materials.  They will investigate pattern and form in nature.  They will also study digital art by taking photographs of their work and editing them.

* 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.