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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2



Portraits - influenced by Van Gogh, children use brush strokes to reflect feelings and experiment with colour mixing. 

Still Life - use of pencil, paint and printing, linked to the geography topic, 'What Does It Matter Where Our Food Comes From?'

Mining Artefacts - pupils recreate the tools which miners would have used, using clay.  This is linked to their history topic about the miners' strike at Orgreave.




Pupils use Purple Mash to learn about saving and editing documents, algorithms, animation, branching diagrams and simulations.




Textiles - templates and joining techniques.  The children design and make a fabric Christmas tree decoration to sell at the Christmas Fair.

Food Technology - preparing fruit and vegetables.  The children design and make a vegetable salad; this is linked to their geography topic, 'What Does It Matter Where Our Food Comes From?'

Mechanisms - wheels and axles.  Pupils design and make an emergency vehicle, linked to their learning about the Miners' Strike at Orgreave. 




Why don't penguins need to fly? Pupils are introduced to biomes and natural regions; they learn about hot and cold places in the world and how animals adapt to live there. 

Why does it matter where our food comes from?  Pupils learn about farming and the land required to successfully do this as well as which foods we can grow in this country and which we need to get from others.

How does Kampong Ayer compare with where I live? This topic allows the children to study another country and compare that location with their own, looking at similarities and differences.




We learn about changes beyond living memory, including the Great Fire of London. We look at the history of our local area, Handsworth, and learn about the Miners' Strike at Orgreave.  We also learn about significant individuals from Yorkshire, including Amy Johnson, Helen Sharman and Jodie Whittaker. 




Story writing linked to Science and habitats

The Great Fire of London - diary entries 

Non chronological reports

Letter writing

Instructional texts

SATs practice




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Confident use of Y1 vocabulary - yes and no, greetings for answering the register, please and thank you; numbers 1-5; classroom instructions for stand up, sit down, listen.
Focus on oracy and listening - children explore more songs and rhymes and learn that many countries of the world speak Spanish.




Pupils use Charanga to learn about pulse and rhythm, pitch and tone.   They learn a range of songs and experiment with percussion instruments.




Children continue to develop their gymnastic skills, balancing on different body parts, making wide, narrow and curled shapes, making sequences of movements at different levels, travelling changing shape and direction and incorporating spinning, turning and twisting into their gymnastic routines.  Children also learn games involving throwing and catching, aiming, hitting and kicking, dribbling and group games. Throughout these activities, there are opportunities to invent their own games as well as playing existing games and sports.


Aut 1 Aut 2 Spr 1 Spr 2 Sum 1 Sum 2
Ball Skills  Gymnastics        Athletics         Team Building   Fitness

    Striking and    


  Fundamentals      Net and Wall    Dance Yoga

    Sending and    






Mental Wellbeing (Health and Wellbeing) – pupils learn about recognising and managing their feelings.

Online Safety – pupils learn about sharing personal information, online protection, consent, stranger danger, bias and the digital media.

Physical Health (Health and Wellbeing) - pupils learn about life routines, healthy eating and hygiene.

Friendship (Relationships) - pupils learn about different types of friendships, anti-bullying, stereotypes and keeping and maintaining friendships healthy.

Family (Relationships) - pupils learn about different types of families and what makes a family, relationships within families and family diversity.

Living in wider world (Community) – pupils learn about the make-up of their community, belonging, how to help others, prejudice and finances.

Development and Puberty (Growing up) - pupils look at how their bodies change, personal hygiene and get ready for the next chapter of their lives (linked to the science curriculum).




We follow the Discovery RE scheme of work for RE. Y2 focus on:

Religion: Christiantiy (What did Jesus teach? Christmas - Jesus as gift from God and Easter - Resurrection)

Religion: Islam (Prayer at home, Community and Belonging and Hajj)




Uses of Everyday Materials

Animals Including Humans

All Living Things and their Habitats



Click here for the programmes of study.