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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2



Pupils look at the work of Van Gogh and recreate his 'Starry Night' using pastels. They also develop their drawing and observational skills by sketching self-portraits.  




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




In Year 2, the children work on a range of projects, including making a product to sell at the Christmas Fair and creating an individual house to join together to make a 'class street'.  Within these projects, they work confidently within a range of contexts and use different skills.  The final DT topic is linked to an environmental issue.  In the past, this has included creating a bird feeder, scarecrow and wind turbine. 




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 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
Points and
Wide, Narrow,
Parts High
and Low

Turning, Twisting


Throwing and
catching; inventing
Aiming, hitting,
kicking; making
up games

kicking and hitting

Games and
inventing rules
Run, Jump, Hop Striking and
team games




Being Me in my World - pupils learn about their own personalities and feeling

Celebrating Difference - pupils learn to understand and appreciate that everyone is different

Dreams and Goals - pupils set their own targets for the things they want to achieve in the future

Healthy Me - pupils learn about life routines, healthy eating and hygiene

Relationships - pupils learn about different types of relationships and friendships

Changing Me - pupils look at how they have changed over the year and get ready for the next chapter of their lives




We follow the Sheffield SACRE scheme of work for RE. As part of this work in all year groups we will celebrate the festivals of children within our school in every year group, particularly Christmas and Eid.  The pupils learn about different religious symbols and leaders, and what it means to belong. 




Uses of Everyday Materials

Animals Including Humans

All Living Things and their Habitats



Click here for the programmes of study.