Y2 Curriculum Information

Term: Summer 2023


 Welcome to Year 2! Please read the curriculum information carefully below:

Home Learning:

Home learning is set on Google Classroom every Wednesday, this needs to uploaded and returned for the following Monday. Children will also practise their rapid recall target weekly and spellings. Homework activities will alternate between English and Maths. Please work with your child to complete the activities, but please don’t do it for them! In Year 2, we always remind the children to try their best even if they might make mistakes. 

When we set writing activities, it would be best to get your child to write down their answers on a piece of paper and take a photo of it. This way we can make their spellings, handwriting and punctuation too. 



Spellings will be set and available to view every Friday on Google Classroom. The children will then be tested in class every Friday morning so that they have a week to practice. It will be a mix of high frequency words and words linked to a phonics sound. Your child will receive a login and password to access Spelling Shed, a programme we are using to teach spellings. There will be games for them to access at home. Please encourage this at least once a week. 



At OLM we use the Maths No Problem scheme. This scheme focuses on mastery of different mathematical concepts.  This term we will be focusing on:


  • Fractions: finding halves, quarters, thirds, finding fractions of amounts, making a whole and showing equal parts.

  • Time: telling the time and writing the time- minutes to 5, sequencing events, drawing clock hands, duration of time, finding end times.

  • Volume: comparing volume, measuring volume in litres and millitres, solving word problems



Please ensure you continue to practice on your rapid recall targets as these are invaluable to your child’s mental arithmetic skills.

Times Tables

We will continue to practice the 2, 5 and 10 times tables until the children are completely confident in these.  If you feel they are ready to move on, then please start practising the 3 and 4 times tables too.  Please do practise these regularly. We have introduced the children to Times Table Rockstars and already sent home log ins. This is a fun way to motivate them to learn their tables. We will assign time during our Computing lessons to also support them. 



We will be focussing the book called 

10 things I can do to help the world


The Magic Finger



Our grammar focus will be sentence types (statement, command and question), using subordination e.g. when, if, but and using a variety of punctuation including commas, exclamation marks and question marks.


In Year 2, we will continue the teaching of phonics, with a focus on consonant graphemes.  We will also begin looking at the spellings of homophones, words that sound the same but have a different meaning and are spelt differently e.g. their and there, pair and pear


The children are read to daily by an adult and also have twice weekly sessions on a one to one basis. This is to ensure that children are exposed to a rich vocabulary and a chance to explore their understanding of a text. Please could parents support their child with reading by reading aloud to them but also ensuring children are reading to them independently for approximately 10 mins a day.  It is important that children now work on their comprehension skills (understanding) so please do spend time discussing what you are reading and questioning your child about a text.


Text Types: Diary entries, character descriptions, stories, setting descriptions


Grammar includes:

Write different kinds of sentence: statement, question, exclamation, command.

 Use expanded noun phrases to add description & specification.

 Write using subordination (when, if, that, because) and co-ordination (or, and, but).

 Correct & consistent use of present tense & past tense.

Correct use of verb tenses.


Write with correct & consistent use of:

o capital letters

o full stops

o question marks

o exclamation marks

Use commas in a list.

Use apostrophe to mark omission and singular possession in nouns.


Write under headings.


Handwriting- Write lower case letters correct size relative to one another.

Show evidence of diagonal & horizontal strokes to join.



Coach Ben: Cricket

Class Teacher: Maypole Dancing


 Mrs Edwards will be teaching children music every Tuesday. This half term, she will focus on pitch, tempo, dynamics and rhythm. 

The focus will be 'Vocal Control-Singing'

Play melodies

Building on from Musical me (Spring 2) - song ‘Once a man (beast) fell in a Well’, develop and secure understanding using tuned percussion adding sound effects while recapping musical dimensions learnt: Dynamics, timbre, tempo and motifs. Using letter notation to write a melody. (3wks).

Theme: Space - Lessons 1, 4 & 5). Learning to compose and play soundscapes and motifs for effect (2wks).


Art & DT

Sculptures and 3D – clay houses.



Living Things & their habitats

Children will:

explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive

· identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other

·identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats

describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food


Key Dates:

Friday 28th April- Trip to St Paul's Cathedral


How you can support your child’s learning:






Information for parents- National Curriculum Tests



Phonics Screening:

This year, children will be tested on their phonic sounds. Please find attached an example of a phonics screening test. You can find more resources uploaded to Google Classroom:

2022 Phonics screening check: pupils' materials - standard (publishing.service.gov.uk)