Year Two Curriculum

 

Year 2 Curriculum

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Science Plants, Animals and their habitats

Food Chains

Materials and their Properties Basic Needs of Humans and other Animals What plants need to grow Life Cycles
Computing   Create, organise and store digital content   E-Safety    
History Famous People; Charles Darwin

Oliver Cromwell

Florence Nightingale

Edith Cavell

Hereward the Wake and William the Conqueror

Remembrance Sunday

The Great Fire of London

Famous Pioneers; Henry Ford, The Wright Brothers, George Stephenson, Thomas Andrews

  The English Civil War and Oliver Cromwell    
Geography         Contrasting localities Ely and Hunstanton Tocuaro, Mexico The UK
Art and Design Studies of Picasso, Lowry, Warhol and Pollock   Observational study: Spring Flowers

 

Designing and Making a bag

Making a card with moving parts Sculpture: Beach Art and Andy Goldsworthy

Painting Seascapes

 
RE The Life and teaching of Guru Nanak

The Khalsa

Vaisakhi and Easter, a comparison   The Gurdwara The Five 5ks
PSHE New Beginnings Getting On and Falling Out Going for Goals Good to be me Relationships

And Keeping Safe

Changes- transition to KS2
Educational Visit opportunities   Ely Museum   Hunstanton    

 

 

Curriculum – breadth and depth

The curriculum provides learning opportunities for the children, which are meaningful, relevant to their level of understanding and provide excitement and enjoyment through a creative approach. This ensures that each child is fully engaged in the topics under study. Each curriculum subject has key sets of skills, bodies of knowledge and required levels of understanding. Teachers consider how to challenge each child in their learning, which engages them effectively in their lessons and activities. This means if a child is very able they will access higher order learning in their lessons. For children who do not always find some subjects easy, support activities enable the child to learn the next carefully planned steps to ensure expected progress.

For more details please read the section about our curriculum on the website for each year group or contact the school office to arrange a visit to our school. We will be able to provide you with first-hand experiences of the curriculum and the learning opportunities available to every child.

 

English – How we organise our teaching and learning

Year 2 teaching is organised in mixed ability classes. Some activities may be delivered in smaller groups according to the needs of the differing abilities in the subject.

Phonics – Year 2 Phonics, teaching takes place daily using a scheme called ‘Sounds Write’ for those children who still need focused input. This scheme has been in place since September 2016 and was introduced to enhance the provision previously in place. The new scheme has enabled teachers to make much closer links to writing, so that children can more effectively connect the use of sounds with the writing process.

Reading – Children read from colour-banded books. Within each colour band children select any book they wish, some are from reading schemes others are ‘real’ books. Children take home a reading book daily and read with a family member. This activity is recorded in the reading diary and allows for communication between home and school.

Children are taught explicitly how to read in class in a number of different ways, including whole class reading of a shared book, small guided group sessions and through one-to-one reading opportunities to practise their skills.

Writing – Once children are immersed in a text over a number of days. They undertake a wide variety of speaking opportunities in which they get to develop story language or factual language, they are then able to write at length using their phonetic knowledge of recently acquired sight vocabulary and spellings.

 

Mathematics – How we organise our teaching and learning

Review of this area is under development – information to follow shortly

 

Science – How we organise our teaching and learning

Review of this area is under development – Information to follow shortly

 

Religious Education

Religious Education The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Cambridge was created at the Cambridgeshire Syllabus Conference and approved by the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education. It is the legal basis for Religious Education (RE) in Cambridgeshire since September 2013.

Since 1944, all schools have been required to teach RE to all pupils on the school roll (except when Parents’ exercise their right to withdraw their children from the subject). Religious Education is a Core subject of the Basic Curriculum for all pupils, and this Agreed Syllabus is equivalent to the Governments subject orders for the subjects of the National Curriculum.

At Spring Meadow, we provide opportunities for our children to understand the many differing faiths practiced. In Year 2 the focus is Sikhism with links made to other faiths where relevant.

 

Sex and Relationships Education

Sex and Relationships Education Through the science programs of study children learn about life cycles and naming baby animals. Through our program of personal, social and emotional development, lessons focus on the different types of positive relationships we have with our parents, grandparents, friends, teachers etc.