The Year 2 curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that children have had in Foundation Stage and Year 1. We make our lessons practical and engaging throughout the Key Stage. Years 1 and 2 work closely together to deliver the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1. We have a thematic-based approach and make creative cross-curricular links through this topic.
Reading and Homework
Weekly homework is set in Maths and our pupils are expected to read three times a week as part of our Reading Challenge. Weekly handwriting practise and spellings are also sent home. Children will also be expected to complete one piece of topic based homework each half term. They will be provided with a list of possibilities although this is open to the children’s creativity and ideas. Activities could include writing, drawing, computer based work, cooking or model making.
Our theme this term is: I love London
These are our topics for this year: –
Autumn – London and The Great Fire of London
Spring – Australia and Journeys and Explorers.
Summer – How does your garden grow?
And animals and their habitats.
Through these themes children learn skills in Science, Geography, History, Art, Design Technology and Computing. We also teach Music, R.E. and P.E. We enrich our curriculum provision with educational trips and visitors linked to our theme.
Children have daily lessons in Mathematics and English in order to learn key skills, facts and concepts.
The key areas covered in Maths are:
- Number and Place value
- Addition and subtraction
- Multiplication and division
- Properties of shapes
- Position and direction.
The genres covered in English are:
- Information Texts
- Persuasive writing.
Children in Key Stage 1 are assessed informally on an ongoing basis by class teachers. Pupils’ writing levels are assessed three times a half term.
At the end of Year 2 children complete National SATs tests, which combine with the teacher’s assessment to give a picture of where the child is, in line with National Averages.