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Year 2 Summer 2024 Curriculum Overview

This term our topic is From Field to Fork.


Teaching and Learning 

Parental Involvement- We encourage parents to choose at least one activity for each subject to support your child in their learning. 


The children will learn about fractions where they will recognise and find ½, ¼, 1/3 and ¾ of amounts and shapes. They will also learn to read o’clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to and 5-minute intervals times on analogue clocks.  

In statistics, they will make, draw and interpret tally charts, pictograms and block graphs. 

They will also learn to describe positions, turns and movement. 


  • Explore cutting an apple or pizzas into different fractions e.g halves, quarters, thirds and compare which are larger/smaller. Share an amount to 20 into halves, quarters and thirds by sharing and see how many does each person get.  

  • Practise reading time on an analogue clock to o’clock, half-past, quarter past and quarter to times. Discuss the position of the hour and minute hand for each time. 

  • Your child can practise their Maths skills on Numbots (see login sent home).  

-ICT Maths games (Time): ICT Games  

-BBC Bitesize Data & Statistics   

-BBC Bitesize Movement and Turns  


English objectives will be covered through a variety of high-quality texts that will spark the pupils’ interest. The texts will cover poetry, fiction and non-fiction.  This term the children will write a recount, instructions in form of a recipe, a narrative and a non-chronological report. They will write poems on a theme. The children will learn skills to read aloud stories and poems, create story maps, do storytelling through drama and role-play and write in role. The children will learn grammar and punctuation discretely. 

  • At home, read as many storybooks as possible from different genres, e.g information books, modern stories and poems. If you have visited a place or been somewhere encourage your child to recount that event using past tense verbs and use time adverbs such as first, then, next etc 

  • Practise forming the letters of the alphabet using the letter formation phrases sent in the home-learning pack.  

  • Look at simple recipes and discuss the layout and their features. Follow some recipes to make a food and encourage your child to re-write the list and steps they followed to make that food. 


The children will be reading a variety of different types of books in their reading practice sessions that they have at school. They will have 3 sessions a week where we focus on using phonics knowledge to decode the words, read aloud with expression and then comprehension to show what they have understood from the text. The children will then bring home with them the book they have read in class to practise reading it again at home with you. 

  • Please listen to your child read at least 3 times per week. Children who read regularly at home make the most progress, not just in reading, but right across the curriculum. Please ask if us if you need any support. 

  • Be a reader yourself- let your child see you reading and talk about your enjoyment of reading. 


Living things and their habitats & Living things and their habitats around the world  

This term the children will explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive by thinking about life processes. 

They will identify and compare different habitats, describe how habitats provide for the basic needs of different animals and plants. 

They will also name different plants and animals found in different habitats and microhabitats. They will learn how these habitats provide for the basic needs of these living things. 


  • Visit the BBC bitesize website to explore the different units of learning about living things and their habitats: Habitats 

  • Go around your house and the local area. Look at the different animals and plants that grow there. Discuss how the environment differ from area to area. Look at microhabitats such as under stones or dried leaves and see what animals live there. How are these areas same and different?  


This term, the children will learn to enter information on a spreadsheet. Then they will learn coding where they will create and edit simple programs using code blocks.  


  • Visit the BBC Bitesize website and learn about computer science and algorithms:  Computer Science  



How do some people talk to God? 

This term the children will describe what prayer means, identify some reasons why people might pray and identify some similarities and differences between the ways in which people pray. They will look at why special objects and items of clothing are important to some people when they pray. They will draw connections between prayer practices within the Hindu, Muslim and Jewish worldviews.  



Here is some key vocabulary we will be using with the children this term. It would be helpful to talk through these words with your child at home: Allah, Brahman, communicate, deity, mandir, mosque, prayer, puja Qur'an, scripture, shrine etc 



Sculpture and 3D – Clay Houses 

The children will explore the way clay can be shaped and joined and use a range of essential skills for working with this medium. They will learn about the sculpture of Rachel Whiteread and create their own clay house tile in response.  


  • Explore making a clay tile by watching the You Tube video on: Making a clay tile    



Structures – Constructing a windmill 

The children will identify some features that they would like to include in their design. They will then make stable structures, which will eventually support the turbine using card, tape and glue. They will make functioning turbines and axles that are assembled into the main supporting structure. Finally, they will say what is good about their windmill and what they could do better. 

  • Look at simple instructions how to make windmills on these video links and explore making on of your own: 

Making a windmill example 1  

Making a windmill example 2   



This term the children are learning about ‘Relationships and ‘Changing Me’ where they will learn to recognise and appreciate people who them in their family, school and the community and also cope with changes and identify what they are looking forward to when they move up next year.   

Here is some key vocabulary we will be using with the children this term. It would be helpful to talk through these words with your child at home: 

Relationship: cooperate, conflict, point of view, good secret, worry secrets, compliments 

Changing me: change, respect, appearance, male, female, private, penis, testicles, vagina 



Pupils will compare Royston now and, in the past, focusing on changes in the landscape and settlement. They will also explore changes in food, farming tools and transport over the years.  

  • See the home learning tasks parent mail sent home. 



The children will identify the different types of farming and the features of farms and fields. They will learn about the food produced in the UK and locate where different foods are grown around the world.  

Visit the BBC bitesize website and find some facts about food and farming: Food and Farming 


  • See the home learning tasks parent mail sent home too. 



Target Games- They will develop the skills of throwing, rolling and striking towards a target. 

Striking and Fielding- In this unit the children will develop their understanding of the principles of defending (fielding) and attacking (batting). They will be using skills such as throwing, catching, tracking and striking a ball. They will learn to score points in these types of games using simple tactics and by abiding to the rules.  

Athletics – The children will be running at different speeds, jumping and throwing equipment. They will also measure their performance and compete to improve their own score against others.   

Swimming – The pupils will learn about water safety and enjoyment of being in the water. They will learn to travel with a float and submerge with increasing confidence. They will begin to learn to use legs and arms to propel them through water.    

Staying active at home will support your child’s progress in PE. Here are some links to follow for some ideas: 




This half term, the children will do two units called: Swing-a-long with Shostakovich & Charlie Chaplin. In the first unit the pupils will feel patterns of beats in their bodies, swinging in time with a partner and marking the beat using simple body percussion patterns. In the second unit they will compose a soundtrack to a slip of a silent film and understand and use notes and dynamics of different duration 


In the next half term, they will learn about a unit called: Tańczymy labada which focusses on internalising a sense of pulse through singing games. The pupils will sing confidently in Polish and play an accompaniment on tuned percussion. They will begin to understand how music helps people share tradition and culture. 


Read about playing and performing music on the BBC Bitesize website: Performing Music