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Year 2 Spring 2024 Curriculum Overview  

This term our topic is Amazing People.    


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 be recognising coins and notes, count money and make given amount using a variety of coins. They will also begin to find the difference and work out change.

They will then learn the multiplication and division facts of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and use arrays. They will recognise doubles and halves of amounts.

In measurement, the pupils will learn to compare, estimate and measure length and height in cm and m. They will also learn about measuring and comparing length, weight, capacity and temperature.

  • Look at all the coins and notes and encourage your child to make different amounts using different coin combinations.
  • Use objects such as pasta, biscuits, fruits etc and show the different ways objects can be grouped to represent the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables.

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

-ICT Maths games (multiplication and division): ICT Maths Games

-Top Marks (measures-length, capacity, measuring mass & multiplication and division) - Top Marks


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 an explanation text and fictional instructions. They will write fantasy stories including writing a setting description and a character description. 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 (including instructions), modern stories and poems. Whilst reading, look at the settings and the characters and encourage your child to describe those using different adjectives.
  • Practise forming the letters of the alphabet using the letter formation phrases sent in the home-learning pack.
  • Ask your child to write simple instructions how to build a Lego model or how to make a magic potion using commands.


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.


Use of everyday materials & Plants – growth and care

This term the children will learn to recognise, name and describe a variety of materials and their properties and perform simple experiments to test the suitability of materials.

They will also know the names of different plants and different parts of a plant. They will understand the importance and process of pollination and the life cycle of a common plant.

  • Visit the BBC Bitesize website to explore the different units of learning about Plants & Uses of materials: BBC Bitesize
  • Go around the house and look at the different materials objects are made of and sort them accordingly. Look at some more ideas on this website: Science Sparks


This term, the children will learn about creating pictures where they will look at the work of various artists and recreate them using a digital painting program. They will then learn about effective searching on the internet.

  • Access Purple Mash activities (sent home in the Autumn term).
  • Visit the BBC bitesize website and learn digital animation What is animation?


How do we know some people have a special connection to God?

This term the children will learn about different religions, religious stories and beliefs. They will learn about how Jesus, Guru Nanak, Krishna and Muhammad and consider the ways in which they may be special to some people.

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: Angel Gabriel, Guru Nanak, Christians, Hindu, Krishna, Sikh, Muslims, Last Prophet, messenger, inspire, miracle etc.



Sculpture and 3D – Paper Play

The children will explore different ways such as rolling, shaping, planning and gluing and painting to make 3D structures, drawings and sculptures.


Explore creating different types of paper sculpture at home by recycling newspaper, magazines, cards etc. You can also watch the videos on these web links for some ideas:

Make a Paper Sculpture

Paper Sculpture Techniques


Cooking and Nutrition- Smoothies

The children will identify if a food is a fruit or vegetable and then they will where plants grow and which parts we eat. They will then select, plan and prepare fruits to make a smoothie and then evaluate their product.

Look at simple smoothie recipes in recipe books and on the internet and try making your own smoothie at home.

Explore and discuss the different ways a variety of fruits need peeling, cutting and preparing whilst making the smoothie.


This term the children will learn about ‘Dreams and Goals’ and ‘Healthy Me’. Throughout these units the children will learn to set achievable goals, work together, celebrate successes and make healthy and safe choices.


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: proud, success, goals, strength, persevere, healthy choices, lifestyle, relaxation, calm, medicines & balanced diet.


The children will learn about the term historians and important events and lives of significant individuals from the past such as Neil Armstrong, Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole, King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. The children will sequence events in chronological order, and they will be writing about how these people contributed to changing life in Britain.

  • See the home learning tasks sent home.
  • Visit the BBC bitesize website and find some facts about the significant people listed: BBC Bitesize Significant People


Gymnastics-The children will develop basic gymnastics actions on the floor and on apparatus. They will develop skills such as jumping, rolling, balancing and travelling and use these to create short sequences and movement phrases.

Net and wall games- They will use and develop skills such as throwing, catching, tracking and hitting a ball and learn how to score points. 

Yoga- The children will learn poses and techniques that will help them to connect their mind and body through meditation and breathing. They will work on improving their well-being by building strength, flexibility, co-ordination and balance.

Invasion games - They will learn about the principles of defending and attacking for invasion games by sending and receiving a ball using both hands and feet and score points for their team.

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


Please note that these videos are on YouTube and therefore may need some level of supervision.


This term, the children will learn two units called: Grandma rap and Hi lo chicka lo

The units explore beat and rhythm work using crotchets and quavers. The children will begin with on-the-spot actions, followed by stepping the durations, stick notation is introduced. Then they will go on to create their own 4-beat patterns, which they will loop creating an accompaniment to perform the rap to.

Read about playing and performing music on the BBC bitesize website: