In Year 2, our curriculum has been organised around a topic-based approach which incorporates the key skills set out in the National Curriculum. We find this approach to teaching engages the children and gives meaning to their learning. It also emphasises the importance of developing the depth of children’s learning. This means providing children with increased cognitive challenge, allowing them to apply the skills which they have learnt independently, in a range of contexts. Each term starts with a new topic based around a big question. We plan exciting contexts for learning that ‘hook’ and engage learners so that they want to learn more. We aim to make learning real and relevant to the lives of our children and will always include a trip linked to the topic or arrange for visitors to come into school. Where possible, all areas of the curriculum including maths and English are linked to the topic theme.
Although the learning in Year 2 does become more formal, lessons continue to have practical elements to support children in their thinking and keep learning exciting. Lessons challenge all pupils through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback
from adults and peers.
Children in Year 2 sit national tests each year in May. They are tested in reading, maths and spelling, punctuation and grammar. Whilst we ensure that our children are fully prepared for their SATs, we also make sure that the tests are not something for children to become anxious about and that they still have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
Year 2 Routines
- Children have an indoor and outdoor PE session each week and should have their PE kit in school every day in case the days are changed.
- Children are expected to read at least 4 times a week and record these reads in their reading diary.
- Homework menus will be shared each half term so that children can choose pieces to complete. Full instructions can be found in the front of children’s homework books.
- Times tables are tested fortnightly. A sticker will be put in your child’s reading diary when they move onto a new times table.