Welcome to Year 2

Outline Planning for Summer Term 2022 Year 2


Year 2: will focus on fractions, measurement involving length and height, time, mass, capacity and temperature and looking at position and direction. We will continue to use our addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills to solve problems and investigations. Please make sure your child also practices their 2, 5 and 10 times tables.


Year 2 will be focusing on fiction and non-fiction texts, which include ‘Reptiles’ and ‘Fatou, fetch the water’.

We will continue to build upon the children’s existing skills and help them to improve their punctuation, sentence structure and handwriting, in particular letter formation and size. There will be weekly spelling tests and reading practice sessions for each child so please ensure your child is reading every night and practice their spellings for every Friday. It is essential that all children should come to their reading practice sessions fully prepared. In Year 2 we will also be looking at comprehension tasks.


Year 2

Plants: We will be observing and describing how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants and finding out and describing how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.

Habitats and food chains: We will identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other; Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats; Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.

Foundation Subjects

Year 2


This unit links the everyday experience of buying and eating food within the UK with the children’s growing geographical understanding of the world. There is a strong element of local area study with a suggested local shop, market or farm as a recommended visit to begin to show the class the connections between what we buy, where it comes from locally and how it might be able to be sourced from the UK (and beyond).

The children will:

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human geography of their local shops, and physical geography through studying nearby food growing or production
  • Use locational and directional language (e.g. near and far) to describe the location of features and routes on a map
  • Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the UK, and its surrounding seas
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the UK and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage.


In this unit, the children will learn about holidays in the 1950s and 60s, particularly seaside holidays.  They will continue to develop their use of sources with a particular focus on the use of oral history (from classroom visitors, friends and family) and images. They will begin to consider the use of story as a source of evidence.

The children will:

  • Learn about changes within living memory
  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, similarity and difference
  • Ask historically valid questions
  • Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods
  • Ask and answer questions
  • Understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past
  • Identify different ways in which the past is represented
  • Use a wide range of everyday historical terms
  • Use parts of stories and other sources to show they know and understand key features of events
  • Use sources to show they know and understand the past
  • Suggest reasons why changes took place.


Year 1 and 2 will be looking at painting techniques.  We will be studying these techniques through the context of willow patterns and aboriginal art.  We will be developing the following skills throughout the unit:

  • Uses a variety of tools to spread paint – straws, matchsticks as well as different sized brushes.
  • Explores mark-making using thick brushes, foam and sponge brushes
  • Recognise & name primary colours (red, blue, yellow) and secondary colours (purple, green, orange)
  • To identify repetitive/non repetitive patterns.
  • To identify motifs
  • Make simple repeat patterns using a variety of lines, tools and colours.
  • Describe light/dark patterns and shapes


Year 2

We will be looking at ‘The friendship song’. In this unit, we will be learning a song, playing instrumental parts, improvising using instruments and our voices and composing and performing our final piece of music.

In the second half of the term we will be looking at ‘Reflect, reload and rewind’ In this unit we will be listening and appraising Classical music, continuing to embed the foundations of the interrelated dimensions of music using voices and instruments, singing, playing instruments within the song, improvising using voices and instruments, composing, sharing and performing the learning that has taken place.


Year 2:

In the first half of term, we will be looking at the unit ‘We are detectives’ the children are challenged to solve a mystery by reading, sending and replying to emails, and by listening to a witness statement. They use a fact file sheet to create a table and identify the culprit.

In the second half of term, we will be looking at the unit ‘We are Zoologists’. In this unit, the children will go on a bug hunt, recording and identifying the small animals they find. They then organise the data they have collected, record it using a graphing package, and interpret the graph to answer questions about the animals.


Year 2

In the first half of the term, we are focusing on Judaism – Who is Jewish and how do they live. The children will be finding out about what the Jewish people learn from their Bible stories, the story of Hannukah and what this means for Jewish people.

In the second half of the term, we will be looking at how we should care for the world and for others, and why does this matter. They will be looking at this


Year 2 will also be focusing on net and ball skills and athletics.

Swimming sessions will also be taking part during the summer term as and when the weather and pool temperature are suitable.


Year 1 and 2 will be covering the theme ‘Living in the Wider World’.  This unit is broken down into the following key strands:

Belonging to a community

What rules are, why they are needed, and why different rules are needed for different situations

How people and other living things have different needs; about the responsibilities of caring for them

Things they can do to help look after their environment

Media Literacy and Digital Resilience

How the internet and digital devices can be used safely to find things out and to communicate with others

The role of the internet in everyday life

Money and Work

That everyone has different strengths

Different jobs that people they know or people who work in the community do

Some of the strengths and interests someone might need to do different jobs


In Years 1 and 2, we ask you to continue to support your child’s learning by listening to your child read his/her book every night and also recommend that you enjoy reading and discussing a longer, high-quality text to your child, especially if s/he is still developing reading fluency. Your child will have access to allocated books on the Little Wandle letters and sounds website for you to access the books they are reading in school to practice reading at home with them as well.

In Year 2 we aim to have learned the 2, 5 and 10 times tables by the end of the year and will be asking children to continue to practice these at home.

Mrs Prescott, Mrs Page and Miss Lewis

This Year’s Curriculum

Stokenham Area Primary School Curriculum Map

If you would like further information in relation to the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office.