Curriculum Newsletter

Listed below are details about our current topic and the curriculum we will be following this year, along with information about how you can support your child's learning at home.
Why would a dragon not make a good pet?
This challenge has a scientific focus looking at all living things and habitats; the objectives are listed below.  However the children will have the opportunities to answer this question through all aspects of the curriculum.
The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward will be our inspirational text and will be the core of all of our learning.  Some of the highlights will be; writing an adventure story based on the Dragon Machine, dragon inspired poetry and instructional writing linked with making Dragon Machines.
Animals/All Living Things: Habitats

  • Can they match certain living things to the habitats they are found in?
  • Can they explain the differences between living and non-living things?
  • Can they describe some of the life processes common to plants and animals, including humans?
  • Can they decide whether something is living, dead or non-living?
  • Can they describe how a habitat provides for the basic needs of things living there?
  • Can they describe what animals need to survive?
  • Can they describe the life cycle of some living things? (e.g. egg, chick, chicken)
  • Can they describe a range of different habitats?
  • Can they describe how plants and animals are suited to their habitat?


  • Can they name some characteristics of an animal that help it to live in a particular habitat?
  • Can they describe what animals need to survive and link this to their habitats?
  • Can they explain that animals reproduce in different ways?

Year 2  Reading Expectations
Word Reading

  • Can I decode automatically and fluently?
  • Can I blend sounds in words that contain the graphemes we have learnt (including alternative sounds for graphemes)?
  • Can I read accurately words of two or more syllables that contain the graphemes we have learnt?
  • Can I read words with common suffixes?
  • Can I read common exception words noting unusual correspondence between the spelling and the sound?
  • Can I read most words quickly and accurately when I have read them before without sounding out and blending?
  • Can I read most suitable books accurately, showing fluency and confidence?


  • Can I talk about and give an opinion on a range of texts, including poetry, stories and non-fiction books?
  • Can I discuss the sequence of events in books and how they relate to each other?
  • Can I use prior knowledge, including context and vocabulary, to understand texts?
  • Can I retell a wider range of stories, including fairy stories and traditional tales?
  • Can I read for meaning and check that the text makes sense.  I go back and re-read when it does not make sense?
  • Can I find recurring language in stories and poems?
  • Can I talk about my favourite words and phrases in stories and poems?
  • Can I answer and ask questions?
  • Can I make predictions based on what I have read?
  • Can I draw (simple) inference from illustration, events, characters’ actions and speech?
  • Can I learn and recite some poems by heart with appropriate intonation?
  • Can I read non – fiction books that are structured in different ways?

Year 2 English Expectations

  • Can I segment spoken words into phonemes and record these as graphemes
  • Can I spell words with alternatives spellings including a few common homophones? E.g. there, their?
  • Can I spell longer words using suffixes such as ‘ment’ ’ness’,’ful’,’less’,’ly’.
  • Can I use my knowledge of alternative phonemes to narrow down possibilities
  • Can I identify phonemes in unfamiliar words and use syllables to divide words?


  • Can I join my writing and show that I know which letters are best left unjoined?
  • Can I form lower-case letters of the correct size relative to one another and use capital letters and digits of the correct size and relationship to one another and to lower case letters?
  • Can I use spacing between words that reflects the size of the letters?


  • Can I write narratives about personal experiences and those of others, both real and fictional?
  • Can I write for different purposes, including real events and poetry?
  • Can I plan and discuss the content of writing and record my ideas? 12. Can I re-read to check my writing makes sense and the verb tenses are correct?
  • Am I able to orally rehearse structured sentences or sequences of sentences?
  • Can I evaluate my own writing independently with friends and with an adult?
  • Can I read aloud what I have written with appropriate intonation?
  • Can I proof-read to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation?
  • Can I use sub-ordination (when, if, that, because) and co-ordination (or, and, but)?
  • Can I use expanded noun phrases? E.g. the brown, fluffy cat
  • Can I say how the grammatical patterns in a sentence indicate its function?

Text Structure

  • Can I consistently use the present tense and past tense correctly?
  • Can I use the progressive forms of verbs in the present and past tense?
  • Can I use capital letters for names of people, places, days of the week and the personal pronoun ‘I’?
  • Can I correctly use question marks and exclamation marks?
  • Can I use commas to separate items in a list?
  • Can I use apostrophes to show where letters are missing and to mark singular possession in nouns? E.g. the cat’s fur AND it’s
  • Can I use statements, questions,exclamations and commands?

Year 2 Maths Expectations

  • Can I read and write all numbers to at least 100 in numerals and words?
  • Can I count in steps of 2, 3 and 5 from 0?
  • Can I recognise and define the place value of each digit in a 2 digit number?
  • Can I compare and order number from 0 to 100 using the < > and = signs?
  • Can I recognise, name and write the fractions 1/3, ¼, ½, 2/4 and ¾ and can I find fractional values of shapes
  • Can I find fractions of lengths, sets of objects and quantities?
  • Can I write simple fractions eg ½ of 6=3 and recognise the equivalence of 2/4 and ½.
  • Can I recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5, and 10x tables?
  • Can I add and subtract a 2-digit number and ones?  E.g. 32-6
  • Can I add and subtract a 2-digit number and tens?  E.g. 23 – 10 & 23 – 13
  • Can I add two 2 – digit numbers?
  • Can I add three 1-digit numbers?
  • Can I count in tens forwards and backwards from any number?
  • Can I use place value and number facts to solve problems?
  • Can I recognise and use the inverse relationship between + and –
  • Can I use the inverse relationship to check calculations and solve missing number problems?
  • Can I solve problems involving addition and subtraction?
  • Do I understand and can use commutivity in relation to addition, multiplication (can be done in any order) subtraction, and division (must be done in correct order)?

Measurement and Geometry

  • Can choose and use appropriate standards units to estimate and measure length, height, temperature and capacity using suitable equipment?
  • Can I compare and order length, mass, volume and capacity using < > and =
  • Can I tell and write the time to 5 minute intervals?
  • Can I read half past, quarter past and quarter to and draw the hands on a clock face?
  • Can I compare and sequence time intervals?
  • Can I recognise and use the symbols £ and p when solving problems involving addition and subtraction of money including giving change?
  • Can I describe the properties of 2D and 3D shapes to include edges, vertices and faces?
  • Can I interpret and construct pictograms, tally charts, block diagram and simple tables?
  • Can I order and arrange mathematical objects in patterns and sequences?
  • Can I use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement including moving in a straight line, ¼ turns as right angles, half, ¾, clockwise and anticlockwise?

Parents Information
Please see the information on our year group page about Learning at Home.
In Year 2 we suggest the Homework framework for each week is:

  • Reading to and listening to your children read (10 minutes or more each day)
  • Rapid Recall Maths practice (2 x 10 minutes a week).
  • Spellings and Handwriting (2 x 10 minutes each week).
    • We will send home a list of spellings to work on over the course of this half term and the spellings are linked to your child’s phonics and spelling teaching.
  • Learning Challenge – You will receive a letter which will tell you the question that your child’s KAGAN group would like to investigate. Please help them research this question at home using books, internet, speaking to family and friends etc. They can bring their research into school in any format (handwritten or word processed notes, pictures, photographs, printed out information). This information will be stuck into their KAGAN scrap book.