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.
How have Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela helped to make the world a better place?
This challenge has a History focus, centred around the theme of discrimination.  We will be looking at the lives of Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela and how they have contributed to national and international achievements.  However the children will have the opportunities to answer this question through all aspects of the curriculum.
The children will also be answering the question of “How will 5 a day help me to be healthy?, where the children will be investigating why exercise and a healthy diet are important for humans.
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman will be our inspirational text and at the core of all of our learning.  Some of the highlights will be; writing a book review of Amazing Grace, a letter to Grace and writing a biography of Nelson Mandela or Rosa Parks.
Chronological Understanding

  • Can they use words and phrases like: before I was born, when I was younger?
  • Can they use phrases and words like:  ‘before’, ‘after’, ‘past’, ‘present’, ‘then’ and ‘now’; in their historical  learning?
  • Can they use the words past and present correctly?
  • Can they use a range of appropriate words and phrases to describe the past?
  • Can they sequence a set of events in chronological order and give reasons for their order?

Knowledge and Interpretation

  • Can they recount the life of someone famous from outside Britain who lived in the past giving attention to what they did earlier and what they did later?
  • Can they recount some interesting facts from an historical event?

Historical Enquiry

  • Can they find out something about the past by talking to an older person?
  • Can they answer questions by using a specific source, such as an information book?
  • Can they research the life of a famous non-Briton from the past using different resources to help them?


  • Can they sequence a set of objects in chronological order and give reasons for their order?
  • Can they sequence events about  the life of a famous person?
  • Can they try to work out how long ago an event happened?
  • Can they explain why someone in the past acted in the way they did?
  • Can they explain what is meant by a democracy and why it is a good thing?
  • Can they say at least two ways they can find out about the past, for example using books and the internet?
  • Can they explain why eye-witness accounts may vary?
  • Can they research about a famous event that happens somewhere else in the world and why it has been happening for some time?

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 which are linked to your child’s phonics and spelling teaching.