Year 2

The Year 2 curriculum builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired in Year 1, with a focus on preparation for the end of Key Stage 1 SATs.

Year 2 is the final year of Key Stage 1 education on a pupil’s journey through school, therefore pupils’ progress and attainment are assessed at the end of the year, before transitioning to Key Stage 2.

English

We use the Literacy Tree to deliver a rich, book based English curriculum that is in line with the National Curriculum objectives for English. Each scheme has been carefully designed to enable our pupils to progress through their current year. Teachers tailor the lessons to meet the needs of each class and specific individuals to ensure that all pupils access the learning and succeed in every lesson. Real books form the heart of the scheme to develop a life-long love of reading.

Guided Reading

As the year progresses and pupils have developed a secure grasp of phonics using the Read Write Inc phonics programme, guided reading sessions are delivered daily, ensuring that pupils’ fluency, comprehension and decoding skills are being practised. During these sessions, teachers assess pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding to monitor attainment and to ensure pupils are accessing text suitable for their ability.

Handwriting

Cursive handwriting is taught from Reception and is continued into Year 1. Pupils are expected to write cursive in all books and handwriting practise is carried out at least three times a week. We use Letter-Join as an online resource which promotes interactive activities for pupils to learn from each other. Our pupils practise letter formation in both upper and lower case and numbers.

Mathematics

We use White Rose Maths Mastery to teach the Mathematics curriculum , with a focus on conceptual understanding (the use of concrete objects) and pictorial representations before moving on to more abstract learning. Lessons will include practical learning using a range of resources such as Base 10, counting sticks and place value mats and will ensure pupils develop a strong foundation.

Some of the key skills that children will learn include: being able to count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1 or from any given number. They will also learn to count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals and count in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s. Pupils will also represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20.

Teachers use a guided practice approach to model practical and written methods before the pupils move on to partner practice. Through collaboration, pupils have the opportunity to model and practise key vocabulary, explain their reasoning and challenge one another before moving on to independent work.

International Primary Curriculum

Our pupils are taught in line with the expectations set out in the National Curriculum, through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). This is a thematic curriculum which allows our pupils to engage in the Foundation subjects of History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology and Music, with an extra focus on internationalism and society.

The International Goals of the IPC support our pupils in seeing themselves as being a part of a global community and enables them to reflect on and consider the lives of children in other parts of the world.

We have high expectations of our pupils’ topic-based learning and promote the skills learnt in English within the IPC, whilst ensuring that the lessons are engaging, exciting, stimulating and relevant. The IPC provides a meaningful context for our pupils to learn about the world in which they live.