Year 2

Topics covered in Year 2 Summer Term 2019


We will be consolidating much of the work covered in the previous two terms with an emphasis on creative writing skills.

Areas to be covered –

  • Comprehension – answering questions about the text they have read.
  • Creative writing.
  • Awareness of story structure i.e. beginning, middle, end.
  • Use of characters, time and place.
  • Use of punctuation, including full stops, capital letters, speech marks, commas, exclamation marks, question marks, suffixes, prefixes.
  • Handwriting - cursive script.  Correct joins, size and orientation of letters.
  • Correct use of capital and lower case letters.
  • Development of “good habits” - e.g. re-reading work to check for spelling   mistakes, grammatical structure.
  • Many of the children are able to write independently and this will be developed to include non-fiction writing linked to the topic.



As with English we will be consolidating work covered in the previous two terms.

Areas to be covered are:

  • Knowledge and application of x2, x3, x5, x10.  Some students may begin to learn x4 tables.
  • Knowledge of place value - hundreds, tens, units.
  • Knowledge of number symbols + - X - =,- correct usage of these, and how they work e.g. when multiplying and adding the number gets bigger - when sharing/dividing/subtracting the number gets smaller.  Vocabulary associated with this.
  • Counting in 3’s and 4’s.
  • Coordinates – finding locations on maps and using directions.
  • Data handling - simple charts (related to topic) and diagrams.
  • Knowledge of shape - including, properties of shape, symmetry, tessellation.
  • Knowledge and use of standard measurements - metres, litres, kilogram,
  • centimetres, millilitres, grams.
  • Use of money - giving change.


The topic this term is ‘Grouping & Changing Material’ and then ‘Animals including Humans’.  For Grouping & Changing Materials, we are looking at distinguishing between an object and the material from which it is made.  The children will learn about some of the ways materials can be changed and that heating can cause changes which produce materials which are often useful.  In Animals including Humans we will look at how to classify animals and how animals grow, feed, reproduce and stay healthy.  By the end of the term the children should have an understanding of how living things are inter-related, simple life cycles, and the importance of caring for their environment.


The children will begin their SAT’s week commencing 20th May 2019.  They will take tests in writing, grammar, spelling and maths. Please ask me for any additional information required.


The children will be looking at famous people in history, specifically Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole and also the ‘Great Fire of London’. 



We will be learning about the main similarities and differences between our local area and a contrasting place.  The children will also name, locate and identify characteristics of 4 countries in the UK and capital cities.


The children will cover the topic “We are Detectives”, where they will learn to read, write and send emails.   ‘We are Zoologists’ involves finding out about bug hunting, using an identification key and data handling.


‘Can Buildings Speak?’ – The children will be looking at how buildings are built for a particular purpose and the different materials and designs used.



The children will be completing their designs for a house from the period of the Great Fire.



This summer term the children will have the opportunity to freely take part in whole class discussions, expressing opinions about a number of topics.  For example: ‘asking for help’, ‘understanding ours and the feelings of others’, ‘how to deal with feelings and strategies to help others with their behaviour’. 



The children will cover the topic of ‘Water’, how it is used in every day routines, as well as part of various religious rituals.



Homework will be given on Friday and should be returned the following Tuesday.  Spelling tests will take place on Fridays. 



P.E will take place on Tuesday with the specialist sports instructors and on Fridays. Please ensure your child has his/her kit in school on this day.  Weather permitting, we will be spending most of our P.E sessions outside so your child will need suitable footwear for outside games.



The children will be developing performance skills, playing recorders and singing.


Bug Club & Mathletics

The children have access to the ‘Bug Club’ online reading resource and have been provided with their own login and username. The children also have access to Mathletics, an education website specialising in the improvement of pupils’ mathematical skills.

Please encourage your children to access both resources to develop their reading and mathematical skills.


Daily reading and reading record

Please read with your child on a daily basis for 10-20 minutes.  Your child is given a reading record where you can add a short comment every time s/he has read to you.  Teachers check the reading record on a daily basis and will give your child a stamp every time they have read at home.  When 20 stamps are collected, your child will receive a certificate/reward for being a proactive reader.  We look forward to your support and cooperation.



Mr P Morrison