Year 2 Curriculum

Year 2 Overview

  Autumn Spring Summer
Maths Based on Hamilton Trust Planning Based on Hamilton Trust Planning Based on Hamilton Trust Planning
  All around us Water, Water Everywhere Let’s go exploring Somewhere Far Away Creatures around Us Green and Growing
English The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Water Dance by Thomas Locker


The Blue Whale


Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl.


The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony


Science Materials – testing for building, different properties.

Water exploration to include sound and movements, pushes and pulls linked to water, adding water to different substances and focussing on the changes, changes to the state of water, how water moves around in the environment.

How water helps to keep us healthy and what we need it for.

Research into whale and their habitats, life cycle of blue whale, creating fact files of whale using ICT, researching other sea animals, using drama to share facts about these and creating group and individual fact files.

Food chains. Exploring sound.


Finding out about meerkats, habitats, adaptions to survive in the environment, behaviour. Creating fact files.

Food chains and life cycles.


Finding out about how foxes live, their lifecycles, habitats and behaviour. Grouping and classifying animals. Using wildlife areas in school to find out about creatures and their habitats. Creating fact cards for creatures. Habitat models.

Life cycle of a plant.

What a plant needs to grow and stay healthy – growing seeds under different conditions

History Comparing old and new photographs of the local area Explorers (Hamilton Unit) Find them on a map. Put in chronological order. Focus on Mary Kingsley as she explored Africa. Map work linked to the location of creatures in the wild areas. Plan view of objects and outside features
Geography Sketch drawings, map work on positioning of buildings in relation to each other and their uses, using and producing maps, using aerial photographs, creating tourist info office and asking questions, geographical language, buildings and construction leading on to making own, journeys and directions around local area and using different modes of transport, comparing cities and villages. Creating environments and using water feature language. Naming oceans, continents etc. The journey of the whale. Africa as a continent – naming key features, finding out about the weather, culture, landscape. Compare with our local area. Grid map of places visited by the seed and compass directions. Use secret garden and school grounds for compass and directional work. Bee Bots.
DT Building construction

Explore how water is used to move different products.

Water in cooking – drinks.

Creating moving parts of a whale

Moving parts using split pins. Creating dioramas using moving parts created by winding mechanisms. Evaluate and improve these.

Pictures with moving parts.


3D portraits in style of Picasso.

Line drawings of buildings with a focus on shape and form.

Representing water movement using a variety of media e.g. paint, pencil, collage, printing.

Sculpture linked to water movement.


Painting and drawing techniques linked to whale illustrations. Art work linked to explorers.

Create models to represent and show creature/areas studied. Build meerkats with moving parts.

Banana desserts.

Using pastels and paint linked to places with the use of geographical language.
PE Val Sabin Val Sabin Val Sabin
Computing Twinkl – PlanIt Twinkl – PlanIt Twinkl – PlanIt
  Computer Art Turtle Logo Presentation Skills Scratch Using and Applying Using the Internet
RE Discovery RE Discovery RE Discovery RE
  What did Jesus teach? Christmas Prayer at home Easter Community and belonging Hajj
Music Music Express Music Express Music Express
  Ourselves Our bodies Animals Storytime Weather Travel