Year 2 Curriculum Introduction

Here at HLC the children learn through an exciting and engaging curriculum that aims to foster and nurture a love of learning. We offer all pupils a broad and balanced curriculum, providing opportunities for each child to develop their own independent learning strategies and making their learning meaningful and memorable.

In Year 2 the children will be learning through a range of topics. Looking after our world is important to us, therefore the children will learn all about recycling. We use this information to help us to be environmentally friendly at HLC before they dive deep into looking at life in the ocean. How can we help to keep the Oceans free from pollution? Our pupils will then take a leap back in time to the Great Fire in London before going even further back in time to investigate what it was like to live in a real castle, or to be a fairy-tale Knight or Princess. In the Summer term, our pupils will travel to the seaside, becoming a scientist before using their STEM skills to solve problems for the lighthouse keeper.

Our key reading texts this term are: Somebody Swallowed Stanley by Sarah Roberts, Toby and the Great Fire of London by Margaret Nash, Small Knight and George by Ronda Armitage and The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by David and Ronda Armitage. Throughout the topics, the children engage in stimulating STEM activities including designing and creating a useable bag from recycled materials, constructing a moving drawbridge for their castles and making a treasure chest that will keep their treasure safe from pirates.

The children participate in a Year 2 Nativity/Christmas production. They will also take part in ‘The Big Sing’ which is such an exciting project to be involved in, with lots of other local schools. This year group will also get the opportunity to meet people that help us, including the team from Veolia and the fire service. Visiting a castle in Spring 1 and then ending the year with a trip to the seaside, where they get to experience sandy toes and eat yummy ice cream!


Medium and Long Term Plans

Medium Term Plan

Our Medium Term plans are used by the teachers to track what the learning will look like across the half term. These are shared with the children at the beginning of every topic and are displayed in rooms. The subjects taught that term will have a clear sequence of learning objectives that are followed to ensure that children get a balance of knowledge and skills. As much as possible, subjects are linked to the main topic title and we explicitly identify links between the subjects, ensuring that we offer a rounded learning experience. Teachers use the Medium Term plan to plan specific lessons: building on their prior learning and incorporate penitent, key questions and enquires within them. Educational experiences are carefully mapped into the Medium Term Plans to ensure that they come at the most appropriate learning point in the topic.

Long Term Plan

Our Long Term Plans map out the subjects and topics across the year for every year group. We ensure that pupils gain a broad, balanced and high-quality curriculum offer that is centred around the National Curriculum learning objectives. Alongside key experiences and Educational Visits, these long term plans map out your child’s journey through school and their key learning points. We have including suggested books that they can read alongside the class book in bold. Our topic titles are driven by Reading and STEM. We complete additional STEM related projects every half term and share these with parents and carers. Through key questions and explorative learning, we have developed enquiries for the children to progress to as end points in their sequence of learning in a variety of different topics.

Year 2 LTP