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.
Where would you prefer to live: England or Africa?
This challenge has a Geography focus, looking at the geographical similarities and differences of England and Africa; the objectives are listed below.  However the children will have the opportunities to answer this question through all aspects of the curriculum.
Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke will be our inspirational text and at the core of all of our learning.  Some of the highlights will be; writing a character description of Anna Hibiscus, writing a non-chronological report about African and English animals following our visit to Knowsley Safari Park.  As well as taking part in a debate about whether it is better to live in England or Africa.
Geographical Enquiry

  • Can they label a diagram or photograph using some geographical words?
  • Can they find out about a contrasting locality like Africa by using different sources of evidence?
  • Can they find out about Africa by asking some good questions to someone else?
  • Can they say what they like and don’t like about their locality and Africa?

Physical Geography

  • Can they explain what makes a locality special?
  • Can they describe Africa using geographical words?
  • Can they describe the key features of a place, using words like, beach, coast forest, hill, mountain, ocean, valley?

Human Geography

  • Can they explain how the jobs people do may be different in different parts of the world?
  • Do they think that people ever spoil the area? How?
  • Do they think that people try to make the area better? How?

Geographical Knowledge

  • Can they name the continents of the world and find them in an atlas?
  • Can they name the world’s oceans and find them in an atlas?


  • Can they make plausible predictions about what the weather may be like in different parts of the world?
  • Can they find the longest and shortest route using a map?
  • Can they use a map, photographs, film or plan to describe Africa?
  • Can they explain how the weather affects different people?
  • Can they locate some of the world’s major rivers and mountain ranges?
  • Can they point out the North, South, East and West associated with maps and compass?

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 and handwriting to work on over the course of this half term and the spellings are linked to your child’s phonics and spelling teaching.