The Russell School

Aim High, Have Courage, Be Kind


Summer term 2018

Curriculum information

Dear Parents,

We look forward to continuing a busy and enjoyable year working with your children. 

Year 2 staff

  • Mr Blume – Teacher 
  • Miss Laxton – Teaching Assistant

Curriculum overview


In English our learning will cover both fiction, non-fiction and poetry. We will focus on the following:

  • Instructions
  • Labels, lists and captions
  • Explanation texts
  • Reports
  • Recounts
  • Stories with predictable phrasing
  • Familiar stories reflecting children's own experiences
  • Traditional tales 
  • Poetry - reading, discussing, comparing, performing and creating poetry
  • Letters

We will continue to build on the use of punctuation. This will include capital letters, full stops, commas, question marks and exclamation marks.

Phonics will be taught 3x a week to differentiated groups. Children in Year 2 are working on phonics phases 3-6.

Home reading books - Books can be changed daily as long as they have been read at home; we require a signature or comment in reading records to confirm this. The children are expected to put their reading book and reading record into the box in the morning if it needs changing. If your child is working at the ‘free reader’ level please encourage them to write their own comment about the book.

Library books - We have a regular library session on a Tuesday. Please can the children bring their books back each week if they wish to exchange.


  • Working mathematically

    By the end of Year 2, children will solve problems with one or a small number of simple steps. Children will discuss their understanding and begin to explain their thinking using appropriate mathematical vocabulary, hands-on resources and different ways of recording. They will ask simple questions relevant to the problem and begin to suggest ways of solving them.


  • Counting and understanding numbers

 Children will develop their understanding of place value of numbers to at least 100 and apply this when ordering, comparing, estimating and rounding. Children begin to understand zero as a place holder as this is the foundation for manipulating larger numbers in subsequent years. Children will count fluently forwards and backwards up to and beyond 100 in multiples of 2, 3, 5 and 10 from any number. They will use hands-on resources to help them understand and apply their knowledge of place value in two digit numbers, representing the numbers in a variety of different ways.

  • Calculating

Children learn that addition and multiplication number sentences can be re-ordered and the answer remains the same (commutativity) such as 9+5+1= 5+1+9. They learn that this is not the case with subtraction and division. They solve a variety of problems using mental and written calculations for +, -, x, / in practical contexts. These methods will include partitioning, which is where the number is broken up into more manageable parts (e.g. 64 = 60 + 4 or 50 + 14), re-ordering (e.g. moving the larger number to the beginning of the number sentence when adding several small numbers) and using a number line. Children will know the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, as well as the matching division facts (4 x 5 = 20, 20 / 5 = 4) and can recall them quickly and accurately. They apply their knowledge of addition and subtraction facts to 20 and can use these to work out facts up to 100.

  • Fractions, including decimals

Throughout Year 2, children will develop their understanding of fractions and the link to division. They explore this concept using pictures, images and hands-on resources. They will solve problems involving fractions (e.g. find 1/3 of the hexagon or ¼ of the marbles) and record what they have done. They will count regularly and fluently in fractions such as ½ and ¼ forwards and backwards and, through positioning them on a number line, understand that some have the same value (equivalent) e.g. ½ = 2/4.


Children will estimate, choose, use and compare a variety of measurements for length, mass, temperature, capacity, time and money. By the end of year 2, they will use measuring apparatus such as rulers accurately. They will use their knowledge of measurement to solve problems (e.g. how many ways to make 50p). They extend their understanding of time to tell and write it on an analogue clock to 5 minute intervals, including quarter past/to the hour. They will know key time-related facts (minutes in an hour, hours in a day) and relate this to their everyday life.


 Children will identify, describe, compare and sort common 2-D and 3-D shapes according to their properties (sides, vertices, edges, faces) and apply this knowledge to solve simple problems. They develop their understanding by finding examples of 3-D shapes in the real world and exploring the 2-D shapes that can be found on them (e.g. a circle is one of the faces on a cylinder). Children begin to describe position, direction and movement in a range of different situations, including understanding rotation (turning through right angles clockwise and anti-clockwise). They use their knowledge of shape in patterns and sequences.


Children sort and compare information, communicating findings by asking and answering questions. They will draw simple pictograms, tally charts and tables.




Florence Nightingale



Art/Design Technology (DT)

Andy Goldsworthy


Habitats; pirates


Charanga scheme - Zootime

Religious Education (RE)

Religious leaders; questions and answers


Core vocabulary

Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE)

Tolerance of those with other faiths and beliefs; British Values - 'Celebrations'

Physical Education (PE)*/Games

Team games; swimming (Thursdays)

*Please can full PE kits be in school every day – T-shirts, shorts and plimsolls, jumper, joggers and trainers.  All items of uniform must be labelled.

Long term plan 2017-2018















Animals including humans;

living things and their habitats

Everyday materials


Working mathematically; counting and understanding numbers;

calculating;fractions; measurement; geometry; statistics


Oliver's vegetables

Fairy tales






War & remembrance

 The Great Fire of London

Florence Nightingale


Oceans & continents What is there around me?


Games; swimming Games; gym

Gym; dance

Games; gym

Team games; swimming



Christmas decorations - sewing puppets

Bake off

Moving vehicles


Colour creations


Australian art Easter

Andy Goldsworthy



Signs & symbols

Christmas & gifts

Special places
Easter Religious leaders

Questions & answers



Christmas show
Charanga - On Bongo Beach Charanga - Zootime



The rule of law

Mutual respect

Individual liberty

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

British values celebration