Year 2

Year 2

Spring Term overview – Year 1 & 2 for Broomley and Whittonstall First School


A brief overview of the curriculum areas




Year 1

Year 1 children will be reading stories from Fantasy Lands. They will be sequencing the main events in these stories, taking part in drama activities and creating their own imaginary characters to describe. They will be developing their early writing skills by recording their own sentences to retell stories in familiar settings. The children will listen to the Traditional Tale story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ and will re-tell the story in their own words. In poetry, we will collect interesting vocabulary linked to Bonfire night and Fireworks to create our own poems.


Year 2

To begin the year, Year 2 will be looking at non-fiction books about dinosaurs. They will learn how to navigate using contents and index. To do this they will be learning about alphabetical ordering and scanning for information. They will read the stories from 'Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs' and will write stories using the characters from the stories.  They will be retelling the stories and will describe settings and main characters, with a focus on using adjectives and connectives in their writing.  We will also be creating some ‘Dinosaur Poetry’ using a variety of styles.


Read,Write, Inc phonics

Read Write Inc provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching reading. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK's primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.  Each Read Write Inc programme meets the higher expectations of the National Curriculum and uses effective assessment to accelerate every child's progress and prepare them for the new National Curriculum Tests.  In 2015-16 Shanklea yielded outstanding National Phonics test pass rates due to the implementation fo the Read Write Inc programme.  We will be continuing the programme in 2016-17 and look forward to seeing the continuation of its positve impact upon the reading of our pupils.




Year 1

They will be able to count accurately and confidently to 20 to begin. They will rehearse counting to 50 to develop further number recognition. The children will complete addition and subtraction calculations using the symbols +, - and =. They will understand the terms ‘more than’ and ‘less than’ and will be encouraged to begin to work these out mentally. The children will complete work on 2D shapes, creating patterns, naming common shapes and describing their features. They will learn key number facts including number bonds and doubles up to 10.


Year 2

This term year two will cover the following areas in their numeracy. The children will present solutions to puzzles and problems in an organised way; explain decisions, methods and results in pictorial, spoken or written form, using mathematical language and number sentences. They will read and write two-digit and three-digit numbers in figures and words; describe and extend number sequences and recognise odd and even numbers.  Children will be asked to count up to 100 objects by grouping them and counting in tens, fives or twos; explain what each digit in a two-digit number represents, including numbers where 0 is a place holder; partition two-digit numbers in different ways, including into multiples of 10 and 1.  The children will order two-digit numbers and position them on a number line; use the greater than (>) and less than (<) sign. They will estimate a number of objects; round two-digit numbers to the nearest 10.  Pupils will add or subtract mentally a one-digit number or a multiple of 10 to or from any two-digit number; use practical and informal written methods to add and subtract two-digit numbers.  They will learn to understand that subtraction is the inverse of addition and vice versa; use this to derive and record related addition and subtraction number sentences.


Topic work



In our History topic the children will be taught that events in the past are important. The children will study the life of a significant historical person; they will understand who Guy Fawkes was and the events leading up to the Gun Powder Plot.



In Geography we will look at a range of hot and cold places around the world. The children will identify each country in the United Kingdom and all of the seven continents on the world map. They will consider different weather conditions and how this impacts upon everyday life in specific countries. The children will use iPads and non-fiction books to conduct research into both hot and cold coutries.




Year 1

In Science the children will learn about the Season of Autumn. They will look at Scientific features including weather, temperature and observable changes in the local area. They will extend their investigation skills through developing a line of inquiry, making observations and becoming familiar with Scientific vocabulary through the study of ‘Materials’.


Year 2

In Science the children will learn about different habitats within their local environment. They will develop their scientific skills through close observation, classification and categorisation. This unit will encourage the children to build upon their scientific thinking through the comparison of animal habitats in different climates.




This term the topic is ‘Christian Lifestyles’ The children will celebrate individuality and uniqueness. Children will learn that there are good traits in everyone. They will listen to Christian stories.


Design & Technology


Children will design and make their own winter coat for Barnaby Bear. They will consider suitable materials and colours to keep Barnaby warm during the Winter months. The children will need to pay close attention to their choice of patterns and shapes to ensure that the coat is symmetrical.



The children will explore the use of colour, pattern and shape inspired by Wassily Kadinsky. Children will be introduced to the colour wheel and will explore mixing primary colours. The children will create a range of large scale pieces using natural materials found in the school environment in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. The children will be encouraged to consider their choice of materials, composition and colour to create their own fantastic art work.




The children will be using a software package called Hector’s World  which relates to  e-Safety. The children will have the opportunity to use Notebooks and iPads to research information on topics studied throughout the term.



Year 1

The children will develop rhythm and pulse through action songs.  They will practise singing with expression and learn to hold their own part in a round.


Year 2

In Year 2, the children will be developing pitch through singing and playing the chime bars.  They will by expected to sing with expression and memorise new songs. 


This term the pupils will be developing their abilities through multi-skills lessons.  They will learn about why we need to exercise and how to take care of our bodies when doing exercises.  Children will do indoor and outdoor PE so it is essential that they have their full PE kit, including trainers, in school for the full week. 


Reading Rollercoaster and Maths mountain


These reward schemes allow children to earn certificates while developing their reading and mental maths skills.  To progress along the Reading Rollercoaster, the pupils must hand in signed reading records twice weekly.  Progression up the Maths Mountain will be based upon a weekly mental maths test.



Reading books should be changed twice weekly.  We read primarily from the Oxford Reading Tree home reading scheme.  All children in KS1 read books from the Oxford Reading Tree programme but we recommend that children also read a variety and breadth of different text types  at home.



Number facts

Alien words (from Spring term)

Key words and word books

  • Whittonstall First School, Main Road,
    Whittonstall, Northumberland DH8 9JN
  • 01207 560325
  • Broomley First School, Main Road, Stocksfield
    Northumberland NE43 7NN
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