Year 2 Summer Term Curriculum

Intrepid Explorers

Successful Learners

  • As geographers we will find out all we can about Kingston Jamaica; their culture, lifestyle, food and compare the environment and culture to that of Kingston upon Thames England.
  • As historians we will identify important historical figures that impacted Jamaican society. We will learn about Christopher Columbus’ journeys and the impact this had on other people.
  • As scientists we will name plant parts and understand the functions of plant parts. We will name different plants, e.g. vegetables, flowers and grow plants from seeds. We will investigate conditions needed for growth. We will make and look after small miniature gardens. We will investigate how different objects move. We will consider: forces used in making something move, and compare and test flying fish. We will investigate making things move in the air e.g kites, and rockets. We will compare how things move, changing objects so that they move in different ways and at different distances.
  • In English, we will look at the Roald Dahl story of James and the Giant Peach. We will get creative, imaginative and

Confident Individuals


  • Learning about differences between ourselves and others will encourage us to value each other and raise our self esteem, making us confident individuals.

Responsible Citizens


  • We will develop an understanding of how local environments at home and abroad impact differences in the lives of people.

Spiritual & Moral

  • We will learn about other cultures, showing acceptance and understanding towards them.


  • We will examine how our local community differs from other communities and identify the reasons for this.

Year 2 Summer Overview

Year 2   Subject Skills

Literacy Links

James and the Giant Peach

Phonological knowledge and handwriting will continue to be developed throughout Year 2.


  • Read accurately words of two or more syllables that contain familiar graphemes.
  • Read words containing common suffixes.
  • Read further common exception words, noting unusual correspondences between spelling and sound and where these occur in the word.
  • Read most words quickly and accurately, without overt sounding and blending, when they have been frequently encountered.
  • Read aloud books closely matched to their improving phonic knowledge, sounding out unfamiliar words accurately, automatically and without undue hesitation.
  • Pupils will be introduced to non-fiction books that are structured in different ways
  • They will check that the text makes sense to them as they read and correcting inaccurate reading
  • answering and asking questions
  • predicting what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far
  • explain and discuss their understanding of books, poems and other material, both those that they listen to and those that they read for themselves.


Writing for different purposes:

Pupils will consider what they are going to write before beginning by:

  •  planning or saying out loud what they are going to write about
  • writing down ideas and/or key words, including new vocabulary
  • encapsulating what they want to say, sentence by sentence

Pupils will be taught to vary their writing to suit the purpose and reader. They will use the texts they have read as models for their own writing. Make simple notes from non-fiction texts, for example key words and phrases, page/web references, headings, to use in subsequent writing. Write simple information texts incorporating labeled pictures and diagrams, charts, lists as appropriate.. Draw on knowledge and experience of texts in deciding and planning what and how to write.


  • Pupils will be taught to use both familiar and new punctuation correctly, including full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks, question marks, commas for lists and apostrophes for contracted forms and the possessive (singular).
  • They will learn how to use:
  • sentences with different forms: statement, question, exclamation, command
  • expanded noun phrases to describe and specify [for example, the blue butterfly]
  • the present and past tenses correctly and consistently including the progressive form
  • subordination (using when, if, that, or because) and co-ordination (using or, and, or but)
  • features of written Standard English
  • use and understand appropriate grammatical terminology when discussing their writing.

Numeracy Links

Pupils will be taught to:

  • solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations
  • solve one-step problems involving multiplication and division, by calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictorial representations and arrays with the support of the teacher
  • approach problems involving number and data presented in a variety of forms in order to identify what they need to do.
  • develop flexible approaches for solving and look for ways to overcome difficulties.
  • They will compare, describe and solve practical problems relating to Jamaica and James and the Giant Peach: time [for example, quicker, slower, earlier, later]  sequence events in chronological order using language [for example, before and after, next, first, today, yesterday, tomorrow, morning, afternoon and evening]
  • Using and applying coordinates


Christopher Columbus

The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.Pupils will develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.They will learn where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.They will learn to ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events.They will find out some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

They will look at:

  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally
  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to
    national and international achievements

They will:

  • place events and objects in chronological order
  • recognise why people did things, why events happened and what
    happened as a result
  • identify differences between ways of life at different times.
  • identify and describe what places are like
  • find out about the past from a range of sources
  • select from their knowledge of history and communicate in a variety of
  • identify and describe reasons for, and results of events and changes.
  • describe and make links between events, and changes across periods
  • recognise the past is represented and interpreted in different ways,
    and give reasons for this
  • use a variety of sources to find out about events, people and changes


Kingston = Jamaica – Kingston = Surrey, England

  • Children will understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country.
  • They will identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to.
  • They will identify key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather, and key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop


‘We are journalists’- Publishing a newsletter

Pupils will be taught to:

  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

They will:

  • enter and store information in a variety of forms
  • use text and images to develop their ideas
  • try things out and explore what happens in real and imaginary situations
  • present their completed work effectively
  • talk about what they might change in the future

Art/ Design and Technology

When designing and making, pupils will be taught to:

  • select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics

They will:

  • ask and answer questions about starting points for work
  • review what they and others have done and say what they think and feel about it
  • say what they may change or improve in the future
  • talk about ideas saying what they like and dislike.

PE / Games

Pupils will develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.

They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils will learn to:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending

They will:

  • explore basic skills actions, and ideas with increasing understanding
  • remember and repeat simple skills and actions with increasing control and coordination
  • explore how to choose and apply skills and actions in sequence and in combination
  • vary the way they perform skills by using simple tactics and movement phrases
  • describe what they have done
  • observe, describe and copy what others’ have done
  • use what they have learnt to improve the quality and control of their work
  • how important it is to be active
  • to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during different activities

MFL Links

How to use their knowledge of English/other language in learning French.

Music Links

Pupils will be taught to:

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • create musical patterns and explore, choose and organise sounds and musical ideas.

Year 2 Summer 1 POS