Year 2

'Our aim is to prepare children for the future and for lifelong learning in a diverse and everchanging world with opportunities as well as challenges.'


At Hatchell Wood, we use the National Curriculum and the accredited White Rose Maths to structure the long term and medium term overview of our mathematics teaching.

The vast majority of children are taught in their own year groups, in mixed abilities. In every year group, concepts are taught using concrete resources, moving on to pictorial methods before developing abstract working. This approach means that most children can access the same learning while building a solid understanding. Where appropriate, some children have a personalised curriculum. All children are given an equal opportunity to achieve to their highest potential.

As well as discrete maths lessons, children also consolidate their understanding during topic lessons and through daily Maths Meetings which include key mathematical facts.


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1 

Summer 2

Number: Place Value 

Number: Addition and Subtraction 

Measurement: Money

Number: Multiplication and Division 

Number: Multiplication and Division 


Geometry: Properties of Shape

Number: Fractions

Measurement: Length and Height

Geometry: Position and Direction


Measurement: Time 

Measurement: Mass, Capacity and Temperature


At Hatchell Wood, we believe that every pupil has the right to be able to read, write and communicate with others effectively. English is the main medium through which the rest of the curriculum is learned and taught and a major way in which children interpret the world around them, develop knowledge and understanding and communicate with other people. The teaching of English, in all of its forms, has a high profile within the school.


In the teaching of writing we use 'Pathways to Write'. This covers skills we want the Year 2 children to achieve through the teaching of keys. Each half term we complete writing tasks about a different book and we work on our 'mastery keys'. These are things like joining sentences with the word 'because' or using a range of punctuation in our sentences. 

Here is an overview of the books we study.

Autumn 1                            Autumn 2                                Spring 1                               Spring 2                            Summer 1                      Summer 2

Troll Swap by                     The Owl Who Was                   The Dragon Machine        Major Glad, Major             The Last Wolf                 Grandad's Secret Giant

Leigh Hodgkinson              Afraid of The Dark by                by Helen Ward                 Dizzy by Jan Oke              by Mini Grey                   by David Litchfield

                                           Jill Tomlinson                                                                                                                                                     

Grammar and Punctuation

At Hatchell Wood, we use the National Curriculum to structure the long term and medium term overview of our spelling and grammar teaching.


As part of Year 2 Book Talk study the children hear the same book everyday for a week. This means the children know these books inside out. The children verbally answer questions on these books linked to reading VIPERS. 

At Hatchell Wood we use reading VIPERS to help pupils understand how to approach answering reading questions.

VIPERS is an acronym which stands for Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve and Sequence (Key Stage One) or Summarise (Key Stage Two).

The following pages explain how this concept works and gives you ideas for how each type of question might look for pupils.

KS2 Reading Vipers - supporting children with comprehension skills. Click here to download the guide.

A range of texts are covered over the year to encompass different genres. Examples covered in Year 2 include The Pea and the Princess, So You Want to Build a Castle?, The Bee Book, George's Marvellous Medicine, Revolting Rhymes (poetry), The Day the Crayons Quit, Small Knight and George, Oliver Moon and the Potion Commotion, Little Turtle and the Changing Sea and The Dot. 

The Wider Curriculum

At Hatchell Wood we use the Cornerstones approach to deliver exciting and engaging project based learning.

These are the projects that we cover in Year 2: 





Movers and Shakers


Magnificent Monarchs

Click on the images below for the key knowledge and vocabulary the children will learn in each of the topics.
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This project teaches children about historically significant people who have had a major impact on the world. They will learn to use timelines, stories and historical sources to find out about the people featured and use historical models to explore their significance.
This project teaches children about the physical and human features of coastal regions across the United Kingdom, including a detailed exploration of the coastal town of Whitby, in Yorkshire.

 This project teaches children about the English and British monarchy from AD 871 to the present day. Using timelines, information about royal palaces, portraits and other historical sources, they build up an understanding of the monarchs and then research six of the most significant sovereigns.



Living Thing and Habitats

Animals Including Humans

Everyday Materials


Observing Over time - How do bulbs and seeds grow into mature plants?

Identifying and Classifying - What is this animal?

Pattern Seeking - What is the make up of recycling in our school?

Comparative Testing - Shaping Materials


*Short companion project


We use to Jigsaw PSHE scheme of work to prepare children/young people for life, helping them really know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

Weekly Celebrations

The weekly celebration is the same for each year group. These are designed to draw out a key theme from each week and reinforce its application; in turn, this ensures the Jigsaw learning is translated into behaviour and attitudes and is not confined to the lesson slot on the timetable.


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Being Me in My World


Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)

Dreams and Goals

Healthy Me


Changing Me (including Sex Education)*

*Our Sex and Relationship Education Progression Map can be found here and our SRE Supplementary Lessons plan can be found here.

Religious Education

We use Discovery RE scheme of work to learn about different religions and beliefs. Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter given new treatment each year, developing the learning in a progressive way. Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are also covered.

Home Learning

We ask, that all Y2 pupils read at least three times a week and reading records are filled in. 

All pupils also have the option to engage with Times Tables Rock Stars. We encoruage them to practise leaning their multiplication facts on a regular basis. 

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