Y2 - Ms O'Loughlin

Resourceful Racoons

Ward Green Primary School - Curriculum Overview – Year 2 – 2017/18





Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Topic Name

Animals and Continents

Real Heroes

Food Glorious Food

They All Lived Happily Ever After

Witches, Wizards and Monsters

Saving Lives at Sea


The Lion King

Non-fiction - animal books



News reports

Setting descriptions

Non-chronological report


Samuel Pepys Diary

Great Fire of London



Non-fiction recall of events

Poetry- Fireworks



George’s Marvellous Medicine


Recipes / instructions

Non fiction



Alexander T.Wolf

Biography of Walt Disney

Disney versions of fairy tales

-          Snow White

-          Cinderella


Retelling / adapting fairy tales


The Wizard of Oz

Biography of Elphaba Thropp





Character / setting





Non fiction















Animals including humans


• notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults

• find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air / food chains)

• describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.



Scientists and Inventors


* use ideas to explain how doctors use science

* investigate the work of Louis Pasteur

* investigate the work of Charles Macintosh

* investigate the invention of wind turbines





• observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants

• find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy


Every day materials

(linked to Three Little Pigs)


• identify and compare the uses of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard

• compare how things move on different surfaces



Living things and habitats


• explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive

• identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other

• identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats

• describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food

The Environment


* perform simple tests linked to climate change, water usage

* investigate a question linked to energy usage, endangered animals,








Events beyond living memory -

Great Fire of London / Fire service

Remembrance Day


Famous people-

Samuel Pepys, Guy Fawkes, Florence Nightingale

Significant Events in own locality.

Worsborough Mill



Changes within living memory

Castles and Knights

Grace Darling - History of lighthouses









Sensational Safari /

What a wonderful world.

Name and locate the 7 continents and 5 oceans.

Use world maps & Atlases to identify continents/countries and oceans.

Use compass directions to describe locational directions on a map

Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK and the relation of hot and cold areas in the world in relation to the equator and the north and south poles.



Compare the geography of a small area of the UK / local area to a non-European country.


Chinese New Year


Magical Mapping

Use aerial images and other models to create simple plans and maps using symbols.

Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study immediate area.

Use compass directions to describe locational directions on a map.



Beside the seaside

Use basic geographical features including beach, cliffs, sea, river, soil etc.







Explore and use mechanisms e.g. levers, wheels and pullys.

Design a fire engine

Sensational Salads


Baking Bread

Understand where food comes from

Design and create a purposeful and functional appealing product for themselves and

Moving Pictures – Traditional Tales


Build structures (castles), explore how they can be made stronger/stiffer and more stable.


Art & Design




Andy Warhol- Pop Art style paintings.

City scape-painting and collage



Painting, drawing characters from Traditional tales


Shields, dragons, castles-   drawing, painting collage








Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions

Create and debug simple programs

Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs

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.




New beginnings, our school community

Getting on and falling out

Going for goals

Good to be me

Staying safe

Healthy lifestyles and changes


(HLTA PPA cover)



Christianity / Judaism

Why are sometimes special?

Why are some places special?

Christmas celebrations


Why are sometimes special?


Tories Jesus told (Parables)


What can be learnt from significant leaders in faith?



How do I feel about faith and the universe around me?

Religious buildings


How can faith contribute to community cohesion?




How can faith contribute to community cohesion?




Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.

Play tuned and untuned instruments musically

Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.

Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.




Team games/skills






Yorkshire Wildlife Park


Worsbrough Mill


Skipton Castle

St Thomas church

Features of a church and wedding ceremonies