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Year 2

Stokenham Area Primary School

Outline Planning for Summer Term 2024 Year 2


This term we will be focusing on addition and subtraction of 2-digit numbers, money, fractions, time, position and direction, multiplication and division – doubling and halving and measures – capacity, volume and mass. We will continue to use our addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills to solve problems and investigations. Please make sure your child also practices their 2, 5 and 10 times tables.


This term we will be focusing on fiction and non-fiction texts, which include ‘Reptiles’ and ‘Fatou, fetch the water’. We will continue to build upon the children’s existing skills and help them to improve their punctuation, sentence structure and handwriting, in particular letter formation and size. There will be weekly spelling tests and reading practice sessions for each child so please ensure your child is reading every night and practice their spellings for every Friday. It is essential that all children should come to their reading practice sessions fully prepared. In Year 2 we will also be looking at comprehension tasks.


In the first half term we will be focusing on’ Plants’: We will be observing and describing how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants and finding out and describing how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.

In the second half term we will be focusing on ‘Habitats and food chains’: We will 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 microhabitats; 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.

Foundation Subjects

Geography: The Journey of food
This unit links the everyday experience of buying and eating food within the UK with the children’s growing geographical understanding of the world. There is a strong element of local area study with a suggested local shop, market or farm as a recommended visit to begin to show the class the connections between what we buy, where it comes from locally and how it might be able to be sourced from the UK (and beyond).

The children will:

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human geography of their local shops, and physical geography through studying nearby food growing or production
  • Use locational and directional language (e.g. near and far) to describe the location of features and routes on a map
  • Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the UK, and its surrounding seas
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the UK and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage.

History – Our local area – Stokenham
In this unit, the children will learn about how their local area has changed over time and look at different buildings in our area. We will begin by looking at both our current school and the old school building and how education has changed, the Church and the lighthouse. We will also be looking at jobs and industries in our area, focusing particularly on farming and fishing as well as looking at local shops in our immediate area and in Kingsbridge.

The children will:

• Learn about changes within living memory

• Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, similarity and difference

• Ask historically valid questions

• Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods

• Ask and answer questions

• Understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past

• Identify different ways in which the past is represented

• Use a wide range of everyday historical terms

• Use parts of stories and other sources to show they know and understand key features of events

• Use sources to show they know and understand the past

• Suggest reasons why changes took place.


In the first half term we will be looking at ‘Working in 3D’, making stick people. We will be using different materials and learning how to fasten different materials together using different techniques and looking at colour and form. The end task will be to design, transform and make their own 3D stick person.

Design Technology

In the second half term we will be looking at freestanding structures. They will be learning about Renzo Piano, a famous Italian architect who helped to design the Shard in London. They will be finding out about different types of structures and materials to make those structures, stability and stabling by using buttresses, before designing and making a 3D model of a freestanding structure of their own.

This term, we will be learning how to play the recorder. We will be learning how to read basic music notation and learning about the different types of notes that can be played. They will be learning about time signatures and exploring tempo, styles and keys. They will learn how to play the first three basic notes – B, A, G and using these to compose and perform a tune of their own.


In the first half of term, we will be using a computer to create music. We will listen to a variety of pieces of music and consider how music can make them think and feel. Learners will compare creating music digitally and non-digitally. Learners will look at patterns and purposefully create music.

In the second half of term, the children will be focusing on ‘Programming quizzes’. We will begin to understand that sequences of commands have an outcome, and make predictions based on their learning. We will be using and modifying designs to create our own quiz questions in ScratchJr, and realise these designs in ScratchJr using blocks of code. Finally, the children will evaluate their work and make improvements to their programming projects.


In the first half of the term, we are focusing on Judaism – Who is Jewish and how do they live? The children will be finding out about what the Jewish people learn from their Bible stories, the story of Hannukah and what this means for Jewish people.

In the second half of the term, we will be looking at ‘Christianity, Judaism and non-religions and how we should care for the world and for others, and why does this matter.


In the first half of the term, the children will be focusing on ‘Attacking vs defending’.  

This unit of work will challenge pupils to create simple defending and attacking tactics, while continuing to develop an understanding of the transition from defence to attack. Pupils will apply these tactics as a team into games.

In the second half of the term, we will be focusing on ‘Health and well-being’. This unit of work will consolidate pupils’ understanding of agility, balance and co-ordination, applying these elements of fitness in a variety of activities. Pupils will perform circuits, understanding how motivation can enhance performance.

Swimming sessions will also be taking part during the summer term as and when the weather and pool temperature are suitable.

We will be focusing on ‘Health and well-being’. They will be learning about routines and habits for maintaining good physical and mental health, understanding that medicines, including vaccinations and immunisations, can help people stay healthy and manage allergies, understand the importance of, and routines for, brushing teeth and visiting the dentist, learn how to describe and share a range of feelings, learn how to manage big feelings including those associated with change, loss and bereavement, learn about the human life cycle and how people grow from young to old.


Please continue to support your child’s learning by listening to your child read his/her book every night and also recommend that you enjoy reading and discussing a longer, high-quality text to your child, especially if s/he is still developing reading fluency. They will bring a shared reading book home each week as well as an individual reading book for them to read at home.

In Year 2 we aim to have learned the 2, 5 and 10 times tables by the end of the year and will be asking children to continue to practice these at home.

Mrs Prescott

This Year’s Curriculum

Stokenham Area Primary School Curriculum Map

If you would like further information in relation to the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office.