Sacriston Academy classroom

Year 2

Our wonderful Year 2 topics are exciting and engaging as well as providing the pupils with the knowledge and skills to prepare them as they transition into Key Stage 2.

The engaging topics we study over the year enable the children to develop key knowledge and skills in all subjects through a cross-curricular, imaginative learning approach. 

In mathematics, we use the ‘Maths No Problem’ scheme which builds children’s mathematical skills alongside their thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills. There are many parts to the lesson, allowing time for children to discuss and develop a range of methods to solve questions and achieve a greater depth of mathematical understanding.

A range of stimulating and topic-based texts are used to teach English. Reading and studying various genres, including poetry and non-fiction books, provide a basis for children to develop their writing skills and imagination alongside improving their spelling, grammar and vocabulary. When used together our Year 2 prove themselves to be talented and passionate writers.

Reading is taught through a systematic approach to phonics using the Read Write Inc. scheme where the children will participate in daily lessons during which their phonic knowledge is developed and applied enabling children to read with fluency and expression. Books are carefully matched to the reading ability of the children to allow them to build their fluency as well as their understanding of the texts they have read.


What the teacher says:

As the last year of Key Stage 1, Year 2 is an exciting time where the children continue to develop crucial skills, independence and determination to prepare them to move on to the next Key Stage. I love seeing the children grow in confidence I am very lucky to be a part of their journey.
Miss Watson

The summer term

This term, we will become sailors as we explore the seas for our topic ‘Land Ahoy!’. We will be navigating, researching, investigating and exploring the world, just like Captain Cook. We will learn about how rescues happen at sea and learn about the brave volunteers who work on the seas as well as learning about the life of Grace Darling who rowed a boat across the stormy seas to save lives. We will look at pirate’s maps using a key and search for hidden treasure while learning about human and geographical features.  

We will then continue our work about the seas as we begin our next topic called ‘Coastlines’ where we will explore maps, globes and atlases and find locations of continents, counties and seas and oceans around the world. We will study the United Kingdom and look at the coastal towns that we have before learning about the role that tourism plays in these areas. 

Yo ho ho, it’s a sailor’s life for me! 

What the children say:

I am looking forward to seeing all of my friends again - we are all really friendly at Sacriston Academy. (George) The work in our class is really fun! (Ernie) I love coming to Sacriston Academy as I have lots of lovely friends who I play with. (Katie)