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 spring term

This term, we will travel back in time and learn about some of England’s most significant monarchs as part of our current topic ‘Magnificent Monarchs'. We will be learning about the English and British monarchy from AD 871 to the present day. Through using timelines, information about royal palaces, portraits and other historical sources, we will become historians, build up an understanding of the monarchs, and then research six of the most significant sovereigns: Alfred the Great, William the Conqueror; Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, Elizabeth II. We will learn about different historical periods of time and use high quality vocabulary to discuss artefacts, tapestries and artwork from the different time periods. 

We will also be completing a project entitled ‘Portraits and Poses’ in which the children will learn about portraiture. We will become art critics as we analyse the portraits of Tudor monarchs and compare Tudor portraits and selfies today. We will then create our own artwork fit for royalty before using photo editing software to create royal portraits. At the end of our project, we’ll create an online art gallery and invite you to view our self-portraits. 

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)