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Year 2

Curriculum Coverage

Language + Questioning = Communication


These three words sit at the heart of our curriculum.

Children need to have:

  • a good grasp of language
  • be able to question and reason

We achieve this by using the principles of Philosophy for Children to become: critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers; this will allow our children to become good communicators which is an essential life skill.


Summer Term Reading Stimulus

The Tear Thief by Carol Ann Duffy - Each night, in the hours between supper and bedtime, the tear thief carries her waterproof, silvery sack over her shoulder as she soundlessly steals the tears of every child who cries. But what does she do with all of those tears?


The Lost Happy Endings by Carol Ann Duffy - When a wicked witch devises a plan to steal all the happy endings to bedtime stories, it is up to Jub--the keeper of the happy endings--to save the day and ensure sweet dreams everywhere

We will use these texts to develop our use of descriptive language and feelings.

Spring Term Reading Stimulus

We are continuing to study books by Julia Donaldson including Zog, The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and the Smartest Giant in Town.  We will be looking at what is similar and different about these stories all from the same author. Can you identify any similarities or differences just by looking at the front covers of these books?

Autumn term - Reading Stimulus

Year 2 will be reading a range of books by Mairi Hedderwick about a girl called Katie Morag. Katie Morag lives on the island of Sturay. Whether she's posting parcels to the wrong addresses, helping Grannie Island with a winning sheep, having problems with a troublesome ted or dealing with her naughty big boy cousins, Katie Morag is always up to something.

We are also using a range of books by the author Julia Donaldson. These include ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’, ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Room on a Broom. These books all contain memorable rhymes and contain animals.