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Year 2

Year 2 National Curriculum


In Year 2, the children will study :


Autumn 1 - Use of Everyday Materials - The children will be looking identifying and comparing the suitability of everyday materials, including looking at wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard and how these materials are suited for particular uses. They will investigate how the shapes of some objects can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. The children will be learning about the scientist Charles Macintosh, who invented the first waterproof material. 


Autumn 2 - Animals including Humans - The children will look at the basic needs of animals, including humans, and what they need for survival. They will be taught that animals, including humans have offspring which grow into adults. They will also look at the importance of exercise for humans and how we should eat the right amounts of different foods, Children will also look at hygiene and how we keep clean and healthy. 


Spring 1 - Plants - The children will be studying how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. They will also be learning that plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy. The children will have the opportunity to grow their own plants. 


Spring 2 - Living Things and their Habitat - The children will be looking at objects which are alive, dead and never been alive. They will identify that most living things live in habitats that they are suited to and name plants and animals in certain habitats. The children will describe how animals get their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain. 


Summer 1  - Super Scientists - The children will learn about a variety of different scientists and their inventions. 


Summer 2 - Experiments and Investigations - The children will complete a range of experiments and be looking at how to perform simple tests. They will look at different ways they can gather and record data. 

National Curriculum Documents