Parent Curriculum information for Class 2 for the Spring term 1

Welcome back after our Christmas break and the start of our spring term. We hope you have had a restful and relaxing break. We have a great term planned and lots of exciting learning opportunities.

This half term our topic is the Victorians. We will look at different aspects of life in the Victorian times. We will find out about

  • The life and reign of Queen Victoria
  • Everyday life in Victorian times
  • Children in Victorian times, both rich and poor and the work they did
  • School life in Victorian times and the history of Mill Bank School
  • The industrial revolution and the growth of Mills in the local area, such as Kebroyd Mill
  • The growth of the railways in the local area of the Ryburn Valley

As part of our Victorian topic we will be doing a Victorian School Room workshop on the morning of the Wednesday 30thJanuary 2019. Further information about this workshop will be sent out in January  


This half term in fiction, we will study a mystery text, ‘Ottoline and the Yellow Cat’. The children start by listening to Ottoline and the Yellow Cat, asking and answering questions and making predictions. They focus on the characters’ thoughts and feelings, and on the features of mystery stories. They will revise their knowledge of different types of sentence and clause. The writing tasks include writing a newspaper report, a postcard to Ottoline’s parents and an extract from her notebook.  For the final writing task they focus on the structure of mystery stories and create their own mystery stories about Ottoline and Mr. Monroe.

In non-fiction, we will also be studying instructional writing looking at different types of instruction such as recipes, games, rules and craft making. We will be using Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine as a stimulus to plan our own marvellous recipe and write the instructions to make it. We will also be writing a diary based on a Victorian child’s life.

In poetry, we will writing poems based on our own experiences as well as studying the poem The Magic Box by Kit Wright and writing our own versions.


These will be checked each week on a Monday and feedback will be given to parents in their child’s home spelling book. Please ensure the home spelling book is return at the latest by the following Monday.

Year 2 Spellings for Spring 1

  • Adding ‘endings’ to words ending in consonant and ‘y’-spy-spied-spying
  • Adding ‘ing’, ‘er’, ‘est’ and ‘y’ to words ending in ‘e’ - hoping, sliding, writing
  • Adding ‘ing’, ‘er’, ‘est’ and ‘y’ to words with a short vowel sound - running, fatter, chatted
  • Words with 'a' as /or/ - small, walk,talk
  • Words with 'o' as /u/ - mother, brother, other
  • Words with 'ey' as /ee/ - monkey, keys, honey

Year 3 Spellings for Spring 1

  • Prefixes ‘re’ and ‘sub’ - recycle, recall, subway, subheading
  • Prefixes ‘super’ and ‘inter’ - supermarket, intercity
  • Prefix ‘auto'- autopilot, automatic
  • Prefix ‘anti’ - anticlockwise, antifreeze
  • Words ending in ‘ation’ - information, education, relation
  • Word Words ending in ‘etion’, ‘ition’, ‘otion’ and ‘ution’ s ending in ‘ation’ - operation, pollution, completion, motion, competition


Numeracy -White Rose

Numeracy  Spring Term (includes both Spring 1 and Spring 2 )


Multiplication and Division

Year 2

Make equal groups - sharing

Make equal groups - grouping

Divide by 2

Odd & even numbers

Divide by 5

Divide by 10

Multiplication and Division

Year 3

Compare statements

Related calculations

Multiply 2-digits by 1-digit (1)

Multiply 2-digits by 1-digit (2)

Divide 2-digits by 1-digit (1)

Divide 2-digits by 1-digit (2)

Divide 2 –digits by 1-digits (3)

Divide 2-digits by 1-digit (3)

Money - Measurement Money

Year 2

Count money - pence

Count money - pounds

Count money – coins and notes Select money

Make the same amount Compare money

Find the total

Find the difference

Find change

Two-step problems

Money-Measurement Year 3 

Pounds and pence

Convert pounds and pence

Add money

Subtract money

Give change

How many ways?


Year 2                                  Year 3

Make equal parts                  Tenths

Recognise a half                   Count in tenths

Find a half                           Tenths as a decimal

Recognise a quarter                 Fractions of a set of objects (1)

Find a quarter                       Fractions of a set of objects (2)

Recognise a third                  Fractions of a set of objects (3)

Find a third

Unit fractions                          Unit and non-unit fractions

Non-unit fractions                    Make the whole

Equivalence of one half and

two quarters                           Equivalent fractions (1)

                                              Equivalent fractions (2)

                                               Equivalent fractions (3)

Find three quarters

Count in fractions                     Fractions on a number line


Length /Height /Perimeter

Year 2                                           Year 3

Measure length (cm)                          Measure length                                                                Measure length (m)                            Equivalent lengths (m and cm)


Compare lengths                             Equivalent lengths (cm and mm)

Order lengths                                  Compare lengths

Four operations with lengths            Add lengths/Measure and                                                                               

                                                     Calculate perimeter                                           



Year 2                                            Year 3                                                         

Make tally charts                               Pictograms                                                                            

Draw pictograms (1-1)                        Bar charts

Interpret pictograms (1-1)                   Tables

Draw pictograms (2, 5 & 10)

Interpret pictograms (2, 5 & 10)                                                            

Block diagrams 



This half term our science topic is; The Use of Everyday Materials.

The children will investigate different materials and what they are made of and their properties. They will observe and test various materials using fair tests and record their results and observations.

As part of this science topic they will;

  • Identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses.
  • Find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.

    In working scientifically Year 2 children will;
  • Ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways.
  • Observe materials  closely, use simple equipment.
  • Perform simple tests on different materials .
  • Identify and classify different materials.
  • They will use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
  • They will gather and record data to help in answer questions

In working scientifically Year 3 children will;

  •  Begin to use results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions, suggest improvements and raise further questions.
  • Begin to use straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions to support their findings.
  • Begin to report on findings including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions.
  • Begin to gather, record, classify and present data in a variety of ways Begin to record findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables.
  • Begin to set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests.
  • Begin to make careful observations and, where appropriate, take accurate measurements, use a range of equipment
  • Begin to ask relevant questions


PE this half term will be on a Tuesday with Junior Jam and they will be learning different games in their Multi-Skills PE lesson. Their second lesson will be on a Wednesday and this will be a gym lesson on Pathways and travelling and changing directions in different ways. Please ensure your child has their correct PE kit in school on these days. If they have long hair they will need to make sure it is tied up.


ART / Design Technology

Our Art work will link to our topic of the Victorians. We will look at the work of William Morris. He was an English textile designer who produced beautiful and unmistakable fabric and wallpaper designs. In art, we will focus on textiles and using the skills of collage which will link to our science unit on materials. 


Our school value for this half term we will be looking at British Values.

Our RE topic this half term is Stories from different religions. The children will

  • To understand that some stories have a moral
  • To know that Jesus told stories about God, about how to behave and how to treat other people
  • To understand that stories carry messages and meanings
  • To learn the story of Baisakhi and understand the meaning behind it
  • To understand that stories often contain inner meanings or messages
  • To respond sensitively to the feelings and experiences of others
  • To know the story of Ganesha
  • To understand Ganesha’s importance in Hinduism
  • To understand that worship is important to believers


Using a unit called ‘We are Cooking’ we will be creating an electronic recipe using Photos, text and audio. This will link to our literacy learning on instructional writing.


In French, the children will be learning about ‘Food, Glorious Food’. They will listen to the story, The Very Greedy Dog, following the story in French. They will learn how to ask for different foods by using ‘Please May I Have…?’. They will also begin to place adjectives appropriately when describing food by colour.