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St Columba's Catholic Primary School

Every Person is Precious to God


Welcome to Year 2!


Take at look at what we will be learning about this year...


Chosen People

Our first RE topic is all about special people in the Bible who were Chosen by God. We will learn about the story of God giving Abraham and Sarah a baby,  how Daniel survived being thrown in a lion's den and how Moses was sent down the river by his mother to keep him safe. 

The Mystery of God

During our second RE topic we explore what a 'mystery' is. We learn about a variety of mysteries within our faith. We then go on to learn about Advent and the events that took place during this time of preparation.

The Good News

This unit builds on the children's learning about how to be a follower of Jesus from Year 1. We will learn about some of Jesus' followers and how they spread the Good News to others through stories such as 'The Miracle of the loaves' and Jesus healing the 10 lepers. We will then think of how we can be good followers of Christ and share the good news to others ourselves.

The Mass

During this unit we will be learning about different celebrations within the church's year and the sacraments that take place there. We will visit St Columba's Church and take part in our own Mass, bringing up the offertory, taking part in the readings and writing and reading our own bidding prayers. We will also be on the look out for the special signs and symbols of the Mass while we are on our visit.


During our Eastertide unit we will be broadening our understanding of the Easter story. We will be learning about the story of Pentecost and Jesus' ascension into Heaven. We will be building our knowledge from the Good News topic when we learn that Jesus' apostles were given the ability to spread the good news in every language. 

The First Christians

In this unit we will be building on our understanding of Jesus' apostles from our Eastertide topic. We will follow the stories of some of these Apostles. We will learn about their new gifts and talents given to them by God to help them on their journey of spreading the good news of Christ. 

Curriculum Overview

What would Traction Man like about our city?

During this unit we will be learning more about our city of Bradford. We will be defining what makes a village, town and city and be able to describe some of the human and physical features of these settlements. We will learn about some of Bradford's famous landmarks and create a visitors leaflet to encourage tourists into the city. We will finally be comparing the features of Bradford to those in Keswick in the Lake District.


How have people like Rosa Parks made the world a better place?

During this History unit we will be learning about Rosa Parks and other inspirational people from around the world, including Nelson Mandela, Emmeline Pankhurst and Malala Yousafzai. Our topic focuses on discrimination and segregation both in our country and those further afield. We will then compare how human rights have changed throughout history and explore what rights we have as children. 

Where would you prefer to live; England or Kenya?

For this unit we will be exploring the similarities and differences between England and Kenya. We will compare climates, food, education, physical and human features and jobs.

What do we know about the Victorians and the way they lived?

Our second History topic is all about the Victorian times. We will be comparing how Victorian adults and children lived to how we live today. During this topic we will be vising Bradford Industrial Museum to gain first hand experience of how the Victorians lived. We will go to a Victorian school and be taught by a Victorian school master, explore Victorian houses and watch printing and tool making demonstrations. 


   Why do we love to be beside the sea?

In our final topic of the year we will be learning all about the seaside. During this topic we will be learning about and going on a trip to the seaside town of Filey. We will explore the beach, enjoy delicious ice-cream and listen to a talk from the RNLI about beach safety. 




During our plants topic we will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. We will find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.

Animals, including humans

During this topic we will learn the process off offspring becoming adults and investigate whether all animals have offspring which that look like their adults. We will be finding out about and describing the basic needs of animals, and humans, for their survival. We will be describing the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.


During our materials topic we will be learning how to identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials. We will be finding out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed
by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. We will help Noi on his hunt for a material suitable to build a new boat from and we will also be learning about the famous inventor John McAdam.

Living things and their habitats

During our last Science topic we will be exploring and comparing the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive. We will learn about living things and how they are adapted for their habitats. We will also be able to describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other.  Finally, we will think about how different habitats provide food sources and look at a variety of food chains. 


 In Year 2 children will complete assessments every half term to prepare them for the formal SATS Assessments in May. These assessments will be completed in small groups with their class teachers in a calm environment in an aim to remove any stress or pressure that the children may feel during these times. In the months leading to the SATS assessments some children will be chosen to take part in booster, intervention sessions to further prepare them. The children's homework will be based on SATS style reading, arithmetic and reasoning questions therefore it is vital that homework is completed on time, every week. 


Here are some examples of SATS Assessments that the children will be completing this year. 

 2019 Arithmetic Paper.pdfDownload
 2019 Reading Paper 1.pdfDownload
 2019 Reading Paper 2 answer booklet.pdfDownload
 2019 Reading Paper 2 reading booklet.pdfDownload
 2019 Reasoning Paper.pdfDownload
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Year 2 Timetable



Miss Blanchfield – Class Teacher
Miss Blanchfield – Class Teacher
Mrs Moore – Teaching Assistant
Mrs Moore – Teaching Assistant


Mrs Rocchio – Teaching Assistant
Mrs Rocchio – Teaching Assistant