Year 2
Knowledge Organisers
Year 2 Knowledge Organisers
We are Astronauts Knowledge Organiser
Year 2 Addition and Subtraction Knowledge Organiser
Year 2 Place Value Knowledge Organiser
Year 2 Animals Including Humans Knowledge Organiser
Year 2 Living Things and their Habitats Knowledge Organiser
Year 2 SMSC Knowledge Organiser



Autumn- Castles, Knights and Dragons

Spring – Protecting Planet Earth

Summer –The Great Fire Of London  


The Boy Who Grew Dragons

Character description

Story prediction

Vocabulary analysis

Inference tasks


Independent Writes

Descriptive text

Story planning and writing

The Great Hall description write

Character description


Non-fiction newspaper article

Narrative and creative write – talk for writing

Formal writing (letter to author)

Recounts (diary, re-telling)

Non-fiction (Remembrance Day)

Talk for writing – Manchester Ridgeback retell

Non-Fiction texts – Orangutans, Palm Oil.

Fiction texts – The Journey Home

Video stimuli – Ran Tan in my bedroom


Independent Writes

Orangutan factual, descriptive write

Narrative and creative write – picture stimuli

Explanation text – Orangutan sanctuary

Talk for writing – The Journey Home retell

Poem writing – Ran Tan in my bedroom – vocabulary analysis and poem writing.

Explanation text – Climate change.

30 minute writes to increase writing stamina.




Diary entries – Samuel Pepys

Non-fiction texts: The Great Fire of London Fact Files


Independent Writes


Non-fiction writing

Setting and description

Comparative Texts

Drama and prediction



Ivy and the Inky butterfly/ Author letters


Place Value to 100

Read and write numbers to 100

Represent numbers to 100

Partition numbers into tens and ones

Compare objects (greater than, less than, equal to, >, <, =)

Compare numbers (greater than, less than, equal to, >, <, =)

Order numbers

Addition and Subtraction

Number bonds and Fact Families

Associated fact families

Adding 1 digit numbers within 20

Related number facts

10 more 10 less

Adding 2 digit numbers

Adding and exchanging

Subtracting and exchanging





Geometry: Shape


Measurement: Time


Revision Measurement: Length and Height

Measurement: Mass, Capacity, Temp

and consolidation on weakest areas.


Uses of everyday materials

What are the similarities and differences between the different uses of a variety of everyday materials? Including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses.

How can the shapes of solid objects made from some materials be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching?

All living things and their habitats

What are the differences between things that are living, dead and never alive?

How do different habitats provide the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how do they depend on each other?

What are the names of the variety of plants and animals in their habitats? (including micro-habitats)

Using the idea of a simple food chain, what are the different sources of food? How do animals obtain their food from plants and other animals?

Animals, including humans

What are some of the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food, air)?


How do seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants?

How and why do plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow & stay healthy?


Animals, including humans

Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults.

Why is it important for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene?


Ball games





Multi skills


Team games-children’s choices


Castles and Knights

Who lived in a castle?

What are the parts of a castle?

Can I use the different castle vocabulary to explain the purpose of different elements of a castle?

What are the different roles and jobs inside a castle?

What are the similarities and differences between royalty and peasantry?

Can I use role play to act out the different roles in a castle?

What are the similarities and differences to past and present life?














A significant person: Samuel Pepys Chronological understanding

What are the significant dates related to the unit?

What is the key vocabulary?

What are some of the similarities and differences that children may have with their grandparents when they were children?

Can I sequence a variety of objects that are recognised from different time periods?

What are the differences between ways of life at different times?

What are the historical events that occurred around The Great Fire of London time period?

Can I use a range of sources to find out about the past?

Can I compare accounts, pictures and photographs of people/events in the past and state where/how we can find out about the past?



Can I identify the land formations around castles and where castles were cited? (e.g. on hills, near forests and rivers).

Can I name the key features of a place using words like beach, coast, forest, hill, mountain, ocean and valley?

Can I undertake outdoor learning to use simple compass directions (N, S, E, W) and locational directional language to describe the location of features and roots on a map?

Protecting Planet Earth


Features of the Earth

Human and physical features

Rehabilitation centre


Climate change and Ice caps

Plastic in the ocean




Houses and Homes – Great Fire of London

Where do some of the people during the Great Fire of London live on a map of the United Kingdom in relation to Oadby?

Can I complete field work to discover human and physical features of Oadby, including a walk to the local library, Brocks Hill country park and the school grounds?

Can I explore London landmarks, including The Monument which was built in remembrance?

Can I describe different houses and compare them to my own home?

Can I use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise Oadby landmarks and basic human and physical features including Brocks Hill Country Park, Oadby library and Oadby church?

What are the similarities and differences between the aerial photographs of Oadby and London?


Paul Klee

Create art work in the style of this artist. What are the different styles and techniques? Can I produce my own art in response to this?

Can I evaluate my work and give feedback to my peers?

Can I print a 3D castle by pressing, rolling, rubbing and stamping recycled materials?


Jackie Morris ‘Tell Me A Dragon’

How can I draw a dragon using different mediums e.g. charcoal, pencil and pastels?

Can I use water colour paints to experiment with tones and secondary colours to create a landscape for my dragon art?

Can I use the Austin’s Butterfly video as a stimuli and apply these skills to their own art work?

Can I draw an orang-utan and use this concept of reflection to improve my artwork?

What are the different tones and shades using a variety of pencil mediums in my artwork?

Can I recreate planet earth using recycled bottle tops?

Artist Focus: Stephen Wiltshire.

Can I learn about different landscapes?

Who is the artist Stephen Wiltshire?

Can I use his style of art to create the London skyline relating this back to the GFOL?

Can I carry out outdoor learning by sketching the school’s skyline?

Can I use charcoal, pencil and pastel to recreate an artist impression of Pudding Lane in The GFOL?

Can I use a viewfinder to focus on a specific part of the River Themes and mix paint to create river art collage?

Design and


Clay dragon eyes – How can I sculpt my dragon’s eyes using clay?

How do I use mould clay and use slip to make it stick?

Winding mechanism – bridge building

Can I vuild a boat to test different materials in water?

How can I recreate planet earth using recycled bottle tops?

Can I create an endangered animal hand puppet?


Can I create house buildings?

Can I bake bread?




Exploring Sounds

What are the different percussion instruments called?

Exploring voice: Can I use high and low orchestral instruments from different families?

Exploring voice: Can I change rhythm?


Can I identify and create specific symbols for created sounds and perform from picture scores?

Control of instruments

Intro Pitch Exploring


Painting with sound

Creating sound pictures:  Can I work in a group to create a  Pictorial recording?

Performance / development

Can I take part in group performances?

Can I evaluate and suggest improvements?


Can I improve my basic skills?

Can I navigate and use a website?

Can I learn how to programme and use coding through DaisyDino?

What is important about Esafety?

How can I use Scratch to improve my coding skills?

Can I use Purple Mash Software?



Feelings and emotions: behaviour. How can I make sure I understand that bodies and feelings can be hurt?

Healthy relationships: How can I ensure that I listen to others and play cooperatively?

What is appropriate and inappropriate touch?

When does it become teasing and bullying?

Valuing difference: How can I make sure that I respect the similarities and differences?

How can I ensure I share my views and ideas with others?

Living in the wider world

Rights and responsibilities: group and class rules: How can I respect my own and others’ needs? (Groups and communities they belong to). People who work in the community. How can I get help in an emergency?

Environment: How can I look after the environment?

Money: Where does money comes from? (Saving and spending; making choices; keeping track of money spent and saved).

Health and wellbeing

What is a healthy lifestyle?

Healthy choices:

What are the different choices and feelings I may have as I grow?

How can I manage my own feelings?

Growing and changing:

How do I set goals?

How can I be more independent as I change and grow?

What are the correct names for body parts? (external)

Keeping safe: How can I make sure that I keep safe in different situations?

How can I ask for help if I am worried about privacy on different contexts?

Transition work


What can we learn from sacred books and places?

Class discussion

How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times?

How should we care for others and the world and why does it matter?

Enrichment opportunity: Gurdwara