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22 March, 2018

Year 2 Curriculum: Have you wondered what your child is learning in their year group?

\The national curriculum for Australian primary schools is aimed at equipping students with the skills, knowledge, confidence and creativity for life. At a Year 2 level, students are getting to know themselves better and to engage with the world around them in a number of ways. As a parent, you may be wondering about the specifics of the curriculum and how your child may be faring. Here we cover the skills and understanding you should be looking for throughout your child’s experience of Year 2.

What does the Year 2 curriculum cover?

The Year 2 national curriculum covers a range of topics throughout the year, covering themes within English, mathematics, science, health and physical education, humanities and social sciences, art and technology. English and mathematics are the two core subjects, which is why our learning app provides comprehensive support in these two areas. If students can build a strong foundation in English and mathematics, this will help them to understand other important concepts that relate to these key literacies.

English learning areas

At a detailed level the Year 2 English learning content covers grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and meaning in language. Although this is not a comprehensive list of what children will be learning, look out for greater understanding in these areas:
– Punctuation of sentences, including capital letters, full-stops, question marks, and commas to separate items in a list.
– Increasing vocabulary and the ability to read common sight words.
– Awareness of phonics and the ability to sound out unknown words.
– Writing a range of texts aimed to ‘entertain’, ‘inform’ or ‘persuade’.
– Spelling rules and patterns.

Mathematical learning areas

The Year 2 mathematics curriculum covers a range of key themes, ranging from fractions to units of measurement. Expect to see these new skills from your child throughout the year:
– Counting to and from 1,000.
– Multiplying and dividing by grouping numbers into sets, plus simple addition and subtraction.
– Identifying the pattern of number sequences involving 2s, 3s and 5s.
– Recognising common fractions such as halves, quarters and eighths.
– Interpreting simply drawn maps of familiar locations.
– Identifying the features of 3D objects.
– Identifying and counting amounts of Australian coins and notes.
– Telling time to the closest quarter hour and examining months and dates on a calendar.
– The basics of chance, for example the likelihood of something happening.

If you feel your little one could use extra support, there are a number of resources available. Consider the Learn Primary solution for learning activities that align with the Australian Year 2 curriculum; Term One access is even free for the first 1,000 sign-ups.

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