What Your Year 2 Child Needs to Know

Fundamentals of a Good Year 2 Education (Core Knowledge UK)

Editor: E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
UK General Editor: Robert Whelan
UK Deputy Editor: Tanya Lubicz-Nawrocka
August 2012

What Your Year 2 Child Needs to Know is the second in the series of six books—one for each year—for teachers, parents, home educators and children to enjoy. Read below to see a selection of the varied topics and activities it includes.

Language and Literature:

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History and Geography:

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Visual Arts:

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  • People Have Been Making Art for a Very Long Time, including: Queen Nefertiti’s Eyes, Ancient Egyptian Art, Masterpieces in Metal, Treasure from the Sutton Hoo Ship Burial
  • Colours, Shapes and Textures, including: Monet, Hockney, Dürer, Making Mini Picassos
  • Looking Good: Portraits, including: The Queen’s Portrait, da Vinci, Rembrandt, Hogarth
  • Murals: Paintings on Walls, including: Paula Rego and Chalk It Up!


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  • Numbers, Number Sense and Money, including: Place Value, Using Graphs, Fractions, Coin Combinations, Counting Money, Notes
  • Addition and Subtraction, including: Practising AdditionPractising Subtraction, Two-Digit Addition and Subtraction, Comparing Differences and Sums
  • Multiplication and Division, including: What is Multiplication?, Practising Multiplication, Word Problems and Missing Factors, Division, Operations, Division Word Problems, Division and Fractions


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  • Living Things and Their Habitats, including: Woodland Habitat, Underground Habitat, Desert Habitat, Freshwater Habitat, Ocean Habitat, The Food Chain, Dinosaurs
  • Oceans and Undersea Life, including: Tides, Ocean Currents, Under the Sea
  • The Human Body, including: Skeletal System, Muscular System, Circulatory System, Digestive System, Nervous System
  • Matter: Solid, Liquid, and Gas, including: Atoms and Changing States of Matter
  • Units of Measurement, including: Units of Measurement, How Long?, How Much Space Does it Fill?
  • Electricity: An Introduction to the Shocking Facts, including: How Electricity Works, What Conducts?
  • Astronomy: Our Solar System, including: A Star and Nine Planets, The Moon, What Makes Day and Night?
  • Down to Earth, including: The Earth Makes Different Kinds of RocksThe Earth’s Important Minerals
  • Stories About Scientists, including: Jenner, Pasteur, Edison, Franklin