Course curriculum

  • 1

    Session 1: Developing Subject Knowledge

    • Resources

    • Module 1 video

    • Module 1: Evaluation

Our ‘New to’ courses are great for teachers who are starting out in a new year group or returning to teaching after a break.

This course will provide you with everything you need to get started teaching English with your Year 2 class. All our training is based on research-based best practice and utilises stunning picture books to engage pupils with English. This course is session 1 of 3 which were previously run live via Zoom.

What to Expect

  • Writing

    Your course instructor will take you through the expectations for the writing curriculum for Year 2 and all the relevant grammatical subject knowledge. This part of the course is filled with ideas on how to use an engaging text to teach the grammar and composition aspects of writing to Year 2 pupils and how to put together an effective unit of work. You will also look at end of year expectations so that you are clear on what age-related writing should look like.

  • Reading

    The course focuses on best practice for teaching reading in Year 2 with a focus on developing reading comprehension skills; you will look at the progression of pupils’ reading development. There is clear advice on how to put together an effective whole class shared and grouped reading session for pupils to develop both their word reading and comprehension skills through an engaging text.

  • Spelling

    You will have the opportunity to gain a thorough knowledge of the Year 2 curriculum for spelling and the progression in learning to spell for Year 2 pupils. There are plenty of ideas for developing pupils spelling skills through a wide variety of activities.

What our schools say...

Year 2 Class Teacher

“There was great coverage of the Year 2 curriculum and fantastic ideas about how to teach different aspects.”

Year 2 Class Teacher

“Very useful planning examples and effective modelling of activities for pupils.”

Year 2 Class Teacher

“Clear guidance on expectations, ideas for spelling games, whole class shared reading.”


  • Does the course cover phonics?

    The course does not cover phonics as current recommendations from the DfE are that schools purchase an accredited systematic synthetic phonics programme which provides access to training.

  • Are samples of planning provided?

    Yes- you will receive a certificate on completion of the training which can be downloaded for your records.

  • How long is the course?

    The running time for the sessions is approximately 1 hour 45 mins. We would suggest setting aside at least 2 hours to complete the course and read all the resources provided.

  • Do I have to watch the course all in one go?

    No- the online learning platform will save your progress through the course, so you can split the course into manageable chunks and return to the training as many times as you like at times that suit you best.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    You will have access to the course for 100 days so you can revisit the training as many times as you like during that period.