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Children in Primary School Year 2 have the opportunity to work using a variety of materials and styles through topic work such as

  • using a viewfinder and recording observations
  • observation of work of famous artists
  • still life

In design and technology they design and sew puppets and a moving vehicle.



During Primary School Years 1 and 2 (Key Stage 1), pupils investigate their local area and a contrasting area abroad, finding out about the environment in both areas and the people who live there. They also begin to learn about the wider world. They carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. In doing this they ask geographical questions about people, places and environments, and use geographical skills and resources such as maps and photographs.


In Primary School Year 2 they learn through the following topics:

  • Where in the World is Barnaby Bear – a look at the continents and oceans
  • My Island Home – Katie Morag and a comparison of Cyprus and Struey
  • Where do we come from and where have we been?



Fluent Greek speakers in Primary School Year 2 follow the Ministry of Education Greek curriculum taught in all the government primary schools.

Our aim for children learning Greek as an additional language is to provide them with vocabulary and give them the confidence to use it.

Using songs, games, rhymes, flash cards, vocabulary with pictures and lots of oral work and projects we build on the work done in Primary School Year 1 to

  • Revise the alphabet sounds
  • Write simple words and sentences
  • Increase basic vocabulary
  • Distinguish between verbs and nouns
  • Hold simple conversations
  • Sing and say simple nursery rhymes, songs and drama
  • We cover topics such as
  • School
  • Family members
  • Occupations
  • My weekly schedule
  • Food
  • Ordering in a restaurant



During Primary School Years 1 and 2 (Key Stage 1), children learn about people’s lives and lifestyles. They find out about significant men, women, children and events from the recent and more distant past, including those from both Cyprus and the wider world. They listen and respond to stories and use sources of information to help them ask and answer questions. They learn how the past is different from the present.

In Primary School Year 2 they learn through the following topics:

  • The Egyptians
  • How We Used to Live – Cyprus 100 years ago
  • Famous Victorians



At the American Academy Nicosia we teach English (Reading, Writing and Grammar) based on the outlines given in the English National Curriculum. In addition we follow a grammar scheme of work which builds skills year on year. Guided reading is also an aspect of our curriculum which supports the English National Curriculum objectives. 

In Primary School Year 2 the children are taught:  



  • Develop phonics until decoding secure
  • Read common suffixes
  • Read & re-read phonic-appropriate books
  • Read common ‘exception’ words
  • Discuss & express views about fiction, non-fiction & poetry
  • Become familiar with & retell stories
  • Ask & answer questions; make predictions
  • Begin to make inferences






  • Spell by segmenting into phonemes
  • Learn to spell common ‘exception’ words
  • Spell using common suffixes, etc.
  • Use appropriate size letters & spaces
  • Develop positive attitude & stamina for writing
  • Begin to plan ideas for writing
  • Record ideas sentence-by-sentence
  • Make simple additions & changes after proof-reading
  • Develop a voice as a writer
  • Using a variety of strategies
  • VCOP, story mountains, talk for writing, WOW words





  • Grammar
  • Use . ! ? , and ’
  • Use simple conjunctions
  • Begin to expand noun phrases
  • Use some features of standard English

Speaking & Listening

  • Articulate & justify answers
  • Initiate & respond to comments
  • Use spoken language to develop understanding






Use and Apply Mathematics

  • Solve problems with addition & subtraction
  • Order and arrange combinations of mathematical objects in patterns


Counting & Number Relationships 

  • Read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words
  • Recognise odd and even numbers
  • Count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0
  • Recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number
  • Use place value and number facts to solve problems
  • Compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs
  • Recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity
  • Write simple fractions e.g. 1/2 of 6 = 3 and recognise the equivalence of 2/4 and 1/2


Number Facts 

  • Recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently and derive and use related facts up to 100
  • Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables
  • Use number facts to solve problems



  • Add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including: a two-digit number and ones; a two-digit number and tens; two two-digit numbers; adding three one-digit numbers
  • Recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and missing number problems
  • Solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods and multiplication and division facts, including problems in contexts
  • Calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (×), division (÷) and equals (=) signs
  • Show that addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot
  • Show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and division of one number by another cannot


Position & Transformation

  • Identify 2-D shapes on the surface of 3-D shapes
  • Compare and sort common 2-D and 3-D shapes and everyday objects
  • Describe the properties of 2-D shapes, including symmetry in a vertical line
  • Describe the properties of 2-D shapes, including the number of sides
  • Describe the properties of 3-D shapes, including the number of edges, vertices and faces
  • Use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement
  • Distinguish between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for quarter, half and three-quarter turns (clockwise and anti-clockwise)



  • Choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length/height in any direction (m/cm); mass (kg/g); temperature (°C); capacity (litres/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit, using rulers, scales, thermometers and measuring vessels
  • Compare and sequence intervals of time
  • Tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times
  • Compare and order [measurements] using >, < and =
  • Recognise and use symbols for euros (€) and cents (c); combine amounts to make a particular value Solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change


  • Data Handling

  • Interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables
  • Ask and answer simple questions by counting the number of objects in each category and sorting the categories by quantity



Music is essentially a practical subject. Children are encouraged to sing, compose and use musical instruments in order to develop their creative and performance skills. Through active listening, children’s awareness and understanding of different periods, styles and genres are developed.
In Primary School Year 2 children’s skills are further developed in these areas: rhythm and beat, pitch, dynamics, tempo and knowledge of musical instruments. Children are introduced to playing the recorder.


PE (Physical Education)

We aim to develop agility, co-ordination and confidence through physical activity. All children have two sessions of P.E. a week. Ball skills, dance, gymnastics and games are taught during these lessons.
There is an annual Fun Sports Day held in the Summer Term.


PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

We follow the SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme, which helps to improve behaviour thereby improving learning.
Children have a chance to discuss topics which help them to develop social skills; become aware of their own personalities, strengths and weaknesses; become aware of the subject of bullying and know how to avoid it or what happens if they come across it; set goals; make and keep friends; how to prepare and cope with changes.
Themes throughout the year:

  • New Beginnings focuses on developing children's skills in four key areas: empathy, self-awareness, social skills and motivation.
  • Getting On and Falling Out focuses on developing children's skills in three key areas: empathy, managing feelings (with a focus on anger) and social skills.
  • Say No to Bullying focuses on what bullying is, how it feels, why people bully, how we can prevent and respond to it, and how children can tackle this problem.
  • Going for Goals aims to develop children's self-awareness and promote goal-motivated behaviour.
  • Good to Be Me focuses on developing children's skills in three key areas: self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy.
  • Relationships explores feelings, including loss and embarrassment, within the context of our important relationships with family and friends
  • Changes aims to give children an understanding of different types of change, positive and negative, and equip them to manage their feelings.
  • Each theme begins and ends with a whole school assembly and each class follows the theme at their level using circle time and any class opportunities that arise naturally.


Religious Studies

Using the Beginners Bible picture Bible the children meet the main characters and events of the New Testament.



The study of science at the Primary level covers the following three main areas:

  • Life processes and living things
  • Materials and their properties
  • Physical processes


The new 2014 curriculum helps children develop a hands-on experiential knowledge of science in the following topics:

  • Variation
  • Forces and movement
  • Plants and Animals in the Local Environment
  • Grouping and changing materials
  • Using electricity
  • Health and Growth

See an Overview of the Primary School Education 2nd Year Curriculum


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