Key Learning

At the end of Year 2, children should have achieved all these key skills. These are covered throughout our English units which you can see on our curriculum long term plan of what we are doing each half term.


The pupil can:
• read accurately most words of two or more syllables
• read most words containing common suffixes*
• read most common exception words*.

In age-appropriate books, the pupil can:
• read words accurately and fluently without overt sounding and blending, e.g. at over 90 words per minute
• sound out most unfamiliar words accurately, without undue hesitation.

In a familiar book that they can already read accurately and fluently, the pupil can:
• check it makes sense to them
• answer questions and make some inferences on the basis of what is being said and done.



The pupil can write a narrative about their own and others’ experiences (real and fictional), after discussion with the teacher:
• demarcating most sentences with capital letters and full stops and with some use of question marks and exclamation marks
• using sentences with different forms in their writing (statements, questions, exclamations and commands)
• using some expanded noun phrases to describe and specify
• using present and past tense mostly correctly and consistently
• using co-ordination (or / and / but) and some subordination (when / if / that / because)
• segmenting spoken words into phonemes and representing these by graphemes, spelling many correctly
• spelling many common exception words*
• spelling some words with contracted forms*
• adding suffixes to spell some words correctly in their writing e.g. –ment, –ness, –ful, –less, –ly*
• using the diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join letters in some of their writing
• writing capital letters and digits of the correct size, orientation and relationship to one another and to lower case letters
• using spacing between words that reflects the size of the letters.

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