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Autumn 1

Look Up! By Nathan Bryon


Recount: write a diary entry

Greater Depth

Draw on wider reading to inform vocabulary choices


Autumn 2

The Great Fire of London by Emma Adams


Non-fiction: write a fact sheet

Greater Depth

Greater choice in how to represent the information


Spring 1

Grandad’s Camper by Harry Woodgate


Fiction: write a story using own ideas for characters and locations

Greater Depth

Use a range of sentence forms to show character feelings and viewpoints


Spring 2

My Name is Not Refugee by Kate Milner


Recount: write a recount of events from character’s point of view

Greater Depth

Include how the other characters felt


Summer 1

Tidy by Emily Gravett


Persuasion: write a letter in role

Greater Depth

Write a persuasive letter in role as another animal

Include inference


Summer 2

Usborne Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare (The Tempest) Adapted by Rosie Dickens


Fiction: retell an abridged and adapted version

Greater Depth

Include other characters’ thoughts and feelings








End of Year Expectations for Year 2 Below are the National Curriculum expectations for children in Year 2. All the objectives will be worked on throughout the year and will be in focus of direct teaching.  Any extra support you can provide in helping your children to achieve these is greatly valued.



  •  Secure with year group phonic expectations.
  • Recognise simple recurring literary language.
  • Read ahead to help with fluency and expression.
  • Comment on plot, setting and characters in familiar and unfamiliar stories.
  • Recount main themes and events.
  • Comment on structure of the text.
  • Use commas, question marks and exclamation marks to vary expression.
  • Read aloud with expression and intonation.
  • Recognise:  1. Commas in lists 2. Apostrophe of omission and possession (singular noun)
  • Identify past/present tense and why the writer has used a tense.
  • Use content and index to locate information.




  • Write different kinds of sentence: statement, question, exclamation, command.
  • Use expanded noun phrases to add description and specification.
  • Write using subordination (when, if, that, because) and co-ordination (or, and, but).
  • Correct and consistent use of present tense and past tense.
  • Correct use of verb tenses.
  • Write with correct and consistent use of:
  • 1. Capital letters 2. Full stops 3. Question marks 4. Exclamation marks
  • Use commas in a list.
  • Use apostrophe to mark omission and singular possession in nouns.
  • Write under headings.
  • Write lower case letters correct size relative to one another.
  •  Show evidence of diagonal and horizontal strokes to join handwriting.