St Mary's

Catholic Primary School

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"You can make anything by writing." - C. S. Lewis


In Year Two, we aim to instill children with a life-long love of writing by carefully planning engaging lessons that are linked termly project focus. Our daily English lessons are usually taught around a class book or by genre, for example, character descriptions or non-chronological reports. The children also have a daily Phonics lesson in a group which is planned and taught according to their individual reading ability and needs.





During our writing sessions, we focus on one genre per unit of work. Together, we pick apart the features of high-quality texts to ensure our children are equipped with the knowledge, skills and vocabulary to then write and edit their own piece.


By the end of Year 2, we expect children to be able to:

  • write a simple, coherent narrative about their own and others’ experiences (real and fictional) after discussion with the teacher
  • write about real events
  • demarcate most sentences with capital letters and full stops or question marks
  • use present and past tense mostly correctly and consistently
  • use co-ordination (or/and/but) and some subordination (when/if/that/because)
  • segment spoken words into phonemes and represent these by graphemes, spelling many of these words correctly and making phonically-plausible attempts at others
  • spell many Key Stage One common exception words
  • write capital letters and digits of the right size, orientation, and relationship to one another and to lower-case letters
  • use spacing between words that reflects the size of the letters.


Children who are ‘working towards’ the expected standard may not achieve all of these standards, and children who are working at ‘greater depth’ may achieve more complex writing standards.

Take a look at some of our Big Writes!

Key Stage One Common Exception Words

Here is our class list of the Common Exception words (in black) and High Frequency Words (in blue) that we need to be able to read and write before we leave Key Stage One.