10 Steps to Success - Year 2 - Writing

The key focus in Year 2 is on enriching the sentences that children write, with a wider range of more complex sentence opening phrases (such as In a land far away…  Later that day… To his amazement…  As soon as…), interesting adjectives to describe people, objects and settings, and interesting adverbs to describe actions. 

They should be able to check that their writing makes sense (using the present and past tense appropriately) and is correctly punctuated with full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks, question marks and commas in lists). 

Children should be secure in their spelling of common exception words, common homophones (e.g. which and witch; wear and where); and words with contractions (such as it’s, can’t, won’t, they’re, etc.). Children are also taught to use the possessive apostrophe in Year 2 (Mr Teales car is blue). Lower and upper case letters should be correctly sized and joined.


Follow this link to year 2 spelling lists. By the end of the year we expect children to be able to spell these words when they use them in their own writing (not just in a test).

We’ve broken the year’s key learning into 10 skills. If children can master these in year 1, they will make a flying start to year 2. They won’t necessarily be mastered in order.


10 Skills


Skill 1:

Write simple, coherent narratives about personal experiences and those of others.    





Skill 2:

Write about real events, recording these simply and clearly.    





Skill 3:

Use full stops, capital letters and question marks correctly in most sentences.    







Skill 4:

Use present and past tense correctly.    





Skill  5: 

Use co-ordination (and/or/but) and some subordination (when/if/that/because) to join clauses.    






Skill  6:

Segment spoken words into phonemes and represent these by graphemes.    





Skill  7:

To spell most words with contracted forms.    





Skill  8:

Spell many common exception words correctly.    





Skill  9:

Form capital letters and digits of the correct size..




Skill  10:

Use spaces between words that reflect the size of the letters.