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End of year targets

Year 2 – English Non Negotiables


Reading expectations for pupils by the end of Year 2 

  • Read accurately most words of two or more syllables
  • Read most words containing common suffixes*
  • Read most common exception words*. In age-appropriate1 books, the pupil can:
  • Read most words accurately without overt sounding and blending, and sufficiently fluently to allow them to focus on their understanding rather than on decoding individual words2
  • Sound out most unfamiliar words accurately, without undue hesitation. In a book that they can already read fluently, the pupil can:  check it makes sense to them, correcting any inaccurate reading
  • answer questions and make some inferences
  • explain what has happened so far in what they have read.

Writing expectations for pupils by the end of Year 2

  • Write different kinds of sentence: statement, question, exclamation, command

  • Use expanded noun phrases to add description & specification (use adjectives and similes to describe a person or object)

  • Write using subordination (when, if, that, because)

  • Correct & consistent use of present tense & past tense

  • Correct use of verb tenses

  • Correct & consistent use of: 

     Capital letters

     Full stops

     Question marks

     Exclamation marks

     Commas in a list

     Apostrophe (omission)

     Introduction of speech marks

  • Write under headings


Year 2 – Maths Non Negotiables


Maths expectations for pupils by the end of Year 2

  • Compare and order numbers up to 100 and use <, > and =

  • Read and write all numbers to 100 in digits and words

  • Say 10 more/less than any number to 100

  • Count in steps of 2, 3 & 5 from zero and in 10s from any number (forwards and backwards)

  • Recall and use multiplication & division facts for 2, 5 & 10 tables

  • Recall and use +/- facts to 20

  • Derive and use related facts to 100

  • Recognise place value of any 2 digit number

  • Add and subtract: 2 digit numbers and ones

2 digit numbers and tens

Two 2 digit numbers

Three 1 digit numbers

  • Recognise and use inverse (+/-)

  • Calculate and write multiplication and division calculations using multiplication tables

  • Recognise, find, name and write 1/3, ¼, 2/4, ¾

  • Write and recognise equivalence of simple fractions

  • Tell the time to 5 minutes including quarter past and quarter to