Writing Curriculum – Year 2



  • Segment spoken words into phonemes and record these as graphemes
  • Spell words with different alternative spellings, including a few common homophones
  • Spell longer words using suffixes such as ment, ness, ful, less, ly
  • Use knowledge of alternative phonemes to narrow down possibilities for accurate spelling
  • Identify known phonemes in unfamiliar words and use syllables to divide words
  • Form lower case letters of the correct size relative to one another
  • Begin to use some of the diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join letters
  • Understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left unjoined
  • Write capital letters and digits of the correct size, with correct orientation and relationship to one another and to lower case letters
  • Use spacing between words that reflects the size of the letters


  • Write narratives about personal experiences and those of others (real and fictional)
  • Write for different purposes, including real events
  • Plan and discuss the content of writing and write down ideas
  • Orally rehearse structured sentences or sequences of sentences
  • Evaluate writing independently, with peers and with teacher
  • Proof-read to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Use full stops, capital letters, exclamation and question marks accurately to demarcate sentences and commas for lists
  • Use a capital letter for names of people, places, the days of the week, and the personal pronoun ‘I
  • Use subordination (using when, if, that, or because) and co-ordination (using or, and, or but)
  • Use present and past tenses correctly and consistently including the progressive form


Exceeding Statements

  • Descriptions are clear enough for people to recognise what is meant even when things are not named
  • Use some phrases and words that they come across in reading
  • Use words like ‘suddenly’ or ‘amazingly’, so that writing grips the reader’s interest
  • Stories have interesting endings that have been carefully thought about
  • Consistent in using the first or third person
  • Keep writing interesting throughout and not be tempted to look at quick ways to finish it
  • Check that capital letters, commas and question marks are used when needed and attempt to use speech marks
  • Use a dictionary to check spellings of words
  • Use specific nouns when needed, e.g. ‘terrier’ instead of ‘dog’
  • Take time to describe characters and events within stories, rather than move from one event to another