Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

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Mrs Fairbrother, Miss Hockley, Mrs Lorenz, Miss Whittaker and Miss Krajl welcome you Year 2.

KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the maths work in school.  Instant recall facts help enormously with mental agility within maths lessons. When children move onto written calculations, knowing these facts can be very beneficial.  Each child will have a termly handout which sets out their KIRF and other facts which can be practiced at home.  This means that the work at school can be supported at home.  

Recommended Reading for Year 2

Pie Corbett's Reading Spine

We regularly read a variety of books from Pie Corbett's Reading Spine as either part of our daily whole class read or for children to dip in to when they choose from bookshelves in our classes. Here, you can see the books your child might experience in other year groups too.

We expect children to read at home at least three times a week. We encourage children to read books, comics, newspapers, magazines, recipes, manuals, play scripts, song lyrics, poetry, websites and even books they write themselves. 


Below is a list of recommended books for your child’s age group. Some of these books are ideal for adults to read to your children and others would be great for children to read themselves. For more information about each of these books, click on:



Everyone can access free e-books and audio books from Northamptonshire library service. If families are not already members, they can join using this link:


The Book Trust have lots of fun reading activities


The Literacy Trust is offering a free e-book each week with some accompanying activity packs and videos from the authors:

More Important information for Year 2

Our PE day is Thursday.  Children can come to school dressed in their PE kit and trainers.  Please remove or cover any earrings.


Every child has a purple home communication/reading log.  Every time you read with your child please can you sign the log.  We hope that every child gets to read with an adult at home 3 times a week.


Children are provided with fruit daily for snack.  If you want to send an extra snack please make sure that it is a healthy piece of fruit or cereal bar.  No chocolate bars or crisps please.


Your child can bring a water bottle into school.  Please make sure it is labelled with their name.


Doodlemaths is an online website that allows your child to practise maths skills they have learnt in school and improve their recall of number facts.  Your child has been given a password and username so that they can access the site.  Please encourage your child to use the site at least ten minutes every day to earn extra DoJo points and the chance to win a certificate in Friday's Champions Gathering. If your child has forgotten their password, please speak to their class teacher. 


Common Exception Words

The expectation for the attainment of children in Year 2 has grown massively.  In writing, children are expected to spell high frequency words, or common exception words (words we can't use our sounds to spell) correctly. Below is a list of all the words they should be spelling correctly in their independent writing. We will be sending home lists with a range of these spellings on for them to practise ready for their fortnightly test.

SATs and End of Year expectations

The children will be assessed on Maths, Writing, SPaG (Spelling, Puncation and Grammer) and Reading. Please see the documents below to see what the teachers are looking for to asses the children Working Towards, At Expected and Working Above Expected. 


If you would like any further information about these expectations then please feel free to speak to your class teacher.


Have you ever wondered what reading should look and sound like at the end of Year 2? Here is a clip to show you...


Here is a child Working Towards Expectations:


Here is a child Working At expectations: