National Curriculum Expectations for Year 2

Provided below, are the end of year National Curriculum requirements that your child must meet in order to achieve age related expectations for Reading, Writing and Mathematics in Year 2. I have also included the Year 1 National Curriculum requirements to help identify gaps that will need addressing due to the school closure in March 2020. For more information about the expectations in other curriculum areas, please visit the relevant pages in the Curriculum section of our website. 

All the objectives will be worked on throughout the year and will be the focus of direct teaching. Any extra support you can provide in helping your children to achieve these is greatly valued.


The children will be given homework every Friday and this will be due in the following Wednesday (unless stated otherwise). Typically, children will receive maths, reading and spelling homework each week. However, this will be reduced during the first half term. It is a school expectation that all children complete their homework and hand it in on the due date.


At Weston, we expect the children to read regularly each week in order to develop their reading and comprehension. Ideally, the children should be be reading everyday. Reading with an adult in massively important for all ages. It is an expectation that parents should aim to listen to or read with their child at least 3 times per week.

Phonics Screening Check

All Year 1 and 2 pupils across the country will undertake a Phonic Screening Check during the first term and in June 2021 (date yet to be announced). The Check may also take place during the first term but nothing has been set in stone but I will keep you all updated. This check consists of 40 real words and alien/nonsense words that the children will read one-to-one with a teacher. The childdren will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them.

The 40 words and nonsense words are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters. The teacher administering the check with your child will give them a few practice words to read first – including some non-words – so they understand more about what they have to do. Each of the nonsense words is presented with a picture of a monster / alien, as if the word were their name (and so your child doesn't think the word is a mistake because it doesn't make sense!).

The children in Year 1 and 2 practice phonics on a daily basis and extra homework is sometimes given to help close gaps and reinforce sounds that are tricky. For extra information about how we teach phonics at Weston, please click on the link here.


Punctuality & Attendance

At Weston, it is a school expectation that all children are in school by 8:50am each day for registration. The majority of classes use registration time to consolidate previous learning and to practice key skills. Therefore, it is vital that your child is on time for school so they don't miss this important learning opportunity. 

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Contact Us

Telephone: 01928 574544

Email: head.weston@halton.gov.uk

Headteacher: Ros Atkins

Weston Primary School,

Lambsickle Lane, Runcorn,

Cheshire WA7 4RA

SENCO: Laura Simpson

Email: Senco.Weston@halton.gov.uk