Year 2 Non-Negotiables




Secure at Phase 6

read accurately by blending the sounds in words that contain the graphemes taught so far, especially recognising alternative sounds for graphemes

Comprehension and Understanding
  • Reads ahead to help with fluency and expression
  • Comments on plot, setting and characters in familiar and unfamiliar stories
  • Recounts main themes and events
  • Comments on the structure of the text
Prediction, Inference and deduction

Intonation and expression

  • Use commas, question marks and exclamation marks to vary expression
  • Reads aloud with expression and intonation
Grammatical Features
  • Recognise speech marks and contractions
  • Identify past and present tense
Research Use content page and index to locate information


Sentence and text structure
  • Write different kinds of sentence: statement, question. Exclamation, command
  • Use expanded noun phrases to add description and specification
  • Write using subordination (when, if, that, because)
  • Correct and consistent use of present and past tense
  • Correct use of verb tenses
  • write from memory simple sentences dictated by the teacher that include words using the GPCs, common exception words and punctuation taught so far
  • Correct and consistent use of: capital letters, full stops, question marks, exclamation marks
  • Commas in a list
  • Apostrophe (omission)
  • Introduction of speech marks
Paragraphing Write under headings (as introduction to paragraphs)
Handwriting Evidence of diagonal and horizontal strokes to join


Counting and ordering Compare and order numbers up to 100
Numbers and more/less Read and write all numbers up to 100 in digits and words.

Say 10 more/ less than any number up to 100

Tables and multiples Count in multiples of2, 3, 5 and 10 from any number up to 100.

Recall and use multiplication and division facts for 2, 5, and 10 times tables.

Bonds and facts Recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20

Derive and use related facts to 100

Place value and rounding Recognise place value of any 2 digit number
Calculations (addition/ subtraction) Add and subtract: 2 digit numbers and ones, 2 digit numbers and tens, two digit numbers, three 1 digit numbers

Recognise and use inverse

Calculations (division/ multiplication) Calculate and write multiplication and division calculations using multiplication tables

Recognise and use inverse

Fractions and Percentages Recognise, find, name and write ½, ¼, 2/4  , ¾

Recognise equivalence of simple fractions

Time Tell time to 5 minutes, including quarter past/to