Year 2 Information

Dear Parents

Here you can find information on the KS1 National Assessments which will take place at the end of Year 2. Please feel free to come and see me if you would like to discuss any aspects of the assessments or your child's learning in school.

Year 2 Assessments 2018/19

At the end of Year 2, children will take assessments in:



•Spelling, punctuation and grammar (optional)

Please note that reading, writing and maths is teacher assessed throughout the year across a range of genres. Tests are used as additional evidence for teacher assessment.


The Reading Test consists of two separate papers:

•Paper 1 – Contains a selection of texts totalling between 400 and 700 words with questions about the text.

•Paper 2 – Contains a reading booklet of a selection of passages totalling 800 to 1100 words. Children will write their answers to questions about the passage in a separate booklet.

•Each paper is worth 50% of the marks and should take approximately 30 minutes to complete, although the children are not being assessed at working at speed so will not be strictly timed.

•The texts will cover a range of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

•Questions are designed to assess the comprehension and understanding of a child’s reading.

•Some questions are multiple choice or selected response, others require short answers and some require an extended response or explanation.


Spelling, Punctuation  & Grammar (optional)

The test consists of two separate papers:

•Paper 1: spelling (20 marks).

•Paper 2: questions (20 marks).

If you would like to see examples of the words the children will be expected to spell, you can download this below in the Files to Download section. 



Children will sit two tests: Paper 1 and Paper 2:

• Paper 1 is for arithmetic, lasting approximately 25 minutes and worth 25 marks. It covers calculation methods for all operations.

• Paper 2 covers problem solving, reasoning and mathematical fluency, lasts for approximately 35 minutes and is worth 35 marks.

• Pupils will still require calculation skills and questions will be varied including multiple choice, matching, true/false, completing a chart or table or drawing a shape. Some questions will also require children to show or explain their working out.


How to help your child

• First and foremost, support and reassure your child that there is nothing to worry about and that they should always just try their best. Praise and encourage!

• Ensure your child has the best possible attendance at school.

• Support your child with any homework tasks.

• Reading, spelling and arithmetic (e.g. times tables) are always good to practise (spelling lists available below).

• Talk to your child about what they have learnt at school and what books they are reading (the character, the plot, their opinion).


How to help with Reading

Listening to your child read can take many forms:

• First and foremost, focus developing an enjoyment and love of reading.

• Enjoy stories together – reading stories to your child is equally as important as listening to your child read.

• Read a little at a time but often, rather than rarely but for long periods of time!

• Talk about the story before, during and afterwards – discuss the plot, the characters, their feelings and actions, how it makes you feel, predict what will happen and encourage your child to have their own opinions.

• Look up definitions of words together – you could use a dictionary, the Internet or an app on a phone or tablet.

• All reading is valuable – it doesn’t have to be just stories. Reading can involve anything from fiction and non-fiction, poetry, newspapers, magazines, football programmes, TV guides.

• Visit the local library - it’s free!


How to help your child in Mathematics

• Play times tables games.

• Play mental maths games including counting in different amounts, forwards and backwards.

• Encourage opportunities for telling the time.

• Encourage opportunities for counting coins and money e.g. finding amounts or calculating change when shopping.

• Look for numbers on street signs, car registrations and anywhere else.

• Look for examples of 2D and 3D shapes around the home.

• Identify, weigh or measure quantities and amounts in the kitchen or in recipes.

• Play games involving numbers or logic, such as dominoes, card games, draughts or chess.


Please see the Files to Download section below for the Year 2 objectives for Spelling and objectives for Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation and for Mathematics.

If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to come and see me or contact me by e-mail.

Contact the School

Oldfield Primary School

Green Lane
Vicars Cross

Main Contact: Headteacher Mr Alan Brown or Bursar Mrs Louise McComb

Tel: 01244 981772

SEN Contact: Mrs Nikki Bailey

SEN Email: