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GPS: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling


In Year 2, we enjoy 4 25 minutes sessions a week focusing on GPS. We learn new Words of the Week (Common Exception Words) and Year 2 Spelling rules. These are sent home on Monday evening for children to practise at home during the week. The Common Exception Words and Spelling Rules for Year 2 can be found in the Writing Herne Steps.


Grammar In Year 2

Grammar is an essential part of learning to write. We use our “sentence train” to introduce parts of a sentence, word type (e.g adverb) and how they are used. Children use the visual prompt of the train to remember to use these words in their sentences.

Spelling in Year 2


Children gain a good understanding of using phonics and their knowledge of Common Exception Words to read and write. In Year 2, children are also taught spelling rules through daily spelling sessions and class activities. There are lots of fun resources you use at home too. Check out these websites: 

Writing in Year 2

In Writing, we apply what we have learnt in GPS into different forms of Writing. Below is the Writing Herne Steps document.

Reading in Year 2

Reading continues to be an essential part of the Year 2 English curriculum. Children are not only taught how to read using phonics and recognising spelling rules and punctuation, but there is also a big focus on the comprehension of reading. Children have opportunities to read daily through guided reading sessions, whole class and cross curricular reading opportunities. Children also enjoy reading their school reading books and exploring the books in our book corners and school library.


Please continue to read the books that your child brings home with your child. It is also important that children are exposed to a wide variety of literature to foster a love of reading.


There are also great reading activities you can explore on the following websites, including reading comprehension activities. You may enjoy the following websites and questioning prompts: 

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