Duston Eldean Primary School

Welcome to Year Two!

Welcome to Year Two!

In Year Two, the children continue to build on their learning experiences from Year One. The children develop their independence further through looking after their own pencil cases and being able to choose support resources in the classroom. Life skills that are taught include effective teamwork, how to resolve conflict and how to sustain concentration levels for longer.

Our curriculum focuses on teaching new skills and revisiting ones previously mastered, in order to prepare for the statutory assessments at the end of Key Stage One. The introduction of Numbots increases children’s mental recall.

Key Dates:

·         Library Day: Badgers and  Otters (Tuesday PM)

·         Indoor PE: Badgers (Friday PM) Otters (Thursday AM)

·         Outdoor PE: Badgers and Otters (Monday)


Parents are encouraged to play an important part in our children's learning through home learning activities.

- Times table tests take place every Friday and then homework to help your child progress is sent home the same day.

- Each term, there is a topic project challenge.

- Spelling zappers are issued and are then tested when your child signs up on the classroom board.

- Your child should be reading at least 3 times a week out loud to you.


The expectation is for children to read their school banded reading book at least three times in a week (preferably more). Sharing of the school library book is also encouraged as a reading for pleasure learning opportunity. Reading logs will be checked weekly.

Letter formation packs are available to support handwriting and will be sent home regularly to support the accuracy in letter formation to help children to increase their presentation in writing throughout the year. Towards the end of the year, if the children are able to form all letters correctly, key joining patterns are introduced gradually to increase fluency.

Children should be able to form sentences that make sense and that are well punctuated. Spelling independently through the application of their phonics and spelling knowledge is something that will develop throughout the year.

Key Stage One Assessments:

In Year Two, the Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) are taken at the end of May. It is vital that your child attends school in these two weeks. The assessments consist of six papers: Two reading papers, two maths papers, a spelling paper and a punctuation and grammar paper. The aim of these assessments is to assess the children’s understanding of the curriculum taught to them in Years 1 and 2. There will be information sessions in term 4 to keep you informed and explain further. The assessments are taken in small groups, with regular breaks and are spread out across both weeks.

Year 2 Highlights:

- Healthy Tea Party

- Explorer Day (dressing up)

- Christmas Production

- Kenyan food and dance 

- Synagogue visit

- Great Fire of London Day (dressing up)

- Seaside trip




Upcoming Events

30 Aug
Late Summer Bank Holiday
Date Mon,30 Aug 2021

Contact Us

School Business Manager

Duston Eldean Primary
Main Road Duston Northamptonshire NN5 6PP
Tel: 01604 752283