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Reading in Year 2

Reading Resources in Year Two


​​​​​​In Year Two, we follow the DfE 'Letters and Sounds' programme, enhanced with resources from Jolly Phonics and Big Cat Phonics. A very wide range of reading books are offered, which are book banded according to challenge; these provide variety of reading experiences, from decodable texts to those requiring a broader range of reading strategies, including sight reading.


The Reading Curriculum in Year Two


Word Reading


  • Continue to apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words until automatic decoding has become embedded and reading is fluent.
  • Read accurately by blending the sounds in words that contain the graphemes taught so far, especially recognising alternative sounds for graphemes.
  • Read accurately words of two or more syllables that contain the same graphemes as above.
  • Read words containing common suffixes.
  • Read further common exception words, noting unusual correspondences between spelling and sound and where these occur in the word.
  • Read most words [at an instructional level 93-95%] quickly and accurately, without overt sounding and blending, when they have been frequently encountered.
  • Read aloud books closely matched to their improving phonic knowledge, sounding out unfamiliar words accurately, automatically and without undue hesitation.
  • Re-read these books to build up their fluency and confidence in word reading.


~ Comprehension


  • Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by:
    • listening to, discussing and expressing views about a wide range of contemporary and classic poetry, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently;
    • discussing the sequence of events in books and how items of information are related;
    • becoming increasingly familiar with a wider range of stories, fairy stories and traditional tales;
    • retell a range of stories, fairy stories and traditional tales;
    • being introduced to non-fiction books that are structured in different ways;
  • Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by
    • recognising simple recurring literary language in stories and poetry;
    • discussing and clarifying the meanings of words, linking new meanings to known vocabulary;
    • discussing their favourite words and phrases;
    • continuing to build up a repertoire of poems learnt by heart;
    • appreciate poems reciting some, with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear.
  • Understand both the books that they can already read accurately and fluently and those that they listen to by:
    • drawing on what they already know or on background information and vocabulary provided by the teacher;
    • checking that the text makes sense to them as they read and correcting inaccurate reading;
    • making inferences on the basis of what is being said and done;
    • answering questions;
    • asking questions;
    • predicting what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far.
  • Participate in discussion about books, poems and other works that are read to them and those that they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say.
  • Explain and discuss their understanding of books, poems and other material, both those that they listen to and those that they read for themselves.

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