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Reading in Year 2


Reading with your child is essential for their cognitive development. Just 10 minutes

a day can drastically improve their reading skills in a short space of time and develop a love of reading that will benefit them in every subject they learn in their school lives.


Year 2 undergo reading assessments in May and June so our aim is to get the children as ready as possible, and with your co-operation, we know this will be doable. 


To ensure that children develop these vital reading skills, it is important to understand that reading does not just consist of reading the words on the page. To help with your child's comprehension (understanding what has been read), here are some Year 2 curriculum objectives that you can work on at home with your child.




  • reread familiar books to build up their fluency and confidence
  • read further common exception words, noting unusual correspondences between spelling and sound and where these occur in the word
  • read most words quickly and accurately when they have been frequently encountered
  • read accurately by blending the sounds in words



  • predicting what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far
  • discussing and clarifying the meanings of words, linking new meanings to known vocabulary, and drawing attention to their favourite words and phrases
  • checking that the text makes sense to them as they read, and correcting inaccurate reading
  • explain and discuss their understanding of texts, both those that they listen to and those that they read for themselves