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We will continue to make the children's experience with reading and books very exciting and we will draw their attention towards the many places and different times books can make us travel to! 

Your child will have new reading books every week and they will be getting a library book which will be changed every fortnight.

They will also have other opportunities to read different genres and levels of books at school daily.

Please ensure that the reading books and the reading diary is sent in your child's book bags everyday . It would be really appreciated if you could leave a comment when you have read with your child and  let us know how they got on. If you wish to just sign in the diary that will also support us with monitoring how many times the children are reading at home.

If you need any support please do not hesitate to ask any of the year 2 team.


How to support 

  • Children love to share books with each other and with you.

  • Retell using drama/role play.

  • Take trips to the library to choose books.

  • Plays are great ways of interacting through a book as each person can play a different character.

  • Share comics/magazines and so on – it doesn’t always have to be a book!

  • Look for and share books on topics that you know your child is interested in – e.g. insects, cookery or sport.

  • Revisit familiar books

  • Share the reading!

  • Take turns to read a sentence or a page each

  • Agree with your child that you will read each sentence and they will read the final word.

  • Get your child to read the parts for certain characters, or speech bubbles/labels etc and you read the rest of the text

  • Be explicit about how you work out unfamiliar words

  • Lots of praise – try not to overcorrect

  • Questioning and talking about words in the environment

  • Pointing out print in the environment such as Morrison’s, Tesco’s etc

  • Help with the shopping – e.g. I need a tin of beans, can you find them for me?

  • Make your own books about topics your child is interested in


Top Ten Strategies for Independent Reading

  1. Using the pictures for clues

  2. Sounding out words and blending them back together ensuring you understand the meaning of words.

  3. Looking for smaller words inside bigger words - breaking words down into smaller ‘chunks'

  4. Reading for meaning/sense – drawing on previous experiences and  using own words to explain

  5. Predict what the text might be about prior to reading it, using the front cover for instance.

  6. Make good guesses where appropriate and ensure you understand what helped you make the predictions.

  7. Read forwards/backwards

  8. Look at the first/last letters, try to find different sounds you learnt

  9. Look at clusters of letters

  10. Make use of punctuation cues