Year 2 Reading Page

In Year 2 we LOVE to Read!

In Year 2 reading takes many forms. We all take part in a daily reading session and throughout the week we will complete a variety of different tasks to help us become fluent, confident and competent readers who love to read:

One group takes part in a guided reading session with an adult, during which there is a specific focus to help develop reading skills.

Another group also reads to an adult, but on a one-to-one basis, reading and discussing home readers.

One group enjoys free reading and the children continue to develop their love for reading, either books, from our well-stocked class library, or books linked to our topic, such as fiction and non-fiction books about polar regions.

The remaining two groups will work independently to carry out a range of activities, such as completing a role on the wall linked to our class book, or guided reading group book; sequencing events from a book we have read; comprehension; vocabulary or being a reading detective to collect specific things, such as adjectives, adverbs or favourite words or phrases to ‘magpie’ for our own writing.

 
There is always a cheer and beaming smiles when Miss Aumeer announces Guided Reading Time!

Each week, we enjoy ‘Marvellous Me,’ where one student is chosen to bring some of their favourite items from home. This includes their favourite book! During ‘Marvellous Me’, there will be the opportunity for the chosen student to read part of their book to the class and share what makes it their recommended read.

Reading forms an important part of every day in Year 2. Reading opens the door into all subjects – not just literacy. For example: we read facts and enquiry instructions in Science. In History, we research and read clues to find out about different eras and explorers. In RE we read the stories from the Bible and in Maths we use our reading skills to work out what we need to do to solve a word problem.

We also use a ‘book as a hook’ to support our literacy lessons and many other curriculum areas. This means that our writing and other work is inspired by, and linked to, a specific book. Here are some of the ‘hook books’ we use in Year 2:

‘Zog’ and ‘Tell me a dragon’ inspire us during the ‘Fire! Fire!’ topic. This is followed by ‘Lost and Found’ when we learn about polar regions.

In Year 2 we are also very lucky to have a parishioner who comes into school once a week to hear us read.

It goes without saying we read every day in school but we also try to read every night at home. As a little incentive to keep up the great reading at home, we have Reading Routes (e.g. Read Around the UK is our first route.) To move around the reading route to the next destination the children must read 5 times (which will be ticked in their reading record.) Miss Aumeer challenges us to try to read 5 times in one week, to see how quickly we can progress! We love getting to move along the route with surprises and rewards along the way!

We enjoy a book after our break time daily, to inspire us ready for our English lessons. We love hearing the variety of poems and stories and discussing them as a class. Reading is such a wonderful part of our day in Year 2!

 

At the beginning of the year we start by sharing our favourite books, explaining why we like them so much and why we would recommend them to others to. We have a wide range of fiction and non-fiction favourites in Year 2 and we thoroughly enjoyed sharing these during the first half term! Take a look at some of the reviews we wrote:

 

 

A message from Miss Aumeer

Reading is one of the most inexpensive ways to travel the world. Not only this, but reading can take you to magical places and on exciting adventures! It can feed your mind with interesting facts and expand it with important knowledge. One of my favourite things to do is to get lost in a good book; whether it’s a book that makes me laugh out loud, or one that inspires me with amazing information about the world around us.

As a child, I remember my parents reading bedtime stories with me as I drifted off to sleep. When I was younger, I loved reading books, such as the Mr. Men and Winnie the Witch. Then, I found the wonderful world of Roald Dahl. My favourites were Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and Fantastic Mr Fox. I really enjoyed these stories as they had strong main characters that were plucky and showed great determination.

As I got a bit older, my sisters and I made our very own ‘book club’ at home, where we would read our new favourite series – Harry Potter! My eldest sister would read the magical tales to us every night. We loved being transported to worlds of witchcraft and wizardry. Over time, we all started to read Harry Potter on our own, and would enjoy coming together to avidly discuss the plot and share our theories on the mysteries.

Being immersed in books from a young age, I have become a life-long reader. Now, as a teacher, I love nothing more than reading to my class to inspire a love of books. As a bit of a performer, I love to make it as fun and expressive as possible. It’s always a happy time, filled with laughter, when I bring out our class reader in Year 2!

 

Miss Thorley loves to read too.

Miss Thorley loves picture books as well as novels, but her favourite book is The Dream Snatcher, by Abi Elphinstone.

 

“I love to read and enjoy a really wide range of genres and authors. I love any book that can take you out of yourself and lift your spirits and any author who can lift the colours off the page and drop them into your lap.”

Reading forms an important part of every day in Year 2. Reading opens the door into all subjects- not just literacy. For example: recently we have read instructions to grow hydroponic plants in Science. In history we read clues to find out about different explorers. In RE we read the stories from the Bible and in Maths we use our reading skills to work out what we need to do to solve a word problem.

 

We also use a ‘book as a hook’ to support our literacy lessons and many other curriculum areas. This means that our writing and other work is inspired by, and linked to, a specific book. So far this year we have used four ‘books as a hook’.

We began the year using ‘Tell me a dragon’, followed by ‘Lost and Found’ when we learned about polar regions.

We have also used ‘Don’t Spill the Milk!’ as part of our topic ‘A world Away!’ with a focus on Africa and Little Red Riding Hood (with a twist!)

 

 

In Year 2 we are also very lucky to have a parishioner who comes into school once a week to hear us read.

It goes without saying we read every day in school but we also try to read every night at home. As a little incentive to keep up the great reading at home, we have a Reading Road/Safari through which Mrs Barker sets us the challenge of reading at home at least 5 times a week. We love getting to move along the road with surprises and rewards along the way!

At the end of the day we like to unwind and listen to our class novel read by an adult. What a lovely way to end the day!

We also have a box of novels so if we fancy a longer book to share with our family we are free to borrow these ‘Weekend Readers’ from the class library.

We know that reading every day supports every area of our learning, from supporting our spellings to helping us come up with ideas for our own writing in literacy.  We also know that everybody is constantly reading things all of the time, without even thinking about it – posters around school, food labels so we know what we are eating, the TV guide so we know what we are going to watch, instructions on computer games, adverts, road signs, names of board games…  
Words are literally EVERYWHERE!!

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Yr 2 Reading List

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