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How to help your child develop their reading skills in Year 2:


  • When your child is reading aloud to you, encourage them to use the pictures, the rest of the sentence and phonetic clues to read words.
  • Point out the punctuation in a sentence, e.g. full stops, speech marks, exclamation marks. 
  • Take turns in reading longer stories .
  • Discuss your child’s favourite words and phrases.
  • When reading non-fiction books use the contents page and index to find information. 
  • Talk about the main event and compare it to your child’s own experiences, e.g. Remember when we went to the beach…
  • Talk about the main character’s thoughts and feelings.
  • Point out obvious story language across a range of books, e.g. ‘All fairy tales start with Once Upon a Time…’
  • Re-read stories and poems so that your child becomes very familiar with them and can retell them.


  • When and where did the story take place?
  • Which word tells you that…?
  • What did…do?
  • Which words tell you about the setting?
  • What do you think is going to happen next?
  • What do you think will happen at the end of the story?
  • What is your favourite part of the story and why?
  • Why did the author use that word?
  • Can you retell me the ending of this story?
  • Can you find any words that rhyme?

Non Fiction:

  • How can we find information in this book?
  • What features can we use?
  • What is the glossary for?
  • What is the difference between a fiction and non-fiction book?
  • How does the picture help us to understand?
  • Why is there a label/ caption with the picture?
  • Why does each page have a heading?