Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

Year 2 Curriculum Leader

Miss Laura Clarkson

In Year 2, pupils are exposed to a rich and varied curriculum. We continue to build upon the basic key skills taught in Year 1 and focus on deepening children’s understanding of the key concepts in Reading, Writing and Maths.

Tips for Year 2 Parents and Carers

At Park Lane, we teach the children to read accurately and fluently with the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme.

Once the children have successfully completed the Read Write Inc programme, they go on to develop their comprehension skills in Whole Class Guided Reading sessions. These sessions allow children to read challenging and engaging texts. These stories have been specifically selected to stimulate your child’s passion for reading, giving them the ‘reading bug’.  During Guided Reading sessions, we assess the children’s understanding of the text through engaging activities based on VIPERS.

Year 2 suggested reading books

Salty Dogs by Matty Long

Don’t look in this Book by Samuel Langley Swain

Katie Morag’s Island Adventures by Mairi Hedderwick

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

The Adventure of Dish and Spoon by Mini Grey

Press Here by Herve Tullet

Pirate School: Just a bit of Wind by Jeremy Strong

A Man whose Mother was a Pirate by Margaret Mahy

Fungus and the Bogeymen by Raymond Briggs

George and the Dragon by Christopher Wormell

The Troll by Julia Donaldson

The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

Chicken in the Kitchen by Nnedi Okorafor

What are Vipers?

VIPERS is an acronym to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of the UK’s reading curriculum. They are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts. You can find example questions for each of the VIPERS below. They can be used when listening to your child read at home. There is also a list of books for each year group, where you can find stories that are suitable for your child to read at home.

VIPERS stands for

Vocabulary        Inference        Prediction        Explanation        Retrieval        Sequence or Summarise

At Park Lane we use the White Rose Mathematics scheme. Click on the picture to find out more information.