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Year 2 reading comprehension – 9 of the best worksheets and resources for KS1 English

Help prepare your Year 2 students for SATs, KS2 and beyond with this great selection of reading comprehension ideas, activities, lessons and more...

  • Year 2 reading comprehension – 9 of the best worksheets and resources for KS1 English

1 | Real Comprehension curriculum programme for Years 1-6

Real Comprehension is a unique, whole-school reading comprehension programme designed to develop sophisticated skills of inference and retrieval; build rich vocabularies; and encourage the identification of themes and comparison between texts from Years 1 to 6.

Access 54 original fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts by published children’s authors – all age appropriate, thematically linked, and fully annotated for ease of teaching.

Build deeper understanding for children of all abilities through a variety of close-reading and guided reading techniques, plus fully resourced teaching sequences for every text.

Improve pupils’ ability to make high-level inferences and links between texts, and extend their vocabulary with focused lessons.

Find out more about Real Comprehension here.

2 | KS1 SATs support resource collection

Here you’ll find a huge range of practice packs for comprehension and other KS1 SATs resources… in short, everything you need to make sure your Y2 learners are confident and ready to shine at the end of Key Stage 1!

The collection covers a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, and each resource includes a model text with questions and answers, plus a fully resourced writing task.

Check out the full range here.

3 | Florence Nightingale reading comprehension worksheets

This reading comprehension resource for Years 1 and 2 focuses on the life and work of Florence Nightingale, and her impact on nursing and hospitals.

It’s perfect for building children’s skills of recall and inference, and enhancing their vocabulary.

Get it here.

4 | Hermelin: The Great Mouse Detective KS1 book topic

Boost inference and comprehension with Mini Grey’s mouse detective in this free KS1 book topic from Judy Clark.

Get this resource here.

5 | Free Beano comprehension worksheets

This comic book comprehension resource is great for reluctant readers and more fluent pupils alike, helping children become familiar with narrative structures and once this knowledge is embedded it can be transferred to more stretching contexts.

It includes three Beano comic strips, three reading comprehension question worksheets, comic puzzles for working on narrative sequence and a blank comic template.

Download it here.

6 | KS1 home learning pack

Created at the start of lockdown, this home learning pack is designed for children in Years 1 and 2 to complete, with some adult support where possible, over a week, and is based around the topic of Keeping In Touch.

It offers a range of activities including writing tasks, an art project and reading comprehension, as well as encouraging children to think about their friends and family; consider their own emotions; reach out to people they may be missing; and make plans for the future.

Check it out here.

7 | Complete Tom & Bella KS1 comprehension worksheets pack

This set of six worksheets from Jelly & Bean lets children practise skills like letter formation (both with and without guides), handwriting, comprehension and there are pictures to colour in on each.

Get this resource here.

8 | KS1 handwriting and comprehension worksheets

Sticking with Jelly and Bean, they’ve also produced a huge range of handwriting and comprehension worksheets for various letter formations.

You can find them all here.

9 | Picturebooks to teach comprehension and phonics

In this article, Jacqueline Harris outlines why comprehension is essential to phonics lessons, and why picturebooks are a great place to start.

She also shows you how to pick the right picturebooks to use.

Give it a read here.

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