In Year 2, the following assessments apply to ensure children are working at the expected standard at the end of Key Stage 1.
The pupil can:
• read accurately most words of two or more syllables
• read most words containing common suffixes
• read most common exception words.
* In age-appropriate books, pupils can:
• read most words accurately without overt sounding and blending, and sufficiently fluently to allow them to focus on their understanding rather than on decoding individual words.
• sound out most unfamiliar words accurately, without undue hesitation.
In a book that they can already read fluently, the pupil can:
• check it makes sense to them, correcting any inaccurate reading
• answer questions and make some inferences
• explain what has happened so far in what they have read.
Please note that approximately 90 words per minute is a good indicator of when children start to read with sufficient fluency to focus on their understanding, but some pupils read slower than this while still being able to do so.