Tier 2 words are vocabulary which children might encounter in texts but are less likely to use in everyday conversation. As these words are often unfamiliar to children, they can sometimes act as a barrier to reading. We have chosen 48 Tier 2 words for this Year 4 pack.
The words in this pack (provided as small cards for table sharing, and larger for display) can be used by children to add more formal or ambitious vocabulary to their writing. The worksheets can also be used as a reading comprehension activity.
What is included in this ambitious vocabulary resource pack?
- Tier 2 word cards
The cards are arranged four to a sheet; they can be printed out and cut up so that they can be shared amongst pupils in a group. Also included are larger versions that can be used to create an ambitious vocabulary list for display. Children could discuss the meaning of these out of context.
- Tier 2 definition cards
These definition cards could be matched up to the correct Tier 2 word. Again, they are available in a small size for sharing at a table and also for display.
- Tier 2 words answer sheet
This sheet presents the Tier 2 words with their definitions.
- Tier 2 words worksheets
Children can read the Tier 2 words in context and use strategies to infer their meaning.
National Curriculum English programme of study links
Year 3/4 Reading - word reading
Pupils should be taught to apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes (morphology and etymology), as listed in English Appendix 1, both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words that they meet.
Year 3/4 Reading - comprehension
To understand what they read, in books they can read independently, by checking that the book makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and exploring the meaning of words in context.