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Year 6 Tier 2 Words – Reading Comprehension Worksheets and Ambitious Vocabulary Cards

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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 6 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 5/6 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 5/6 Reading - comprehension

To understand what they read by checking that the book makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and exploring the meaning of words in context.

  • Teacher notes
  • Tier 2 word cards - small and large
  • Tier 2 word definitions - small and large
  • Tier 2 word sheet with definitions.
  • Tier 2 sentence worksheets

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