National Curriculum

Year 2 English Plans

We provide Hamilton Year 2 English both as weekly plans (below) and as flexible blocks. We will eventually be phasing out the plans, as we believe our flexible blocks offer you all of the same advantages and more. Find out more about the advantages of Hamilton's flexible blocks.

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Fiction 1: Traditional tales

Explore the brilliant fables, The Frog and the Scorpion and The Ant and the Grasshopper. Write a dialogue between grasshopper's indignant sister and the cruel ant. Look at compound sentences and storytelling skills. Write a fable.

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Fiction 2: Stories in familiar settings

Explore familiar settings through Margaret Mahy's story A Lion in the Meadow, You Choose by Nick Sharratt and There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon by Jack Kent. Children generate ideas and plan a story about an animal that lives in their house under the stairs. There is a focus on using simple punctuation and story problems and solutions.

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Fiction 3: Imaginary texts

This plan is all about the imagination and encouraging children to think outside the box! Using the stories of The Bear and the Piano and Flat Rabbit as well as the oral re-telling of the Red Gold Dragon, children will enjoy listening to, creating their own stories and performing them to an audience.

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Non-fiction 1: Postcards and letters

Be inspired to write letters with fantastic excuses by reading John Patrick Norman McHennessy by John Burningham. Create an illustrated letter describing an amazing adventure based on Dear Teacher by Amy Husband. Find out about telegrams and emails. Children pay special attention to the letters in Hamilton Group Reader The Three Guinea Fowl.

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Non-fiction 2: Information texts

Kick starting this unit about pets, children will read the lovely books, Dogs and Matilda's Cat by Emily Gravett. They will compare these books to information texts RSPCA Care for Your Puppy, RSPCA Care for your Kitten (Collins), Dogs (Usborne Spotter's Guide) by Harry Glover, How to Look After Your Pet Dog by David Alderton, before researching and creating their own information pages on an unusual pet. Children read aloud the Hamilton Group Readers Boris and Sid find a tiger, Chicken and Shark and The Dog Who Wouldn't Stop Barking.

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Non-fiction 3: Instructions

Be prepared to do some cooking in this unit as children are introduced to instructional writing using My First Book of Baking  book. They will explore different recipes by reading and trying some out before using inventing their own, using commas to list ingredients and apostrophes to name their masterpieces.

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Poetry 1: Songs and repetitive poems

Read and enjoy poems with repeating patterns, The Works chosen by Paul Cookson. Then write some of your own about what you see when walking to school, focussing on using fantastic adjectives. Look at patterns in songs by learning, singing, writing and performing rounds.

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Poetry 2: Traditional poems for young children

Read, enjoy and learn by heart, Edward Lear's wonderful nonsense poem The Owl and the Pussycat. Find out about Edward Lear and explore some of his limericks. Read limericks written by other people, The Works chosen by Paul Cookson. Have fun writing a limerick with support.

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Poetry 3: Poems about family

In this unit, we all find out about each other’s families through poetry. Children have lots of opportunities to read, discuss and then write their own poems based on themselves and their families. Some of the many poems include: Daddy Fell in the Pond, My Mum’s Put me on the Transfer List and Dear Mum.