National Curriculum

Year 2 English Plans

Hamilton's Y2 English plans cover all of the statutory objectives of the National Curriculum for England for Year 2. The Coverage Chart shows you where. Medium and Long Term Plans summarise books used and grammar taught.

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Fiction 1: Fantasy stories

The children are introduced to The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward and other well-known dragon stories, George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell, and The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. They create a dragon and write similes to describe it. They then write dragon stories with a focus on using conjunctions to write longer sentences.

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Fiction 2: Traditional tales from other cultures

Read and compare Hansel and Gretel by Anthony Browne, and Baba Yaga and the Stolen Baby by Alison Lurie, Francis Lincoln, and Baba Yaga by Tony Bradman using drama and story maps. Discuss joining sentences using or, and or but. Children write witch stories using story pegs to plan. Introduce some 'story language' and encourage interesting endings. Hamilton Group Reader, Why Not Me?, is used to build confidence in reading aloud.

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Non-fiction 1: Instructions

Use Instructions by Neil Gaiman to introduce children to writing instructions. Explore features of instructions including bossy verbs. Identify exciting tricky words and discuss how to decode them. Children write instructions using stimulus of map of Fairy-tale Land.

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Non-fiction 2: Recounts

This plan is a unique twist of a recount plan. Based on the lovely story Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French, children use conjunctions to expand sentences before writing their own recounts in a diary form about an English animal. Children read either The dog who wouldn't stop barking, The Owl and the moon or Chicken's bad dream (Hamilton Group Readers).

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Poetry 1: The senses

Explore the senses through poetry, The Works chosen by Paul Cookson, and Raps, Riddles and Concrete by Pie Corbett. Read a range of different poems and learn some by heart. Go on a poetry walk to the playground or nature area to collect some wonderful describing words. Write simple poems using adjectives and adjectival phrases.

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Poetry 2: Humorous poems

This unit is based around the wonderful poem, Aliens Stole My Underpants by Brian Moses (Cat Message by Roger Stevens). Children will memorise and perform this poem, describe objects to aliens using adjectives before finally writing their own alien poems.