Non-fiction

English Year 2 Spring Recounts

Animal Diaries and Recounts

Enjoy Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French. Explore conjunctions and the correct use of present and past tense. Write diary entries in role.

Start with the core unit to introduce key texts. Then select from comprehension, SPAG and composition units.

Core
Unit 1 Core: Introduction to diary features, including person and tense
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Texts
Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

SPAG
Unit 2 SPAG: Use past and present forms correctly, including past progressive form
(suggested as 3 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Texts
Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

Grammar PDF: The Past Tense - Simple and Progressive Forms (see resources)

Comprehension
Unit 3 Comprehension: Read, discuss and write recounts, including diaries
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Texts
Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

Group Readers
The Cat's Journey (provided below)

Group Readers

The Cat's Journey
The Cat's Journey by Ruth Merttens. The cat recounts her long journey in simple language, making it accessible to children who still struggle to read. What makes this a ‘must’ are the original and idiosyncratic illustrations, which carry the story forward simply and effectively.

You can purchase printed copies of this Group Reader from Hamilton Education.

SPAG
Unit 4 SPAG: Conjunctions for Subordination
(suggested as 3 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Optional Texts
Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

Group Readers
Angry Cat (provided below)

Group Readers

Angry Cat
Children will explore feelings with this charming tale of a very angry cat! The simple repeated structure and beautifully drawn illustrations will encourage emerging independent readers to engage with the story and draw parallels with their own feelings as they follow cat’s tale.

You can purchase printed copies of this Group Reader from Hamilton Education.

Composition
Unit 5 Composition: Write an animal diary
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.