Non-fiction

English Year 2 Summer Information Texts

Dinosaurs

Using Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs, explore differences between fiction and non-fiction. Research and create fact files using noun phrases. Study sentence types.

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

Core
Unit 1 Core: Distinguish between fiction and non-fiction; read and compare non-fiction texts about dinosaurs
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Texts
Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow and Adrian Reynolds
The Dorling Kindersley First Dinosaur Encyclopedia, Penguin Random House

Websites
The Dino Directory from nhm.ac.uk
Dinosaur pages from natgeokids.com
Dinosaur information from kids-dinosaurs.com

SPAG
Unit 2 SPAG: Identify adjectives and noun phrases and use these in descriptions of dinosaurs
(suggested as 3 days)

You Will Need

Texts
The Dorling Kindersley First Dinosaur Encyclopaedia, Penguin Random House

Presentations
Grammar: Nouns and Adjectives

Comprehension
Unit 3 Comprehension: understand how to research dinosaurs using non-fiction texts
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Texts
The Dorling Kindersley First Dinosaur Encyclopedia, Penguin Random House
A range of other good quality dinosaur non-fiction text that contain contents pages, indexes and glossaries.

Group Readers
Nana, what’s an information text? (provided below)

Websites
The Dino Directory from nhm.ac.uk

Group Readers

Nana, what’s an information text? 

This is a humorous story, told by a dinosaur. It provides a lot of information about information texts. Brilliantly conceived and illustrated, this is a must when introducing non-fiction texts as a genre. 

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

SPAG
Unit 4 SPAG: Identify different types of sentence and use each type in own writing
(suggested as 3 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Texts
The Dorling Kindersley First Dinosaur Encyclopaedia, Penguin Random House

Websites
Information about palaeontologists from scienceforthekids.wordpress.com

Composition
Unit 5 Composition: use research to produce a class non-fiction book on dinosaurs
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.