Fiction

English Year 2 Spring Traditional Tales and Fables

Traditional Tales from Other Cultures

Read and listen to different versions of Baba Yaga and Hansel and Gretel. Identify different types of sentence and study subordination and coordination. Write a traditional tale.

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

Core
Unit 1 Core: Story-telling Baba Yaga and Hansel and Gretel
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

Group Readers

Why not me? 

This story plays with the genre of traditional stories. A woodpecker wants to know why she is not in any tale. This story draws children’s attention to a wide range of tales and then challenges the reader to write a story with a woodpecker in it! 

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

SPAG
Unit 2 SPaG: Subordination and Coordination
(suggested as 3 days)

You Will Need

Group Reader
Why not Me? by Ruth Merttens

Group Readers

Why not me? 

This story plays with the genre of traditional stories. A woodpecker wants to know why she is not in any tale. This story draws children’s attention to a wide range of tales and then challenges the reader to write a story with a woodpecker in it! 

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

Comprehension
Unit 3 Comprehension: Books about ‘Baba Yaga’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Texts
Hansel and Gretel by Anthony Browne
Baba Yaga by Tony Bradman

Group Reader
Hansel and Gretel by Ruth Merttens

Additional texts
You do not need these texts to teach this unit, but children may enjoy reading them after Day 4.
Hansel and Gretel
by Josephine Collins
Hansel and Gretel by Bethan Woollvin
Hansel and Gretel by Michael Morpurgo
Babushaka Baba Yaga by Patricia Polacco

Group Readers

Hansel and Gretel

This is a great new version of the traditional tale.  Hansel is a dog and Gretel is a cat and the story has all the usual excitement plus an added twist of the animal characters to entertain.  Suitable for beginning readers.

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)

You Will Need

Essential texts
Hansel and Gretel by Anthony Browne
Baba Yaga by Tony Bradman

Composition
Unit 5 Composition: Writing stories using a traditional-tale structure
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Recommended texts
Hansel and Gretel by Anthony Browne
Baba Yaga by Tony Bradman
(You may have used these texts in detail in Unit 3)