St James Catholic

Primary School

In the loving peace, justice and joy of Jesus, we achieve.

Year 2





Autumn 1

Claude in the City  by Alex T. Smith

The Owl and the Pussycat


By Edward Lear

Autumn 2

Moth  by Isabel Thomas  and Daniel Egnéus

Traction Man is Here  by Mini Grey


Spring 1

The Storm Whale by Benjii Davies

Spring 2

Rapunzel  by Bethan Woollvin


Summer 1

Poems to Perform  by Julia Donaldson

The Last Wolf by Mini Grey


Summer 2

Anna Hibiscus  by Atinuke  and Lauren Tobia

Literary Forms

- Humorous illustrated novel

- Classic poetry

- Non-fiction

- Picturebook with comic book conventions 

-Illustrated novel

- Traditional tale

-Poetry anthology

-Picture book

-Illustrated novel


5 Plagues of the developing reader:

Characteristics of text complexity







Link to Main

NC Area of Learning

- Art and Design and History:

At the Museum


- Science: Animal adaptation and changes in the locality

- Design and Technology: Toys with moving parts  

Science: Explore and investigate the natural features and wildlife of a seaside environment.

- History:

Significant Women 


The Natural Environment




Contrasting locality - Nigeria


PSED & Human Themes

- Friendship and loyalty

- Friendship 


-  Looking after our environment

- Being imaginative

-Explore feelings of loss and loneliness.

- Challenging stereotypes

-Expressing ourselves

taking care of each other and our local environment to preserve our planet and the creatures who inhabit it.

-Families and belonging



Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Strategies

- Environmental sound discrimination

Teaching the Complex Code 

– linking spelling and reading

Building reading stamina 

Reading illustration


- Alliteration and assonance Environmental sound discrimination

Building reading stamina and fluency through re-reading

Close reading and scanning

Reading illustration

- Voice sounds in play

Revision of Basic Code and high

frequency words

Reading illustration that adds


Reading aloud


Responding to illustration

Drama and Role-Play

Freeze Frame and Thought Tracking

Role on the Wall

Book Talk: ‘Tell Me’

Oral storytelling

- Voice sounds

Developing fluency using

repetitive refrain Reading illustration

Developing inference Developing experience by making intertextual connections

-Rhythm, rhyme and body


Alliteration and assonance Onomatopoeic words: revision of consonant clusters through teaching the Complex Code

Performance reading

- Response to Illustration


 Reading Aloud

Readers Theatre

Developing Enquiry  Visualisation

Book Talk

Debate and Discussion


Developing inference

Alliteration and assonance Environmental sound discrimination

Building reading stamina and fluency through re-reading

Developing inference

Reading illustration


National Curriculum

Vocabulary, Grammar,

Punctuation (and Spelling)

  • Formation of nouns using suffixes and by compounding; formation of adjectives using suffixes; use of suffixes for comparative and superlative adjectives and to turn adjectives into adverbs.
  • Subordination and co-ordination; expanded noun phrases for description and specification; how the grammatical patterns in a sentence indicate its function as a statement, question, exclamation or command.
  • Correct choice and consistent use of past and present tense throughout writing; using progressive form of verbs in present and past tense to mark actions in progress.
  • Using capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks to demarcate sentences; using commas to separate items in a list; apostrophes to mark where letters are missing in spelling and to mark singular possession in nouns.
  • Terminology: noun, noun phrase, statement, question exclamation, command, compound, suffix, adjective, adverb, verb, past and present tense, apostrophe, comma.

Language Competency: through reading,

talk and writing

- Investigating spelling patterns Subordinate and co-ordinate clauses (including fronted adverbials)

Adjectives and adverbial phrases 

Auxiliary verbs  Past tense including progressive form

Expanded noun phrases Language for effect: humour and ambiguity

Investigating spelling patterns

Book Talk


- Explanatory voice

Rhyming pairs – onset and rime Descriptive and scientific


Present tense, including  progressive


Investigating spelling patterns

Book Talk

- Present tense including progressive form

Adjectives and adverbial phrases 


Statement and exclamation sentences – patterns, prosody Practising segmenting and

investigating spelling patterns

Compounding words

Reading aloud


Responding to illustration

Drama and Role-Play

Freeze Frame and Thought Tracking

Role on the Wall

Looking at Language

Book Talk: ‘Tell Me’

Oral storytelling

- Storytelling language: innovated

traditional tale 

Past tense consistency Subordinated and  co-ordinated sentences


Dynamic verb choices

Book Talk


-Poetic language

Expressive and figurative


Language and word play

Expanded noun phrases

Investigating spelling patterns

Book Talk

- use sentences in different forms

expand noun phrases to describe and specify

use past and present tense correctly and consistently

use simple conjunctions to link subordinate and co-ordinating clauses

-Storytelling language

Expanded noun phrases Subordinate and co-ordinate


Present and past, including



Investigating spelling patterns

Book Talk


Extended Writing Outcomes

- Recounts, newspaper report, narrative

- Limericks

- Explanation text

- Narrative recount

To write in role in order to explore and develop empathy for a character.

- Alternative fairy tale

-Poetry in a range of forms Information Writing

Persuasive Speech

Writing in Role

-Illustrated storybook

Reading for Pleasure text

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

There’s a Pharaoh in my Bath by Jeremy Strong

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

Fantastic Mr Fox

Roald Dahl