Real Writing Year 2 - Unit 15
Model text: Visit the United Kingdom by Jo Franklin
Curriculum links: Geography
This writing unit for Year 2 is built around an original text by Jo Franklin - a travel brochure persuading people to visit the UK. The example text is available as a PDF in three versions (plain, illustrated and annotated); annotated and non-annotated PowerPoint presentations are also included.
In this two-week unit, pupils will learn some simple features of persuasive writing and will identify how information is organised using the subheadings in the text. Pupils will learn how the suffix -ful can be used to create adjectives and will use sentences with different forms. In the final writing task, pupils will write their own brochure persuading people to visit the UK, an area mentioned in the model text or an area within your own locality. This unit gives pupils the opportunity to write for a range of purposes and could be used as part of work in geography when locating the countries and capitals of the UK and describing their characteristics.
Key curriculum skills
Two fully-resourced lessons are included for the following Year 1 English objectives, which can form part of the unit or be taught discretely:
1. Vocabulary: to add the suffix -ful to words to form adjectives
Pupils will: add the suffix -ness to words to form nouns, learning spelling rules where needed. They will then use the nouns within their own sentences.
2. Grammar: to use sentences with different forms: statements, questions, exclamations and commands
Pupils will: learn the different grammatical patterns of different sentence types, identifying whether they are a statement, question, exclamation or command. They will write different sentences, linked to the theme of writing for a travel brochure.
Additional teaching points to teach or revisit:
- using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions
- to use expanded noun phrases
- rereading writing to check that it makes sense
- proof-reading to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation
- read aloud what they have written
- using capital letters for names (proper nouns) (year 1)
Year 2 words: featured vocabulary
Common exception words: old cold great break beautiful busy many hold whole after could find
Tier 2 words: break, hike, kilt, natural history, surfing, tartan, Titanic
Tier 3 words: beach, capital, city, country, landscape, mountains, seaside, town