Real Writing Year 2 - Unit 4
Model text: Cinderelephant by Lucy Strange
Curriculum links: Fairy tales
This writing unit for Year 2 is built around an original text by Lucy Strange - a new twist on the traditional tale of Cinderella. 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 the features of a fairy tale and will sequence the events using resources provided. Pupils will learn how to spell words ending in ‘le’ and will investigate simple synonyms to improve their vocabulary choices. Pupils will also learn how time adverbials can be used to sequence stories. They will write their own alternative fairy tale, based on Cinderella or another fairy tale that they know well. This unit gives pupils the opportunity to write a narrative based on personal experiences or those of others and provide the opportunity for pupils to become familiar with a wider range of stories, including fairy tales.
Key curriculum skills
Three 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 spell words ending in -le
Pupils will: learn that the letters -le are the most common spelling for the /l/ sound at the end of words. They will read and spell words ending in -le and write simple sentences dictated by an adult.
2. Vocabulary: to develop new vocabulary – exploring synonyms
Pupils will: find words with similar meanings to develop their vocabulary further. They will then have the opportunity to use new vocabulary in their own writing.
3. Grammar: to develop new vocabulary – exploring synonyms
Pupils will: learn how simple time adverbials can be used to sequence stories. They will orally use adverbials to sequence a fairy tale that they know well.
Additional teaching points to teach or revisit:
- punctuating sentences with different forms
- (statement, question and exclamation)
- expanded noun phrases to describe and specify
- using apostrophes for contracted words
- rereading writing to check that it makes sense
- proof-reading to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation
- and reading aloud what they have written
Year 2 words: featured vocabulary
Common exception words: poor kind even after could again told
Tier 2 words: buffet, clumsy, companion, enchantment, good fortune, plunged, sneered, sobbed, spectacular, wallow, wicked
Tier 3 words: N/A