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Year 2 Model Text Resource Pack 9: A Day in the Life of an Engineer (Recount; STEM, design technology)

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Real Writing Year 2 - Unit 9
Model text: A Day in the Life of an Engineer by Jo Franklin
Curriculum links: STEM, design technology

Unit overview
This writing unit for Year 2 is built around an original text by Jo Franklin - a fictional recount from the point of view of a female engineer. 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 recount and will sequence the events in the text using resources provided. Pupils will learn the spelling rules for words that include the /j/ sound when spelt with a ‘g’. Pupils will also use subordinating conjunctions to extend sentences. They will write their own recount of a professional after learning about what their job entails. This unit gives pupils the opportunity to write for a range of purposes and could be used as part of a design technology unit.

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 spell words with the /j/ sound spelt as g before e, i and y
Pupils will: learn that the sound /j/ is spelt with a ‘g’ when followed by an ‘e’, ‘i’ or ‘y’. They will read and spell words, applying spelling rules taught.

2. Grammar: to use subordinating conjunctions
Pupils will: learn that the words because, when, if and that are subordinating conjunctions and how they can be used to extend sentences.

Additional teaching points to teach or revisit:

  • punctuating sentences
  • to use an apostrophe for contraction
  • writing in the past tense
  • rereading writing to check that it makes sense
  • proof-reading to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • reading aloud what they have written

Year 2 words: featured vocabulary
Common exception words: could should would because every last old door many
Tier 2 words: accurate, double glazing, lift, plank, profession, professional, satellites, skyscraper, solutions

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