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Year 2 Comprehension and Writing Practice Pack – A Letter to a Friend

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This resource pack provides opportunities for Y2 pupils to develop comprehension and writing skills in preparation for SATs and end of year assessments.

It is part of a collection of resources, covering a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, and includes a model text with questions and answers, plus a fully resourced writing task. A PowerPoint is also provided.

This primary resource pack includes:

  • Letter to a friend PowerPoint
    With questions for the pupils to consider and prompt for the writing activity
  • Letter to a friend question sheets
    This includes an example letter between Jeslene and Jordan, and a series of comprehension questions for children to answer
  • Letter to a friend answer sheets
    Includes answers for the question sheet
  • Letter-writing sheets
    This printable PDF asks children to pretend they are Jeslene and write a letter back to Jordan, answering his questions and adding any other details you like
  • Letter to a friend word mat
    With a handy selection of words children may want to include in their letter
  • Teacher’s notes

What is formal writing?

Formal writing is often used in academic and business work, and is characterised by a serious tone.

What is informal writing?

Informal writing is similar to a spoken conversation, and is characterised by a more personal tone, and often includes things like contractions, slang and figures of speech.

National Curriculum English programme of study links


  • To write for different purposes
  • Planning or saying out loud what they are going to write about
  • Writing down ideas and / or key words, including new vocabulary
  • Re-reading to check that their writing makes sense ...
  • Proof-reading to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation


  • Continue to apply phonic knowledge and skills as a route to decode words
  • Read accurately by blending sounds in words that contain the graphemes taught so far, especially recognising alternative sounds for graphemes
  • Read accurately words of two or more syllables ...
  • Checking the text makes sense to them as they read and correct inaccurate reading
  • Making inferences on the basis of what is being said and done
  • Answering and asking questions

  • Teacher notes
  • Whole text
  • PowerPoint
  • Question and answer sheets
  • Let's Get Writing activity,Word mat

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