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Teaching Literacy in Year 2
The lesson plan units below match the range for Year 2 non fiction in the New Literacy Framework, click on a unit to download it from our online store. For Poetry, Narrative and Cross Curricular units, click one of the links on the left.
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Year 2 Resources:
The Rabbit, the Snakes and the River eBook, is a beautifully illustrated electronic book based on the traditional tale of the Muscogee tribe of North America, It has 3 different readability levels and also has voice over. This resource can be used for the traditional tales unit or the stories from other cultures unit.
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A beautifully illustrated electronic version of Goldilocks and the three bears. Includes 2 versions of the story, see what happens when Goldilocks is rude instead of contrite. Editable so you can rewrite you own version. For individual or group use or project onto whiteboard for whole class work.
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Print these sequencing pictures for retelling or talking about the traditional tale of Goldilocks and the three bears. This resource can be used as part of the EYFS unit on Bears.

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How to make crispy cakes video to accompany the Year 2 Instructions Unit. Quicktime Movie Format. Multi User PC Version 16mb Download.

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This unit contains 5 word mats relating to the festivals: Christmas; Chinese New Year; Diwali: Eid al-Adha and Hannukah. Each printable word mat contains a list of useful words related to each festival and a writing target for pupils. Ideal for individual work, group work or homework.
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A beautifully illustrated printable version of Goldilocks and the three bears. Includes 2 versions of the story, see what happens when Goldilocks is rude instead of contrite. Editable so you can rewrite you own version. For individual or group use or project onto whiteboard for whole class work.

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A fun way to teach early sight words, a variation of the Robot Word Folder. This unit allows you to make attractive Baby Bear Folders.

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or enhancing writing, 12 spidergrams of onomatopoeic words for literacy lessons or cross curricular and creative work: Animal, Bird and Human, Cooking and Eating, Explosive and Impact, Machine and Electronic, Musical, Watery, Transport/movement. Colourful A4 sheets for wall display or laminate for desktop use.

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Buried Treasure 1 This software is based on the activity suggested in the recent phonic guidance ‘Letters and Sounds’ released by the DfES. Pupils read the words or non words formed from the letters in Phase 2. Click onto the coin to hear the word and then move the real words into the treasure chest and the non-words into the dustbin. The software contains 4 sets each of ten different words.

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Zig Zag Books, this set of printable books contains 10 books for you to print. Just fold and use for children to read and write. Contains sight word books; I spy book and a My alphabet book.

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A fun way to teach early sight words, a variation of the Robot Word Folder. This unit allows you to make attractive Truck Word Folders. Also included are sight word cards and onset and rime word lists for spelling. Contains, Truck Folder, Spelling Machine and Words and Word Lists for both.

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A fun way to teach early sight words. This unit allows you to make attractive Robot Word Folders. Also included are sight word cards and onset and rime word lists for spelling. Contains, Robot Folder, Spelling Machine and Words and Word Lists for both.

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All you need for your class to make individual pop-up Christmas cards. Contains a card pro forma; 11 outline pictures to colour in; 11 coloured illustrations and a set of instructions for pupils to follow.

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Lesson plan for the foundation stage with activities based around the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Contains the following resources, Postcard, Sequencing Picture Cards, Jack Own Book for reading and Jack Own Book for writing.

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Jack and the Beanstalk electronic book for reading and writing. You can change the existing text, save, reload and print. Excellent value.

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Contains: two differentiated invitations for reading; two invitation writing frames; criteria for assessing and leveling invitation writing; a weeks lesson plan for teaching the features of invitation writing; a plan for the a KS1 short task; outline for pupils to plan the invitation short task.

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'Sort-Er is a superb resource designed to make children's planning of writing more effective and more logical. It is based on the idea of an electronic 'stick-on' notes pad where you can gather, sort and order the children's ideas before they start to write' Comments taken from an independent evaluation.

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A Traditional Tale and more. The units contain the traditional tale of the billy goats gruff, play scripts, Goat Facts. There are also several E books, which can be used with an interactive whiteboard, computer or projector. There are also numerous resources for individual and group work as well as display materials.

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High Frequency words for year 1 and 2 on attractive backgrounds, Approx 100 words, to make wall display.

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This history homework unit contains 40 printable sheets covering the following 10 history topics: Tudors, Vikings, The Great Fire of London, Famous Victorians, Anglo Saxons, Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, Homes Now and Then, Toys of the past, and How Toys have changed. Each topic contains 4 sheets each with a differentiated learning objective related to an assessment focus.
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Bears is an information book that can be used as part of the Y2 unit on non-fiction texts or just used to enjoy finding out about different kinds of bear. Contains beautifully illustrated images of real bears.

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This unit is a printable resource that contains examples of instructional writing. It is based around making pancakes and growing broad beans. The unit also includes display materials.

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This unit contains both printable and electronic resources to help teach the science requirements for year 2. Includes electronic 'circuit maker' where you can place a motor, bulb, battery and switch to make a circuit. Also includes printable worksheets.

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Ideal for a topic on transport. This printable resource is useful for teaching about non-chronological reports. Contains contents page, an index and glossary. A ‘How does it go” section contains an explanation of how the various vehicles go. You can project this onto your interactive whiteboard and use the whiteboard tools to highlight key features of the text.

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Ideal for personalised learning! This resource can be used by learners to find out about, or revise the features of instructional writing. It has sound and takes learners through the process of looking at different instructions and creating a checklist. As well as the Instructions software this resource contains 5 printable examples of instructions and a list of Instructional features with a mnemonic to help pupils remember them.

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This unit contains: 'Remembrance Day' a non- Fiction Text; 'In Flanders' Field' a Poem by John McCrae; 'Daily News' a newspaper report of events in 1917; Instructions on how to use the internet to research WW1 soldiers. The accompanying lesson plan makes links to Literacy, History, and ICT learning objectives.

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Pebble is an electronic story about a pebble that can change settings and characters. It includes a section where you can select different settings and characters for you to write about. These can be saved, reloaded and printed. This resource helps prepare pupils for the Y2 SATs writing task.

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'Butterflies' is a printable resource that contains examples of both non-chronological report and explanation texts. You can use it in two of the non-fiction units from the new framework. It also comes with pictures of the four stages of the butterfly life cycle and arrows to create a flowchart.

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Revised Literacy Framework Plans
Text: How to Make Chocolate Crispy Cakes / Instructions
The How to Make Chocolate Crispy Cakes recipe card can be down loaded free from the resource area of the Literacy Matters website. It can be used with Unit 1 of the Developing Early Writing document.
Text: Fun Things To Make And Do
This book is an excellent text for teaching the structure and feature of instructional text. A good alternative book to Making Puppets.
Author Rosie Casselden
Published by Discovery World, available from Hienemann Education
ISBN 04350 98144
Text: Remembrance Day Unit
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How to use the internet to find soldiers who died in WW1


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Text: Keeping Tadpoles
This big book non-fiction text contains examples of both explanation and instructional text features. 'Keeping Tadpoles' could be used as part of a science topic (Unit 2b)

Author: Jim Foster
Publisher: Heinemann (Discovery World)
ISBN: 0-435-09832-2

Text: Growing Frogs
This narrative text, which recounts one child's experience of collecting and growing tadpoles, also contains examples of explanation text. You can contrast the use of the present tense for narrative and recount and the present tense for explanation and instruction.

Author: Vivian French
Illustrator: Alison Bartlett
Walker Books
ISBN: 0-7445-7819-1
Text: Butterflies Unit
'Butterflies' is a printable resource that contains examples of both non-chronological report and explanation texts. You can use it in two of the non-fiction units from the new framework. It also comes with pictures of the four stages of the butterfly life cycle and arrows to create a flowchart.

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Text: Xmas Card
Print and make your own Christmas Cards

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Text: Bears
Bears by Literacy Matters

Bears is an information book that can be used as part of the Y2 unit on non-fiction texts or just used to enjoy finding out about different kinds of bear. Contains beautifully illustrated images of real bears.

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Instructions Y2 Growing Beans / Making Pancakes
Available in PC and Mac format, Single and Multi User
Text: Butterflies Unit
'Butterflies' is a printable resource that contains examples of both non-chronological report and explanation texts. You can use it in two of the non-fiction units from the new framework. It also comes with pictures of the four stages of the butterfly life cycle and arrows to create a flowchart.

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Text: Goat Facts
Three Billy Goats Gruff Goat Facts Single User(PC)

This non chronological report is presented as an electronic book, for use with an interactive whiteboard, computer or multimedia projector. (7.9mb Download) Single User PC Version

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Text: Remembrance Day Unit
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