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2JW English

Autumn 1

We have been looking at the book 'The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark' by Jill Tomlinson. We talked about the author and illustrator and found some more books in the library that she has written.


We started by looking at what makes a good sentence. Sentences should start with a cpaital letter and end with a full stop. They should make sense and have finger spaces in between each word. 


We have been looking at 2 different sentence types - statements and questions. We practised writing these different types of sentences and using the correct punctuation for each.

Plop flew back up into the tree.       STATEMENT

Are you afraid of the dark?              QUESTION


We have learned what nouns and adjectives are and used 2 adjectives to describe a noun in a sentence. These are called ADJECTIVE PAIRS. 


We have been looking at the features of a letter and used this to write a letter to Plop to tell him what we thought about the dark:

We have applied everything that we have been learning about and have written a new chapter for the story.


Autumn 2

We have been looking at poetry this week and have focused on shape poems. We read lots of different poems and discussed what we liked and disliked about them. We then had a go at writing our own weather poems and we will write them into shapes next week. 



We have now started our next Year 2 text 'The Tear Thief'. We have looked at the front cover and used it to predict what we think it will be about.

We have then continued our work on expanded noun phrases. An expanded noun phrase is a phrase that is made up of a noun and at least one adjective. If you use more than one adjective you should use a comma in between.


We have been writing simile sentences. A simile is used to compare one thing with another:

The stars were as bright as diamonds in the sky.

The trees were as tall as skyscrapers.

The leaves fell to the floor as light as a feather.

The cars moved along the street like snails.

His eyes sparkled like jewels.

He flew through the air like a bird.


We have been learning about adverbs and how they describe the verb:




We have then learned how to use commas to separate items in a list:


Spring 1

Our new text for this term is:

We have started to read the first few chapters this week and have focused on describing Grandma. We have applied what we have already learned about expanded noun phrases, 2A sentences and similes to write a description. Look back at Autumn 1 for a reminder of these.


We have been learning how to use speech in our writing over the last 2 weeks. We have learned how to use speech marks and other punctuation marks within the sentences.