Monday 23rd March 2020 English

Good morning Year 2!

During Guided Reading sessions over the last few weeks, we have been reading The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark. Can you remember the story?

For English today, we would like you to write a book review for the story. Different people love to read different things. Some love adventures, some love comedies, some love fairytales and some people love a good scare (not me!). Anyone who reads your book review should be able to decide whether The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark is a story that they would like to read or not.

What should my book review include?

  • Title

Your family and friends need to know what story you are reviewing! Make sure you include a title at the beginning so that they know. This could be as simple as ‘Book Review for The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark’ or it could be something more creative – you decide.

  • Summary

A summary is a short piece of writing that explains what the story is about. It doesn’t need to be very detailed and you shouldn’t be spoiling the best bits or the ending of the story for anyone! Have a look at the example summary on the book review below.

  • Likes

What did you like about the story? Were there any characters that you particularly liked? What did you like about them?

  • Dislikes

Did you enjoy reading this story? Was the writing detailed enough? Could you have thought of better adjectives/adverbs? Did you like the main character? Were the sentence openers interesting and varied enough? Did the author use enough detail to describe each character? Did you have lots of unanswered questions at the end?

Think about what you would change if you had written the story.

  • Recommendation

Finally, we would like you to explain who you would recommend this book to. Would it be to someone who loves to read fairytales? Or someone who’s favourite book is Horrid Henry? Is it scary enough for someone who loves Goosebumps?

Have a look at our book review of Supertato for more guidance below.

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Handwriting and Grammar

To consistently use capital letters and full stops.

To use a range of conjunctions in your writing.

Conjunctions are words that join sentences together for example and, because, but, so, if, when.

Handwriting with Homophones

Most of our spellings this week are homophones and for handwriting today, we would like you to focus on ‘hear’ and ‘here’. Homophones are words that sound the same, yet have different spellings.

Remember, in handwriting lessons it is much more important to take your time than it is to write the same word lots and lots of times.

Look at the example below. It is important that the /h/ letter in both words stretches high above the other letters. /e/, /a/ and /r/ in ‘hear’ and /e/, /r/ and /e/ in ‘here’ should all be the exact same height. Try and draw a line across the letters. Is it a straight line? Are they all level?

Activity 1- Use a dictionary or google to find the meaning of the words ‘here’ and ‘hear’.

Can you tell us the difference between ‘hear’ and ‘here’ in the comments below?

Activity 2- Using cursive script practise writing ‘here’ and ‘hear,

Activity 3– Put these words into sentences using conjunctions to extend your sentences.


Let us know your thoughts/ideas or any questions you may have in the comments section below.





17 thoughts on “Monday 23rd March 2020 English

    1. Handwriting, spelling and grammar all come under the subject of English. You will see the handwriting and spelling activity at the bottom of this post


      1. Update: All Year 2 Teachers across the federation will be posting lessons/activities for ALL year 2 children to complete.


    1. Matilda has worked hard on her writing and book review. Not sure how to post the book review or if that’s what you want us to do?


      1. That’s great to hear. We do not expect for you to post her book review however I’m sure there is a way to upload pictures of work if you log onto the blog via a computer rather then on a mobile phone.


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