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Year 2

The Way Back Home

A fabulous text written by Oliver Jeffers, this story is a heart-warming tale of friendship when a boy and an alien find themselves stuck on the moon. Following a cautious meeting, the pair help each other to find their way back to their homes...but will it be the last time they hear from each other?

Our writing for this unit is a narrative told from the perspective of the alien.

Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea is an Irish Myth that tells the story of a selkie child and how she communicates with the seals. This unit of writing is based on short film clips and film shots from a particularly beautiful part of the story when the little girl discovers a secret item hidden in a chest and makes her way down to the sea where she sings and dances with the seals for the first time. The children will write a narrative based closely on this part of the story.

The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark

A favourite story of many written by the popular author, Jill Tomlinson. This is the story of Plop, the baby owl who is afraid of the dark...which is a bit of a problem for a nocturnal animal! We find out about Plop's different experiences of the dark and experience some of them for ourselves - such as a campfire experience in Forest School.

In this unit of writing, we write a story of another nocturnal creature who is afraid of the dark.


This unit of writing is based on the beautiful book, Winter Sleep - A Hibernation Story. This information text starts as a story but then gives information about a variety of animals and insects that hibernate during the winter. 

From the book, we write a non-chronological report about hibernation. We use non-fiction shapes to help us to structure the organisation of our writing.


In this heartwarming story, the central character of this story dreams of being a star. But whether it’s finding Mum’s lost wedding ring or winning the fancy-dress prize, her big sister always shines brighter. Yet for her grandad she IS a star and, as he dries her eyes and they both gaze up at the night sky, he tells a story, the story of the beginning of the world. Everything and everyone is made of stardust, and we all shine in different ways. It’s a lesson this little girl will never forget . . . and one day her dream comes true, and she finally realises her ambition to become an astronaut and fly up, up, up into space. 

Little Red Reading Hood

Little Red Reading Hood loves reading books and making up stories of her own. When she meets a cunning wolf while on her way to the library, he convinces her to stray from the path and read for a little while. But hasn’t she read this in a story before? Perhaps it’s time she came up with a new ending . . .

This is a contemporary and fun take on the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood.

The Queen's Hat

A popular book by Steve Antony, it tells the story of how, one day, a gust of wind blew the Queen's hat right off her head and all across London! 

In this unit, we write a story based on a similar idea except this time it involves Mrs Crisp and a spotty scarf!

Big Cats

In this unit, we write a non-chronological report about a Big Cat. We find out information from a variety of sources and become Big Cat experts. Together, we write a non-chronological report about cheetahs and independently, we compose our own report about lions. This unit sits alongside our Geography work about Kenya.

George and the Dragon

In this unit of work, we use the beautiful illustrations of the dragon from the book 'George and the Dragon' by Chris Wormell and the character Hiccup (who we name George) from the film 'How to Train Your Dragon' to write our own version of the traditional story.