St Joseph's Catholic

Primary School and Nursery

‘Growing in love, in the spirit of Christ, for the benefit of all’



Spring 2 - Traditional Tales


Fi, fi, fo fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman!"


In this unit, we look at the traditional tale, 'Jack and the Beanstalk' to inspire us to write our own traditional tale. We will use story language, repeated phrases, apostrophes for possession, adjectives for description and coordinating conjunctions. Please see our knowledge organiser and model text for more information.


Spring 1 & 2 - Biographies


This unit, we are looking at non-fiction texts - writing biographies. We will be researching Blackbeard, Sir James Cook and Anne Bonny to help us write our biographies. Our texts will include facts, proper nouns, dates, writing using the past tense and using adverbials of time to structure our text. Please see our knowledge organiser and model text for more information.


Spring 1 - Stories with familiar settings


"Didn't you know? There's no such thing as a gruffalo!"


This unit, we use Julia Donaldson's 'The Gruffalo' to inspire our stories with familiar settings. We will learn how to use expanded noun phrases, commas in a list and question marks. Please see our knowledge organiser and model text for more information.


Autumn 2 - Instructions


This unit, we will learn how to write a set of instructions based on storming a castle. We will focus on using numbers to order, bossy (imperative) verbs, adverbials of time and adverbs for description. See our knowledge organiser below for more information.



Autumn 1 & 2 - Adventure narrative


We are working on writing an adventure story, based on 'The Very Last Castle'.  We will be learning how to write using expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials and coordinating conjunctions. We will also be looking at using onomatopoeia! 




Autumn 1 - Persuasive text


Our first text will be a persuasive text where we will be writing a letter persuading the Fairy Tale Council to remove the troll from under the bridge, allowing the Billy Goats to cross safely. We will focus on using proper nouns, subordinating conjunctions and adverbs. Please see our knowledge organisers and model texts for more information. 

Rainbow Grammar

Here is our Rainbow Grammar display which will help you structure your sentences.


Punctuation used in Year 2


Phonics is a daily lesson that lasts for 15-20mins. It really helps with our reading and spelling! It is really important that we can read and spell high frequency words as well as understanding spelling rules.



See below for some great phonics activities and key resources.