Resources - Primary - English

3rd September 2010 at 01:00

What the lesson is about

These are the first two lessons of a four-week plan about narrative, aimed at Year 2 pupils.

Aims: pupils will -

- write simple sentences and begin to write compound sentences, using "and", "but" and "because";

- act out roles in small and large groups;

- explain why things happen and when characters change;

- engage with books through exploring and enacting interpretations.

Getting started

You will need a copy of Not Now, Bernard by David McKee (illustrated above). Explain what makes a sentence: that it must make sense and have full stops and capital letters. Write six sentences on the whiteboard, three correct and three incorrect. Ask the children to spot the incorrect ones and explain why they are wrong. Explain the term "character" and let them produce a character profile and introduce themselves as that character.

Explain the use of the word "because". Extend some of the sentences on the board using "because" and explain how this can make them more interesting. Ask the children to bring in a picture of a monster for the next lesson.

Taking it further

Ask the children if they believe in monsters. Get them to show their pictures and describe them to the class. Tell them to write sentences about their monsters to share with the class, using linking words, and with at least one sentence using "because".

Tell pupils you are going to read them a story and to listen and remember it because they are going to write about it. Show them the cover of Not Now, Bernard. Who is in the book? How do they know? Does Bernard look scared? Is he in danger? Who might be saying, "Not now, Bernard?" What do monsters usually do in stories? Read the story to the class, encouraging them to join in and stopping regularly to ask them what they think might happen next.

Where to find it

The four-week plan, made up of 16 lessons, was uploaded by whodbeateacher and can be found at

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