The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of language, literature and literacy. Teaching and learning programs should balance and integrate all three strands. Together, the strands focus on developing studentsâ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. Learning in English builds on concepts, skills and processes developed in earlier years, and teachers will revisit and strengthen these as needed.
In Year 2, students communicate with peers, teachers, students from other classes and community members.
Students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment. They listen to, read, view and interpret spoken, written and multimodal texts in which the primary purpose is to entertain, as well as texts designed to inform and persuade. These encompass traditional oral texts, picture books, various types of print and digital stories, simple chapter books, rhyming verse, poetry, non-fiction, film, multimodal texts, dramatic performances and texts used by students as models for constructing their own work.
The range of literary texts for Foundation to Year 10 comprises Australian literature, including the oral narrative traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, as well as the contemporary literature of these two cultural groups, and classic and contemporary world literature, including texts from and about Asia.
Literary texts that support and extend Year 2 students as independent readers involve sequences of events that span several pages and present unusual happenings within a framework of familiar experiences. Informative texts present new content about topics of interest and topics being studied in other areas of the curriculum. These texts include language features such as varied sentence structures, some unfamiliar vocabulary, a significant number of high-frequency sight words and words that need to be decoded phonically, and a range of punctuation conventions, as well as illustrations and diagrams that support and extend the printed text.
Students create a range of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts including imaginative retellings, reports, performances, poetry and expositions.
Receptive modes (listening, reading and viewing)
By the end of Year 2, students understand how similar texts share characteristics by identifying text structures and language features used to describe characters and events, or to communicate factual information.
They read texts that contain varied sentence structures, some unfamiliar vocabulary, a significant number of high-frequency sight words and images that provide extra information. They monitor meaning and self-correct using knowledge of phonics, syntax, punctuation, semantics and context. They use knowledge of a wide variety of letter-sound relationships to read words of one or more syllables with fluency. They identify literal and implied meaning, main ideas and supporting detail. Students make connections between texts by comparing content. They listen for particular purposes. They listen for and manipulate sound combinations and rhythmic sound patterns.
Productive modes (speaking, writing and creating)
When discussing their ideas and experiences, students use everyday language features and topic-specific vocabulary. They explain their preferences for aspects of texts using other texts as comparisons. They create texts that show how images support the meaning of the text.
Students create texts, drawing on their own experiences, their imagination and information they have learnt. They use a variety of strategies to engage in group and class discussions and make presentations. They accurately spell words with regular spelling patterns and spell words with less common long vowel patterns. They use punctuation accurately, and write words and sentences legibly using unjoined upper- and lower-case letters.
Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences PowerPoint
A 23 slide editable PowerPoint template which introduces the attributes of simple, compound and complex sentences.
Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences Worksheet Pack
A set of 6 worksheets teaching the concept of simple, compound and complex sentences.
Informative Texts - Scaffold Planning Sheets
4 planning templates to use when writing an informative text.
Exploring Persuasive Texts PowerPoint - Year 1 and Year 2
A 35 slide editable PowerPoint template to use when teaching your students about the structure and language features of persuasive texts.
Exploring Informative Texts PowerPoint
A 23 slide editable PowerPoint template to use when teaching your students about the structure and language features of informative texts.
Nouns, Proper Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs and Conjunctions Posters
Enhance student understanding of the 8 parts of speech with these colourful, informative and easily-referenced grammar wall posters.
Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences Poster
Use this poster to show your students the attributes that make up simple, compound and complex sentences.
Alphabet Handwriting Sheets - Individual
Handwriting sheets for each letter of the alphabet.
Writing the Alphabet Chart - Tracing
A chart to assist students when learning how to form letters.
A to Z Handwriting Sheets with Upper and Lower Case Letters and Examples
A set of 26 A to Z handwriting sheets with upper and lower case letters and examples.
Handwriting Sheets - Theme Pages 1
Ten themed handwriting sheets with your choice of fonts.
Story Map Template
A template to use when exploring or planning a narrative story.
Narrative Writing Visual Prompts Presentation
A 19 slide teaching presentation containing visual narrative writing prompts.
Exploring Narrative Texts PowerPoint - Year 1 and Year 2
A 20 slide editable PowerPoint template to use when teaching younger students about the structure of narrative texts.
Exploring Procedural Texts PowerPoint
A 17 slide editable PowerPoint template to use when teaching your students about the structure and language features of procedural texts.
Persuasive Text Structure Posters
Posters to help introduce the basic structure of persuasive writing.
Level 5 Decodable Readers - Worksheet Pack
A set of one-pager worksheet versions of the texts from our Level 5 decodable readers.
Glorious Grammar (Early Years) Volume 1 – Worksheet Book
A workbook packed with 50 grammar activities for younger years.
Narrative Sentence Starter Cards
Thirty sentence starter cards for narratives.
Narrative Prompts Posters
A set of 20 posters to display as narrative story prompts for students.
Persuasive Sentence Starters
Have your students begin their persuasive writing with a strong sentence starter.
Procedure Text Sequencing Activity - How to Wash Your Hands
A hands-on learning activity to consolidate students' understanding of the structure of procedure texts.
'For' and 'Against' Sorting Activity (Complete Set)
A set of 5 sorting activities to use when introducing students to the persuasive text type.
Informative Text Structure - Sorting Activity (Complete Set)
A set of 5 sorting activities to use in the classroom when learning about the structure of informative texts.
Informative Writing - Animal Research Task
An 8 page booklet for students to record facts about animals when learning to write informative texts.
Readers' Theatre Script - Lion and the Mouse
A script which can be used during readers' theatre or Drama sessions, aimed at students 6 years and over.
Introduction to Personal Recounts PowerPoint
An 18 slide editable PowerPoint template to use when teaching younger students about the structure and language features of personal recounts.
Exploring Characters Posters
A set of 4 posters depicting words and phrases that can be used to describe a character's personality, feelings and appearance.
Narrative Text Structure Posters
A set of 8 narrative text structure posters to add to your classroom narrative writing display.
Simple Persuasive Texts - Writing Scaffold
A simple scaffolding worksheet to use when writing persuasive texts.
Narrative Writing Checklist (Simplified Version)
A checklist for students to use when proofreading and editing their narrative writing.
Simple Informative Texts - Writing Scaffold
A simple scaffolding worksheet to use when writing informative texts.