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Primary Literacy Resources

Welcome to the literacy planning area of our site! Here you will find Literacy Units based on the Primary Framework for Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and Reception plus mixed age plans for Years 1/2, 3/4 and 5/6.

The Literacy Units are usually two or three week (occasionally one or four week) plans with accompanying resources (found by clicking on the Plans tab). The Term's Overview document lists the available Units in each term with a brief description of each plan. Each Unit also has an individual Overview showing which objectives are covered.

Some Literacy Units have been written to teach alongside particular Topics. They can be found alongside the relevant Theme in the Topic area. The Topic Theme Chart shows how they link in with the overall planning.

Also available in this area are Animated Texts (facts & fiction), Oral Texts, Spellings and Homework sheets. The Phonics tab takes you to Code-Breakers, our synthetic phonics programme.

Friends of Hamilton have access to all the materials for their chosen age range and School Subscription members have access to all the materials on our site. Some sample materials are available for registered users of Hamilton to trial.

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Literacy Medium Plan: Reception Spring

The Medium Term Plan lists all the English Weekly Plans based on the National Literacy Strategy that are available. It includes all the NLS objectives used in each plan along with the texts, Animated Texts and websites required.
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Wk A: Non-fiction: Names and labels

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Children’s own names form the basis for much work, including identifying initial sounds, matching own names to alliterative words (jumping Jane), looking at word length and spelling patterns. This work also extends to writing labels.

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Wk B: Fiction: The Rainbow Fish (Marcus Pfister)

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This lovely story is used to generate discussion about the main character, and to relate the issues raised (sharing) directly to the children’s own experience. We develop descriptive language and listen out for initial sounds in using describing words.

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Wk C: Non-fiction: Rainbow Fish and associated sea creatures

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Children study non-fiction texts, looking at their distinctive features. Children produce their own versions, and develop and follow lines of interest in relation to sea creatures, including sharks!

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Wk D: Fiction: Bears in the night (Stan and Jan Berenstein)

  • The Monster and the Teddy Bear: The Monster and the Teddy Bear is unfortunately out of print. We recommend you contact your booksellers asap.
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This brilliant book is used to develop children’s skills in re-telling stories and sequencing story events. There is a focus on prepositions, and children also write their own versions of the simple narrative.

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Wk E: Fiction: The Flying Baby (Animated Tale)/ Non-fiction: babies

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The simple images and narrative stimulate story telling and imaginative abilities. Children plan their ‘flying’ trip describing the places they see. The non-fiction work focuses on babies, and also relates to children’s own experience!

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Wk F: Fiction: The Elephant and the Bad Baby (Vipont & Briggs)

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This clever story is used to generate shopping contexts, where children identify and use the language of shopping (greetings, politeness terms, etc.), identify foods and other items and write lists. They also relate the story to their own experience.

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Wk G: Poetry: A Fairy went a-Marketing, nursery rhymes

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Children use the familiar rhymes and poem to read the repetitive parts and to write their own versions. There is a focus on rhyming words, and also on the use of speech in drama and writing.

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Wk H: Poetry: Autumn poems/ Fiction: Hedgehog Howdedo (Lynley Dodd)

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The poem is used to help children learn and then read simple repetitive language. The autumn theme is used to stimulate descriptive language and work on hibernation. Includes some non-fiction work as well.

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Wk J: Poetry: The Rainbow Book of Nursery Rhymes

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Chn will spend hours poring over this beautiful book of rhymes. The week’s work draws on rhyming and sound patterns, and also on the rainbow and its colours. Chn read, recite & learn rhymes, write their own versions and make their own rainbow books.

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Wk N: Ficton: Dear Zoo (Rod Campbell)

  • The Pet Person: This book is no longer in print, you may be able to find a copy at your local bookshop or library
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This book is used to generate discussion and writing on pets & animals. Chn focus on reading & writing animal names and recognising initial sounds. They write a group letter to the zoo – asking for a pet. There are activities on alphabetical order.

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Wk P: Fiction: The Baby and the Rocket (Animated Tale)/ Non-fictino: Planets

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This tale is used to support chn in non-fiction work on space. Chn read story and discuss what happens to Baby. They discuss space and find info about planets. Chn read & write lists, labels & captions, and identify these features in info texts.

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Wk Q: Fiction: Through the Magic Mirror (Anthony Browne)

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This fascinating book stimulates imaginative work. Chn produce own pictures & are encouraged to think up/write descriptive phrases. There is some oral work on collective nouns. Chn are encouraged to describe themselves, following the mirror theme.

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Wk R: Poetry: Moon and the night poems (Read Me First)

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Chn read and share a variety of poems, discuss use of descriptive words and phrases, and generate their own descriptions. The poems also stimulate writing of speech bubbles. Chn recite and learn one poem, and to relate poems to their own experience.

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Wk S: Fiction: Elmer (David McKee)

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This book is used to generate a wide range of spoken and written work, including discussion of the story, joke-telling and elephant poems. Chn write their names, and names of colours. There is much work on colour, and on simple cvc rhyming words.

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Wk T: Fiction: Dream Snow (Eric Carle)/ Non-fiction: Farm Animals

  • Dream Snow: Unfortunately, 'Dream Snow' is now out of print. Some booksellers may still have copies on their shelves or you could try Amazon or a library.
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This book is used stimulate work on Christmas and to introduce chn to non-fiction work. Chn study books on farms and read/write lists, labels and captions. They read poetry on the same subject, and discuss the presents they hope to GIVE at Christmas!

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Wk U: Fiction: Chester's Big Surprise (Olivia Villet)

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This simple text is ideal for shared and group reading. Chn use cloze procedures to encourage reading and word-attack skills. They relate the story to their own knowledge of pets and animal sounds. They write speech bubbles for different animals.

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Wk V: Non-fiction: From Head to Toe (Eric Carle) Instructions and lists

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This lovely book encourages movement and actions and is used to stimulate the reading, following, giving and writing of instructions, and creating lists. Chn perform sequences of actions and movements as different animals and describe these.

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Wk W: Fiction: The Mixed-up Chameleon (Eric Carle)

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This book is used to generate oral work, including sequencing and retelling the story. Chn revise reading and writing animal names, focusing on initial sounds. They write descriptive phrases for animals and do work on a traditional rhyme.

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Wk X: Non-fiction: My First Book of Dinosaurs

  • My First Book of Dinosaurs: An older version of this book is available to buy from www.hamiltoneducation.org.uk.
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This is a topic with something to interest all chn. They explore the difference between fiction & non-fiction books and write facts/labels to accompany dinosaur pictures. They choose favourite dinosaurs and write about these, incl writing stories.

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Wk Y: Fiction: Harry and the Dinosaurs Make a Christmas Wish

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This enjoyable story stimulates a variety of writing about Christmas. Chn write Christmas wish-lists, letters to Santa and design their own Xmas cards. They choose presents for other people, and discuss what they might give those close to them!

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Reception Weekly Plans booklist

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This document lists all the texts, poetry books, poster books (downloadable from Hamilton Trust website Materials section) and Animated Texts (downloadable from Hamilton Trust website Materials section) used in the old Weekly plans based on the NLS.

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