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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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Year 1/ Year 2 MAR Literacy Units A & B Overview

The Overview document lists all individual Primary Framework English plans (2006) for the two-year rolling programme (Years A and B). Also, we have English integrated with some Topics – see the Topics area of the site.
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Y1/2 Narrative: MAR Year A Unit 2B Traditional Tales

  • The Three Little Pigs: Unfortunately, this book is out of stock indefinitely. You may be able to obtain a copy from your local library or a second hand copy from Amazon.
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Chn hear and retell traditional stories from a range of cultures. They use role-play to develop their understanding of story structure and characterisation. Chn write dialogue in various different ways, then plan & write an alternative ending to a story.

Themes

Adjectives, Alternative story endings, Characters, Descriptive writing, Dialogue, Discusion text, Editing & checking own work, Illustrations, Letters, Narrative, Notes, Oral discussion, Playscripts, Punctuation, Reading and writing simple words, Re-telling stories, Role play, Sentence structure, Stories from other cultures, Traditional stories

Objectives

Y1: 1b, 1d, 2b, 2c, 3a, 4a, 4b, 4c, 5f, 6a, 7a, 7c, 7e, 8b, 9a, 9c, 9d, 9e, 10a, 11a, 12a
Y2: 1b, 1c, 2c, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c, 5b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 7e, 8c, 9a, 9b, 9c, 9d, 9e, 10a, 11a, 11b, 12a

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Y1/2 Poetry: MAR Year A Unit 2B2 Really Looking: Stars

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This Unit begins with a story about catching a star, which is used as a starting point for reading and writing descriptive poems on the theme of stars and the moon. Chn discuss their own experiences, extend vocabulary, and write their own poems.

Themes

Adjectives, Comparing poems, Descriptive writing, Dictionary, Discusion text, Editing & checking own work, Handwriting, Illustrations, Sounds, Poetry, Poetry that plays with language, Poetry using imagery, Re-telling stories, Reading and writing simple words, Reviewing, Rhyme, Rhythm, Settings, Similes & metaphors, Speaking & listening, Spellings, Word play, Collaborative work

Objectives

Y1: 1a, 1b, 1d, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 4b, 5e, 6a, 7a, 7b, 7e, 8b, 9a, 9d, 10a, 11a, 12a, 12b
Y2: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3b, 4b, 4c, 5b, 5c, 6a, 7a, 7d, 7e, 8b, 8c, 9a, 9d, 10b, 11a, 12a

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Y1/2 Narrative: MAR Year A Unit 2A Traditional tales from many cultures

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Chn read two Handa stories and use the repetition of events and language in their writing. They read Little Rabbit Foo Foo and use the repetitive phrases to help them invent a new version set in Africa.

Themes

Alternative story endings, Authors, Comparing poems, Descriptive writing, Evidence from text, Handwriting, Illustrations, Lists, Narrative, Rhythm, Reading and writing simple words, Sounds, Speaking & listening, Stories from other cultures, Story structure

Objectives

Y1: 1c, 2a, 3b, 3c, 6a, 7a, 7b, 7e, 9a, 9b, 9d, 10a, 11a, 12a, 12b
Y2: 1a, 2b, 3b, 3c, 6a, 7a, 7d, 7e, 8c, 9a, 9b, 9d, 10a, 10b, 12a

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Y1/2 Non-fiction: MAR Year A Unit 2A Instructions

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We use the animated tale Thad Gets to the Moon to identify favourite toys & what they mean to us. The story provides opportunity for chn to write instructions for playing football both on the Moon & on Earth. Finally the chn watch Toy Story.

Themes

Chronological text, Explanation, Illustrations, Information texts, Sounds, Instructions, Lists, Non-fiction, Notes, Oral discussion, Discusion text, Punctuation, Reading and writing simple words, Reviewing, Sentence structure, Sequencing, Speaking & listening, Spellings, Verb tenses, Collaborative work

Objectives

Y1: 1d, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 5e, 6a, 7a, 7b, 7d, 9a, 9c, 9d, 9e, 10a, 10b, 11a, 12a, 12b
Y2: 1c, 2a, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 5c, 6a, 7a, 7c, 7d, 8c, 9a, 9c, 9d, 10a, 10b, 11b, 11c, 12a

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Y1/2 Non-fiction: MAR Year A Unit 3B Information Texts

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Using dinosaurs, chn explore the differences between fact and fiction, and between information books and websites. They do some research, use and create glossaries and produce their own information texts in paper and website format.

Themes

Alphabetic texts, Dictionary, Editing & checking own work, Evidence from text, Explanation, Fact/fiction, Information texts, Labels & captions, Non-fiction, Non-chronological text, Notes, Lists, Oral discussion, Posters, Reports, Research, Sentence structure, Speaking & listening, Technical vocabulary, Use ICT, Web page design

Objectives

Y1: 1d, 2b, 3a, 3b, 3c, 5d, 5e, 6a, 7a, 7d, 7e, 8c, 9a, 9c, 9d, 9e, 10a, 10b, 11a, 12a, 12b
Y2: 1c, 2a, 2b, 3b, 3c, 5b, 5e, 7a, 7c, 7d, 7e, 8c, 9a, 9c, 9d, 9e, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12a

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Y1/2 Poetry: MAR Year A Unit 1A The Senses

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Explore the senses through poetry. Start by learning reading and reciting a poem. Look at rhythm. Talk about likes and dislikes and use them as a basis to write poetry as a class and on one’s own. Make a class book.

Themes

Alliteration, Editing & checking own work, Handwriting, Humorous poems, Oral discussion, Performance poetry, Poetry using imagery, Reading and writing simple words, Rhyme, Rhythm, Sentence structure, Senses, Similes & metaphors, Sounds, Speaking & listening, Spellings, Collaborative work

Objectives

Y1: 1d, 3c, 4c, 6c, 7d, 7e, 9c, 9d, 9e, 10a, 12a
Y2: 1a, 3c, 4c, 6a, 6b, 7d, 7e, 9a, 9d, 9e, 10a, 10b, 12a

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Y1/2 Narrative: MAR Year B Unit 3A_2B Traditional Tales

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Traditional stories have been around for centuries. In this plan chn experience many variations of some classic tales. Each week the chn read a new tale where they compare stories, characters & endings, explore through role play & finally create their own

Themes

Alternative story endings, Authors, Characters, Dialogue, Narrative, Oral discussion, Poetry, Punctuation, Role play, Sentence structure, Sequences, Settings, Speaking & listening, Story openings, Story structure, Stories from other cultures, Text-film comparison, Text-oral story comparison, Traditional stories, Use ICT, Collaborative work

Objectives

Y1: 1a, 1b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c, 7a, 7d, 7e, 8b, 9c, 9d, 9e, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12a, 12b
Y2: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2b, 2c, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 5b, 7a, 7b, 7e, 8a, 8b, 8c, 9a, 9d, 9e, 10a, 10b, 11c, 12a

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Y1/2 Non-fiction: MAR Year B Unit 2A2_1B2 Recounts: Farmer Duck

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Farmer Duck provides the perfect opportunity for the chn to retell stories and write a recount of what happened on the farm. Then chn explore how time connectives are used when sequencing events and the difference between past and present tense.

Themes

Chronological text, Connectives, Discusion text, Editing & checking own work, Handwriting, Instructions, Lists, Notes, Oral discussion, Punctuation, Questions, Reading and writing simple words, Recounts, Re-telling stories, Role play, Sentence structure, Sequences, Speaking & listening, Spellings, Story structure, Verb tenses

Objectives

Y1: 1b, 1c, 2b, 3a, 3c, 4a, 4b, 7a, 7c, 7d, 7e, 9a, 9b, 9c, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12a, 12b
Y2: 1b, 1c, 2a, 3a, 3c, 4a, 4b, 7a, 7b, 7c, 7e, 8b, 8c, 9a, 9d, 9e, 10b, 11b, 11c

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Y1/2 Non-fiction: MAR Spr B Unit 4A_3B Information Texts

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Use Lofty the Lion to look at alphabetic order, settings & characters & label diagrams. Chn then use the internet, info books & encyclopaedias to find 3 fascinating facts about an animal. Study features of info texts & produce a class encyclopaedia.

Themes

Adjectives, Alphabetic texts, Dictionary, Discusion text, Fact/fiction, Illustrations, Information texts, Labels & captions, Lists, Non-chronological text, Non-fiction, Notes, Oral discussion, Punctuation, Research, Sentence structure, Skim & scan, Themes, Use ICT, Collaborative work

Objectives

Y1: 2b, 3a, 3b, 5e, 5f, 7a, 7d, 7e, 8c, 9a, 9d, 9e, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12a, 12b
Y2: 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 3c, 7a, 7c, 7d, 8c, 9a, 9d, 10a, 10b, 11c, 12a

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Y1/2 Poetry: MAR Year B Unit 2B2 Really looking: The Sea

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This delightful plan explores the wonders of the sea through a wide range of poems. The children compare poems and use imagery and their own experiences to create poems of their own.

Themes

Adjectives, Comparing poems, Descriptive writing, Dictionary, Discusion text, Editing & checking own work, Settings, Illustrations, Performance poetry, Poem forms, Poetry, Poetry that plays with language, Poetry using imagery, Punctuation, Rhyme, Speaking & listening, Word play

Objectives

Y1: 2a, 2c, 3b, 3c, 7b, 7c, 7d, 7e, 8b, 9c, 9d, 9e, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12b
Y2: 1a, 1c, 3b, 3c, 7a, 7b, 7c, 7d, 7e, 8a, 8b, 8c, 9a, 9d, 10b, 11c, 12a

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Y1/2 Poetry: MAR Year B Unit 3B Silly Stuff

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The chn experience the wonderful nonsense poetry of Edward Lear. Made up animals and words provide opportunities for the chn to really use their imaginations, creating creatures of their own and writing their own nonsense poem.

Themes

Adjectives, Alphabetic texts, Authors, Comparing poems, Descriptive writing, Dictionary, Discusion text, Editing & checking own work, Evidence from text, Humorous poems, Illustrations, Labels & captions, Lists, Non-chronological text, Poem forms, Poetry, Poetry that plays with language, Poetry using imagery, Rhyme, Speaking & listening, Spellings, Word play, Collaborative work

Objectives

Y1: 1d, 3a, 5a, 5b, 7a, 7b, 7d, 7e, 8b, 9a, 9c, 9d, 9e, 10a, 11a, 12a, 12b
Y2: 1c, 3c, 5a, 5b, 5c, 6a, 7a, 7c, 7d, 8b, 8c, 9a, 9d, 10a, 11a, 12a

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Year 1/2 Literacy Units Booklist

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This document lists all the texts and poetry books used in the New Framework Unit plans.

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Support for Spelling

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Here is a downloadable copy of Support for Spelling.

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