Hamilton English uses quality texts to promote engaging teaching: weekly plans are sequences of integrated lessons; flexible blocks help you tailor your teaching.
How do you decide which to use - Hamilton's traditional weekly plans or our new flexible blocks?
Using Hamilton’s flexible blocks, teachers can easily tailor their teaching, adjusting the length of time they spend on a genre and deciding on what focuses to incorporate within that block. Hamilton’s flexible blocks keep the teacher in control, so that you can plan sequences of lessons specifically tailored to suit the children in your class.
Teaching is organised into themed blocks which centre around key texts and a corresponding genre. Each block comprises of a small number of units which can complement each other and build progressively towards an extended piece of writing. This is particularly useful for teachers wishing to integrate their grammar teaching in a purposeful, meaningful way. (The precise number of days in each unit varies from 2 to 5, depending on the content and how you choose to teach it.) Cumulatively, the units in a block also work together to enable fully integrated teaching of all aspects of English: comprehension, grammar and writing.
The flexible structure of blocks is easy to see at a glance.
The core unit is at the heart of the plan. It introduces the genre and key text and/or features, and there is often a focus on comprehension and speaking and listening. All other units can build from the core unit if you choose them.
You can select from units focused on:
No unit is completely ‘pure’. There is a focus, but often other elements of English teaching are included. Our experience of language is not pure, and the best learning happens when it is purposeful and in context. You can choose to teach all the units in a block or select the best ones for your class. Teacher notes appear on the front page of all unit planning documents to support this flexibility, and any unit can be used independently.
The length of the blocks is fully flexible. Each teacher can select which units from the block to teach and how long to spend on them.
Hamilton’s weekly plans are the right choice for those teachers who want their teaching laid out in a clear sequence of lessons. Lasting two or three weeks, the plans are themed around a key genre and texts. They incorporate reading, writing, grammar, and speaking and listening in an integrated manner, which progresses towards extended writing activities which provide opportunities for children to apply and consolidate their learning in context. Most plans include quality Hamilton Group Readers (KS1) or grammar presentations (KS2) in the resources. The plans assume that each day has been taught so if you teach instruction writing on Thursday, the plan will assume you have taught imperative verbs in the Tuesday lesson.
Mastery is not new to Hamilton - and we can help your children achieve it whether you use our new flexible blocks or our adaptable weekly plans.