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Free English Resources on Hamilton

By Athene Reiss

Hamilton's website has thousands of English resources for primary teachers. But did you know that we make over 500 of these documents available for free?

Hamilton's English resources are grouped in blocks, each one focussed on a particular text or group of related texts. All texts are selected for their high quality writing and their ability to engage and inspire children.

In each year group you will find a free block in every term. Autumn Term features a free Fiction Block; Spring Term has a free Non-fiction Block (Please note that Year 6 is a bit different, as we have dedicated the whole of Spring Term to our Harry Potter Revision Block, which covers all text types - the first unit is free); and Summer Term features a free Poetry Block. The units are progressive through the blocks and the blocks are progressive through the year, but they are all flexible, so you can choose and tailor them to suit your own preferences and your class's needs.

Use a whole English block for free to find out how Hamilton facilitates highly integrated English teaching, so that SPAG and extended writing are both contextualised for better learner engagement and understanding.

Try these free Reception blocks:

  • Space featuring Whatever Next, Man on the Moon and The Little Kids First Big Book of Space.
  • Dinosaurs featuring Owls and Dinosaurs, The Dirty Great Dinosaur and Dinosaur Roar.
  • Superheroes featuring Superheroes - All Sorts, Superhero ABC and Supertato.

Try these free Year 1 blocks:

Try these free Year 2 blocks:

  • Explore Brilliant Fables! featuring Frog and Scorpion, Ant and Grasshopper and The Hare and the Tortoise.
  • Information Texts featuring Follow the Moon Home by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson.
  • Happy Poems taken from the anthology of the same name, chosen by Roger McGough.

Try these free Year 3 blocks:

Try these free Year 4 blocks:

  • Aesop's Fables explores dialogue through drama and debates the moral messages found in Michael Rosen's versions of these traditional stories.
  • Recounts: Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears featuring Emily Gravett's book of that name, Dan Santat's After the Fall and Lemony Snicket's The Dark.
  • Poetic Forms Explore odes and powerful imagery, including in extracts from Shelley's 'To a Skylark'.

Try these free Year 5 blocks:

  • Fantasy: Goth Girl featuring Chris Riddell's captivating Goth Girl books.
  • Reference Texts featuring remarkable facts, common beliefs and reference texts to introduce ideas about reliability of different text types.
  • Shakespeare featuring Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth & The Tempest.
  • Poems on a Theme looks at poetry focused on aspirations and dreams.

Try these free Year 6 materials: