Are you still using Hamilton weekly plans? Can I encourage you to have a look at our short blocks? These have all the benefits of the weekly plans but they also provide a wealth of support and a whole raft of resources which were simply not possible when we produced the weekly plans nearly six years ago.
Like the weekly plans, Hamilton's short blocks provide a loose spiral curriculum, allowing children to revisit each topic (for example, place value) within a fairly short time span. This ensures that children’s confidence is boosted by regular encounters with a specific skill or concept, and also that there is not the exasperating need for re-teaching when some of your class have forgotten something that was taught some months ago!
I perfectly understand that many teachers have been comfortably using the Hamilton weekly plans since they first appeared, and that these have a loyal following. However, I genuinely believe that most teachers would find that the short blocks retain all that is good about these resources, but actually enable even more focused and well-targeted teaching. And, importantly, they could potentially reduce the time spent planning…
As always, at Hamilton we keep working to Save Your Sundays!
The termly sets of extra support activities and in-depth problem-solving investigations that ran alongside the weekly plans are now available in a new, and more searchable, format.
You can now find ALL of our extra support activities together in one place. You can filter this collection by year group and you can input search terms to find particular mathematical areas that you want to focus on. Use the drop-down menus and the search box to find the right activities for your children. Explore extra support.
Similarly, you can now find ALL of our in-depth problem-solving investigations together in one place. You can also filter this collection by year group and you input search terms to find particular mathematical areas . Use the drop-down menus and the search box to find the right activities for your children. Explore mastery investigations.
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