Hamilton offers rich and engaging English planning that covers all the Year 1 SPaG objectives, as well as developing higher-level literacy skills including comprehension and extended writing.
Hamilton's flexible English blocks are designed to put the teacher in control. Teaching is organised into themed blocks focussed on one or more key texts of a particular type (fiction, non-fiction or poetry). The key text or texts represent a particular genre within that text-type, for example, 'familiar settings', 'instructions and explanations' or 'humorous poems'. Each block comprises a small number of units that can be used independently or as a set that builds progressively towards an extended piece of writing. Teachers can select the units most relevant to their Year 1 class and adjust the length of time spent on different aspects of English teaching. In addition, all of Hamilton's flexible English blocks include age-appropriate SPaG-focussed units. These units can be taught as stand-alone teaching or as part of the whole block. Find out more about how SPaG is integrated into our English blocks.
Explore our Flexible English Blocks for Year 1.
Year 1 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG)
Hamilton's English planning includes a grammar scheme to help with whole-school planning. This overview outlines a developmental approach to teaching grammar from Year 1 through to Year 6. Download our grammar scheme.
Year 1 Phonics Scheme
We provide a fully-developed phonics scheme for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Code-Breakers is a synthetic phonics programme that teaches phoneme-to-grapheme correspondences (PGCs) in a systematic, child-friendly fashion. It covers all the pre-requisite skills for reading – sequencing, sound identification, reproduction and discrimination – in a structured scheme of word-level work.
Younger children will also enjoy Quick Phonics, an interactive flash game that children can play individually or in groups to practise their understanding of the different phonemes that make up words.
Hamilton have published over 100 group readers - beautifully illustrated short books matched to the stages of learning phonics and grammar. Designed to share in groups of three to six children, they are available to download or buy. They will enhance any scheme of English!