Additional Plans

Reception English Plans (Set B)

Hamilton provide Reception weekly English plans (below). English blocks based on the new 2019 Early Learning Goals will be coming from September for 2019-20. We will be phasing out the plans, as we believe our blocks will offer you all of the same advantages and more. Find out more about the timetable for Hamilton's Early Years English.

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Families. Non-fiction: Names, captions and notices (weeks 1-2)

Discuss families and the various roles within them, read the following stories My Mum, My Dad, Me and You, all of which are by Anthony Browne and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems. Children write a book about someone who cares for them using similes and also notices for family members. They learn their address too. Activities include paper people, house plans, family portraits and names.

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Undersea worlds. Fiction: Stories, imaginative language (weeks 3-4)

Taking inspiration from stories about sea creatures and whale song, The Whales’ Song by Gary Blythe and Dylan Sheldon, Dolphin Boy by Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman, Seal Surfer by Michael Foreman and The Dancing Tiger by Malachy Doyle, illustrated by Steve Johnson children describe their gift to the whales and write own version of Whales' Song. Children also measure a whale, bake Nemo biscuits, study floating and sinking, paint pebbles, and play crab football.

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Undersea worlds. Non-fiction: Information texts (weeks 5-6)

Children learn facts about sea creatures (especially whales and sharks) and the features of non-fiction texts, The Whales’ Song by Gary Blythe and Dylan Sheldon, Under the Sea by Katie Daynes and Colin King, and Sharks by Phil Clarke and Reuben Barrance. They work together to produce class books about sea creatures. Children also learn about endangered species, make salt paintings and move like a whale to music.

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Undersea worlds. Poetry: Sharks and other deep sea poems (week 7)

Children listen to poems about sea creatures, (Sea Animals by Meish Goldish, Fish by Arthur S Bourinot, Fishes Evening Song by Dahlov Ipcar, Shark by Helen H Moore) they write their own couplets for a class poem, learn a poem off by heart, and make a seascape covered with onomatopoeic words. Activities include baking a fishy fruity cake, a class sea painting, and shadow play.

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Magical me. Fiction: Fantasy stories (weeks 8-9)

Using fantasy stories about magical events and people, It’s a Secret! by John Burningham, Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul and The Magic Bed by John Burningham, children retell a story using role-play and freeze frames to sequence events, and write own versions of It's a Secret with a new problem and characters. Children plan a magical party, making decorations and party foods.

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Magical me. Non-fiction: Instructions (weeks 10-11)

Entering the world of Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, children write rules for a school of witchcraft and wizardry, make and write instructions for magic milk, ink and lemon fizz, and study potion recipes before writing their own recipe. Children also design a school crest and play J.K.Rowling's Quidditch

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Magical me. Poetry: Room on the broom and other magic poems (week 12)

Explore the use of poetic language and rhyme to create their own poetry, read the children Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. Use phonic knowledge to generate rhyming words. Learn and recite a poem, performing it to an audience. Activities include potions in cauldrons, paper plate models and junk monsters.