Teacher support for English
Hamilton has a range of additional reference and advice materials for English.
New Curriculum English Support
Hamilton Grammar Structured Scheme of Work
Older Spelling and Grammar Materials
Grammar for Writing
Support for Spelling
Homework support documents
Hamilton Education sells hard copy teaching resources that support Hamilton plans at very low cost. Group Readers, phonics books, number lines and 'Five Minute Fillers' can help you teach literacy and numeracy skills in your classroom.
Hamilton's Reception English Plans cover all English EYFS objectives as well as selected objectives in all other areas of the Early Years Curriculum. The Medium Term Plan provides an overview of the two alternative years’ worth of plans (Set A & Set B) and English objectives covered in each. Individual plans contain an outcomes table and also list covered EYFS objectives across the curriculum. Every plan is filled with exciting writing opportunities!
Use a 'dinosaur egg' to stimulate discussion about eggs and dinosaurs. Have fun with a range of activities, count and sound out words (Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow and Adrian Reynolds, How do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague), pelmanism, Top Trumps and Dinosaur Dash. Make various dinosaur-related objects, 'steal' dino eggs and draw and label dinosaurs.
Use two Animated Tales and a book about dinosaurs (Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow and Adrian Reynolds, Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory-Shields). Children find out about the structure of stories and discuss the characters. They create dinosaur characters, write a story, use puppets, make dinosaur teeth amd fossil footprints and enjoy dinosaur biscuits.
Play a rhyming game with children. Read two dinosaur poems and discuss the rhyming words. Write a class poem using a similar structure and then children write their own. Using further poems as a stimulus, children write dinosaur couplets or a poem about crocodiles.
Use the Animated Tale 'The Not-So-Boring Day' by Ruth Merttens to discuss new life and the animals that Winston found. Look at the layout of letters and write to the Zoo and to Winston asking about his day. Find out about baby animals and how we change as we grow.
Use the Animated Tale 'The Not-So-Boring Day' to explore the structure of stories. Examine the sequence of events together and collect ideas about the beginning, middle and end. Children write their own version of the story when Winston finds a different baby.
Read books about food and compare fiction and factual texts, The Fantastic Fable of Fussy Frank by Ruth Merttens, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Relate to own experience with vegetables. Make seed packets and find out how plants stay healthy. Discuss a series of changes including tadpoles, caterpillars, popcorn and babies walking. Write explanations.
Watch the animated tale Phoenix Reborn and tell the story stressing the structure. Children re-tell the story using descriptive writing and phonics to help with spellings. Look at Easter verses and discuss symbols of new life, (The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith and This Little Puffin by Elizabeth Matterson). Make Easter cards with greetings.
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