Additional Plans

Reception English Plans (Set A)

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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Dinosaurs. Non-fiction: Information texts (weeks 1-2)

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.

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Dinosaurs. Fiction: Dinosaur stories, familiar settings, fantasy (weeks 3-4)

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.

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Dinosaurs. Poetry: Dinosaurs (weeks 5-6)

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.

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Growth and change. Non-fiction: Letter writing (week 7)

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.

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Growth and change. Fiction: The 'not-so-boring' day (weeks 8-9 )

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.

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Growth and change. Non-fiction: Explanations (weeks 10-11)

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.

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Growth and change. Poetry: Easter and resurrection (week 12)

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.