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 new Reception English Plans cover all Literacy EYFS outcomes as well as selected outcomes in other areas of the EYFS Curriculum. Plans are designed to allow complete flexibility: they can be taught in any order within the term and are written to enable teachers to easily adapt activities to meet the individual needs of their children, and to include continuous provision.
These plans have been designed in consultation with Early Years teachers and experts, and are designed to allow teachers maximum flexibility but also to include sufficient support and high quality resources to help teachers save time and preserve some semblance of a life-work balance. The new plans can be used to supplement the original plans on the site and more will be appearing soon to provide a year of exciting and fun (and thorough) planning to inspire our youngest listeners, speakers, readers and writers.
More plans will follow. Hamilton's original new curriculum reception plans can be found by clicking on 'Additional Plans' in the left hand navigation.
An exciting two-week plan that explores the fascinating lifecycles of caterpillars and frogs. Children write labels, captions and correctly punctuated statements that describe a sequence. In Week 1, children use The Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle, to think about how information is presented in fiction and non-fiction books. They learn about the lifecycle of a caterpillar, exploring new vocabulary and how authors sequence information. In Week 2, children read Tadpole’s Promise, by Tony Ross, to learn about the lifecycle of a frog. They consider effective vocabulary to compare each stage in its development and reinforce their understanding of sequencing. They orally compose statements and write correctly punctuated sentences.
A three-week plan in which children consider those who help and look after them. In Week 1 they concentrate on those who help them at home. Week 2’s focus is on those who help children in their local communities, while Week 3 looks at people who help in emergencies.
These two weeks celebrate superheroes – all sorts. Children begin by thinking about the everyday superheroes who help them and how they are superheroes too! They read superhero stories with familiar settings and describe their own super powers. The second week introduces comic-book-style superheroes. Children enjoy a dress as a superhero day, read superhero stories and invent and write about a new superhero.
In this three-week-plan, children are immersed in the world of fairy tales, beginning with a themed fairy tale day. In Week 1 children explore traditional versions of Sleeping Beauty, memorising it to retell to an audience. Week 2 introduces two versions of Jack and the Beanstalk and children consider different points of view, writing a letter in role. Week 3 encourages children to play with stories, sequencing them, giving them a twist and predicting what might happen next. Children write a new version of Hansel and Gretel.
This two-week plan will stimulate children’s curiosity and imagination as they explore the exciting theme of Growing Plants. Children will share and enhance their knowledge of seeds, plants, fruits and vegetables. In Week 1, children explore The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and Jasper’s Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth, focusing on identifying different types of seeds and understanding how to help them germinate. They will identify the stages in the lifecycle of a seed and be able to name the different parts of common plants. Children will write a variety of different lists and instructions to plant a bean seed. In Week 2, children enjoy Oliver’s Vegetables and Oliver’s Fruit Salad by Vivian French to appreciate different vegetables and fruits. They label the different parts of familiar fruits and vegetables and understand which parts of plants it is possible to eat. They read instructions to plant their own seeds and watch them grow and mature. Afterwards, children write instructions to make a cress sandwich.
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