National Curriculum

Reception English Plans - Summer

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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Animal Lifecycles

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.

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People who help us

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.

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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.

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Fairy Tales

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.

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Growing Plants

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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Transport and Travel

This exciting two-week plan will stimulate children’s imagination, as they explore the fascinating theme of Transport and Travel. In Week 1, children explore You Can’t Take an Elephant on the Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck and Mrs. Armitage on Wheels by Quentin Blake to focus on identifying different forms of transport, describing their experiences of travel and providing explanations for their thoughts and opinions. Children rehearse creating rhyming strings and applying different strategies to read unfamiliar words. They record their ideas as correctly punctuated sentences. In Week 2, children investigate the humour in The Hundred Decker Bus by Mike Smith, Naughty Bus by Jan Oak and The Train Ride by June Crebbin. They enjoy giving directions, reading maps and, creating imaginative journeys. Children generate descriptive vocabulary and apply it accurately to a variety of scenarios. They use sequencing words to write a successfully punctuated recount.