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 the Animated Tale The Baby and the Rocket to introduce children to information texts. Compare facts and fiction. Make a large rocket and use photos of the construction to write instructions. Lots of activities for children to investigate both planets and rockets.
Children listen to two stories Beegu by Alexis Deacon and Laura’s Star by Klaus Baumgart, they make predictions, express opinions and compare, giving reasons for preference. Children investigate the characters and use speech bubbles. An Animated Tale further inspires children to create their own alien characters and write sentences.
Read several poems from Space Poems Chosen by Gaby Morgan and use them to initiate discussion about stars and moon and to write a poem. We’re Off to Look for Aliens by Colin McNaughton inspires creative work on aliens. Explore rhymes, play games and make things.
Read Q Pootle 5 Nick Butterworth to children who then prepare for their own Space Party and write invitations. They explore the structure of lists and simple instructions and write some recipes for the party. Children have fun cooking, painting and making decorations, party plates and models.
Use Don Quixote Animated Tale to learn, act out and retell the story. Create character profiles for kings and princesses, make a variety of castles, role-play, dress a knight and create a 20-mattress collage. Write own version of Don Quixote and compare traditional tales.
Children explore information books about castles, What Were Castles For? (Usborne Starting Point History) by Phil Roxbee Cox, indentifying features. They write captions, letters in role, produce Trump cards and a class information book about castles. Fun activities include juggling, building castles from sand, Lego and cake, and making a jester's hat.
Share Dragon Machine by Helen Ward and stimulate children to write own version. Children explore different dragons and create dragon profiles, then look at stories that contest role stereotypes. Activities include making dragons using various media and dragon footprints.
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