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!
Listen to stories about different homes for people and creatures and decide where they would like to live, Home by Alex T Smith, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse by Helen Ward, and Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. Children write their own version of The Town and Country Mouse and use The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage to plan best lunches. Keep diaries, make lighthouses and stormy music.
Using The Three Little Pigs as a starting point children discuss materials of which houses are made, before creatively describing their own home (Lift-the-flap fairy tales: The Three Little Pigs by Stephen Tucker and Nick Sharratt or Three Little Pigs by Heather Amery and Stephen Cartwright or The Three Little Pigs by Ladybird). They use information texts to create a brochure about their ideal imaginary home. They also plan and build model homes.
Children listen to and read together an old cumulative poem The House that Jack Built and read the book The House that Jack Built by Jenny Stow. Through the week, they learn this poem by heart and perform it for an audience. They also study the poem The Gingerbread Man and look at rhyming words. Paint and count too.
Read The Sand Horse by Ann Turnball and Michael Foreman and children learn the sequence of it, and write their version. Read another beach story and discuss the narrator (a dog) and children write as if they were a pet. Other activities include role-play, read maps, make biscuits and moving dogs, doubling and painting.
Read books of postcards with children, Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett and At The Beach by Roland Harvey. They study the layout of postcards and their address. Children write some postcards of their own. Other activities include discussion about missing home and beach creatures, beach ball games, counting shells, painting and collage.
Children read a variety of poems and rhymes and identify features of poems and explore rhyming words and patterns, Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, Read Me 2 chosen by Gaby Morgan, and The Works 4 chosen by Pie Corbett and Gaby Morgan. Children then share their experiences of the beach and use these ideas to write poetry. Other activities include a beach shop, sand sculptures and scavenger hunt.
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