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 R/1 English Plans cover all of the statutory English objectives of the EYFS and Y1 National Curriculum for England. Two alternative years’ worth of plans (Set A & Set B) provide teaching for 2 cohorts of children in a rolling programme. The Medium and Long Term Plans summarise books used and grammar taught. Individual plans contain an outcomes table and also list covered EYFS and Y1 English objectives.
For Hamilton's phonics programme and texts to use with children (Oral Stories and Rhymes) appropriate for this age range, see Reception and Year 1.
Children explore and enjoy the patterns and repeated phrases in Bears in the Night, Handa’s Surprise and Little Rabbit Foo Foo, using these tales as stimuli for performances, as aids to reading and as models for their own carefully punctuated writing.
Using Judith Kerr’s well-loved Mog the Forgetful Cat and the Tiger who came to tea, children relate these stories to their own experience. They imagine alternative scrapes for Mog, design a perfect pet and present medals for kindness and bravery. They then write a story closely based on the second book. Hamilton Group Reader, The Cat, the Fish and the Shell, is used to develop confidence in reading aloud.
Using Knock Knock Who’s There by Anthony Browne and Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly by Nick Sharratt children will know how to write signs, labels, captions and lists. They will understand how to use extended noun phrases and the effect exclamation marks produce.
Through the exciting theme of farms, children will learn the textual features of a non-fiction book. Children will research facts, make notes and work in small teams. They will create their own page for a group non-fiction book, which includes a heading, labelled illustration, caption and a set of statements.
Children listen to and read a series of poems from Read Me First and elsewhere. They learn how to recite poems with expression and then have opportunities to create rhymes of their own and use poems they have heard as models for their own writing.
A selection of fun poems are used to explore repetition and rhyme. Children perform poetry as well as compose their own. They begin to write sentences and understand poetry punctuation. Poems for the Very Young (Rosen) is useful but not essential.
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