National Curriculum

Reception / Year 1 English Plans (Set A)

Hamilton provide mixed Reception/Year 1 weekly English plans (below). We hope, in time, to develop flexible blocks for this mixed year combination. Find out more about our plans to phase out mixed age plans and publish R/1 English blocks.

Hamilton's Year R/1 English plans cover all of the statutory objectives of the National Curriculum for England Literacy EYFS outcomes and Year 1 English objectives. The Coverage Chart lays out how these are met in a two-year rolling programme (Set A & Set B). Medium and Long Term Plans summarise books used and grammar taught. Individual plans include an outcomes table.

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Fiction 1: Fairy tales

Through an exploration of Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and Chicken Licken, children will be able to compare and contrast different versions of the same story. Children will have extensive practice at using role-play to fully understand character and plot. They will know how to write statements, questions and exclamations and work collaboratively to publish a new version of a well-known Traditional Tale.

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Fiction 2: Fantasy stories

Using Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, explore fantasy writing using story mapping and stepping. In Week 1 children learn the story, in Week 2 they innovate it; changing the character and setting. The grammar focus is on sentence punctuation.

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Non-fiction 1: Instructions

Read Open Very Carefully by Nicola O’Byrne and Nick Bromley before delving into the world of instructions. Children explore giving verbal instructions and then writing them, with the correct punctuation for commands, questions and exclamations of course!

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Non-fiction 2: Information texts

Children read and enjoy a wide range of high quality fiction and non-fiction texts before drawing on Wolves by Emily Gravett and Giant Animals by Claire Llewellyn to create their own quirky information books on a scary animal of their choice. The Hamilton Group Reader, The Wolf, is used to stretch more confident readers.

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Poetry 1: Poems about feelings

Children will identify and recount times they have experienced different emotions. They will represent emotions in colour and describe them through simile. The children will develop their ability to write sentences by composing statements and rhyming couplets. They will write their own poem and publish it. Hamilton Group Reader, What do you think?, is used to stretch more confident readers.

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Poetry 2: Question poems and nursery rhymes

Children read No! by Tracey Corderoy before creating their own fun poems structured around a series of questions and exclamations. They then use the Hamilton animation, Little Boy Blue, as inspiration when adding extra lines to the well-known poem.