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.
Children listen to and read a wide variety of traditional tales and compare them with Philippa Leather’s wonderful Black Rabbit. They then read and recite Emily Gravett’s Wolf Won’t Bite before using it as a model for their own scary animal story.
Using texts about Mums, Dads and Babies, children talk and write about their families, and author their own stories too. The focus is on extending and punctuating sentences using a range of texts to help support learning. These texts are: My Mum and My Dad, both by Anthony Browne; My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh by Nick Sharratt; A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton.
Letters and postcards are fun to write and exciting to read. Children will learn how to format a letter and postcard, understand why people write to each other and be aware of the different types of sentences that authors use. Children will be confident at using and to join two ideas together into a compound sentence. Chidren will practise handwriting skills to develop a fluent style of printed script. Books required are Barbapapa by Annette Tison and Two Can Toucan by David McKee.
Using information texts including National Geographic African Animal Alphabet to support them, children focus on alphabetical order and use this to help write a class African Alphabet book. They develop their ability to write fluently by extending sentences and punctuating with exclamation and question marks.
Nonsense poems are enjoyable to listen to, write and perform. Using poetry by Edward Lear, children will be able to write questions, statements and exclamations. They will be able to compose their own rhyming poem. The children explore Lear’s poem called The Quangle Wangle’s Hat and use it to learn about sequencing, writing a character profile and learning a poem by-heart.
In this unit children will sing, dance and enjoy a variety of familiar and new Action Poems. They will refine the skills of working collaboratively to enhance their performances, and be able to compose their own versions of known action poems. Children will develop an understanding of using capital letters to spell proper nouns, and how to use exclamation marks in sentences.
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