National Curriculum

Year 1 English Plans

We provide Hamilton Year 1 English both as weekly plans (below) and as flexible blocks. We will eventually be phasing out the plans, as we believe our flexible blocks offer you all of the same advantages and more. Find out more about the advantages of Hamilton's flexible blocks.

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Fiction 1: Fairy stories

Use three traditional tales to study characters and settings, sequence events, tell oral stories and plan new versions of old favourites. Use story maps to retell tales. Children write a story based on a traditional tale using adjectives and compound sentences. The plan uses Snow White in New York by Fiona French. Hamilton Group Reader Billy Dogs Gruff is used to build confidence in reading aloud.

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Fiction 2: Fantasy stories - superheroes

Together read 'Superheroes - all sorts', using the text to focus on writing in sentences with capital letters and full stops. In the second week children produce comic strips based on their own invented superhero.

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Non-fiction 1: Letters

Children will read Dear Greenpeace by Simon James, focussing on use of full stops, question marks and exclamation marks. In the second week, they will write letters to WWF about an animal of their choice using the same story structure as in Dear Greenpeace. The Hamilton Group Readers, Boris and Sid meet a shark and The Cat, the Fish and the Shell, build confidence in reading aloud.

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Non-fiction 2: Information texts

Fierce animals will excite and motivate children to write their own pages for a group book. Children explore difference between fiction and non-fiction texts, in context of Tigers, Polar Bears and Sharks. They learn how to write questions, statements and exclamations. This plan uses The Dancing Tiger by Malachy Doyle, Tigress by Nick Dowson, Surprising Sharks by Nicola Davies and Ice Bear also by Nicola Davies.

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Poetry 1: Poems about nature

In this plan, children investigate poems about nature. They read, discuss and recite verses from poems Daffodils and Who? This will involve understanding capital letters, question marks and syllables. They read, learn and write their own haiku.

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Poetry 2: Traditional poems

Learn some traditional finger games, rounds, singing games and nursery rhymes. Have fun playing the rhymes and exploring ideas. Improvise and perform simple dramas based on nursery rhymes. Explore rhyming words and exclamation marks.