National Curriculum

Year 1/2 English Plans (Set A)

Hamilton's Y1/2 English plans cover all of the statutory objectives of the National Curriculum for England for Years 1 and 2. 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.

For Hamilton's phonics programme and texts to use with children (Oral Stories and Rhymes) appropriate for this age range, see Year 1 and Year 2.

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Fiction 1: Stories in familiar settings

Three popular books are used to capture children's imagination and get them story writing during this unit. Starting with The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr, Whatever Next! by Jill Murphy, and Dogger by Shirley Hughes. Children will make up their own stories about all sorts of strange and wonderful things. Year 1 children read the Hamilton Group Reader, Goat's Sore Tummy.

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Fiction 2: Stories involving fantasy

Explore fantasy narratives through two great John Burningham books. First read Oi! Get off our Train. Practise using capital letters and full stops and write a new scene for the story. Then children plan and write a fantasy story based on The Magic Bed. The Hamilton Group Reader, Chicken and Shark, is used to build confidence.

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Non-fiction Plan 1: Labels, lists, signs and posters

Children think about their favourite item of clothing and write captions describing this. They write lists for shopping, study and design labels for clothes. They explore the use of posters, design their own and record feelings in writing signs. Children read the Hamilton Group Readers Boris and the Bug and The Sad Donkey.

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Non-fiction 2: Information texts

Using and comparing fiction (Great white man-eating shark by Mayo and Rainbow Bear by Morpurgo) and non-fiction books about sharks and polar bears (The Ice Bear by Davies) children discover the features of non-fiction texts. Children collect info about sharks and polar bears to write factual phrases and sentences about sharks and then to compile a report about polar bears. Children read The Hamilton Group Reader Boris and Sid Meet a Shark.

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Poetry 1: Songs and repetitive poems

Children read, then memorise a variety of short repetitive funny poems and also write their own verses. Conversation poems are used to stimulate more sustained writing and work on punctuating different forms of sentence.

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Poetry 2: Animal poems

Children have great fun reading, learning and reciting a variety of traditional and modern rhymes including some from Hairy Tales and Nursery Crimes by Rosen. They use these for word-play and phonics work, as well as writing their own versions of animal poems, composed after seeing an animal.