National Curriculum

Year 1/2 English Plans (Set A)

Hamilton provide mixed Y1/2 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 Y1/2 English blocks.

Hamilton's Year 1/2 English plans cover all of the statutory objectives of the National Curriculum for England's 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: Stories in familiar settings

Using the beautiful book The Whales’ Song by Dylan Sheldon and Gary Blythe, children will learn all about whales, describing them to each other and writing descriptive sentences. They use the structure of the story to go on and write their own stories based on this.

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Fiction 2: Tales from a variety of cultures

Listen to and read a traditional and modern dragon story, The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward. Find out how the Jade Emperor decided the order of the animals in the Chinese zodiac. Compose a story together with repetitive language and tell it to an audience. Write a fantastic dragon story. The Hamilton Group Reader, Sunilla and the Dolphins, is used to build confidence in reading aloud.

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Non-fiction 1: Instructions

We use the animated tale Thad Gets to the Moon to identify favourite toys and what they mean to us. The story provides opportunity for children to learn about the features of instructions and write instructions for playing football both on the Moon and on Earth. Hamilton Group Reader text, Stop that Sound!, is used to highlight imperatives.

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Non-fiction 2: Recounts

Children learn about how to write a recount by hearing the story of Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury, (and Can’t you sleep Little Bear? by Martin Waddell and Barbara Firth) who has to do all the work on the farm while the farmer stays in bed. Discover useful words to help with writing longer sentences. Children then write a recount about their day. The Hamilton Group Reader, The Animals' Outing, is used to build confidence in reading aloud.

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Poetry 1: Playing with language

Playing with language is great. Children wrap their tongues around twisters, write mixed-up nursery rhymes and scratch their heads to understand nonsense poetry, The Works chosen by Paul Cookson, Walking the Bridge of your Nose selected by Michael Rosen, The Works Key Stage 1 chosen by Pie Corbett. Children use capital letters for names and beginning of lines. Use adjectives and explore the effect of verbs.

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Poetry 2: The Sound Collector

Study a variety of poems from the following books which take the five senses as their inspiration, The Works Chosen by Paul Cookson, The Works 3 Chosen by Paul Cookson and Read Me First Chosen by Louise Bolongaro. With a grammar focus on adjectives and noun phrases, children use their senses to write poems. In the second week The Sound Collector by Roger McGough is the main stimulus for writing.