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.
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.
Read and explore fantastic versions of Hansel and Gretel and Rapunzel. Children use puppets and masks to really get to know the stories and their characteristics. They then retell or write a new version of a fairy tale of their choice. This plan looks at Hansel and Gretel by Anthony Browne and Rapunzel by Sarah Gibb. Hamilton Group Reader Hansel and Gretel is used to build confidence in reading aloud.
Using the wonderful Sand Horse (Michael Foreman) children learn the story, retell it, use role play and then create their own version. They explore settings and invent characters using Morpurgo’s Jo Jo the Melon Donkey. Finally they write their own story.
Letters are a great way to communicate! Whether sharing facts, asking for information or saying thank you, this unit will teach children the format of writing a letter or postcard. Children will practise writing statements and asking questions to compose their own letters. Books required are Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell and Dear Greenpeace by Simon James. Hamilton Group Reader, Letters from the Zoo, is used to stretch more confident readers.
Use information books about minibeasts to identify features of information texts. Compare with stories about minibeasts which also provide information. Look at sentence punctuation and structure. Children write some information about their favourite minibeast. Example books are Minibeasts (Little Science Stars), Where to find minibeasts, The Very Busy Spider and RSPB first book of minibeasts.
Use Where the Forest Meets the Sea and poems by C Warren and A Shavick to describe emotions stimulated by poetry. Explore use of rhyme, adjectives and expanded noun phrases. Study sentence structure including use of capital letters/question marks. Write poems.
Favourite toys can inspire great writing! The author of Winnie-the-Pooh models how to write rhyming couplets, questions, exclamations and extended noun phrases. Safe within the world of The Hundred Acre Wood children produce original poems in a familiar style.
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