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.
Group Readers are short, illustrated A5 books designed to be read with 3 to 6 children working as a group. They can be used as extended texts alongside any phonics scheme or simply as a story to read in the classroom. Most have black and white illustrations that could potentially be coloured in by the children.
These books are superb for the group reading sessions required as part of the weekly teaching of reading and have been built in to the Hamilton weekly plans for each year group. They are matched to the stages of learning phonics, from basic (linked to Code-Breakers Books 1 or 2) to more advanced (linked to Code-Breakers Book 4), although they can be used outside these ranges if required.
In order to facilitate opportunities for children to follow the text in their own copies of the books, Group Readers are available to purchase cheaply at cost from Hamilton Education.
Diary of a lively Labrador, by Ruth Merttens, uses the recount form of a traditional diary to tell the story of a Labrador who enlists an unlikely accomplice to help him get back into his mistress’s good books after a prolonged period of bad behaviour. The narrative is lively and humorous and children of 7 and over who are not necessarily wholly confident readers will find it easily accessible.
This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.
Icarus is a simple re-telling of the Greek myth of Icarus. In this tale Icarus and his father Daedalus build marvellous wings to escape from their prison but as they escape Icarus flies too close to the sun. The simple but engaging illustrations with the story will help bring it alive to children experiencing this traditional myth for the first time.
Purple is a book about colours and dyes. How did people dye their clothes in ancient Egypt? In Roman times? What plants make good dyes? Which dye was more expensive than gold? Children read this book, seeing the colours as they go.
Romulus and Remus is a beautifully illustrated re-telling of the founding myth of Rome. Children will discover the fantastical story of how the twins were raised and the tragic tale behind the founding of one of the greatest cities of the ancient world!
This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education
The Christmas story, by Ruth Merttens, provides a version of the traditional biblical story of Christmas but told through the medium of letters. The beautiful colour illustrations add to its appeal, and children can be motivated to write their own letters in response.
The Old Man and the Magic Bowl is a traditional tale from India. In this fascinating story, read how the goddess Parvati helps a poor family and punishes a wicked king. This text is suitable for more children who have begun to confidently read independently, or earlier readers with support.
The Pobble who has no toes. This is a beautifully illustrated version of the famous poem by Edward Lear. The way that the text is broken up into sub-verses enables children to read it with little difficulty and there is a matching sound file to support them.
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