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 Y3/4 English plans cover all of the statutory objectives of the National Curriculum for England for Lower Key Stage 2. The Coverage Chart lays out where these are met across 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 Homework and for texts to use with children (Oral Stories and Rhymes) appropriate for this age range, see Year 3 and Year 4.
Using the delightful illustrations and books of Michael Foreman (Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish and I'll Take You to Mrs Cole), children have many opportunities to practice simple, compound and complex sentences with powerful verbs. They then create their own stories based around I'll Take You to Mrs Cole, by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman.
Children have plenty of opportunities to explore Indian folk tales and myths, read Seasons of Splendour by Madhur Jaffrey, and The Tiger Child by Joanna Troughton, before performing their own oral re-telling and written adaptations. They will learn about adverbial clauses to make their writing more interesting and use commas to organize their writing.
Children will learn about instructions and explanations based around the glitzy world of the game show. They will learn about features of explanations before going on to write their own based on a game show with a special treat at the end.
Children study the structure and language features of non-chronological reports (DK Children’s Book of Sport, and DK Eyewitness Guide: Football by Hugh Hornby) before planning, researching and finally composing their own sports report. At the end of the plan the class explore persuasive language and different points of view, ending in a debate.
Christmas is coming. This fun plan builds up to Christmas with writing letters to Father Christmas, learning about tense, writing in the 3rd person and using powerful verbs, and reading Dear Father Christmas by Alan Durant. Hamilton Group Reader, The Christmas Story, demonstrates how to write a good letter.
Use a selection of poems to explore how to create images using words, Daddy Fell into the Pond by Alfred Noyes (Read Me chosen by Gaby Morgan) The Bug Chant by Tony Mitton (The Works chosen by Paul Cookson) and I Like this Poem by Kaye Webb. Children find and use adjectives and adjective phrases to convert a poem to prose. Use their voice to add excitement to a poem performance and compose poems using the themes of animals and weather.
Children will enjoy these humorous poems about teachers which will inspire learning about powerful verbs, verb tenses, adverbs and adverbial phrases. Children use the poems they read as models for writing their own verses and poems.
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