Maths: Hamilton's short maths blocks have all the benefits of our weekly plans. They also provide support and resources that were simply not possible when we produced the weekly plans. Find out about the advantages of short blocks.
Lower Key Stage 2 (Y3/4) English Plans - Set B
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.
Children explore a variety of myths and enjoy the mythical creatures introduced in Can You Catch A Mermaid?, The Seal Children and Beowulf. They learn these tales and use them as stimuli for creating their own myths and legends. They use the texts as models to help develop their understanding of detailed description in writing and correct grammar.
Using The Princess and the Pea (Lauren child) and The Pea and the Princess (Mini Grey), children explore, read and write fairytales with a twisted point of view. Children write dialogue, and explore tense and pronouns, before role-playing and writing short playscripts, inspired by Beware of the Storybook Wolves. The unit ends with a chance to perform their writing to an audience.
Read Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett and enjoy her unusual style. Children discuss fears they had when they were little and create a recount page for a class book. They write a fictional recount about an animal escaping from a predator.
By reading The Wolves in the Walls (Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman), Wolves (Emily Gravett), and Top Gun of the Sky (Martin Bradley), children will investigate non-chronological reports. They will discover exciting facts about British wildlife, look at the key-features of this style of writing, and produce their own interesting reports in order to effectively share information.
Study a range of list poems including some based on similes. Look in detail at the word types used: nouns, adjectives, verbs, prepositions and adverbs. Then investigate kenning poems – contracted metaphor list poems. Children are inspired to write some poetry.
Inspired by Julia Donaldson's Poems to Perform: A Classic collection, children watch, perform, read and write a range of performance poetry. Children tell tales, using possessive apostrophes and explore the uses of pronouns, editing poetry and writing profiles about themselves as performer poets. The unit ends with children preparing to share their learning with a wider audience!