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, Poster Books and Rhymes) appropriate for this age range, see Year 3 and Year 4.
Become familiar with a range of Greek Myths, The Orchard Book of Greek Myths by Geraldine McCraughrean, Greek Myths by Marcia Williams. Use them to study powerful verbs, verb tenses, use of first and third person, paragraphs and ways of showing dialogue. Children draw story maps to learn a Greek Myth off by heart and to retell another myth in written form.
Using Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl, children familiarise themselves with features of narrative, finding examples from the book and through role play and hot-seating. Focus on direct speech and use the features and format they have seen to plan and write their own fantastic stories.
Explore The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. Act out swap stories, learn about adverbials and recounts using past tense and first person and chronological order. Write a new version of The Diary of a Killer Cat, by Anne Fine, using recount features and complex sentences. The Hamilton Group Reader, The Diary of a Lively Labrador, is used to stretch more confident readers.
Read an online newspaper report about an amazing model of Hogwarts recently opened to the public. Children design a poster or leaflet to advertise it and look at school reports Hogwarts style. They collaborate to design a Hogwarts school prospectus, access to the Harry Potter Books by J K Rowling.
Explore the poems of Robert Louis Stevenson, (A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson) and write a class poem using rhyming couplets. Revise verb tenses and learn about prepositions. Explore the poem Windy Nights and learn it by heart. Produce a class book containing poems written by the children.
Listen to a range of performance poems and explore the features that poets use, The Torch, The Deal and Don’t Tell Your Mother by Michael Rosen, Word of a Lie by Jackie Kay, Cool Cat by Mike Jubb, Picnic Time on the M25 by Paul Cookson, My Nephew by Wilf Merttens, The Dragon who Ate our School by Nick Toczek and Write-A-Rap Rap by Tony Mitton. Children identify and use conjunctions that indicate time and cause. Investigate negative prefixes, informal language and rhymes. Children write extra lines to one of poems and then a rap.
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