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 Y5/6 English plans cover all of the statutory objectives of the National Curriculum for England for Upper 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 5 and Year 6.
Children explore the charm and challenge of classic fiction, (The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, Illustrated by Robert Ingpen, and A Collection of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling). Children write a modern-day Jungle Book story, Just So Stories diary entries, and tell outrageous lies, courtesy of conjunctions. The unit ends with children performing their own Just So Story in Kipling's style.
Use biographies of Roald Dahl and Michael Morpurgo (both books and online) and their autobiographical writing to identify features of biographies and autobiographies. Use the texts to study dialogue, noun phrases and complex sentences (Boy and Going Solo by Roald Dahl, Singing for Mrs Pettigrew: a story-maker’s journey, and Homecoming by Michael Morpurgo). Write autobiographies online.
Using the context of UFOs, children explore recounts investigating genuine documents, discussing famous sightings and researching notorious hoaxes (UFOs and Aliens: Investigating Extraterrestrial Visitors - Extreme! by Paul Mason, UFO Diary by Satoshi Kitamura). Children write a diary entry and create their own hoax UFO photo and report. A presentation to parents completes the unit.
Hover boards and Doggie Umbrellas meet new-fangled escalators and dial telephones in a unit, which explores instructions and explanations in the context of changing technology. Children try pitching in the Dragon's Den and create guides for futuristic travel.
Study a slam poem (a form of performance poetry) and other poems about what to do when you grow up, You Wait Til I’m Older Than You! By Michael Rosen. Children write an extra verse about their dreams. Use poems about not knowing what to write to stimulate writing about everyday little things. Hold a poetry slam.
Lewis Carroll's Walrus and the Carpenter stimulates performance, discussion and persuasive writing, in this poetry unit. Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Tales provide cause for debate and the children end the unit writing their own modern day cautionary poems.
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