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, Poster Books and Rhymes), appropriate for this age range, see Year 5 and Year 6.
Look at the genre of short stories using Short! by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Children investigate the use of adverbials to link sentences or paragraphs together. Children plan and write short spooky stories elaborating by use of descriptive words and further details.
Introduce children to Shakespeare using Marcia Williams' Mr William Shakespeare's Plays, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth. Investigate different ways of writing dialogue including playscript layout and the use of informal language. Children write a 60 second version of part of Macbeth.
Identify features of argument texts and discuss differences between facts and opinions. Find out how to present opinions as if they were facts. Study formal and informal speech. Research for and hold a class debate. Children then write and edit their own argument text.
Use Tuesday by David Wiesner to study report writing. Look at different ways of writing speech, playscripts, speech bubbles, direct and reported speech. Compare formal and informal writing including use of passive voice. Children write newspaper reports.
Children learn the classic narrative poem Ballad of Charlotte Dymond to recite and identify features. Use role play to study the characters in depth. Compare with Lochinvar and explore relative clauses. Then use Chocolate Cake to inspire their narrative poems.
Children hear and respond to a range of poems from two well-known poets. Explore the use of language and how the writers imply deeper meanings and research the poets on the internet. Finally children write their own free-verse poems inspired by those they have read. The plan uses You Wait Till I'm Older Than You by Michael Rosen and Collected Poems by Roger McGough.
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