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Year 1

What the national curriculum

requires in writing at Year 1

 

 

Writing - transcription

  • spell:
    • words containing each of the 40+ phonemes already taught
    • common exception words
    • the days of the week
  • name the letters of the alphabet:
    • naming the letters of the alphabet in order
    • using letter names to distinguish between alternative spellings of the same sound
  • add prefixes and suffixes:
    • using the spelling rule for adding s or es as the plural marker for nouns and the third person singular marker for verbs
    • using the prefix un
    • using ing,ed,er and est where no change is needed in the spelling of root words [for example, helping, helped, helper, quicker, quickest]
  • apply simple spelling rules and guidance, as listed in Appendix 1 of the National Curriculum
  • write from memory simple sentences dictated by the teacher that include words using the GPCs and common exception words taught so far.

 

Handwriting

  • sit correctly at a table, holding a pencil comfortably and correctly
  • begin to form lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place
  • form capital letters
  • form digits 0-9
  • understand which letters belong to which handwriting ‘families’ (i.e. letters that are formed in similar ways) and to practise these.

 

Writing - composition

  • write sentences by:
    • saying out loud what they are going to write about
    • composing a sentence orally before writing it
    • sequencing sentences to form short narratives
    • re-reading what they have written to check that it makes sense
  • discuss what they have written with the teacher or other pupils
  • read aloud their writing clearly enough to be heard by their peers and the teacher.
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  • develop their understanding of the concepts set out in Appendix 2 of the National Curriculum by:
    • leaving spaces between words
    • joining words and joining clauses using and
    • beginning to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark
    • using a capital letter for names of people, places, the days of the week, and the personal pronoun ‘I’
    • learning the grammar for year 1 in English Appendix 2
  • use the grammatical terminology in English Appendix 2 in discussing their writing.
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