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Year 1 English – Yearly Overview


Handwriting ·        Correct posture and pencil grip

·        Form capital and lower case letters correctly

·        Form digits from 0 – 9 correctly

·        Start including ‘flicks/tails’ in lower case letters

·        Start with joined up writing


Reading Words

·        Continue with ‘Jolly Phonics’ programme

·        Apply phonic knowledge and skills when decoding words

·        Read accurately by blending sounds in unfamiliar words

·        Read common exception words

·        Read words with: -s, -es, -ing, -ed, -er and –est endings

·        Read words with contractions (eg. I’m, I’ll, we’ll) and understand that the apostrophe represents omitted letters

·        Re-read books to build up fluency and confidence in reading



·        Listen to and discuss a wide range of poems, stories and non-fiction texts beyond their level

·        Be able to link what they read or hear to their own experiences

·        Become very familiar with key stories, fairy tales and traditional tales

·        Learn to recite rhymes and poems by heart

·        Understand books they can read and those that are read to them

·        Make inferences about texts based on what has been read

·        Predict what might happen next

·        Explain their understanding of what they read or what is read to them

·        Complete cloze text comprehensions independently

·        Start answering questions in full sentences


Writing – Transcription





















Writing – Composition








Writing – Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation



·        Words containing each of the 40+ phonemes taught

·        Common exception words

·        Days of the week



·        Name the letters of the alphabet in order

·        Use letter names to distinguish between alternative spellings of the same sound


Add prefixes and suffixes:

·        Know whether to add –s or –es for plurals

·        Use the prefix –un correctly

·        Use –ing, -ed, -er, and –est where the root word does not change (eg. helping, helped, helper)


Write simple sentences that are dictated.



·        Write sentences

·        Sequence sentences to form short narratives

·        Use capital letters and full stops to punctuate sentences

·        Write a simple story with a beginning, middle and end

·        Know what paragraphs are and start using them in their stories

·        Re-read what they have written to see if it makes sense

·        Discuss what they have written with others



·        Leave spaces between words

·        Join words and clauses using simple connectives (eg. ‘and’)

·        Use capital letters for proper nouns

·        Begin to use adjectives in writing



Please note:


A revision pack covering work done during the term will be sent home at the end of every term. You are strongly advised to get your child to spend 10 – 15 minutes a day on this during the holidays. Those children who spend a small amount of time each day on revision will make far greater progress than those who do not do any revision during the holidays.