English in Year 1


· Apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words

· Read high frequency words.

· Respond speedily with the correct sound to graphemes (letters or groups of letters) for all 40+ phonemes

· Re-read these books to build up their fluency and confidence in word reading.

· Read other words of more than one syllable that contain taught GPCs

· Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding.

· Become very familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics

· Link what they read or hear read to their own experiences

· Understand both the books they can already read accurately and fluently and those they listen to


  • Spell words containing each of the 40+ phonemes already taught, common exception words, the days of the week
  • Name the letters of the alphabet
  • Understand which letters belong to which handwriting ‘families’ (i.e. letters that are formed in similar ways) and to practise these.

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
  • Begin to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark