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St Andrew's C.E. Primary School

Enriching Lives

Year 1



Pupils will be taught 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:
  • 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, eating, quicker, quickest]
  • Apply simple spelling rules and guidance, as listed in English appendix 1
  • Write from memory simple sentences dictated by the teacher that include words using the GPCs and common exception words taught so far


Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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’ (ie letters that are formed in similar ways) and to practise these



Pupils will be taught to write sentences by:

  • Saying out loud what they are going to write about
  • Compose a sentence orally before writing it
  • Sequence sentences to form short narratives
  • Re-read what they have written to check that it makes sense
  • Discuss what they have written with the teacher or other pupils
  • Read their writing aloud, clearly enough to be heard by their peers and the teacher


Writing - vocabulary, grammar and punctuation

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Develop their understanding of the concepts set out in English appendix 2 by:
  • Leave spaces between words
  • Join words and joining clauses using ‘and’
  • Punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark
  • Use a capital letter for names of people, places, the days of the week, and the personal pronoun ‘I’
  • Learn the grammar for year 1 in English appendix 2
  • Use the grammatical terminology in English English appendix 2 in discussing their writing