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English

Year 1 English

Autumn Term

Speaking and Listening

The boys are given many opportunities to participate in speaking and listening activities as a whole class and in small groups. They will be encouraged to listen with sustained concentration and to share information and ideas.

Understanding & Interpreting Texts

The boys will be encouraged to continue to develop a love of reading. They will also:

  • develop their sound recognition of each letter, consonant blends and vowel digraphs
  • expand their knowledge of key words and tricky words
  • recognise common spelling patterns and words within words

Writing, Handwriting & Spelling

The boys are given a variety of opportunities to develop their writing skills. They will learn:

  • to form letter shapes correctly and join their writing
  • to write their full name including their surname
  • to write lists and labels
  • to write sentences for factual and story writing
  • to expand their vocabulary of adjectives
  • weekly spellings
  • to apply their phonics knowledge to sound out and spell words in their creative writing
  • to spell key words and tricky words correctly

Spring Term

We will focus on spelling, reading, comprehension skills, grammar and creative writing skills, using the Collins English scheme of work. Weekly handwriting lessons will continue aiming to develop the boys skills in correct letter formation and correct joining, speed and presentation. 

The boys will be encouraged to continue to develop a love of reading. They will also:

  • Develop their sound recognition of each letter, consonant blends and vowel digraphs
  • Continue to recognise high frequency words
  • Begin to recognise important features of words such as creating plurals
  • Recognise common spelling patterns and words within words

Boys will learn:

  • To write a letter
  • To write non chronological sentences for factual writing
  • To write poetry
  • To develop knowledge of adjectives, punctuation and vocabulary 

Summer Term

Daily individual reading aloud with an adult.

Share books with a class peer.

Read books to younger boys.

Listen to stories read by older boys.

 

Daily comprehension questions after reading individually to an adult.

Handwriting lessons linked to weekly phonic patterns being studied

Make mind maps Discuss vocabulary and layout and organisation. Vocabulary; report-writing

Story-planning

 “Powerful” adjectives, time connectives, variety of openers and connectives. Edit and “Up level” story together.

Using a different prompt cards boys plan, write, share + edit their own stories

Labelling

Aesop’s Fables

Character development