In Year 1 children will listen to a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts. These texts will be ones that they sometimes read independently or texts that are more difficult and the teacher will read to them. Children will be taught skills to decode texts using their phonics, whilst also being encouraged to read for meaning. Children will have opportunities to share their opinions and make predictions. In their word reading children will be taught how to read common and tricky words and words using suffixes, (es, ing, ed, er and est). This will be taught through a range of exciting and engaging topics using traditional tales, classic, modern and cultural high quality texts.
In Writing Year 1 children will be taught how to spell words that contain phonemes already taught along with common ‘tricky’ words. Through engaging topics such as the Hungry Caterpillar children will learn how to apply these spellings, such as days of the week, within a context. Handwriting will be taught discretely each week following the pen pal scheme but also reinforced when children are applying it in their writing. As a school we use Talk For Writing and this is embedded in our teaching approach. As such, children will be given plenty of chance in the curriculum to say what they wish to write before writing it. In our school we aim for children to take ownership of their writing and encourage and provide children with opportunities to use ‘polishing pens’ when re-reading and encourage children to improve their writing.