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Examples of a child who is working at the expected standard in writing

Recommended reading books for the year group:

We read a range of books in Year 1, to increase their love of reading.

By the end of Year 1, pupils needs to:

  • Identify which words appear again and again.
  • Recognise and join in with predictable phrases.
  • Relate reading to own experiences.
  • Re-read if reading does not make sense.
  • Re-tell with considerable accuracy.
  • Discuss significance of title and events.
  • Make predictions on basis of what has been read.
  • Make inferences on basis of what is being said and done. E.g. Why did the character feel upset?
  • Read aloud with pace and expression, i.e. pause at full stop; raise voice for question.
  • Recognise:

     - capital letters

     - full stops

     - question marks

     - exclamation marks

  • Know why the writer has used the above punctuation in a text.
  • Know difference between fiction and non-fiction texts.

Key Maths skills:

The Mathematics Mastery curriculum gives pupils the opportunity to ‘master maths’; by using previous learning from EYFS, so they are able to develop mathematical fluency and conceptual understanding.

By the end of Year 1, pupils need to:

  • Count to and across 100, forwards & backwards from any number.
  • Read and write numbers to 20 in numerals & words. E.g. Thirteen
  • Read and write numbers to 100 in numerals.
  • Say 1 more/1 less to 100. E.g. One less than 67 is 66.
  • Count in multiples of 2, 5 & 10.
  • Use number bonds and subtraction facts to 20. E.g. I know 3 + 7 = 10, so 4 + 7 = 11 as 4 is one more than 3.
  • Add & subtract 1 digit & 2 digit numbers to 20, including zero.
  • Solve one-step multiplication and division using objects, pictorial representation and arrays.
  • Recognise half and quarter of object, shape or quantity.
  • Sequence events in chronological order.
  • Use language of day, week, month and year.
  • Tell time to hour & half past. E.g. We start our Science at 1 o’clock.

Any other specific year-group information?

In year 1, pupils learn that some sounds can be displayed in more than one way, which rapidly extends their ability to read a range of words and more complex texts. For example they will soon learn that the grapheme ‘ay’ can also be written as ‘ai’ or ‘a-e’. Early writing sits alongside this and compliments the progress that pupils make in phonics, as embedding the alphabetic code early op; means that pupils quickly learn to write simple words and sentences. We encourage them to compose each sentence aloud until they are confident to write independently with a strong emphasis on drawing on their phonics knowledge.

Our aim is for pupils to complete the phonics programme by the end of year 1. At the end of year 1, pupils take a statutory ‘phonics check’. In order to decode the sounds, children must remember to use their ‘special friends’, ‘fred it’ (sound it out) and ‘read it’. This method allows children to decode the word, even when they have never seen it before. Furthermore, children will be assessed on ‘alien words’ which are nonsense words that do not make any sense; example ‘gleeba’. The special friend in this word is ee, then it is sounded out as g-l-ee-b-a.

Pupils also have frequent practise in reading high-frequency words with irregular spellings (or ‘common exception words’). These are tested weekly in Year 1 and it is important that you practise these words at home with your child.