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Statutory Requirements - Year 1

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Details of the Year 1 statutory requirements.  Pupils will be taught to:

Reading  - word reading

  • apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words
  • respond speedily with the correct sound to graphemes (letters or groups of letters) for all 40+ phonemes, including, where applicable, alternative sounds for graphemes
  • read accurately by blending sounds in unfamiliar words containing GPCs that have been taught
  • read common exception words, noting unusual correspondences between spelling and sound and where these occur in a word
  • read words containing taught GPCs and -s, -es, -ing, -ed, and -est endings
  • read other words of more than one syllable that contain taught GPCs
  • read words with contractions (eg. I'm, I'll, we'll), and understand that the apostrophe represents the omitted letter(s)
  • read aloud accurately books that are consistent with their developing phonic knowledge and that do not require them to use other strategies to work out words
  • re-read these books to build up their fluency and confidence in word reading

Reading - comprehension

  • Develop pleasure in reading , motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by:
  • listening to and discussing a wide range of poems, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently
  • being encouraged to link what they read or her read to their own experiences
  • becoming very familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics
  • recognising and joining in with predictable phrases
  • learning to appreciate rhymes and poems, and to recite some by heart
  • discussing word meanings, linking new meanings to those already known
  • Understand both the books they can already read accurately and fluently and those they listen to by:
  • drawing on what they already know or on background information and vocabulary provided by the teacher
  • checking that the text makes sense to them as they read and correcting inaccurate reading
  • discussing the significance of the title and events
  • making inferences on the basis of what has been read so far
  • Participate in discussion about what is read to them, taking turns and listening to what others say
  • Explain clearly their understanding of what is read to them

Writing - Transcription

  •  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 letters 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 the root word (eg. helping, helped, helper, eating, quicker, quickest)
  • Apply simple spelling rules and guidance as listed in the spelling appendix for Year 1
  • Write from memory simple sentences dictated by the teacher that include words using the GPCs and common exception words taught so far

Writing - Handwriting

  • sit correctly at a table, holding 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 (eg. letters that are formed in similar ways) and to practise these

Writing - composition

  • 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
  • Discuss what they have written with the teacher or other pupils
  • Read aloud their writing clearly enough to be heard by their peers and the teacher

Writing - vocabulary, grammar and punctuation

  • Develop understanding of the concepts set out in the grammar appendix by:
  • leaving spaces between words
  • joining words and joining clauses using and
  • beginning to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark
  • using a capital letter for names of people, places, the days of the week, and the personal pronoun 'I'
  • learning the grammar for Year 1 in English Appendix 2
  • Use the grammatical terminology in English Appendix 2 in discussing their writing