In English lessons, children are taught speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through studying a focus text – one for each half term. Teachers follow the school’s Teaching Sequence for Writing, which means that children will firstly be taught to read and understand the text, then practise the skills of the style of writing (including grammar) and apply into their own writing. If you scroll to the bottom of this page, you will find the medium-term planning which details exactly what children will be taught and when.
Speaking and Listening
The children will become more familiar with and confident in using language in a greater variety of situations. They will, for example:
This part of the curriculum is broken down into ‘word reading’ and ‘comprehension’.
In Year 1, pupils continue to learn to read words using phonics as well as learning to recognise words that cannot easily be sounded out (e.g. once) and if you scroll to the bottom of this page, you will find a list of these words which are called common exception words.
For further information regarding the programme the school follows for phonics refer to this page.
As well as being able to read words, children need to understand what they read and develop a life-long love of reading. They will learn to do this through carefully structured activities using a wide range of high-quality books. They are encouraged to:
We highly recommend you join the local library in Waltham Cross where the librarians will be able to help you take out age-appropriate books for your child to have at home.
In Year 1 children develop their writing through the following areas: