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English (Handwriting, Phonics and Reading)

Please refer to the educational websites link below to see lots of great literacy resources children can use at home. 

Writing with a young child

Prof. Ruth Merttens with her top tips on helping young children to write. How to make your child feel confident that writing is something that they can do.


Year 1 writing objectives  


Within English lessons the children will develop skills in the following areas:

SPEAKING AND LISTENING: The children will take part in a wide range of activities including 'role play', 'story time', 'poetry recital', and 'class discussions' as well as activities incorporated in other curriculum areas. 

READING: We will be studying fairytales, traditional tales and nursery rhymes including titles, events, predictions and understanding. We will also study poems and non-fiction texts. The children will read individually, as a group and as a whole class each week. 

WRITING: The children will be developing their handwriting skills, learning to spell words in everyday use and concentrating on writing stories and poems independently. 


PHONICS: The children will continue to take part in daily phonics sessions using the RML phonics scheme.



Below you can find lots of concepts you can practise at home. Remember to use the educational websites tab (link up above) to see some great videos and activities to support your learning.



Practise writing golden sentences.





Can you write a question?

Can you use an exclamation mark!




Do you know when to use your capital letters?




Can you spell your common exception words correctly and use them in sentences?


Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

Phase 3 Tricky Words Song



Can you spell your phonics words correctly? Sound them out. Look for the sound family and see if you can choose the correct spelling.


Read Write Inc Speed Sounds Set 2 and 3



Use conjunctions in your sentences



Sequence events of stories using the words first, next, then, after that and finally.




Write sentences using plurals.

Remember plural means more than one.

Nessy Spelling Strategy | Plurals -s -es

What is a plural? Why do some plurals end in 's' and others in 'es'?

Plurals 's' and 'es'

Learn the rules of adding 's' or 'es'.



Use the suffixes -ing -ed -er and -est where no change is needed to the root word.




Practise using the prefix -un before a root word to change its meaning.


Remember -un means not.

Using the prefix -un



Can you write sentences using nouns, adjectives and verbs?




Plan and write short stories that have a beginning, middle and end.


What is the main idea?

Who are the characters?

What is the setting? Where does the story happen?




Practise your compound words.



Compound Words for Kids

Learn how to read pictures of simple and common Compound Words.