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Year 1 Expectations: Spoken Language

  • Speak clearly and confidently in front of others
  • Retell a well-known story, remembering the main characters
  • Prepare to use ‘new’ words when communicating
  • Hold attention well when collaborating with others
  • Does not stray away from main topic when engaged in collaborative talk
  • Prepare to ask relevant questions to extend understanding and knowledge
  • Initiate conversation in collaborative situation
  • Listen carefully to what others are saying in group talk
  • Respond appropriately to what others say in group talk
  • Happy to join in with role play


Year 1 Expectations: Word Reading

  • Match all 40+ graphemes to their phonemes (Phase 3)
  • Blend sounds in unfamiliar words
  • Divide words into syllables, eg, pocket, rabbit, carrot, thunder, sunset
  • Read compound words, eg, football, playground, farmyard, bedroom
  • Read words with contractions, e.g. I’m, I’ll, we’ll, and understand that the apostrophe represents the omitted letter(s)
  • Read phonically decodable texts with confidence
  • Read words containing ‘s, es, ing, ed, er , est’ endings
  • Read words which has the prefix –un added
  • Add the endings –ing, –ed and –er to verbs where no change is needed to the root word
  • Read words of more than one syllable that contain taught GPCs (grapheme, phoneme correspondence)


Year 1 Expectations: Comprehension

  • Say what they like or dislike  about a text
  • Link what they read or hear read to their own experiences
  • Retell key stories orally using narrative language
  • Understand and talk about the main characteristics within a known key story
  • Learn some poems and rhymes by heart
  • Use prior knowledge, context and vocabulary provided to understand texts
  • Check that the text makes sense to them as they read and correct miscues
  • Begin to draw inferences from the text and/or the illustrations
  • Make predictions based on the events in the text
  • Explain what they understand about a text


Year 1 Expectations: Transcription

  • Sit correctly at a table, holding a pencil comfortably and correctly.
  • Begin to form lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place
  • Form capital letters and the digits 0-9
  • Understand which letters belong to which handwriting ‘families’ (i.e. letters that are formed in similar ways) and to practise these
  • Identify known phonemes in unfamiliar words
  • Use syllables to divide words when spelling
  • Use knowledge of alternative phonemes to narrow down  possibilities for accurate spelling
  • Use the spelling rule for adding s or es for verbs in 3rd person singular
  • Name the letters of the alphabet in order
  • Use letter names to show alternative spellings of the same phoneme


Year 1 Expectations: Composition

  • Compose a sentence orally before writing it
  • Sequence sentences to form short narratives
  • Sequence sentences in chronological order to recount an event or an experience
  • Re-read what they have written to check that it makes sense
  • Leave spaces between words
  • Begin to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark
  • Use a capital letter for names of people, places, the days of the week, and the personal pronoun ‘I’
  • Use ‘and’ to join sentences together
  • Know how the prefix ‘un’ can be added to words to change meaning
  • Use the suffixes: s, es, ed, er and ing within their writing

































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