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The Year 1 Learner




In English lessons, children are taught speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through studying a variety of styles of writing (genres).  Teachers follow the 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. 


The Primary National Curriculum statements will be taught through the modules below.


Y1  English Coverage


The Year 1 English curriculum consists of the following modules.





Contemporary Fiction

Stories with repeating patterns

Traditional Tales



Lists, Labels and Captions






Key poets/authors your children will encounter are:


Mo Willems

Bill Martin Jr/Eric Carle

Roald Dahl

Julia Donaldson

Michael Rosen

Doreen Cronin

David McKee


Recommended reading list (a variety is best):

Wolf Won’t Bite - Emily Gravett

Click Clack Moo - Cows That Type, Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin

Penguin - Polly Dunbar

Handa’s Surprise - Eileen Browne

Fortunately, Unfortunately - Michael Foreman

Billy’s Bucket -  Kes Gray

Where’s My Teddy? - Jez Alborough

Owl Babies -  Martin Waddell

Knuffle Bunny -  Mo Willems

Six Dinner Sid - Inga Moore

The Gingerbread Boy - Ian Beck

Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Ian Beck

Little Red Riding Hood - Ian Beck


For an extended reading list please refer to:


Curriculum Content



At St Cross we use the government scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’ to teach phonics. Children are taught for at least twenty minutes daily in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One.The children are assessed regularly as part of the lessons and individually to ensure that they make rapid progress and are secure in each phase before they move on.


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:

·         Listen to and discuss a wide range of books and poems

·         Recognise and join in with predictable phrases

·         Learn some rhymes and poems to recite by heart

·         Discuss the meaning of words and extend vocabulary

·         Join in with discussions and explain their understanding

·         Change their speaking when taking on a role of a character during play




This part of the curriculum is broken down into ‘word reading’ and ‘comprehension’. 

‘Word reading’ is taught as part of English lessons, guided reading and in Phonics. 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:

·         Make links between their own experiences and the story

·         Check that they understand what they are reading

·         Talk about the title and the main events

·         Predict what might happen before they read it

·         Join in with predictable phrase

We use a variety of reading schemes in Key Stage One including Oxford Reading Tree and Fisher Family Trust. We use Rigby Star for guided reading.




In Year 1 children develop their writing through the following areas:




·         Spell words using phonics

·         Learn commonly used whole words that are difficult to sound out

·         Spell the days of the week

·         Begin to look at patterns and rules

          Using Spellodrome for weekly spellings




·         Hold a pencil correctly

·         Form letters and digits correctly and confidently

·         Leave spaces between words




·         Speak in whole sentences  

·         Write sequences of sentences

·         Re-read and check for sense

·         Develop a wide vocabulary

·         Use capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks

·         Join sentences with ‘and’