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Year 1 English Curriculum: Writing

Assessing Writing

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

Year 1 Exceeding Expectations: Writing
•Sequence a short story or series of events related to learning in science, history and geography
•Start a narrative by introducing a character
•Organise writing so that the purpose is clear
•Use adverbs to start sentences. For example – Slowly…, Carefully…, Fortunately…
•Use pronouns to avoid repetition
•Make sentences longer and use words other than ‘and’ and ‘then’ to join ideas together
•Use new vocabulary for the first time and be excited about experimenting with new vocabulary
•Know which letters sit below the line and which are tall letters
•Consistent in use of small case and capital letters
•Sound out spelling when not sure and come up with phonetically plausible attempts at spelling unfamiliar words
•Spell almost all words in the Year 1 and 2 list accurately.