St Mary's

Catholic Primary School

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We aim to inspire your children to love writing by carefully planning exciting lessons that are often linked to our topic each term. Our English lessons are usually taught around a class book or by genre. For example, letter writing, instructions or story writing.


During English lessons, your child will be able to apply what they have learnt whilst working closely in a small group with either Miss Whitaker or Miss Darbyshire.


By the end of Year 1, we would expect your child to be able to:


  • Spell words containing each of the 40+ phonemes taught.
  • Spell common exception words.
  • Spell the days of the week.
  • Name the letters of the alphabet in order.
  • Using rule for adding –s or –es as the plural maker for nouns and the third person singular maker for verbs.
  • Using –ing, -ed, -er and –est where no change is needed in the spelling of root words.
  • 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.
  • Form digits 0-9.
  • Composing a sentence orally before writing it.
  • Sequencing sentences to form short narratives.
  • Read their writing aloud clearly enough to be heard by their peers and the teacher.
  • Leaving spaces between words.
  • Joining words and joining clauses using ‘and’.