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At the end of Year 1, children are expected to achieve the following objectives in Writing:


Stage 1




  1. words containing each of the 40+ phonemes already taught
  2. common exception words
  3. the days of the week

Name the letters of the alphabet:

  1. naming the letters of the alphabet in order
  2. using letter names to distinguish between alternative spellings of the same sound

Add prefixes and suffixes:

  1. using the spelling rule for adding –s or –es as the plural marker for nouns and the third person singular marker for verbs

Using the prefix un–

  1. using –ing, –ed, –er and –est where no change is needed in the spelling of root words

Apply simple spelling rules and guidance, as listed in English Appendix 1

Write from memory simple sentences dictated by the teacher that include words using the GPCs and common exception words taught so far.


Handwriting and Presentation


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

Understand which letters belong to which handwriting ‘families’ (ie letters that are formed in similar ways) and to practise these




Write sentences by:

  1. saying out loud what they are going to write about
  2. composing a sentence orally before writing it
  3. sequencing sentences to form short narratives
  4. re-reading what they have written to check that it makes sense

Discuss what they have written with the teacher or other pupils


Read their writing aloud clearly enough to be heard by their peers and the teacher.


Vocabulary, grammar & punctuation


Develop their understanding of the concepts set out in English Appendix 2 by:

  1. leaving spaces between words
  2. joining words and joining clauses using "and"
  3. beginning to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark
  4. using a capital letter for names of people, places, the days of the week, and the personal pronoun ‘I’
  5. learning the grammar for year 1 in English Appendix 2

Use the grammatical terminology in English Appendix 2 in discussing their writing and reading.