Year 1 English

Autumn Term

Bears, bears everywhere!

In Term 1 we will be writing lists, labels and captions linked to our class text 'We're going on a Bear Hunt'.  The children will label the different body parts of a bear and write simple captions about pictures from the text.  We will also look at the different settings in the class text and the children will re-write the familiar story using their choice of setting.  The children's writing will have a focus upon sentence structure and punctuation.  Later in the term we will also research some facts about bears and make a non-fiction report based on them.  Daily phonic sessions will continue to build upon the children's knowledge of phonics.  We will also focus on the correct formation of the letters of the alphabet this term.

Space

In Term 2 we will be writing voyage and return stories and recounts linked to our class text 'Man on the Moon'.  The children will role play going on a journey to the moon and use these experiences to write their own voyage and return stories.  Each child will design their own alien character to use in their stories and use adjectives to describe them.  We will focus upon the life and achievements of Neil Armstrong, where the children will research his life and write a recount of the first moon landing.  Daily phonic sessions will continue to build upon the children's knowledge and application of phonics.

Spring Term

In Term 3 will be writing a defeating the monster story and instructions linked to our class text 'Supertato'.  We will look at the features of defeating the monster story; the children will explore the characteristics of evil characters in texts. There will be a big focus upon the children's understanding of punctuation e.g. capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, question marks and exclamation marks.  The children will have the opportunity to write a story with a beginning, middle and end.  We will learn the main features of a set of instructions including: headings, subheading, paragraphs, pictures and facts.  The children will order the instruction pictures, follow verbal instructions and write a set of instructions focussing upon their use of imperative verbs and time connectives.  They will use this to independently write a set of instructions. Daily phonic sessions will continue to build upon the children's knowledge of phonics.

Pets

In term 4 we will focus on non-fiction texts; in both reading and writing.  The children will learn to identify the features of non-fiction texts; including headings, contents page, glossary, page numbers and facts.  The children will have the opportunity to make a non-fiction book based on a pet. Our work on poetry will link to our favourite pets, the children will use juicy adjectives to describe them.  Daily phonic sessions will continue to build upon the children's knowledge of phonics and begin to think about alien or pseudo words and the best way to decode them.

Summer Term

Castles

In Term 5 will be writing traditional tales and persuasion texts linked to our class text 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.  The children will learn the main features of a traditional tale story and use this to create their own version of the Jack and the Beanstalk story.  We will have a big focus upon the children's understanding of writing beginnings and endings to ensure their stories flow and make sense.  The children will also look at examples of persuasive writing and write a piece of persuasion as to why Jack should or shouldn't re-visit the top of the beanstalk.  Daily phonic sessions will continue to build upon the children's knowledge of phonics.  We will have a large focus on split-diagraphs (eg. a-e as in the word pale) and begin to read both real and alien words ready for the Y1 phonics checks.  This term we will begin to practice cursive letters by adding a 'lead in' line at the beginning of letters.

Witches and Wizards

In Term 6 we will be writing stories linked to our class text based on witches and wizards.  The children will have the opportunity to come to school dressed as a witch or wizard for the day.  The emphasis will upon using different punctuation and using adventurous adjectives in their writing.  The children will write magic spells and warning posters!  Daily phonic sessions will continue to build upon the children's knowledge and application of phonics as they make their transition to Year 2.