English

Year 1
Autumn Term
Daily phonics following the Letters and Sounds Scheme Fairy Tales unit covering
  • Structure of a basic narrative
  • The difference between fiction and non-fiction
  • Sentence structure, adopting capital letters, full stops and finger spaces
  • Descriptive writing.
Poetry unit covering
  • Features of a poem
  • Repetition poetry
  • Basic rhyming.
Non-Fiction texts covering
  • Structure of a typical text
  • Basic report writing.
Reading, Spelling & Handwriting
  • Daily reading encouraged at home with focus on both decoding and comprehension
  • Weekly spelling test, based on the sounds covered that week
  • Handwriting will be taught in specific sessions, continuing to develop the cursive script.
Spring Term
Daily phonics following the Letters and Sounds Scheme Fiction unit covering
  • Stories with repeating patterns.
Non-Fiction unit covering
  • Instruction texts
  • Traditional Tales
  • Information texts.
Poetry unit covering
  • Humorous poetry
  • Poetry about the senses.
Grammar Writing in complete sentences
Further revision on capital letters and full stops
Reading, Spelling and Handwriting
  • Daily reading encouraged at home with focus on both decoding and comprehension
  • Weekly spelling test, based on the sounds covered that week
  • Handwriting will be taught in specific sessions, continuing to develop the cursive script.
Summer Term
Daily phonics following the Letters and Sounds Scheme Fiction unit covering
  • Traditional tales
  • Poetry Stories with predictable and patterned language
  • Stories about fantasy worlds
  • Stories with familiar settings
  • Character/setting descriptions
  • Grammar: Writing in complete sentences
  • Further revision on capital letters and full stops.
Reading, Spelling and Handwriting
  • Daily reading encouraged at home with focus on both decoding and comprehension
  • Weekly spelling test, based on the sounds covered that week
  • Handwriting will be taught in specific sessions, continuing to develop the cursive script.
Year 2
Autumn Term
Daily phonics following the Letters and Sounds Scheme Use of fiction texts covering
  • Structure and tense of narratives
  • Topic themes
  • Sentence structure, including reinforcing capital letters and full stops
  • Diary writing
  • Written comprehension activities
  • Poetry Letter writing
  • Account writing, specifically an ‘I was there’ account.
Handwriting
  • Review of correct letter formation and capital letters.
Spring Term
Daily group phonics sessions based on Letters & Sounds
Weekly spelling tests based on group phonics work
Written comprehension activities to reinforce reading for meaning and develop inference skills
Sentence construction including correct punctuation and correct language
Descriptive writing using adjectives
Story writing – characters, setting, beginning, middle and end
Extending writing stamina
Reading from reading scheme and Library books
Weekly handwriting practice including correct capital and lower case letter formation
Summer Term
Use of weekly fiction texts covering
  • Structure and tense of narratives
  • Features of direct and indirect speech; using speech punctuation accurately
  • Sentence structure, consistency with capital letters and full stops.
Extending punctuation – question and exclamation marks, apostrophes, commas in lists
Written comprehension including full, well-constructed sentences
Giving well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings
Information (Non-Fiction) writing
Writing for different purposes, including letters and postcards
Independent writing for a range of situations