Year 1 English

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The KS1 National Curriculum content for Year 1 is arranged in a mix of fiction, non-fiction and poetry blocks focusing on different text types. Blocks are divided into units, each of which covers objectives across the Year 1 English curriculum, with an emphasis on introducing the core text, comprehension, composition or SPAG.

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Spring Blocks

Fiction 5 Units

Explore traditional tales, Dragon Dinosaur, The House that Jack Built, Anancy and Mr Dry-Bone and Chicken Licken. Write and punctuate sentences with ‘and’ and ‘because’.

Traditional Tales and Fables: Sharing and Retelling

Non-fiction 5 Units

Explore the fantastic Mo Willems books about Pigeon. Practise giving/receiving instructions and write/ illustrate their own Pigeon story. Read Hamilton: Boris and Sid are Bad!

Instructions: Pigeon Books by Mo Willems

Poetry 5 Units

Read a range of humorous poems. Learn to use capital letters to start names and sentences. Explore how 'and' can be used; write sentences to express ideas creatively.

Humorous Poems: Express Ideas Creatively

Fiction 5 Units

Enjoy We’re Going on a Lion Hunt, Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, and Handa’s Hen. Sequence, retell and then write own repeating pattern story.

Repeating Patterns: African Settings

Non-fiction 5 Units

This block is all about writing letters in different contexts. Children write requests and responses, explore sentence types, focus on punctuation: capitals and end of sentence.

Letters and Postcards: Letters in Different Contexts

Poetry 5 Units

Using poems on the theme of the senses. Children learn parts by heart and respond, focusing on interesting adjectives. Identify and create similes. Write own poems.

Poems on a Theme: Poems About the Senses

Fiction 5 Units

Humorous stories about animals, including The Day Louis Got Eaten and There’s a Lion in my Cornflakes stimulate reading and writing. Children generate oral and written descriptions and learn correct capitalisation.

Stories on a Theme: Funny Stories

Non-fiction 5 Units

Use non-fiction texts to research fun facts about nocturnal animals. Join clauses using ’and’, rehearse sentence punctuation, prepare presentations and produce books on a chosen creature.

Information Texts: Night-Time Animals

Summer Blocks