Literacy Key Stage 1

Curriculum Co-ordinators: Jacqueline Hewitt & Karen Booth-Clibborn

We aim to help the children communicate well in all four areas of the Literacy curriculum: speaking and listening and reading and writing. Systematic and progressive phonic work ensures that children develop in all four areas of the language curriculum and that they are able both to speak and listen for a wide range of purposes and also to read and write, both on paper and on screen.

Children read everyday, either individually or in small guided reading groups, and shared reading is often a part of the Literacy lesson. Children experience a wide range of text types, both through direct teaching and more informally, while sharing a story is an important routine at the end of the day.

Writing should be enjoyable also. Handwriting is practised regularly each week and the children are given opportunities to write for pleasure, as well as within the Literacy lesson. We aim to make the children imaginative and inspired writers and by the end of Year Two, pupils will have written poems, simple play scripts and creative stories, as well as information texts, instructions and more. We celebrate the children’s work through our displays, class anthologies and storybooks.

Book Week, held in the Spring Term, is a celebration of all things literary. The children have the opportunity to create their own books, share their favourite stories, meet children’s authors, dress up in character and much more.

By the time they are ready to move on to the Prep School, we aim for the children to be able to share their views and listen well to others, as well as to be confident readers and enthusiastic writers.

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Squirrels & Owls

Phonic and Grammatical Awareness
Consonant blends and digraphs for reading and spelling
High frequency words
What is a sentence?
Full stops and capital letters
Alphabetical order
Phonic and Grammatical Awareness
Known graphemes with alternative spellings
High frequency words
Plurals
Checking for mistakes and cursive handwriting
Phonic and Grammatical awareness
Alternative spellings of known phonemes
High frequency words
Questions and exclamations
Adjectives
Writing in the past tense
Vowels and consonants
Joined up cursive handwriting
Text Level
Creating and reciting rhymes
Role play
Lists, labels and captions
Story settings
Instructions
Writing from personal experience
Text Level
Retelling and sequencing stories
Character profiles and story themes
Role play and play scripts
Dictionary work
Recounts
Text Level
Writing information texts
Individual creative writing
Using speech bubbles
Writing and recording poems
SPACE

Otters & Badgers

Phonic and Grammatical Awareness
Spellings and dictation
Cursive script
Vowels and consonants
Long vowel phonemes
Homophones
Verbs – past and present
Punctuation and capital letters
Linking words
Phonic and Grammatical Awareness
Spellings and dictation, Cursive script
Digraphs and antonyms
Compound words
Common prefixes
Syllables
Speech bubbles
Matching verbs to pronouns
Verb tenses
Sentence construction
Phonic and Grammatical Awareness
Spellings and dictation
Cursive script
Synonyms and homophones
Common suffixes
Grammar and punctuation
Statements into questions
Speech marks
Sentence construction
Text Level
Story structures
Writing simple instructions, labels, diagrams
Recounts
Poetry appreciation
Comprehension
Text Level

Imaginative story writing
Poetry: structure & writing
Alphabetical order
Non-fiction texts
Comprehension

Text Level
Independent story writing
Dictionaries and glossaries
Poetry: humorous verse
Non-fiction texts
Comprehension