St. Sebastian's R. C. Primary School


Year 1

Writing - Transcription




Pupils should be taught to: 

  • spell: 
  • words containing each of the 40+ phonemes already taught 
  • common exception words 
  • the days of the week
  • name the letters of the alphabet: 
    • naming the letters of the alphabet in order 
    • using letter names to distinguish between alternative spellings of the same sound  
  • add prefixes and suffixes: 
    • 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– 
    • using –ing, –ed, –er and –est where no change is needed in the spelling of root words [for example, helping, helped, helper, eating, quicker, quickest] 
  • 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.




Pupils should be taught to: 


  • 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’ (i.e. letters that are formed in similar ways) and to practise these


Writing - Composition


Pupils should be taught to: 


  • write sentences by: 
    • saying out loud what they are going to write about 
    • composing a sentence orally before writing it 
    • sequencing sentences to form short narratives 
    • re-reading what they have written to check that it makes sense 
  • discuss what they have written with the teacher or other pupils 
  • read aloud their writing clearly enough to be heard by their peers and the teacher.


Writing - vocabulary, grammar and punctuation


Pupils should be taught to: 


  • develop their understanding of the concepts set out in English Appendix 2 by: 
    • leaving spaces between words 
    • joining words and joining clauses using and 
    • beginning to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark 
    • using a capital letter for names of people, places, the days of the week, and the personal pronoun ‘I’  learning the grammar for year 1 in English Appendix 2 
  • use the grammatical terminology in English Appendix 2 in discussing their writing