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English in Class 1

Long Term Plan

The Year 1/2 Learner

In English lessons,children are taught speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through studying a variety of styles of writing (genres).  Teachers follow the Teaching Sequence for Writing, which means that children will firstly be taught to read and understand the text, then practise the skills of the style of writing (including grammar) and apply into their own writing. 

The Primary National Curriculum statements will be taught through the modules below.

The Year 1/2 English curriculum consists of the following modules:
Stories in familiar settings
Stories involving fantasy
Traditional Tales
Traditional Tales from different cultures
Classic contemporary fiction
Fairy Stories
Stories about feelings
Labels, lists, signs and posters
Information texts
Instructions and lists
Silly poetry
List poems
Songs about animals
Songs and repetitive poems
Traditional poems
Poems on a theme

Key poets/authors your children will encounter are:
Michael Rosen
Michael Morpurgo
Pie Corbett
Anthony Browne
Alexis Deacon
David McKee
Eric Carle 

Recommended reading list:
Woof! - Ahlberg, Allan
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Carle, Eric
The Very Busy Spider - Carle, Eric
The adventures of Captain Underpants: an epic novel - Pilkey, Dav
The Magic Finger - Dahl, Roald
George's Marvellous Medicine - Dahl, Roald
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Dahl, Roald
Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire - Stanton, Andy
Whatever Next! - Murphy, Jill
The Worst Witch - Murphy, Jill
The Sheep-pig - King-Smith, Dick
The Iron Man - Hughes, Ted
Flat Stanley - Brown, Jeff
The Snowman - Briggs, Raymond

Curriculum Content

Speaking and Listening

  • The children will become more familiar with and confident in using language in a greater variety of situations.  They will, for example:
  • Listen to, discuss and express views about a wide range of books and poems
  • Recognise and join in with predictable phrases
  • Retell familiar stories and discuss the order of events
  • Build a bank of poems that they can recite by heart
  • Discuss the meaning of words and extend vocabulary
  • Join in with discussions and explain their understanding
  • Join in with discussions, ask questions and explain their understanding
  • Change their speaking for different purposes and audiences such as role play or performances


This part of the curriculum is broken down into ‘word reading’ and ‘comprehension’. 

In Year 1, pupils continue to learn to read words using phonics as well as learning to recognise words that cannot easily be sounded out e.g. once.   Pupils will be taught to read words fluently and speedily, using phonics as well as developing a growing bank of words that they recognise instantly.  They will also be taught to check their own reading makes sense, and to re-read to correct when something doesn’t make sense.

For further information regarding phonics and school reading scheme refer to

As well as being able to read words, children need to understand what they read and develop a life-long love of reading.  They will learn to do this through carefully structured activities using a wide range of high-quality books. They are encouraged to:

  • Make links between their own experiences and the story
  • Self-correct if what they are reading doesn’t make sense
  • Answer questions about a text, including questions where the answer is not obvious eg ‘Why did the character say that?’
  • Predict what might happen at various points in a story
  • Work out why things have happened in a story
  • Read a variety of non-fiction books

We are able to provide you with lists of age appropriate texts to support the learning:




Children will develop their writing through the following areas:


  • Spell words using phonics
  • Learn commonly used whole words that are difficult to sound out
  • Begin to understand patterns and rules
  • Spell the days of the week


  • Hold a pencil correctly
  • Form letters and digits correctly and confidently
  • Form letters that are consistent in size
  • Leave appropriate spaces between words


  • Speak in whole sentences  
  • Plan what they are going to write
  • Record their writing sentence by sentence
  • Re-read and check for sense and accuracy
  • Write for a range of purposes
  • Develop a wide vocabulary
  • Develop their understanding and accuracy of punctuation
  • Use a range of words to join sentences and add detail

 For further information, please refer to