Getting Ready for Year 1 English – Syllabus

Getting Ready for Year One English

Speaking and Listening

Students should be taught to:

  • Listen attentively and respond to what they hear with relevant questions, comments and actions.
  • Make comments about what they have heard and ask questions to clarify their understanding.
  • Hold conversation when engaged in back-and-forth exchanges with their parent or Tutor.
  • Offer explanations for why things might happen.
  • Express their ideas and feelings about their experiences using full sentences, including use of past, present, and future tenses.

Fine Motor Skills

Students should be taught to:

  • Hold a pencil effectively in preparation for fluent writing – using the tripod grip in almost all cases.
  • Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paint brushes and chalks.
  • Begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.


Students should be taught to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of what has been read to them by retelling stories and narratives using their own words and recently introduced vocabulary.
  • Anticipate – where appropriate – key events in stories.
  • Use and understand recently introduced vocabulary during discussions about stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems and during role-play.

Word Reading

Students should be taught to:

  • Say a sound for each letter in the alphabet and know some digraphs.
  • Read words consistent with their phonic knowledge by sound-blending
  • Read aloud simple sentences and books that are consistent with their phonic knowledge, including some common exception words.


Students should be taught to:

  • Write recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed.
  • Spell words by identifying sounds in them and representing the sounds with a letter or letters.
  • Write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others.