Writing - Year 1

Here are some resources to help support your child's writing during their time in Year 1.

Here you'll find all of the spelling rules and patterns that are taught throughout the year. Each week your child will receive spellings based upon each focus.

All the grammar and punctuation terminology your child needs to know can be found here. Click the link to download a glossary with examples.

This document shows all of the words on the Year 1 word list. Try to support you child in learning how to spell them and also how to use them in their writing.

Year 1 Writing

What should a great piece of writing look like in Year 1? Click on the picture below to download an example of how the different grammar and punctuation techniques can be used for maximum effect. 

Your child's teacher will be looking for the following features from a Year 1 writer.

Children should build on the skills that they learnt in Reception and should be able to make up their own sentences and write them down. 

Your child's writing should display the following skills:

  • sentences can be sequenced to make simple narratives;
  • the word 'and' can be used to join words or sentences;
  • capital letters and full stops are beginning to be used correctly;
  • when using the pronoun 'I', it is mostly correctly capitalised; 
  • some awareness is shown that names of people and places need capital letters;
  • although question marks do not need to be used, if used, they should be used correctly;
  • spelling some words correctly by breaking into sounds or making plausible attempts at their spelling;
  • spell some of the common exception words;
  • form all lower case letters correctly, starting in the correct place and moving in the correct direction;
  • lower case letters should be the correct size relative to one another;
  • leave spaces between words.

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