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Reception writing expectations 


Simple Stories.

Labels and Signs.

Lists and captions.

Speech Bubbles.


Say a sentence. 

Write and read back a sentence.

Writing 3 sentences.



Phase 3 Secure.

Write phase 3 words.

Use correct vocabulary. 


Capital letters.

Full stops.

Question marks.


On the line.

Left to right.

Finger spaces..

Speaking & Listening

Speaking in standard English with correct tenses.

Speak clearly, audience aware.

Use of descriptive language.


Year 1 writing expectations


Different types of sentences

(statements / commands)

that match type of writing.

(instructions / recount) .


Write 5 sentences.

Expand noun phrases and use past tenses.

Use co-ordination (or/and/but)



Spelling Yr 1 common exception words

and Phase 5 secure.

Use correct vocabulary – terminology (verb/noun/prefix)

Evidence of contractions- I’m    


Use a question mark and exclamation mark.





Able to start a new line.

Read their own work back.

Speaking & Listening

Holding 3 sentences to say in Assembly.


Year 2 writing expectations


Expanding openings and endings.

Use of co-ordination and



Varied sentences.

Developed stamina for writing – one side of A4.


Varied conjunctions.

Plurals - noun phrases.

Phase 6 secure.

Segmenting for spelling.


Use speech marks.

Apostrophes and commas.




Underlining titles.

Laying out a letter or set of instructions.  Paragraphs.

Speaking & Listening

Expressive voice.


Use of punctuation. 


Handwriting expectations


•Correct posture, demonstrating a readiness to write

•Developing a pincer grip

•Use a pencil with some control

•Able to draw lines from  top to bottom

•Recognise own name

•Write letters from own name correctly

•Beginning to apply pressure






•All letters formed correctly

•Starting letters in the correct place

•Write own name with a capital letter

•Identify letters by name and sound

•Introduce letter flicks

•Distinguish between tall and short letters

•Distinguishes between lower case and upper case letters

•Correct pencil grip, demonstrating control and pressure 

•Awareness of spaces between words

•Write numbers to 20

Year 1

•All letters sat on the line including descenders

•Most letters of regular size and shape

•Lower and upper case letters formed correctly

•Write the letters names of letters

•Regular spaces between words

•Numbers correctly formed with no reversals 

Year 2

•Learn to join letters

•All letters of regular size and shape

•Correct formation and size of punctuation

•No reversals







Spelling expectations  


•Hear and identify initial sounds in words

•Speak in grammatically correct sentences

•Orally segment and blend cvc words

•Use more complex sentences to link thoughts using ‘and’ and ’because’

•Use a range of tenses 


•Spell Phase 2 and Phase 3 high frequency words

•Spell Phase 2 and Phase 3 tricky words

•Spell irregular common words correctly

•Spell some words correctly and others that are phonetically plausible

•Using phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds

Year 1

•Days of the weeks and months of the year spelt correctly

•Spelling of the number names to 20

•Colours names

•Phase 4 words

•Half of Phase 5 high frequency words and tricky words spelt correctly

•Year 1 common exception words

•Apply these spellings in context across all pieces of writing  

Year 2

•100% of Phase 5 high frequency and common exception words

•Spell some contractions correctly

•Spell words with silent letters in

•Spell suffixes and prefixes correctly and use in the correct context.