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Reception writing expectations 

Structures

Simple Stories.

Labels and Signs.

Lists and captions.

Speech Bubbles.

Construction

Say a sentence. 

Write and read back a sentence.

Writing 3 sentences.

 

Language

Phase 3 Secure.

Write phase 3 words.

Use correct vocabulary. 

Punctuation

Capital letters.

Full stops.

Question marks.

Presentation

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

Structures

Different types of sentences

(statements / commands)

that match type of writing.

(instructions / recount) .

Construction

Write 5 sentences.

Expand noun phrases and use past tenses.

Use co-ordination (or/and/but)

 

Language

Spelling Yr 1 common exception words

and Phase 5 secure.

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

Evidence of contractions- I’m    

Punctuation

Use a question mark and exclamation mark.

 

 

 

Presentation

Able to start a new line.

Read their own work back.

Speaking & Listening

Holding 3 sentences to say in Assembly.

 

Year 2 writing expectations

Structures

Expanding openings and endings.

Use of co-ordination and

subordination.

Construction

Varied sentences.

Developed stamina for writing – one side of A4.

Language

Varied conjunctions.

Plurals - noun phrases.

Phase 6 secure.

Segmenting for spelling.

Punctuation

Use speech marks.

Apostrophes and commas.

 

 

Presentation

Underlining titles.

Laying out a letter or set of instructions.  Paragraphs.

Speaking & Listening

Expressive voice.

Characterisation.

Use of punctuation. 

 

Handwriting expectations

Nursery

•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

 

 

 

 

Reception

•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  

Nursery

•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 

Reception

•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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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