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End of Year Expectations

End of Year Expectations

for Year 1



The National Curriculum outlines these expectations as being the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress.All the objectives will be worked on throughout the year and part of your child’s lessons. Any extra support you can provide in helping your children to achieve these is greatly valued.


If you have any queries regarding these expectations or would like support in knowing how best to help your child with them, please talk to the class teacher.




  • Learn the 40+ speech sounds in English and the letters that represent them.
  • Identify which words appear again and again.

  • Recognise and join in with predictable phrases.

  • Relate reading to own experiences.

  • Re-read if reading does not make sense.

  • Explain clearly what has happened in a book they have read or listened to.

  • Discuss significance of title and events.

  • Make prediction about what might happen next in a book.

  • Draw inferences from the text and/or illustrations.

  • Read aloud with pace and expression, i.e. pause at full stop; raise voice for question.

  • Recognise:

    • capital letters

    • full stops

    • question marks

    • exclamation marks

    • ellipsis

  • Know why the writer has used the above punctuation in a text.
  • Know difference between fiction and non-fiction texts.



  • Write simple sentences.
  • Use ‘and’ to join ideas.

  • Use conjunctions to join sentences (e.g. so, but).

  • Use standard forms of verbs, e.g. go/went.

  • Introduce use of:

    • capital letters to start a sentence

    • full stops to end a sentence

    • question marks

    • exclamation marks

  • Use capital letters for names and ‘I’.

  • Write a sequence of sentences to make short descriptions or stories.

  • Sit correctly at a table, holding a pencil comfortably and correctly.

  • Write lower case letters starting and finishing in in right place.



Year 1 Children


Spell new words using phonics


Segment sounds into their individual letters in order to spell them correctly


Children move from spelling simple Consonant-Vowel-Consonant words


i.e. b-i-g, c-a-t, t-i-n to longer words that include common 2-letter sounds


with consonants such as 'b-r-u-sh', 'c-r-u-n-ch'


Recognise and use alternative ways of spelling the sounds already taught, for example that the /ae/ sound can be spelt with 'ai', 'ay' or 'a-e';


that the /ee/ sound can also be spelt as 'ea' and 'e'; and begin to know which words contain which spelling alternatives


Use knowledge of common word endings in spelling, such as plurals, -ly, -er


Read and spell two-syllable and three-syllable words




Count, both forwards & backwards, from any number, including past 100.

  • Read and write numbers to 20 in numerals & words.

  • Read and write numbers to 100 in numerals.

  • Say the number that is 1 more/1 less than a number to 100.

  • Count in 2s, 5s & 10s.

  • Use bonds and subtraction facts to 20.

  • Add & subtract 1 digit & 2 digit numbers to 20, including zero.

  • Solve a one-step addition and subtraction problem

  • Solve one-step multiplication and division using objects, pictorial representation and arrays.

  • Understand ¼ or ½ to explain parts of an object, shape or number of objects.

  • Sequence events in chronological order.