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Writing Curriculum Expectations

  • write for a range of real purposes and audiences, beginning to develop an awareness of appropriate language and form (e.g. letter; report writing)
  • create settings, characters and plot in narrative
  • use speech punctuation correctly when following modelled writing
  • use some conjunctions ( e.g. and, because, when, even though), adverbs (e.g. often, quickly, very), and prepositions (e.g. next to, underneath, with) for cohesion and to add detail
  • use past and present tense mostly correctly (e.g. ran, wander) and begin to use other verb forms (e.g. will go, have eaten)
  • use the range of punctuation taught up to and including Y3 mostly correctly^ (e.g. apostrophes for possession, commas in lists)
  • spell correctly words from learning in previous year groups, and some words from the year 3 / year 4 spelling list,* using phonic knowledge and other knowledge of spelling such as morphology, to spell words as accurately as possible
  • spell most common exception words 
  • increase the legibility, consistency and quality of handwriting (e.g. by ensuring that downstrokes of letters are parallel and equidistant)
  • join letters with diagonal and horizontal strokes where appropriate. 

During the Autumn Term children will be working on the following skills in English lessons: 


  • Using single clause sentences and multi-clause sentences using coordinating conjunctions
  • Using the full range of punctuation taught across KS1 to demarcate sentences
  • Including the use of devices to organise writing
  • Using some multi-clause sentences using subordinating conjunctions
  • Expressing time, place and cause using conjunctions e.g. when, before, after, while, so, because; adverbs e.g. then, next, soon, therefore; prepositions e.g. before, after, during, in, because of
  • Including dialogue within story writing and begin to use this to reveal detail about character
  • Beginning to vary sentence openings
  • Ensuring relevant details are included in both narrative and non-fiction writing
  • Using expanded noun phrases to describe and specify

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