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NORTHERN IRELAND: KEY STAGE 1 ENGLISH
Magic Key Activities
READING HMS Sweet Tooth The Patchworker Dragon Land The Cream Cake Mystery Floppy and the Puppies Lug and the Giant Stork Code Calling Fraser the Eraser The Sound Monster
Topics Full stops Sentences making sense Questions Seeing patterns Characteristics Capital letters Working out new words Description Words that make sounds
Levels 1 to 2
RANGE
Pupils should have opportunities to engage with a range of texts, including:
- stories;          X        
- poems;        X          
- songs;                  
- plays;                  
- picture books;                  
- formation material;                  
- environmental print;  X  X  X      X  X  X  X
- audio, visual and audio-visual materials.                  
PURPOSE
Pupils should have opportunities to read for a variety of purposes, including reading:
- for their own amusement and enjoyment;  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X
- to learn about themselves and others;          X        
- to learn about the various areas of study and cross-curricular themes;                  
- for information.  X  X  X            
READING ACTIVITIES
Pupils should have opportunities to engage in a wide range of reading activities:
a) listening to and understanding a range of texts which are read aloud, including those presented on tape, radio or television;          X        
b) taking part in shared and paired reading experiences;                  
c) retelling, re-reading or acting out familiar poems, stories, or parts of stories;    X              
d) composing, reading and sharing their own books of stories and poems;                  
e) exploring familiar stories and other simple texts with the teacher, using drama, art and discussion to focus on distinctive features;  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X
f) exploring pictures and illustrations in books, magazines and other sources;  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X
g) making use of environmental print;                  
h) reading silently for enjoyment.                  
EXPECTED OUTCOMES
In the context of these activities, pupils should develop the ability to:
a) make choices for themselves by browsing in the book area or library;                  
b) build up a slight vocabulary;  X  X  X  X  X    X  X  X
c) use, with help when necessary, a range of strategies to identify unfamiliar words in texts;        X          
d) begin to use evidence from the text to support their views;                  
e) talk with the teacher about the ways in which language is written down, identifying phrases, words, patterns of letters and other features of written language;  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X
f) recognise and notice how words are constructed and spelled;        X    X      
g) show some understanding of the way texts are structured by representing ideas through drama, pictures and diagrams;                  
h) make use of picture dictionaries, personal word banks, dictionaries, lists of contents and indexes information books and data on computer for reading and writing tasks;                  
i) collect information relevant to specific purposes from books, computers and other sources and represent their findings in a variety of ways;                  
j) read aloud from familiar stories or poems and texts composed by pupils themselves and share the text with an audience;                  
k) read independently a range of texts and sometimes talk to the teacher or others about what has been read.  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X
CROSS-CURRICULAR THEMES
Through reading, pupils should have opportunities to:
- read stories and poems about life situations appropriate to pupils in KS1 to facilitate discussions of feelings and emotions;                  
- develop, where appropriate, and apply their knowledge, skills and understanding of information technology.  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X