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NORTHERN IRELAND: KEY STAGE 1 ENGLISH
Magic Key Activities
WRITING 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
Level 2
PLANNING
Pupils should be encouraged, when it is appropriate to the task, to plan their written work. Such planning may be done through:
- discussion with the teacher;                  
- discussion with other pupils;                  
- gathering and organising ideas;                  
- preparing an outline.                  
PURPOSE
Pupils should have opportunities to write for a variety of purposes including:
- their own amusement and enjoyment;        X          
- to express their thoughts, feelings and imaginings;          X        
- inform and explain;                  
- describe;                  
- narrate;                  
- report;                  
- record findings.                  
RANGE
Pupils should have opportunities to write in a variety of forms including:
- stories;                  
- labels;                  
- letters;                  
- description of people or places;          X        
- instructions;                  
- simple records of observation;                  
- invitations;                  
- greeting cards;                  
- poems;        X          
- diaries;                  
- lists.                  
Pupils should have opportunities to:
a) experiment with words;    X    X      X    
b) read and be read to from a wide selection of poetry;        X          
c) experiment with simple poetic forms.        X          
EXPECTED OUTCOMES
Pupils should have opportunities, within a meaningful context and arising out of their own work, to develop the ability to:
a) express thoughts, feelings and imaginings;          X    X  X  
b) present ideas and information;                  
c) structure sentences correctly;  X  X  X            
d) recognise, name and use forms of writing;                  
e) use connectives;                  
f) use the conventional ways of forming letter shapes in upper and lower case;            X      
g) make use of the names and order of the letters of the alphabet;            X      
h) spell, recognisably, words based on an awareness of the most common letter strings and patterns;        X          
i) spell, recognisably, a range of familiar, important and regularly occurring words.                  
CROSS-CURRICULAR THEMES
Through writing, pupils should have opportunities to:
- make drawings and posters of themselves and others. Write captions about personal qualities, positive behaviour, hygiene, health and safety;                  
- develop and apply their knowledge, skills and understanding of information technology.  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X