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Year 1 English


Year Level Description

Year 1 students communicate with peers, teachers, known adults and students from other classes.

Students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment. They listen to, read, view and interpret spoken, written and multimodal texts designed to entertain and inform. These encompass traditional oral texts including Aboriginal stories, picture books, various types of stories, rhyming verse, poetry, non-fiction, film, dramatic performances, and texts used by students as models for constructing their own texts.

Literary texts that support and extend Year 1 students as independent readers, involve straightforward sequences of events and everyday happenings with recognisably realistic or imaginary characters. Informative texts present a small amount of new content about familiar topics of interest and topics being studied in other areas of the curriculum. These texts also present a small range of language features, including simple and compound sentences, some unfamiliar vocabulary, a small number of high-frequency words and words that need to be decoded phonically, and sentence boundary punctuation, as well as illustrations and diagrams that support the printed text.

Students create a variety of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts including recounts, procedures, performances, literary retellings and poetry.

Achievement Standard

Reading and Viewing

  • Understand the different purposes of texts.
  • Makes connections to personal experience when explaining characters and main events in short texts.
  • Identifies the language features, images and vocabulary used to describe characters and events.
  • Reads aloud, with developing fluency and intonation, short texts with some unfamiliar vocabulary, simple and compound sentences and supportive images.
  • Applies knowledge of sounds and letters, high-frequency words, sentence boundary punctuation and directionality to make meaning when reading.
  • Recalls key ideas and recognises literal and implied meaning in texts.

Speaking and Listening

  • Listens to others when taking part in conversations using appropriate language features.
  • Listens for and reproduces letter patterns and letter clusters.
  • Understands how characters in texts are developed and gives reasons for personal preferences.
  • Creates texts that show understanding of the connection between writing, speech and images.
  • Creates short texts for a small range of purposes.
  • Interacts in pair, group and class discussions, taking turns when responding.
  • Makes short presentations of a few connected sentences on familiar and learned topics.


  • Provides details about ideas or events.
  • Accurately spells words with regular spelling patterns and uses capital letters and full stops.
  • Correctly forms all upper and lower case letters.