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Last reviewed on 5 December 2018
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Maintained schools must cover the genres of literature and writing set out in the National Curriculum. Learn what you have to teach for reading and writing in Key Stages 1 to 4, and see examples of what other primary and secondary schools teach.

KS1

Year 1

The National Curriculum English programmes of study for Key Stage (KS) 1 and KS2 set out what genres and topics pupils must cover.

Pupils should be taught to "develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding" (page 11) by:

  • Listening to and discussing a wide range of poems, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently
  • Becoming very familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics
  • Learning to appreciate rhymes and poems, and to recite some by heart

The writing composition requirements (page 14) say that year 1 pupils will be expected to start forming short narratives.

Year 2

Listen to, discuss and express views on ‘contemporary and classic poetry, stories and non-fiction’ Become increasingly familiar with and retelling a wider range of stories, including fairy stories and traditional tales Be introduced to non-fiction books

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