English – Word

Subject Key Objective Progression & Development by Year Groups

The following is a guide to help you understand your child’s progression through school.

All lessons are differentiated. This means teachers plan activities that enable the objective to be learned by all children including those who will find the objective challenging, those children who with hard work will secure good progress and those children who can tackle extra stretch and challenge in this subject.

English – Word – Primary Curriculum


English – Word – Foundation stage:

Children write words, including plurals, using their phonic knowledge.


English – Word – Year 1:

Children learn how to make a noun plural by adding the suffix -s or -es


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Year 2:

Children learn how to make nouns plural by adding a suffix, and they learn how to change a noun by adding suffixes such as -ness and -er.


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Year 3:

Children learn how to use suffixes to change nouns and adjectives; they also learn how to form nouns using a range of prefixes.


English – Word –
Year 4:

Children learn the difference between adding the suffix -s to make a noun plural and adding apostrophe (‘) s to make a possessive noun.


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Year 5:

Children learn how to convert nouns or adjectives into verbs, using suffixes.


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Year 6:

Children learn how to use suffixes and prefixes in different contexts; they should also understand how words are related by meaning as synonyms and antonyms.


English – Word – Mastery:

Children confidently and regularly use prefixes, suffixes, synonyms and antonyms in a variety of contexts.

This collection of short films and resources will help you understand your child’s progression through school.

The curriculum film resource has been broken down by subject area initially and then by topic area.

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