Literacy – What does ‘expected’ look like?


This collection of clips looks at examples of children reaching (or almost reaching suggesting they will be there at the end of summer term) the early learning goals for Literacy. You can use these clips to support your understanding of what being within the goals looks like. There are questions to support your thinking before and after watching each clip. You can refer back to the ELGs for Literacy on this page whenever you need to.

ELG: Comprehension

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of what has been read to them by retelling stories and narratives using their own words and recently introduced vocabulary;
  • Anticipate – where appropriate – key events in stories;
  • Use and understand recently introduced vocabulary during discussions about stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems and during role-play.

ELG: Word Reading

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • Say a sound for each letter in the alphabet and at least 10 digraphs;
  • Read words consistent with their phonic knowledge by sound-blending;
  • Read aloud simple sentences and books that are consistent with their phonic knowledge, including some common exception words.

ELG: Writing

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • Write recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed;
  • Spell words by identifying sounds in them and representing the sounds with a letter or letters;
  • Write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others.

Literacy - Examples of what 'expected' in the Early Learning Goals looks like