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Key Stage 1 English

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In KS1 English, your child will develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. They’ll be introduced to a range of materials, including stories, poems and plays, non-fiction and information books and will start writing their own versions of familiar stories as well as pieces of non-fiction. By the end of KS1 they will be planning their work and writing longer pieces with a beginning, middle and end.

Help your child succeed with our KS1 English worksheets, activities and games and see their literacy skills and confidence grow over the year.


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What your child learns in Key Stage 1 English
Your guide to what your child will learn in Years 1 and 2 in English and literacy.
Girl reading
How to improve your child’s reading skills in KS1
Parents naturally want their child to read to the best of their ability, but often aren’t sure how to help them build on the skills they learn in class. Primary teacher Phoebe Doyle offers some expert tips on what your child needs to know to move to the next reading level.
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Storytelling support for Key Stage 1 children
Help develop your Key Stage 1 child's storytelling skills with these great activities.


Creating a story character worksheet
Creating a story character
Think up your own character that you might like to write a story about. Draw a picture of your character in the frame, answering questions like: How old is your character?; What is your character's name?; What's something they might say? If it helps, think about some of the characters you like from stories and why you like them.
Alphabetical ordering worksheet
Alphabetical ordering
Can you cut out the words below and put them in alphabetical order? Use the alphabet at the bottom of the page if you need to!
Using high frequency words in sentences worksheets
Using high frequency words in sentences
Here is a Year 1 high frequency words activity, created by an educational expert. Can you read the high frequency words? Write four sentences. In each sentence try to use two or three of the high frequency words.
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Year 1 English boostr
Two great KS1 English Booster packs

Our booster packs cover all the main iteracy topics your child will learn in KS1.

The Year 1 English Booster pack covers all the main literacy topics your child will learn in the first year of KS1. Just one worksheet a day will offer a fun revision session to help them with their handwriting, phonics and punctuation – and why not let your child organise a little party to make the 'writing for purpose' activity even more exciting?

The Year 2 English Booster pack covers all the main literacy topics your child will learn in Y2 – perfect to help your child prepare for KS1 SATs at the end of the school year. Writing 'Missing' posters for favourite toys, devising menus, reviewing books, filling story treasure chests, teaching aliens to brush their teeth and more – this learning pack is bursting with fun activities to boost literacy.


Year 1 English Learning Journey and Year 2 English Learning Journey

The Year 1 and Year 2 English Learning Journey programmes each consist of 40 worksheets that roughly match the order that your child is being taught topics at school during the year. Work through them in order to be sure your child keeps up with all the core areas of learning they need to have mastered by the end of Year 1 or, if you are a subscriber, we'll send you an email every Wednesday with recommendations for a worksheet to complete that week. There are also 24 fun worksheets that we'll send you during the school holidays!

Progress check
Year 1 English Progress checks
and Year 2 English Progress checks

Want to know if your child's Year  or Year 2 learning is on track? Get your child to work through the Year 1 and Year 2 English Progress checks and you'll be instantly be able to see where there are gaps in their knowledge.

Phonics games
Discover great learning packs to supports KS1 English



Using hilarious ‘links’ to help your child remember how to spell any word, Thinkalink! eBook will take them from mixing up letters to spelling even the most difficult words.

Spelling enthusiast Sir Linkalot will show you and your child how to create quick and funny rhymes that put the letters in a word in the correct formation, making them far easier to remember. This fantastic book is packed with more than a thousand links to get you started, and a super simple guide to creating your own.