EYFS English worksheets by School Year
In just under a year your four- or five-year-old will learn to read and write, making giant literacy leaps and laying the foundations of all their future learning. Marvel at their progress and identify any areas they need extra support and practice in at home with our Reception English Progress checks.
Help your child form letters at the correct relative size and place them correctly on the 'base' writing line with our free printable handwriting practice paper. Two formats with guidelines are included, one for beginner writers and one to help children improve their handwriting skills.
Shuffle the word cards and share them between two players. The oldest player starts the game by turning over a card and placing it face up on the table or floor. Each player then takes turns placing cards, face up, next to the card. When the word card and picture card match that’s SNAP! The player with most cards at the end wins.
Cut out the words and see if you can put some of them together to make sentences. You can stick them onto another sheet of paper if you like, and add a full stop at the end.
Play this memory game with your child to help them practise reading simple words.
Read the word cards together and discuss which card belongs to which picture. Shuffle the word cards and share them between two players. The oldest player starts the game by turning over a card and placing it face up on the table or floor. Each player then takes turns placing cards, face up, next to the card. When the word card and picture card match that’s SNAP! The player with most cards at the end wins.
Spelling isn’t usually tested in Reception, but your child might really like the idea of doing a ‘grown-up spelling test’ (especially if they’ve seen an older sibling prepare for spelling tests!).
Can you make some zig-zag books? First of all do a front cover for your story. Think about making it really exciting so that people want to read it. Also write your name on the front so that people know who wrote it. Then tell your story in the zig-zag book using words and pictures. You may even like to use speech bubbles!
This is a learning-to-read game sometimes used in schools. Cut out all the CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words and hold them in a pile. Sit in front of your child and show them one of the words (for example, man). Then show them some of the other words; when you show them a word they’ve already seen (like man) again they shout ‘Full Circle’! The Full Circle exercise will help encourage your child to read the CVC words at a glance. They are looking at the letters in the words and the shape of the words – this is what learning to read is largely about!
Cut out the pointy hand and use it to press each sound in the word. Once you’ve said each sound can you say all the sounds together to make the whole word?
Here is a sound train! Do you remember all the sounds on it? Take a sound from each carriage and write a word!
What do you like to do? Play with cars? Draw pictures? Eat sausages? Play games? Use the words above to help you write three sentences about what YOU like to do. Remember to use capital letters and full stops! When you’ve written each sentence, draw a picture to go with it.
Draw a picture of yourself, then using the words below, can you label the different parts of your body?
You’re the teacher! Harry is a child in your class. He has written some of these words correctly. But a few of his word endings are wrong! Put a tick next to the words he’s got correct. Write what the ending should be next to the words Harry has got wrong.
Look at the /oo/ words below. Can you read them out loud? These words are all jumbled up in this wordsearch. Can you find them? Put a tick next to each word that you find.
Cut out the sentences below. Read them with your mum and dad, then sticky-tape them to objects around your house. Challenge an adult to find where you have placed them all!
Have a look at the sounds /sh/ and /ch/. Have fun saying the two sounds – do you sound like a train?
Think of something you’d like to write a story about. What’s going to happen at the beginning of your story? Use pictures and words to explain.
Do you remember the story of the Three Little Pigs? Read it with your mum or dad, or tell them the story to remind them! Cut out these sentences below. Can you read the words? Ask an adult for help if you need it. You need to make three piles of sentences: one for the beginning of the story, one for the middle of the story and one for the end.
Cut out the shape below. Fold along the lines and stick down the flaps to make a cube. Then take turns to roll the sound die. Each player has to think of a word containing the ‘u’ or ‘i’ sound they roll. Then write down your words.