Year 1 English worksheets by School Year

Planning a story with a spider diagram

Planning a story with a spider diagram

First have a look at the story of Cinderella, presented as a spider diagram. Now think of a story you might like to write. Write the title of the story in the middle of this spider diagram. Then plan the story by outlining the characters, the settings and the events in your spider diagram.
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Continuing stories worksheet

Continuing stories

Read the beginning of this story. What do you think happens next? Write and draw it!
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Reading comprehension: Greedy Goldilocks

Reading comprehension: Greedy Goldilocks

A simple writing activity to help your child practise the question and answer format of reading comprehension work. They'll also need to draw a picture to show they understand what greedy Goldilocks is doing in the text.
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Split digraph wordsearch

Split digraph wordsearch

Can you find the words below hidden in the wordsearch? Don’t forget they might be going up, down, from side to side or even diagonally! Cross them out when you’ve spotted them!
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One more, one less crossword

One more, one less crossword

Can you fill in the crossword by writing the answers to the clues as number words?
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Writing questions worksheet

Writing questions

Read these questions words then use the words to write some questions. Don’t forget to include your question marks!
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Writing questions with wh words worksheet

Writing questions with wh words

Can you write some questions in the speech bubbles using the ‘wh words’ to help? Don’t forget your question marks!
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Spelling patterns: igh and i_e worksheet

Spelling patterns: 'igh' and 'i_e' (Phase 5 phonics)

Read these words and use them to fill in the blanks in the sentences. We are practising spelling words with 'igh' and 'i_e'.
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Sound buckets: using ir, or, ar and ur worksheet

Sound buckets: using ‘ir’, ‘or’, ‘ar’ and ‘ur’ (Phase 5 phonics)

Choose a sound from two or three of the buckets and see how many words you can make.
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Reading unfamiliar words using phonics worksheet

Reading unfamiliar words using phonics

These robots have such funny names! Can you read them?
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Correcting spelling using phonic knowledge worksheet

Correcting spelling using phonic knowledge

Sammy has had a spelling test today. Some of the words he has written correctly, others he has got wrong. Can you put a tick next to the words he has spelled correctly and help him by writing the wrong words out properly below?
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Breaking words into phonemes: sound button worksheet

Breaking words into phonemes: sound button (Phase 5 phonics)

This worksheet focuses on breaking words into phonemes. Look at these words, then use the sound button as you read them out! Press the button underneath the word, say the sound then say the word.
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Turning nouns into adjectives worksheet

Turning nouns into adjectives

A word can be changed from a noun into an adjective by adding a -y on the end. Can you complete these sentences with the missing adjectives?
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Forming comparatives and superlatives by adding -er and -est worksheet

Forming comparatives and superlatives by adding -er and -est

Can you write the comparative (ending in -er) and superlative (ending in -est) of each of these adjectives? Remember, the comparative form of an adjective is used for comparing two people or things (for example, Tom is taller than me). The superlat ive is used for comparing one person or thing with every other member of a group (for example, Tom is the tallest boy in the class).
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Patterns playbook learning pack

Patterns playbook

Before children are able to start writing letters and words their hands and muscles need to get used to producing marks on paper. Our Patterns playbook offers your child the opportunity to practise common writing patterns in preparation for handwriting letters at age 4 or 5. It's also a fun way to encourage an older child who has trouble writing particular letters. Can they make some waves, draw some curly baby hair and decorate a birthday cake with Smarties, all while doing some vital handwriting practice?
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Writing: improving sentences worksheet

Writing: improving sentences

Here are some sentences. Using some of the words below, and some of your own, too, can you try to improve them?
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Writing CCVC words worksheet

Writing CCVC words (Phase 4 phonics)

Look at the pictures. Can you write the word underneath the image? Remember to pick a word with the right number of letters!
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Writing about a sequence of events worksheet

Writing about a sequence of events

Think about what you usually do in a day. Can you write about it in the diary below?
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Using high frequency words in sentences worksheets

Using high frequency words in sentences

Here are some high frequency words. Can you read what they say? Write four sentences. In each sentence try to use two or three of the high frequency words.
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Split digraph o_e worksheet

Split digraph 'o_e' (Phase 5 phonics)

Cut out the shape below. Fold along the lines and stick the flaps down to make a cube. Then take turns to roll the die. Can you write a word that is spelled using those letters?
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