Year 1 English: what your child learns
Literacy is a daily lesson, made up of three aspects:
- Speaking and listening
Reading in Year 1 – your child will:
- be able to use their phonic knowledge to read words
- know all the 40+ phonemes (sounds) and know which letters or groups of letters correspond to them
- read words with -s, -es, -ing, -ed, -er and -est endings
- read a range of poems, stories and non-fiction
- be able to re-tell stories that they know
- correct their own inaccurate reading
Try this at home:
- Visit your local library and let your child choose their own books
- Read regularly to your child – even if they’re a fluent reader, they will still enjoy it
- If your child is not keen on stories, try fact-based non-fiction books or a comic to spark their interest
Start the Year 1 Learning Programme!
- Weekly maths & English worksheets
- Follows the National Curriculum
- Keeps your child's learning on track
Writing in Year 1 – your child will learn:
- learn to spell words containing each of the 40+ phonemes already taught (read our parents' guide to Year 1 spelling for a more detailed explanation)
- learn to write the days of the week
- learn to add suffixes, word endings (such as -s, -es, -ing, -ed, -er and -est) and also learn about the prefix un-
- form all lower case and upper case letters, plus the digits 0 to 9
- join clauses in a sentence using the word 'and'
- punctuate sentences using capitals, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks
- sequence stories to form short narratives
- discuss what they have written with others
Try this at home:
- Give your child plenty of opportunities to draw and write with a range of materials
- Ask your child to help you write a shopping list and then look for the items when they get to the shop
- Encourage them to write to people as much as possible: Christmas cards, birthday invitations, thank you letters and postcards are a great way of giving them a real purpose for writing
Revise what your child is learning with some at-home practice: look through our Year 1 English worksheets to find a good activity to download and complete at home. Phonics is still a big part of literacy in Year 1, so make regular phonics practice part of your after-school routine.Check your Y1 child's progress in English with our free Y1 English Progress checks, three mini-tests for autumn, spring and summer term.
Browse the Year 1 English and Maths Learning Journey programmes.