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Year 1 English

Y1 child learning to read

Find out about the topics your child will learn in their Year 1 English lessons and discover Year 1 English worksheets that will help your support learning at home in all the core areas, such as writing sentences using correct punctuation, forming letters correctly and simple spelling.

You’ll also find lots of information and resources to help your child prepare for the Year 1 Phonics Check that takes place in the Summer term of Year 1.


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Year 1 English: what your child learns
In Year 1 everything starts to become a little more formal, as the freedom and play of Reception are replaced with more organised activities. Here are the topics your child will learn in their more structured English lessons.
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What are high frequency words?
As your child learns to read and spell they’re likely to bring home lists of words. Moira Holden looks at ways in which you can reinforce the learning of high frequency words at home.
7 key areas for Year 1 home learning
7 key areas for supporting your Year 1 child with maths and English
Primary-school teacher, education writer and mum of three Phoebe Duffy highlights the key skills children learn in Year 1, and how you support their learning at home.


Planning a story with a spider diagram
Planning a story with a spider diagram
A Year 1 English worksheet created by an experienced teacher to help your child plan a story by creating a spider diagram.
Remembering (finger) spaces worksheet
Remembering (finger) spaces
Cut out the arrow and read the sentences below. All the spaces between the words are missing! Using the arrow, can you point to where you think the spaces should go? Can you copy out the words underneath, remembering to leave spaces between them?
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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Phonics screening check
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

The Phonics screening check is used to test children's reading and phonics skills and what they've learnt in their first two years at school. Find out what you need to know about the Phonics screening check and get an idea of what your child will be asked to do in the June test by looking through the Phonics Screening Check official past papers. Then check out all the Phonics Screening practice checks we have created.

Year 1 English booster
Year 1 English Booster pack

Reading, writing and spelling practice for KS1 children means wordsearches, matching games, writing missing posters and more! Our 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?

Year 1 English LJ

Year 1 English Learning Journey

The Year 1 English Learning Journey programme contains 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!

Year 1 English Progress Check
Year 1 English Progress checks

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