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Welcome to Year 1


In schools in England, Year 1 is for children 5-6 years old. Leaving Reception behind and moving into Year 1 can feel like a big step for both children and their parents, but a good school will make the transition an easy one.

This year will see your child embark on the first steps of the National Curriculum and work towards the aims and objectives set out for Key Stage 1. Nevertheless, your child will still be learning through play, they will still be exploring and discovering their learning in a similar manner to reception.

However, there will be a focus on learning to read using phonics this year with a statutory phonics screening check in June – you can learn more about what to expect and how to prepare for this assessment here.

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What to expect in Year 1

Light-touch learning and plenty of fun! Find out what your child can expect in Year 1. Find out more >

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English in Year 1

Learn about the Year 1 curriculum for English.

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Reading in Year 1

Learn about the Year 1 curriculum for reading.

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Maths in Year 1

Learn about the Year 1 curriculum for maths.

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Year 1 phonics screening check

The phonics screening check is taken by all children in Year 1 to ensure they are on track to become fluent readers.
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Recommended books for Year 1

Early readers

Practice phonics skills with these Stage 3 books from Read with Oxford.

Early readers for age 5+

Activity books

Develop core English and maths skills with Progress with Oxford activity books.

Activity books for age 5–6

Children's dictionaries

Find the right dictionary for your child.

Oxford Children’s Dictionaries

Isadora Moon

Half fairy, half vampire, Isadora Moon is totally unique.

Isadora Moon books