Children age 5–6 will have a growing knowledge of phonics and will be building up a range of reading skills. Find out how you can support them at home.
Blog posts for: Year 1
Find out how reading comprehension is taught throughout primary school, and take a look at our books, advice, and free activities to help at home.
In Year 1, addition and subtraction are very important components of maths learning. Help your child learn at home with our activities, videos, and advice.
Educational publishing expert Andrea Quincey explains why reading schemes are important, and what the different colours, bands and levels actually mean.
In Year 1, your child will learn to use ‘×’, ‘÷’, and ‘=’ signs, will use arrays, and will use grouping and sharing to divide. Find out how to help at home.
All you need to know about how multiplication and division are taught in primary school. Help your child learn at home with our activities and advice.
A guide to grammar and literacy terms used in schools, with definitions, how-to videos, and practice activities. From adverbials to conjunctions.
What is phonics? Find out in our phonics guide for parents. Learn about Letters and Sounds, the phonics screening test, and how to practice phonics at home.
Education expert James Clements runs through everything you need to keep your child’s reading skills developing during the school lockdown.
A guide to grammar and literacy terms used in schools, with definitions, how-to videos, and practice activities. From modal verbs to pure sounds.
Learning times tables can be fun! Help your child learn their times tables with our free top tips, videos, quizzes and worksheets.
Education expert James Clements talks about how children who are already confident readers can get the most out of their reading.
Have fun practising your maths skills with these games, activity sheets, and videos.
Building confidence in maths early on will pay back many times over. Get tips for developing your child’s mental arithmetic skills.
Everything you need to know about the phonics screening check, taken by 6-year-olds in Year 1. Phonics advice for parents and activities to try at home.
The phonics screening check is an informal way for schools to assess your child’s progress in reading. Sarah Loader shares tips for supporting your child’s development at home.
In Year 1, your child will have explored measurement in relation to length, height, weight, volume, and time. They will also start to learn about money.
In Year 1, your child will learn to count up to and slightly beyond 100 in multiples of 1, 2, 5, and 10. Help at home with our activities and advice.
Find out what children will learn in spelling, grammar, punctuation and writing at school in Year 1, including apostrophes, homophones and suffixes.
Keeping your child’s screen time manageable can be tricky, especially at the moment. Education expert James Clements gives us his top tips.
Education expert James Clements talks about the lessons we can learn from teachers about helping your child to learn at home.
Flummoxed by fractions? Dismayed by decimals? Perplexed by percentages? Get tips for exploring these tricky concepts at home.
One of the most valuable skills we can give our children is the ability to communicate well. Read top tips on how to develop communication skills.
Find out what your child will learn in the year 1 primary curriculum for literacy and maths and ways to support home learning. Learn more about the phonics screening test.
In Year 1, your child will learn that fractions are about sharing. They will think about fractions as a part of one object or as part of a group of objects.
Children’s author Anne Booth, creator of the Lucy series, discusses how reading builds up emotional literacy, empathy, and relationship skills.
In Year 1, your child will recognise 2D and 3D shapes and will explain simple turns (for example, a half-turn). They will use some basic geometry words, like sides and edges.
Money isn’t everything, but being ‘good with money’ is undoubtedly a useful life skill. Read Fiona Lazenby’s top tips for practising using money with your child.
Education expert and writer James Clements explains what your child would be learning at school, and how we can use (or not use) the curriculum at home.
Win two Read with Oxford comics, full of fun characters and engaging storylines – from sneaking past ticklish octopuses to getting cuddly bumbles home for tea.
James Clements shares his advice on how we can work together with teachers to help our children be happy and confident at school, and gives his tips on getting the most out of parents’ evening.
Learning to tell the time using both analogue and digital clocks is still an important skill, but it’s something that children can find tricky to master. Louise Pennington shares ideas to support your child’s growing understanding of time.
Education expert and writer James Clements talks about the importance of reading to your child to boost their educational success in all sorts of ways.
Education expert and writer James Clements suggests 6 practical things you get get ready over the weekend for next week’s learning at home.
Maths expert Louise Pennington shares her advice for developing your child’s maths skills during school closures by exploring maths in the real world.
Lots of schoolwork is being set online at the moment. Here is one example from education expert James Clements of teaching maths skills without a screen.
Practise handwriting by writing a thank you letter to someone who has helped you during lockdown – like a teacher, a family member, or a healthcare worker.
Educational expert and writer James Clements gives his 3 top tips of how to get started with teaching your child at home.
In Year 1, children will develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting, and place value. Learn more about the maths curriculum in Year 1.
Education expert James Clements shares his ideas for keeping the children busy – in a constructive way – when you need to be getting on with something.
Biff, Chip and Kipper have been helping children learn to read for more than 30 years. Find books and free activities featuring these much-loved characters.
Maths expert Andrew Jeffrey shares five easy-to-implement strategies that can make a positive difference to our children’s maths learning at home.
Tackle common reading problems with our expert advice on supporting struggling readers, engaging reluctant readers, and encouraging boys to pick up a book.
These fun story collections and activity books from Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds have been designed to introduce and revise phonics knowledge.
Mathemagician Andrew Jeffrey suggests ways you can support your child’s maths development at home without needing to be an expert.
Enjoy madcap adventures with Winnie the Witch and her black cat Wilbur! Find picture books, early readers, storyteller videos, and fun activities for your own little misadventurers!
In 2020, Pippi Longstocking turns 75! Discover Pippi books and activities to share with your child, and find out about the Pippi of Today Campaign.
Leaving Reception behind and moving into Year 1 (age 5–6) can feel like a big step. Find out what to expect and what your child will be learning in English and maths.
Find out what happens when the children discover a dolphin on the beach, go on a snowy adventure with Floppy and meet the Queen with Gran! This collection contains two phonics books, two stories, and fun activities – ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence.
Brave the cold with Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur, in two wintry stories. Join Winnie as she meets the abominable snowman and does her best to find some hot chocolate!
Have fun in the sun with Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur. Join Winnie as she digs for treasure, and find out what happens when Wilbur goes missing.
Two mischievous stories about Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur, getting into all sorts of trouble! A spell lands Winnie in double trouble, and Winnie tries out babysitting.
Two hilarious stories about Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur, taking on two special jobs at school. Winnie runs the after-school club and gets a job as the school cook.
Two funny stories about Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur, on an unexpected holiday adventure. Join Winnie on a mystery tour and a birthday fishing trip.
Two fun-packed stories about Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur. Join Winnie as she stars in the pantomine and when she really brings stories to life at school!
Four activity sheets to practise spelling vowel sounds, ‘ck’ and ‘k’ words, and ‘ow’ words.
Answers to the Oxford First Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Dictionary activity sheets.
Don’t have Numicon shapes at home? Download, print, and cut out these free Numicon shapes.
The First Steps with Numicon at Home Kit has been designed for parents and carers of pre-school children (aged 3–5) and uses a multi-sensory approach to help develop essential maths skills during the Foundation Stage and early Key Stage 1.
A set of 10 Numicon shapes to practise maths at home. The tactile, multi-sensory approach helps your child build their mathematical fluency, reasoning, and problem-solving.
Practise your times tables knowledge with this quick quiz. Answer 15 questions about the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
Practise your times tables knowledge with this quick quiz. Answer 25 questions about the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
Kitty dreams of being a superhero just like her mum one day, but she’s still got a lot to learn! Browse our Kitty books and fun activities.
Practise your times tables knowledge with this quick quiz. Answer 10 questions about the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
Practise the Speedy Green Words for all the Read Write Inc. Phonics Green Storybooks.
Answers to the Oxford First Illustrated Maths Dictionary activity sheets.
Four activity sheets to practise your 3, 4, 7, and 8 times tables.
Four activity sheets to practise the alphabet, consonants, syllables, and ‘-er’ endings.
Read ‘Gran’s Van’ and ‘Tom the Tiger’.
Four activity sheets to practise counting to 10, measuring, shapes, and time.
Four activity sheets to practise writing with joined up letters and words.
Four activity sheets to help you learn vocabulary around numbers and going on holiday.
Four activity sheets to practise vowels, making sentences, blending, and comprehension.
Four activity sheets to practise writing letters.
Year 1 | Age 5–6. Use prefixes to create antonyms.
Our maths activity books are fully aligned to the curriculum for Year 1, and have been designed to make learning fun. Topics covered include addition, shapes and learning to tell the time.
Year 1 | Age 5–6. Trace and write letters and words, practising break letters.
Year 1 | Age 5–6. Trace and write patterns and Set 1 letters: c o a d g f s q e.
Answers to the activity sheets from Nelson Grammar.
This Stories and Activities book contains two Biff, Chip and Kipper stories in an appealing comic-strip format, along with fun activities that will help your child to practise reading skills at home. Read an old-fashioned story with Chip and find out what happens when Gran takes her rare teddy bears to the toy fair!
Year 1 | Age 5–6. Practise using verbs in sentences.
Answers to the Oxford Phonics Spelling Dictionary activity sheets.
Join the Songbirds characters in these exciting phonics activities, ideal for children who are gaining more reading confidence. Play I Spy with Tara, use clues to complete the crosswords and finish the story of Jack and the Giants!
Join the Songbirds characters in these exciting phonics activities, ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence. Help the pirates to fill their treasure chests, complete the toy box puzzle and find the right tail stickers for the animals!
This Stories and Activities book contains two Biff, Chip and Kipper stories in an appealing comic-strip format, along with fun activities that will help your child to practise sounds, letters and early reading skills at home. Go on a sandy adventure to Gran’s beach hut and find out what happens when the children go on a march to save Pudding Wood!
Practise using the correct punctuation marks in sentences (full stops, question marks, and exclamation marks).
Sort and group words together that have the same phonic sound (/s/, /n/, and /k/ sounds).
Label the pictures and identify how many phonic sounds make up these words.
Identify how many phonic sounds make up these common words.
Sort words into the correct boxes to show where the /k/ sound appears in the word.
Find the words that have the /ai/ phonic sound in this wordsearch.
Practise spelling using the correct letter groups for the /ur/ phonic sound.
Choose the correct letters to complete these common words containing the long /oo/ phonic sound.
Use the picture clues to complete this crossword and identify the long vowel phonic sound.
Find out what happens when Snoot stands up to his big, bad dream and meet the boy with a sabre-tooth kitten! Contains six captivating Read with Oxford stories.
Join Tops on a journey to meet the Dinosaur King and discover a planet made out of cake! Contains six captivating Read with Oxford stories with clear phonics progression.
Sort words to show which long vowel sound they include (/ai/, /ee/, /igh/, and /oa/ sounds).
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