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Help your child learn: Age 5–6

Fun learning ideas

Simple games and activities to do with your 5–6-year-old child. Have fun together while developing skills!

What to expect in Year 1

Year 1 is all about light-touch learning and plenty of fun! Find out exactly what to expect and how you can support your child at home.

What happens in Year 1?

Year 1 phonics screening check

Find out all about the phonics screening check – what it is, why it is used, and what sort of questions your child will be asked.

What is the phonics screening check?

Reading skills

Find out about comprehension skills and phonics as your child learns to read.

Reading: Age 5–6

English skills

Find out how your child’s reading, writing, and speaking develops at school and how to help.

English: Age 5–6

Maths skills

Discover the maths skills your child learns at school and ideas for helping at home.

Maths: Age 5–6

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Choosing a book

Children’s librarian Greta Paterson shares her 5 top tips for choosing books for 3–7 year olds.

How to pick a book

Grammar and literacy glossary

Our helpful guide to grammar and literacy terms your child will be learning at school.

Browse the glossary

Telling the time

It’s an important everyday skill, but learning to tell the time can be tricky for young learners.

Tips for learning to tell the time