Reading & Writing

Year 1: Writing 

This half term in English we will be reading: 

We will be learning how to:

Use and to join words and sentences. 

Use the -ing suffix.

Use question marks. 


In school, we call these 'Mastery Keys'.


There will also be plenty of opportunities to read the story together, explore the meaning of new vocabulary and develop our comprehension skills.




Year 1: Handwriting


In Year 1, your child will learn to correctly use a pencil, to form letters and numbers, and to write words.

We will be learning to: 

sit correctly at a table, holding a pencil comfortably and correctly

form digits 0 – 9

form capital letters

form lowercase letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place

leave spaces between words

understand which letters belong to which handwriting ‘families’ (letters that are formed in similar ways)

More information and tips for supporting letter formation and handwriting at home can be found here:


Alongside daily letter formation practice, children will have access to academic and play-based fine motor activities that will help develop hand, finger and wrist strength. All of which will help with handwriting and dexterity. 


Fine motor activities to try at home might include:

using cutlery 

opening lunch boxes and food bags

using scissors 

tying shoe laces

doing up sandals, buttons, zips, belts, poppers

lego, puzzles, playdoh

cleaning teeth and brushing hair



Year 1: Reading 

In Year 1, your child will have a growing knowledge of phonics and will be building up a range of reading skills. The focus is now on developing their phonics and comprehension skills as they become confident and fluent readers. Children will have daily phonics lessons and will read to their teacher on a 1:1 basis. During 1:1 sessions, we will focus on developing children's reading strategies for word reading such as segmenting and blending as well as comprehension. We will also help children develop their ability to recognise high frequency words and common exception words (we call these tricky words in school). These are words that are not decodable. Your child is likely to meet words like these (for example, ‘said’ and ‘the’) in the books they read. Children are taught to recognise these words by sight. Practise reading the Year 1 tricky words here.



Useful websites: - Bug Club reading books - useful for re-reading sentences to check for sense. (WAIT TO SKIP ADVERTS) - Days of the Week and Months of the Year (WAIT TO SKIP ADVERTS)

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