Year 1 Regular Tasks

While you are not in school here are some activities you can be doing daily at home.


The children need to be able to read, on sight high frequency words and common exception words. Here are some links for the list of words

Common Exception Words

High Frequency Words

Some games that help with high frequency word recognition can be found here-


Dinosaur Eggs

Another great game is to make a Bingo game for your family to play that uses the high frequency words and common exception words.

Play for 10 minutes every day.

Phonics and Spelling

Phonics is a large focus for the learning in Year 1. Children need to be able to recognise 40+ phonemes (letters and the sounds they make). They then need to be able to apply this knowledge into reading words containing these sounds.The following websites have some super games that you can play with your child to develop and secure their ability to read words confidently. Some of the words will be real words, some are alien/made up words. This is to ensure that the skills of reading are being practised, so your child can read any word, not necessarily ones they already know. Please play games from the list below that are based on Phase 3, 4 and 5 phonics.

Phonics Play

Phonics Bloom

Tell a T-Rex

Sentence Substitution

Poop Deck

For ideas on how to practise spelling words, have a look in your Home Learning books. There are lots of games and ideas to help practise spellings such as, rainbow writing, “look, cover, write, check”, write around a spiral, write the word in a sentence, type the word on a computer, write the word in a picture etc.  Word searches are also a great thing to play, they help with reading and spelling!


In Year 1 the children need to be able to write sentences that have a capital letter at the start and a full stop at the end.

Can you write a sentence a day about what you have done; making your own little diary?

You could pick your favourite story and re-write it in your own words. Can you innovate the story and change the setting or some of the characters?

Can you draw a story map of the story, putting the story into pictures?

The children also need to be able to write words that contain all the 40+ phonemes (letters and sounds they make) which they have learnt.

You could pick a phoneme and write a list of all the words you can think of containing that phoneme e.g. cake, bake, rake or play, crayon, may, day, say

Extra Challenge- Can you add an adjective to your writing? Can you add an alliteration, where words start with the same sound?

Write at least 1 sentence a day.


Practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s forwards and backwards 10 100, starting from any number.

Practise partitioning numbers into tens and ones.

Order numbers to 100. Choose consecutive numbers or non-consecutive ordering.

High Frequency Word Bingo

Phonics Games  
 ‘PE with Joe’ on Joe Wicks YouTube channel.