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Get ready for Year 1

What to expect at school in Year 1, book recommendations and free activities

As your child moves from Reception to Year 1, their days at school will become more structured. Phonics learning takes centre stage, with a statuatory phonics check towards the end of the year.

1. The year ahead: What to expect in Year 1

Our guide to what to expect in Year 1 as your child starts the national curriculum.

2. Essential activity & reference books for age 5–6

For more levelled readers, activity books and dictionaries, visit our Read with Oxford , Progress with Oxford and Children's dictionaries pages.

3. Activities

These free activities will help get young brains active as the school year begins. You'll find more activities and ideas on our Kids' activities for age 5–6 page.