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Age 5–6: Advice and activities

We’ve put together some advice and activities specifically designed to help children using Progress with Oxford . Read on to discover what learning your child is likely to be introduced to in Year 1 and how you can support your child’s new skills at home, download free activities, and much more.

Learning at school

Leaving Reception behind and moving into Year 1 can feel like a big step for your child (and for you!). Your child’s Year 1 teacher is there to make this transition easier for everyone by supporting the children in their next learning step.

Year 1 teachers often remark how children return from their summer break looking taller and wiser and ready for a challenge. Your child will still be learning through play; they will be exploring, discovering and making plenty of use of their role-play corner. Your child’s day may be a little more structured than it was in Reception and they may have to sit at a table for a little longer than they are used to, but they will still be learning in a variety of ways – while moving, exploring outdoors, in groups, on the carpet or walking around the school!

For information on exactly what your child will be doing in Year 1, take a look at our guide to what to expect in Year 1.

Tips to support your child at home

How can you effectively support your child at home? Here are a few tips and ideas to help your child as they make the step up to Year 1:

  • Play with tongue twisters like Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers or Betty Botter bought some butter… You could encourage your child to invent some of their own to really get them thinking about language.
  • As well as reading books, why not try making them? If your child has a younger sibling, they could make a simple book and then read it to them.
  • Cooking with your child is an excellent way to practise and talk about key maths skills – counting eggs for a cake recipe, measuring and weighing ingredients together, and timing how long food should be in the oven. Best of all, you both get to enjoy a tasty treat at the end! Why not try our banana bread recipe?

For more advice, take a look at our page on fun learning ideas for 5–6 year olds.

Practice activities

Try out our free activities to support your child throughout their early development.

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