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Spelling and words

The National Curriculum states there are words the children need to be able to read and spell by the end of Year 1. These are called common exception words. These words are the ones in the children's word pockets and spelling books, with a few more useful words such as colours, days of the week and numbers.


Below are the word strips your children bring home in their word wallets.

These are the common exception words the children are expected to read and spell by the end of Year 1.

They include words from the Maths curriculum too.


If your child has their word pocket you can practise reading the words. A little tip don't always read them in the same order!

If you don't have the strip try your child on each strip. If they can read all the words confidently and quickly move on to the next set and so on.

The gaps are to add the odd word they didn't read. You can add to the next strip.


You can print the strips out but you cold just write them in their Blended Learning book.

If your child is confidently reading all the Year 1 Common Exception Words you can try the Year 2 list. These are the Common Exception words the children need to be able to read by the end of Year 2.

You can help your child practise these words in fun ways:-

  • try writing them on a wall with a paintbrush and water
  • make the words with sticks, playdough or lego
  • write them in a tray of sand, shaving foam or flour
  • make a snap or pairs game to play together
  • try the activities on 'ICT games' on a tablet or PC (links Below)
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