Helping your Year 1 reader

What can I do to help at home?

There are lots of things that you can do at home together to support reading. We have put together some useful information to help develop the key skills.

Reading books

Choosing reading books that provide the right level of challenge is vital in supporting children’s development and enjoyment of reading.

When making this choice, we aim to choose books where approximately 5% of the vocabulary is unfamiliar. Children should read fluently and with intonation and they should be confident in answering a variety of questions about the book they have read.

The book band that matches the age-related expectations for the end of Year 1 is Green.

You can access ebooks that match our school’s book bands from the websites of these publishers:

Collins Big Cat

Collins Big Cat: Follow this link and click on the teacher portal.
Use the following details to login:
Password: Parents20!

Oxford Owl: Simply follow this link. There is no username or password required.

If you would like to move on to books from the next book band you are free to do so. We will assess each child carefully on their return to school.

You can borrow ebooks and audiobooks from Hertfordshire Libraries using the BorrowBox app, your library card number and your PIN. Follow the link for details.

Curriculum Visions is an online library of books and resources covering a host of topics. The password has been shared via letters and the spring newsletter.

Stories entertain. They teach. They keep young minds active, alert and engaged. Audible have made a selection of audiobooks available for free through this link.

What does it mean to be reading at the expected standard?

The following statements describe the age-related expectations for the end of Year 1. These statements focus on key aspects of reading.

The Year 1 child can:

  • read accurately many words of two or more syllables containing graphemes taught so far for all of the 40+ phonemes
  • read most words containing common Year 1 suffixes*
  • read most Year 1 common exception words*

*Teachers compare the books that their pupils read with the target items within the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check (PSC)

In age-appropriate books, the Year 1 child can:

  • read most words accurately without frequent overt sounding and blending, and sufficiently fluently to allow them to focus on their understanding rather than on decoding individual words
  • sound out most unfamiliar words accurately

In a book they can already read fluently, the Year 1 child can:

  • check that it makes sense to them, correcting most inaccurate reading
  • answer questions and make some inferences
  • join in discussions about what has happened so far in what they have read

Securing each of these standards requires the preceding standard to have been met. This progression is shown in the following document: