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By the end of Year 1, children are expected to know how to spell the following words as set out in the National Curriculum. They are called common exception words. We sometimes call them tricky words.

Year 1 Common Exception Words

Selections of these common exception words, together with words taken from Y1 spelling appendix of the National Curriculum and spellings to reinforce phonic sounds learned will be sent home each week.


Spelling tests take place on Friday mornings and new spellings for the following week will be given out at the end of each spelling session.


Please bring in completed spelling sheets. A house-point will be given to children who have practised all week.


Whilst learning at home, please choose a few of these spellings to learn each week. See below for some practise sheets of common exception words split into phases.

Supporting Spelling at Home (Strategies to make spelling fun)