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Year 1 Common Exception Words (CEW) Worksheets - Practice Pack 1

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This Y1 common exception word (CEW) pack allows pupils to practise reading and spelling a selection of the 45 tricky words for this cohort.

Each worksheet includes two words for pupils to read, spell and understand, with an opportunity to develop letter formation using handwriting line guides.

There are four PDF worksheets, plus an answer sheet, in this pack, covering the following common exception words:

  • do, to
  • said, says
  • the, a
  • today, of

What are common exception words?

Common exception words are words which don’t follow the common rules of spelling, or which use letter combinations to represent sounds in an uncommon way.

Year 1 common exception words

  • the
  • a
  • do
  • to
  • today
  • of
  • said
  • says
  • are
  • were
  • was
  • is
  • his
  • has
  • I
  • you
  • your
  • they
  • be
  • he
  • me
  • she
  • we
  • no
  • go
  • so
  • by
  • my
  • here
  • there
  • where
  • love
  • come
  • some
  • one
  • once
  • ask
  • friend
  • school
  • put
  • push
  • pull
  • full
  • house
  • our

National Curriculum English programme of study links

read common exception words, noting unusual correspondences between spelling and sound and where these occur in the word

spell common exception words

write from memory simple sentences dictated by the teacher that include words using the GPCs and common exception words taught so far

  • Worksheets
  • Answer sheets
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