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Tricky words

 

Tricky words are words that cannot be sounded out and are read 'on sight'. Children are taught these words daily and these words are extremely important in helping your child to read.  Children are also taught how to spell them and use them in their writing.

 

Children have the Tricky words in their home reading records for parents and guardians to support them with. A good tip to help your child learn their Tricky words is through fun games. Try hiding the words around the home or find Tricky words when out and about or in their reading books. You could encourage your child to focus on a few bookmark words each week. They can look for these words in their reading book or when sharing a book together.  You could purchase some magnetic letters to create tricky words on the fridge and your child can practise reading them.

Phonics Support Websites

Suggested phonics websites to support parents

Phonics Play

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm

Oxford Owl - Phonics made easy.
http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/home/reading-site/expert-help/phonics-made-easy

ICT games

A great selection of games that link well with games in Letters and Sounds.

www.ictgames.com/literacy.html

Letters and Sounds 

A phase by phase guide to the phonics programme used in school.

http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/

 

 

Phase Five of our phonics programme!

 

Children at this stage should already be able to read and spell words with adjacent consonants, such as trap, string and flask. They will also be able to read and spell some polysyllabic words.

 

In Phase Five, we will learn more graphemes and phonemes. For example, they already know ai as in rain, but now they will be introduced to ay as in day and a-e as in make.

 

Alternative pronunciations for graphemes will also be introduced, e.g. ea in tea, head and break.

 

Over the year we introduce common exception words, including decodable and tricky words, as well as days of the week. 

 

 

Next we're learning:

oe/ oa - as in toe

a_e/ ai - as in awake

ir / ur- as in girl  hurt

 

This week we are learning:

y /ee/ - as in happy

o_e /oa/ - as in cone, bone

ou /ow/ - as in about

ew /oo/ - as in few, new

ph /f/ - as in photo, phone

 

Previously, we've learnt: 

ay /ai/ - as in may, play, stay

ea /ee/ - as in sea, pea, please,

oy /oi/ - as in boy, toy, enjoy

ie /igh/ - as in tie, pie, lie

ue /oo/ - as in blue, clue

e_e /ee/ - as in these, evening, swede

aw /or/ - as in saw, draw, claw

e_e /ee/ - as in these, swede

i_e /igh/ - as in nine, spine

 

 

 

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