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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  

Please use this link to find valuable games to support your child with continuing their phonics learning.

Oxford Owl - Phonics made easy.

ICT games

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

Letters and Sounds 

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