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Following from questions that we have had from parents, we would like to share some information about 'tricky words' and reading.


What are ‘Tricky Words’?

Tricky words are ‘tricky’ because they are spelt using sounds or spelling choices that your child has not been taught yet. For example, those children who are working within Phase 2 would be taught the letter ‘o’ in octopus makes an /o/ sound. They would not be able to read the word ‘to’ correctly because the letter ‘o’ in this word generates a different sound. It makes the /oo/ sound like in moon. Another example would be the tricky word ‘they’. During Phase 3 phonics work, children are taught that the /ai/ phoneme is spelt with ‘ai’ as in rain. In the word ‘they’ the /ai/ sound is spelt with a different spelling choice (ey). Therefore, your child will find decoding these words challenging.

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How should I help my child learn ‘tricky words’?

A tricky word can be made more familiar if your child adds a visual clue to the word that will help them. For example:

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Developing automaticity of reading the ‘tricky words’ can be achieved by playing snap and when the words match, shout out the word (instead of “snap”). The words could also be written in different colours and handwriting styles (not capitals) on cards and your child could sort them.

Please read Friday’s newsletter for further ideas for games involving ‘tricky words’


Decoding when reading . . .

Uses letter-sound correspondences (matching the sounds with the letters that they make) is a strategy for spelling and reading words. The sound mat document posted 24.03.2020 can be used to support children with new letter-sound correspondences or ones that they have forgotten. Through ‘sound talking’ words: r-ai-n : “rain” or h-a-t: “hat”, children do begin to become more familiar with words and spelling choices. This may mean that with practise, your child’s reading becomes more fluent and they ‘sound talk’ less. Reading does take time and so take your child’s lead of which stage of development that they are at

Thursday 26th March

Good Morning Wrens and Robins. It has been lovely to hear and see the wonderful learning that you have been doing. Thank you to your wonderful grown ups at home who have been doing a splendid job. It is great that the sun has come out and we hope that you have managed to go for a walk, run or cycle. 

Well done everyone!

Wednesday 25th March

Good Morning Wrens and Robins. It has been lovely hearing about how your home learning is going as well as the other activities that you have been up to. 

Good morning Robins and Wrens.

Thank you for photographs of your amazing learning. There are some fabulous ideas on how to adapt activities which we will be sharing with you shortly.


Good morning Wrens and Robins, 

We hope you have had a lovely weekend and are looking forward to a fabulous day of learning. Mrs Davies and Mrs Kyte can't wait to see the fabulous things that you have been doing.