Helping Your Child to Read and Write Tricky Words in Reception

Your child's school should let you know which tricky words your child is learning to read and write. However, if you haven't received this information, the list below is a useful guide (although words do vary according to the phonics programme used by each school). Your child may also be working at a faster/slower pace than that indicated below, so pick the section that is appropriate for his/her needs:

Reception Term 1:

Reading:

the, to, go, no, I 

'The' Song

the song

A YouTube video the children can sing and move to. Useful for the 'teach' part of the lesson on the day you introduce this tricky word. Thereafter useful in the 'revisit and review' part of the lesson.

Play the video

 'To' Song

to song

A YouTube video your child can sing and move to. Useful for learning to read this tricky word.

Play the video

 

 The Go Song

the go songA YouTube video your child can sing and move to. Useful for learning to read this tricky word. 

Play the video

 

Interactive Tricky Word Video

tricky words interactive video

Play the video


Writing:

to, the

Use the videos for 'to' and 'the' above.

Use the writing activities at the bottom of this page.


Reception Term 2:

Reading:

he, she, we, me, be, was, my, you, they, her, all, are

Phase 3 Tricky Word Song

Phase 3 Tricky Word Song

A YouTube video your child can sing along with. There are opportunities for your child to read some of the words before the song continues.

Play the video

'She' Song

she song

A YouTube video your child can sing and move to. Useful for learning to read this tricky word.

Play the video


Writing:

go, no, I

Use the video above for 'go'.

Use the writing activities at the bottom of this page.


Reception Term 3:

Reading:

said, so, have, like, some, come, were, there, little, one, do, when, out, what

Phase 4 Tricky Word Song (reading)

Phase 4 Tricky Word Song

A YouTube video your child can sing along with. T

Play the video

 'There' Song

there song

A YouTube video your child can sing and move to. Useful for learning to read this tricky word.

Play the video

 

'Do' Song

the do song

A YouTube video your child can sing and move to. Useful for learning to read this tricky word.

Play the video

 

'Out' Song

out song

A YouTube video your child can sing and move to. Useful for learning to read this tricky word..

Play the video


Writing:

he, she, we, me, be, was, my, you, they, her, all, are

Use the video above for 'she'.

Use the writing activities at the bottom of this page.


Writing activities for any of the above words:

Magnetic Letters

magnetic letters

A whiteboard with letters of the alphabet along the bottom. Call out a tricky word your child needs to practise writing. Then he/she clicks on the letters to make the word appear on the whiteboard. 

Play

 

Foam Phonemes

foam phonemesFrom ictgames.com. A set of single letter graphemes and digraphs which, when pressed, are fired from a cannon (just ignore the graphemes that haven't been introduced at this stage). They can then be dragged onto the water to make tricky words (this will mostly involve using the letters on the left hand side, as if they were magnetic letters). 

Play


Writing Trays

Below are links to a variety of creative trays you can make and use with your child to help him/her learn to write tricky words. Select one that links to your child's interests or the current time of year, as this should motivate him/her to write. Call out a tricky word your child needs to practise and ask him/her to write it in the tray.

Dinosaur Swamp

Autumn

Ocean

Rainbow

Snow

Valentines

Star Wars

Magical Fairy Dust

Moon Dust

Harry Potter

How to make lavender and glitter salt for a writing tray