Helping Your Child to Read and Write Tricky Words in Y1

Your child may be working at a faster/slower pace than that indicated below, so pick the section that is appropriate for his/her needs. 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):

Y1 Term 1: 1st half term

Reading:

oh, their, people, Mr, Mrs, looked, called, asked

'Their' Song

their song

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

Play the video


Writing:

said, so, have, like, some, come, were, there

'There' Song

there song

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

Play the video

 

Also Use the writing activities at the bottom of this page.


Y1 Term 1: 2nd half term

Reading:

water, where, who, again, thought, through, work, mouse, many, laughed, because, different, any, eyes, friends, once, please

'Who' Song

who song

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

Play the video

 

Writing:

little, one, do, when, out, what

'Do' Song

the do song

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

Play the video

 

'Out' Song

out song

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

Play the video

 

Also use the writing activities at the bottom of this page.


Y1 Terms 2 & 3:

Reading:

-

Writing:

oh, their, people, Mr, Mrs, looked, called, asked

'Their' Song

their song

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

Play the video

 


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

Use the writing activities at the bottom of this page.