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

Tricky Words Ship

phase 5a tricky words shipListen to the tricky word (either with or without seeing the word itself). Get your child to find the word from a set of cards at the bottom of the screen and match it to another one on the train.

Play

 

'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

'Like' Song

like song

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

Play the video

 

'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

 

'Many' Song

many 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:

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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

 


Reading activities for any of the above words:

Flashcards - Make Your Own Template

Type in a set of tricky words (include mostly ones your child knows, as well as 3 he/she needs to practise). Then click play easy (you can add a timer if you would like one). Ask your child to read each word when it appears on the screen. When all the words have been read the rocket takes off.

Play

Blast Off - Make Your Own Template

Type in a set of tricky words (include mostly ones your child knows, as well as 3 he/she needs to practise). Then click play easy. Ask your child to read one of the word cards on the right and then match it to the same word on the space ship. When all the words have been read, your child can click a button to launch the rocket.

Play


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.