‘Tricky words’ and ‘high frequency words’
High frequency words are a mixture of decodable words (words that can be sounded out) and tricky/exception words (words in which the English spelling code works in an unusual or uncommon way, which means the words have to be learned and recognised by sight).
It is really important that children learn how to read these words as they will make up a large proportion of the words they will be reading in everyday texts. They also need to learn to spell these words as they will find they will need to use them a great deal in their writing. Children learn these words as part of their phonics lessons but your support at home is vital.
Throughout the year, we will send home your child’s next words to learn to read, and also words to spell in their reading record book. Here is the list of the 100 most frequent words that we are working towards:
Ways to help your child learn them at home:
The sounds that children learn in their phonics sessions to help them read are below, they can also be found at the front of their reading record book. I have included the ‘tricky words’ from each phase for your information (these are all included in the high frequency words as they are also very common, just spelt in an unusual way).