Tag Archives: tricky words

300 High Frequency Word Phonic Chart

Do your children forget spellings from one week to the next? Many teachers issue spelling lists each week only to find that a week or two down the road the children have already forgotten them. At Phonic Books we believe […]

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How to decode ‘tricky words’

The Synthetic Phonics approach to reading is to encourage beginner readers to sound out graphemes in a word and blend them together into a word.  What to do when they encounter common words with ‘tricky’ graphemes they have not yet been taught? Here is an explantion […]

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New buzz word for ‘tricky words’ in the new National Curriculum

This week I learned from Susan Godsland www.dyslexics.org.uk  that the new term for ‘tricky words’ in the new National Curriculum is ‘common exception’ words.  This term that is rather confusing.  Firstly, why exception?  Exception from what?  Secondly, as Susan pointed out – it […]

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Why is the term ‘tricky words’ tricky?

The term ‘tricky words’ is used for some common high-frequency words that a beginner reader may encounter.   For example words like ‘the’ or ‘said’.  These words have complex spellings (graphemes) that the child may not yet have learned.  Because these […]

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What is a ‘tricky word’?

Fluent readers may find it difficult to understand why beginner readers find some words difficult to decode. Take the word ‘was’:  It is a ‘tricky word’.  What is so tricky about it?

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Are ‘tricky’ words and high-frequency words the same?

These days we hear a lot about ‘tricky words’ or phonically ‘irregular’ words, ‘sight words’ and high-frequency words. Do all these terms mean the same thing?

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Teaching high-frequency words and phonics – two conflicting approaches?

Wouldn’t it be great if we could teach those high-frequency words strictly within the phonic progression of our programme?

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