Reception Phonics worksheets by Subject
Tricky words are ones that your child can’t sound out with their phonics knowledge but need to be learned and remembered. Here are some ideas to help your child learn tricky words.
These are sight words that should not be sounded out before reading but just need to be memorised. Read the word out loud, then trace the word and finally try writing the word.
Cut out these word cards and play bingo with your child. Sometimes you can be the bingo caller and sometimes they should take a turn.
Play a game of pairs with these ‘z’ and ‘qu’ words. Each player takes it in turn to pick up two words and read them out. If they find the same word, that is a pair and they get to keep them. The winner is the player with most pairs
Which of these words end in ‘ss’? Colour in the pictures of the words that have an /s/ sound at the end.
The adult chooses a letter from this list and says: “I spy with my little eye something beginning with...”; the child has to find all the pictured objects that start with that letter. Then pick a different letter and swap roles.
Print and cut out these words with double consonants and play a game of Pairs.
Cut out the letters below. Can you think of a word that starts with each one? Now listen to these words – can you hear the sounds in the word? Can you find the sounds to build the word?
Play this fun memory game and see how many 'oi' words you know.
Children learn to read and spell high-frequency words, the most common words in English-language texts, throughout primary school. Download a list of the top 100 high-frequency words to use for at-home spelling practice and revision.
Shuffle the word cards and share them between two players. The oldest player starts the game by turning over a card and placing it face up on the table or floor. Each player then takes turns placing cards, face up, next to the card. When the word card and picture card match that’s SNAP! The player with most cards at the end wins.
Read the word cards together and discuss which card belongs to which picture. Shuffle the word cards and share them between two players. The oldest player starts the game by turning over a card and placing it face up on the table or floor. Each player then takes turns placing cards, face up, next to the card. When the word card and picture card match that’s SNAP! The player with most cards at the end wins.
This is a learning-to-read game sometimes used in schools. Cut out all the CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words and hold them in a pile. Sit in front of your child and show them one of the words (for example, man). Then show them some of the other words; when you show them a word they’ve already seen (like man) again they shout ‘Full Circle’! The Full Circle exercise will help encourage your child to read the CVC words at a glance. They are looking at the letters in the words and the shape of the words – this is what learning to read is largely about!
Cut out the pointy hand and use it to press each sound in the word. Once you’ve said each sound can you say all the sounds together to make the whole word?
Here is a sound train! Do you remember all the sounds on it? Take a sound from each carriage and write a word!
You’re the teacher! Harry is a child in your class. He has written some of these words correctly. But a few of his word endings are wrong! Put a tick next to the words he’s got correct. Write what the ending should be next to the words Harry has got wrong.
Look at the /oo/ words below. Can you read them out loud? These words are all jumbled up in this wordsearch. Can you find them? Put a tick next to each word that you find.
Have a look at the sounds /sh/ and /ch/. Have fun saying the two sounds – do you sound like a train?
Cut out the shape below. Fold along the lines and stick down the flaps to make a cube. Then take turns to roll the sound die. Each player has to think of a word containing the ‘u’ or ‘i’ sound they roll. Then write down your words.