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Tricky words cannot be sounded out easily.
Early readers may find tricky words difficult to read as they have not yet learned some of the graphemes in those words: the word ‘want’ has the ‘o’ sound instead of ‘a,’ which is how it is spelt. This means that children find it difficult to read out the word, as the sounds don’t accompany the letters. They are sometimes known as irregular words, common exception words, or sight words.
How to support your child to read tricky words:
What are Common Exception Words?
Common exception words are words that do not follow the common phonetic spelling rules children learn in Year 1 and Year 2. These are also called tricky words or sight words as you must learn to recognise them, and can't sound them out. They aren't decodable using the normal rules and letter-sounds in phonics.
Download a phonics worksheet & a reading worksheet.
Encourage & support your child through reading the phonics worksheet, use the 'help my child with reading' document to support questions when reading with your child.
Have a 5-minute break and then read the reading worksheet to your child or you can do some team reading and take turns to read the text...
Discuss what you are reading so that your child has an awareness of the text to answer the questions as independently as possible.
Developing comprehension skills is important and in line with National Curriculum Statements for Reading.