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Tricky words

Here you will find the tricky words taught in each of the phonics phases:

Tricky words introduced in Phase 2:

  • the
  • to
  • I
  • go
  • into
  • no

Tricky words introduced in Phase 3:

  • we
  • me
  • be
  • was
  • no
  • go
  • my
  • you
  • they
  • her
  • all
  • are

Tricky words introduced in Phase 4:

  • said
  • so she
  • he
  • have
  • like
  • some
  • come
  • were
  • there
  • little
  • one
  • they
  • all
  • are
  • do
  • when
  • out
  • what
  • my
  • her

By this point children would be expected to be reading CVC words at speed along with the tricky words from the previous phases.  It is important that children are taught that blending is only used when a word is unfamiliar.

Tricky words introduced in Phase 5:

  • oh
  • their
  • people
  • Mr
  • Mrs
  • looked
  • called
  • asked
  • water
  • where
  • who
  • again
  • thought
  • though
  • work
  • mouse
  • many
  • laughed
  • because
  • different
  • any
  • eyes
  • friends
  • once
  • please