Reception – Phase 2, 3 and 4 Phonics

Tricky words are ones which the children are taught to read on sight and cannot be decoded.

High frequency words include some tricky words, but are ones which are commonly found in books and used in the children’s writing.

Phase 2 Graphemes/Phonemes

s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

Phase 2 Tricky Words

I, no, go, into, to, the

Phase 2 High Frequency Words

a, dad, I, mum, him, big, it, at, on, up, back, but, off, into, his, to, had, got, no, in, go, as, an, can, and, get, not, off

Phase 3 Graphemes/Phonemes

j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er,

Phase 3 Tricky Words

He, she, we, me, be, was, you, they, all, are, my, her

Phase 3 High Frequency Words

Will, that, then, this, she, now, with, for, he, me, down, them, my, see, too, look, all, was, we, you, her, are, they, be

Phase 4 Tricky Words

Little, were, said, like, one, have, some, come, so, when, what, out, do

Phase 4 High Frequency Words

Went, from, children, it’s, little, just, help, out, were, said, like, one, have, when, do, some, come, where, so, what