Tricky words are those words which cannot be sounded out correctly
using the Jolly Phonics sounds. The only way these words can be read and
spelt correctly is by learning them and having plenty of practise.
By introducing the tricky words slowly, possible one or two a week,
your child is more likely to be able to read and spell each of the words
Tricky Word Wall Flowers (Jolly Phonics)
are a lovely way to introduce a new word and make learning fun and
enjoyable for your child.
Once you have introduced the tricky word and practised it,
reinforce this word regularly when sharing picture books and reading
When helping your child to learn to spell the tricky words you may
decide to use the 'Look, Cover, Write and Check' method. This involves
first looking at the word and identifying which part is tricky, covering
the word, writing it and then checking the spelling.
When practising the spelling of tricky words aim to make it a fun, enjoyable activity, perhaps by writing the tricky words in sand, paint, shaving foam
or glitter. Once your child has practised a few times in a less
structured way, give them the opportunity to attempt to write the tricky
word on coloured paper with pencil colours or felt tips.
The tricky words identified by the Jolly Phonics* scheme are:
you so do go here come said
my no there
by old like down live give only
have little what one
because were before more why where
other want when
right should could would goes
put made two saw their four
all do she we I are me
he was be the some
of right once love mother
father always every
*Jolly Phonics is a reading and writing scheme which was developed by
Sue Lloyd and Sara Wernham.