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Tricky words PowerPoint shared by Rubina
One word per slide flashes up on screen. Can be used with the whole class to read the words. Each child can be called to the computer to read the words individually.
Difficult words can be given to the child on a card to learn at home.
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Tricky word cards (Ref: SB2774)
The tricky words (as specified in the DfES ‘Letters and Sounds’ publication) presented on cards with brightly-coloured borders.
Tricky word cards - cursive (Ref: SB8734)
The tricky words (as specified in the DfES ‘Letters and Sounds’ publication) in cursive script, presented on cards with brightly-coloured borders.
Tricky words on bookmarks (Ref: SB5798)
A set of printable bookmarks with various different themes listing tricky words by phase.
Tricky words on butterflies (Ref: SB2438)
A colourful set of butterfly pictures featuring the tricky words as specified in the DfES ‘Letters and Sounds’ publication.  The images are A4 size by default, but can be resized in Adobe Reader to print 2, 4 or 6 per sheet.
Tricky words on rockets (Ref: SB1345)
A PDF featuring colourful rocket images with the 41 tricky words as specified in the DfES ‘Letters and Sounds’ publication.  These are ideal for displaying in your classroom.  Print size can be shrunk using the ‘Print scaling’ function in Adobe Reader.
Tricky words on monsters (Ref: SB2458)
A colourful set of monster characters featuring the tricky words as specified in the DfES ‘Letters and Sounds’ publication.  You could create a cage for your monsters, where the monsters are only released from the cage when the children know the word!
Tricky words train (Ref: SB2739)
The 41 tricky words as specified in the DfES ‘Letters and Sounds’ publication, presented on coloured train carriages, with steam engine.
Magical tricky words (Ref: SB2604)
The 41 tricky words presented as specified in the DfES ‘Letters and Sounds’ publication, presented with magicians hats.  Colour-coded for each phase.
Tricky words on dragons (Ref: SB3427)
Tricky words presented on coloured dragons.
Tricky words on dinosaurs (Ref: SB4009)
Tricky words presented on coloured dinosaurs.
Tricky words on brown bears (Ref: SB8731)
Tricky words presented on a cartoon brown bear characters.
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Tricky words on fish (Ref: SB5802)
Tricky words presented on colourful tropical-style fish.
Tricky words on bugs (Ref: SB804)
A PDF featuring some very colourful bug images with the 41 tricky words as specified in the DfES Letters and Sounds publication.  These are ideal for displaying in your classroom or laminating for use in outdoor keyword hunts.  Print size can be shrunk using ‘Print scaling’ in Adobe Reader.
Tricky words on bricks (Ref: SB504)
71 tricky words presented on bricks which can be printed and used in your classroom Word Wall display.
Tricky words on cameras (Ref: SB2738)
The 41 tricky words as specified in the DfES ‘Letters and Sounds’ publication, presented with cameras.  You could call them ‘camera words’ that children must ‘photograph’ in their heads and learn by memory.
Tricky words on spiders (Ref: SB2806)
A colourful set of spider characters featuring the tricky words as specified in the DfES ‘Letters and Sounds’ publication.  
Tricky words on raindrops (Ref: SB2893)
A set of printable raindrops featuring the tricky words as specified in the DfES ‘Letters and Sounds’ publication.  
Tricky words on ground, grass and sky (Ref: SB2920)
The tricky words as specified in the DfES ‘Letters and Sounds’ publication presented on ground, grass and sky writing lines.
Tricky words on paint splats (Ref: SB2879)
A colourful set of paint splats featuring the tricky words as specified in the DfES ‘Letters and Sounds’ publication.  The images are A4 size by default, but can be resized in Adobe Reader to print 2, 4 or 6 per sheet.
Tricky word flash cards (Ref: SB3496)
Small basic tricky word flash cards to print out and use in all sorts of activities.
Tricky word flash cards - large  (Ref: SB3497)
Large teacher-size basic tricky word flash cards to print out and use in all sorts of activities.
Tricky words on stars (Ref: SB6569)
A set of 41 tricky words presented on star shapes.
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Tricky words on flowers (Ref: SB5170)
Tricky words presented on colourful flower images.
Tricky words on leaves (Ref: SB2924)
A set of printable leaves featuring the tricky words as specified in the DfES ‘Letters and Sounds’ publication.  
Tricky words on fruit and vegetables (Ref: SB3170)
Tricky words presented on various fruit and vegetables.
Phase 2 tricky word bingo (Ref: SB792)
A set of bingo boards and cards featuring the six Phase Two tricky words in the DfES Letters and Sounds document.
Phase 3 tricky word bingo (Ref: SB794)
A set of bingo boards and cards featuring the twelve Phase Three tricky words in the DfES Letters and Sounds document.
Phase 4 tricky word bingo (Ref: SB795)
A set of bingo boards and cards featuring the fourteen Phase Four tricky words in the DfES Letters and Sounds document.
Phase 5 tricky word bingo (Ref: SB796)
A set of bingo boards and cards featuring the nine Phase Five tricky words in the DfES Letters and Sounds document.
Dinosaur tricky word bingo (Ref: SB4155)
A set of dinosaur-themed bingo boards and word cards featuring tricky high-frequency words.
Tricky words snakes and ladders games (Ref: SB8367)
A set of snakes and ladders boards featuring tricky words by phase.
Tricky words on tractors (Ref: SB4472)
A set of printable tractors featuring the tricky words as specified in the DfES ‘Letters and Sounds’ publication.  
Tricky words on clouds (Ref: SB4509)
Tricky words presented on simple clouds.
100 high-frequency words on school buses
(Ref: SB6035)
100 high-frequency words presented on American yellow school buses.
Tricky words on flies (Ref: SB7395)
A set of tricky words presented on cartoon flies.  Ideal for creating a fly swat game where two children are given fly swats, the teacher calls out a word and the first child to swat the fly wins.
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Tricky words on planets (Ref: SB5438)
Tricky words presented on Solar System planets.
Tricky words on owls (Ref: SB5161)
Tricky words presented on owls.
Tricky words on yellow bath ducks (Ref: SB5159)
Tricky words presented on yellow bath ducks.
Tricky words on Christmas objects (Ref: SB6952)
Over 40 tricky words presented on various items associated with Christmas.
Phase 2 tricky word dominoes (Ref: SB4465)
Printable word dominoes featuring Phase 2 tricky words.  A great activity to practise reading and recognition of these words with irregular spellings.
Phase 3 tricky word dominoes (Ref: SB4471)
Printable word dominoes featuring Phase 3 tricky words.  A great activity to practise reading and recognition of these words with irregular spellings.
Phase 4 tricky word dominoes (Ref: SB4481)
Printable word dominoes featuring Phase 4 tricky words.  A great activity to practise reading and recognition of these words with irregular spellings.
Phase 5 tricky word dominoes (Ref: SB4482)
Printable word dominoes featuring Phase 5 tricky words.  A great activity to practise reading and recognition of these words with irregular spellings.
Tricky Words display banner (Ref: SB2775)
A colourful banner for your ‘Tricky Words’ display.
Tricky Words of the Week display banner (Ref: SB5893)
A colour banner for your ‘Tricky Words of the Week’ display.
Tricky Word Tree display banners (Ref: SB5685)
Printable banners for your classroom tricky word tree display.
Aimed at Key Stage 2
Tricky word mats (Ref: SB6531)
3 word mats featuring KS1 tricky words, but aimed at KS2 children.
Tricky word tree sheets (Ref: SB8285)
Printable sheets in colour and black and white featuring tricky words by phase.  Great as assessment tools to check students’ ability to recognise the words.
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Phase 2 tricky words on bookmarks (Ref: SB5807)
A set of printable bookmarks with various different themes listing Phase 2 tricky words.
Phase 4 tricky words on bookmarks (Ref: SB5822)
A set of printable bookmarks with various different themes listing Phase 4 tricky words.
Phase 5 tricky words on bookmarks (Ref: SB5823)
A set of printable bookmarks with various different themes listing Phase 5 tricky words.
Tricky word strips (by phase) (Ref: SB9141)
A set of printable desktop word strips with the tricky words for each phase 2 to 5.
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Tricky words A4 page borders (Ref: SB9198)
Editable A4 page borders featuring tricky words colour-coded for each Phase 2-5.  Includes editable Microsoft Word templates as well as resizable JPG images.
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Word List: Tricky words
The tricky sight words that cannot be decoded phonetically as listed in the
DfES ‘Letters and Sounds’ publication.
Word List: Tricky words
The tricky sight words that cannot be decoded phonetically as listed in the
DfES ‘Letters and Sounds’ publication.
100 High-Frequency Words
200 Common Words
Tricky words bookmarks (Ref: SB2660)
A set of printable bookmarks with various different themes listing tricky words by phase.
Tricky words on bookmarks - cursive (Ref: SB9944)
A set of printable bookmarks with various different themes listing tricky words by phase in cursive script.
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Phase 3 tricky words on bookmarks (Ref: SB5808)
A set of printable bookmarks with various different themes listing Phase 3 tricky words.
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Common Exception Words display banner (Ref: SB10826)
A colour banner for your ‘Common Exception Words’ display.