Reading the High Frequency Words

Here is a useful link to the first 100 high frequency words for Year 1. 

Useful websites

Here are a few websites you may wish to use to help your child to read and write.

This is a good website for children to learn to read and write.

mix of very good interactive games and worksheets covering most phonic phases. Recommend Sandcastle quiz for phase 3 and 5.

A very good selection of interactive games focussing on phonics and sentence construction. Each is split into medium/hard/really hard and are short and fun.

A great selection of games that link well with what Year One are learning in phonics.

A selection of interactive games for all phonic phases. Mostly simple games.

Interactive games for a range of sounds. Each has a couple interactive games and a clever game.


I will continue to add to this list so please keep checking for updates.





Year one Phonics

In Year 1, the children have progressed onto learning their Set 2 soundsThere are 12 Set 2 ‘speed sounds’ that are made up of two or three letters which represent just one sound, e.g. ay as in play and igh as in high.  It is important that your child does not pronounce these as 2 or 3 separate sounds.  When they see the ‘speed sound’ letters together in a word, they must say just one sound for these letters.

 Your child has learnt these sounds this term. When they learn these sounds in school they have learnt:

       the letters that represent a speed sound e.g. 'ay'

a simple picture prompt linked to the ‘speed sound'

a short phrase to say e.g. may I play 


These are the sounds Year one have been learning this term. 


ay: may I play

ee: what can you see

igh: fly high

ow: blow the snow

oo: poo at the zoo

oo: look at a book

ar: start the car

or: shut the door

air: that’s not fair

ir: whirl and twirl

ou: shout it out

oy: toy for a boy


Please reinforce these sounds at home with your child.