Upton Primary School

Your new design will be uploaded in:
Please contact Delivery Team on
0113 3200 750 if you have any queries.

Waggon Lane, Upton, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF9 1JS


01977 650820

Foundation stage SPELLING

At Upton Primary school it is our aim to have children in Foundation stage reading and spelling simple Consonant-Vowel-Consonant words (CVC) confidently. They should also be beginning to spell CCVC and CVCC words accurately. Below is guidance about the terms CVC and CVCC:


  • CVC - Stands for consonant, vowel, consonant. e.g. sat, big, cat


  • CVCC - Stands for consonant, vowel, consonant, consonant . e.g. duck, bang, wing


By the end of the Foundation stage year children should able to read and write the following words:


Some of the above words are common exception words, also known as tricky words. These words can not be spelt phonetically. These have to be learnt separately e.g. the. 


What about the really tricky words/common exception words?

Common exception words are just that, they are words  that are an exception to the rules and patterns taught in phonics and spelling lessons. They are commonly referred to a ‘tricky words’ as they have to be learnt separately. When we teach 'tricky' we ask children to identify the part of the word that is tricky.  This helps them remember what's unusual about them.  From time to time, when a word is particularly challenging we might make up a mnemonic (a little poem to help remember the word).  The children sometimes make up their own.  Here are some examples below: