Phase 2 High Frequency Word Cards
These free resources contain all the high frequency words specified in Phase 2 of the Letters and Sounds phonics
programme. The cards include decodable high frequency words as well as the tricky words and are available in three
different letter styles.
Phase 2 high frequency word cards precursive style
These cards contain the first 32 high frequency words which are listed for phase 2 of the
Letters and Sounds programme, in a precursive print style.
Phase 2 high frequency word cards unjoined cursive style
The 32 high frequency words for phase 2 are printed six to each A4 page. The font style used is
unjoined cursive, with lead-in strokes.
Phase 2 high frequency word list joined cursive style
This set contains the 32 high frequency words for phase 2 of Letters and Sounds in a joined
The Phase 2 high frequency words are:
|a, an, as, at, if, in, is, it, of, off, on, can, dad, had, back, and, get, big, him,
his, not, got, up, mum, but, put, the, to, I, no, go, into
The six words in italics are 'tricky' words at this stage, which means that they cannot be easily decoded. The
word 'put' is decodable for children with a northern accent where it rhymes with 'but'.
Ideas for using the phase 2 high frequency word cards
Use as flashcards to test knowledge of words which have already been learnt
Print two sets and match the pairs (start with just a few words and build up)
With two sets of cards, play a memory game, starting with all the cards face down, then taking it in
turns to turn over two cards and read the words. If they match, keep the pair and have another go. If
they don't match, turn them back over.
As the child learns each word, stick the card into a notebook. Read through the notebook for revision
'Hide' a few cards around the room while your child isn't watching, then ask them to find and bring you
the word 'and' for example. Swap places and let them hide the words and name them for you to find.
Cut out the cards, stack them together and staple down the side to make a mini book to read and
practise the words.