Common Exception Words

Exception words are words in which the English spelling code works in an unusual or uncommon way. They are not words for which phonics ‘doesn’t work’, but they may be exceptions to spelling rules, or words which use a particular combination of letters to represent sound patterns in a rare or unique way.

Year 1
the they one
a be once
do he ask
to me friend
today she school
of we put
said no push
says go pull
are so full
were by house
was my our
is here his
there has where
I love  you
come your  some
Year 2
door gold plant
clothes floor hold
path busy poor
told bath people
because every hour
water find great
hold told clothes
move again kind
break prove half
mind steak improve
money behind pretty
sure Mr child
beautiful after eye
parents wild fast
could Christmas climb
last should everybody
most past would
even only father
who both class
whole old grass
any cold pass

*Note: ‘children’ is not an exception to what has been taught so far but is included because of its relationship with ‘child’.