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45 Key words for reception

Here is a printable list of the 45 reception key words used by some schools. If you would like suggestions of how to use these words, see our Learning key words and high frequency words page.

list of all the words
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Below are the individual 45 reception key words, each word is on a 3d geometric shape background. These key words are used by some teachers in order to help reception children learn to recognise the words and  therefore aid their reading. Often the teachers will send these words home to be practiced. Some of these words can be sounded out using phonic knowledge, and others need to be learnt by sight.


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45 Reception Words - all together

45 reception keywords with shapes
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