I had my lovely box of Year 1 reading tests delivered earlier this week which are nicely double locked away in the HT's office. So this got me thinking. Yet again with my Year 1 and 2s today we have explored those odd words that defy all the rules. SO my question is, if I get as a non word on the reading test spouch, for example obviously I will be able to accept the pronunciation of spouch, rhyming with couch but will I also be able to accept it as "spuch", rhyming with touch in toucan, "ou" makes the "oo" sound, so technically I should be able to accept "spooch" because after all, how do we know which way the word was intended to be pronounced. I'm sure there may be other pronunciations of ou that I can't think of after a few glasses of grapejuice. I don't suppose for one minute the people who wrote this have managed to come up with a complete set of words that can only be pronounced one way.