High-Frequency Words

Should we teach tricky words as ‘sight words’?

The new year has started and children are sent home to learn to read and spell tricky words by sight, that is by the shape of the word.  Does this make sense if they are learning to read with Synthetic […]

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How to tackle words with ‘irregular’ spellings

Thanks Spelfabet for this clear explanation on how to teach children to read words with ‘irregular’ spellings. Irregular words?  

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Are we teaching high-frequency words in a logical order?

Here is a post from Spelfabet on an alternative order of teaching high-frequency words which best suits a logical phonic progression. This makes sense as children can use the phonics they are already learning and apply them to high-frequency words. […]

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The truth about sight words

Watch this clear video clip showing how ‘sight words’ can be decoded and so should be taught like other words – graphemes that spell sounds. Another great post by Alison Clarke of Spelfabet! Thank you! Sight words

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Sounding out high-frequency words: confused advice to parents

Despite teaching children that letters represent sounds in words, some schools are still sending home confusing instructions regarding the reading of high-frequency words…. http://literacyblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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Should children be given lists of sight words to learn at home?

Read John Walker’s blogpost on the perennial issue of sight word lists that children are expected to learn at home: http://www.tickld.com/

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How to decode ‘tricky words’

The Synthetic Phonics approach to reading is to encourage beginner readers to sound out graphemes in a word and blend them together into a word.  What to do when they encounter common words with ‘tricky’ graphemes they have not yet been taught? Here is an explantion […]

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New buzz word for ‘tricky words’ in the new National Curriculum

This week I learned from Susan Godsland www.dyslexics.org.uk  that the new term for ‘tricky words’ in the new National Curriculum is ‘common exception’ words.  This term that is rather confusing.  Firstly, why exception?  Exception from what?  Secondly, as Susan pointed out – it […]

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Why is the term ‘tricky words’ tricky?

The term ‘tricky words’ is used for some common high-frequency words that a beginner reader may encounter.   For example words like ‘the’ or ‘said’.  These words have complex spellings (graphemes) that the child may not yet have learned.  Because these […]

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What is a ‘tricky word’?

Fluent readers may find it difficult to understand why beginner readers find some words difficult to decode. Take the word ‘was’:  It is a ‘tricky word’.  What is so tricky about it?

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