Well, how confused can some Key Stage 1 teachers be about HFWs? Answer? Very confused! Here is a letter to parents sent home recently from a primary school somewhere in the south east of England. Dear Parents/CarersThis week in phonics the children have been learning the following sounds:a, i, m, s, t, n, o p… Continue reading How confused can Key Stage 1 teachers be about high frequency words?
On our Sounds-Write courses, I’ve noticed that an increasing number of practitioners working in schools teaching phonics seem to believe that the three hundred high-frequency words included in the Letters and Sounds manual should be taught as ‘sight words’. What is the answer to this? First, we think it’s a bad idea to teach ‘sight… Continue reading High frequency words