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… Continue reading High frequency words