High frequency words are those words which occur most frequently in written material, for example, "and", "the", "as" and "it". They are often words that have little meaning on their own, but they do contribute a great deal to the meaning of a sentence. Some of the high frequency words can be sounded out using basic phonic rules, e.g. "it" is an easy word to read using phonics. However, many of the high frequency words are not phonically regular and are therefore hard to read in the early stages. These words are sometimes called tricky words, sight words or camera words. In addition to being difficult to sound out, most of the high frequency words have a rather abstract meaning which is hard to explain to a child. It's easy to learn words like "cat" and "house" because they can easily be related to a real object or a picture, but how do you represent the word "the" or "of"?
Our aim at Southam Primary School is to ensure that all children develop a real pleasure for reading and leave our school as confident readers. To achieve this, it is important that children are able to select books to read that are appropriate for their reading ability so that they are not put off reading.
Children are given a reading range and select books to read from this range. To find books to read which are in their reading range children are able to use the following websites:
The children will need to use their username and password to access this site.
If you'd like to receive emails showing your child's quiz or test results, click the Email Setup link in Renaissance Home Connect and follow the directions. To be sure these emails reach your inbox, add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book.