Research shows that learning just 13 of the most frequently used words will enable children to read 25% of any text. Learning 100 high frequency words gives a beginner reader access to 50% of virtually any text, whether a children's book or a newspaper report. When you couple sight recognition of common and tricky words with knowledge of phonics, that's when a child's reading can really take off…
First 100 High Frequency Word Lists
This word list contains the first 100 common words which children encounter in their reading. The words are listed in frequency order, reading down the columns, starting with the most common word, 'the'.
High Frequency Word Cards Set 1
These cards contain the first 32 high frequency words. They include decodable high frequency words as well as the tricky words.
a, an, as, at, if, in, is, it, of, off, on, can, dad, had, back, and, get, big, him, his, not, got, up, mum, but, put, the, to, I, no, go, into
The six words in italics are 'tricky' words at this stage, which means that they cannot be easily decoded.
High Frequency Word Cards Set 2
These cards have 24 high frequency words, including both decodable and tricky words.
will, that, this, then, them, with, see, for, now, down, look, too, he, she, we, me, be, was, you, they, all, are, my, her
The twelve tricky words are shown in italics above. These can't be decoded using just the phonics knowledge.
Next 200 High Frequency Word Lists
The next 200 high frequency words follow on from the first 100. All 200 words are displayed on two A4 pages, with one hundred words per page. The most common words are on the first page. Start with "water" at the top left then read down each column to "laughed" at the bottom right of the first page. The next word is "let's" at the top left of the second page, and the list ends with the word "grow", which is the least frequently used word in the list.