This item is a Download

Following an extensive literature review, PLD has upgraded our approach to high frequency words (HFW).  In a recent blog a range of tips were provided to remove the confusion that surrounds sight words. Since that point, we have developed our approach further. Our 2020 approach to HFW tackles three commonly encountered issues:

  1. Teaching HFW in the order of frequency is important, however, the complexity and the composition of the words require a greater level of consideration for an early literacy learner.
  2. Applying a set of HFW to a year level (e.g. The first 100 words in Foundation, the second 100 in Year 1 etc) does not take into account the developmental level that students are operating at, and which HFW match the class’s phonic and phonemic awareness knowledge. 
  3. The existing evidence-base consistently argues for HFW to be presented within a SSP program. Although this is repeatedly stated, it is unclear how the amalgamation of phonics and HFW should actually occur. 

It is in direct response to issues such as these, that we at PLD embarked on the following process: 

  1. Rather than focusing upon individual HFW lists, we amalgamated the words that occurred within a range of HFW lists commonly used within Australia.
  2. With the expanded HFW list, we organised the words not on the basis of frequency of occurrence, but in terms of their location within PLD’s SSP progression.
  3. The remaining irregular HFW or complex words (with sophisticated or advanced phonic concepts) were clustered according to spelling patterns and frequency of occurrence. 
  4. All words were colour coded to illustrate the relationship between the sound and phonic structure.

For more information on the development of this resource, continue reading rethinking High Frequency Words within PLD’s Structured Synthetic Phonics program. Click on the links below to download the other High Frequency Words within SSP Charts:

For full terms and conditions, see our Copyright Terms of Use at https://pld-literacy.org/copyright/. Further information regarding the PLD implementation can be found in our downloadable Whole School Literacy Plan.

Download Now
  • Phonic Sight Word Sequence Chart - Stage 1 Target 1
    Phonic Sight Word Sequence Chart – Stage 1 Target 4

    Following an extensive literature review, PLD has upgraded our approach to high frequency words (HFW).  In a recent blog a range of tips were provided to remove the confusion that surrounds sight words. Since that point, we have developed our approach further. Our 2020 approach to HFW tackles three commonly encountered issues: Teaching HFW in the […]

    Following an extensive literature review, PLD has upgraded our approach to high frequency words (HFW).  In a recent blog a range of tips were provided

  • Phonic Sight Word Sequence Chart - Stage 1 Target 1
    Phonic Sight Word Sequence Chart – Stage 1 Target 2 & 3

    Following an extensive literature review, PLD has upgraded our approach to high frequency words (HFW).  In a recent blog a range of tips were provided to remove the confusion that surrounds sight words. Since that point, we have developed our approach further. Our 2020 approach to HFW tackles three commonly encountered issues: Teaching HFW in the […]

    Following an extensive literature review, PLD has upgraded our approach to high frequency words (HFW).  In a recent blog a range of tips were provided

  • Phonic Sight Word Sequence Chart - Stage 1 Target 1
    Whole School Phonic Sight Word Sequence Placement Screening

    The Phonic Sight Word Sequence placement test, is designed to very quickly establish the range in ability within a class, and provide the stages or levels for which explicit, structured teaching is required.

    How to present the Whole School Phonic Sight Word Sequence Placement Screening Present the screen below to each class (ideally in week 1 of Term

  • Phonic Sight Word Sequence Chart - Stage 1 Target 1
    Foundation Pre-Literacy Screen

    Revised for 2020.

    The Foundation Pre-Literacy Screens have been designed to profile the acquisition of core literacy precursor skills that will impact later reading, spelling and phonic development.


People also bought…

  • Essential Foundation Literacy Starter Pack
    $508.56 $432.29
    Phonic Sight Word Sequence Chart - Stage 1 Target 1

    Foundation Year flip books and A4 resources for every Literacy program.

    By the end of the Foundation school year, children should be able to read and spell CVC and CCVC words and words with a range

  • Phonic and Sight Word Sequence
    $71.50
    Phonic Sight Word Sequence Chart - Stage 1 Target 1

    Outlining the relationship between letters and sounds.

    This is a print version of the Phonic and Sight Word Sequence. If you require the eBook version, click here. By middle and upper primary,

  • First Spelling Words – Set 1
    $82.50
    Phonic Sight Word Sequence Chart - Stage 1 Target 1

    A program for 5 to 6 year olds that introduces CVC word spelling with phonics into the early years.

    Designed by Speech Pathologists for teachers and parents, First Spelling Words – Set 1 for students aged 5 to 6, includes 51 activities in three

  • Spelling Activities for the Junior Primary
    $82.50
    Phonic Sight Word Sequence Chart - Stage 1 Target 1

    Based on synthetic phonics and linguistic theory.

    This is a print version of Spelling Activities for the Junior Primary. If you require the eBook version, click here. The ability to read well is