High Frequency Words (HFW) worksheets, games and resources.


High Frequency Words

This page contains free worksheets, ideas, flashcards, online activities and other educational resources to help with the National Literacy Strategy Reception Words, Key Stage 1 Words and Year 4 / Year 5 Medium Frequency Words. We have also created a further list for more able children.

1. Play High Frequency Word Pop-Up - Gradually slide a large copy of a High Frequency Word (A4) from behind a book or sheet of card. See how long it takes the children to recognise the word. This activity can be played with the whole class, a group or an individual child.
2. Get a group of children into a circle or around a table. Lay a set of High Frequency Word cards in the middle of them so that the words are showing. Say a word and the first child to put their finger on that card wins it. Continue until there are no words left and the winner is the child with the most cards. Cards could be strategically placed so that they are nearer to children who are having difficulties.
3. Get a group of children to sort a set of High Frequency Words according to how many letters they have got and then to read them.
4. Spread a group of between 10 and 20 High Frequency Word cards on the tables around the classroom. Stand a group of children on the carpet area to begin with and say one of the words. The children have to find and stand by the table with that word on. The number of children that take part in this game will depend on the size and space in your classroom. To finish, individual children could be asked to collect each word.
5. Play a memory game with high frequency word cards. Lay a small number of words on a table in front of a group. Let them have a look for a while before asking them to turn around and close their eyes. Remove a card and ask the group if they can tell you which card you removed.
6. Cover up the first letter on a set of High Frequency Word flashcards. Ask the children what the first letter might be and what the word would then be. Use words which have more than one possibility. As an alternative, cover up the last letter.
7. Ask the children to spell words which rhyme with selected high frequency words that you show them, e.g. show them "could" and ask them to spell "would" and "should".
Recommended High Frequency Words Book

High Frequency Words

Author:  Sue Graves

Synopsis:  This book contains 12 photocopiable A5 minibooks for the children to create and colour along with 49 pages of teachers' notes giving guidance on using the books. Each minibook introduces between 3 and 6 of the high frequency words listed in the NLS.

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     Last updated:  30th September 2006


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