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Helping your child with reading.

Sight Words and High Frequency Words

Many parents have asked for practical suggestions to support their child, as they develop skills in Reading. Helping your child to recognise sight and high frequency words is a useful way to support their reading development.

Sight words are those words which must be recognised on sight, as they cannot be sounded out. High frequency words are those which occur most often in the texts we read.

Dolch’s sight words make up 50 to 75% of the words in any children’s text; therefore, knowing these words instantly gives young readers a huge advantage when attempting to read new stories.

I will provide a list of the words your child should be focusing on each week, as part of their spelling homework. Listed below is a number of fun, practical activities to help support your child as they learn these important words.


Memory Match

Using two sets of your child's sight words, play a fun game of memory.

  1. Mix up the cards.

  2. Lay them in rows, face down.

  3. Turn over any two cards.

  4. If the two cards match, keep them.

  5. If they don't match, turn them back over.

  6. Remember what was on each card and where it was.

  7. Watch and remember during the other player's turn.

  8. The game is over when all the cards have been matched.

  9. The player with the most matches wins.

Remember to encourage your child to say the word as they turn each card.

Sight Word Tic Tac Toe/ Noughts and Crosses

  1. Prior to playing tic-tac-toe, review each sight word.
  2. The game is played just like tic-tac-toe but the child must say the sight word prior to selecting a box.
  3. The youngest player goes first and selects a box using the sight word they are practising.
  4. Alternate selecting boxes until a player gets three in a row (wins the game) or the grid is completely filled in but no one won the game.

Sight Word Spotlight

  1. Have your child record their sight words on a paper plate, or on a large card and Blutack to the wall.
  2. Read a book together.
  3. As your child spots their sight word in the book ask them to shine their spotlight (torch) on that word.

Sight Word Hopscotch

What You Need:


a small rock


1. Using chalk make a hopscotch board.

2. In each square write target sight words.

3. Your child should throw the rock onto the hopscotch board. Whichever word the rock lands in is the word to be read.

4. Repeat until all words have been read at least once.

Speak, Read and Write

Provide opportunities for your child to read their sight words, say the words out loud as well as write them into a sentence. This is important as these words are spoken by your child in their daily interactions with classmates, friends and family. When they see these words as they would appear within a written sentence, they gain an understanding of the meaning of the words and are more likely to recall the word.

Additional Information

Follow the link below to find further information from the Department of Education on how to support your child, when reading.
Mrs Pritchard