Sight Words are those words that cannot be sounded out (decoded) phonetically – over 60% of the English language, in fact. However, sight words can be easily learned once a student has developed automaticity – the immediate recognition of whole words.
For lower primary school students, mastering these words through instant recognition helps improve reading fluency and reading comprehension. The same can be said for high-frequency words, which are those words that occur most frequently when reading and writing.
To become a fluent reader, it is important to have the ability to quickly recognise both sight and high-frequency words automatically, of which LiteracyPlanet covers the 300 most common sight words and hundreds of more high-frequency words.