Sight words can be tricky

Being good at reading is trickier than knowing how to sound out the letters in words. Many words in the English language (over 50%!) can’t be sounded out phonetically (decoded).

Words that can’t be spelled or read using the letter-sound correspondence taught to students in phonics programs are often dubbed sight words or high-frequency words.

Developing automaticity

If less than 50% of all English words can be sounded out phonetically, being able to recognise sight words is essential when teaching children to read. Our sight words content capably helps teachers build this skill.

LiteracyPlanet’s Sight words program at a glance

– Over 300 of the most common sight words
– Hundreds of high-frequency words
– Sight Word Readers for students in Prep to Year 2


This fun activity introduces each word in context.


This fun activity develops word automaticity.


This fun activity assesses both auditory and visual recognition.

Guided Reading

LiteracyPlanet’s Readers are perfect for Guided Reading, Reciprocal Reading and modelled reading sessions in the classroom. Our Readers are designed in accordance with synthetic phonics, helping children sound out each word and support knowledge of sight words, make meaning of words in context and build their vocabulary.

Play sight word activities

Play a selection of fun sight words activities found in LiteracyPlanet. Each activity helps students learn how words are spelled, how they’re pronounced and what they mean while having fun building their vocabulary. Upgrade to unlock access to hundreds more!

Strand: Sight Words

Learning Level: Foundation

Type: Learn (Stubmunk School)

Curriculum outline: Set 1 - Ant

Strand: Sight Words

Learning Level: Year 1

Type: Practice (Feed Word Monster)

Curriculum outline: Set 22 - Jaguar

Strand: Sight Words

Learning Level: Year 2

Type: Test (Sight Words Test)

Curriculum outline: Set 48 - Toucan

And something special for you!

Although students will learn to recognise the most common sight and high-frequency words, we have put the power in your hands to create your own wordlists and assign these to your students using the activities they are already familiar with. How good is that!

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Key literacy strands

Here at LiteracyPlanet, we strive to be the most comprehensive English literacy resource for you and your children.