High-frequency words are quite simply those words which occur most frequently in written material, for example, "is", "can", "are" and "it". They are often words that have little meaning on their own, but they do contribute a great deal to the meaning of a sentence. Some of the high-frequency words can be sounded out using basic phonics rules, e.g. "it" is an easy word to read using phonics. However, many of the high-frequency words are not phonically regular and are therefore hard to read in the early stages. These words are sometimes called tricky words, sight words or camera words. In addition to being difficult to sound out, most of the high frequency words have a rather abstract meaning which is hard to explain to a child.


Researchers reckon that learning just 13 of the most frequently used words will enable children to read 25% of any text. Learning 100 high frequency words gives a beginner reader access to 50% of virtually any text, whether a children's book or a newspaper report.


When you couple immediate recognition of the high-frequency sight words with a good knowledge of basic phonics, that's when a child's reading can really take off.

Math Vocabulary


All of our vocabulary workshops contains a session that covers math vocabulary as well. As our students all are bilingual and as such have great math knowledge in Chinese, it’s really all about connecting this knowledge to the specific English math vocabulary. 


Our main MASH classroom have a fantastic math word wall, which we use to take our students through the different concepts and important math terminology.


For more information on our vocubulary programs please contact our customer service team today.