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High Frequency Words

The 100 most frequently occurring words in written English are introduced as shown below.

(These words are published in Letters and Sounds (2007), P193-194, and they have been collated from the Children's Printed Word Database (Masterson, Stuart, Dixon, Lovejoy; 2003) 

AB Starter Pack

a  on  in  big  and  the

First Words Series

off  not  his  can  I  to  of  up

Tom and Bella Series 1

is  (has)

A Series 5-10, B Series 5-10

see  put  at  look  me  oh  with  no  will  dad  my  very  into

B Series 11-16

get  little  an  go  this  have  

Tom and Bella Series 2

but  from

Vowel Graphemes Sets 1 and 2

out  it  are  back  for  he  you  down  all him  them  then  too  that  day

A Series 11-16

went  got  said  mum  help  we

A Digraphs 17-24

had  as  she  they  come  her  by

B Digraphs 17-24

do

Tom and Bella Series 3

be

Rhyming CVC Series

was so

Early Vowel Combinations

now  about  one

Alfie and Harpo Series

some  if  old  it's

Tom and Bella Series 4

called  don't  here  made  

Combining Consonants Series

house  there  what

Follifoot Farm Series 1

just  when

Follifoot Farm Series 2

like

Alfie's Adventure

were  saw  asked  came  their  looked

English Vowels Set 1

could  time

Follifoot Farm Series 3

make

Further Vowel Series

children

Words not used:

Mr  Mrs  people  I'm  your

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Of the 100 most frequently occuring words88 are function words and 12 are content words, i.e. nouns or adjectives.

These are:- mum, dad, people, house, children, day, time, back*, big, old, Mr, Mrs.

The function words are grouped grammatically as:-

definite article the

indefinite article:   a,  an

conjunctions: and, but, so, as, if

determiners that,  all,  what,  no,  this,  one,  some

prepositions to,  in,  of,  on,  for,  with,  at,  up,  out,  down,  into,  from,  about,  by,  off

pronouns he,  I,  it,  you,  they,  she,  his,  we,  my,  her,  me,  him,  them,  your,  their

adverbs not,  there,  then,  here,  when,  back,  very,  now,  too,  just

verbs: was,  is,  can,  had,  went,  have,  are,  to,  be,  were,  will,  do,  go,  come,  look,  see,  got,  like,  looked,  came,  got,  put,  saw,  said,  help,  could,  called,  asked,  made,  make

contractions: it's,  don't,  I'm

interjections: oh

* 'back' may be a noun, adjective or adverb.

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The 200 next most regularly occuring words in children's books collated from the same database and shown in Letters and Sounds (2007) ( p195) are introduced as shown below:

AB Starter Pack

cat  hat  hot  man  box  dog  bad  bed

First Words Series

egg  red  am  run  

Tom and Bella Series 1

rabbit  has  fast

A Series 5-10, B Series 5-10

ran  fell  fun  duck  sleep

B Series 11-16

fox  next  wind

Tom and Bella Series 2

tells  sun  lots  top

Vowel Graphemes Sets 1 and 2

river  long  going  tree  feet  night  park  dark  each  horse  good  play  away  its  along  door  way  soon

A Series 11-16

yes  sat

A Digraphs 17-24

fish  wish  still  says  under  who  can't  fly

B Digraphs 17-24

looking  coming  water  two  every  been  after  things  end  let  better  other

Tom and Bella Series 3

last  green  may  animals  please  miss  plant

Rhyming CVC Series

really  gone  took  door  he's

Early Vowel Combinations

or  cries  again  well  

My First Animals

baby  friend  us  

Alfie and Harpo Series

suddenly  want  best  live  round  another  let's

Tom and Bella Series 4

room  car  where  garden  shouted  first  

Combining Consonants Series

much  mother  

Follifoot Farm Series 1

before   

Alfie's Adventure

around  lived  gave  did  only  head  wanted  take

English Vowels Set 1

would  through  thought  began  pulled  stopped  told  jumped  even  morning  more  bird  eyes  everyone

Follifoot Farm Series 3

place  inside  cold  dragon  small  why  town  must  white  home  any

Further Vowel Series

liked  most  snow  new  king  never  air  bear  how  window

English Vowels Set 2

boy  girl  than  grow  because

Past Tense Verbs

boat  right  mouse

Words not used:

ever  great  queen  key  clothes  gran  work  couldn't  tea  used  which  these  floppy  there's  our  we're  many  know  didn't  school  once  I've  laughed  magic  grandad  that's  narrator

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