A few notes about teaching high frequency words if also PM Benchmarking !

Here, we have 'Code Mapped' the phonemes to graphemes in the first 10 PM levels (there are around 100 high frequency words, that make up around 85% of the text!)

Research shows the importance of teach high-frequency words along with phonemic awareness, individual letter–sound relationships, and a concept of word (e.g., Flanagan, 2007).

Orthographic mapping is a skill that develops from phonemic awareness and grapheme-phoneme knowledge.

Within the SSP Approach children call this 'Code Mapping'.
Orthographic recall is required in order for the child to demonstrate spelling abilities.

In order to be good orthographic mappers, three skills need to be developed:

  1. Automatic phoneme to grapheme association

  2. Proficient phonemic awareness (ability to isolate phonemes, segment, blend and manipulate) 

  3. Word study (process of connecting phonemes in spoken words to the written form of the word)

  4. Word study anchors words in permanent memory

We have also 'Monster Mapped' the words, so that children know WHICH phonemes (speech sounds) map with each grapheme. So please keep playing the 2 Minute Monster video every day until they know them :-) It will really help them learn high frequency words, even if you hardly use the Monsters after Phase 1. (please do use in the Speedy Six!!)  


Start the video when they are confidently reading and spelling Green Level Words.  They will also start on Duck Level 1 on their Coding Poster. 

If you do not use PM benchmarking you can just use the Duck level videos. 

When at the end of SSP Yellow and have been using this PM Level 1 - 10 HFW resource, they will be ready to benchmark at around PM 10. Many will be there by the end of term 3 in Prep. 

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