Reading: Recognising letters and words

A letter pattern like ‘ow’ may sound different in different words. As in ‘slow down’, where it sounds like 'oh'.

Quick tips for tutors

Recognising letters and words includes:

  • The importance of alphabetic sequence in accessing indexed information (as in dictionaries, phone books)
  • Using common letter patterns to support reading fluency
  • Understanding the contributions of other languages to the English language

Downloadable Factsheets

Alphabetical order
Recognising letter patterns

Downloadable Worksheets

Alphabet pairs
Common word bingo
Spot the short words
Alphabetical order: names 1
Alphabetical order: names 2
Alphabetical order: businesses
Reading for fluency
Words from French

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The sounds of English
Types of texts
Dictionaries and Indexes