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Penfriend would like to thank Andrew Lysley at the Ace Centre for kindly allowing us to use and distribute five high frequency word lexicons.

Emergent literacy

The lexicons are high frequency core wordlists that primary schools teach children to support emerging and developing literacy, in particular language, vocabulary and word syntax. The lexicons are designed to support children at Key Stage 1 & 2 (in England) and Primary 1 – 3 in Scotland.

Developing word relationships

Autumn landscapeAndrew suggests that the best way to use the lexicons would be to add keywords associated to the wordlists. For example, as we head into autumn keywords could revolve around ‘harvest’ in which case a teacher or teaching assistant would take one of the core wordlists, save it as ‘en.kids core reception words plus harvest words’ and then add keywords associated with harvest time, e.g., harvest, fruit, corn, pick, apples, pears, leaves etc.

For those children who are working with developmentally (or chronologically) older children, the wordlists can be taken to a higher level with more complex, richer and topic vocabulary; gather, wheat, maize, festival etc.

Download the lexicons

To download a lexicon ‘right click’ on each of the download links and choose ‘save as target’ then simply save the lexicon to the desktop or a location of your choice.

To load the lexicon into Penfriend either drag and drop the lexicon into Penfriend’s Prediction window or select ‘File’ and ‘Open Lexicon’.

en.kids.reception high frequency words

en.kids.reception and years 1 and 2 high frequency words

en.kids.reception and years 1 2 3 4 high frequency words

en.kids.reception and years 1 2 3 4 5 high frequency words


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It is without doubt that Penfriend offers some great features, particularly for those users who need to customise the look and feel of Penfriend. For example, the Penfriend prediction window can be customised by changing the font style and size as well as font and background colours. This is of course very useful for people who experience Scotopic Sensitivity and suffer from visual stress.

While Penfriend offers these great features they don’t always come as default in your favourite word processor or web browser. It is often the case that you need to dig deep into your computers’ settings to make changes, particularly to help with tracking and colour preferences.

RapidSet with Penfriend

RapidSet running alongside Penfriend - changing colour preferences.

Well here at Penfriend we have some great free software to help you quickly and easily make the changes to your computer exactly as you want them. We have some great free software for you to download and use alongside Penfriend. Whether it’s colour background preferences or tracking the movement of your mouse cursor – we have solutions to help.

To find out more visit the ‘Free Software’ section of the Penfriend blog.

And don’t forget to visit the Penfriend website to download the latest versions of Penfriend.

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