Age Suitability

Learning to Read

The Phonics Hero games and Superhero School – our interactive phonics lesson tool – are suitable for children in the first three years of school; typically, that is around 4-7 years old. We find that some children will be ready to start to learn to read between ages 3-4, whereas for others it might be at 5-6.

With children younger than 4, some parents find they have most success in teaching the phonemes and working on pre-reading skills with the help of Superhero School’s ready-made lessons.


Both the Phonics Hero games and Superhero School are also ideal for those children who need a boost to catch up with their peers.

When first playing the Phonics Hero games, you will be presented with an option to start at the beginning. Alternatively, your child can take our Placement Test which will check their knowledge of the phonics code and start them off at the correct level. This is useful for those who have already started on their phonics journey.


Older Children with Spelling Difficulties

Lots of older children, who haven’t been taught with systematic, explicit phonics, may ‘get by’ in their reading but their spelling exposes gaps in their phonics knowledge. As long as the child is comfortable with the younger nature of our images, they can play our games, though they may prefer to learn using Superhero School, which is designed with older children in mind.

You can start off with the Placement Test or you can check out our levels and ask our team (email to move them up or down. We will work alongside you to find the right content to quickly fill these gaps.

Parents can sign up for a free trial of both the Phonics Hero games and Superhero School.

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