Before you start, watch the mission video with the children. This gives the objectives of the games and also talks through the navigation of the site.
Give out Name Cards to your students on lanyards or stick them in their Reading Record. Watch this quick video to show you how to download them.
Share information about the program with parents and send home their login details using this letter. We also have a Spanish and Chinese translation.
Shout about it on social media. Post this picture along with the following text:
We teach early reading and spelling using phonics. We have secured a subscription for each child in [class] to www.phonicshero.com to reinforce what we have taught in the classroom. There are over 850 phonics games which can be used online and on an Android tablet or iPad. Your child’s teacher will be in touch shortly with usernames and passwords. Happy reading!”
Print off this poster for your classroom – to remind parents to spend little and often on Phonics Hero.
You’ll likely be running a parent’s evening to explain to parents how phonics is taught in your school. Here is our Playing with Sounds Order – PowerPoint and our Letters & Sounds Order – PowerPoint explaining how Phonics Hero works from a parent’s perspective. (Click on the link, then download to your computer so you can view and edit accordingly. You’ll also then be able to access our notes to guide you through the presentation).
Use this star chart to motivate children to practise at home.
Playing the games through a Teacher Account
Adding, editing or deleting a Teacher Account
Adding a class
Quick Tip: rather than just having all of your students set up within one class, why not have setup several classes and split your children up into their phonics groups? This will help you in the day-to-day management of the accounts when you assign levels, schedule homework and track the groups’ progress.
How to download a spreadsheet of your school’s account details
Creating Name Cards
Setting a schedule
Your Teacher Account gives you the functionality to stop your students progressing past a particular level and/or skill which means you can set class activities and homework without the worry that children will progress too quickly.
Understanding the reports
Assigning students to a different level
Updating a child’s account details
Transferring an account between students
If one student leaves the school and no longer needs an account, and a new one begins, simply transfer the account – there’s no need to purchase a new one!
Accessing the Child Accounts through your Teacher Account