What Phonics Hero Teaches

Research shows that the most successful readers and spellers start with a Synthetic Phonics approach. Phonics Hero has this at its core. Our education experts have created over 850 fun, varied and motivating games to take your child step by step through the Synthetic Phonics process.


How does Phonics Hero teach Synthetic Phonics?

Phonics Hero will teach your child how to read and spell with all 44, critical, sounds of the English language. The games are incredibly gradual; holding your child’s hand through the basics, before they launch into independently attempting the skill.

Each level systematically teaches your child to read and spell:

Here is level 1. This child has moved through all six Synthetic Phonics skills to unlock the hero!

The Phonics Heroes.

The six skills include up to 40 games which will practise the following skills.

Know icon image of cartoon eyeballs.Step 1 – Knowing the sounds:

Your child will learn a group of sounds and to match the sound with a letter.

Read icon of an open book.Step 2 – Read with these sounds:

Your child learns to blend (or glue) these sounds together to read unknown words. For example, when a child sees the word ‘pot’ they read each individual sound: p-o-t, and then blend them together to read the word – pot!

Write icon of a pencil.Step 3 – Spell with these sounds:

Next your child is taught to listen for the sounds in a word and to identify the letter associated with it. For example, your child says the word ‘pot’ and identifies that they can hear a ‘p’ sound which is represented by the letter ‘P’, an ‘o’ sound represented by the letter ‘O’, and so on… Later children will learn that a sound can be represented by different letters, for example the sound ‘c’ can be spelled with a ‘c’, a ‘ck’ or a ‘k’.

CW Read icon of a book and screen.Step 4 – Read camera/tricky words:

Irregular, high frequency words, or camera/tricky words, such as ‘the’ and ‘was’ are tricky to read but are essential because they occur so often in children‘s books and writing.

CW Write icon of a pencil and screen.Step 5 – Spell camera/tricky words:

Likewise children also need to learn to spell these irregular, high frequency words so they can move onto writing sentences.

Sentence icon of a stack of books.Step 6 – Read sentences:

We put all these skills together to read sentences and stories; growing the confidence for a love for reading!


Watch your child’s mission video:

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