Learning Overview

There are three parts to Phonics Hero: Basic, Advanced Code and Complete the Code. The 26 levels will systematically teach your child how to read and spell step-by-step with the 44 sounds of English, plus tricky words. Although it’s about three years of content, it’s a better educational approach to place your child on a level by ability, rather than age.

Placement Test

On your first log in to Phonics Hero, you will be given the option to start at the beginning (for new readers) or take our Placement Test.

What we Teach:

Part 1 – Basic Code – Beginning Reader & Speller
Level Target Sounds and Spelling Choices Example Words
1 s m c t g p a o sat, mop, tap, cog
2 r l d b f h i u rag, fib, hid, lug
3 v w y z j n k e vat, win, zip, ink, men, yum
4 ll ss ff zz bell, huff, buzz, mass
5 sh ch th wh shall, then, chum, which
6 ck ng qu x pack, sung, quick, flex

What They’ll Learn:

  • A great foundation: the first 29 of the 44 sounds.
  • A sound for each letter of the alphabet and the concept that a sound can be represented by more than one letter, for example: ‘sh’ or ‘ch’.
  • To read and spell over 350 words.
  • To read over 150 sentences.
  • 36 camera/tricky words, which are so essential to get children reading and writing passages of text.
Part 2 – Advanced Code – Emerging Reader & Speller
Level Target Sounds and Spelling Choices Example Words
7 Words with a more complicated pattern VCC
(Vowel, Consonant, Consonant)
CCVC and CVCC words
ash, stop, drum, gift, dress
8 ee ea y e cheek, beach, merry, being
9 i igh y ie i_e blind, thigh, spy, tried, drive
10 o oa ow o_e hotel, boast, pillow, alone
11 a ai ay a_e lady, chain, fray, grape
12 oo ew ue u_e spoon, grew, blue, fluke

What They’ll Learn:

  • The 5 critical vowel digraphs.
  • Watch spelling fly with all the ways these vowel digraphs can be spelled.
  • 248 fun, lively, unique games.
  • Read and spell over 250 new words.
  • Read over 150 new sentences.
  • 36 new camera/tricky words.
Part 3 – Complete the Code – Advancing Reader & Speller
Level Target Sounds and Spelling Choices Example Words
13 r rr wr risky, carrot, wrung
14 oi oy point, toilet, employ, royal
15 ph f ff dolphin, shelf, offend
16 ow ou drowsy, allow, crouch, ground
17 c ce s se ss pencil, fence, sixty, rinse, stress
18 u oo oul full, bully, shook, should
19 ar a sharp, parcel, grasp, chant
20 ir er ear ur or squirt, berth, early, blurb, world
21 or au aw al ore horse, pause, scrawl, stalk, swore
22 air ear are ere hairy, parent, there
23 j dge ge g wedge, fridge, surgeon, giraffe
24 ch tch tu child, charm, blotch, fracture
25 sh ci ti splash, shrunk, gracious, direction
26 s si unusual, leisure, illusion, abrasion

What They’ll Learn:

  • The last remaining sounds needed to complete the code.
  • Read and spell over 456 new words.
  • Read over 376 new sentences.
  • And your child will now be off on their own reading and spelling adventures!

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