Research shows that systematic, synthetic phonics gives children the strongest reading and spelling foundations. Phonics Hero has this at its core. Our education experts have created over 850 fun, varied and motivating games to take your class step by step through the synthetic phonics process.
Children learn a group of 4-8 sounds and match the sound with a letter. Some examples:
Children use the 4-8 sounds they’ve learned, to blend them together and read words. Every word a child reads will be 100% decodable; giving them success from the outset. Some examples:
The beauty of synthetic phonics is it is a reversible process; if you can read something, you can also spell it. Children listen for the sounds in a word, and must identify the letter(s) associated with it. Some examples:
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. Some examples:
Children also need to learn to spell these irregular, high frequency words so they can move onto writing sentences. Some examples:
We put all these skills together to read sentences and short passages of text, cementing those foundations for a love for reading! Some examples:
Phonics Hero has 26 levels which systematically move through the 44 sounds of English, using them in both reading and spelling. Our games are available in two orders of sounds; Playing with Sounds (starting: s m c t g p a o) and Letters and Sounds (starting: s a t p i n m d). Compare the two orders here.
So many phonics games are practising children’s ability to play computer games, rather than their reading and spelling skills. We pride ourselves on games which don’t require advanced hand-eye coordination but get children reading and spelling with just the right level of interactivity. Watch some examples: