The Phonics Games

Research shows that the most successful literacy schools 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 class step by step through the Synthetic Phonics process.

Each level systematically moves through the Synthetic Phonics principles:

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

Children learn a group of sounds and match the sound with a letter. Some examples:

Lots of practise at a single sound.

Phonics Hero Part Two. Practise identifying different sounds

Phonics Hero Part Three. Identify the sounds in amongst a larger group

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

Children use this knowledge of sounds to blend them together to read words. Every word a child reads will be 100% decodable; giving them success from the outset! Some examples:

Match the word to the picture

Phonics Hero Part Two. Read nonsense words

Phonics Hero Part Three. Fast reading to build fluency

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

The beauty of Synthetic Phonics is it is a reversible process; if you can read something, you can also spell it! Phonics Hero has children listening for sounds in a word and must identify the letter associated with it. Some examples:

Sound substitution

Phonics Hero Part Two. Spell with elkonin boxes

Phonics Hero Part Three. Proof read – have words been spelled correctly?

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. Some examples:

Getting familiar with the camera/tricky words

Phonics Hero Part Two. Identifying the heard camera/tricky words

Phonics Hero Part Three. Fast reading to develop fluency

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. Some examples:

Spell camera/tricky words with a hint

Phonics Hero Part Two. Unscramble the words

Phonics Hero Part Three. Spell with no hint

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! Some examples:

Decide if the sentence matches the image

Phonics Hero Part Two. Match the sentence with the correct image

Phonics Hero Part Three. Complete the sentence

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