The Phonics Games

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.

Move Systematically through the Synthetic Phonics Skills:

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

Children learn a group of 4-8 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 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:

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. Children listen for the sounds in a word, and must identify the letter(s) 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

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 support.

Phonics Hero Part Two. Unscramble the words.

Phonics Hero Part Three. Spell the words unsupported with no hint.

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

We put all these skills together to read sentences and short passages of text, cementing those foundations 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.


All 44 Sounds Covered

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.

Test Phonics Skills, not Hand-eye Coordination

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: