Superhero School

Take Your Phonics Lesson from Good to Great!

Think of it as your Swiss Army knife of teaching systematic, explicit phonics. Superhero School’s click-and-go phonics lessons hold a teacher’s hand through each critical step in teaching the sounds and reading. You’ll find Superhero School jam-packed with 3,500 decodable words, 1,000 nonsense words and 1,000 decodable sentences alongside video, audio and picture support so you can get on with what you do best: teaching!

Start a Trial of Superhero School with a Teacher Account

How We Teach the Sounds

You want your students to achieve letter-sound mastery, producing the sound as quickly as they can tell you their own name. Superhero School’s lessons take students from the introduction of the sounds and their representing letters to at-their-finger-tips mastery with our 5-step process.


Step 1 – Get it Right

Watch videos and demonstrate the correct pronunciation of the 44 sounds of English.


Step 2 – Tune in

Talk about the sounds in the context of real words (for example: “Is the ‘sh’ of shed in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd position? Let’s talk about where we normally find the ‘sh’ letters in a word.”).


Step 3 – Recognise

Identify the letter(s) associated with the sound.


Step 4 – Speed Read

Improve accuracy and the speed with which children recall the sounds using fluency drills.


Step 5 – Play Phonics Hero Games

Practise the sounds with the Phonics Hero interactive games.

How We Teach Blending

With a library of over 3,500 words and 1,000 sentences, you’ll never get stuck thinking of the best words for your lesson. Your blending lesson is structured for you; we break the words into sounds and provide pictures to grow vocabulary and aid comprehension. Next, speed reading activities help you produce fluent readers who can then make the leap to sentences.


Step 1 – Blending

Practise blending single words with phonics and picture support.


Step 2 – Speed Read

Improve children’s reading fluency with quick-fire reading practice.


Step 3 – Nonsense Word Reading

Assess if children can decode with non-words like ‘fep’ or ‘hup’.


Step 4 – Play Phonics Hero Games

Practise blending with the Phonics Hero interactive games.

How we Apply Learning with Sentences

Teachers can effortlessly switch to 1,000 word and picture supported sentences, to apply children’s learning. We’ve included ‘word support’ to help if children get stuck on a particular word.

SS - sentence - word support Sentences with word support.

Differentiate at Every Step

Differentiation is at the heart of Phonics Hero: ensuring that every child is engaged, challenging some and supporting others. With the click of a button, you can quickly switch between core and extension words and sentences. Download an overview of how we structure ‘Core’ and ‘Extend’ words.

SS - Read - Core Differentiation – example of a ‘Core Word’.

SS - Read - Extend Differentiation – example of an ‘Extension Word’.

Please note, Superhero School is currently only available in our Playing with Sounds order of sounds. Letters and Sounds will be available in 2021.

Start a Trial of Superhero School with a Teacher Account