Ideas for Using Phonics Hero

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As a Whole Class Activity

A great way to kick-off, complete or structure your lesson!
For reading: children collectively sound-out the words and come to a consensus as to the correct answer.
For spelling: each child is given a texter/marker pen and mini-whiteboard and has a go, before a lucky child is chosen to complete the Phonics Hero activity.

When children are more confident in blending the sounds. I have them read the words quietly to themselves and put up one or two fingers to show me their answer.

Elizabeth Jennings, St. Augustin School, Australia


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As a Reading Group Activity

Whilst you run guided reading, a small group of children play the interactive whiteboard games. They will get very excited and fall over each other trying to have a turn, so print off some 1, 2, 3 number cards – to create a queuing system. Place them on the floor and children sit in front of a number – moving up the queue when they have had a go.


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Additionally, set up a bank of iPads or Android tablets and children can login to their own individual Child Accounts to progress through the activities.


Learning Support

Learning Support

Phonics Hero doesn’t feel like ‘work’ so it’s great for those who are experiencing difficulties with learning to read. Many Learning Support Teachers use it to structure their teaching, with children completing the activity in the ‘real’ world and then again in the game.

I use it in learning support to reinforce the teaching I have done. I love how gradual it is, how it’s not too busy – it’s perfect for those children who need that extra help.

Laura Nelis, Knockmore Primary, UK

I work 1:1 with ‘supported’ worksheets, play the associated game and then the child works on the independent sheets so that I can check their understanding.

Loraine Ledwell, St Clare’s School, UK

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Homework

You can also purchase Child Accounts to send a child login home for children to turn ‘screen time’ into ‘learning time’! Learn more.

My students absolutely love Phonics Hero and are thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to play the games at home. They don’t see it as homework or even as a lesson, but rather a game.

Hajir Alsalami, Al-Faisal College, NSW, Australia

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