The Phonics Hero Mission
Research shows that the most successful readers and spellers start with a Synthetic Phonics approach. Phonics Hero has this at its core. Our education experts have created over 800 fun, varied and motivating games to take your child step by step through the Synthetic Phonics process.
How does Phonics Hero teach Synthetic Phonics?
Phonics Hero sends your child on a mission to rescue our superhero friends by mastering the Synthetic Phonics basic code. The next step is to learn the advanced code to capture the baddies. Lastly, your child completes the Synthetic Phonics code to lock up Dr.Lazy Bones, and be crowned champion of reading and spelling!
Each level systematically moves through the Synthetic Phonics principles:
Step 1 – Knowing the sounds:
Your child learns a group of sounds and matches the sound with a letter.
Step 2 – Read with these sounds:
Your child learns to blend (or glue) these sounds together to read unknown words. For example, when a child sees the word ‘pot’ they read each individual sound: p-o-t, and then blend them together to read the word – pot!
Step 3 – Spell with these sounds:
Next your child is taught to listen for the sounds in a word and to identify the letter associated with it. For example, your child says the word ‘pot’ and identifies that they can hear a ‘p’ sound which is represented by the letter ‘P’, an ‘o’ sound represented by the letter ‘O’, and so on… Later children will learn that a sound can be represented by different letters, for example the sound ‘c’ can be spelled with a C, or a CK or a K.
Step 4 – Read camera words:
Irregular, high frequency words, or camera words, such as ‘the’ and ‘was’ are tricky to read but are essential because they occur so often in children‘s books and writing.
Step 5 – Spell camera words:
Likewise children also need to learn to spell these irregular, high frequency words so they can move onto writing sentences.
Step 6 – Read sentences:
We put all these skills together to read sentences and stories; growing the confidence for a love for reading!