Camera Words in Phonics Hero

Our tricky words are called ‘camera words’ in the Phonics Hero games. They are irregular, high-frequency words – words like ‘was’, ‘are’ and ‘the’. These words are tricky to decode but essential for children to progress onto reading and writing sentences.

In every level of Part 1 and 2 of Phonics Hero, there are six camera words. These words will always appear on a ‘photo card’ to highlight to children that they should be employing a different skill.

camera words in Phonics Hero

Once children have played the reading and spelling camera word games, they then move onto using these words within a sentence. You will notice that, within a sentence, they are always bolded. This is to indicate to children that they must employ a different skill to read these words.



Our Camera Words:

Playing With Sounds (Australia, Hong Kong)

Level Words Level Words
1 I, was, are, the, to, she 7 one, some, want, many, love, has
2 day, a, today, of, he, for 8 people, live, brother, sister, house, where
3 all, me, they, is, no, said 9 her, out, there, about, his, down
4 you, this, my, play, come, have 10 because, two, another, more, here, our
5 like, says, going, do, what, give 11 friend, their, were, your, could, four
6 away, look, once, see, very, we 12 half, first, good, girl, saw, would

Letters and Sounds (rest of the world)

Level Words Level Words
2B to, the 7A like, some, come, said, so, have
3A no, go, I 7B were, there, little, one, do, when, out, what
4B he, she 8A oh, their, people
5A we, me, be 8B Mr, Mrs, looked
5B was 8C called, asked
6A my 9A water, where, who, again, thought, through
6B you 9B work, mouse, many, laughed, because, different
6C they, her, all, are 9C any, eyes, friends, once, please

Some of These Words Become Decodable

You will notice that some of the camera words are decodable, words like, ‘play’ and ‘she’. We include them in our list because they are very high frequency (and therefore needed to succeed in reading or writing a sentence) but include parts of the phonics code not yet learned.

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