Learning Overview – Letters and Sounds

There are three parts to Phonics Hero: Basic, Advanced Code and Complete the Code. The 26 levels will systematically teach your child how to read and spell step-by-step with the 44 sounds of English, plus tricky words. Although it’s about three years of content, it’s a better educational approach to place your child on a level by ability, rather than age.

Placement Test

On your first login to Phonics Hero, you will be given the option to start at the beginning (for new readers) or take our Placement Test.

Part 1 – Basic Code

Phase 2

Level Target Sounds and Spelling Choices Example Words
1a s a t p sat, pat, tap sap
1b i n m d sit, nip, man, din
2a g o c k tag, cop, kid, kit
2b ck e u r rack, rug, sock, deck
3a h b f l him, back, fan, log
3b ff ll ss huff, hiss, hill, kiss

Phase 3

Level Target Sounds and Spelling Choices Example Words
4a j v w x jam, van, wet, fox
4b y z zz qu yell, zip, buzz, quick
5a ch sh th ng much, shell, them, sing
5b ai ee igh oa rain, queen, light, toast
6a oo (zoo) oo (book) ar or shoot, hook, shark, pork
6b ur ow oi ear blur, clown, point, beard
6c air ure er chair, mature, flower

Part 2 – Advanced Code

Phase 4

Level Target Sounds and Spelling Choices Example Words
7a CVCC & CCVC words help, speech, moist, thump
7b Polysyllabic words treetop, driftwood, starlight, shelving

Phase 5 – New Graphemes For Reading:

Level Target Sounds Only for Reading Example Words
8a ay ou ie ea play, ground, dried, speak
8b oy ir ue aw destroy, thirty, true, straw
8c wh ph ew oe au whisper, elephant, threw, tomatoes, August
8d a_e e_e i_e o_e u_e brake, concrete, smile, joke, prune

Phase 5- Alternative Pronunciations:

Level Target Sounds Only for Reading Example Words
9a i (fin vs find)
o (hot vs cold)
c (cat vs cent)
g (got vs giant)
quit, wild
pocket, frozen
picnic, fireplace
dragon, magic
9b u (but vs put)
ow (cow vs blow)
ie (tie vs field)
ea (eat vs bread)
drummer, octopus
power, yellow
magpie, cookie
dream, meadow
9c er (farmer vs her)
a (hat vs what)
y (yes vs vy vs very)
ch (chin vs school vs chef)
ou (out vs shoulder vs could vs you)
tower, herb
cashew, wander
yoyo, cloudy
coach, chemist, drench

Phase 5 – Alternative Spellings:

Level Target Sounds and Spelling Choices Example Words
10a ch tu tch cherub, picture, switch
10b f ff ph fish fluff dolphin
11a j dge ge g jazz, bridge, cabbage, giant
11b r rr wr robot, carrot, wrench
12 s c ce ss se socks, pencil, bounce, kiss, house
Part 3 – Complete the Code
Level Target Sounds and Spelling Choices Example Words
13 sh ci ti brush, special, station
14 ai a ay a_e stain, apron, tray, whale
15 ee ea y e sleep, dream, twenty, she
16 igh i y ie i_e bright, blind, fly, fried, smile
17 oa o ow o_e groan, hotel, crow, joke
18 oo ew ue u_e tooth, threw, glue, prune
19 u oo oul helpful, firewood, should
20 ar a market, banana
21 or au aw al ore report, launch, draw, seashore
22 ur ir er ear or burst, birthday, germ, heard, artwork
23 ow ou crown, ground
24 oi oy boiling, destroy
25 air ear are ere airship, pear, scarecrow, where
26 s si (zh) treasure, television