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Phonics Hero is available in two orders of sounds: Letters & Sounds and Playing with Sounds. When you first log in to Phonics Hero, you will be able to choose the order of sounds to suit your lesson.

From March 2023, Phonics Hero will also be mapped to the NSW Sequence. For now, choose the (very similar) Letters and Sounds order; you will easily be able to change this later.

Orders of Sounds

Part 1
Level Letters and Sounds Playing with Sounds
Match with:
  • NSW Suggested Sequence
  • Letters and Sounds DfE accredited programmes,
    e.g. Little Wandle Phonics or Twinkl

  • Download a PDF of the order.
  • Get Reading Right

  • Download a PDF of the order.
    1 Phase 2:
    A) s, a, t, p
    B) i, n, m, d
    s, m, c, t, g, p, a, o
    2 A) g, o, c, k
    B) ck, e, u, r
    r, l, d, b, f, h, i, u
    3 A) h, b, f, l
    B) ff, ll, ss
    v, w, y, z, j, n, k, e
    4 Phase 3:
    A) j, v, w, x
    B) y, z, zz, qu
    ll, ss, ff, zz
    5 A) ch, sh, th, ng
    B) ai, ee, igh, oa
    sh, ch, th, wh
    6 A) oo (zoo), oo (book), ar, or
    B) ur, ow, oi, ear
    C) air, ure, er
    ck, ng, qu, x
    Part 2
    Level Letters and Sounds Playing with Sounds
    7 Phase 4:
    A) CVCC, CCVC words
    B) Polysyllabic words
    VCC, CCVC, CVCC words
    8 Phase 5: New Graphemes for Reading:
    A) ay, ou, ie, ea
    B) oy, ir, ue, aw
    C) wh, ph, ew, oe, au
    D) a_e, e_e, i_e, o_e, u_e
    ee, ea, y, e
    9 Phase 5: Alternative Pronunciations:
    A) i (fin vs. find), o (hot vs. cold),
    c (cat vs. cent), g (got vs. giant)

    B) u (but vs. put), ow (cow vs. blow),
    ie (tie vs. field), ea (eat vs. bread)

    C) er* (farmer vs. her), a (hat vs. salt),
    y (yes vs. by vs. very), ch (chin vs. school),
    ou (out vs. shoulder vs. could vs. you)
    i, igh, y, ie, i_e
    10 Phase 5: Alternative Spellings:
    A) ch, tu, tch
    B) f, ff, ph
    o, oa, ow, o_e
    11 A) j, dge, ge, g
    B) r, rr*, wr
    a, ai, ay, a_e
    12 s, c, ce, ss, se oo, ew, ue, u_e

    *Skip if using the American accent – not applicable.

    Part 3
    Level Letters and Sounds Playing with Sounds
    13 sh, ci, ti r, rr*, wr
    14 ai, a, ay, a_e oi, oy
    15 ee, ea, y, e ph, f, ff
    16 igh, i, y, ie, i_e ow, ou
    17 oa, o, ow, o_e c, ce, s, se, ss
    18 oo, ew, ue, u_e u, oo, oul
    19 u, oo, oul ar, a*
    20 ar, a* ir, er, ear, ur, or
    21 or, au*, aw*, al*, ore or, au*, aw*, al*, ore
    22 or, ir, er, ear, ur air, ear, are, ere
    23 ow, ou j, dge, ge, g
    24 oi, oy ch, tch, tu
    25 air, ear, are, ere sh, ci, ti
    26 s, si (zh) s, si (zh)
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