Daily phonological and phonemic awareness lessons designed with teachers in mind

Developed in 2003 by Dr Michael Heggerty, the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum is a systematic 35 week program of daily lesson plans that provide a high level of explicit modelling and student engagement. Each level of the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum focuses on eight phonemic awareness skills, along with two additional activities to develop letter and sound recognition, and language awareness.

The Heggerty Curriculum includes explicit instruction in the following phonological and phonemic awareness skills:

  • Rhyming
  • Onset Fluency
  • Blending
  • Isolating final and medial phonemes (sounds)
  • Segmenting
  • Adding Phonemes
  • Deleting Phonemes
  • Substituting Phonemes

All lessons are designed for a classroom setting, only take 10-12 minutes, and are very easy to implement.  The Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum is also designed to work alongside existing structured synthetic phonics programs and is a great way to build up the phonological skills of our early readers.

The Heggerty Curriculum currently offers four levels of instruction including: Early Pre-Kindy (Teal book), Kindergarten (Purple book), Foundation (Blue book) and Primary (Years 1 and 2 - Yellow book).  The Heggerty Curriculum is also a useful tool when providing intervention for older students who are struggling with reading and spelling.  For students experiencing difficulties in phonemic awareness who are in Year 2 and above, the Bridge the Gap Intervention Program is also available.

More information about the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum


Training for Teachers

DSF has partnered with Literacy Resources and Heggerty to deliver this training throughout Australia and New Zealand. Training in using the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum consists of two half-day workshops and is presented through a blend of presenter-led information sharing, modelling of lessons, practice of the key components  of the program and the provision of feedback. Training is available both face-to-face and online.  Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum Training can also be delivered off-site or online for schools and community organisations.

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DSF currently offers the following workshops:

An Introduction to the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum

This half day workshop will introduce participants to the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum including the research behind the importance of phonological awareness instruction, the key components of the program, how to use the program in the classroom and additional resources available to support the effective implementation of the program.

Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Intervention - Supporting Students at Tier 2 and Tier 3

This half-day workshop provides an overview of how the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum (purple, blue and yellow books) and Bridge the Gap resources can be utilised for intervention with students at the Tier 2 and 3 level. Participants will explore the impact of phonological awareness difficulties and review the principles underlying effective intervention. This interactive session will outline best practice techniques and approaches for assessment, planning and implementation using Heggerty for intervention. 
Prior attendance at DSF’s introductory Heggerty Approach to Phonemic Awareness Instruction workshop is preferred but not essential.

Have you already attended one of our workshops?

In consultation with the Heggerty Team at Literacy Resources in the USA, DSF has produced Australian versions of the updated assessment tools recently released by Heggerty.  These assessment tools can be used throughout the year to screen for student need and monitor progress.  Three equivalent versions of the assessment are provided for the Kindergarten, Foundation and Primary levels of the program, and can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:


Form A

Form B

Form C


Form A

Form B

Form C

Primary (Year 1)

Form A

Form B

Form C

Additional Heggerty Resources

Parent Newsletters

To provide information to parents about the Heggerty Program and the content of each week, the following parent newsletters have been developed. Each newsletter highlights the different weeks taught throughout each level of the English curriculum. They also share ideas for supporting phonological and phonemic awareness skills at home. This helpful resource is definitely one to share with your families!  

Parent Newsletter - Kindergarten (Purple)
Parent Newsletter - Foundation (Blue)
Parent Newsletter - Primary (Yellow)


Downloadable Resources - Alphabet Cards

To support the development of alphabetic and letter-sound knowledge, Heggerty have produced several additional resources which can be downloaded below.

Heggerty ABC Cards
Heggerty ABC Cards - Advanced Vowels
Heggerty ABC Cards - Blends and Digraphs

Downloadable Resources - Bridge the Gap

As with the general curriculum, Bridge the Gap has several assessment tasks designed to assist with intervention planning and progress monitoring.  These assessments can be downloaded from the Heggerty website as individual tests, however, DSF has combined these files into one, easy download.  Please select a download below (just the placement test or all assessment tools including the placement test).

Bridge the Gap Placement Assessment Only
Bridge the Gap - All Assessment Tools

Further Information

Contact our Heggerty team

To speak to a Heggerty team member or to make an enquiry about our training, please click the link below:

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