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 three levels of instruction including: 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. 


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 one half-day 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 will be offered both face-to-face and online.  Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum Training can also be delivered offsite at schools and community organisations.

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