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# PhonicsCode-Breakers: Hamilton's Phonics Scheme

Code-Breakers is a synthetic phonics programme that teaches phoneme-to-grapheme correspondences (PGCs) in a systematic, child-friendly fashion. It covers all the pre-requisite skills for reading – sequencing, sound identification, reproduction and discrimination – in a structured scheme of word-level work. The programme is based on extensive research on the frequency of PGCs, which ensures that these are taught in the order that children are most likely to meet them.

You can purchase a hard-copy version of Code-Breakers from Hamilton Education.

## Session 1 Code-Breakers (Book 1)

### Objectives

In Weeks 1-5, the following PGCs are covered:
/c/ as c; /t/ at t; /a/ as a
/d/ as d; /g/ as g; /o/ as o
/m/ as m; /n/ as n
/i/ as i; /s/ as s and s
/u/ as u; /r/ as r

In weeks 6-10, the following PGCs are covered:
/h/ as h; /l/ as l and ll
/e/ as e; /b/ as b
/f/ as f and ff; /sh/ as sh
/p/ as p; /c/ as k and ck
/ee/ as y; /p/ as pp (+ mm, dd, rr, nn)

### Teaching and Activities

Daily 10- to 15-minute sessions enable teachers or teaching assistants to teach synthetic phonics in a logical and enjoyable way.

Hamilton have written a number of Group Readers that support this phonics teaching. Download them here, or purchase hard copies of these Group Readers from Hamilton Education.

## Session 2 Code-Breakers (Book 2)

### Objectives

In Weeks 11-15, the following PGCs are covered:
/ee/ as ee, ea, e
/w/ as w and wh; /ch/ as ch
/th/ as th; /ng/ as ng
/tthh/ as th; /v/ as v and ve
/oo/ as oo, u and oul

In Weeks 16-20, the following PGCs are covered:
/j/ as j; /ar/ as ar and a
/ou/ as ou, ow and ough
/or/ as or, ore, aw and a
/ay/ as ay, a-e, ai
Revision

### Teaching and Activities

Daily 10- to 15-minute sessions enable teachers or teaching assistants to teach synthetic phonics in a logical and enjoyable way.

Hamilton have written a number of Group Readers that support this phonics teaching. Download them here, or purchase hard copies of these Group Readers from Hamilton Education.

## Session 3 Code-Breakers (Book 3)

### Objectives

In Weeks 21-26, the following PGCs are covered:
/ie/ as y, ie, i-e, i and igh
/cw/ as qu; /cs/ as x; /y/ as y
/oa/ as ow, o, oa, oe and o-e
/ooh/ as oo, ew, o
/z/ as z, zz and s; /g/ as gu and gh
/er/ as er, ur, ir, ear and or

In Weeks 27-32, the following PGCs are covered:
/s/ as c, se and ce
/j/ as g, ge and dge
/l/ as le + tt, gg, bb
/ue/ as ew, u-e and u
/ch/ as tch, /oy/ as oi and oy
Revision

### Teaching and Activities

Daily 10- to 15-minute sessions enable teachers or teaching assistants to teach synthetic phonics in a logical and enjoyable way.

Hamilton have written a number of Group Readers that support this phonics teaching. Download them here, or purchase hard copies of these Group Readers from Hamilton Education.

## Session 4 Code-Breakers (Book 4)

### Objectives

In Weeks 33-38, the following PGCs are covered:
/ooh/ as ue, u-e and ui (learn ou); /c/ as ch
/air/ as ear, air and are (learn ere and eir)
/u/ as o and ou (learn o-e); /f/ as ph (learn gh)
/e/ as ea (learn a); /o/ as a
/ay/ as ea (learn eigh, ea and ey)
/ee/ as ie and ey (learn /or/ as ar)

In Weeks 39-43, the following PGCs are covered:
/or/ as oor and oar (learn au)
/or/ as ough and our (learn augh)
(learn /or/ as al) /t/ as ed and d
/d/ as ed, ng and n
/sh/ as ti (learn si, ci and ch); /zh/ as si (learn s)

### Teaching and Activities

Daily 10- to 15-minute sessions enable teachers or teaching assistants to teach synthetic phonics in a logical and enjoyable way.