Bug Club Phonics is a synthetic phonics program based on Letters and Sounds phonic phases and sets that provides everything needed to help students succeed in early reading.

  • Year Levels F–2
  • Curriculum ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA
  • Subject Literacy
  • Resource Formats Print, Digital
  • Learning Focus Synthetic phonics and decodable readers, Modelled reading, Independent reading, Take-home reading
  • Last Updated Feb 2023

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What it is

Bug Club Phonics consists of:

  • a comprehensive online teaching program on ActiveLearn Primary to deliver effective explicit teaching with:
    • 165 phonemic awareness, phoneme and language lesson plans
    • video animations
    • sound mats and, grapheme charts
    • interactive assessments, games and more
  • over 170 fiction and non-fiction decodable readers available in print and as eBooks to support lessons.

How it helps


Encourage a love of reading: Weave videos and books featuring much-loved characters, such as CBeebies Alphablock characters into lessons to help students link home with school.

Support at every stage: Guidance on how to support students who fall behind is provided throughout the program.

Read independently or at home: Audio narration assists with pronunciation, modelling and fluency.


Provide a solid foundation in reading for all: Written by the same authors of the seven-year Clackmannanshire study shown to give the best foundation in reading for all children regardless of social and economic background.

Measure progress regularly: Choose from assessment opportunities in lessons, through fun games and at the end of each unit and phonic phase.

A giant repository of teaching resources: Access downloadable sound cards, sound mats, grapheme charts, blackline masters, assessments, user guides and videos, and much more.

What it includes

Discover how Bug Club Phonics makes a difference.



There are over 200 Bug Club Phonics fiction and non-fiction levelled readers currently available. The readers:

  • are available as both print books and eBooks
  • are grouped in a developing order based on the order of sounds
  • include detailed notes inside each title to support your instruction.


Bug Club Phonics readers

  • There are over 170 fiction and non-fiction deliberately constructed readers for whole-class explicit instruction and independent and take-home reading.
  • The readers are based on Letters and Sounds phonic phases and sets, and include phonemic awareness.
  • Fiction titles feature popular CBeebies Alphablock characters and recurring characters to help students relate to the texts.
  • Non-fiction titles feature interesting cross curricular topics.
  • All titles are available as both print books and eBooks.
  • All books include detailed notes inside each title to support your instruction.


Readers for consolidation

  • There are 31 phonic fiction readers to practise and consolidate phonics skills.
  • These broadband-levelled readers engage emergent and early readers and are only available in print.


ActiveLearn Primary

ActiveLearn Primary is an online teaching and learning hub for reading.

Bug Club Phonics on ActiveLearn Primary features:

  • comprehensive lesson plans with embedded assessments and consolidation
  • video animations featuring entertaining Cbeebies Alphablock characters
  • interactive whiteboard activities that deliver effective synthetic phonics-based teaching
  • over 170 decodable fiction and non-fiction books with embedded quizzes which focus on assessing phonic knowledge
  • games to encourage even the most reluctant readers
  • tests to help students prepare for the year 1 phonics screening test
  • downloadable blackline masters and assessments and curriculum correlation charts to assist with planning, and further classroom resources.

Support materials

These guides and videos will walk you through getting started with Bug Club Phonics on ActiveLearn Primary.

Getting started

An overview of Bug Club Phonics

Getting started

How to make the most of your phoneme and language lessons using the magnetic board

Getting started

Bug Club Phonics resources

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