Primary Curriculum

35 weeks of daily phonemic awareness lessons give 1st and 2nd grade students the tools to succeed.

Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Primary Lessons should be taught daily in 1st and 2nd grade classrooms as a supplement to existing literacy curriculum. Lessons can be used for intervention support for students in 2nd grade and above who struggle to decode. When lessons are taught consistently each day with explicit teacher modeling and scaffolded support, teachers see improvement in students’ reading, spelling, and writing, as the students learn to hear the sounds in words.

The primary curriculum in English (yellow book) is typically used in grades 1-2. It can also be used with individual students or small groups in higher grades for remedial work on specific skills.

The revised 2020 Edition of the English Primary Curriculum includes increased complexity of words and tasks for multiple skills, a reorganization of the sequencing of skills within the 35 weeks, a reordering of lesson sequencing to allow for an easier transition into phonics instruction, and refined teacher modeling and support instructions. Our curriculum includes a table to show alignment with the Common Core State Standards for Phonological Awareness (Grade 1).

Each lesson in the Heggerty Primary Curriculum includes ten components:

  • Eight phonemic awareness skills
  • One letter name and letter sound recognition activity
  • One language awareness (weeks 1-8)

Daily lessons teach early, basic, and advanced skills such as:

  • Rhyming and onset fluency
  • Isolating final or medial sounds
  • Blending and segmenting sounds
  • Adding and deleting phonemes
  • Substituting phonemes

Implementation Aids

Sample Lesson

Preview the scope & sequence and sample lessons


Student assessments, scoring guides, and screeners


Easy to Implement

Lessons are easy to follow, include teacher direction for each skill, and require minimal prep time.


Fast paced and engaging

10-12 minute daily lessons are the perfect combination of focus and fun for your classroom.


Cost Effective

Since phonemic awareness is an auditory skill, there are no student materials to purchase.


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