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Bug Club Phonics Scheme 

Longfield Primary School has a very exciting phonics scheme called Bug Club. The scheme is used for all early and beginner readers from Nursery to Year 6. We use Bug Club because it provides a solid foundation in reading for all. Written by the same authors of the Clackmannanshire study ( ) Bug Club Phonics uses the systematic synthetic phonics approach. Extensive research into this approach, backed further by the July 2021 Reading Framework ( has shown SSP to give the best foundation in reading for all children.


Below you will find key information about the scheme and how you can use it at home. We hope that you and your child will enjoy reading Bug Club books online and playing the interactive games.


What is Bug Club?

Bug Club is a finely levelled, phonically based online reading scheme with interactive activities. Each child has a personalized homepage where they'll find the e-Books and phonics activities they've been allocated by the teacher and motivating rewards. This ensures that each child can find a book at exactly the right level for them. Bug Club books have a fantastic range of titles, which are graded into the same colour-coded Book Band levels that we use in school. Within each level there is a carefully planned progression of books. This fine progression gives children plenty of opportunity to develop their reading skills and master each fine step while moving through the phonics and reading programme. We are currently in the process of replacing all shelf books up to phase 5 to ensure they are phonetically decodable and reflect our Bug Club phonics programme. 

For parents: What is Bug Club and what are the benefits?

Short guide to Bug Club for parents.

How to use Bug Club at home?

Each child has a unique homepage and can log into it by following these steps:

  1.     Go to
  2.     Enter your child’s login details (provided by the class teacher)
  3.     Your child’s homepage will appear.


We allocate books and phonics games to your child according to their phonic level. These books will appear in the ‘My Stuff’ area of their personal homepages There are quiz questions for your child to complete. By answering these questions, your child will earn ‘ActiveLearn Coins’. By reading more books and completing the games, your child will earn enough coins to ‘buy’ a reward in one of the many reward schemes.

For Parents: How to use the eBooks

How to use Bug Club eBooks for parents.