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Phonics Under the Big Top is a fun, interactive and exciting phonics program that introduces children to the 42 phonemes (letter sounds) of the English language.

Children are provided with the opportunity to play lots of colourful, grades games that teach and reinforce the phonemes (letter sounds) of our English language.

Listen to the correct pronunciation of each phoneme.

Follow the arrows inside each letter to practice correct letter formation skills.

Explore the sounds heard at the beginning of words.

Progress onto the harder skill of locating the final letter sounds heard in words.

Learn how to write many words by combining the phonemes (letter sounds) as they are introduced through the program.

Phonics Under the Big Top adopts a synthetic approach to learning phonics. This is the current method of phonics teaching being used throughout the world!

Each phoneme is taught using a basic code of phonics. The children are shown the most common way each phoneme appears in a word.

Phonics under the Big Top has been written by a phonics expert from the Jolly Discoveries literacy teaching team.

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5

6 Ratings
6 Ratings

nearly great BUT..

Liz with 3 kids

The graphics and colours in this app are amazing and it's great to hear an Australian accent. However, I do think for early readers, it's way too much to put the 44 sounds in one app and with a limited number of exercises to go with them. And as good as the graphics are, they are way too overpowering on some of the screens. Not sure how to use this app in the classroom but hopefully some changes could make it more useful - less distracting graphics and a more systematic approach would be good.

Looks good for slightly older kids


The content of this app is good but it is just a bit too much for my just turned 4 year old. To make the app more interesting for younger kids I think it needs to be a little easier and with some rewards and levels.

My son does not stay interested and engaged in this app for long. Perhaps he will when a little older.



This is a very good app. Educationally accurate, it is easy and intuitive to use. This is an excellent way for young children to learn and explore english language reading and writing through a phonics based approach which is fun and interactive.


Celeste Musgrave
48.3 MB
Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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