Teaches reading using the synthetic phonics method as outlined in the national curriculum. Guides children through the literacy journey, beginning with helping them to learn and write their first letter sounds and ending with them able to read the app's 43 stories by themselves. “there’s no denying that “PocketPhonics” is an amazing app. A universal app—it works with both iPhone and iPad—PocketPhonics teaches the basics of reading and writing to young kids. Most surprising? It seems to work.”
+Macworld app of the day "Teach your kids to write with this innovative educational iPhone app that follows the UK's national curriculum ... help young children understand letters, and start the road to reading."
+Technology in Education: “If you are working on phonics for your kids, this is the best application to have.”
+Wall Street Journal: ‘boy won't put down his mom's iPhone, where she's downloaded "PocketPhonics."’ “This app feels like you have a teacher or a tutor working with your child one on one.”

PocketPhonics is split in to 12 groups of letter sounds, each group is followed by a set of storybooks that use those letter sounds. Kids read storybooks that are on the right level for them.

In the first group of letter sounds, there are six sounds to master before the child will be able to read their first storybook. Most children aged 4+ will start to read their first storybook within 10 weeks if they are using the app for 15 mins everyday.

Parents and teachers can easily monitor children’s progress online. They can see what stage the child is currently at, any letter sounds they are having difficulty with and what storybooks have been read. Furthermore, teachers and parents are also emailed a certificate when a child completes a task.

Children can tap an unfamiliar word in a story, and the app will sound out the letters to help the child understand what the word says. If that’s not enough, they can tap again to hear the actual word and see a picture that illustrates its meaning.

The storybooks gradually introduce high-frequency words like “the” and “to” that follow less common spelling rules.

As the child reads a story, the child’s ability to read certain keywords in the storybooks will be tested to make sure they can read them and understand their meaning.

At the end of the story, the app tests the child on the new words in that story. Each word is spoken in turn, and the child has to select the written form of the word. Only once they are able to correctly identify all the words on this level, can they move onto the next level.

Specifically, children master the following skills:

* writing letters (more UK handwriting styles than any other app)
* recognising 72 letter sounds (e.g. ‘ch’ are the letters that make the initial sound in ‘chat’)
* blending letter sounds together to make words (e.g ‘ch-a-t’)
* hearing a word and selecting its written form (e.g. the app says, “chat”, the child has to select ‘chat’ from a group of words)

How it works
* 7-day free trial with no commitment and full access
* The £1.49 monthly and £14.99 annual subscription unlock access to all books and phonics levels for an unlimited number of children
* The subscription gives you access to more books as they are added
* Once subscribed, your subscription auto-renews each month or annually. However, you can easily turn auto renew off via the Settings app
* Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase
* Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
* Cannot cancel current subscription during its subscription period

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What's New

Version 3.0.1

Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5

8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Great App'

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A great app' when introducing phonics to kids. I got the app' for my 4 year old, a few weeks before she was due to start reception. It proved to be so useful, as she easily & confidently learnt the phonics being taught at school as she was already very familiar with them, having used the app' everyday at home. 5 weeks into the new term, at the 1st parent- teacher meeting, my daughters teacher said 'she has learnt everything being taught to her'.
When I initially introduced the app' to my daughter, I found that she was quite distracted by the pencil figures at the bottom of the screen and got bored very quickly. But a little persistence allowed her to build her confidence on the app'.
Also, when updating this app' it would be great if some of the letters could be changed to the British schooling syllabus for handwriting/ letters... Ie, t, currently it is like the American version, which British school teachers highly discourage.
I can't seem to upgrade it to the full version. Some help there would be highly appreciated.



My four year old who has just started school thinks this app is brilliant- and I do too!
I was initially wary of downloading it incase the letters were pronounced in their upper case sounds, but they're not. They're exactly the lowercase sounds he is being taught in his reception class at primary school.
I think the touch writing is the most appealing to my four year old, but I love the whole app. A must to download for any pre-schooler age child.

Mum and mrs


This app is excellent. I am a primary school teacher and mum of 2 toddlers and within days of playing this my 3 and a half year old knew all six letter sounds and was reading the simple words on her own. She can also write the letters with a pencil if I show her first. The font used in the programme is fine (in my opinion) for teaching to toddlers. Am now going to buy the full version!


Apps in My Pocket Ltd
750.6 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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In-App Purchases
  1. Monthly subscription £1.49
  2. Free for PocketPhonics users Free


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