Thank you for all the feedback we've received. It's great to hear that the app is helping children learn to read and write all over the world. If you have any problems with our app, then we are happy to help you! Simply send us an email to

We're very pleased to announce that 'Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds' has been reviewed by the Educational App Store website and has been awarded their highest certification level of 5 stars!

You can read the full review here:

App Overview:
Start your child’s journey in reading and writing. Join Bee and her friends as they explore the enchanting letter-sounds garden and discover the main 42 letter sounds of English through a series of captivating games. This beautifully animated app enables your child to learn the letter sounds (including digraphs), letter formation, blending the sounds for reading and identifying letter sounds in words for spelling and writing. Together these skills give your child the best possible start as they learn to read and write.

Ideal for children aged 3+, the Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds app provides hours of educational enjoyment.

Jolly Phonics leads the teaching of phonics around the world. It is the most effective way to teach reading and writing, enabling children to achieve outstanding results at school and at home.

Key Features:
◆ Suitable for children aged 3+
◆ Choice of American or British English audio and spelling (this can be toggled within the information page)
◆ Choice of print or precursive letters* (this can be toggled within the information page)
◆ Allows multiple and personalized profiles
◆ Activities for learning the main sounds in English. The children learn to:
▸ hear the letter sounds
▸ recognize the letter sounds
▸ see letter formation
▸ write the letters themselves
▸ blend sounds in words for reading
▸ identify sounds in words for spelling
◆ 7 bonus games to unlock
◆ Tested and loved by children
◆ Guidance for adults provided

Frequently asked questions
◆ Why is there no option to take a picture when creating a new plant pot?
You need to allow the app to use your device's camera. To do this first close the app, then access the Settings app and scroll down on the left-hand side and touch 'Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds'. You should see a switch to allow the app to access your device's camera. Switch this on, then open the Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds App again.

◆ I can't hear any sound. What can I do?
The app now detects if your device sound setting is on mute and displays a speaker button giving an option to override this. Volume controls on the device can then be adjusted as necessary. Headphones can be used at any time to hear sound in the app regardless of whether the device is muted or not.

◆ How do I unlock letter sound groups?
The app takes you through each letter sound one at a time. If you wish to unlock subsequent or all letter sound groups (e.g. for teaching purposes), then please read the information page in the app for details of the 'edit mode', accessible via an invisible button.

While this App works on iPhones and iPod Touches that meet the minimum requirements, it is best viewed on iPad devices due to the bigger screen size.

Please note that this app is only available in English but can be set to either American or British English. The app does not contain the Jolly Phonics Actions.

*Precursive letters have joining tails to assist with learning joined-up writing; print letters have no joining tails.

What's New

Version 1.1

+ Fixes a camera issue in iOS 10.
+ Fixes an issue where a user could lose the ability to add new profiles using a device's camera if they had used all the in-built characters.

Customer Reviews



I am a retired teacher and I am, with my teacher daughter who is Jolly Phonics trained, trying to use this program to boost my 6yr old granddaughter's reading and writing during the holidays. This program is fine but it doesn't allow us to move forward or back to the next group of sounds without starting from the beginning again. I can see us getting very frustrated. Also why does the speaker in the program have to have such a squeaky silly voice. People don't have to speak like that to keep intelligent children focused. Overall a good idea but it needs more work to make it really user friendly. 2 stars sorry.

Everything I had hoped it would be


Jolly Phonics is the system used in the nursery and reception class in my area so we've been using the activity books until now. I was thrilled to see that an app is now available as this makes learning more fun.
The activities are varied enough to reinforce learning without becoming boring and you unlock further letters as you progress in line with the jolly phonics approach.
Very happy, my little girl is chuffed to bits too :)



As a primary school teacher who has used Jolly Phonics successfully in the classroom I was hoping for a much better app. It appears at first glance that you can use all 42 sounds and select sets of letters to practise, but this is not the case.

You seem to have to start again with SATPIN every time and follow a very limited blending and segmenting game. I haven't yet managed to move on to find the next set of letters and my 3 year old even said, "This is boring!"

Also, the "ladybirds game" doesn't work and nothing appears on the screen so we now appear to be stuck on that set of letters.

It's a good idea with potential but needs a lot more work and flexibility in selecting sets of letters. I agree with other reviews saying that the handwriting recognition is also very loose. It would be good to have an option of cursive script too as most schools teach this now from Reception.

And yes, the squeaky voice is intensely irritating!!!!!


405.2 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, Dutch, Filipino, French, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Jolly Learning Ltd 2016


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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