** Reached No. 1 in Kids in the App Store! ** ** Previously listed as one of the top apps on iTunes for ages 6 - 8! **

Have loads of spelling fun with three mini space-themed games, and tailor the app by adding your child’s own school spellings. Let’s get ready to spell!

“The perfect app for children preparing for the Phonics Screening Check and beyond. A must-have in any household.”
Kate Ruttle, literacy specialist


• Learn to spell with Ladybird’s spelling app
• Perfect for children getting ready for the Phonics Screening Check
• Ideal for older children who are learning how to spell accurately
• Add your child’s own school spellings
• Multiple user account functionality
• 3 fun, interactive space themed games
• Each game has three levels to progress through, suiting a wide range of abilities
• Complete each spelling to win a star
• Decorate your own space rocket and launch it into space!
• Trophy screen and word list to see which spellings have been completed accurately
• Speedy Spellings – spell against the clock!
• Scrambled Spellings – unscramble the letters to complete the word
• Sinking Spellings – fill in the missing letter to complete the word
• Practical, easy-to-understand parent information page
• Brought to you by Ladybird - for every age and every stage of your child’s development

Following on from Ladybird’s successful I’m Ready for Phonics app, I’m Ready to Spell is the perfect way to support your child’s phonics and spelling learning in a comprehensive and user-friendly way. It will encourage and motivate your child to practise their spellings.

Fun, thoroughly researched and developed alongside editors, teachers and literacy consultants, I’m Ready to spell is the spelling app you can trust.

If you experience any technical problems with the app, please email us with a description of the issue and the device you are using at We are happy to help.

What's New

Version 1.3

Updated to work with iOS 11.

Ratings and Reviews

Good but...


This is a lovely looking app and looked very promising. One feature I really liked is that you can input your child's spellings and then play games solely based on learning those particular words. You can play other games using a bank of words appropriate to your child's school age. I thought this was sure to be a hit and help with the dreary task of learning spellings, but my kids haven't gone for it so far....

Excellent for early readers!

Mummy HBO

My son is 5, in his F2 year at primary school and began reading and writing about 5 months ago. Like most eager parents I have bought many books to help him, read with him every night and generally try to flood his life with organic opportunities to read, write and spell. From shopping lists to birthday cards, we spend a lot of time encouraging him.

I have always been a bit sceptical of reading and phonics apps, thinking they're for lazy parents who would rather off load important jobs. I think I have changed my mind now! This app has been a real hit in our house, we sat together and Charlie chose which game to play, then I helped him find the letters on the keyboard as he spelt against the clock. Love the function that allows kids to move from easy through to hard spelling and especially like the falling letters on the missing letter game. My son managed to sit for 20 minutes without asking to do anything else and was very excited to have spelt 'rainbow' and 'knight'. We will definitely be using this lots in our house.

Great app

ET coming home

The three space themed games are:

Scrambled Spellings:

This is to unscramble the letters to complete the word. It is quite hard for Mr K as he is still learning his words but it is a great challenge for him to find the correct word by listening carefully.

Sinking Spellings:

Fill in the missing letter to complete the word by tapping the correct alphabet letter. Mr K started with the easy level and managed to make good progress each day. It helps him to think how to use the letters to fill in the gap!

Speedy spellings:

Spell the words before the time runs out. Mr K loves to play this as the word is shown to him and he just needs to type in the word. He did find it hard to find the letter on the qwerty keyboard but it’s good practice to learn this standard layout.

There is also a function to add your own school spellings to the game.

On the main screen, there is an option to design your own space rocket by choosing from the ranges of pre-design patterns. See them launch in the app.

So far Mr K has only managed to play with the easy level but he is very keen to play and learn with it. I think it’s great that the app follows the school syllabus and helps him to learn, step by step at his own pace. The app is inexpensive and it can be used for multiple users too. So my daughter can be set up as a new user in the app and use it too!


Penguin Books
622.8 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2013 Penguin Books


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