Rated 5/5 and Recommended by, official advisor to the Tablets for Schools scheme.

Pirate Phonics offers fun and Phonics for kids who are just learning to read/recognise letters and simple CVC words. Pirate phonics uses the concept of a child’s dream about pirates as the theme of an educational game to develop skills in the basic phonics. It is a very large App which uses 5 ‘treasure islands’ with a ‘phonic’ route map across each island to recover the treasure stolen by Blackbeard the pirate. Each phonic is introduced by a pirate with ‘phonic challenges’. By passing the challenges coins are collected and the child heads towards where Blackbeard has hidden the treasure. Each island is completed when the children use phonic challenges to open the treasure chest, but of course that’s not the end!

Pirate Phonics is a very large app which has been designed to support the first stages of phonic learning over an extended period, at least several weeks. Each phonic is emphasised through the use of several ‘picture words’ which are deliberately read slowly by the narrator. Once a phonic has been unlocked and learned the child can revisit that island and phonic at any time. The whole app introduces more than 300 words!

The 5 Treasure Islands introduce the phonics 1 at a time before using blends to form simple words (mainly CVC). Phonics introduced in this App include:
•s a t p d
•n m i g o
•c e u r h
•k b f l j
•v w x y z
•ck ff qu ss zz
•ll ch sh th ng th

If your child just wants to learn words related to any individual phonic then that can be selected from the ‘extras’ area on the start screen without going through every island. Another similar Pirate Phonics App will be released soon to complete the whole phonics spectrum; this will focus even more on blending, word building and reading groups of words.

Pirate Phonics 2 is available now!

What’s New

Version 2.1

- Addressed iOS 11 issues (Thanks for user feedback!).
- Added support for iPhone X.
- Improved stability and graphics.
- Improved response speed.
- Ported to Unity Engine.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
30 Ratings
30 Ratings
Lou191 ,

Good UK phonics

This is basic phonics so you might make the same mistake as me and buy it when your child is well beyond the single letter phonic sounds.

Also, the accent of the voice over makes sound pronunciation incorrect. For example, “bath” is pronounced “barth”.

I wish that the dialogue changed colour so the child could read along to the text.

QueenieCampio ,

No sound at first

We didn’t have sound at first but you just need to make sure your phone isn’t on silent mode and it works fine - on I phone make sure the button on the left hand side of phone isn’t on silent :)

Themightybone ,

Great app

We really like this series, our 3 year old boy is really making good headway with it and is capable of sounding out three and four letter words after only a couple of weeks.


Matt Robb
532.7 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Robb Research Ltd


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