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Read with Phonics

Interactive phonics games

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 3+

About Read with Phonics

Read with Phonics is a colourful and interactive phonics based app that helps young people to learn synthetic phonics.

Teacher Review

Read with Phonics is a fantastic app that has been extremely well developed by professionals proficient in not only the topic of phonics but also with a very good understanding of the education and classroom setting. From visiting the developer’s website it is clear to see this knowledge in evidence with their understanding of both these areas. The developer is a Year 1 primary school teacher and their knowledge of synthetic phonics in practice is clearly evident throughout the app. The website itself hosts a treasure trove of information including videos on making as much of the app as possible and further information behind why the app has been developed.

The aim of Read with Phonics is to make learning to read as simple as possible using synthetic phonics, the government choice in UK schools. Utilising the 44 sounds of the English language the app breaks these sounds down into 4 stages and has the user work through these. The stages progress naturally, as they would be taught in schools, meaning that there is a sense of familiarity between using an app like this at home and how reading will be taught in school. This is definitely beneficial and much better than an app that tries to teach phonics in a different way from how the user would be taught it in schools, potentially confusing the child and undoing some of the work happening in school. 

Once the user logs onto the app they are welcomed to the home screen where they can select from the 4 stages to access the content. Once a stage has been selected then each of the letter sounds in that stage is given on a new screen. If a user has already accessed some of the content then this will be shown in how much of the letter (in the main screen) has been highlighted. If none has been accessed then the letter remains white however if all has been accessed then the letter becomes yellow. Varying amounts of content accessed are then shown by the level of colouring in. This is ideal in seeing at a glance how much content someone has accessed and whether it has been ‘completed’ or not.

Once a letter sound has been selected the user then works through 7 different games aimed at helping the user to learn, practice and compound their understanding of each of the letters. Employing gamification the user has three lives in the games, losing a life for every incorrect answer. Losing all lives takes the user out of that letter encouraging them to re-access the letter and start from the beginning. This is good as it encourages users to practice each sound over and again until they master it.

Although Read with Phonics is free and can be used at home or in an education setting there is another option to accessing the content in the app. This is through setting up an account via the website and accessing a number of extra tools. The first two months of this are free and after that it is still value for money considering what you have access to. The tools, through this option, allow you to track users. This is perfect for an education setting, although could also be used by a parent if they wish. However for a school it allows the teacher to see the progress of their students and to act on this and target either specific students or areas for students to work on. This certainly adds a lot of value to the app and the way that it can be used by professionals.

Overall, I would say Read with Phonics is one of the best phonics apps I have come across especially for UK schools. It is tied in very well to the curriculum and the processes children are used to in school and with its clean, easy to use functionality it is perfect in helping young children to read through synthetic phonics.

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Read with Phonics is a colourful and interactive way for your child to learn their phonics sounds! It improves letter sounds recognition and is a great stepping stone to help your little ones on their reading journey!

- The only educational kids app with positive scoring!
- Over 1,200+ words and pictures 
- Colourful graphics and great animations
- Sounding and blending of each word
- Play anytime, anywhere!
- Over 100+ games
- Clear instructions 
- Made by teachers!
- Albee the alien will guide your little ones on their journey 

As your child systematically works through the Read with Phonics program, unlocking new sounds as they go, they quickly learn how to break down and read even the most complicated looking words, all by themselves! Start learning to Read with Phonics today.

'I was amazed at how quickly my 4 year old son started to improve with his reading using the Read with Phonics app.' - Dan J

'I would be lost without Read with Phonics and have no idea how schools cope without it.' - Mrs Gent

'It is simple, so many apps these days are bold and noisy. Whilst that is sometimes great I find the girls get very distracted from any task they need to complete. Plus after a while I get fed up of hearing the same piece of music for the 4,657,590 time. With no music and no unnecessary graphics Ellie focused on this for a long time! Thank you Read with Phonics!'- Kirsty W

Play phonics games, answer questions, score points and improve your level!

Read with Phonics simplifies how children learn to read by breaking the English language down into it's 44 phonics sounds. No need to memorise 1,000's of words individually, learn your phonics sounds instead! Learn to read 1,200+ words with Read with Phonics.


As parents you can do a lot to help your child learn to read. Our app is designed to be played independently but there is nothing like having parental guidance and support by their side while they play. We also cannot endorse strongly enough the importance of reading real books with your children!

We are a team of just two here at Read with Phoncis so please help us spread the word about Read with Phonics. We offer a completely free Phonics Program for schools, so why not let your school know about us? To keep our website and app free for schools where we can have the biggest impact we rely on the support of parents. Please share this app with friends, family, daycares, non profit orgaizations, or simply post about it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Sharing the word of Read with Phonics can help keep us free for schools and make such a huge difference to children all around the world!

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