Reviewed by Louise Totton
Twinkl Phonics is an app to introduce and then develop the use of phonics and letter sounds to pre and new readers. The app has 5 phases ranging from very simple, initial phonemes following on to blending phonemes to form words, forming simple sentences, comprehension exercises, practising letter formation and high frequency words. The app uses fun and interactive games to encourage children to keep playing, my daughter wants to play with it often, and chooses it over lots of the other games on the iPad.
The fantastic thing about this app is it uses a British accent and British phonemes rather than the American ones that seem to populate the App Store. The phases or stages are appropriate to the Primary National Strategy, and the app does include guidance from the DfES to help parents get the most from the software.
I liked this app a lot. Anything that encourages kids to want to learn is good in my book. For £4.99, it really is excellent value, I can see it will keep her busy for quite some time. We use it with an iPad stylus to practise the letter tracing and formation. My daughter’s letters have come on a great deal in just the short time we have been using Twinkl Phonics. She is in the very first stages of her Literacy journey, and she particularly enjoys the balloon popping game.
Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.
For more information visit www.twinkl.co.uk.