Developing Literacy

App Focus/Use Comments Age
Dyslexia Quest
Develops memory skills that link with the Aston Index and other screening tests. Focuses on auditory/visual memory, processing speed and visual discrimination.
Fun, interactive and the children love it. Good characters and the children can collect different yeti cards as they work their way up the mountain. It would be better named 'Yeti Mountain' as it's good for all children. Also, only has the ability for one user, so you can't save a child's data (but you can take a screen shot of the results). 6 - Adult

Different age ranges
View in iTunes Spellosaur
Individualized spelling. Personal spelling lists can be entered for each child to practise their spelling words. There are four different ways of learning each spelling word and then they can take a test to check their learning.
Highly rated by the children. The different ways of learning are effective. Multiple users – so a whole class could be entered on to it with their individual words or sets of words could be entered. Older children like it, but it depends on the child. It could be too young for some children. Reception to Year 6
Hairy Letters Hairy Letters
Letter formation and practising letter sounds. Capital letters and letter names. CVC words and then progresses to longer words.
Really fun for the children with a cute character to keep them on track. The character shows them how to write the letter. There are games for each letter sound. Foundation Phase
Blobble Write Blobble Write
Similar to Hairy Letters. Focuses on numbers as well as letters. Letter recognition, letter sounds, capital letters and formation. Number recognition,
Children can listen to the sounds being blended together to make words. An arrow shows the children how to form letters. A picture illustrates the words formed to reinforce the meaning of the word. Key Stages 1 & 2
abc Pocket Phonics abc Pocket Phonics
Letter sounds, formation and positioning on the line. Digraphs and double letters. After a set of letters have been completed then words are created with those sounds.
Children can listen to the sounds being blended together to make words. An arrow shows the children how form letters. A picture illustrates the words formed to reinforce the meaning of the word. Key Stages 1 & 2
Phonics Genius
Focuses on digraphs, split digraphs, blends, word endings and word families (onset and rime).
American voice to start but you can record your own voice saying the word. Learn by seeing and hearing the words. Can change the font colour and size. The words can be customize in the word lists. Year 2 to Year 6
Spelling Bug Spelling Bug
Moving the letters to make 3 & 4 letter words.
Colourful and bright pictures to go with the words. American voices and they use capital letters. Some words are the American versions. Foundation Phase and Year 3
Fab-Phonics 'Road Block'
Filling in the missing letters to make words. Word blending
A fun game for children, they have to unblock the road using blocks with the letters on. Foundation Phase
Irregular Verbs
Past and present tense
Children need to fill in the missing gaps in the sentences. Can choose what sentences to include. Can add a number of players. Can keep a record of and email the results. Year 2 to Year 6
Boggle
A word game (like the board game). Make as many words as you can by joining the letters together.
A fun game for children that promotes word building. Year 2 to Year 6
Homophones - Fun Deck
Choosing the correct homophone to fit in the sentence that is given.
Reads the sentence and the words for you. American voice. Key Stage 2
Spelling Notebook Free
Individualised spelling. Personal spelling lists can be entered for each child to practise their spelling words.
Can record the word and a sentence to go with it. No animations, so children may get bored. Good for older children Key Stage 2

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