Profs' Phonics 2 invites 3 to 7 year old children to explore detailed paintings for words that start or end with a particular sound. Children will come to understand that words contain the same sounds that are represented by letters of the alphabet. This is known as 'cracking the alphabetic code' and is essential for children to be able to understand the reading process.

Profs' Phonics has been developed by Professors Ruth Fielding-Barnsley and Ian Hay as a result of their research into how children learn to read.

For a free sample containing 5 of the Profs' Phonics paintings, download Profs' Phonics 1, also by Doc Ruth.

- Learning about the individual sounds in words (phonemic awareness).
- Learning through detailed observation, animation, sound and touch.
- Visual and auditory feedback of identified words, allowing for recognition of words.
- Contrasting incorrect words to discriminate between learned sounds (s,t,l,p,m,n,a,e,i).
- Based on the findings of The Independent Rose Review of the Teaching of Early Reading in the UK (
- Feedback on the number of correct words that your child has found in each poster.
- The ability to teach your child their first words made up of the learned sounds.
- Extends your child's vocabulary with the inclusion of 330 words.
- Ideal as story and conversation starters.

What’s New

Version 1.60

- Updated for iOS 8 and above.
- Makes full use of all iPad and iPhone screen sizes.

Ratings and Reviews

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K Kaper ,

Prof's Phonics

The short i sound is incorrect and sounds like a long e. I cannot use this app in my kindergarten classroom. It is a big disappointment because otherwise I think it would be engaging and useful in developing phonemic awareness.

deuce4 ,

Based on extensive literacy learning research

Phonemic awareness--the recognition and understanding of phonemes, the smallest unit of sound in language--is an important indicator of future literacy in children, and this app develops phonemic awareness in a colourful and fun way.

The graphics are beautiful, and the game play keeps children very interested--my five-year-old loves searching for new words. His letter recognition has improved quickly, and I find him naturally sounding out the initial sounds of words during reading time. His kindergarten teacher tells us he is doing very well in literacy, and I have no doubt this app has helped.

Professor Ruth Fielding-Barnsley has done extensive research on metalinguistics (the awareness of language structure) and the link between phonemes and graphemes (letters), and how it results in children's increased ability to decode new words. As a Master of Teaching student at the University of Tasmania, I have been searching for apps for my own child that are built on established research of how children actually learn, and this one is without a doubt the best app available for early literacy.

Be sure to check out the "extension activities" in the info section of the app for parental support with your child's reading.

Frangolouisa ,


This is a delightful little app to help beginning learners practice "sounding out" the first letter of words. It has beautiful pictures to illustrate groups of words that all start with the same letter. Only 5 starting letters so far but i am looking forward to further editions to complete the alphabet.

It would be useful for both kids in English speaking places and English learners from other countries.


Ruth Fielding-Barnsley
66.4 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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