Initial Code 4+

Sounds-Write Ltd

    • 4.0 • 10 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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The official app for the Sounds-Write Initial Code phonics programme, for learning to read and spell in English.

******* IPAD ONLY ******* This app is currently unavailable on the iPhone because of the writing element of the app.

For young children to become fluent readers and spellers they need to rehearse and consolidate what they are learning. It is this, repeated over and over again, that enables their access to alphabetic code knowledge and skills to become totally automatic and internalised processes.

This app offers a variety of activities to develop the skills of blending and segmenting, sound spelling correspondence, word reading and writing and some sentences reading and writing.

The app has been designed to introduce all the sound-spelling correspondences your child(ren) needs to learn to put them well on the way to learning to read and write.

Each unit will be locked until the child has completed enough of the current unit to be able to progress.

For more information on the Sounds-Write programme please visit

What’s New

Version 2.0.4

Improved UI for Dark Mode Theme.
Users can now click on a unit to select it as well as use the existing scroll options.
When repeating a previously completed unit, the unit remains selected as opposed to jumping back to the highest available unit.
Improved unit completion rates layout in child's profile.
Improved user experience creating/managing accounts/child profiles.

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

jopokego ,

Good educationally sound app but ...

I find the voiceover has a speech impediment. ‘R’ is not properly pronounced. The app shuts down for no apparent reason and no amount of re-opening helps. There are at least two spelling errors in the sentences section. Eg ‘of’ for ‘off’. Finally, it is not complete. Where are the rest of the Unit 13 consonant digraph? Eg. ‘wh’, and ‘qu’ etc?
Still, it is very helpful for early readers starting out.

Ajdbdbdndndnfnsnsndns ,

Great App

I purchased this to support some children in my classroom. I love all the elements if it. I suggest reading over all the instructions carefully as it has some great tips and explanations. I also like how up to 5 children can have a profile and these can have adjusted starting levels.

Even though a child may know many of the initial code by sight, if they cannot independently and correctly form the letter, starting at the beginning is something to consider.

The only thing I have noticed is that the pronunciation of the sound for “m” and “n” are so similar that I could hardly hear a difference. I like the UK accent as it is close enough to the Australian one for children to understand it.

ViCKeY36 ,

App was good at first

Then it kept glitching.... Plus you have the pay after you've completed the 3rd Unit.... Dont waste your time!!!

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