One of Apple’s featured Literacy Apps, and in use in 100s of Australian schools, the Oz Phonics app series is Australian made, and designed to build students' literacy skills with a series of step-by-step exercises. Includes both Australian and New Zealand accent options.
Visit ozphonics.com for more details and free downloadable worksheets.
For home use we suggest that parents/careers take an active role in instruction.
Other Apps in the Oz Phonics series:
Intro To Reading by Oz Phonics
Oz Phonics 1 - Phonemic Awareness and Letter Sounds
Oz Phonics 2 - CVC, CCVC words, consonant blends, sentences
Oz Phonics 3 - Consonant Blends, CVCC Words, Digraphs, Spelling
Oz Phonics 4 - Long Vowel Spellings and R-Controlled Vowels
Exercises in this app:
Being able to differentiate between sounds and match identical ones is fundamental to the reading and spelling process. Here we play a sound matching game with a random selection from the 28 sounds covered in this app.
2.Odd One Out – Beginning Sound
Listen to all the beginning sounds, then drag the odd one out into the basket.
3. Odd One Out – Rhyme
This activity is quite difficult and requires careful listening and remembering. Note that some of the words in this exercise are nonsense words.
4. Phonics Sounds Reference
We learn to read and spell by listening to the sounds in the words, not the names of the letters, (though these will be important later on). This screen allows the student to listen to the word first, then hear the sound at the beginning.
Note the first sound in ‘quiz’ is /k/ (not /kw/).
At this point we teach the sounds of the letter ‘x’ when it comes at the end of the word six, /ks/.
We introduce the end sound in the word sunny /ee/.
Another new sound is /th/at the beginning of this. Because we could not represent this word with a picture, we have shown it in letters. It is underlined because it is a voiced sound. (An unvoiced /th/ is heard at the beginning of thin.)
5. Odd One Out – Beginning Vowel
Vowels are more difficult than consonants. Careful listening is necessary for this activity. Tap the tiles again if you don’t get it the first time. Note: the word honest begins with a silent ‘h’.
6. Missing Beginning Sound
Tap on the middle and end tiles to hear that part of the word. Think which sound is missing, then tap on the coloured tiles until you find it. Drag that tile onto the question mark. The whole word will then be sounded out. Note: the word 'egg' has two sounds and therefore only two tiles.
7. Missing End Sound
Tap on the first tiles to hear that part of the word. Think which sound is missing, then tap on the coloured tiles until you find it. Drag that tile onto the question mark. The whole word will then be sounded out.
8. Missing Middle Sound
Tap on the first and last tiles to hear those parts of the word. Think which sound is missing, then tap on the coloured tiles until you find it. Drag that tile onto the question mark. The whole word will then be sounded out. Note that most students find the middle sound most difficult to identify.
9. Sound Match (letter visible)
Consonants are black and vowels are red. Tap on the tiles until you find a matching pair. When you tap them quickly, one after the other, the lizards will gobble them up.
10. Phonics Touch Pad
Tap on each tile to hear the sound.
11. Vowel Test
Test how many vowel sounds your student knows.
12. Phonics Sound Test – 28 sounds
Note there are three letters that make the /k/ sound – ‘c’, ‘k’ and ‘q’. It does not matter in which order you tap on them.
When the letter ‘y’ is a consonant and says /y/, it is black. When it is a vowel and says /ee/, it is red.
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Ratings and Reviews
Clear and really say to use
This app and its companions are so easy to use, and have such a comprehensive presentation of phonics that they are an easy pick for school use.
Love this app. The letter sound reference is fantastic, and I love that it is an Australian accent. Only recommendation is to put the letters/pictures on the tiles in the games.
A must have!!
I have look at so many phonics apps over the years and this is by far the best I have ever come across. It is clean and simple and the content is great and comes with printable work sheets off their website. I have bought all 3 oz phonic apps and have printed out all work sheets and my son has taken well to it all.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.