Initial Code 4+

Sounds-Write Ltd

    • 3.6 • 15 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

3.6 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

cphm1212 ,

Great content. But misleading purchase plan

This is a great tool for my 4 year old learning her phonics.

What is disappointing is that once you download the app it only gives you the option of buying the full content in two separate packages of £3.99 each in the "Settings" section. Says full content download purchase is "unavailable."

However if you go back to iTunes you are given the option to buy the full content for just £4.99 as well as buying it in two separate packages.

I find this misleading. It also leaves a bad aftertaste in the mouth given this is a kids' education app. I understand they have to make money but this type of sales strategy undermines what is otherwise an excellent app.

Ally 218 ,

Phonics fun

My pupils loved this so much we put the full version on all our school iPads and they look forward to finishing a 1:1 session with this app.

WK09 ,

Useful for our 4 year old

The app really helps well to master basic reading and writing skills.
Suggestions for a feature request:
- tracing: rate accuracy
- tracing: check the starting point of each line element and check if a correct up/ down stroke has been executed

App Privacy

The developer, Sounds-Write Ltd, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More

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