Rated 5/5 and Recommended by, official advisor to the Tablets for Schools scheme.

Pirate Phonics offers fun and Phonics for kids who are just learning to read/recognise letters and simple CVC words. Pirate phonics uses the concept of a child’s dream about pirates as the theme of an educational game to develop skills in the basic phonics. It is a very large App which uses 5 ‘treasure islands’ with a ‘phonic’ route map across each island to recover the treasure stolen by Blackbeard the pirate. Each phonic is introduced by a pirate with ‘phonic challenges’. By passing the challenges coins are collected and the child heads towards where Blackbeard has hidden the treasure. Each island is completed when the children use phonic challenges to open the treasure chest, but of course that’s not the end!

Pirate Phonics has been designed to support the first stages of phonic learning over an extended period, at least several weeks. Each phonic is emphasised through the use of several ‘picture words’ which are deliberately read slowly by the narrator. Once a phonic has been unlocked and learned the child can revisit that island and phonic at any time. The whole app introduces more than 300 words!

The 5 Treasure Islands introduce the phonics 1 at a time before using blends to form simple words (mainly CVC). Phonics introduced in this App include:
•s a t p d
•n m i g o
•c e u r h
•k b f l j
•v w x y z
•ck ff qu ss zz
•ll ch sh th ng th

If your child just wants to learn words related to any individual phonic then that can be selected from the ‘extras’ area on the start screen without going through every island.

Pirate Phonics 2 is also available now, with even more focus on blending, word building and reading groups of words!

What’s New

Version 2.3

Fixed an issue when loading the 'U' level.
Fixed quiet audio on iPhone.

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Lou191 ,

Good UK phonics

This is basic phonics so you might make the same mistake as me and buy it when your child is well beyond the single letter phonic sounds.

Also, the accent of the voice over makes sound pronunciation incorrect. For example, “bath” is pronounced “barth”.

I wish that the dialogue changed colour so the child could read along to the text.

QueenieCampio ,

No sound at first

We didn’t have sound at first but you just need to make sure your phone isn’t on silent mode and it works fine - on I phone make sure the button on the left hand side of phone isn’t on silent :)

sgdjk ,

Wonderful, fun and efficient

Wonderful for young children to discover phonics in a fun and engaging way.
4 stars only because we have a bug and can’t play “u”!
Developers please could we get this fixed!

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