"The best reading app for kids for building phonics awareness" BP Atlanta

"Proven to work and fun"

“Sounds English Phonics is an excellent product which was complementary to our existing teaching programme. I would recommend the app as part of a teacher’s armoury and believe it is a very useful addition for all children learning to read, that can be used either at school or in the home. ” Robert Eves, Grade 3 Teacher, St John’s Green School, Essex

“I was looking for something to help my 7 year old with his reading and I came across this app. It was easy to use and he really enjoys it and loves the characters. He can't wait to use it when he comes home from school. I can see him progressing and his reading confidence and interest is building quickly. I know that when he finishes the sounds he will have a great foundation for reading. A really great find!” - Lottie ELISA

Proven results

A study was carried out in St John’s Green School, Essex, United Kingdom with a sample size of sixty one children in Year 3 aged between 8-9 years old. A group used Sounds English Phonics in the classroom during the school day and was scheduled to spend fifteen minutes a day using the app over 20 school days (a 30 day period), within their scheduled standard literacy class.

Sounds English Phonics was 2.8 times more effective than the standard programme within the study period of only 30 days.

The majority of students using Sounds English Phonics gained more than a year in reading age in the test period. The average gain amongst this test group was 11 months within a 20 school day period. Every student in the test group improved their reading age.

Additionally, 42% of children in the test group learnt all 92 written sounds within 15 school days and 100% learnt all 92 in 20 school days.

“This app has been put together with style, flair and imagination. It is very visually engaging, which of course is vital for today's distracted kids; it looks professional from start to finish; and, best of all, it works as a method of teaching. Clearly an enormous amount of thinking and practical testing has gone into this and I think it will prove to be a very effective tool”. C WrightMedia

“This is an amazing app. I started it with my 9 year old daughter who I thought was a good reader. When she started I noticed gaps in her reading ability immediately. With using the app. we were able to improve her reading and confidence. I’m also a teacher and I use this with emergent readers in my class to great effect. I have seen students grow in confidence in a short time.” - S McGurgan

"Graphically it’s stunning. At 7 years old my daughter was struggling with her phonics. This app has helped my daughter where all other aids failed" Mark Folkard, UK


Learning to read in English is difficult. Sounds English Phonics is designed to make reading fun and is aimed at early readers who are typically between 6 & 9 years old. It uses a synthetic phonics approach and promotes self-driven, personalised learning, preparing early readers to tackle more challenging and interesting reading. In addition, the app can be used by anybody who wants to learn English as a foreign language.

Set in the imaginary world of Lumos, Sounds English Phonics accelerates learning reading by identifying 92 essential written sounds and teaching the learner how to use those sounds to read new words.

Packed with Benefits

Creates confident readers
Discovers and teaches the written sounds students do not know
Teaches correct pronunciation
Progresses learners at their own pace
Accelerates learning using a synthetics phonics approach
Tracks learning effectively through use of formative assessment

Zaprendo combines the power of technology with innovative teaching strategies. Supported by strong research and years of classroom application our products motivate learners of all ages and abilities.

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What’s New

Version 1.40

We've done some bug fixing and some optimisation. We hope you enjoy Sounds English Phonics. Email us with any questions to

Ratings and Reviews

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JC35yearreader ,

Great idea

My kids love video time and this is a great way to get them to actually learn while doing something they like. The graphics are amazing - it looks more like art than an app. And the concept is quite simple so any kid can use it. Mine really engaged in dragging the sounds down to the words and were laughing and really enjoyed themselves.

I don't know if this will work for English as a second language learners but my mother is teaching an employee at her retirement home how to read and speak English and I am going to have her try this as well!

Steve101xcd ,

Works great

At first I had problems but that was my own fault but Customer support gave me the proper advise to fix what I had done.

The apps looks great and works as advertised.

Great Job Zaprendo! ,


My five year old has been using this ap for 18 days now and his blending skills have improved tremendously.


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



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