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Phonics Spelling Dictionary

Who’s it for?

Designed for children of any age who are keen to improve their reading and spelling.

What does it do?

The Phonics Spelling Dictionary app orders words by sound to help children using phonics to become proficient readers and spellers. Words are organised by sound and broken up into coloured sections. The app features fun illustrations and interactive audio feedback throughout to help the child engage as they learn.

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Search by sound

Search for words by the sounds they start with

Rather than ordering words by their starting letter, phonics spelling dictionary collects words into groups according to their starting sound. Sounds are ordered according to when a child learns to say them. Each sound page gives more information on phonics, and shows you all the different ways a sound could be spelled.

Spelling test

Fun way to practise spelling

Listen to the audio prompt, look at the picture, then have a go at spelling it yourself. There are 3 levels - easy, medium and hard. If your child is not a confident typist yet, flip on handwriting mode, which recognises handwritten messages on the screen. Win stickers and certificates for participation.

Add new words

Add your own words

Words that aren’t available in phonics dictionary, can be added in the “My words” section, you can record an example of how the word should be said, so that tapping on the word plays an audio prompt.

Search by speech

You don’t need to know the spelling to search for a word

Tap on the magnifying glass to quickly find the word you’re looking for. If you’re not sure how to spell the word, use speech search. Tap on the microphone, then say the word you’re looking for. The app contains a special, child friendly speech recognition tool.