Frequently asked questions

What is is a website based online reading program designed by a teacher to help children learn to read in a more fun and engaging way. Play fun phonics games and systematically learn the 44 phonetic sounds of the English language. By turning phonics lessons into phonics games, students stay engaged longer with a higher level of concentration than traditional resources.

Who started was founded by Sophie Cooper, a primary school teacher in England who wanted to create a fun way for children to learn to read through the method of phonics play. Read our story and how Read with Phonics was created.

How does Phonics help my child to read?

Phonics is proven to be the most effective method at teaching children to learn to read as it simplifies the English language down into just 44 sounds. Children therefore 'decode' words by breaking them down into it's sounds rather than having to memorise 1,000's of words individually.

How can I pay for an account with

At the moment you can only pay online through debit or credit card.

Do I need to subscribe as a parent?

No. is a one off payment that gives you full access to our online reading program, forever.

Can I have more than one user?

Unfortunately not, there is just one user per account.

I am a home educator, can I use Phonics Schools?

No. Unfortunately home educators must pay £7.99 for the parents edition. Phonics Schools is a free service for schools, libraries and educational organisations of 10 or more pupils.

What is Phonics Schools?

Phonics Schools is for teaching and educational professionals. Phonics Schools enables teachers to track each students progress and highlights to teachers which sounds students need to work on the most. Phonics Schools is free in order to help more children learn to read around the world and give more children access to great resources. Please note, we keep a strict eye on these accounts and close down those we suspect of private use without warning.

How can I apply for a Phonics Schools account?

You can apply for your free schools account by visiting

It takes just 2 minutes to sign up and set up your class. Get started now and use phonics games in your phonics lessons today.

Your website is blocked at my school, can you help?

Unfortunately no, this is something that will need to happen your end. If you speak to your IT team they will be able to allow and unblock our site and give you access on your school network.

I have forgotten my login details, what do I do?

Visit section and click 'login' in the top menu bar, click 'forgotten my password' and we will send you an email to reset a new one.

Do you have an app?

We do! is available in the iOS, Google Play and Amazon App Stores allow you to carry on learning on the move! Visit the homepage for the links to our app stores

My app is crashing?

Oh no! We ask that your first step is to 'force close' Read with Phonics and restart it. If it is still not working with ask that you check your app is fully up to date with the latest version as is your device software. If this still doesn't fix the problem then you can contact us at and let us know what is going wrong. In order for us to help you as quickly as possible please include what app store you downloaded it from, your device model, whether you are on 4G/3G/wifi and which version of the app you currently have.

Are you VAT registered?

Yes. Our VAT number is 234 9168 86.

What is a phoneme?

A phoneme is the sound a letter makes when it is read in a word. For example how you say 'a' 'n' and 't' in the word 'ant' is different to how you would say 'a', 'n' or 't' when reciting them in the alphabet. When you recite single letters in the alphabet, you are reciting the 'letter names'. When you make the actual sound the letter makes when it is said as part of a word, that is a phoneme.

What is a grapheme?

A grapheme is the symbol/letter a sound makes when it is written. This could be a single letter such as 'a' in 'ant' or a combination of letters known as a digraph such as the 'sh' in 'ship'.

What is a digraph?

A digraph is a combination of two letters that work together to make the same sound. An example of a digraph is the 'kn' sound in 'knot'.

What is a trigraph?

A trigraph is a combination of three letters working together to make the same sound. An example of a trigraph is the 'air' sound in 'hair'.

What is a split digraph?

A split digraph is when two letters work together to make the same sound, however they are separated or split up by another letter in between them. An example of a split digraph is the 'o-e' working together to make the same sound in 'bone'.

What is a CVC word?

CVC in phonics stands for Consonant, Vowel, Consonant. CVC word's are the simplest words in the English language and are the ones that you learn to read first. An example of CVC words are cat, hit, sat.

What is segmenting and blending?

Segmenting and blending is the key to learning to read through the method of phonics. Segmenting a word is to break it down into it's individual sounds. Blending is the joining together of all the segmented sounds to actually read the word out loud. When learning to read through phonics, any word that a child doesn't know they are encouraged to segment and blend the word to help them. It is these decoding skills that will enable children to read 95% of the English language. Because this skill is so vital, every word in our online games and apps are segmented and blended back to you, to help constantly reinforce this skill.

Why is the sound not working?

On some Apple devices it is easy to have the sound turned down fully that the device is on mute. On older devices the mute toggle can also be on, which means even though the sound appears to be up, the mute toggle is still on. It can even be more confusing in that some apps overwrite the mute feature so other apps still produce sound. This is against App Store rules so we do not do this. To fix this simply swipe up, and ensure the bell icon does not have a line through it. If you have any further questions please contact

What app stores are you on?

We are currently on Apple App Store, Google Play Store and the Amazon App Store.