KS1 Apps

Educational APPs for children in KS1

Reading

 

Learn with Homer: Reading & Educational Games is a learn-to-read app for children aged 3 to 6 that incorporates drawing, voice recording, stories, songs, and more, along with more traditional phonics exercises. Up to three children can have individual user accounts on one app, and parents can view the progress of each kid. 

iTunes Monthly subscription

Monster Hunt

Monster Hunt – The Memory Game
This is a simple and really effective app aimed at developing attention and concentration skills, and improving working memory. You get a few seconds to view where the monsters are hidden and then have to click on their hiding places.  The difficulty grows, the better you get!  It’s free and effective, so well worth having.

iTunes Free

Counting and number

Bubbles of Maths
A no-nonsense addition game…  A target number appears at the top and the child has to tap two numbers that add up to that target.  Gradually the bubbles/balls drop and the child scores a time against the clock to try to beat next time.  As the levels go up, the numbers get larger.  It’s a bright, colourful and simple way to speed up basic adding skills.

 Google play Free

Early coding

Daisy the Dinosaur

This free app is a great introduction to coding for younger pupils.  It takes them step by step through simple instructions, gradually building up sequences. From here, children can move onto a variety of other coding apps and then onto classic computing programmes such as Scratch.

iTunes Free

Times Tables

Squeebles

The Squeebles Times Tables 2 app offers a fun way for children to learn and practise tables, helping Whizz to rescue 35 of the Squeebles from the nasty Maths Monster as a reward for their hard work. Featuring a great reward system, fun mini game, 7 tables modes, unlimited players and plenty of stats and reporting for parents and teachers. As usual, no in-app purchases or adverts.

iTunes £3.99

Sight Words and Phonics

Eggy Phonics

Phonics is an essential part of learning to read and Eggy Phonics 1 makes phonics fun and rewarding. This app focuses on the first 100 short-vowel words, such as cat, dog and bus.

iTunes £1.99

Phonics/Sight Words

Word Teller for Children

A comprehensive app that introduces children to the alphabet, simple words, and rhymes. It covers 44 sounds in the English language in details, and includes 96 words with their corresponding pronunciations. Children also learn to identify rhyme families, consonants, digraphs, short/long vowels, r-controlled vowels, trigraphs, and uncommon blends/digraphs.

iTunes £1.99

Problem solving

Pirate Treasure Hunt

This is an app providing a variety of problem solving opportunities for the children. As you help Pirate Jack to find the hidden treasure you take part in mathematical and literacy based tasks: shapes, spelling, addition sums, sequencing, and time problems, etc.  It is great for the variety it offers and encouraging the children to adapt from one type of skill to another.

iTunes Free

Barefoot Atlas

Barefoot Atlas

Barefoot World Atlas puts the world at your children’s fingertips! With this incredible app, anyone can fly around the magical, interactive 3D globe and discover the rich wonders of our planet.

iTunes £4.99

Handwriting

Handwriting Without Tears: Wet-Dry-Try
Students use a virtual slate chalkboard to practice forming numbers and capital letters using the Wet-Dry-Try approach. Students first trace the letter with a wet sponge, then with a dry paper towel, and finally with a piece of chalk.

iTunes £4.99

Counting and number

Motion Math: Hungry Guppy
The youngest students can practice counting and simple addition by feeding numbers to the hungry guppy. A similar version of the app, Hungry Fish, is aimed at older students.

iTunes £4.99

Speaking and Listening

Articulation Station

Help teach your child how to pronounce the sounds in the English language with 6 fantastic and engaging activities. Articulation practice has never been so much fun!

iTunes Free

Early Maths

Moose Math

An app that teaches counting, addition, subtraction, sorting, geometry and more. Featuring multilevel game designs where children solve real world problems by applying algebra skills, and earn rewards to build their virtual city.

iTunes Free Google Play Free

Spelling

Word Wizard

Four is the perfect age to learn how to read and collect new vocabularies. Word Wizard lets children build their own words and provide instant feedback by pronouncing the word as it's built. It also checks the words against iOS’ built-in spell checker and dictionary. The app supports words in Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, and Swedish.

iTunes £4.99

Story Creator

Tale of Tales

An inventive app that lets children mix and match scenes to create unique tales. Each story is only five pages long, but there are 2,000 possible combinations. It’s a great app to teach children the structure of stories and think out of the box.

iTunes £0.99

 

Maths

 

Hit the Button

An app designed to develop mental maths and calculation skills.

iTunes £2.99

Times Tables

DK 10 Minutes a Day Times Tables

Race against the clock with your maths skills! Young learners excel in short bursts, so DK’s 10 Minutes a Day Times Tables app is the perfect introduction to maths for children. Times tables games take a short amount of time - maximum fun for maximum effect.

iTunes Free