Justin’s World – Letter Sounds

A fun, engaging app that introduces and reinforces young children’s understanding of the first 8 letters (s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d)

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What is it

Justin’s World – Letter Sounds contains videos of Justin (aka Mr Tumble) teaching initial letter sounds; Fun and learning based around the Primary National Strategy; Rhymes and alliteration to reinforce sounds; Beautiful illustrations and animations that make learning phonics fun; Interactive games to test and consolidate your child’s learning.

This educational app introduces and reinforces children’s understanding of initial letter sounds, as outlined in The Primary National Strategy. Working with the first 8 letters (s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d) Justin introduces and teaches the unique sound each letter makes.

Say hello to Justin as he introduces the fun…“So tap on a letter that makes a sound, let’s take a look at we’ve found!”  What’s Justin going to pull out of the magic box? Well, there’s a pink pig, an amazing apple and a talking tiger, to name just a few.

All this learning is then followed by an interactive game to test and extend understanding. Choose the right letter to build a word and watch it come to life.

Find the right letter to make an angry ant, a slithering snake or even a paddling penguin…

The final section is a multi choice game to add more fun and consolidation. Find the three words that start with the letter that makes a “t” sound. Get it right and the flash cards come to life with their own animation.

Tested on an iPad

What our team of testers said

"Look, it's Justin! I love Justin!" - Girl, age 3

"Sun, snake, erm, sock start with sss" - Boy aged 4

Skills Developed

  • Teaches letter sounds to pre-schoolers
  • Helps children link letter symbols and sounds
  • Introduces spellings for a range of basic words

What our experts think

We liked how clear and visual this app was – it used pictures, sounds and videos by a much loved children’s TV personality. Some of our little testers were big Justin fans and this definitely encouraged them to persevere with this app.
The app is easy to use and motivated our little testers to play and learn their initial letters. Through using this app children are able to hear sounds, see them written and then see them in the context of a word. The clear pictures used means that children can easily identify the words with a certain sound – they can then make links with the written word. We also liked the use of alliteration; when Justin read each word he also gave a description (e.g. Mouse – a Mouse in a Mask)

Features

  • Brands: Justin Fletcher, Nearly Too Late
  • Key Features:
    • British English
    • Made in the UK
    • No 3rd party adverts
    • No in-app purchasing
    • No internet access required for core features
  • Child Restrictions: Yes- appropriate features restricted
  • Languages available:
  • Appropriate child restricted areas? Yes- appropriate features restricted
  • Apple version: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
    Requires iOS 5.1 or later
  • Android version: Requires Android 4.0 and up
  • App Types: Educational Apps
  • Types of skills developed: English
    Learning to read
    Literacy
    Phonics
    Speech, language and communication skills
    Spelling

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