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Plymouth grad launches innovative app to boost child reading

Published: Saturday, 16 January 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A Plymouth primary school teacher and University graduate has developed an exciting new app, created to help children read. The app is able to do this through a series of interactive games.

Named Fonics, this clever tool designed by Sophie Cooper, targets three to six-year-olds and boasts a number of games, all of which help to teach children the basic language skills required to read. 

The games are all in line with the National Curriculum in The UK, and users are able to attain their own score. They must reach certain levels in order to improve their reading. All of this can be achieved at their own pace.

This clever graduate believes the app will be a great tool for both teachers and students. It's also a must-have investment for parents who wish to gain a better insight into their child's literary skills and what they can do to enhance them.

At just 25, Sophie is proving somewhat of a celebrity at Castle Primary School, in Tiverton, where she currently teaches. Having gained a BA Hons in Art History and a PGCE in Primary Education at Plymouth University, the app is something that is close to her heart.

“The way we learn in schools is changing, with digitalisation and e-learning becoming major players in the classroom,” she explained. 

“Tools that can instantly track and record a student's progress allow teachers to review their class' work at the end of each day, enabling them to tailor tomorrow's lessons specifically to the needs of their class and, by making the lessons fun, students are learning without even realising.”

Without a generous grant from Virgin StartUp – a not-for-profit organisation funded by the Virgin Group and the Government's Start Up Loans Company, the app would have not been a possibility.

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