We take a pragmatic approach to phonics in onecourse. Letters and their sounds are introduced one by one. We introduce them in an order which allows the child to build simple words as soon as possible. Phonics, however, is only a means to an end. Enabling the child to read automatically and to acquire a love of reading are our goals.

This is where our library comes into play. Books from the library are used from the first day of onecourse. Initially, books with illustrations but no text are read aloud to the child. Then, the child moves through different book modes incorporating highlighted text in sync with the audio. Eventually, children can choose to read the text without any audio. They are now independent readers who can access all of the books in the library to help develop a lifelong love of reading.

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Sample units

Meeting letters and sounds, ready to make words.
Words fly out of the box, and the child taps the button to hear the syllables.
Once children are comfortable with all the letter sounds, they are introduced to the alphabet.
Picking the image that matches the word, either with or without hearing the word.
A fun, fast game for children to select the word they hear.
Practising how to spell words.
Learning about plurals.
This activity demonstrates different word stems, helping to break down long words (particularly in agglutinative languages).
Dragging words to complete phrases.


Writing and spelling are intertwined. Once the child has met simple words and had practice in writing them, we move on to spelling activities, where the letters in words fly apart and the child has to reassemble them.

Later – when the child is very familiar with the letters, has met the alphabet, and has had sufficient spelling practice – we introduce a keyboard. The child moves from typing words to typing phrases, and then sentences. As well as providing further spelling practice and introducing punctuation, this gives the child an awareness of sentence construction.

Sample units

Showing how the letter 'a' is formed.
Tracing the letter 'g'.
Writing a simple word. The child can use the duster to erase any mistakes.
Typing a word in Swahili, using a keyboard.
A keyboard can be used to teach the child to type words and sentences.
Children can practise copying the word they hear.
In the play zone, children can type their own stories and save them to read later.
Tracing numbers in the numeracy section.
Practising forming numbers.
For detailed information about the pedagogical approach of onecourse and the child’s experience with onetab, we encourage you to download our digital handbook.