Apps we recommend

Here is a list of some of the most popular apps we recommend for use on the iPad: we use all of them in school and, in our view, they have enormous educational potential.

1. Britannica Kids: this series of apps is ideal for project work. They contain lots of easy to find information, lavishly illustrated, and also many interactivities and games to reinforce information and concepts. Titles include: Dinosaurs, Solar System, Knights & Castles, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Aztecs, Rainforests, Volcanoes, Snakes, Endangered Species. They are designed for children to use and contain a great deal of multimedia content to bring topics to life.

egypt      volca   

2. iBooks: the iBooks store contains a growing number of popular children’s books, both fiction and non-fiction. Popular authors in use in the school include Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson, Jeff Kinney (Wimpy Kid) as well as DK non-fiction. We have found that pupils love to read these books, both individually and in pairs, in digital format.

columb       wimpy

3. Stories to read: Some of our favourite books that are downloaded as apps (rather than as iBooks) include: Titanic Dog to the Rescue, Marc Brown’s Arthur series, Are Whales Smart or what? (other titles in this series focus on dogs, bees and squirrels). The App store contains thousand of children’s books, for all reading levels, many superb illustrations and interactive features.

whale      dogs

4. Maths Titles: There is a vast range of high quality apps designed to help children with their maths. Here are some of the ones we use and recommend:

equiv      graphs

· Maths Word Problems ( This is a series of six apps of increasing difficulty designed to motivate children to solve mathematical problems. The app provides objects which can be moved around the screen in order to assist in the problem-solving process.

· McGraw-Hill publishes a wide range of high quality maths apps for primary school children. They have also begun to publish literacy apps of a similar standard.

Titles include: Beat the Computer, Sail through Maths, Name that Number, Equivalent Fractions, Divisibility Dash

· Brainingcamp ( publishes a range of excellent apps across a broad range of maths topics

· Electrokite ( publishes a wide range of excellent apps with particular focus on maths and literacy development. Maths topics include probability, mixed numbers, perimeter and number operations

· TaptoLearn Software ( also publishes a range of attractive apps with direct curricular links. Topics include graphs, time, fractions and number operations, in addition to spelling and grammar.

5. BabogBaby: this app presents a virtual teddy bear, which will help teach young children 33 basic words (numbers, shapes and colours) in Irish, as well as Welsh and Scots Gaelic.


6. Montessori Approach to…( publish a wide range of apps for children of all ages, and encompassing a wide range of subject areas. These include World and European geography, plant and animal life, number operations, geometry, vocabulary and many more. All of these apps are attractive to children and well designed in educational terms.


7. Educational Games: There is no shortage of educational games available on the App Store. Popular games we use include Chess, Countdown, Snakes & Ladders, Hangman and Scrabble.


8. Story Patch: This app is one of the most popular we use in the school, with pupils and teachers alike. Children can work independently or collaboratively in creating stories which contain text and graphics. The app provides pupils with a structured approach to story creation. The included graphics include backgrounds, characters and objects, all of which can be resized and moved around the screen. Stories, when complete, are saved as PDF files which can be emailed and printed.


9. Geo Walk – 3D World Fact Book: a very impressive, multimedia-laden reference work for children, encompassing topics such as animals, countries, inventions, history etc. The App store contains a large amount of reference material, covering almost every subject under the sun. Quality varies, but we have located a substantial number of high quality apps that are ideal for children doing investigative work.


10. The Book of Kells: one of the more expensive apps available, but great value for money in terms of what is provided – 680 pages of the manuscript, digitised in high resolution enabling minute examination of one of the world’s greatest treasures.