Big Cat Phonics


Collins Big Cat Phonics brings an innovative lesson delivery concept to the primary school classroom. The well established and familiar Collins character Big Cat and new companion Snappy (original character design by Can Studios) lead the class* through ten minute daily whiteboard sessions of sounds, words and sentences. This complete phonics program of 300 sessions teaches children to blend and segment individual words, and gets them reading and writing in full sentences.  

The delivery engine we designed specifically for this application generates a random lesson each day based on the class’ progress. The system dynamically combines thousands of sound elements to create customised lessons based on the phonemes and words practised so far. The system automatically adjusts the support delivered by the animated characters as the children become familiar with each new sound.

A teacher’s area includes controls for refining the automatic support level and vocabulary settings for each class in the system. Also contained in the teacher’s area are a wide range of printable resources and video guides to phoneme pronunciation and lesson delivery.

There are four games in this Big Cat package that help consolidate new phonic knowledge using pirates, space, fairy tales and music themes. The games can be played by children individually or by one or two teams with an adult as scorer.

* The package works equally well for individual users on a desktop PC or Mac.

"Can Studios have worked with Collins Education on a number of interactive elearning projects for use in the schools market. On all occasions we have found them to be an excellent organisation to work with, contributing innovative and creative ideas to the development process. Can Studios also possess strong communication skills, which has helped to ensure that projects are completed to tight deadlines and a very high standard. We look forward to working with them again in the future."

Nick Measures

Managing Editor - Digital Learning

Collins Education