- The spelling app was recommended for kids at a London Islamic Studies school
- The study app, also used by children of ISIS fighters, teaches users Arabic script
- It features lessons saying 'taa' is for talaqa (bullet) and 'siin' is for sarokh (rocket)
- Counter-terror chiefs were alerted when a teacher asked for study aids online
Children as young as four at a British school are being targetet by an ISIS spelling app that features photos of bullets, rockets and guns.
The app was suggested for students at an Islamic Studies school in London who are learning Arabic script after a teacher asked for study aid recommendations on Facebook.
In images of IS's Spelling Teacher app, 'S' is shown to stand for 'sarukh' - the Arabic word for a rocket - while others follow a similar rule with cartoons of bullets - 'dhakheera' in Arabic - and an axe, translated as 'fas'.
ISIS has released an app teaching the Arabic alphabet to its 'cubs of the caliphate' - using cartoon images of weaponry including a rocket or 'Sarukh' and a tank or 'Dababa'
The app app used a picture for a sword (left) - Sayf in Arabic - and an image of a cannon (right) - or Mudfae - to illustrate its alphabet
The Arabic letter 'D' is represented by the word 'dababa' - or tank - and shown along with a picture of an armoured vehicle.
The sinister illustrations are blended in with pictures more frequently associated with child learning including balloons, flowers and types of food.
A promotional video for the product shows young children using the app on tablets.
Counter-terror officials were alerted to the app when a female teacher asked for study aid recommendations for students aged four to 14 on Facebook.
The woman used the fake name Safiyyah Huyay, one of Muhammad's wives, when she asked for recommendations.
Facebook member Jihadi Abu Bakr al Janabi suggested she try out the Spelling Teacher app, created for children of IS fighters.
The app was used to teach students at an Islamic Studies school in London Arabic script for different letters of the alphabet. Other letters in the alphabet follow a similar rule with cartoon illustrations including bullets (left) - 'dhakheera' in Arabic - and an axe (right), translated as 'fas'
Counter-terror officials were alerted to the app when a female teacher asked for study aid recommendations for students aged four to 14 on Facebook. A promotional video for the product, which fatures fire and a gun to represent letters of the alphabet, shows young children using the app on tablets
The messages were reportedly seen by The Middle East Media Research Institute, which works with US intelligence. UK counter-terror officials have reportedly been informed.
In the online correspondence, which is not public on Facebook to people who are not the woman's friends, the teacher references the Home office seizing her passport for extremism.
Distributing publications with the intent of encouraging terrorism is an offence.
Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke told The Sun: 'Anyone who sanctions the use of an app that encourages terrorism and indoctrinates children has no place in teaching.
'I'd hope the governing body would step in and the school be monitored by Ofsted.'
The app was released by the ISIS propaganda department the Library of Zeal last year on the encrypted messaging service Telegram as well as on other file sharing websites, according to the Long War Journal.
The app also includes games helping children to write Arabic letters and words while a cappella songs with jihadist terminology play in the background.
A woman used the fake name Safiyyah Huyay, one of prophet Muhammad's wives, when she asked for study aid recommendations for students.
Facebook member Jihadi Abu Bakr al Janabi suggested she try out the Spelling Teacher app, created for children of IS fighters
Thousands of children and teenagers, including large numbers of girls, have been referred to Britain's often-criticised counter-terrorism programme Prevent, figures showed last month.
Prevent is a key strand of Britain's security strategy which was launched in 2003 to combat extremism after the September 11 attacks on the United States.
It has grown in prominence since the 2005 suicide attack on London's transport network which killed 52 people and the rise of the Islamic State in recent years.
It has been dogged since its inception by claims that it is used to spy on Muslim communities and a 2015 government edict instructing public bodies such as schools, health workers and universities to report concerns further exacerbated those fears.
The first official Prevent figures from Britain's Home Office (interior ministry) showed that of the 7,631 individuals thought to be at risk of being drawn into terrorism from April 2015 to March 2016, almost a third were children.
Of all those referred, only five percent, the 381 assessed to be the most at risk, were eventually deemed to need support from specialist mentors in the voluntary, de-radicalisation scheme known as Channel.
Some 63 individuals withdrew from the process and the Home Office said there was no data about whether they or any others who had been referred to Prevent or gone through the Channel process had later gone on to be involved in extremism.
Two-thirds of Prevent referrals were made over fears of Islamist extremism and 10 percent because of far-right concerns.
The vast bulk came from the education sector and police, with 2,127 aged under 15, including 532 girls, and 2,147 aged 15 to 20, with 420 female.