Poverest Primary School
“The big change I noticed as a class teacher was the enthusiasm for learning spellings and the weekly Hive Game was anticipated with excitement from the children.”Case Study
Spelling and word knowledge are key components in the process of learning to read and write. Spelling Shed makes the acquisition of these key skills fun and engaging for pupils and easy to plan for teachers.
Designed by a team of teachers, the Spelling Shed scheme aligns with the English National Curriculum and, as the scheme is fully editable, it can be used alongside any existing spelling schemes that schools may be using, ensuring 100% curriculum coverage.
The game aspect of Spelling Shed ensures children are engaged and eager to practise their spellings regularly. The low-stakes games, quizzes and reward systems ensure that children find spelling fun. The games can be played in class or assigned for home learning, making them perfect for in-school learning, homework or a hybrid model which many schools now use.
As well as spelling, there are various components across the platform with teaching resources and activities for phonics, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. The teaching slides for spelling, grammar and punctuation fully cover the National Curriculum across the primary range, and we have a full phonics and reading programme on their way to complement these.
With built-in scaffolding and support, our games allow children to practise their spellings at a level that they are comfortable with. Teachers enjoy the flexibility of being able to choose pre-made lists or creating their own bespoke lists to cater for their children’s individual needs.
In our main game, children start by seeing and hearing the word before selecting the letters they need from a given selection. As the difficulty increases, the support lessens and children spell the words using a keyboard.
Our game supports phonics word lists which enable younger children to use their evolving phonemic awareness to build words with graphemes such as ‘er’ and ‘ai’, as well as single letter graphemes.
Our scheme of work gives an organised progression through the Spelling and Grammar objectives outlined in the English National Curriculum.
The weekly spelling programme includes the following:
Our platform enables learning to happen on any device where there is a web-connection and offline using our app.
Thousands of schools use our platform, which is flexible in its application, in various educational settings: where one-to-one devices are available, where devices are shared, where devices are used in ICT suites, or as part of home learning to consolidate skills. The challenges and assignments give specific tasks for groups of learners to work towards and our leagues provide a way to recognise achievement within a group, class, school or even as global leaders using our worldwide league!
Self-directed learning is encouraged, children can create their own multiplayer Hive Games to play with friends.
As pupils play, Spelling Shed tracks a number of aspects. For each pupil or group, reporting shows the frequency of their practice, as well as their progression and attainment for each word list and assignment.
The system tracks all words spelled by each child and gives a snapshot of all words spelled over the past week, which allows for targeted intervention through individualised list creation.
Within Spelling Shed, digital games and assessment tools for phonics are available. These support the teaching of phonics via Phonics Shed but also give Spelling Shed users an additional set of tools to help develop children's phonics skills.
Our games start from pre-reading skills such as environmental sounds, include decoding-based games and even a flying superhero hare. Our assessment tool allows you to screen pupils for their phonics knowledge and track their attainment.
We also include a phonics screening check tool to help assess and prepare children for the year 1 phonics screening check.
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Our grammar curriculum covers all of the English National Curriculum expectations for spelling, punctuation and grammar. Each year group has small step learning episodes covering all key areas of the grammar, punctuation and spelling curriculum: Word, Text, Sentence and Punctuation. Each small step is linked to a National Curriculum statement.