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Account & Subscriptions

Can I have a free trial?

Can I pay by cheque / BACS / invoice?

If I subscribe do I have to buy the app as well?

Where do I send remittances and what contact details should I use?

I signed up by mistake - how do I delete my school or user account?

App / Web Game

How to play the game.

How to make lists.

How are the different scores worked out?

Teacher Hub

How do I use the different list systems? What are they all for?

How to add a class / group.

How to add pupils.

How to import pupils from SIMS.

How to add other members of staff.

How to print pupil passwords.

How to view pupil competence data.

How to make lists available to pupils.

How to add an assignment / homework.

How to start a “Hive” game.


Can I have a free trial?

Yes. We offer a no-obligation 14-day free trial.

When you create an account you will be asked to subscribe in the third step of the process. On that screen there is a button for a free trial. When the trial expires, any pupil accounts will no longer function and you will be redirected to the subscription page so you can take out a new subscription should you wish to. If you would like to subscribe fully before your subscription expires there is an upgrade option within the subscription section of the hub.

Can I pay by cheque / BACS / invoice?

Yes. Just select the "Invoice" option when you sign up.

If I subscribe do I have to buy the app as well?

No. All subscriptions inlude unlimited access to our online game at not additional cost, which functions on all current desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile devices. Many schools and parents do choose to buy the app also but there is no requirement to do so.

Where do I send remittances and what contact details should I use?

Please email remittances to support@spellingshed.com

Our email address for accounts is support@spellingshed.com and our phone number is 0843 289 4405

Our address for correspondence and payments is 54 Queensway, Bewdley, Worcestershire, UK, DY12 1ES

I signed up by mistake - how do I delete my school or user account?

Providing you do not have a school with a subscription you can delete your user account and/or school.

During the sign-up process look for the "Delete School" and "Delete Account" links at the bottom of the page.

If you have a free trial for a school you can delete your school in the "Manage Subscription" section

You can delete just your user account (e.g. if you leave a school) from the "Account" page by clicking hte button at the top-right. Note that you cannot be a school admin if you want to do this.


How to play the game

Game play is simple and intuitive.

  1. Choose your age phase or custom list.
  2. Choose the level of difficulty.
  3. Your 10 spellings will appear and be read to you. In easy mode, press 'Go' and then choose the letters from the list in the correct order. Press the tick to continue.
  4. When you have completed your 10 spellings, a list will appear to let you know which words are correct.
  5. If you would like to save this list, type in your name and click the camera button. Your list will be saved into the photos on your device. Picture

Level of Difficulty

There are four levels of difficulty: easy, medium, hard and extreme.

Easy: This allows the player to read the word for as long as they like. The player then chooses the correct spelling from the jumbled letters of that word. The score is 1000pts for a correct spelling and up to a bonus 1000pts for speed plus 1 x 🍯.

Medium: This does not allow the player to read the word. The player listens to the word and then selects the correct spelling from the jumbled letters. The score is 2000pts for a correct spelling and up to a bonus 2000pts for speed plus 2 x 🍯.

Hard: This does not allow the player to read the word. The player listens then selects the correct letters from a series of random letters. The score is 3000pts for a correct spelling and up to a bonus 3000pts for speed plus 3 x 🍯.

Extreme: This does not allow the player to read the word. The player listens then selects the correct letters using a full qwerty keyboard. The score is 4000pts for a correct spelling and up to a bonus 4000pts for speed plus 4 x 🍯.

Additionally, a series of correct spellings will give a score multiplier of 3x, 5x or 10x.

How to make lists in the app.

  1. Tap the “More Lists” button on the main menu screen.
  2. Tap the “+” icon in the blue bar at the top of the popup.
  3. Tap “Create New List”. The other options allow you to import a list from a QR code.
  4. Type a name for your list.
  5. Tap the “+” icon in the blue bar at the top of the popup.
  6. You can add words individually by choosing “Add Word” or select multiple words from the full stage lists.
  7. The list is now ready. If you wish to export the list as a QR code you can tap the QR Code icon in the blue bar at the top of the popup.

How are the different scores worked out?

Highest Score - This is the highest score ever achieved in a single game.

Total Score - This is the total score achieved in all games ever.

Shed Score - This is the main score used for leagues and is the total score from the past seven days. This may go down as well as up.

Group Score - This is the total score for all group members in the past seven days. This may go down as well as up.


How do I use the different list systems? What are they all for?

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There are three different ways of targeting lists to pupils.

Favourites - Favourite lists appear in the same place as a user's own lists. Teachers can use these like bookmarks to gain easy access to particular lists. For pupils, these act as a long-term list so is perfect for a larger whole-stage list or lists such as CEWs, HFWs and statutory spellings.

Assignments - Assignments target a pupil with a specific list for a given period of time so are perfect for a weekly spelling list. You can optionally set a number of games required and can lock out other lists (disabling the More Lists button). You can set more than one assignment at a time and you can set different assignments for different sub-groups of pupils. Assignments give you specific reporting to show who has practised and how well everyone has done.

Hive Games - Hive games are where a whole class plays together on the same list, led by the teacher on an interactive whiteboard. These games give a snapshot of how well everyone can spell the same words at the same time so give the same outcome as a traditional spelling test. Hive games give teachers specific reporting on words spelled so a record is kept and any misconceptions can be identified and addressed.

How to add a class / group.

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Groups can be used for whole classes of for smaller, more ad-hoc pupil groupings. Pupils can be in as many groups as you want.

  1. Click on the groups icon in the side menu .
  2. Click the “+” icon at the top of the Pupil Groups box.
  3. Enter a name for the group.
  4. Add staff and pupils using the “+” icon in the relevent boxes.

How to add pupils.

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Pupils can be added in the pupils section or from within a group.

  1. Click the “+” icon at the top of the Pupils box.
  2. From within a group you can choose from all existing pupils assigned to your school.
  3. The “Add Pupil” tab allows pupils to be added individually.
    • Enter a pupil name.
    • Click “More...” to view more settings.
    • Optionally, enter a username.
    • Try and avoid using the pupil's full name as these are public.
    • If no username is entered the firstname plus first letter of the surname plus a number will be used (e.g. jamest7).
    • Optionally, enter an email address for the pupil.
    • Optionally, enter a password for the pupil. If no password is entered one will be generated for you.
  4. If you would like to add a large number of pupils a csv spreadsheet upload option is available. Simply download the sample sheet, complete the details and upload.

How to add pupils from SIMS

Note that pupils' UPNs are used to identify pupils across both systems so any changes in information can be applied to the correct pupil. If the “Reg” field is used all other group memberships will be removed and the pupil will be placed in this group. This can be used in between school years to migrate pupils to new groups. Note that no pupils will be deleted through this process so outgoing pupils should be deleted from “All Pupils” first.

  1. In the “Reports” menu select “Design Report”
  2. Click on “Crate a new report”
  3. Select People > Student in the data area tree and click next
  4. Choose “On roll” and click next
  5. Double click “UPN”, “Forename”, “Surname” & “Reg group”. These fields should now be in the right hand column.
  6. Click next twice then tick “Use Effective Date” and click next again
  7. In export type choose Text > Comma Separated then give your new report a name (e.g. spellingshed.csv) and location (Desktop etc).
  8. Click “Run” to create the CSV file at the location you have chosen.
  9. In the Spelling Shed Teacher Hub this file can be chosen / dropped into the Upload tab to import or update pupils.

How to add other members of staff.

You can add as many members of staff as you like.

  1. Click on the Teachers icon in the side menu .
  2. Click the “+” icon at the top of the Teachers box.
  3. Enter the staff member's name, username, email and password.
  4. They will receive an email containing their login details and you will now be able to assign them to groups.

How to print pupil passwords.

For security we do not store any passwords in our database in plain text. When passwords are set the webpage retains passwords on your computer to allow you to print them. When you have a secure record of pupil logins you can remove password data from your computer by clicking “Forget Passwords” in the Pupils, Group or Pupil page.

To reset an individual pupil's password:

  1. Visit the pupil's Pupil Details page.
  2. Click the padlock icon at the top of the box in the Pupil Details screen.
  3. Enter a new password or click “Generate Random”

To reset passwords for a whole group:

  1. Visit the Group page for that group.
  2. Click the padlock icon at the top of the Pupils box in the Group screen.
  3. Enter a new password or click “Generate Random”

When you see a button next to the padlock icon you can click to print the pupil login details sheet.

These can then be stuck into pupils' books etc and the QR code can be scanned in our app to give an immediate and easy login.

How to view pupil competence data.

  1. Visit the pupil's Pupil Details screen.
  2. Scroll down to see “Competence” and “History” boxes.
  3. To view competence over time for a word or all of the words in a list, simply select the respective options in the “Competence” box.
  4. To view the results for a game played, locate the game in the “History” box and click the icon.
  5. For each history item click the icon for the list of individual words to see competence history over time.

How to make lists available to pupils.

In addition to pupils' own lists, they can view any lists that have been favourited. Teachers can favourite any lists they choose for pupils for e.g. topic vocabulary or HFW practice.

  1. Click the Spelling Lists icon in the left menu.
  2. Choose a list of click the search icon to search for lists by name.
  3. Click the “Details” button for the list.
  4. Click the favourite dropdown icon at the top-right of the List Detail box.
  5. Choose who to set the list as a favourite for.

How to add an assignment / homework.

Assignments replace the main game menu screen for their duration.

  1. Click the Assignments icon in the side menu.
  2. Click the “+” icon at the top of the Assignments box.
  3. Give the assignment a name for your convenience (only you see this).
  4. Choose a list from your favourites.
  5. Select a date and time for the assignment to be available from and until.
  6. Set the number of games required for that assignment. If left blank the assignment will remain for the full time.
  7. Choose whether you want to Limit lists available during that assignment. If this option is checked, the “More Lists” button will be disabled in the game menu but Hive games will still be accessible.

How to start a “Hive” game.

  1. Locate the list you wish to play a Hive game for.
  2. Click the Hive Icon at the top-right of the List Details screen.
  3. Any existing Hive games will be listed at the top of the popup and can be resumed.
  4. Choose a difficulty for the game. The default is Medium.
  5. Enable “Shuffle Words” to select ten random words from the list or leave off to play the first ten words in order.
  6. Enable “Show Words” to display each word on your screen as you play.
  7. Click “Create Game” to create your Hive game.
  8. You will then be given a Hive game code.
  9. Pupils must be logged into the app or game to play.
  10. Pupils select Hive Game from the app or webgame then enter this code to play.
  11. When you can see that everyone has joined the game click “Start Game”.
  12. After each word a league of results for that word and overall is shown and pupils can join part way through if necessary.