Online resource improves spelling and phonics across whole school

SpellZone

Spellzone an online resource used by schools and colleges teaches and improves English spelling. It is suitable for students aged seven to adult including those with dyslexia and learners of English worldwide. Spellzone is a complete resource with hundreds of pages of teaching covering all spelling rules and provides structured access to thousands of spelling and vocabulary lists. Users can create topic specific lists and all word lists can be translated into 35 languages, used in spelling games and tests, and set as homework tasks. Spellzone tracks activity and progress making it easy for teachers to report on student attainment.

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A new resource to help students to learn the early stages of phonic spelling, the Spellzone Starter Course is an entry-level resource aimed at older students who are still struggling with basic spelling concepts, Primary pupils, and lower level users of English such as ESL and EAL students.

The structure, teaching points and practice exercises of the Spellzone Starter Course follow the guidelines recommended for learners with spelling difficulties such as dyslexia. Phonic sounds are introduced gradually, a few at a time. The teaching page is followed by activities and tests which include only sounds that have been taught. In this way the learner is not overloaded.

The Spellzone Starter Course features pre-loaded word lists which can be practised online or printed as worksheets. These include the 100 high-frequency words referenced in the DfE document ‘Letters and sounds: principles and practice of high quality phonics’.

"We have had lots of positive feedback from schools during development and are excited about this addition to Spellzone,” said director Barry Perks. “The Starter Course is included in a Spellzone subscription so schools can use this new resource without paying a penny more!"

Spellzone can be accessed on school computers, home computers and on mobile devices. The content and all teaching points are presented clearly in a logical progression. The main course provides comprehensive teaching in English spelling rules and includes extensive course word lists and practice in the form of interactive tests and games.

Individual student spelling lists, subject specific words can be uploaded and these are automatically integrated into the spelling activities and games. All Spellzone word lists, including pre-load KS3 curriculum lists and those created by users, can be translated into 35 different languages. The resource tracks all student activity and progress and makes it easy to monitor and report on whole class or individual student attainment.

Mary Griffiths, director of Inclusion at Millthorpe School in York, said: “Spellzone really is an incredibly simple, engaging and cost effective resource for schools to use and administer, and it makes a big difference to literacy levels.”

Spellzone are currently offering a 30-day free trial of the whole resource, including the new Starter Course, followed by a half -price first year subscription. To take advantage of this offer, visit www.spellzone.com/free and enter the code: Inn15a

Visit www.spellzone.com or contact [email protected] for more information.

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