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Spelling Shed

  • Android, Website, iPad, iPhone
  • Paid
  • age 5+

About Spelling Shed

Spelling Shed is a spelling practice website and app that uses a friendly interface to encourage children to practice their spelling. Spelling Shed is suitable for ages 5 to 11 that focuses on spelling and literacy. Spelling Shed is available on most major platforms, including iOS, and Android. You can use Spelling Shed’s website - to access their online game in your browser window. Spelling Shed provides a whole-school spelling scheme, giving 100% coverage of the National Curriculum. 

Review of Spelling Shed

Spelling Shed is a game that makes spelling fun and compelling for learners and is also great for practising spellings at home. Their spelling curriculum also has been designed to give 100% coverage of the Common Core and state ELA spelling standards. Spelling Shed has been designed by a team of Primary school teachers with primary school students, teachers and parents in mind and aims to make spelling fun for students as well as simple for teachers to manage. 

Upon opening the Spelling Shed, the user is greeted with the app’s ‘Home’ screen which has a number of options. The top left menu system enables the user to access ‘settings’ such as music and sound effects. There is also an option to ‘Create an account’, ‘Login’ and ‘Login with a QR code’ where the user can access custom spelling lists from the dedicated Spelling Shed website. Spelling Shed app allows full offline play and can be used without an account. This app has been developed to be ‘dyslexia friendly’ using the ‘Open Dyslexic’ font. 

The top right menu enables the user to access ‘Leader boards’. This option is only available when signing in as a teacher or school. The bottom of the screen displays your highest score. The ‘Home’ screen is bright colourful, child friendly and easy to navigate.

The ‘Home’ screen offers four main options. Spelling for ‘Stage 1 and 2’, ‘Stage 3 and 4’, ‘Stage 5 and 6’ and ‘More Lists’. Each stage chosen has four levels of difficulty: easy, medium, hard and extreme. This is a great feature as not only does it allow for parental and classroom differentiation but also provides numerous spelling level combinations.

The ‘More Lists’ option provides a further insight into words that are included in the stages such as ‘Stage 1 and 2’ which provides a comprehensive list of Year 1 and Year 2 spellings as suggested by the National Curriculum. We did feel that the headings of the spelling sections were slightly confusing. Is ‘Stage 1 and 2’ a game play stage, key stages or Years 1 and 2?

However, we loved the feature where your own lists can be added or a list that is suggested by the developer. Parents will find this an excellent feature if students have been set spellings in particular subjects or themes that can then be added to the game play for the user to practise.

Once the level has been chosen the game play experience is welcoming and colourful.

The ‘Easy’ level sounds the word out and displays it before asking the user to spell it by inserting the letters (the word can be repeated using the ‘play’ button in the top right). These spellings are scored out of ten and points are awarded for accuracy. If an incorrect answer is given the user is shown the correct answer. We felt here that the user should either be given a hint or a second attempt that maybe scores half marks so to build the user’s confidence.

The ‘Medium’ level does not provide the user with the word before the spelling. As you can imagine some of these words are much harder, however, the user is provided only with the letters that are in the word.

Once again the ‘Hard’ level does not provide the user with the word before the spelling. The user is provided not only with the letters that are in the word but also other random letters. The points system progresses with levels of difficulty.

Spelling Shed publishers should be congratulated on the vast selection of words that are offered and the unique fun way in which the spellings are delivered.

Spelling Shed is a subscription-based service. This subscription service offers 3 different levels for parents and schools. The benefits of the subscriptions include numerous student accounts, access to a whole school spelling scheme, the ability to monitor students' usage and scheduling homework and deadlines. These services provide an ideal insight into pupil scores, data and activities. Spelling Shed is a wonderful service especially for schools who wish to employ a whole school literacy scheme.

Spelling Shed can be played on both mobile, tablet and computer devices, however, we did notice that the mobile version did sometimes allow restrictions for the user when selecting letters as they were behind other graphics especially in the harder levels.

How much does Spelling Shed cost?

A spelling shed app is available on iOS and Android devices at a cost of £2.99. 

To access Spelling Shed, it has a wide range of subscription packages. Before you opt for a premium membership, you can try their 14 days free trial. If you are satisfied with what you see here, you can choose to opt for their paid packages.

Pricing for a parent subscription starts at just £4.99/month or £29.99/year. You will also have full access to the Spelling Shed web game and hive games. Data tracking is also enabled in this package.

Standard school subscription is £0.83 per student per year. This package gives you unlimited pupil accounts, and access to unlimited spelling sheets. You will also get all the other facilities from the Personal subscription package, along with detailed stats and leaderboards. Teacher subscription costs £36/year. 

Overall Spelling Shed is great fun and provides endless opportunities for parents, teachers and schools. We really love how the words are linked to the national curriculum framework and the unique subscription service that supports literacy programmes. This app comes highly recommended by the Educational App Store.

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Introducing The Spelling Shed from The Literacy Shed Ltd. Fun for learners and easy for educators - Learn to spell all the words required by the English national curriculum for years 1-6. Now on all iOS devices! Designed by a team of Primary School teachers, with primary school students, teachers and parents in mind this app has been created with the key National Curriculum objectives in mind and will take children through the statutory and non-statutory spelling lists in each age phase.

  • Learn at your own pace
  • Dyslexia friendly
  • 4000+ words
  • FULL coverage for year 1-6
  • Easy to use tools for teachers to create their own spelling lists

This app has been developed to be ‘dyslexia friendly’ using the ‘Open Dyslexic’ font. With over 4000+ spellings from the National Curriculum teachers will be able to track pupils progress through the objectives from Year 1 – Year 6. The app is fully customisable through the ‘More Lists’ section which allows teachers and students to import custom lists. With three levels of game play, the app supports pupils of all abilities through the spelling lists with various degrees of challenge.

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