NEW! Wordshark v5 (Download)
Wordshark is an important teaching resource for improving spelling, reading and motivation. The new version includes courses and games to support the teaching of phonics.
It uses over 60 games to reinforce reading and spelling using 9,000 pre-recorded words.
Price shown is for the downloadable version – we require the name, address and email of the end-user in order to register the licence.
Schools – please contact us for multi user and network version options.
Wordshark is a versatile program to help reading and spelling
How does it work
Wordshark is a computer program that combines the fun and excitement of bright, multi-sensory games with the serious task of learning to read and spell. It is used widely in schools as well as at home. More than 60 colourful games have been designed by teachers to teach and reinforce reading and spelling using over 10,000 pre-recorded words. You can also add your own word lists which is particularly useful for practising homework. The varied combinations of games and word lists create both variety and motivation.
How to use Wordshark
Step 1. Select a word list or set up your own words…To get to the database of words, click on ‘Change word list.’ The words are grouped into specific, carefully structured lists.
Step 2. Choose one of the games icons…. To find these, click on ‘choose game.’ (The words in your list will appear in that game.)
Step 3. Play the game! Then try the reward activity…
Step 4. Play again or pick a new game…The different games reinforce the words in various ways.
Step 5. When the words are learnt, choose a new list.
The program comes with an introductory manual. Printable resources include a full manual with advice on how to use the program. Video tutorials and on-screen help are also provided.
For what ages is it suitable?
Wordshark is mostly used by students between 5 and 15. Some of the games are more suitable for younger children but many games are appropriate for any age.
How will it help someone with dyslexia?
Parents are often recommended Wordshark when they seek extra help for their children’s dyslexia. As a result of dyslexia, children can have a negative attitude towards learning, so Wordshark combines fun and variety to create motivation and as a result, greater confidence.
Wordshark was created by teachers with practical experience of Special Educational Needs. Both the games and many of the word lists have been specially structured to assist those with any level of dyslexia.
Digital download version
The digital download version information is stored in the computer. Steps to follow:
When you purchase the download, you need to provide your name, physical address and e-mail address.
You will be e-mailed the licence key, plus instructions on how to install the software.
The licence is linked to a single computer but can be deactivated to move to a different one if required.
This is a one-off payment and the licence has no expiry or annual renewal charges.
Please note: Wordshark is currently unavailable for android devices, Chrome OS e.g. Chromebooks, or in ‘App’ format