What is Spellzone?
Written by a dyslexia specialist, Spellzone is an online spelling resource that unlocks the mystery of English spelling and adapts to students of all abilities.
Students can work on tailored learning pathways at their own pace and on any device. Time-saving reporting tools allow teachers to monitor progress and evaluate student activity with just the click of a button.
Spelling Ability Test and Course Pathway
The Spelling Ability Test and Course Pathway provide students with a guided experience through Spellzone, keeping them on track with minimal teacher intervention.
“The Course Pathway personalises learning for the children, saving the teacher hours of work in preparing individual resources,” says Anna Hughes, Head of English, St Hugh’s School
Spellzone uses the Spelling Ability Test to identify any gaps in student knowledge and then calculates a Course Pathway indicating which units should be studied. Students are retested periodically, and their Course Pathways are updated to reflect new learning.
“The programme really can be tailored to suit individual needs,” says Pauline Guinan, Y5 and Y6 Teacher and SENCo, Sheering Church of England Primary School.
“The resource allows every student to work at a level that has been set according to their individual strengths and needs. This means children whose spelling ability is strong don’t have to slow down and those with weaker spelling don’t struggle to keep up. They are all learning at the same time, at their own unique pace. Everyone is equal.”
The entry-level Starter Course consists of eight units and uses multi-sensory activities and tests to teach basic phonics rules.
The Main Course covers all the English spelling rules and their exceptions in 36 units made up of learning tips and multi-sensory spelling activities. Basic concepts taught include vowels, consonants, syllables, prefixes, and suffixes. Students are tested in different ways throughout the course.
“The site is appealing and easy to navigate. The definitions, practise sessions (Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check), and the games reinforce the relevant spelling pattern superbly – it is everything I need in a busy classroom environment. “
Siobhan Moulding. Class Teacher
Thomas A Becket Junior School
Teachers and students can use over 1.8 million pre-loaded word lists in a variety of spelling activities, word games, and printable worksheets. Word lists can be translated into over 90 languages.
Teachers can adapt any word list to suit their specific needs or create their own word lists for different school subjects and spelling abilities.
Spellzone creates dynamic word lists for each student based on the words they spell incorrectly in spelling tests. Students can also create word lists for their own practice.
“Spellzone broadens their vocabulary significantly, improving comprehension and attainment across subjects.”
Anna Hughes, Head of English
St Hugh’s School
Classroom and Homework Tasks
Teachers can set the Spelling Ability Test, any Spellzone unit, and any Spellzone word list as a classroom or homework task for individual students, for a class, or for the whole school.
Spellzone automatically marks all tasks and provides teachers with easy-to-analyse results.
“The ability to find specific content for individual students and tailor learning support accordingly is superb. We’re very keen to make sure that work is specifically targeted to relevant age groups, and Spellzone makes this very easy to do. Being able to set tasks is another great tool, as it allows staff to set and mark homework quickly and easily.”
Alison Ridyard, Director of Literacy
King’s Leadership Academy
Results and Evaluation
Spellzone logs all student activity in real time and teachers can map student progress against National Curriculum requirements.
Teachers can download a variety of reports to evaluate student success – perfect for parents’ evening and review meetings!
“His standardised score has risen from 99 to 131. This is a truly phenomenal result. I just wanted to share the best result I have ever seen.”
Training and Support
Spellzone is always happy to help with any queries or problems. Teachers can book free online training sessions at any point.
“Thank goodness for Spellzone during this remote learning phase. The site is easy for students to navigate independently and they’re really enjoying the activities and spelling games. You get an awful lot for your money with Spellzone. Really reassuring is the very prompt response with helpdesk queries. I’ve very rarely needed the helpdesk, but when I have, the issue has been addressed and sorted within a very short time.”
Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill
Looking to boost student spelling? Keen to reduce teacher workload? Begin your Spellzone story today with a free 30-day trial for your school.