A teacher's guide to SpellingFrame

Paul Main

A teacher's guide to SpellingFrame

What is SpellingFrame?

Spelling frame is an online platform that allows children to practice and identify spelling patterns. Designed for primary schools, the website contains games and printable worksheets for classroom and home learning. The games allow children to adopt spelling rules in fun ways. Some of the games include, Spelling Fishing, Super Spelling, Wall Spelling and the popular Road Hopper game. The platform also allows teachers to build custom spelling lists. This process allows schools to integrate the platform into their existing English strategy.

Digraphs and trigraphs in Spellingframe
Digraphs and trigraphs in Spellingframe

Using SpellingFrame across a School

The word difficulties are divided into different year groups which allows teachers to quickly choose suitable lists for their class. Children can quickly master the spelling rules and practice them in low stakes tests. This engaging way of breaking down words means that pupils can quickly grasp the phonetical spelling patterns. The topic words are also useful for helping children understand the specific target vocabulary related to each topic. For example, the Romans have four lists of vocabulary that can be practiced and front-loaded to a history topic. For some children, learning how to spell is a hard task. It might be that spelling games could help children identify the patterns in language whilst at the same time 'gamifying' the experience into something more engaging. Spellingframe also has a sister site called Mathsframe.

Game play in Spellingframes
Game play in Spellingframes

Creating a SpellingFrame account

Spellingframes subscription model is very simple. It is £10 per individual account per year or for schools, £30 per class per year.