Wordshark can be used for catch-up, for learning Key Stage 3 subject vocabulary or to learn words you have added yourself.

The program is highly adaptable to this age group due to the quirky, non-age-specific games graphics, the varied content and the wide range of options.

 For dyslexia or catch-up

Students with specific learning needs such as dyslexia commonly arrive at secondary school missing the skills they need or are particularly vulnerable to falling behind. Independent learning, one of the biggest benefits of Wordshark, means that students can work at their own level and pace without feeling they are being compared to others or judged. Read more about Wordshark for dyslexia and other special needs.

Key stage 3 subject vocabulary

Wordshark provides a fun and effective way to learn Key Stage 3 subject vocabulary. The Secondary subject lists ‘course’ covers a wide range of subjects: Art, Citizenship, D&T, Drama, English, Geography, History, Maths, Music, RE, PE and Science. The Crossword 1 and Save the sharks games help provide practice of the words in context.

The right starting point

There’s a ‘TEST’ button which takes a student through a few spelling tests and places them at the right starting point. Or they can start at the top of the ‘Wordshark’ course and make their way through it as it gets progressively harder.

Adding your own words

Wordshark allows you to add as many words as you like, to record the words and their definitions, and upload images. You can even choose to add foreign language words, or switch to North American spellings.

Printable resources

Some of the games, such as the word searches, are also printable.