For students with little or no English, Wordshark is particularly useful for introducing Everyday Vocabulary (a course in Wordshark.) Granting Free Play in this will enable students to explore useful vocabulary illustrated with photos. Word lists are grouped under headings such as colours, clothes, food etc.

There is a host of games to reinforce the words including sentence games which put the words into context.

  • The words are split into their phonic parts, and the same for syllables – together illustrating how English words are constructed
  • The games practise different aspects of learning vocabulary
  • There is a facility to add your own lists, and pictures and recordings


I find that Wordshark offers a good way to extend vocabulary for children coming in with no English.

Claire Gaston – Learning Support, Barrow Hill Junior School, North London