What is it
The Sight Word Adventure, from Seven Academy, is an app aimed at children 4-8 years. It is designed to help children recognise sight words (words which are not easily read using phonic awareness.) Within the app there are 5 levels for children to work through.
Children meet the main character, a kangaroo, and play hide and seek with her; each time they find her they are given a new sight word to add to their treasure chest. There are 7 mini games within the app (5 linked to reading and 2 with writing;) children can chose from a range of activities (including popping balloons with key words on, whacking moles and playing a memory match game.)
Tested on an iPad
What our team of testers said
"I liked the bear maze because it was really cute. I liked finding the letters to make the words, sometimes it was tricky" - Girl, aged 8
"The sling shot game was fun - I liked popping the balloons." - Boy, aged 4
"I liked shaking the iPad muddle up the letters and it was really difficult when the ants added extra letters!" - Boy, aged 5
"This is definitely an app we will be using every week" - Reception teacher
- Teaches children to recognise sight (tricky) words
- Helps children recognise the spelling of sight words - leading to writing
- Builds on existing vocabulary
What our experts think
We liked the way in which this app was split into 5 levels which corresponded to the high frequency words needed in Nursery through to Year 3; children did not need to complete one level in order to progress to the next meaning you as a parent can choose where your child starts. It app would also work well for teachers in a classroom setting as the teacher can choose which key words to focus on each week.
The way in which the key words were repeated in a range of different, and fun, environments meant that children were building up their ability to recognise and subsequently read/ write the word. It appealed to the children particularly because it uses known games (e.g. maze, hide and seek, and matching pairs) so the children knew what to do without explanation.
The level of challenge in the higher levels is good and would be appropriate for a child in Year 3 (or an older child who struggles with reading, writing and spelling.)
We recommend parents read the guide before starting the app so they can best guide their children to the right level; if the app is given directly to a child they will probably choose a level at random from the front screen which may not be suitable for them.
It would be even better if...
It would be better for younger children if the letter sounds were given instead of the letter names – this would help with the children’s phonological awareness.
You can only track the progress of one child on the app – it would be useful if you could create multiple accounts for different family members.
- Brands: Edoki Academy
- Key Features:
- British English
- No 3rd party adverts
- No in-app purchasing
- No internet access required for core features
- Child Restrictions: Yes- appropriate features restricted
- Languages available:
- Apple version: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
6.0 or later
- Android version: 2.3 and up
- App Types: Educational Apps
- Types of skills developed: English
Learning to read
Learning to write
Speech, language and communication skills
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